SSHL Director Margret Benedikz will be in Singapore this week

SSHL Director Margret Benedikz will be in Singapore this week, in conjunction with the IB World Heads Conference, to meet with the Scandinavian community. She will be holding a lecture on Bilingualism & Swedish Education, hosted by the Norwegian Church Mission (Sjømannskirken).

“I visited Singapore last year and there was a lot of interest in the topic of bilingualism,” says Margret.

“So many families working in international communities like Singapore speak one language at home and then study or work in English. Parents are concerned about what this will mean for their children in real terms, say, if they want to come back to Sweden and study when they are used to studying in English.”

With many decades experience living and working in a multilingual environment, Margret will be talking about the challenges students and parents face, as well as providing useful advice on thriving in a multilingual learning environment.

For parents who’ve not educated their children in Sweden and are actually nowadays more familiar with what’s offer abroad, Margret will also be addressing the issue of how programmes like the IB fit into the Swedish education system, and what it means for university studies.

Margret’s lecture is open to everyone and she’ll be speaking at both 1 PM and 5 PM. For those coming at 1 PM, lunch is available from 12.


Welcome to Parents Day at SSHL, Saturday March 17th, 2018.

Parents day is an opportunity for parents of students at SSHL to meet each other and to meet with individual teachers.


ALL DAY IB Visual Arts student exhibition on Instan’s 2nd floor
9.00-15.00 Parent-teacher meetings for all students.
9.00-15.00 UTIS School shop is open.
9.00-15.00 Café Humlan is open.
10.00-14.00 Life Link sells hot dogs & hamburgers outside of Instan. Profits are donated to the association Make a Kid Smile.
12.00-13.00 Parents of boarding students are invited to lunch in their respective boarding houses. (see separate invitation from your boarding house).
13.15-13.45 Presentation for parents living abroad
Eddy Johansson, Principal, and Marika Wäreborn, Parents Association,
will present information for parents living abroad and to answer questions from the families. Place: Gradängsalen, Instan
14:00–14:30 Parent information about IB DP and subject choices for MYP5 students. Presenter: Kerry Browning, IB DP coordinator Place: Gradängsalen, Instan
14:30–15:00 Lecture about the university admissions process in Sweden, Canada and The Netherlands.
Presenter: Ingrid Annett-Nordström, Career adviser
Place: Gradängsalen, Instan
19.00 The SSHL Parents Association dinner at Sigtunastiftelsen (see separate invitation from the Parents Association)

Vi ser fram emot att träffas och önskar alla varmt välkomna!

SSHL visiting Florida

Sweden’s Top Boarding School Visiting Florida

Click to read flyer.

How does Swedish education measure up, and how can a family keep the door to Swedish universities open?

Principal Eddy Johansson travelled to Florida today to discuss Swedish middle school and high school education as compared to the International Baccalaureate system and to inform about SSHL. He will also talk about the international admissions process to Swedish universities.

Book individual meetings with Principal Eddy Johansson:

Date Time Place Description
Feb 27 10.00am Gulf Stream Schools Collaboration meetings and a presentation on Swedish and international Education and information about SSHL for parents and students of the school
Feb 28 7.00pm Scandinavian Church & Center Presentation on Swedish and international Education and information about SSHL for interested visitors. In Collaboration with Svenska Kyrkan, SWEA and Svenska Skolan.
Mar 1 1.00pm Lynn University Collaboration meetings regarding tutor programmes.
Mar 2 10am-3pm Sheraton Ft Lauderdale Beach Hotel Principal Eddy Johansson will be available for individual meetings. Please book individual meetings with at
Mar 2 6.00pm Family Collard Residence Principal Eddy Johansson to visit one of SSHL's wonderful boarding families.

Parents Association Dinner on Parents Day

The SSHL Parents Association warmly invites you to dinner at Sigtunastiftelsen on Saturday 17 March 2018.

For more information and to register please click here or contact Marika Wäreborn at




The Parents Association’s general information page can be found here:

Ice Safety Training

Year 9 students practiced ice safety last Friday as part of their physical education. They had the opportunity to learn about how to tell when ice is safe to walk on and what safety equipment is necessary to bring with you when you go out on the ice. Finally they were given the opportunity to practice getting out of a hole in the ice using their safety equipment.

The blocks of ice they extracted from lake Mälaren to make the hole were used to make ice sculptures.
The students ate hot-dogs and warmed up in a traditional sauna after swimming in the icy water.

The basics of ice safety are important to understand when living in Sweden, especially if you live as close to a body of water as many of the students at SSHL do.

Enjoy the video and photos.

Core values, responsibility and respect.

Jan Lindh, core values expert, held a very engaging lecture on the importance of core values, responsibility and respect at today’s assembly for high school and ninth graders. Mr. Lindh gave the students the opportunity to reflect and discuss concerning ethics and morals using examples and stories.

SSHL’s core values can be found here.

SSHL tour of UAE

Sweden’s top boarding school to visit Abu Dhabi and Dubai

House parents Johanna Flink and Ola Olsson will be in the UAE to meet prospective students and their families. Contact to schedule a meeting.

Date Time Place Description
Jan 24 19.00 Coral Dubai Al Barsha Hotel Information presentation. Kindly register with for details.
Jan 25 08.00 Abu Dhabi Al Munira Café Costas SWEA coffee morning meetup
Jan 26 15.00 Dubai de Sainte Marie family home Afternoon coffee reception in one of our wonderful boarding families' home. Contact or for details.

OPEN HOUSE 27 januari

Come meet us, see the beautiful SSHL campus to really get a feel for what SSHL is all about. 27 januari 2018

Time: 10.00 – 14.00
Learn about boarding school life, our academic programmes, the student organisations, see the campus and try the school’s wonderful brunch.

Open house is open to all students interested in our middle years programme and high school programmes.

All information is given in “Instan” (white building, see at bottom of page)

Try the school’s brunch!

Chef Rooker will serve brunch in the dining hall for SEK100 per person between 10:30am and 1pm. Payable in cash or via Swish.

We ask that you please register brunch guests with


Guided tours all day long.
All Day Open facilities: “Instan”, library, Café humlan, fine arts, music hall, sports facilities and boarding homes Herrgården and Skoga.  Some academic subjects will also be holding demonstrations in classrooms.
10.00 Open house begins
10.30 High Shool presentation in Gradängsalen
11.15 Middle Years Programme school presentation in Gradängsalen
12.00 The Kenya project presents its organisation in Gradängsalen
12.15 Life Link & Make a Kid Smile presents its organisation in Gradängsalen
12.45 High Shool presentation in Gradängsalen
13.30 Middle Years Programme presentation in Gradängsalen
14.00 Open house ends

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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.