#fiskeboda2015 remembered …

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Why are the first 5 days of school so important?

high expectEvery year when school starts … there are so many expectations.  Students, parents, teachers – everyone has high expectations.  And, rightly so!

But, what can we do during the first 5 days to show students that “together” we can achieve our goals?  What can we do to show that we can meet and, even, exceed those expectations?

Well, here is what we have been doing:

IMG_3794teachers have studied about how to support students “to be ready to learn new things”

-teambuilding among classesIMG_3817

-discussion of what it means to work as a team

-teachers have attended conferences to become experts on important values that students will study

IMG_7694-students have joined students from Jarlaplan and Odenplan to start preparing this year’s musical

-Economy students have presented their UF idea to more than 2000 KTH university students

-tech training

-discussed course outlines and investigated what we will learn this year

-talked to each other  IMG_3811

-Elevkår offered a “backyard bar-b-q” for all students

IMG_3803-the school newspaper VRGDT interviewed new staff and students to capture their feelings

-reviewed and revised more than 500 schedules

-shared written letters of hopes, fears and expectations with ourselves via futureme.org

-older students have “guided” younger students through the nervousness of starting a new school

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These are just a few of the many activities we have been engaged in for these first 5 days. Planned by our dedicated administrators, implemented by our engaged teachers and inspired by our students – it has been a busy 5 days.

Of course, there are bumps in the road, as IMG_3843there always will be … schedule clashes, the nervousness of forging new friendships, building confidence in a new environment, facing the academic challenges of high school.  But, that’s ok.  We will solve these challenges together. Really, that is why the first 5 days of school are so important … to learn that no matter what – we will solve it together.  Together, we will meet those high expectations.

And, we are just getting started!

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Ready to learn something new? VRG teachers are …

IMG_3753As teachers at VRG Djursholm get ready to welcome our students back … we are practicing “learning new.”

We believe that Art and Science go hand in hand when students are learning.  This year, we are focused on two specific aspects of this important approach:

 Readiness to learn something new/Beredskap att lära nyttIMG_3756 (1)

Different forms of expression, learning styles and an openness for creativity/ Olika uttrycksformer, inlärningssätt och öppenhet för kreativitet 

We believe these are important aspects of developing intellectual curiosity, academic perseverance as well as creative and critical thinking.

IMG_3754We are looking into the research of Carol Dweck, Alva Appelgren, brain-based learning, as well as the work of Franklin Covey regarding trust.  IMG_3758 (1)In addition, we will work together throughout the year both with our students and in focused study groups to further understand these aspects of learning …

We ended our first week of conferences with an inspiring video of some pensioners in New Zealand who absolutely were open to new forms of expression:

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Pantertanter och krutgubbar

We are ready to learn the newest findings (and apply them …) of how we learn to best support our students … welcome back!

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What to expect in Language Level 3.0

Dear students,

Welcome to VRGD!  Wondering about what to expect in French 3, Spanish 3, German 3 or Mandarin 3?  Here is a video explanation:

Need extra practice?  Here are some helpful tips:left arrow

 Inför spanska 3 /Practice for Spanish

 Inför franska 3 / Practice for French

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Read more about Foreign Languages at VRG, here:

International Language Day

Spanish students win prizes

Kahoot in Spanish




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VRG Djursholm tilldelas kvalitetspris/VRG Djursholm is awarded Danderyd’s Quality Award


VRG Djursholm har tilldelats Kvalitetsutmärkelse 2015 av Barn- och utbildningsnämnden vid Danderyds kommun!

Skolans målmedvetna och strukturerade arbete med att utveckla metoder för att, enligt läroplanens mål, öka elevernas inflytande på undervisningsmetoder och innehåll har gett resultat. Resultatet verifieras bland annat av elevenkäten 2015 som genomförs bland alla gymnasieskolor i Stockholms län. 

Grattis VRG Djursholm!

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Graduation 2015 – Good Luck finding “the balance”!

On a glorious morning graduates and staff gathered to begin the celebration of 12 successful years of school for 184 graduates from VRG Djursholm. We started with a lovely breakfast provided by our Parents Association; followed by class photos and  group photo; a music and speech filled lunch; a meaningful final ceremony and, then the big moment, “utspring”. The following is a photo documentation of the day:

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Of course, there were cheers and songs throughout the day:

During the lunch speech, I shared with my students that more than anything I wish them luck finding balance – balance between working hard and playing hard; balance between planning and mapping out every step in their future and being able to enjoy the “here and now”; balance between being bold enough to share your own ideas and humble enough to accept the ideas of others … this is no easy task.

To further encourage them, I shared the inspirational words of Dr. Seuss – perfect for this occasion:


Good Luck Class of 2015, #proudrektor


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Memories from End-of-Term Ceremony, VT2015

Welcomed by the summer sounds of our dedicated choir,

we started our last day of the 2014-15 school year early.

At VRGD, end-of-term is a time for reflection, appreciation and celebration.  Today, we celebrated with a lovely ceremony filled with songs, awards and hopeful speeches.

It was a proud moment when students and staff celebrated being chosen as the 2015 Quality Award winner for Best School in Danderyd’s municipality.

Two of our students, Jakob Haskel och Lovisa Bergström, expressed end-of-year sentiments via haiku:

The bell is ringing

They are reaching for the stars

Fasten your seat belts

Thanks to Jakob and Sue for leading us in the ceremony and leading us into summer . . .

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Creative “MyStyle” projects are a great way to end the year …

In a joint assignment from their Communications course and English 6, students in year 1 each chose a “MyStyle” project to exhibit their skills.  By choosing a topic that was especially important to them, students were able to really invest in their topic.  Students were allowed to choose topic, as well as presentation form.  There was huge variety in the classes’ presentations.  An official letter to the Prime Minister of England discussing climate change, a spoken word project about learning vs education, the story of sneakers as a fashion icon, and many more creative projects.

Here is a sample of some of their work:




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Natural science students visit Alfvén laboratory to learn about “real” physics

20150604_090740Last Thursday, Year 3 science students visited KTB for an interesting and relevant visit as they finish their Physics course.

The purpose of this study trip was for students to see one of the most progressive and highly technological applied area of physics research.

The research being made at Alfvén laboratory is a part of a multiniterational (USA, Russian, EU, India, South Korea, and more), multi-million dollar project, ITER.  ITER is a large-scale scientific experiment that aims to demonstrate the technological and scientific feasibility of fusion energy.  This project is trying to develop production of electricity in the 20150604_095352same way as produced by the sun, through fusion fuels.  This is an energy source with unlimited potential.

Students were able to tour the facility and ask questions.  Great way to see “real” physics.

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Leadership State of Mind …

Student created videos make end-of-year review fun.  When asked to combine the theories and specific leaders they have studied during this year in a creative presentation, Sue’s Leadership students responded in many creative ways.

Here are a few inspiring examples:



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