Het is prettig samenwerken met Ger. We hebben elkaar leren kennen bij het initiatief om in Breda een International School te realiseren om daarmee een bijdrage te leveren aan het internationale vestigingsklimaat in Breda en omstreken. Ger is betrokken geweest vanaf de eerste inventarisaties naar de behoefte voor internationaal onderwijs tot aan de oplevering van de nieuwbouw en als hoofd van de ISB. Ger was betrokken bij veel overleggen over subsidies, de coördinatie van de nieuwbouw, het bouwen van een netwerk met werkgevers en het vertegenwoordigen van de ISB, contacten met bewoners, gemeente, provincie en rijksoverheid en tegelijkertijd hoofd van de school (eerst in een tijdelijke huisvesting). De ISB staat als een huis en Ger heeft daar een aanzienlijke bijdrage aan geleverd.
Having worked alongside Ger on various projects, I can say that his work is of very high standard and so are his principles. Ger is also very hardworking and passionate about the field of education, on a global scale!
“Many thanks, Ger, for sharing your expertise in a more than inspirational guest lecture on our International Teacher Postgraduation Day! We are very much looking forward to a next cooperation!”
I have had the tremendous privilege of working for and with Ger Rombouts for more than 6 years. He has guided me towards becoming a capable teacher with many responsibilities. Ger’s ability to delegate and instill trust in his colleagues is genuine and directed. He has clear and creative idea’s about education and a passion for teaching that is inspiring!
I’ve worked with Ger for more than 8 years whilst chairing the supervisory board of the International School Breda (ISB) and he was director. Ger managed to build up the ISB from scratch. He started with an empty plot and no education program or teachers. His term ended with a “grown-up” well established school with more than 400 pupils both in primary as secondary school and receiving excellent qualifications by both national as international school inspections. I’ve learned to know Ger as a dedicated director, who really stimulates his staff members to invest in themselves and who has a well developed intercultural feeling: An entrepreneurial spirit in an educational environment.
Ger is een gedreven leider die kwaliteit hoog in het vaandel heeft staan. Hij is loyaal aan de doelen van de organisatie en hij ontwikkelt beleid samen met medewerkers zodat er gemeenschappelijk draagvlak voor ontstaat. Onderwijsontwikkelingen zijn bij hem evidence based. Hij is gericht op de mens in de organisatie en daarom een fijne en integere collega om mee samen te werken.
I have had the pleasure of working for Ger at The International School of Breda from 2012-2019, where he was the Head of School. He is a driven, child-centred headteacher who develops inspiring relationships with his students. During my time at the International School Ger encouraged me to develop myself as a professional and actively encouraged me to pursue further learning through undertaking my Master’s degree. I do not think that I would have been able to achieve this without his support and encouragement.
Ger continued to demonstrate his drive and determination throughout the time that I worked for him. He was able to create a welcoming and safe school community, growing from a small school of 30 to over 300 students in his last year. Ger welcomes any opportunity for professional development, which makes him an ideal leader. He has a strong spiritual interest and uses this in his leadership role and individual personal development. He likes to encourage the growth of the whole person and not just growth on a purely academic level. He is resolute in his belief that by sharing experiences with each other true collaboration, connection, and collegiality amongst peers takes root and grows.
Ger has a wonderful rapport with people of all ages, especially children. His ability to connect with students and motivate them to learn is inspiring. He is very popular with students who feel able to approach him freely. I enjoyed my time working with Ger and wish him very well for the future.
Ger Rombouts werd conrector van Mencia de Mendoza te Breda toen ik daar rector was. Vanaf 2005 startte onder zijn leiding de voorbereiding van de oprichting van de Internationale School Breda, waarvan hij later de directeur werd. Onder zijn leiding groeide deze school vanaf de opening in 2011 uit tot een bloeiende en financieel gezonde leergemeenschap. De grote kracht van Ger zit in het binden van docenten en OOP aan de organisatie, zijn actieve luisterhouding, creativiteit en energie. Ger is in staat de beste eigenschappen van iedere individuele medewerker aan te spreken en te mobiliseren voor een gezamenlijk doel.
Ger is an outstanding, visionary leader. I loved working with him and can’t wait to do so again.
I have known Ger Rombouts for 7 years, in different capacities within the school. He was the Director of the International school of Breda during the time that 2 of my children attend/ed it. I was on the Parent Association of the school for 6 years of which, I was the Chair of the Association for two years. I have known him in his capacity as the leader who set up the International school of Breda from nothing into a school of approximately 350 students (including 40 different nationalities), the head of my children’s school and as a professional partner in ensuring that the school and its community were communicating well and working together for the benefit of the school, the community but especially for the education and well being of the students.
In the capacity of a leadership role, Ger was the leader of the team that worked with all partners concerned with planning, organising and building of a new school as well as setting up the management team, hiring teachers, ensuring enrolment, getting planning permission, gathering sponsorships and funding and working on all the necessary facets for building a new school to house the present and future students of the International school of Breda. In addition, he managed to fulfil his role as the head of school, ensuring the curriculum standards were met, dealing with human resource issues, communicating with parents and children, and ensuring the daily running as well as a planning for a strong path for the future.
Ger Rombouts was much appreciated and respected by both parents and students, being a very fair, tolerant, open minded and modern director who listened to the different opinions and took decisions based on what was best for the students and the school. One of the noticeable characteristics during our monthly meetings was the transparency during our conversations and his willingness to listen to the opinions of others. He attended all parent association meetings when his agenda permitted and gave us updates and feedback about the school which helped us to make plans and continue our work. As a parent my experience has been that Ger Rombouts knew all the students by name, followed their development, supported and guided them and corrected them fairly and responsibly when necessary. During the tenure of Ger Rombouts, the ISB was an open and friendly place to be, where respect for each other and tolerance for one another was encouraged and supported throughout the school.
I’ve worked with Ger since start of the International School Breda in 2011. From scratch Ger managed to build up the ISB in Breda, a great achievement. The ISB and its positive image is of great importance for Breda. Not only in terms of adding diversity to the city but also from an international business climate perspective. I have learned to know Ger as a dedicated director for the school as well as for the whole international community in Breda. Together with partners Avans, BUas, Holland Expat Center South, ISB and the Breda municipality, we are building on a network for internationals living and working in Breda, platform Breda Internationals. Ger has always been a constructive, responsible and supportive partner for our network, focused on providing a warm welcome for internationals so they can easily feel at home in Breda and find their way with settling and living in. I really appreciated and enjoyed working with Ger and I wish him all the best.