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.

Invitation to the Annual Parents Association Dinner 14 October

The SSHL Parents Association invites Parents and Friends to our Yearly Dinner on Saturday 14 October 2017 at 7 pm in the Stora Salen at Sigtunastiftelsen in Sigtuna.

Pre-dinner drinks and a three course menu with a glass of wine for the price of SEK 890 per person and there will be an open bar during the evening.


Please let us know if you are attending the event with the names of your guests and any dietary requirements to as well as sending your payment to the Parents Association bank account quoting your name as reference.
Bankgiro: 441-8042
IBAN: SE20 6000 0000 000794 639 798
SWISH: 123 514 2005
See Invite
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Settling in to School Life

Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket has had a wonderful autumn as our boarders have settled in and the teaching has begun. The school is now in its third week of term and everyone has adapted to boarding school routines.

Every year new students make up a third of the school numbers. It is important to remember this. Few other organisations go through such drastic renewal every year. As educators we live in this world of changeability. To this end, for our school to thrive, we foster collegiality and open-mindedness. We are not afraid of change, we celebrate the privilege of working with our young people.

Our attitudes to change are so important. We look forward to the beginning of the new year and the opportunity to meet so many who are new to our community. At SSHL we are luckier than most in that our students come from many countries and different backgrounds. This we see as our strength.

The community spirit in school and boarding is the foundation to all our students experience in the school. Its importance cannot be overstated. It is therefore essential that everyone finds a sense of being seen and belonging. Never before have schools had so much responsibility as we have gone from a more utilitarian sense of education, where students learn to get good grades, to a more holistic approach to educating and seeing the whole person.

Today has been a day of celebration. On Mentors Day the mentors work on team building at the same time as the students get to know those in other classes in the school. Our senior students have supported us by preparing many of the events and worked hard at making the day fun for everyone. As well as our usual focus on academics, there is a carnival spirit in the air.

Ongoing school activities are continually updated on the school website and Facebook. It is also important for parents in the Swedish school to make sure that they check information on SchoolSoft and in the international section there is also a need to check ManageBac.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Parents Day, October 14th, and information will be sent out to you soon.

Podcast interview with Edwina Magnus

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

MYP – Places Available in 9th Grade


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

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,

Parents Association Notice of the Annual General Meeting

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Notice of the Annual General Meeting

Members of The Parents Association at Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting on Sunday 20 August 2017 at 4.30pm in the SSHL assembly hall.


  1. Opening remarks – Welcome
  2. Presentation of the board
  3. Appointment of chairman and secretary for the AGM
  4. Determination of whether the Meeting has been duly convened
  5. Election of two members to approve the minutes and appointed tellers
  6. Presentation of the Annual report
  7. Treasurer’s report
  8. Auditor’s report
  9. Resolution regarding to grant discharge to the Board
  10. Motions put to the AGM
  11. Election of board members
  12. Election of chairman
  13. Appointment of independent auditor
  14. Appointment of nominating committee
  15. Membership fees
  16. Any other business
  17. Closing remarks

Letter from the Principal: Welcome to SSHL

Whether you are a returning student, or a new member of our community, I am delighted to welcome you to Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket ( SSHL) for the 2017/2018 academic year. My colleagues and I are looking forward to a new and exciting academic year in an increasingly thriving school environment. Please note that the upcoming academic year starts on Sunday August 20th at 13.00, with a welcome drink, mingle and information. At this time, parents and students are expected to be on site. More information will be posted on our website ( about which class and mentor each student belongs to around one week prior to the event.

Schedule for the Start of School:

Saturday, August 19th (only for new boarders)

  • 13.00 Information for new boarding students in the aula.
  • 14.00 Check-in at the boarding houses for new boarding students.
  • 14.00-18.30 Uniform fitting for new boarding students (boys).
  • 19.00 Dinner for all new boarding students.

Sunday, August 20th

  • 09.00-12.00 Uniform fitting for new boarding students (girls)
  • 13.00-14.00 Mingle and information for all students and families at Midgårdstrappan(In case of rain, we gather in Instan).
  • 14.00-15.00 Students and parents of the Swedish programmes meet in the aula for information.
  • 14.00-15.00 Students and parents of the IB programmes meet with their mentors.
  • 15.00-16.00 Students and parents of the Swedish programmes meet with their mentors.
  • 15.30-16.30 Students and parents of the IB programmes meet in the aula for information.
  • 16.30-17.30 Annual General Meeting of the Parents Association (PTA) in the aula for all parents. See notice of Annual General Meeting including Agenda.

Please note that UTIS, the school shop is open in Instan between 13.00 and 17.00. Café Humlan will be open.

Monday, August 21st

  • 08.15 All Swedish speaking classes meet, in school uniform, with their class at Midgårdstrappan (7A, 7B, 8A, (B, 9A, 9B, EK, NA, SA)
  • 09.45 All english speaking classes meet, in school uniform, with their class at Midgårdstrappan (7E, 8E, 9E+F, DP20, DP19, DP18, BM, NAE)

Tuesday, August 22nd

Lessons according to schedule.

School Uniforms at SSHL – 2017-2018

Uniform Fitting for Day Students:

Tuesday, August 15th

08.30-12.00 year 7-9, boys

13.00-16.00 10-12th grade, boys


Wednesday, August 16th

08.30-12.00 year 7-9, girls

13.00-16.00 10-12th grade, girls

New boarding students try out their uniform according to a separate schedule shown above.

SSHL Policy on School Uniforms

As part of the SSHL community, all students are to wear their school uniform correctly at school. Wearing a uniform is mandatory at specific times, and for important, formal school days, and we trust that students will wear their uniform correctly with pride. If a student does not wear their uniform correctly, a warning will be given, and if the offence is repeated, parents will be informed. Students will be asked to correct their uniform if issues are identified. School uniforms at SSHL can be purchased or borrowed depending on the student’s preference. For those who wish to purchase their uniform, please refer to the prices below.

The Following Packages are Available:

Starter Package 1 (2350 kr):

Purchase – Jacket, trousers/skirt and tie – 2350 SEK (1850 SEK + 500 SEK).

Starter Package 2 (800 kr):

Purchase – Trousers/skirt and tie – 500 SEK , borrowed jacket (deposit fee: 300 SEK including dry cleaning costs upon return of jacket).

Starter Package 3:

Apply for funds for Starter Package 2.  Apply before school begins to .

Starter Package 4:

A used jacket may be purchased for 800 SEK – the full amount goes directly to the seller of the garment. Please note, we have a limited supply of used items.

Additional Information:

  • Borrowed jackets may not be tailored or refitted.
  • Packages 2 and 3 include borrowed items which should be returned in good condition.
  • Students that grow out of their trousers or skirts may purchase replacements for 500 SEK.

If you have any questions, please call +46 8 592 57100, or e-mail the office at

Best Regards,

Eddy Johansson, Principal (Acting)

MYP4 – Places Available for 2017-18


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 as soon as possible.