A 94 year old reminds us that “one person can make a difference”

Nina Lagergren, half sister to Raoul Wallenberg, visited VRGD on April 21.  Together with her granddaughter, Cecilia Åhlberg, Mrs. Lagergren shared the story of her brother’s work during WWII.

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She also shared the inspiring message that

one person can make a difference

no matter how large or small.  And, she talked about the Raoul Wallenberg Stiftelse as a possible organization where we can get involved.

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Mrs. Lagergren is living history.  Thank you for visiting our school and sharing your family’s memories.

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Students learn when they have to defend their ideas – MEPBSR in Helsinki

mepbsr logoTen students from VRG participated in Model European Parliament in the Baltic Sea Region (MEPBSR) in Helsinki, Finland April 13 – 18.  This program allows students the opportunity to participate in a parliament simulation program.

As representatives of Sweden, these students DSC_7173researched topics, prepared resolutions, debated and lobbied with students representing other countries, and then “worked on the floor” in a full General Assembly to get their resolutions passed.  This exercise requires students to use their knowledge from Social Science class, current events, leadership and communication training, rhetorics, debate, and more . . . In addition, students visited historic sites in Helsinki to learn more about Finland as a member of the EU partnership.

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As a Head of School, I am inspired by this comprehensive program that requires students to pair their theoretical knowledge with practical skills of implementation in various problem solving situations – active learning at it’s best!

Yet,  when I asked the students what was the best part for them, they replied “winning our debates and making new friends.”  Competition and social interaction – gamification at it’s best!

Read more about VRG’s participation in MEP, here:

From Stockholm to Luxembourg with MEP

What can students learn from MEP?






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Spets 1 English students test their new knowledge at BIPS

DJH-Positiv-loggaStudents in our Year 1 Spets English class recently visited the British bissInternational Primary School (BISS).

After studying different learning theories, our students “test” different pedagogical approaches on student groups at BISS.

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“We had a great variety of activities presented by VRG students from making hexaflexagons to folding clothes …. Origami, learning 9x tables, creating a piece of music on garage band and much more!!! Our students were fantastic interacting with the younger ones. “

-Sue Tennander, Leadership and Communication teacher

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Applying theory to a practical experience is an important step in the learning process.  In this project, students from both VRG and BISS learned a lot from each other.


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“Innovation is key” … Reinfeldt speaks to VRGD students

fred10On Tuesday, April 14, former Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt visited VRGD to speak with all students. During his lecture, Mr. Reinfeldt discussed global trends facing our society, as well as gave advice as to what students could do to prepare themselves to be productive in the future.  He also answered questions from students.

Discussed as specific global trends shaping our nearest future: human rights and the difference in opinion from nation to nation; population growth/decline and population

distribution between urban and rural areas; longevity and positive healthcare developments; digitization and access to information … And, the combination of these fred9trends will most certainly affect economic stability, resource allocation, national and international relations.

Mr. Reinfeldt “humbly” shared the following tips for successful preparation for a productive future:

study hard – not to learn facts, but be able to analyze information and understand the connections

focus on language – mother tongue be good communicator; foreign language is important – to be able to talk to different people from different culture

 develop "work skills" - be able to work in process and team; focus on results; get experience - get out there and check it out

innovation is key – learn to think!

Thanks to our Parents’ Association for organizing this inspirational lecture for our students . . .

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VRG goes (environ)Mental

On March 27, VRGD celebrated Earth Hour a day early.  IMG_3146Different activities throughout the day reminded us all of the important message Earth Hour sends . . .

bild (30)Students watched Cowspiracy:

Students shared infographics and informative videos from their Think Global, Act Local projects…

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Together with Unga Sociala Entreprenörer, our Environmental Committee recruited new members.




Teachers used this theme throughout the day during lessons. There was even a knowledge quiz.

We also ate “climate smart” food and minimized our electricity usage.

Thanks to all who contributed to this theme day.

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Congratulations to VRG student, Orgil Jargalsaikhan – Great result in the Chemistry Olympics!


We are so proud of our N3 student, Orgil Jargalsaikhan for his great results in this years Chemistry Olympics.  He scored #14 out of more than 230 participants from 33 different schools.

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Performing in a concert can teach students so much more than just music . . .

Students in the VRG Choir performed in the Stockholm wide concert – Star for Life on March 25.

What is Star for Life?starforlife1

Star for Life is an educational/ motivational programme, the aim of which is to strengthen the self esteem of young people in order that they might be better equipped to realize their dreams. We have developed a unique method in order to achieve this and external evaluations show very positive results.
We estimate that, by 2014, the program will be operating in 71 schools in South Africa, 20 in Namibia, 5 in Sweden and 1 in Sri Lanka. We will be reaching 100 000 pupils in three continents and, during the nine years that we have been operating, we will have reached approximately 200 000 pupils.
star for lifeThe work of Star for Life is in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Millennium Development Goals, to create fairer and more sustainable societies.
In its strategic plan Star for Life has chosen to define its activities in the following way:
“Star for Life offers a set of motivational programmes and services that inspire young people to value learning, acquire the knowledge and skills they need for productive work, and lead healthy lives free from AIDS.”

This week, students from VRG participated in a huge charity concert to raise money for this important cause.  Students from many different schools and organizations joined forces with professional musicians for a spectacular show.

During this experience, students learned so much more than just their songs  …

They learned what it takes to prepare for and implement an event with more than 200 participants. They met friends from different parts of Stockholm.  They learned about the challenges and triumphs of young people in South Africa and Namibia.  They practiced endurance participating between 13.00 – 22.00.  They experienced what can happen when many like-minded people work together.

We are so proud of these students’ efforts.  Well done!

VRGD has worked with Star for Life before, read related articles here>>

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Leading the Learning …

Meet VRGD’s Lead Teachers …

Gabriella Acuña Lopez

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” - Chinese proverb

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Chinese proverb

What do you like best about being a teacher?

The interaction with the students both in and outside of the classroom

What areas of school development are you particularly interested in?

School culture and IKT learning tools




Markus Andersson

The road to success is always under construction ...

The road to success is always under construction …

What do you like best about being a teacher?

The best part of being a teacher is that I have the possibility to work together with young people and follow along as they develop their knowledge and their understanding in my subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Natural Science).

What areas of school development are you particularly interested in?

Assessment questions, collegial learning and following current research related to learning and school development                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 Alexandra Koumi

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
Walt Disney

What do you like best about being a teacher?

What I like best about being a teacher is the contact with the students.  It is inspiring to hear young people’s opinions and thoughts about the questions we discuss, to see them develop and grow as human beings.  It is so great to see their excitement when they succeed in achieving the goals they have set up for themselves.  

What areas of school development are you particularly interested in?

I am very interested in how we as teachers can develop our teaching to help every student find their inner motivation and creativity.  How can we develop learning situations that work for different individual learning styles?  How can school develop curious and creative students who are willing to trust their own abilities?

Sue Tennander

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.  - Aristotle

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. – Aristotle

What do you like best about being a teacher?

The interaction with the students both in and outside of the classroom
The reward of seeing students develop and mature.
The challenge of finding meaningful learning situations both in and out of the classroom
Discussing, planning and working with stimulating colleagues
The fact that my workplace is full of life and energy every day and although it may at times be frustrating, it is never dull.

What areas of school development are you particularly interested in?

Developing ways of assessing work in our English-run courses so that we maintain an international profile whilst at the same time bench-marking the standard of the work students at VRG produce by having contacts with other schools both in Sweden and abroad.
Working with new teachers who are working in English in order to achieve the above.


Mona von Porat

Språket är tänkandets verktyg – ett socialt verktyg – och ett redskap för utveckling av lärande och fantasi.


What do you like best about being a teacher?

To plan lessons – the approach – and try different methods to help students understand and see when they develop and improve based on feedback and our continual dialogue… How students learn!!

What areas of school development are you particularly interested in?

Didactics and pedagogy 



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Many paths to a learning discussion …

VRG staff and students participate in Twitter discussions – follow us:


@LarsLingman – Head of Development, VR Schools

@klundstromatvrg – Head of School, VRG Djursholm

@HannaForsberg71 – Biology/Chemistry teacher, IKT project leader

@EVRGDJHLM – Elevkåren

@vrgdt – School newspaper

and many more … Join us!

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How do they relate – functions and derivatives? Math labs promote discussion …

IMG_1767Building on the understanding of functions, students in Math 3b study derivatives, primitive functions, and integrals – and what their graphs look like.  They also study the relationship between the three.  For many, these are new concepts/ideas.  For many, making the connection between description of an activity, an algebraic expression, the derivative and the graphs can be challenging.  One way to develop this important ability is to leave the textbook behind and investigate through lab/active learning.IMG_1766

Last week, students in Math 3b were challenged to “match the parts” – word description, algebraic expression, derivative graph, and function graph.  Students were allowed to use any tool they wanted to:  teacher knowledge, textbooks, calculators, IMG_1765and/or their peers’ knowledge.  Students worked in teams to accomplish this task.

The result – discussion not so IMG_1774much about what the right answer was or the right combination of “puzzle pieces”, but more about WHY?

Thanks to our Math teacher, Anders Lindahl, for investing time in lab/active learning to build understanding of the “connections”.IMG_1771

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