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Skolans styrelse sammanträdde under den senaste veckan, och bestämde då detaljerna för antagningsprocessen för skolåret 2017-2018.
Antagningsprocessen för nästa skolår öppnar den 1 mars och slutar 15 april. Förtur kommer att ges till nuvarande elever och syskon. Lotteri kommer att avgöra vilka som antas om det blir för många elever som söker.
Totalt fördelas 98 elevplatser enligt följande:
- Förskolan: 7 på lördag och 7 på söndag.
- Förskoleklass-åk 1: 12 på lördag och 12 på söndag.
- Läs&skriv+ 20 på lördag och 20 på söndag.
- 20 distanselever
I hope you are enjoying some sun, a few relaxing books and many good laughs with your children! We are spending our summer by a long stretch of white sand along Lake Huron in southwestern Ontario to catch up with our Canadian relatives, and finishing off with a short visit in Sweden. It is lovely, but I miss our friends and mountains and lovely summers in Vancouver! In spite of enjoying Canadian beaches, I am determined to post a few things on our blog to compensate for getting behind during this busy past year. With little kids dominating the household, time by the computer is almost like “free time” – an intellectual pursuit that helps to keep me sane. Thanks to this I noticed a request about information on how to choose an area to live in Vancouver, and I will be posting a response to this on the blog.
If you didn’t notice already this blog has a mix of blogs in both Swedish and English, even though our classes are taught in a Swedish-immersion fashion. This approach is a reflection of the backgrounds of the parents whose children compose our classes. Some parents only speak English, and we want to accommodate those parents who do so that when they are the one planning and organizing the kids’ activities, Swedish School remains an option. Therefor we try to make sure all vital information is in English, while leaving such information more directed towards the Swedish speaking parent in Swedish. I am hoping to post a more through explanation of this soon, but for now I will leave it at that. This has received some controversy in the SMUL community around the globe (www.SMUL.org), and we are happy to take comments on how you as a parent feel about this, if it matters to you!
Mia Logie, chair, Swedish School of Vancouver
Hockey is a strong part of the Swedish cultural fabric. Many kids there grow up playing street hockey, and watch the major national and international championships. Sweden raises some great hockey talent, as we are well aware of here in Vancouver! Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Marcus Näslund, Mattias Öhlund, and Mats Sundin are some of the famous Swedes that have played for the Canucks at some point. Not to mention the players that have played for some of the other amazing NHL teams.
The Swedish School of Vancouver just submitted an application to the Sedin Corner for an opportunity to attend a game night with 14 seats and some luxury treatment for hockey fans. If we are awarded this opportunity we will have to ask our amazing teachers to quickly design an internal challenge for our kids to win the seats! It will likely be for our older kids, so that 12 kids can attend with the supervision of two parents or teachers.
Hockey is something that Canada and Sweden have in common, and something that both countries identify strongly with. Attending a game night together as a school event would be such a great opportunity to strengthen our students’ appreciation of their Swedish-Canadian identities, and an amazing bonding experience! This could inspire our students for years to come, and I can see us bragging extensively about it on our blog and in the communities of ex-pat Swedish Schools and parents teaching their kids Swedish abroad.
Some kids find it difficult to learn by sitting in school benches, and tend to pay much more attention when the learning can be achieved through an active- or sporting-related situation. In particular boys tend to drop out of our curriculum at a higher rate, possibly to a great extent for this reason. If our application is granted, we could target hockey and sports as a theme for part of the school year to further enhance the benefit of this opportunity.
This certainly is something we could not afford unless we were to win one of the game nights so generously offered by the Sedin twins!
Cross your fingers everyone, and stay tuned!!
Photo: A happy Monica Olofsson, chair of the Swedish Cultural Society, with the Pubnite guest Bo-Christer
Thank you everyone who came and enjoyed the fundraising event at Swedish Pubnite! We raised $2.4k for the Swedish School camp in early June! This way, all our families can afford attending our amazing camp for Swedish speaking kids, of all ages.
A special thank you to those who donated their time organizing, cooking, compiling music, making quizzes, MC-ing, setting up, cleaning and helping out in any other way! We especially want to thank the following incredible people who made our event a very successful one!
- First of all, Carina Spencer for not only cooking delicious food for 80 people, but also donating the food!
- Mike MacFarlane for acting as our MC and for preparing and leading two entertaining rounds of the pubquiz with his wife Lotta.
- The people who organized and volunteered at the event: Carina Spencer, Eva Robertson, Monica Olofsson, Johan Backström, Bradley Budden, Anette Anastacio, Mia Logie, Niklas Mesgara, and Annie Kvick.
- Susanne Robb for bringing half of her high school class to the event.
- Lotta and Mike Macfarlane for bringing a large group of lively friends to the pubnite!
- All the people who came to our event!
We also want to express our gratitude to the Swedish Cultural Society and SWEA Vancouver for partnering with our school for this fundraising event. This was the first event that we have organized together, and let’s not make it the last one!
Finally we want to thank those who donated goods and services to our auction and draws!! Among them were:
The Board members and Teachers of the Swedish School of Vancouver