What's up at Stockholm International School
Week 3
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Author Visits

We were thrilled to host Avril McDonald at Stockholm International School. Avril engaged all of our students from Preschool through to Grade 5 with stories that taught children about self-confidence, change and grief, anxiety and fears, worries, and on how to make new friendships and relationships. All of the staff, students, and parents present loved her engaging characters and the beautiful illustrations.

Some student reflections from this author visit included: "I think these books are important because they give you messages to help you in your life!", "When there's a problem it's important to feel brave!", and "I learned that even though someone has been mean to you it's important to be kind to them and maybe you can make a new friend."  We hope to host Avril, Wolfgang and her other friends at our school again in the future.

-Sarah Kerwin
Library Media Specialist

Don't miss our next author visit: Stuart Stotts. on Wednesday, February 1st. Stuart is a talented speaker and musician who has written songs and books focusing on storytelling and developing kindness at home and in a classroom setting. He will lead a workshop for parents on Wednesday, February 1st from 2:15-3:15pm in the Main Building Library. Please send an email to Sarah Kerwin or come by the library to RSVP and reserve your spot for this workshop. 

Athens MUN

 
From December 8th to the 12th, nine Diploma Programme students, three boys and six girls, and Ms.Schmidt and Mrs. Rader, traveled to Athens, Greece to partake in a Model United Nations conference hosted by the Costeas-Geitonas School. The delegations from SIS were diverse in terms of experience, ranging from beginner to those who have attended up to 12 other MUN conferences. Sarah Fixler, first-time MUNer, described her trip as eye-opening and exciting. “The CGS MUN conference was my first ever MUN experience. It gave me the opportunity to expand my knowledge regarding the inner workings of the UN in an interesting and diverse environment.” The theme for the conference was Social Media, as students in each committee worked to understand the role of social media in a modern diplomatic setting, while also trying to use this understanding to create unique and influential resolutions. While on the trip, the group had opportunities to see the city and experience Greek culture; walking through the side streets of Athens, touring the Acropolis and its museum, and experiencing Greek cuisine. “I visited an upscale restaurant called The Balcony... I ate some of the most delicious cheeses I’ve ever had in my entire life. I was also treated to some of the nicest restaurant staff I've ever met. To contrast this, I wanted to see the genuine food the locals ate....We ended up at one of the quaintest, homiest places I've ever eaten. Here, being hungry from the conference, I ordered 4 gyros- 2 filled with chicken and 2 filled with pork. I watched as the cooks skewered and cooked the meat over a huge fire, right in the restaurant where many Greek families come for a Saturday night meal.” detailed IB 1 student, Adam Kendall. While on the trip, students were able to interact with kids from all over Europe and the Middle East. The students found it especially interesting to watch others from so many different upbringings to work together to solve a common problem. All in all, the trip was considered a success. While the days were long, it was all made up for through the knowledge gained and people met, the sleep deprivation helping to bring the delegation closer together.

- Sophie C.
Grade 11

Basketball

The Basketball season got off to a strong start after the break.  The Sr Boys team played ISSR on Friday, 13 January in a tight match. While they did not win the game, there were many good lessons learned as they prepare for future games. The Jr Girls and Jr Boys team played on Tuesday, 17 January against ISSR and we are happy to report both teams were victorious. The Jr Boys will take this confidence to Oslo on the weekend as they represent the SIS Bulldogs at a Nordic Network tournament hosted by Oslo International School. Good luck boys!

-Philip McCrea
Sports Association
Have you checked out the Faculty Directory on the new website? Read all about your favorite teachers by clicking on their name.

UPCOMING EVENTS

JANUARY 19-21
Model United Nations

JANUARY 23
DP Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

JANUARY 23-27
Fit For Nepal Week

JANUARY 27
Fit For Nepal All-Community Event
15:45
Fit For Nepal Fitness classes will be held every day next week. Highlights for parents are the Hula Hoopin on Monday and Fit with Fredrik on Tuesday. We also have a few spots open in MYP Self Defence run by Mr. Schulte on Monday afternoon. Sign up now by emailing Carly.
And don't miss the All-Community Event on Friday after school in the auditorium. See your favorite teachers in the Silly Relay and keep your fingers crossed for your chance to cream your teacher!
MUN junkie? Get all your updates on this year's conference, currently in session, from the Quirky Quibbler. You can also keep up through the SISMUN website and their Instagram feed.

Move update

Exciting work on designing the new school premises has started. As a first step in the process, the SIS Board of Trustees, staff members, and PTA members have attended two workshops to collaborate with the selected architects (studiostockholm.se) to start developing a mutual understanding of the whys, whats, and hows of the school relocation. 
Although the move of SIS to fast-developing Stockholm Science City area (hagastaden.se) will not happen before 2020, a lot has to be accomplished in order to end up with the facilities that will both show our nearly seven decades of tradition, as well as our vision to be a leading international school that offers high quality international education. 
One of the crucial aspects of this process is to tap into the individual and collective wisdom of our varied stakeholder community so that we develop a better understanding of our educational aspirations for the coming decades. 
-Dr. Marta Medved Krajnovic
Director of SIS

Curriculum Coffee Mornings

The IB and IPC curricula are not always well-known to parents coming into SIS. To help improve understanding, our curriculum coordinators host coffee mornings at least once a term to give a deeper look and answer questions. The first week of school, David Hume presented the MYP and this morning, Harriet Martins went over the IPC. We will have more meetings for parents throughout the upcoming term so keep an eye on Managebac. Already scheduled are:
  • Assessment in the IPC Workshop Friday 3rd February 8:30-9:30 in room 41 
  • Parents Knowledge, Skills and Understanding Workshop Friday 17th February 8:30-9:30 in room 41 
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