Princess Máxima opens new British School in Leidschenveen
On Tuesday 22 June, Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima officially opened the new campus of the British School in The Netherlands (BSN) in Leidschenveen.
The Princess was greeted by an Argentinean student in her native Spanish as well as in Dutch and English. As part of the opening ceremony held in the main school hall, around 100 of the school’s older students performed their favourite song – The Climb – to symbolise the journey that both the school and it’s community of children, parents and staff has been on during the building project.
Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima paused for a photo call with the student council before embarking on a tour of the school building and further into the campus. The Princess met with staff and students and spent time listening to how the children from over 40 different countries work; learn and play happily together.
David Porritt – Head of Junior School Leidschenveen – commented;
“It was wonderful to see how well behaved yet relaxed the children were during the visit. We wanted Her Royal Highness to try and gain as much as an insight as possible into how the BSN really is and I think that she got a very good idea of that today. We are a close community here and we worked hard to achieve those bonds as we waited for our new building to be ready. Today’s opening represents a real achievement and we have gained a lot in seeing that journey through together.”
In addition to the Junior School, the campus also provides an International Day Care Centre; a Language Centre for both adults and children and an impressive sports hall – available for both the students as well as members of the local community. Dr Martin Coles – Principal of the BSN – lead the Princess through the grounds to the see these additional facilities.
Princess Máxima watched an impressive display from the BSN Gymnastics Team in the Sports Hall before being invited to sign the Visitor’s Book to mark her visit to the school. Prior to leaving, Máxima was presented with a photo book depicting the ‘Royal Connections’ with the school over the years – a book which will be completed by the addition of photos from today’s visit.
Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima left the site to the sound of cheers and applause and enthusiastic flag waving as the children gathered in the school grounds to wave her farewell.