Middle School Camps

This week all of our middle school students will be travelling to different parts of Sweden (and Finland) on School Camp.

Grade 6 to Öland http://www.olandsturist.se/en

Grade 7 to Gotland http://www.gotland.net/en/start/

Grade 8 to Smögen http://www.vastsverige.com/en/Sotenas/

Grade 9 to Lassekrog http://www.halsingland.se/en

Grade 10 to Åland – http://www.visitaland.com/en/

The students return with new experiences, new adventures, new friends, stronger ties to their classmates and teachers AND one or two funny stories about things that happened!!!


Glorious Summer school start

I love talking to all of the secondary school students (like I have done/doing this week) especially about their schools from last academic year. Many students come from other International Schools in hot countries. Stockholm is beautiful this time of year, but some of these new students have not been here in December when we have snow and minus 15 degrees. Most of them are really looking forward to snow.

CIS – ‘What’s that!’

Stockholm International School has been accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) for many years now. CIS have their standards and practices for how an International school should operate. It is a demanding standard for every aspect of a school. We have 5 staff members that have had the CIS training to be a member of a visiting team to help with accreditation and support.


Currently I am in Astana, Kazakhstan visiting an International School looking to be accredited by CIS. It is a fantastic opportunity to share experiences and follow another school through their process. Education in Kazakhstan has challenges that are very different than the challenges we experience in Sweden at SIS, however at the heart of the school, we are similiar. I look forward to keeping in touch with some of the friends I have made here and following their process of school improvement.

Қош болыңыз!

A sign that the IB DP exams are getting closer….

With just over a month of school left for our IB Diploma students, we see a sign that Graduation is getting closer. The students can see the light at the end of the IB tunnel. Here you can see four of our Grade 12’s putting on their Graduation hats. These are traditionally Swedish and date back to 1864. Our students like them, even thought we often hear comments about them looking like a ship’s captain.


The Diploma Art Students had their Exhibition last night also displaying their Art collections. This was the entire collection of work completed during the 18 months of the course. It is fun to see the development of the students ideas and general improvement. We were all very proud of their efforts and shared this with the SIS community at this event.

Now it is full steam ahead for the students aiming towards May 4th – the first IB DP exam for the year.

Who looks good wearing yellow ???

I’m not sure about you, but I can count on one hand the number of clothing items I possess that are yellow. Today I wore a rather ‘too bright’ yellow tie. Why? It was to celebrate Anti-bullying Day at SIS. It was a very visual symbol of our schools stance on working proactively against bullying and highlight this issue.

Student Council and even the PTA got involved by handing out yellow ribbons to students who forgot to wear some yellow. Many of our boys took the opportunity to display their Swedish football team yellow jumpers! Many girls with yellow tights, ribbons, t-shirts and painted finger nails.


All for a good cause.

Model United Nations

Friday saw our Grade 8-12 students involved in a Model United Nations whole day event. The students focussed on Conflict resolution and, following the MUN protocols, wrestled with the conflicts presented. Students were divided up into committees with mixed year groups. It was amazing to see students grow and debate the issues using these protocols. It gave students the framework to debate, suggest, argue and come up with resolutions and canvas others to agree with their resolutions. Students dressed in formal clothes for the occasion and acted in a very respectful and mature manner. Big thanks to the staff who lead the MUN group and International Group in our school. Brilliant effort from the students who took on leadership roles and did all the organisational work behind the whole event. Stockholm International School is planning to run an MUN conference within the next few years. An event where we invite other international schools from all over the world to join us here in Stockholm, to debate and come up with solutions for real life problems.

We now have one week ‘sports holiday’. This is uniquely Swedish; a one week holiday to go skiing some where!

Council of international schools

Stockholm international school is one of only 2 schools in Sweden with accreditation by the council of international schools. This is a prestigious title and one which shows the depth of quality of our school. CIS works together with the Middle States Association of colleges and schools to jointly accredit schools. The standards and practices are rigorous and the level of expectation is high. Great for schools to measure their processes, procedures and protocols. The accreditation process is long and the follow up comprehensive.
SIS can be very proud of this achievement.

February already !!!

We’ve been back three weeks from the Christmas holiday break and SIS is powering along. The list of events happening at SIS is amazing. I recently sent a message to all the Secondary parents with the calendar dates for the next three weeks and was astounded when I saw it.
The MYP Arts Department displayed their work to the parent community. It wasn’t a ‘show’ for parents; rather a Showcase showing the work the students do every day/every week in school. We had diverse music performances (classical, modern, pop and more) Students were performing their own plays, operating lighting and video equipment. The Visual arts students displayed their work; clay, glasswork, charcoal, oils, masks and more. The students displayed their reflections and design blogs.

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If you look at our website you will see lots of photos and articles about the ‘Fit for Nepal’ projects with the PTA. A goofy competition between Primary teachers and Secondary teachers to raise awareness and money for our charity in Nepal. This included us Principals as well. Yes, I did end up wearing a ridiculous costume, but it was all for a good cause.

An insight into a class observation today was a lesson about DNA strands and identification. Students investigated and analysed DNA strands and played CSI Stockholm, in finding out who was the father of the child (all via DNA) The Grade 10’s all prepared me for the lesson and they learnt a lot.


Next week is our Language Fair. A celebration of 2nd language learning. Always a fun event with lots of displays and interactive events. (usually nice food too)

Also next week is our Whole school Winter Sports Day. Many students will go skiing, ice skating, curling, gym games, swimming, and more… always a fun event.

The ‘Friends’ organisation is also having a Cyberbullying workshop for parents. A great opportunity to discuss this important issue and learn strategies to talk to your child about this.

We also have our visitors coming from our ‘partner’ school in Paris. They will attend school with their Grade 11 hosts, as well as see Stockholm. Our school will also discuss the future visits for our students to Paris.

The PTA also have a Valentines Day event that many Secondary school students are helping to organise as part of their Community Service (Service as Action in the MYP) The students love helping and entertaining the little students.

We as a management team are initiating our planning for next academic year. We reflect over the new initiatives for this year, evaluate many areas of the school, plan changes and developments and look for continued opportunities to improve. The staffing, timetabling, teacher allotments will follow. It is exciting having this annual review of our school. One can always improve and this is something we are striving for.

See you soon

Enjoying a lazy, restful winter break.
Walking with our little dog, reading, playing music (performed Beethoven’s 9th symphony with the choir in which I sing) sleeping in, some good cooking and catching up with family.
I wish everyone a happy new year. I’m looking forward to a new term at SIS, but at present, loving the break.