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Frans van de Kerkhof

Easter is an occasion for tradition, family and community. In an international environment like ours, each family brings their own culture and traditions to our school, and it is these unique differences that unite us, and form the basis of our diverse ESH community. Being an international community means that many of us are living away from our home countries. And for most, Easter is usually a time to travel back home to reunite with family. To share meals with the parents, grandparents, siblings and cousins who we’ve left behind.

Though many of these Easter traditions cannot happen this year, we are fortunate that technology affords us the opportunity to adapt our plans – no matter what they are. Whether we share the family meal over video chat, watch a livestream church service, or participate in a digital Easter egg hunt, we will all be celebrating differently this year. These changes to our holiday traditions should also serve as a reminder to all of us, to keep those in our community, and across Europe, who are experiencing difficulties as a result of the coronavirus, in our thoughts. For the vulnerable, like the elderly and the sick, this weekend might feel particularly lonely. There are also families who are grieving, facing unemployment, experiencing financial difficulties, or who are deeply concerned about loved ones they cannot visit. In times like these it is more important than ever to support one another.

I am incredibly proud to be part of a community that has proven it can unite when faced with difficulty. Easter is a celebration of community, and over the last few weeks, we have seen the strength of our ESH community in action. Despite the fact that we cannot leave our homes, or visit our friends and extended families, I want to highlight that we are all in this together. We are united despite the distance between us, and we will remain united this Easter weekend. I wish you all a safe and happy break, and I encourage you all to stay connected with us, and each other.

Met vriendelijke groet/Kind regards/Mit freundlichen Grüssen/Cordialement/ Saludos Cordiales,

Frans van de Kerkhof