Marbella & Mallorca

Get to know SSHL in Spain.

Individual meetings in Spain can be arranged directly with SSHL’s representatives.


the Swedish School (Svenska Skolan) 14.00
Principal Carina Nilsson will meet with the school leadership.

Principal Nilsson is also available to meet interested families.

Book individual meetings by contacting Principal Nilssaln at

15 November MARBELLA

SWEA Exhibition, H10 Andalucia Plaza, 17.00-20.00
House parents Johanna Flink and Ola Olssson will be at theSWEA exhibition at the Andalucia Plaza. to provide information to interested parties.

Book individual meetings by contacting

Welcome to Open House 28 November 2018


This Open House is for students and families looking for more information about the last three years of high school.

times: 18.00 – 20.00
Information and presentation in Instan (white building, see below).

Teachers, students and student organisations answer questions and give out information in the lobby of Instan all evening.

Coffee and tea will be served at Café Humlan all evening.
18.30 Presentation in Gradängsalen (in Instan)
18.45 First Guided tour of the school campus, bulding and boarding houses.
20.00 Open House closes.

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SSHL in China

On October 21 Principal Carina Nilsson and Teacher Ling Nyfelt will begin their tour of China at the  Beijing China Education Expo. Principal Nilsson and Mrs. Nyfelt will then continue their journey to the Guangzhou China Education Expo.  At the end of their journey they look forward to visiting the Chongqing Nankai Secondary School that SSHL has had the honor of being friendly with for several years.

Please e-mail Principal Nilsson to organize individual meetings: .



Principal Nilsson and Mrs. Nyfelt will be available at the China Education Expo in Beijing between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday October 21  and Sunday October 22.


China National Convention Center
No.7 Tianchen East Road,
¨Chaoyang District,
Beijing 100105,



Principal Nilsson and Mrs. Nyfelt will then continue on their journey to attend the Guangzhou China Education Expo on October 25.  They will be available there between 1  and 5 p.m.


Shangri-La Guangzhou
1 Hui Zhan Dong Road,
Hai Zhu District, Guangzhou,


Help Us!

SSHL appreciates all the help we get with spreading the word about our various events worldwide. If  you know anyone in Beijing, Guangzhou or areas nearby that might be interested in meeting us, please share this information with them or let us know how to get in touch.  Thank you!

A letter from Principal Carina Nilsson

The new academic year is almost upon us and with it comes a new set of challenges and opportunities.

My name is Carina Nilsson and I am the new Principal and CEO at SSHL. Prior to this, in my previous role, I was the executive director of education for Härjedalen Municipality and have also worked for seven years as a teacher and principal of the Swedish School in Lisbon.

A student once asked me what a principal’s job is? This is a difficult question to answer in simple terms because it highlights the complexity of school leadership. A principal’s day-to-day tasks comprises multiple moving components, each equally important and dependant on each other. I like to compare my job to that of a captain of a ship with the school as my vessel, requiring a steady hand to navigate towards the destination of providing each of our students with a first-class education and a foundation for lifelong learning.

This vessel does not propel itself, however. Without a skilled and competent crew the ship will drift aimlessly. Every day, the staff at SSHL work side by side to provide our students with a fulfilling school day, clean and well-maintained facilities, beautiful surroundings, functioning computers, great food, a well-stocked library, safe boarding houses, sports and extracurricular activities, student health and pastoral care, a welcoming cafeteria, dedicated teachers, academic guidance and a functioning administration. I feel honored and proud to navigate this ship. Our students are our most valuable asset; everything we do is for them.

SSHL is one of Sweden’s premier schools and maintaining that position requires a serious commitment from the entire SSHL community.

Under my leadership I will strive to navigate SSHL towards a united, digital future. I will ensure that SSHL continues to grow and educate students to be prepared for a globalized dynamic world. We will stay committed to spreading our core humanistic values both within our community and beyond.

While leading staff is important, the most important aspect of school leadership is leading our students. A few years ago, while working as executive director of education for Härjedalen Municipality, I came to a point where I felt I had lost touch with the students. Every day I made decisions that impacted my students’ lives, but did I really know in exactly what way? In order to get in touch with the reality of my decisions, I decided to enrol in 8th grade for a week. The plan was to join a class like any other student, sit through their lessons, follow their curriculum, do all the same homework, eat the same meals at the same times, use the common areas during recess and so on. I will admit that I was quite nervous on the night before my first day in school.

My week as a student in year 8 became one of the most insightful experiences of my career. I gained a whole new perspective of the realities of student life. I realized that lessons do not end simply because the bell rings. Discussions continue well beyond the end of class, despite the teacher leaving. How do we take advantage of this insight? This was one of multiple insights I received during my school week. This week also helped me better understand how to navigate better. I am not worried about navigating off course sometimes, especially if it means discovering something new. With the help of the staff here at SSHL, I am ready to set sail and chart a course towards the new academic year.

Welcome on board!

Carina Nilsson

Information regarding the start of the 2018-2019 academic year

Welcome to SSHL!

Whether you are a returning student, or a new member of our community, we are delighted to welcome you to Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket (SSHL) for the academic year 2018/2019. Please note that the upcoming academic year starts on Monday August 27th for all students. All students should wear the school uniform (more information below).

On Sunday August 26th we welcome all parents to a welcome drink, mingle and information. This day is for parents only, without the students.

We look forward to a new and exciting year together!

Saturday August 25th (only for new boarders)

Time Description
13.00 Information for new boarding students/families in the aula
14.00 Check in at the boarding houses
14.00-18.30 Uniform fittings according to schedule below
19.00 Dinner for students

Sunday August 26th

Time Description
12.00 Check-in for returning boarding students.
13.30-14.15 From this point on, parents only please. Parents of both day and boarding students are welcome. Mingle and information with mentors and staff at Midgårdstrappan, in cooperation with SSHL Parents Association.
14.30-15.15 Welcome presentation in the aula
15.30-16.20 Mentor time for parents
16.30-17.30 Parents Association (PTA) yearly meeting in the aula
12.00-16.00 Café Humlan open
13.30-17.00 The school shop UTIS is open in INSTAN.

Monday August 27th (only students)

Time Description
08.15 All IB classes meet, in school uniform, with their class at Midgårdstrappan (MYP2, MYP3, MYP4, DP)
09.45 All Swedish curriculum classes meet, in school uniform, with their class at Midgårdstrappan (7, 8, 9, EK, BM, NA, SA)

Tuesday August 28th

Lessons according to regular schedule

School uniforms at SSHL – 2018/2019

SSHL policy on school uniforms:

As part of the SSHL community, all students should wear correct school uniform at school, to strengthen the community and to emphasize the similarity between the students instead of the differences. We believe that a school uniform also may dampen the compulsion towards fashion and brand trends.

At specific times, and for important, formal school days, wearing uniform is mandatory and we trust that students will wear their uniform correctly with pride. The uniform is to be worn on Wednesdays, at the school start, Open House, Lucia, on the end of term ceremonies and other days which will be announced in time. The uniform should be worn the whole school day. Individual exceptions may be granted by the school management. No cap may be worn together with the school uniform. If a student does not wear their uniform correctly, a warning will be given and if repeated parents will be informed.

School uniforms can be purchased/rented/borrowed from the school´s shop on campus, UTIS, and consist of:

  • Dark-blue jacket
  • Grey trousers or skirt
  • White blouse or shirt
  • School tie or school scarf
  • Black leather shoes or boots
  • Black socks/black or nude stockings
  • A navy, maroon or grey school sweater/slipover may be worn under the jacket

Uniform fittings for day students (externs):

Tisdag 21 aug Onsdag 22 aug:
Tuesday August 21st Wednesday August 22nd
08.00-12.00 Boys year 7-9 08.00-12.00 Girls year 7-9
13.00-16.00 Boys 10-12th grade 13.00-16.00 Girls 10-12th grade

New boarding students are given a separate uniform fitting schedule on arrival.

The following options are available:

  1. All students have the opportunity to borrow (deposit fee 300 SEK/garment) their school uniform during their time at SSHL.
  2. Rental of jacket + purchase of trousers/skirt, tie (800 SEK). For this option you keep your trousers/skirt/tie and return the jacket.
  3. Purchase of second-hand jacket (800 SEK – directly to the seller of the garment).
  4. Purchase of an entire school uniform (trousers/skirt/tie and jacket – 2350SEK)


  • if you borrow a jacket you may not make any sewing changes.
  • option 1 and 2 are borrowed garments and should be handed back in good condition.
  • if student grows out of pants/skirt, new garments cost 500 SEK.

If you have any questions, please call +46 8 592 571 00, or  e-mail the office at

End of term and record breaking graduation 2018!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you – students, parents, alumni and also the wider SSHL community – for an amazing 2017-2018 school year at Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket.

As a school and with a strong focus on academics, all we can ask is that students try their hardest; time and again throughout the year we have seen dedicated young learners, striving to succeed. The learning that has taken place this year is immeasurable!

Those students who graduated from the high school on one of the national Swedish programmes this year did very well; for those that are waiting on IB grades, we’re confident you’ve performed well and look forward to seeing your results when they come in later in July.

As school director Dr Margret Benedikz says: “Studenten this year was a resounding success, bathed in fantastic summer sunshine. We couldn’t have asked for better. The record number of over 160 graduates really brought the entire campus to life and demonstrated what a thriving and dynamic school SSHL is!”

One of SSHL’s popular traditions sees external examination witnesses coming in to look at the work of graduating students on graduation day.

Pia Lotbom, who helped organise this year’s event, says: “I can’t tell you how much praise this years graduates received from the examination witnesses. I’ve received at least seven or eight personal e-mails telling me how much they appreciated the event and our wonderful graduates. All of them intent on securing an invitation to come back next year.”

The examination witnesses are often former staff or SSHL alumni and it’s an opportunity for a select few to see just how well our students are doing. We’re thrilled to have such positive feedback from this year’s witnesses and we’re looking to do even better next year.

Autumn 2018

For those students who are graduating 9th grade and not returning to SSHL in the fall, we wish you the very best for the future. We’re sure that you will take many fond memories of your time with us with you.

For returning students, the new term starts on Sunday August 26th. As usual, new boarding students are welcomed to SSHL on the Saturday before term starts (August 25)., whilst returning boarders and day pupils ´ return on the Sunday (August 26th) for Mentors Day. The regular teaching schedule starts Monday August 27th.

Full details regarding the start of term will be published here on the school website at the beginning of August.

With entry to the high school highly competitive and based on grades from 9th grade, not everyone makes the cut.


As well as saying goodbye to our graduates, and wishing you all a very happy summer vacation, this end of term is particularly special in that it sees three of our key leadership team moving on to new challenges. Margret Benedikz, Eddy Johansson and Björn Swartling are all moving on to new challenges. Everyone at SSHL wishes them the very, very best. We’re grateful for the dedication and service you’ve given SSHL! You’ll be sorely missed.

On a practical note…

The school switchboard and reception will be closed betwen 9-29 July.

However, we know from experience that potential boarding students often apply during the summer. If that’s you, please submit an application form here and we will contact you as soon as possible.

During the summer, applications and enquiries will be handled by a dedicated member of staff.

If you need to speak to someone urgently please refer to our on-call number that will be published shortly on our contact pages.


SSHL is truly a magical place. We’re a school that’s located in stunning grounds, by a picturesque lake but less than 40 minutes from central Stockholm. Those of us that work here know just how magical SSHL really is. Thank you again for another exceptional year. Have a safe and happy summer vacation and we look forward to seeing all of you back here in the fall.

20th Life-Link International School Conference at SSHL

The XXth Life-Link Internatinoal School Conference will be held here at SSHL on June 16-21, 2018. With about 50 guests from nine countries the conference is sure to be productive.

This year’s conference focuses on the role that the United Nations plays in climate change. The final day of the conference shifts towards the future and examines topics like nuclear threat, graphene and peace.

Summary of goals:
● Discuss the future and the possibility of world peace.
● Discuss the issue of the nuclear threat and its impact on the world and climate.
● Participate in the UN climate role play.
● Show each school’s work within the Life-Link values: Care for yourself, Care for Others and
Care for Nature.
● Get new contacts from around the world that could last a lifetime.
● Return to your school with new ideas and conclusions using what you learn from other school’s perspectives and ideas combined with the various
discussions held during the conference. To be included in the Education for Sustainable Lifestyle (ESD).

● Life-Link Friendship schools located around the world.
● Representatives from the United Nations.
● Politicians and Democrats from various countries are invited.
● Keynote speakers


June 16 Day 1 , Arrival Day
Arrival / Pickup / Living Quarters
18.00 Dinner
After Dinner Prepare poster session combined with school presentation
June 17 Get-together, School activities, introduction of UN Climate Roleplay
07:30 – 8:30 Breakfast
09:00 Bus to Stockholm10.30 – 13.30, Sightseeing by boat “MS Movitz” electrical ship (including lunch)
14.00-16:30 Free time
16:30 Return by bus to Sigtuna
18:00 Dinner
19.30 Prepare poster session combined with school presentation
June 18  Opening and presentation of UN Climate Roleplay
7:30 – 8:30  Breakfast
09:00 Opening ceremonies
Welcome speeches
Lars Johnson : Chairman Life-Link
Margret Benedikz : Principal  SSHL
10:00-12:00 Poster session combined with school presentation
12:00-13:00  Lunch
13:00-14:00 What happens with the climate? Update by Pär Holmgren
14.00-15.00 Presentation UN Climate Role Play. Assigning to groups and countries
15.00-15.30 Break
15.30-17.30 Work on position papers (in groups)
18:00 Dinner
Evening Everyone reads all position papers


June 19  UN Climate Roleplay
7:30-8:30      Breakfast
9:00-9:30       Welcome by the “United Nations General Secretary”
9:30-10:30 Opening speech by country (Max 3 minutes!)
10:30-11.00 Agreement draft # 1 by the secretariat
11:00-12:00 Statements (Work groups)
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:0013:15 Agreement draft #2 by the secretariat
13:15-14:00 Negotiations in groups
14:00-14:30  Statements (Work groups)
14:30-14.45  Possible agreement #3
14:45-15:15     Break
15:15-16:30 Final negotiations – Agreement reached?
17:30-18:30 Dinner
19:00-21:30 Multicultural evening (Peder Palmstierna)
June 20  Peace and the nuclear threat
7:30-8:30 Breakfast
09:00-10:30 Presentation of the ICAN organisation Winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Price
10.30-12.00 Workshop: “How to counteract the Nuclear threat”
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13.00-14.00 “Graphene – the material of the future”  Björn Franzén, SSHL
14.00-15.00 Workshop – “Graphene”
15.00-15.30 Break
15.30-17.30 Tour in Sigtuna “History and investments in sustainability”
18:00-19.00 Dinner
19.00-20.30 Closing Ceremony
June 21  Departure day
7:30-8:30 Breakfast


End of term ceremony – Programme – June 15

Programme for end of term ceremony

No lunch will be served on this day

Time Description
09:45 Students gather by Midgårdstrappan in their respective mentor groups and march down to the Aula. Dresscode: School uniform
10:00 Everyone seated in the Aula.
Communal song (everyone sings): "Den blomstertid nu kommer"
Welcome announcement
Special award ceremony
Speech by Eddy Johansson, Acting Principal
resentation of 9th grade certificates and book prizes
Communal song (everyone sings): "En vänlig grönskas rika dräkt"
Pupils leave the Aula in same order as they entered.
Mentors and pupils gather in their mentor-rooms.
11:30 End of school

Föräldrar är välkomna i mån av plats.


Intramural “Hemserien” Results

The final relay race in the intramural “hemserien” between the different houses was held last week in beautiful weather. The final results for this year are as follows:

Girls Houses

Sport Berga Haga Skoga
Track & Field 15 12 10
Basketball 15 12 10
Floorball 10 12 15
Volleyball 15 10 12
Badminton 12 15 10
Football 15 10 12
Trail running 10 15 12
Relay Race 10 15 12
Total 102 101 93

Boys Houses

Sport Sandvreten Midgården Backa
Track & Field 15 12 10
Basketball 15 10 12
Floorball 9* 12 15
Volleyball 15 12 10
Badminton 15 10 12
Football 15 12 10
Trail running 12 15 10
Relay Race 12 15 10
Total 99 98 89

*One point deducted due to not fulfilling secretarial duties. When two houses have equal scores the most wins and second plaements and so forth will be used to calculate a winner.

“Studenten” High School Graduation 2018

At SSHL there are plenty of traditional graduation activities for students, families and staff. The following is a recap of some of the events in a letter sent out to families earlier this term.

Monday May 28 – “Gubbskiva”

Dinner for students and invited guests (seated in mentor groups). The evening
starts at 18.00 with a performance by the students (per class) followed by dinner where the
students give their speech to the mentors.

Thursday May 31 – Scholarship Ceremonies

The students gather by the Aula at 13.45 and march into the Aula where parents , family and second-year pupils are waiting. The programme starts at 14.00 with speeches and music performances followed by the scholarships awards being given to the students. There are no further planned activities at the school after the ceremony.


Friday June 1 – Graduation itinerary

Time Description
08.30 – 09.15 Breakfast for boarding students in the boarding houses. Examination witnesses and teachers holding examination lessons eat breakfast together in the main dining hall.
09.20 Graduating students meet the examination witnesses and teachers in Instan/Gradängsalen.
09.45 – 11.10 Examination lessons according to special schedule in the presence of exam witnesses and school management.
11.15 Scrutinium in the Aula for students , examination witnesses and teachers. The examination witnesses give their assessments and graduating students say their farewells to their teachers.
11.30 – 12.00 Assembly at Midgårdstrappan for the graduating students' families , relatives and friends. The colorful Matriculation cap is exchanged for the traditional white Graduation cap in Midgården.
12.00 The main graduation event takes place on Midgårdstrappan where the graduation students run out of school signifying their successful graduation. Photos are taken after which the graduating students step down from midgårdstrappan and meet their families.
12.20 The graduating students assemble on the wall opposite Midgårdstrappan to sing graduation songs and chants.
12.45 A brass band leads the graduating students through Sigtuna town and back to school.
13.00 – 14.00 Examination witnesses and teachers are served lunch in the dining hall.
13.30 The graduating students return triumphantly from their march through Sigtuna town.
13.30 Reception for families and relativers at the graduates' boarding houses. registrations with numbrer of guests should have been received by your boarding house May 1 (no more than 10). Day students organize their receptions off campus.
circa 18.00 Graduates and invited guests depart for the graduation ball.
circa 02.00 Bus from the ball returns guests to both Sigtuna and Stockholm.


Boarding houses closed June 2-3.