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Connecting from a distance with Shanghai Dutch School

After challenging months, in which Shanghai Dutch School’s students, parents and teachers were located all around the globe (and some of them unfortunately still are) we just feel incredibly proud of the resilience and flexibility, not only of our students, but also of our SDS parents in these uncertain and demanding times.


Not only by keeping our students sane, smiling and focussed during their remote Dutch language lessons every day, but also by taking part in the annual cultural events SDS was keen to organise, even if it was ‘just from a distance’. Especially at times like these, we felt even more the importance of connecting, staying positive and bringing some ‘gezelligheid’ (meaning as much as cosiness) by enjoying typical SDS celebrations and cultural moments together.

Back in March, we managed to edit a heartfelt video compilation together with our entire SDS community in order to share this message with all the hard working medical staff all over the world. But also especially for all our families and friends as well as the elderly people back home in Belgium and the Netherlands who haven’t been able to receive visits from their loved ones for a long time. It was heart-warming and touching to see all parents and students engaging in their own home recorded videos, bringing joy and laughter to those who needed it!

A typical Dutch celebration followed on the 27th of April, called Kingsday. On this national holiday most Dutchies tend to dress up in Orange and celebrate the King’s birthday by going out on the streets in order to sell their unwanted household goods, play typical Dutch games, dance, drink and eat typical Dutch snacks together.


This year, of course it needed to be celebrated in a more modest way, so we did. We engaged with many of our Dutch students by taking part in the national singing of the Dutch anthem live through Teams. In the week prior to Kingsday we adapted our remote lessons slightly in order to learn more about the Dutch culture, the royal family and to practise the national anthem. We even held a ‘live Teams Kingsday quiz’ together with our Early Years students, of course dressed in orange! Some of us even had the chance to eat ‘tompoucen’ made by our local bakery here in Minhang. We are already looking forward to eating them again next year with all our students!

Next up is our SDS ‘End of Year party’, originally planned at the start of June. Normally we take this as an opportunity to say our goodbyes to the end of year leavers and express our appreciation to all of our parents which have been supportive to the school in one way or another. Behind the scenes we are already working on a different approach to this year’s “Say cheese from a distance” party. However, we already would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful group of parents in Shanghai or elsewhere, for their ongoing support, trust and engagement throughout this challenging year. We are very happy that we are able to welcome some of our Secondary students back in school already and are very much looking forward to see you all again in the near future.

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