“Ma’am, we just saw some people with cameras – are they here for you again?” My students are getting used to it too, it seems. A few weeks ago we indeed had a TV crew visiting me at school.
They’re from the KRO’s program ‘Goudmijn’, which means ‘goldmine’ and shows extraordinary stories – like mine. It’s aired on national TV on channel NED 2, every Wednesday at 18.25h. ‘My item’ is probably going to be on in two weeks, but I’ll try to post the video for fans abroad later. And of course my students do want to see it as well.
Especially since some of them were asked to participate in it. The team had this idea of filming me when I’d be teaching, but I’m not teaching on Wednesdays and you can’t just adjust the carefully put together schedule – not even for TV. So instead we asked one group to voluntarily have their lunch later and pretend to have a biology lesson from me during their break. We couldn’t do a real lesson of course, as none of us had the proper books and also: it’s TV. And for TV stuff needs to be done over and over again. So I told them they’d be acting – we’d play ‘school’. They loved the sound of this and took their job very seriously. In fact, I only had to say things like ‘get your books please’ once for a change and we exchanged some smiles when I kind of teasingly and with a strict voice asked one of the boys if he had done his homework…
They had also interviewed me using a mirror and they made me cycle to and from school with this very expensive camera on my bike. Later we went to eXplorion; the science centre in Heerlen (this time arrangements with the alarm code had been made properly), where I met the lovely Karin de Groot who’s presenting the program. I showed her the comic book, which had just arrived that same day (for which we had to track down the delivery guy – mentioning it was for TV did help in this case). And all of this was photographed too, as Karin and I are going to be on the cover of the channel’s magazine.
By the end of the day, I have to admit, I was pretty exhausted from telling the story again and again. But it was a nice team to work with and I had a lot of fun. Here are some ‘backstage’ pictures, taken by Nikki Thie.
Me hiding the matching pink cable of my mic.
The ‘mirror’ interview.
Us pretending to do a biology lesson – sometimes with a camera very near you!
They asked for some of the magazines and newspapers I’m in
and I hadn’t realised it was quite this collection…
Karin de Groot interviewing me at eXplorion.