See Yesterday’s Lucia Procession

Enjoy the video and image gallery of yesterdays Lucia procession below.

Boarding school parents travel from all over the world to participate

The Lucia procession at SSHL is one of the most anticipated events of the year and parents travel from all around the world to experience it. This year was no different. Enjoy the beautiful video made by employee William Lundahl and photographs by communications manager Vilhelm Edgren and consultant Jon Buscall.

Swedish Lucia

Lucia is a Swedish holiday celebrated on December 13 and gets its name from the holiday’s main character. In Sweden, this day along with advent marks the start of Christmas celebrations. The Swedish Lucia traditions are a mix of pre-Christian and Christian traditions which have spread throughout the Nordic countries and in some instances outside the Nordics.

Lucia is a saint with origins from Sicily in the roman catholic church. However, contemporary Lucia celebrations in the Nordic countries have little in common with Catholic saint worship.

The word lucia is derived from the latin “lux” meaning light.
source: wikipedia

Lucia celebrations 2017

All parents to students at SSHL are invited to celebrate the Swedish holiday of Lucia at the Mariakyrkan church Wednesday, December 13 (see map at bottom of page). Lucia celebrations at SSHL are very popular and a magical experience nobody should miss.

Wednesday, December 13, Schedule

07.00 -07.55 The first performance får year 7-9, MYP2-4 and all respective parents.
* 08.15 “Fika” (coffee and baked goods) in the dining hall, lessons begin 09.00

08.15 -09.10 The second performance for high school students, swedish gymnasium first year students and DP19-20 and all respective parents.
* Kl. 9.30 “Fika” (coffee and baked goods) in the dining hall, lessons begin 10.00

09.30 -10.25 The third performance for high school students, swedish gyknasium year 2-3 and DP18 with all respective parents. Normal lessons between 08.00-08.50 and from 11.00. “Fika” (coffee and baked goods) served with lunch.
10.25 Photo opportunity.

10:30 Book Release: In memory of Folke Åkerblom. A presentation of the book in memory of Folke Åkerblom, enthusiastic teacher, house parent and school leader at SHL-SSHL (1930-2016). The presenatation will be held in Gradänsalen in Instan. (If you are interested in the book but cannot attend we urge you to contact ade av Kerstin Sörman at or Douglas von Sydow at
10.45 End of Lucia celebrations. Participating students have the rest of the day off.

This is what it sounded like last year.

Lucia 2016 choir from SSHL Sigtuna on Vimeo.

Welcome to Open House 29 November 2017


This Open House is for students looking for more information about the last three years of high school.

times: 18.00 – 20.00
Information and presentation in Instan (white building, see below).

Coffee and tea will be served at Café Humlan all evening.
18.00 Teachers, students and student organisations answer questions and give out information in the lobby of Instan.
18.30 Presentation in Gradängsalen (in Instan)
18.45 First Guided tour of the school if you wish to forego the presentation.
19.10 Guided tour of the school
19.30 Guided tour of the school
20.00 Open House closes.

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Author Ursula Poznanski visits SSHL

On assignment from the Goethe Institute

It isn’t every day we read novels in German. In order to promote interest and passion for litterature the Goethe Institut has assigned SSHL German teacher Christina Peters the task of creating educational material around one of the most popular and award-winning German language authors of books for youth, Ursula Poznanski.  Mrs. Peters went ahead and tried her newly minted material on our students whom became enthused and interested in reading more. Discussions and questions from the students concerning Ursula Poznanski’s work culminated in the author coming to SSHL for a visit just before fall break.

The author read her work for SSHL students.

Ursula Poznanski read from her youth thrille Elanus.   It isn’t often one gets a chance to ask the author face to face about what they were thinking when they wrote a book or what it’s like to be an author. Why did the main character do what they did, and what is it like being an author? How many books ahve you written, why are they thrillers, are they made into movies, and how much of your own life is in the books?  The students had many questions, all in German of course.

SSHL’s library contains a wide variety of books in multiple languages

The SSHL library contains books in English, Swedish and German. Before Ursula Poznanski continued her trip to Uppsala she stopped by the library and signed all her books there.  All in all a very successful collaboration with the Goethe Institut and a very special German lesson at SSHL.  We hope this encourages our students to borrow and read these and other books.  We promise that there’s something captivating for everyone.

Visit SSHL at Stockholmsmässan, November 23-25, booth: C13:01

SSHL is attending the Gymnaseiemässa greater Stockholm High School exhibition at the Stockholmsmässan the 23-25 November. This is an opportunity to get to know the school a little better, meet students and teacher and get a chance to ask some questions.

Welcome to booth C13:01

Opening hours:
Thursday 2017-11-23 09.00-17.00
Friday 2017-11-24 09.00-16.00
Saturday 2017-11-25 09.00-16.00


Palma & Marbella

Get to know SSHL in Spain.

Individual meetings in Spain can be arranged directly with SSHL’s representatives.


the Swedish School (Svenska Skolan) 14.00-15.00
School director Dr. Margret Benedikz  will hold her lecture on Bilinualism at the Swedish School(Svenska Skolan).

In the lecture Dr. Benedikz talks about how to face the challenges of living with our children in a bilingual / multilingual environment.

Book individual meetings by contacting Dr. Benekikz at

23 November MARBELLA

SWEA Exhibition, H10 Andalucia Plaza, 17.00-20.00
House parents Johanna Flink and Ola Olssson will be at theSWEA exhibition at the Andalucia Plaza. to provide information to interested parties.

Book individual meetings by contacting

SSHL tours China, Bilingualism in Families

On October 21 School Director Dr. Margret Benedikz begins her journey with Ling Nyfeldt through China from Beijing to Shanghai and finally to Hong Kong. In each of these cities, she will hold a lecture on Bilingualism discussing some of the challenges that families face living with children in a bilingual/multilingual environment.


How do we face the challenges of living with our children in a bilingual / multilingual environment?

See flyer at the bottom of the page for more information.


Dr. Benedikz and Mrs. Nyfeldt will attend the China Education Expo in Beijing.  Dr Benedikz will hold her first lecture on 23 October 10am at the Western Academy of Beijing hosted by Svenska i Beijing och SWEA Beijing.  Dr. Benedikz will have time to meet privately with families and other interested parties beween 23-24 October.

Contact Dr. Benedikz too schedule an individual meeting at


Mrs. Nyfelt and Dr. Benedikz will be available for individual meetings in Shanghai between the 26-27 October.  Dr. Benedikz will hold her Bilingualism lecture 1pm, 27 October at the Swedish Consulate  with  the  Svenska Skolan Shanghai as our hosts. Between 28-29 October Mrs. Nyfelt and Dr. Benedikz will be representing SSHL at the China Education Expo in Shanghai.

Hong Kong

On 30 october at 10am Dr. Benedikz will hold her lecture on bilingualism at  SEB, Jardine House, 17 floor with  SWEA Hong Kong and Svenska Skolan Hong Kong as hosts.  At this occasion Dr. Benedikz will  be available for individual meetings.

Help Us!

If you know anyone in Beijing, Shanghai or Hong kong that might be interested in meeting us or simply interested in helping us spread the word about our events we would be very greatful if you could share this information with them or let us know who you think we should contact.


Download PDF flyer

Welcome to Parents Day at SSHL

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

We look forward seeing you!

Kind regards,

School Leadership Team


Schedule for the day

9.00-15.00 Meeting with teachers in Instan A letter will be sent shortly with a link to the booking code to schedule times with individual teachers. The meetings are open for all students.
9.00-14.00 UTIS (the school shop) open
9.00-15.00 Café Humlan open
12.00-13.00 Lunch for boarding parents will be served in each respective boarding home
13.15-13.45 Information to parents and guardians of families living abroad. An opportunity to meet School Director Margret Benedikz and Marika Wäreborn from the Parents Association who will be present to answer questions
14.00 Applying to Swedish university and university in the US & UK Parents are invited to attend a lecture about the application and admissions process for universities. Lecturer: Ingrid Annett-Nordström/Dr. Jon Buscall The lecture will take place in Gradängsalen, Instan
15.00 Official opening and mingle in the school dining hall
19.00 The Parents Association dinner at Sigtunastiftelsen
(see separate invitation from the Parents Association for details)

Program Kick-Off Baltic Care Project at SSHL the 22 nd -24 th September 2017

The Life-Link led Baltic Care Project conference at SSHL is now underway (SKIP TO THE PROGRAM HERE)


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.

Baltic Care Project Plan:


  • 1 st June 2017 Project starts
  •  30 th June—1 st July 2017 Meeting with partners from Estonia, Latvia
    and Lithuania in Riga.
  • August-September 2017 after the summer holiday plan project in
    each school.
  • 22 nd -23 rd or 23 rd -24 th September 2017 Kick off at SSHL in Sigtuna,
    Sweden. Two students and one teacher from each school in the
    project are invited.
  • Autumn term 2017 and Spring term 2018 Work with implementing
    the aim with the project in the student’s education.
  • September-October 2018 final conference in one of the Baltic
    Countries sharing our experiences.

Members of the Baltic Care Project Group

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

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

Very best wishes,
Anna Johansson, SSHL



Friday the 22nd
Day of arrival
Dinner 18.00 in Dining hall
Get together and school presentations after dinner. Make a presentation of about 5 minutes, Not more!

Saturday the 23 rd
08.00 Breakfast in Dining Hall
09.00-09.15 Conference begins: Welcome from SSHL and Life Link, Dr Margret Benedikz, Eddy Johansson, Dr Lars Johnson.
09.15 – 09.30 Presentation by Dr Lars Rydén and Frans Lenglet
09.30 -11.00 Schools will present their plans for the Baltic Care Project: 5 minutes/ school. There will be a list in what order the schools will be presenting.
11.00-11.15 Coffee break
11.15 -12.00 Project Rajda  – Martin Johnson
12.00-13.00 Lunch in Dining Hall
13.00 -14.00 Lecture/Workshop Ecolibria – CSD Uppsala University
14.00-14.30 Begin the Group discussions. Teachers and students meet and discuss separately. This will be organised so that schools and countries will be
mixed. There will be guidelines handed out for the group discussions
14.30-14.50 Coffee Break
15.00-15.30 Carry on the group discussions about the plans for the project.
15.30-16.00 Presentation of the outcome from the group discussions.
16.00-16.25 How to report and document the project, deadlines etc. – Anna Johansson
16.30 Guided Tour of Sigtuna: Theme: Sustainable Sigtuna throughout history.
18.00-19.30 Dinner in Dining Hall
Cultural Evening
Every school or country should prepare a cultural happening or event. It could be a song, performance or dance. This should not take too long. Not more than
about 5-10 minutes.
There will also be time for summary and evaluation of the conference.


Sunday the 24th
08.00 Breakfast in Dining Hall
Farewell and Departure

Top London Universities Visit SSHL

On Thursday, September 21, representatives from top universities in London came to SSHL to meet our students.


The universities represented were:

All IB diploma programme DP18 and DP19 students and any other especially interested students came to listen to a presentation given by the representatives about what their universities could offer. The university representatives also gave the students adviceabout things they should consider before applying to universities in the UK.

During the hour after the presentation, students had the opportunity to speak individually with these top university representatives.

Both students and university representatives welcome this new tradition at SSHL.