A student at the Maritime Academy Harlingen

Hi, my name is Bram Tuinman. I am 13 years old. I go to school at the Maritime Academy Harlingen. My hobbies are soccer and tennis. I live in Harlingen from Monday to Friday on the school campus. In the weekends I live in either Balk or on Terschelling.Our normal school day starts at 6:45 am when we get up. At 7:00 am we have breakfast and when we are done with it we have to clean our room. At 8:00 am class starts on our school, we have normal subjects like Dutch, English and maths. We also have practical subjects like rowing, doing knots and working on a ship. We also have woodcrafting and Engine room class. We can lunch from 12:45 pm to 13:30 pm. Are schoolday ends at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Then we have dinner from 16:45 to 17:30.

Once or twice a year we stay on the school ship and we practice what we’ve learned at school. We have three tasks on board, we take care of the deck, below deck and the wheelhouse, which means we do all kinds of cleaning and other chores. We also get the chance to take the wheel for a while and have control of the ship. We also do different day trips during the week where we do the same chores and jobs, all to prepare us for working on a ship after we graduate.


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