International Language Competition - VASA won!

Emily Johnson and Melker Öhrner from MYP4a won the regional final in English. They were in the lead during the whole competition. Lovisa Kolsrud and Jan Koupil gave a good performance in French, but Franska skolan, the only other school from Stockholm that had qualified, won the competition. 
 
The national final in Malmö will take place on the 29th of March, 2017.

International Language competition - March 2017

Well done MYP students!
We have the honour to announce that Vasa International School of Stockholm is one out of six schools/language in the "Middle region of Sweden" (roughly Södermanland, Uppland, Gästrikland, Västmanland) that has qualified for the regional finals in the International Language Competition.

This is thanks to good results at the web based test all MYP students did during week 6. 
 
On the 10th of March our regional final will take place in Uppsala. Four MYP4 students will compete in a live competition in two different teams, English and French.

We wish them good luck!!

MYP Student trip to France - February 2017

On the 11th of February 2017, a group of 16 MYP students and two teachers from our school went to visit Collège Icare, a French highschool just outside Grenoble, for one week. Everyone stayed alone in French host families. The families had children in "troisième" (final year of junior high) and they were all very welcoming. The programme for the week was great. It included spending the weekend with the families, attending lessons, doing sport activities, visiting Grenoble, learning about the resistance during the Second World War, snow-shoeing, skiing in the Alps and not the least enjoying the French cuisine. In May 2016 Collège Icare visited our school with a group of 17 French students and four teachers, so this was the second exchange between our schools. Everyone involved wish to see a continuation next academic year.

                                                                                                       Photo: All participating students and teachers went snow-shoeing in the                                                                                                              ski resort Prapoutel on Thursday the 16th. The sun was shining from a                                                                                                                           bright sky the whole day.

Student Action PYP5 -December 2016

In December, our PYP 5 students presented a Flash mob in the streets as part of their student action. Their goal was to bring joy to people in the middle of the Swedish winter.

During the PE lessons for the unit "How we express ourselves" the children organized and planned their dancing routines themselves. In order to design the whole process the students had to implement all 5 transdisciplinary skills:

- Social skills (respecting others, adopting variety of roles, accepting responsibility,...)
- Communication skills (listening, speaking,...)
- Thinking skills (acquisition of knowldedge, application, analysis,...)
- Research skills (formulating questions, observing, presenting research...)
- Self management skills (organization, spatial awareness, motor skills,...)

They were so enthusiastic and courageous performing twice in front of quite a few people watching them and the result was amazing. They also made quite a lot of people happy with their performance and brought some unexpected warmth to people's hearts. We are so proud of them! Watch the video below.

The teachers,
Anna and Sergi

Welcome to our OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, 28th January
Luntmakargatan 101


Please note that you must register your attendance beforehand via the email below.

oppethus@vasaintschool.se

Due to fire safety requirements and building regulations we kindly ask you not to bring bicycles or prams with you into the school entrance.

SCHEDULE
9:50 - 10:05 Registration at school entrance. Reminder that you must have signed up beforehand
10:10 - 10:40 Information about the PYP program for ages 5 and 6 held in the lunch hall (at the top of the stairs)
10:50 - 11.05 Registration for parents that have signed up for the open house at the entrance
10:45 Classrooms are open for visitors
11:30 - 12:00 Information about the MYP program for MYP 1 (grade 6) held in the lunch hall
12:15 Classrooms are open for visitors
13:00 End of open house

Vacancies
Our vacancies for Fall term 2017 are as follows:
Approximately 16 openings in the Pre-IB class (children born in 2012) Approximately 30 openings in PYP 1 (all instruction in English)
Approximately 10 openings in the PYP 6 English class
Approximately 10 openings in the MYP 1 English class

In addition to these, there may be a few vacancies in both our English language classes and in our Bilingual classes (50% Swedish and 50% English).

Please find below the invitation to our Open House in PDF form.

Call for participants - IB Evaluation visit

Dear Vasa International School of Stockholm community,

As the PYP Coordinator of the school, I would like to take the opportunity to provide you with some information about the IB PYP Evaluation Visit that will take place at our school during May 31- June 2, 2017. This evaluation, which takes place every 5 years, is a great opportunity for all stakeholders to assess and reflect on the implementation of the PYP programme at our school. Our last evaluation was in 2012 so this evaluation is based on our practices between the period 2012-2017.


“The aim of programme evaluation is to:
- evaluate the extent to which the school is meeting the programme standards and practices
- improve implementation by identifying strengths and weaknesses, and determining areas for future focus
- serve as a vehicle to reinforce the support and commitment for the programme from all stakeholders in the community.” 
” (Guide to programme evaluation, 2016)


IB requires all stakeholders of the school to contribute to the school’s reflection on the programme implementation. The teachers of the school have in the past few months been working on the so called “Self study” process. Based on a questionnaire set by IB, they reflect in groups on how the school implements the Standards and Practices.

As stakeholders of the school, IB expects parents and students to be involved in this reflection process, as well. I would therefore like to invite any parents that are interested in sharing their opinions and reflections to please contact me, so as to create a focus group of parents that could help us with this process. The focus group will be contacted by the school and IB regarding collecting evidence of practice about philosophy, organization and curriculum. The focus group will also be invited for a meeting with the visitors of IB during the Evaluation visit days.

After the evaluation visit, IB will give the school feedback in a written report indicating whether the school is meeting the standards and practices required by IB. The written report will indicate whether the school shows satisfactory development, requires additional development or requires significant attention. The report will also provide commendations on practices the school is doing well and recommendations for practices that need development. Vasa International will share the findings of the report with the school community, as soon as they are made available to us.
If you have any questions regarding the IB evaluation visit 2017 please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to your interest in contributing to our self-evaluation process.

Sincerely,
Maria Angelidou
PYP coordinator at Vasa International School of Stockholm

maria.angelidou@europaskolan.nu

 

Vasa International School of Stockholm
Assessment policy

You can find our revised Assessment Policy below:

Vasa International School of Stockholm
Mission Statement and School Philosophy

Our vision
Vasa International School of Stockholm is a small, family-like, multicultural IB World school that strives to foster a challenging, open-minded and inclusive environment for its students.
We aim to be caring and inspiring teachers, ambitious and principled students, and informed and engaged parents.

Our mission
Our mission is to stimulate curiosity through inquiry and encourage respectful relationships between all stakeholders. We constantly seek to empower students to express themselves individually and collaboratively, preparing them for the challenges of the future and encouraging them to become lifelong learners and active global citizens.

Our philosophy
At Vasa International School of Stockholm we value and develop the international profile of all our stakeholders. As an IB World school, we are committed to the IB vision for the creation of a collaborative, diverse community united by a mission to make the world a better place through meaningful education. At our school we promote the learning of different languages and the understanding of different cultures. Our students, their families and our staff are multicultural, multilingual and as a community we embrace and promote all those different identities and cultures.

By aiming to instil the IB values into the hearts of all stakeholders we encourage our students, teachers and parents to strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, courageous, balanced and reflective.

As a school, we promote collaboration and effective teamwork at all levels and we inspire each other to ask questions and learn through meaningful inquiry. We set challenging goals and develop the perseverance to achieve them.We also value reflection as a means to deepen our understanding and to improve teaching and learning. As an IB school, we further value the importance of taking action as a means of connecting our learning to real-life situations and as a means to improve ourselves and the world around us.

The above statement has been created with the contribution of many different stakeholders of the school, such as the teachers, the parents, the students and the management team.

Please find attached our current Mission statement and School Philosophy.
These statements have been created with the contribution of many different stakeholders of the school, such as the teachers, the parents, the students and the management team.

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You are welcome to the Vasa International School of Stockholm OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, January 28th, 2017. Please find more information in the document below.

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We’re delighted to announce that as from the autumn term 2016, Europaskolan will change its name to become Vasa International School of Stockholm. We believe that the name change defines the School, its mission and identity, clearly and imaginatively.

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 Ahead of our historic name change, we have now launched our brand new website, which naturally has a new web address. Not only does our new site feature our new name – The Vasa International School of Stockholm – but it also includes more information about school life, admissions, our various programmes, and our Eknäs Gård site. 

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Following fantastic efforts from all those involved, pupils are now able to visit our Eknäs Gård site more frequently, and enjoy a greater variety of practical activities. In recent weeks, we have completed work on several outhouses including one that provides shelter for our growing number of chickens.

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