Winter School Is Coming!

Published on 31 January 2021

Winterschool is coming

As a follow-up to the Summer School, Welzijn Bloemendaal, a welfare organization in Bloemendaal, is organizing a Winter School during the ‘Voorjaarsvakantie’, on February 22 and 24.

What is Winter School?

The Winter School is no ordinary school. In cooperation with the municipality of Bloemendaal, the Winter School aims to make sure that foreign kids don’t fall behind in their langauage lessons. The Winter School also aims to offer kids the opportunity to meet others and expand their social network.

Winter School Activities

The mornings are dedicated to Dutch and civic education. The afternoons are for cultural and sports activities.

The Winter School classes are scheduled for Monday, february 22 and Wednesday 24, between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

There might be a follow-up of Winter School during the May vacation.

For whom?

The Winter School is free and designed for children, age 11 – 18, living in Heemstede and the municipality of Bloemendaal, (Bennebroek, Bloemendaal, Overveen, Aerdenhout and Vogelenzang)


Volunteers, age 14-23, who love to help children from different cultures, will be in charge of lessons. They will show children around in Heemstede and the municipality of Bloemendaal. Furthermore the volunteers will help the children to improve their Dutch language skills.

Sign Up Now

Do you know children who are eligible for Winter School? Would you like more information?

Contact Nicole Honingh at

Interested in becoming a volunteer *? Reach out to Nicole today!

* A volunteer should speak Dutch fluently.



On May 4th, people in the Netherlands pay their respect to all victims who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the beginning of Worl War II by a 2-minute silence throughout the whole country.

This year a commemoration with the public is possible again.

National Commemoration

Every year at 7:50 p.m., the National Commemoration will take place on Amsterdam’s Dam Square.

King Alexander and Queen Maxima will walk through a veterans’ guard to lay a wreath on behalf of all citizens of The Netherlands. After this ceremony, there will be a 2-minute silence throughout the whole country.

Furthermore, public transport and road traffic will come to a standstill.



The main commemoration will start in the St. Bavo Church at the Grote Markt.

A silent march will start at the church, Riviervismarkt side, and ends at the Dreef. Here, victims of war will be commemorated by laying wreaths at the memorial of ‘Man in front of the firing squad.’

Commemorations will also take place on the Westergracht, Burgemeester Reinaldapark and Jan Gijzenbrug.

The full program can be found on this website.


Eerebegraafplaats Bloemendaal in Overveen

One of the many honorary cemeteries can be found in the Kennemer Dunes at the Zeeweg in Overveen.

This cemetery was consecrated on November 27th, 1945, by the reburial of Hannie Schaft, a famous Dutch Resistance fighter.

Three hundred seventy-two resistance fighters were re-buried at this cemetery.

Silent march to the memorial cemetery

From 6 p.m. to p.m 6:40 p.m. a memorial service will be held in the building of ‘Publieke Werken’ on the Brouwerskolkweg in Overveen
This service is open to relatives of the fallen and all who are interested.

6:40 p.m. set up of silent march right after the roundabout, corner Brouwerskolk – Zeeweg.

6:55 p.m. start of the silent march to the memorial cemetery

8 p.m. 2 minutes of silence

The silent march is a tribute to the fallen and thoughts about freedom and peace.

On May 4th, people can visit the cemetery between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. As of 7 p.m., the cemetery will be closed at 7 p.m.



Dutch flags will fly half-mast from 6 p.m. until sunset on government buildings. The same rule applies to citizens. For them, this rule is not a directive.

Broadcast on tv

NOS will broadcast the national commemoration ceremony live from 7:50 p.m. on NPO.