't Beeckland is located in the tiny village of Vorden in the south-east rear corner (Achterhoek) of the Netherlands. It is a small school with about 500 pupils studying preparatory mid-level vocational education (VMBO). 't Beeckland hosts all VMBO levels, vocational education, mid-management oriented learning (Kader) and theoretical learning (MAVO). All the levels are going to cross the line together. Vorden is a typical, Achterhoek village where rumors spread quickly. They do not open up very easily, so it is a big challenge for them to cross the line.
Sjaak Stans – Principal
"It was a really impressive experience to participate in a Challenge Day with our students from ‘t Beeckland. Although I have some fear of ‘emotion television’, it has become clear to me that by participating in this project, the school has received a lot of opportunities on how to make student behavior more recognizable. The students were really touched and their attitudes changed. We think it’s important to provide students with a safe learning environment and Challenge Day gave us a good instrument to get grip on this. Our mission is: Beeckland does something with you, now more than ever!"
Sanne van Kranenburg – Teacher
‘When I saw the previous season of Over de Streep, I immediately signed up our school for the upcoming season. I was so surprised when we got a call from the production that we were chosen. On the 24th of January we experienced a Challenge Day. We left really early in the morning with approximately 100 excited students from the third grade. Time flied that day, we had so much fun. All the students and adults were participating really well with the games and we laughed so much. I thought It was amazing to see how the students got completely into the games. After we went into family groups, everyone had the chance to share something about themselves. During this activity we learned a lot from and about each other. Slowly we worked towards the next activity, cross the line. This was really hard for a lot of students and adults. Doing this activity you get to see what others experience in their lives and you think about what you have experienced yourself. Everybody was silent and you noticed that as the activity continued, we became a lot closer as a group.
This day made a difference for our third graders. Of course the Challenge Day is not enough, you cannot change somebody just in one day. We need to take our responsibility at our school and move further with the techniques we’ve learned during the Challenge Day to offer our students a safe learning environment, a place where they can be themselves. Challenge Day has given us that step forward and gave us a lot of opportunities to continue working on this. Thank you!"