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Graduated at the Máxima Center!

Just like at other high schools, students at the Máxima school received their final exam results this week. School is a big part of the lives of children receiving treatment at the Máxima Center. It helps them focus on the 'normal' things in life during a time of stress and uncertainty. That’s why children in primary and secondary education receive lessons at the Máxima. This happens in one of the classrooms or at their bedside. This way, school continues as normally as possible during treatment.

The flag hangs out, congratulations and gifts are given; at least seven students have passed! Some students are still waiting but remain optimistic. The teachers at the Educational Facility are happy: ‘When our students achieve their goals during such a difficult time, we and they are, of course, very proud!’

School Life

Annechien Kuis and Erica Broekman work as consultants for sick students at the Educational Facility (EV). Along with their colleagues, they teach children in primary and secondary education. This takes place in one of the classrooms or at the bedside. An OZL consultant ensures that school continues as normally as possible during treatment. ‘This means we create tailored programs with schools, ensuring children stay socially connected to school life,’ Kuis explains. ‘We make sure children have access to the necessary support, such as home education, use of ‘KlasseContact’ (digital education), and extra lessons and explanations from subject teachers. It’s important that children achieve as much success as possible, experience that normal life goes on to some extent, and maintain some control.’


Broekman explains: ‘Besides guiding the child and their school, we also focus on teaching. The goal is for children to come to class for subject-specific explanations and to encourage interaction. Many teenagers find it daunting to sit with unfamiliar peers in class. But once they get over that initial hurdle, they love coming back! For children, school is a pleasant environment where no medical procedures take place. We also regularly see children who are not admitted dropping by between appointments.’

Normal Things

‘For most children, school is very important,’ Kuis continues. ‘Children ask shortly after diagnosis, 'What about school now?' It’s a big part of their life. And it helps to focus on the ‘normal’ things in life during a time of stress and uncertainty. Most children want to remain part of their class and friend group. The guidance we provide is always tailored; families, schools, and students are different.’


Broekman: ‘Some of my students took staggered exams this year. This means they spread their final exams over two years. Taking all the exams in one year was too much. When you’re not feeling well and have less concentration, it’s a big achievement. Children show so much resilience and perseverance.’