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The Day of the King's Speech

22 september 2016

The third Tuesday of September is a very special day in the Netherlands as it is ‘The Day of The King’s Speech’ and it’s the official start of the Parliamentary Year. 

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The King reflects on the year that has passed and announces the government plans ahead until the summer of 2017. Last Tuesday, the Shanghai Dutch School students were  pleasantly surprised by an unannounced visit from the Dutch Consul General, Mrs Anneke Adema who treated all the students to (of course!) orange cupcakes.

On Wednesday Mrs Adema then kindly invited the students of Years 7 to 9 and Year 11 for a tour around the Consulate of the Netherlands and helped teach students about parliamentary democracy. The students learnt first hand everything there is to know about the function of a consulate and an embassy. They now know what the King’s Speech is actually about and they met all the consulate’s staff, including the Consul General herself. It was a very exciting and educational insight into the Dutch government and we want to thank the Dutch Consulate for hosting this memorable experience for our Shanghai Dutch School students!

Chris Samsom, Head of Shanghai Dutch School