Big Wheel makes a Big Impact – Interactive Shakespeare

Big Wheel Theatre visits VRG every year.  Their interactive theatre workshop is one way we encourage students to “think outside the box”.

During this language and literature workshop students experience a “real” Shakespearian story.  The actors from Big Wheel connected with our students by using contemporary pop-culture references and parody. Interaction is a key element in the workshops and our students were actively involved right from the moment they were greeted by the performers (in the hallway at HB).

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Fun Friday …

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From Stockholm to Luxembourg with MEP

mepbsr logoFor five days in October, VRG Djursholm was the home to the 10th annual MEP BSR (Model European Parliament Baltic Sea Region) meeting.  More than sixty students and ten teachers from Poland, Russia, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Belgium, and Finland traveled to Sweden and stayed here in our community with our families.

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The schedule for the conference included two days of intense committee work where each committee consisting of representatives from each country wrote and revised and finalized a resolution to be presented to the General Assembly in open debate on the final day.  There were also team building and culture events included.

In addition to increased knowledge about these important national and European issues, many new friendships were formed.  Next MEP session is in Luxembourg, we can’t wait.

*Thanks to our students who shared their school for four days, our wonderfully supportive host families who showed real Swedish hospitality, to our staff who made many different things work at the same time, and, especially, to Dan Gustafsson – for your unyielding enthusiasm and effort to make learning meaningful for all of our students.

Read more about our work with MEP:

MEP and EYP – what does it mean for VRG?

What do students learn from MEP?


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Learning by experimenting … blood splatter lab in Forensic Science class

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Hidden Truths in History … a creative approach to learning about source criticism

Kopia av stalin (3)The purpose of this photo project was to quickly bring students into issues related to source criticism and historical awareness in a creative and fun way.

Each group chose a historical painting, a poster or a photo and read about the people and events that it reflected . They studied the picture and what lurked behind the selected image.  Then, it was time to make their own version of the original work.  In this part of the task, they should show what was the “hidden truth” in the original work.Kopia av stalin (1) (1)

The students then presented their pictures along with the idea behind their work.  To complete the task , students were given a total of 70min , showing that creative elements need not be time-consuming.

Bildprojekt – källor och dolda sanningar.

Syftet med bildprojektet var att snabbt sätta in eleverna i frågor som rör källkritik och historiemedvetenhet på ett kreativt och roligt sätt.

I grupp fick de välja en historisk tavla, en affisch eller ett fotografi och läsa på om personerna och händelserna som avspeglas. När de skapat sig en bild av vad som dolde sig bakom den valda bilden så var det dags att göra en egen version av originalverket men denna gång skulle det som inte syntes i originalet visualiseras.

Eleverna presenterade sedan sina bilder tillsammans med informationen de fått fram inför de andra eleverna. För att slutföra uppgiften fick eleverna totalt 70min på sig vilket visar att kreativa inslag inte behöver vara tidskrävande.

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Tips for how to get a Sports Scholarship to an American University …

VRG DJH was happy to welcome Chad Liddle,Director of liddleDarlington Soccer Academy, to share tips with our students who are interested in playing sports at the collegiate level in the US.

Here is the presentation he shared:

He also shared an example of a student sport profile.  This is a “resume” showing colleges what the athlete has accomplished during high school:

sports profile

If you would like to contact Mr. Liddle for further information:

Chad A. Liddle
Director, Darlington School Soccer Academy
1014 Cave Spring Road
Rome, Ga. 30161
Office: +1 706-378-3706
Cell: +1 404-932-4626
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In a short time, Eng 7 students accomplish a lot!

Read these inspiring imagist poems from Eng 7.

They whipped outside for a short time and were busy with these for less than an hour.


mapel leaf
Maple Leaf, Upon the grey

Gravel, Green as the grass in summer

Lies, Innocent

Yet so experienced, No longer of

Purpose, Maple Leaf, So bright



not happyNot happy

The only heat I feel comes from the sun

They say take no shit

But I am the exception

The unwanted is all I get

Autumn leaf on the gravel

A bright yellow leaf lying on the gravel

its purpose has been servedmapel leaf on gravel

no longer is it needed

summer is over and here it lies

like an autumn leaf on the gravel

keyholeThe key hole

Not like any other hole in a wall

The key hole has so much power

Who comes in? Who stays out?

Lets us sleep without all doubts

The light switch

The light switch, oh so powerful!

It possesses the divine power, of alternating between darkness and light.light switch

One touch, darkness.

One touch, light.

Nobody knows when the light is going to switch.



No I’mpoem not colorblind, I know the world  is black and white.

There is no gray zone you’re either within or without

Either the world is your oyster -Openings

Or you bury your past – Closure.

A magnanimous poem

Light reflected on its surface       Separating our presence

From what is foreign        Stained by human imprints

Used by many       Left absent recognitiondoor knob

un-noticed               A gatekeeper

No hero                     Not deserved

Yet needed                   A silent guardian

A watchful protector            A door knob

black branchesBlack branches

stretching towards the sky

Green leaves turned red

by the icy autumn wind

Sunlight sipping through

I Hate yougravel

The wounds you cause children you hurt

wheelchairs you keep back

hurt without moving

make noise without talking

cause friction without pulling

Innocent, but oh such dark soul

treOn temperature it all depends – green turns red

and perish to the ground – 

life depends on warmth and comfort

beneath just lies – a lifeless shell

The fallen treefallen tree

The storm had come and the tree stood tall,

until it adopted a horizontal position

There it lied … the fallen tree, admitting defeat to the blistering win

the benchThe Bench

Old grey worn out, wood …

No longer used. The yard desolated ever since the rain came

Water cold as ice. Wind making me shiver

The bench stays abandoned as I go inside.

What will we become?

What will we achieve?

Whom will we love and in what will we believe?












Time invented

Past becomes history

Future has limits

Nothing is infinite

Time warps reality

We’re the creators of our enemy, Oops

so much in life

so muchunnecessary some would say
so much in life

we pick up and place down
so much in life

we need to lose to gain
so much in life

we need when we actually have all.

The Opportunity of Educationopportunity

Youth is exploring, opening doors to expand your horizons,

first you need to leave the shores John Keats famously wrote

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty”

Shame to squander this wonderful opportunity …

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Teacher as artist, Artist as teacher …


Congratulations to our French and Spanish teacher, Martin Monet, on his successful art exhibition at Kontoret Nybroviken.

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VRG October Newsletter


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VR turns 20!

During weeks 39 and 40, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Viktor Rydberg School Foundation.

On Sunday, September 28, we were treated to a gala performance with current students, alumni, and staff at Cirkus in Stockholm.

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On Monday, September 29, all VR staff were treated to an international evening at Tensta 20adultKonsthall where we visited the art gallery, listened to Egyptian, Uzbekistanian, and Turkish music, as well as inspiring words from our founders Louise Westerberg and Louise Ankakrona.  We enjoyed Indian food, as well as homemade Syrian pastries.  The theme of this evening was a tribute to our school’s international profile.

Then, on October 1st and 2nd, students in the 5 different VR schools were treated to an inspiring music concert with Kilema, a famous musician from Madagascar.  Not only did we listen to enchanting native music, but we also learned about the country and the culture from which he came.

The same vision that our schools were founded on 20 years ago still inspire the learning today …

hjärnen vill ha roligt/Entertain your Brain  

konst och vetenskap går hand i hand/ Art and Science go hand in hand

with the student at the center of everything we do . . . Viktor Rydberg Schools proudly celebrate 20 years and look forward to, at least, 20 more!


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Study visits enable “real” learning

Students in our Aesthetics Year 3 class visited Sveriges Television on Monday.  This study visit was an extension of their Film and TV Production course.

Learning outside of the classroom …

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