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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Swedish Ambassador gives career advice to VRG students

Ulrika_Sundberg_Irland_litenThanks to our Parents Association VRG was happy to welcome Ulrika Sundberg, Swedish Ambassador to Ireland on March 5.

Ambassador Sundberg shared many anecdotes from her career with the Foreign Service.  She has been stationed in ulrikaFrance, USA, Pakistan, Addis Abeba, Belgium, Ireland and more.  She has worked with all areas of foreign diplomacy and focused specifically on human rights.

During her lecture, Ambassador Sundberg gave education tips, career path advice, as well as described how major history events shape Swedish foreign policy.  She spoke specifically about the role of European Union in the future politics of Europe.  She also answered all student questions both about her career and her experience.

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Thanks Ambassador Sundberg for your candid and informative lecture.


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Memories from College Day Scandinavia – 2015-03-16

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Tips for how to prepare for the Högskoleprovet/ Swedish college entrance exam

hgs2On March 28, the next college entrance exam for Sweden will be given.  Here are some tips on how you can prepare:

Learn about how the test is organized here>>

Practice on old tests, here>>

Take an interactive practice test, here>> hgs1

Practice vocabulary here>> or here>>

hgp5There are many apps that you can download to help you practice, read about them here>>  We recommend Appanero>>

The night before the test:

get a good night’s sleep

On the day of the test, think about: hsp3

read all instructions carefully

manage your time well

good luckdon’t get stuck on difficult problems, keep going

be careful when you mark your answers

make notes in the test booklet

take it easy and concentrate

relax during the breaks, drink water and eat a proper lunch

Best of luck to all test takers!

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Role play as a final exam in History

rolespel1Instead of a traditional written exam, History students finished their studies on World War 1 with a role play where students played the roles of country leaders discussing important questions from that time period.

Students debate questions of conflict, as well as brainstorm possible solutions all from the perspective of “their country”.  During this round table discussion, students are assessed against the course criteria.

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Lead Teacher, Gabriella Acuña Lopez, says that working with “open ended questions yield a deeper understanding.”  Read more about the details of this assignment here>>

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VRGD Quality Results 2015

Each year, students and staff participate in a comprehensive evaluation of our school and our programs in every aspect.  The aggregated results give us a full view of our strengths and our weaknesses.  These results provide us with an accurate measure of how well we have accomplished this year’s goals, as well as provide the basis we need to plan for what we can develop further.
The system we use is called Incito. Here is a graphic presentation of this year’s results:
VRGD Quality Results 2015 (1)

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