Meet SSHL in Thailand

Carina Nilsson, rektor SSHL

Carina Nilsson, Principal at SSHL.

Get to know SSHL by attending our presentation in Bangkok, arranged for Swedish families in Thailand with the help of our good friends at SWEA.

If you cannot attend, individual meetings in Bangkok can also be arranged directly with SSHL’s representatives, for your specific questions.


Bangkok, March 26

Principal Carina Nilsson is visiting SWEA to talk about SSHL and she is also available to meet interested families.

Place: The venue is to be announced. The time will be in late afternoon or evening.
Registration: register to attend with

Book individual meetings by contacting

SWEA Thailand

SWEA – Swedish Women’s Educational Association.

SWEA is the largest non-profit organisation outside Sweden with the purpose of promoting Swedish language, culture and traditions.

Parents Association Dinner on March 16

Welcome to spring dinner 2019

The SSHL Parents Association invites you to spring dinner at Sigtunastiftelsen on Saturday 16 March 2019.

For more information and to register, please click here or contact Karolina Norlin at

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

SSHL Debate Society invitation to SSHL Open

SSHL debate society - January 2019

SSHL debate society – January 2019

The SSHL Debate Society is proud to host a debate competition this spring; the SSHL Open 2019.

The debate tournament will be held in September and debaters at all levels from across the world are invited to attend and enjoy each others debating skills. We see this as an opportunity for participating teams to interact and engage in critical issues.

SSHL Open will be held in accordance with the World School Debate Format. And this weekend will not only include debates — lectures, skill workshops and evening activities are all a part of the programme!

Do you want to register for SSHL Open 2019?

You are most welcome to register your debating team for SSHL Open this fall! Please fill in the form here: On this page, you also find more information about the competition weekend.

The Chief Adjudicators Panel will comprise three experienced debaters and judges;

Trinn Toimetaja, was the President of the University of Tartu Debate club from 2016 to 2018. Also, she was the DCA of English College Open 2018 and the CA of FINDA Schools Cup 2018.

Milla Huuskonen, who is a highly experienced debater and judge. Her university debating speaker achievements include breaking at the European Universities Debating Championships twice and making the top 10 ESL speakers of Euros in 2018.

Johan Allen who is thrilled to be back at SSHL as a member of the CAP. His final Swedish schools tournament as a debater was hosted in Sigtuna. As an adjudicator, Johan was a trainer and finals judge at the 2018 Nordic Debate Academy

We are looking forward to many national and international teams joining us and a weekend filled with fantastic debates!

Facebook: SSHL Open 2019
For motions, registration and more, please visit

Guest Lecturer at today’s Assembly: Peter Wallenberg Jr.

Peter Poker Wallenberg gästföreläser på SSHL

Peter Poker Wallenberg as guest speaker at SSHL during today´s assembly.

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Open House 26 January 2019

Come meet us!

Discover the SSHL campus, meet students & staff and get a feel for what SSHL is all about.
26 January 2019

Times: 10.00 – 14.00

Learn about boarding school life, our academic programmes, the student organisations, see the campus and facilities.

Who is open house for? 

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


Meeting point and all information is given in “Instan”, the white building (see image and map below).

All day Guided tours all day long. The student organisations Kenya project and Life-Link presents its organisations.
10.00 Open House begins
10.30 High School presentation in Gradängsalen
11.15 Middle Years Programme school presentation in Gradängsalen
12.45 High School presentation in Gradängsalen
13.30 Middle Years Programme school presentation in Gradängsalen
14.00 Open House ends

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Instan: Meeting point and all information is given in “Instan”, the white building.


End of term ceremony and speech from the principal

This morning’s end of term ceremony was spellbinding with 800 garden torches lit all over campus, beautiful musical performances and a farewell speech from the principal. Enjoy some footage from this mornings ceremony and read Principal Carina Nilsson’s speech here.

Dear Students.
The autumn term is now over and you are all about to go on a well deserved Christmas break, but first I’d like to say goodbye and send you off with these few words.

Most of you will receive Christmas presents or some other form of gifts during the holiday season. I would like to ask you to take a minute to reflect on the gift you are given here at SSHL. The gift of education lasts a lifetime. You may not open your gift this Christmas, you may not open it for many years but that is what school is about. We give you a gift which contains keys, keys that will prove useful to you in the years to come when you face new challenges. These keys help you open doors to new worlds and here you will receive tools you need to understand concepts which were previously incomprehensible to you. Keys which lead to the magical world of chemistry, to the worlds of mathematics and language. What’s more, at SSHL you are also given the keys to navigate social life and become good humanists.

When you come home this Christmas and your parenst ask you “What have you learned this term?” most of you will find it difficult to articulate an answer. The first time I realized how difficult this can be to articulate was when I was serving an internship for my teaching degree. As a 21-year-old intern, I stood in front of 25 students in a 7th grade humanities class when it suddenly hit me, “as a future teacher it is now my turn to pass on knowledge to the next generation”. This wouldn’t have been possible without the fantastic support I received during my school years, without all the teachers who spent time and effort on my development ensuring I receive the education necessary to become a knowledgeable member of society. When I got home that evening, I wrote a letter to the school that I had attended, Strinneskolan in Bjärtrå, thanking my teachers for the gift they’d given me through the years.

But it is not only the school I attended that I would like to thank, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you, all the wonderful students here at SSHL.
Thank you to all boarding students for the lovely dinners we’ve shared this autumn.
Thank you to the day students for giving the school a genuine connection with the surrounding community.
Thank you Student Council for our great collaboration.
Thank you students for brightening my days and greeting me so happily.
Thank you student organisations for your work.
Thank you everyone who has represented the school at various events.
Thank you everyone who has been brave enough to seek me out to address difficult matters.
Thank you everyone who has spoken their mind.
Thank you everyone who spreads joy around themselves.
Thank you for all your hard work this autumn term.
Thank you all for making this school so fantastic.

Take your time this holiday break to reflect over who you’d like to thank. Maybe it is your teachers/houseparents who have the taken the responsibility to equip you with the keys to face future challenges. Don’t forget to articulate your thoughts. The staff does a fantastic job every day here at this school.
I wish you all a well deserved Christmas break and I look forward to seeing you all again on the 8th of January. A warm welcome back, but until then, I wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

See last week’s magical Lucia procession

Enjoy the video and photo gallery of last week’s Lucia procession below. An image gallery will be added to this post when the images become available.

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 was made by Gabriel Lundh at Ljudbildsverket.

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

German studies field trips

One early morning, our year nine German language students took the train to Stockholm to see the “Witnesses” exhibition in the Stockholm House of Culture. The exhibition opened with

German studies field trip.

a lecture by Holocaust survivor Tobias Rawet, after which the students conemplated photographer Mikael Jansson’s portrait exhibit displayed along with quotes on a bare concrete wall. The group continued along the same theme by taking a walk to Raoul Wallenberg’s square in Stockholm city where they followed the street lined with rail and pavement stones from the ghetto of Budapest all the way down to the synagogue.

High school German language students went to see the film “Aus dem Nichts” at a local cinema.

Discussions concerning both events were continued in the classroom. The school’s humanistic core values kept the classroom discussions on point.

We would like to thank the Tysk-Svenska Handelskammaren/German-Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the financial support that made this trip possible.

/Teacher Christina Peters

Report from China

A few weeks ago, Principal Nilsson and Mrs. Nyfelt went on a tour of China to participate in education fairs and devolop and form strategic contacts in the region. Amongst other things they were invited to visit ChonQing Nankai Secondary School.

During their visit Mrs. Nyfelt attempted to play a game of rounders with the Nankai students, much to their amusement. Principal Tian and his leadership were most gracious hosts and we are grateful for their hospitality.

We are truly grateful for for the opportunity to exchange ideas about educational development with a leading edge school like Nankai Secondary School, says Principal Carina Nilsson.


Visit SSHL at Stockholmsmässan, November 22-24, booth: C14:01


SSHL is attending the Gymnaseiemässa greater Stockholm High School exhibition at the Stockholmsmässan the 22-24 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 C14:01

Opening hours:
Thursday 2018-11-22 09.00-17.00
Friday 2018-11-23 09.00-16.00
Saturday 2018-11-24 09.00-16.00