Making a Real Difference


Last week a number of my colleagues and I attended the 2016 IB Regional Conference in Barcelona. It was, as always, a fantastic opportunity to meet with colleagues and thought-leaders from the world of international education.

One of the speakers who most resonated with me was Dame Ellen MacArthur who, in 2005, became the fastest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe.

MacArthur spoke passionately about the finite nature the resources our linear economy relies on and the important part education will how students must be encouraged to rethink the future. Ellen encouraged us to inspire young people to change, shape and even restore the world that we are living in as resources dwindle and competition to thrive increases.

I think many delegates came away from the conference invigorated and energised not just by Ellen’s keynote, but also the other sessions and workshops we attended. There is a great spirit at the IB and I genuinely felt that as we all said our goodbyes and headed back to our respective schools around the world, we did so with a renewed sense of determination to make a real difference to our students’ lives.

I am very proud of what we’re doing with the IB at SSHL: everyone involved in the running and teaching of the programme is committed to ensuring our pupils are fully equipped with the kind of skills Sweden and the world will need in the future. That’s not to say that we aren’t equally committed to the many Swedish national programmes that we run; indeed, I believe we are a richer school because of our diversity.

Many Thanks

I would like to thank the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Barcelona for hosting a small gathering for us whilst we were in Spain. Last Thursday evening we met with a small group of educators and business people to give them an insight into what we’re doing at SSHL.

Parents Day

I would also like to say just how much we are looking forward to Parents Day tomorrow. Many will come from just down the road here in Sigtuna to meet their children’s mentors and teachers, whilst others will fly in from abroad as well as long haul destinations.

Parents Day, just like Dekaddagen in the spring, is a wonderful reminder just how big a school community we really are. SSHL is not just students in the classroom: it’s every single one of us connected to the school.

On behalf of everyone at SSHL, if you’re coming tomorrow, I look forward to welcoming you.

Margret Benedikz
Director, SSHL