Podcast interview with Edwina Magnus


Margret Benedikz, Director of SSHL, interviews Edwina Magnus, Head of the Student Council.

MYP – Places Available in 9th Grade

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If you’re looking for a place to study the IB MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAMME (MYP) in 9th grade, we have a couple of places available.

To find out more, please contact info@sshl.se

Term-time Approaching

Dr Margret Benedikz, SSHL Director, writes:

The leadership and admin team are back at school this week, preparing for the start of the new academic year. I hope that everyone in the SSHL community has found time to step aside from their daily routine, whether it’s study or work, and get some much needed rest this summer,

I (grudgingly) enjoy the return of my regular routine and, although the first day or two back can be a challenge, I am soon caught up in the excitement of running such a wonderful school.

As I sit here in my office overlooking the lake, the campus bathed in sunshine, I can’t help but be inspired. SSHL is truly a special place to work and study.

Welcome to SSHL

We are excited to meet the new boarding and day pupils who will be starting in August. For returning students, I am sure you will work hard to make new students feel welcome, helping them to feel part of life on campus, sharing in the day-to-day spirit that makes the school so special. As a Swedish school, an international school, a boarding school and a day school, we are such a diverse community; we are unique. Those of you who are new to the school, will, no doubt, bring something new, making the school your very own.

Academic Excellence

Every year we vow to raise the bar and do better than we did last year.

When I started at SSHL in 2013, raising the grade average for entry to the high school was one of our key targets. I am proud to tell you that grade average to enter 10th grade this year is higher than it has been in the last five years. The commitment and professionalism of our staff is helping us to make SSHL an academically very strong school, providing a platform for our students to go on to something special after graduation. Students entering SSHL in 2017 will be expected to go far!

Our ninth graders are going to have to work hard to compete for a place in our senior high school. It is a challenge, particularly if your grades in 8th grade have not been fantastic, but I know from experience that hard work and determination will help anyone looking to stay on at SSHL achieve their goals. It’s not too late!

As a staff, one of our focal points for the coming year to work on and improve our systematic quality processes, which includes reporting. We also aim to promote collegial learning, improve attendance, and create a more structured and transparent boarding programme. One of the things we are examining is whether to introduce an official boarding diploma.

Having worked in school management for over a decade, I know there is always room for improvement, and I know we as professionals are all up to the challenge.

When to Be Here

I look forward to welcoming the new boarders at SSHL on Saturday, August 19, and returning students on Sunday, August 20 for the opening ceremony.

Together, in the forthcoming academic year, we will create a stronger community of sharing and learning. I hope that this will be the best year yet!

Enjoy your last days of the summer vacation.
My very best to you all,
Margret

SA18 på besök i Europaparlamentet

*Som en del av samhällsprogrammets internationella specialisering var SA18 under tiden 30 maj – 1 juni och besökte Bryssel. Här är en beskrivning från ett par av eleverna som var med på resan.*

Vi fick bland annat besöka EU parlamentet, en gigantisk byggnad där, enligt uppgift, tusentals personer jobbade. Här träffade vi EU-parlamentarikern Anna Maria Corazza Bildt och hennes praktikanter.

Under dagen hade vi även nöjet att få träffa Antonio Lopez-Isturiz White, generalsekreterare för EPP och ledamot i EU parlamentet, som gav oss en väldigt intressant redovisning om hans jobb och visioner för ett starkare Europa. Efter den goda lunchen inne på parlamentet satt vi med i en paneldiskussion ledd av Anna Maria Corazza Bildt som handlade om asylsökande barns rätt till hälsa och sjukvård. Vi satt även med under ett seminarium i parlamentets Plenum, med sina över 700 platser. Under första dagen hann vi även besöka den politiska tidningen Politicos kontor. Här lyssnade vi till Quentin Ariès som lärde oss en hel del om objektiv journalistik och vad journalisterna på just Politico sysslade med på dagarna.

På kvällen åt vi middag tillsammans med Anna Maria Corazza Bildt och hennes medarbetare på en typisk Belgisk restaurang. Då fick vi chansen att ställa fler frågor och lära känna dem.
Under vår sista dag i Bryssel tog vi en promenad till både Googles kontor där vi fick höra vad brysselkontoret fokuserar på och hur deras samarbete med EU parlamentet fungerar. Som avslutning på förmiddagen besökte vi det Sveriges ständiga representation till EU och NATO. Vår intensiva visit gav oss mycket nya kunskaper, god mat samt möten med många intressanta personer.

Lykke Plöen och Daniel Harrysson, SA18

Studieresa till Åbo med SA19

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Som en del i samhällsprogrammets internationella specialisering var SA19 mellan datumen 9–11 maj i Åbo på besök. Här är en av de deltagande elevernas beskrivning av resan:

En stad som alla inte känner till, men som bär på ett helt lass med historia och kultur. Innan vårt besök i Åbo var min, som många andra i min klass, idé om hur Åbo skulle vara rätt ointressant. Det hade kunnat vara vilken svensk regnig hamnstad som helst. Till min stora överraskning var Åbo en stad som varit betydelsefull för inte bara finsk historia, utan även svensk. En stad och ett land som slitits mellan svenskt och ryskt styre som ‘äntligen fått leva ut sin självständighet.’ Vi har nog alla vetat att Finland en gång i tiden var svenskt, men aldrig hade jag kunnat föreställa mig att Finland betytt så mycket för svensk historia som det gjort. Under våra tre dagar i denna fantastiska stad har vi lärt oss mer om den svenska och finska historien än vad många av oss lärt oss under våra nio år i grundskolan.

Vi spenderade tre hela dagar i en stad som präglats av krig och stadsbränder, men som trots det byggts upp och överlevt. Vi vandrade på gator där gamla hus från innan kriget trängdes om andrum tillsammans med nya höghus som byggts på platser där de hus som förstörts under kriget en gång stod. Vi besökte dessutom ett museum som byggs över ruinerna av hus som förstörts i kriget. Vi kunde se det som fanns kvar, allt från tegelväggar till skelett av husdjur som bevarats. Ett bättre exempel på historia som verkligen går att ta på finns nog inte.

Det finns en tydligt delad åsikt om svenskans plats i Finland. En del av befolkningen är välkomnande och uppskattar det svenska språket som undervisning i skolan. En annan del vill få bort svenskan ur landet eftersom att det påminner om en tid utan självständighet. Vi fick under vårt studiebesök fördjupa oss i den frågan och skapa mer förståelse för hur och varför åsikter kan vara så delade som de är i denna fråga.

En aktuell fråga som ständigt återkom under hela besöket var synen på finlandssvenskan som dialekt. Är det en svensk dialekt eller en brytning på finska? Många av oss har sedan innan trott att finlandssvenskan varit en variant av svenska för finnar som inte riktigt lärt sig det svenska uttalet. Vad som egentligen är sanningen om dialekten fick mig att tvivla starkt på mina kunskaper om det svenska språket. Finlandssvenskan är kanske tillochmed mer genuin och “svensk” än den svenskan vi talar idag. Det är ingen brytning, utan en dialekt som funnits sedan Sverige och Finland var ett.

Man kan lätt tro att vårt grannland liknar oss väldigt mycket, men skillnaderna är väldigt stora. Vi besökte den enda svenskspråkiga gymnasieskolan i Åbo, Katedralskolan, där vi spenderade en timme med en klass jämngammal med vår. Vad vi trodde skulle bli en vardaglig diskussion hur skolan är, blev istället en intressant jämförelse och förståelse för hur både det svenska skolsystemet och det finska skolsystemet fungerar. VI diskuterade både fördelar och brister i de två helt skilda systemen.

Syftet med detta studiebesök var att skaffa vetskap om och förståelse för hur relationen mellan Finland och Sverige var och är. Vi delar historia och kultur, och har ett förflutet som inte ska glömmas. För att kunna studera internationella relationer i Norden, skulle jag säga, att Åbo är en stad som måste besökas för att uppnå den bästa kunskapen om hur länder kan samverka både i med- och motgångar.

Natalie Jutvreten SA19

MYP4 – Places Available for 2017-18

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We are pleased to announce that we currently have a few places left in our International Baccalaureate MYP4 (Middle Years Programme) classes (equivalent of Swedish Year 9) that are open for students who are eligible to follow an international programme in Sweden.

To qualify students should have either started or undertaken part of their education in a non-Swedish educational system, be living in Sweden on a temporary basis, perhaps with parents that are on diplomatic or business placements, or have a parent who has English as a mother tongue language.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact syv@sshl.se as soon as possible.

Grant for Baltic Care Project

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Life Link, in collaboration with SSHL, are delighted to announce that the two organisations received a grant  on April 26 for a Baltic Sea Region Project entitled ”The Baltic Care Project” from the Swedish Institute. It is a grant for a project involving organisations and schools in the Baltic countries, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

The aim of The Baltic Care Project is to promote education for sustainability focusing on the Baltic Sea Region.

The projects objectives consist of three areas:

  • teachers at the schools will include sustainable development in their teaching
  • the schools themselves should develop projects to become more sustainable
  • the students should be acquainted with, and start to practice, sustainable lifestyle habits.

The project will be working together with centres for children and young people who have excellent contacts with many schools, and pedagogical faculties at the larger universities in the four countries. This will allow the project to eventually reach out to all upper-secondary schools in the region. The plan is to work closely with four schools in each country and that these will go on to act as twenty model schools.

The project includes workshops for the participants from the schools, visits to the schools, and the production of video documentation of the project in each participating school. Life Link and SSHL-s intention is to develop sustainability practices and competence for education for sustainable development at upper-secondary school levels in the participating schools from the Baltic Sea Region. Project schools will become model schools and present their experience and share their knowledge through videos and meetings to all schools in Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.

Members of the Baltic Care Project Proup

The group includes Dr Lars T Johnson (Life Link Chairman), Professor Emeritus Lars Rydén (Life Link board member and senior advisor) and Anna Johansson (teacher at SSHL).

If you would like to know and learn more about The Baltic Care Project please contact me on anna.johansson@sshl.se

Please follow this link to learn more about the Baltic Sea Region and other organisation who received a grant.

 

Very best wishes, 

Anna Johansson, SSHL

The Sleep-Deprived Generation

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Today, feeling the snow, wind and cold, it is hard to believe that spring in on its way to Sigtuna. It brings to mind the plaintiff voice of the Romantic poet Percy Shelley: “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?” Here winter has come and gone, but keeps coming back again and again. By the weekend, however we should have seen the last of night frost. Being optimists, we are hoping that our graduating students will get the best of the Swedish spring sunshine on May 24 to celebrate a glorious final day at SSHL.

I have just come back from attending the BSA (Boarding Schools’ Association) Heads Conference in York, UK. It’s truly inspiring to meet so many other schools that provide a first-class boarding experience for young people around the world. We come together to share ideas and experiences and, working together in a supportive environment, help to make boarding schools better.

One thing we all share as members of the BSA is a clear commitment to enriching the lives of the young people that come through our schools, providing each and every pupil the support and encouragement to develop and grow as individuals.

It was very clear to me that some of the top international boarding schools are not just admitting students from privileged homes to a first class education, some are now also cooperating with organisations like The Spring Board Bursary Foundation to provide opportunities for underprivileged young people from the inner cities. Pupils come from all walks of life and aren’t necessarily the brightest, but share a common desire to work hard and develop. This is an excellent initiative that is sure to increase social mobility.

Meeting the Challenge of Social Media

One of the main topics addressed at the conference was the concern amongst educationalists about the negative effect of social media on young people. Studies show that mental health issues are directly linked to the use of smart phones and social media channels.

Prof. Tanya Byron was invited to the conference to share her vast experience with working with mental health care and young people. Her keynote was one of the most informative and inspiring talks I listened to and gave me much to think about when it comes to the challenges facing young people.

Byron spoke at length about the so-called “sleep-deprived generation”: young people connected to net (and social media!) virtually 24/7. Byron spoke about studies that suggest it’s common for many young people to wake up in the middle of the night to reply to a text message, Snapchat or some other kind of notification from many of the other social media channels. Others sit up late into the night online gaming, for example, with friends all over the world in different time zones.

Tanya Byron is very clear that sleep deprivation and access to social media channels without some form of supervision and support has a very negative effect on young people. Clinicians are seeing a drastic increase in mental health issues which they link directly to the use of smartphones and the internet.

It is clear to me that we as adults must take responsibility in ensuring young people are better equipped to handle this situation. We need to be aware how our children are using social media. We need to ensure that they are getting undisturbed sleep so they are ready to tackle the challenges of daily life. Sleep is important to their well-being.

Furthermore, we also need to be careful that our young people are not being negatively affected by social media in other ways. There is considerable peer pressure and educationalists are clearly concerned that young people’s mental health is jeopardised by some of the attitudes and behaviours we see online.

I don’t have all the answers to this but, like many colleagues working in educational management across the world, I am determined that at SSHL we address how the internet and social media in particular are impacting the lives of our pupils. I encourage you as parents to discuss social media usage with your children. Get more insight into how they are using it. Hopefully, we can help provide a secure and safe platform together for our young people to get the most out of digital communications without suffering any negative effects.

University of Cambridge at SSHL

Many thanks to Richard Partington and Caroline Burt from the University of Cambridge for once again visiting SSHL to talk about studying at Cambridge. Gradängsalen was packed with students who came along to listen and learn more. Quite a few of them took the chance to talk with Richard and Caroline in Café Humlan afterwards. Fantastic!

STUD 17

It’s not long now until this year’s Studenten. Once change that you might notice next time you visit the school is that we’ve recently installed an iron fence on the wall where students traditionally stand and celebrate after running out. This hasn’t been done to curb traditions. It’s still possible to stand there! However, there is now a safety rail to hold onto!

Dr Margret Benedikz
Director, SSHL

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University of Cambridge Visitors Inspire SSHL Students

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Mr Richard Partington (Churchill College)

Many thanks to Mr Richard Partington (Churchill College) and
Dr Caroline Burt (Pembroke College) from the University of Cambridge, who visited SSHL yesterday.

Aulan was absolutely packed with students interested in learning more about study opportunities at one of the world’s most prestigious universities.

Mr Partington and Dr Burt spent time in Humlan afterwards meeting and talking to students one-on-one.

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Dr Caroline Burt

Mr Richard Partington (Churchill College)

Mr Richard Partington (Churchill College)

Träffa SSHL i Tokyo 28/3

Gästföreläsning om tvåspråkighet och multikulturalism

Föreläsare: Dr Margret Benedikz (skolchef), SSHL.

Plats: Sveriges ambassad i Tokyo

1-10-3-100 Roppongi, Minato-ku

Tokyo 106-0032

Föreläsningen behandlar några av de utmaningar som uppstår med barn som lever i en flerspråkig miljö.

Dessutom kommer Margret att svara på frågor om hur en svensk utbildning skiljer sig från International Baccalaureate och hur universiteten bedömer de olika systemen.

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