SSHL overall winners in SIPSI!

This Monday, SSHL competed in the final SIPSI disciplines, rowing and golf with our gracious hosts Lundsberg.  After working hard to place well in all of the disciplines and all of the tournaments throughout the year, SSHL emerged the overall victors of the SIPSI sports exchange tournament for the academic year of 2017-2018!

SIPSI consists of Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket, Enskilda Gymnasium, Lundsberg and Viktor Rydberg Gymnasium.

Photographer: Brynje Lindström, Lundsberg

New management at SSHL next academic year

Margret Benedikz will leave her position as director of SSHL on June 15 and will be succeeded by Carina Nilsson on August 6 when she will be appointed new principal/CEO of Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket, SSHL.
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Carina Nilsson has extensive experience as a principal and director of operations at private and public schools, both in Sweden and abroad. She comes to us from her position as executive director of education at the municipality of Härjedalen. She will assume her role at SSHL on August 6, 2018.

”We are pleased that Carina has taken on the task to lead the school forward and believe that her experience of both international and Swedish education, combined with her experience of leading major operations, gives her the capability to guide the school forward successfully. The position of principal/CEO gives Carina overall responsibility for SSHL’s entire operation, and she will work closely with those of us on the board and the school leadership team” says Chair of the Board Marie von Satzger.

”The combination of Swedish and international education at SSHL was what led me to apply for the position, and I look forward to taking on the role of principal/CEO. I plan to continue, manage and refine the good work being done within different parts of the organisation,” says SSHL’s new principal/CEO Carina Nilsson.

The Board welcomes Carina Nilsson to SSHL and wishes her great success in her work.

SSHL student Art Exhibit

Friday saw the opening of an art exhibition by SSHL students at SigtunaKulturgård. School Director Margret Benedikz was there and was once again bowled over by the work on display. “The art department at SSHL is such a dynamic, encouraging team. Students really are encouraged and supported to develop to the fullest of their potential. I am continually impressed by the work staff and students do,” said Margret. If you’re in Sigtuna in the next couple of weeks, do try and see the work. The exhibition is open on Saturdays and Sundays between 11 AM – 4 PM and runs until May 20th.

Visit From Gustavus Adolphus College

Director Margret Benedikz and Principal Eddy Johansson met with Professor Deb Pitton of Gustavus Adolphus College today to discuss a possible partnership.

Gustavus Adolphus College is a residential liberal arts college firmly rooted in its Swedish and Lutheran heritage. Founded in Minnesota in 1862, Gustavus Adolphus college balances “educational tradition with innovation and to foster the development of values as an integral part of intellectual growth.”

We always welcome new friends, especially friends with such similar goals and values!

SSHL visiting Dortmund

Principal Eddy Johansson is coming to Dortmund this coming weekend to speak of the differences between Swedish and international education models.  He will also be available to inform about SSHL in individual meetings.

Book individual meetings at:

Date Time Description
Sat. May 5 12.00 Meeting with Swedish Chamber of Commerce.
Sun May 6 11.00-13.00 Meet Principal Johansson at the Schwartz family residence one of our wonderful boarding families where he will talk about SSHL and international education compared to Swedish models. Kindly register with

Teacher of the year!

Congratulations Catarina Arnell, mathematics teacher, for winning Educator of the year in Sigtuna Municipality!

We accompanied representatives from the Municipality to her office yesterday to surprise her with their educator of the year award.

This morning we interrupted her class to celebrate her success with her students, to let her know how proud we are and to thank her students for the nomination.

We had multiple teachers nominated this year, and we are equally proud of them all! Thank you Jan Westerberg, Sheida Delgoshaie and Carl Dahlin for the great work you do!

This is the second year running that a teacher at SSHL has won this coveted award. Last year we celebrated Stefan Eriksson for the very same award! Keep your eyes peeled for a video about Catarina Arnell like this one about last year’s winner Stefan Eriksson!

We would also like to extend our gratitude to the team at Sigtuna Municipality for organizing this award!

50-dagars – less than 50 days to graduation

This past Thursday saw SSHL celebrating “50-dagars”, a much-loved tradition where the graduating students celebrate that there are only 50 days left until graduation. They also receive their Abiturient-caps 50 days before gradutaion which traditionally signifies that they are eligible candidates to receive a high school diploma this year.  The tradition begins on the steps to Midgåren where the boarding houses each perform a skit or show of some kind often ending in a traditional chant about only having 50 days left until graduation.

Afther the shows are over the graduating stuents all march down to the rosegarden at our neighbor and sister organization Sigtunastiftelsen where they tossa a coin in the wishing well. The students then proceed to march through the town of Sigtuna.

The march returns to the steps at Midgården where the students receive their Abiturient-caps with many large grins as a result.

After receiving their caps the graduating students all change for dinner in order to end the day with the yearly ARCU gala organized by the student organization “Arcu et Fidibus”

While the graduating students were seated for dinner the younger students  were treated to hot-dogs while they waited patiently for the big gala event.

After dinner younger students, staff and many parents fill the Aula for an exciting gala event where prizes are given out to students in a multitude of categories.

SSHL in Munich April 20-21

School Director Dr. Margret Benedikz and Principal Eddy Johansson are to visit Munich this coming weekend to hold lectures about bilingual families and a comparison between Swedish and international education models.  They will also be available to inform about SSHL in individual meetings.

Book individual meetings via

Date Time Description
20 april 13.00 Swedish Chamber of Commerce Dr. Benedikz and Mr. Johansson in collaborative meeting with Swedish Chamber of Commerce
20 april 14.00-17.00 Individual meeting times with Dr. Benedikz och Mr. Johansson
21 april 10.30-12.00 Swedish School in Munich Freseniusstr. 47 81247 München. Dr. Benedikz lectures on bilingualism and Mr. Johansson compares Swedish and international education models. Limited seating please register with

Open House Thursday April 26

Open House:
Times: 18.00 – 20.00
This Open House is aimed to students and families who are interested in learning more about our high school programmes.
Teachers and students will be available to give information and answer questions in the entrance of the Instan building
Guided tours of campus and some of the school's buildings on request.
The event takes place in Instan. See map and picture below.

We look forward to meeting you!

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Happy Easter!

Easter break is upon us, and yesterday we had a day full of activities. The activities began with an Easter assembly and continued with with a visit from Peter Wallenberg for Easter lunch. Towards the end of the day we had a student conference for all of our student associations.

Easter Assembly

The Easter assembly started off with a short talk from the school priest who managed to fit in some April fools jokes into his speech making it an enjoyable experience for all.

Our newest student organisation, Nobis, presented themselves at yesterday’s assembly. Nobis is here to work for equality at the school. Welcome!

Musical Performance

The performances at our assemblys are always enjoyable:

sshl easter assembly 2018 from SSHL Sigtuna on Vimeo.

Easter Lunch with Peter Wallenberg

Classes continued as usual after assembly until it was time to break for lunch consisting of many traditional Swedish Easter dishes including herring, various pies, Jansson’s, meatballs, sausages, salmon and so forth. We were also graced by a visit from Peter Wallenberg, an alumni of Sigtunaskolan and currently active in the Sigtuna School Foundation through his work with Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Stiftelse. Mr. Wallenberg ate lunch and conversed with some of our students and members of the management.

Peter "Poker" Wallenberg skojade och hade roligt i elevernas sällskap.

Peter “Poker” Wallenberg enjoyed spending time with our current students.

Student Conference

Several times a year, SSHL organises a student conference with representatives from each of our student organisations. These student conferences give the student organisations an oportuniuty to present their progress, plans and ideas for improvements to their organisation and the school. Yesterday’s conference saw SSHL’s new student association Nobis represented for the first time. We look forward to presenting Nobis in more detail soon.

Have a great Easter break!