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Posted Friday, Aug 11, 2017 2:11:08 PM

Crescendo music school, Fall 2017

Crescendo offers individual or group lessons in

Piano - Wednesdays

Voice - Thursdays

Guitar - more information will be coming soon

Vocal Ensemble Club - Thursdays

The Vocal Ensemble Club aims at developing individual singing skills, singing within a group, the basic musical skills of pitch, rhythm and expression through musical vocal techniques for the young singer. Rehearsals will be held on Thursdays from 15:30 - 16:30

If your child is interested, or if you would like more information please contact Maria at Crescendo on 93443316
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Posted Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Dear Middle School families,

Welcome back! I hope you have had a relaxing and enjoyable summer with friends and family. This is a reminder that school begins Monday, 14th of August, at kl.09:00. Students and parents are welcome to arrive from kl.08:30 and meet the Skagerak staff. The first day of school is a full day and students will be dismissed at kl.15:10. For those with younger siblings, please note that our morning SFO for Kindergarten and Primary will begin on Tuesday morning at kl.07:30.

Below you will find the list of contact teachers and their respective emails for the 2017/2018 school year.

2017/2018 START UP SCHEDULE – Middle School

Everyone will be outside to greet you from Monday and directing you to your new homerooms. As we have new students coming at the start of every year, please go out of your way to make people feel welcome, help them if they are lost and remember the day you started! Please look for them outside.

Monday 14th August

Meet and greet 0845 outside, with all students in MS being sent inside

9:00 - 10:15: homeroom

10:15 - 11:30: Assembly

11:30 - 12:15: Spirit activity

12:15 - 13:00: Lunch

13:00 - 1510: Regular schedule

School dismissed at kl.15:10

Tuesday 15th August

Normal start kl.08:55

9:00 - 13:45: Regular classes

13:45 - 14:30: Meet in Beta for student election nominations and house meetings and elections

School dismissed at kl.14:30 (Normal Tuesday dismissal time)

Wednesday 16th August

Normal start kl.08:55

Regular schedule

School dismissed at kl.15:10


Normal start kl.08:55

Regular day

Camp meetings during assembly time

School dismissed at15:10


Normal start kl.08:55

9:00 - 10:30: Student Council speeches

10:30 - 14:30: Normal schedule

14:30 - 15:10: Election results and final camp meetings

School dismissed at kl.15:10

Glance ahead to teambuilding camps week 34

Uke 34



Monday 21 Aug

Camp begins kl.09:00 Strand Leirsted

Regular timetable at school

Tuesday 22 Aug

Strand Leirsted

Regular timetable at school

Wednesday 23 Aug

Parent pick up from Strand Leirsted kl.12:00

Depart school campus kl.09:30 for Høyt og Lavt camp

Thursday 24 Aug

Regular classes at school

Høyt og Lavt

Friday 25 Aug

Regular classes at school

Return to school campus ca. 15:00

* more detailed information regarding the camps will come home in out start of year package

Contact teachers will be sending additional information and necessary school start-up forms home with students on the first day of school. This package will include: camp details, the school's computer use agreement, medical information and the permission to leave campus form. Also, please see the Stationery List to allow you to best plan for the return to school.

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Once again this year, school information will be electronic and regularly added to our 'News and Events' page. Please sign up for notifications for this page.

We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces next week!

Kind regards

Principal James Tester

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Posted Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Have a great summer holiday!

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Posted Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 9:50:00 AM

Spring fling at Middle school - 9 June

The Middle school will host its annual Spring Fling Friday 9 June. Students will be dismissed at lunch to travel up to the sports field in Framnes. House teams will compete for their last opportunity for points. Students are encouraged to dress in their team colours ready to be outdoors and active for the afternoon. Students will be dismissed for the day from the field.

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Posted Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017 5:54:00 PM

Kenja CAS Quiz Night - 8 June - 16:30

Support the Kenya CAS by attending a fun and eventful evening in the high school canteen, where there will be several quizzes, prizes and pizza. Profit will be used to the directly support our sister school in Nairobi, Kenya with books, stationary and whatever else they might Hope to see you there!

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Posted Tuesday, May 16, 2017 10:57:00 AM

Crescendo Music School, FALL LINE UP - 2017

Individual or group lessons in

  • PIANO - Wednesdays
  • VOICE - Thursdays

We aim on developing individual singing skills, singing within a group, the basic musical skills of pitch, rhythm and expression through musical vocal techniques for the young singer.

If your are interested and would like further information please contact Crescendo Musikkskole

Email: or telephone: 93 44 33 16

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Posted Monday, May 15, 2017 7:25:25 PM

17th May at Skagerak International School

Wednesday is Norway's constitutional day, 17. mai, and we at Skagerak celebrate this annual event with the community. Here is some useful information about this day below:

  • the Parent Council is arranging a breakfast beginning at 7:45 am in the high school cafeteria. Waffle and coffee sales will be held to support the Parent Council
  • around 8:15am, Primary and Middle school students will hold a flag ceremony
  • just before 9am, PY1-DP2 we will march along Framnesveien and first meet Framnes skole and the Framnes Jr. music corp at Coop Xtra, and then Ormestad skole at Rema 1000. Parents and siblings are welcomed to join us during this part of the parade! PY1 will walk with us or meet us in town
  • at 10 am the 17th of May ceremony begins in Badeparken. Hipp hipp hurra!
  • at 10:20, Skagerak PY1 to DP2 students and staff will march through town, returning to Badeparken by 11:30. As always, we do ask that Primary and Middle school students inform their homeroom teacher before leaving the festivities.

Things to remember

  • students meeting in town should notify their homeroom teachers beforehand
  • be sure your child has comfortable shoes for standing and marching
  • if rain is forecasted, no umbrellas please - rain jacket or poncho is best
  • When you collect your child, be sure to inform the class teacher in person. Please collect them from Badeparken, not along the parade route
  • Students should leave gum, candy, noise makers, silly spray, etc at home

Enjoy the day! Gratulerer med dagen!

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Posted Monday, May 15, 2017 3:19:08 PM

Building a Sustainable Future - Thursday 18 May 6-7 pm

All are cordially invited to the MY4 exhibition of Building a Sustainable Future - an exhibition of work aimed at providing for a better tomorrow through sustainable designed homes. The exhibit will be held in the library of the high school building. Please join us!

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Posted Friday, May 12, 2017 6:57:26 PM

17th May celebrations

Once again the Skagerak Parent Council invites all students, families and friends of Skagerak to start Norway's national day with breakfast and student speeches:

07:45 Breakfast - Rolls, waffles, coffee, tea and juice may be purchased
08:45 Flag ceremony with speeches and the national anthem
09:00 Skagerak students leave to join with Framnes skole to walk to town
Location Skagerak International School, High school cafeteria

Join us and celebrate 17th May!

Sandefjord kommune 17 May programme

Where to meet up in Badeparken

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Posted Tuesday, May 9, 2017 11:26:00 AM

MY4 are in Krakow, Poland

During the next 3 days, MY4 will be visiting the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, historical museums, the Jewish Quarter, the salt mines of Wieliczka and a venue featuring traditional Polish music and dance. This annual trip is one that generates powerful impressions and life-long memories.

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Posted Tuesday, May 2, 2017 4:07:32 PM

PY6 Exhibition

Preparing for tonight's opening session at 6 pm - hope to see you there!

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Posted Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017 12:39:31 PM

PY6 Exhibition 2017

We are excited to invite students and parents to the opening of the PY6 Exhibition for 2017 on Tuesday 2 May at 6 pm in the Lars Ask Auditorium. The Exhibition will also be open for viewing Wednesday 3 May 9:00-15:00 and Thursday 4 May 9:00-12:15 in the library in the high school building.

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Posted Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 6:16:28 PM

Skagerak's Got Talent Show, 3 May

Middle and High school students proudly present the annual Skagerak's Got Talen Show in the Lars Ask Auditorium on Wednesday 3 May at 17:00.

50 kr for adulst, 30 kr for students and free for all under 12 years of age.

Enjoy the fun!

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Posted Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 2:16:19 PM

Updated hours for the homework club

Ms Kristina Unhjem is replacing Ms Sunde for the remainder of the 16-17 academic year. The homework club will now be held on Tuesdays only, 14:30 to 16:15 in the PY3 classroom. The Wednesday session is therefore cancelled.

We wish Ms Sunde the very best in her year long adventure of sailing around the world!

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Posted Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 2:03:10 PM

Lunch with the principal

Congratulations to Erik, Sumeia and Paulina for being recognized by the Skagerak community for going 'above and beyond'. They received the much sought after weekly lunch with the principal award, where they are treated to lunch in the cafeteria with the older students.

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Posted Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 12:29:00 PM

Python Club

Age group: PY6 – MY4

When: Wednesday B-weeks

In the Python Club, you will learn how to program in Python. We will make games, websites, software and so much more! Python is a language used by google, and one of the most used languages in the world. Major websites and software like Youtube, Instagram and Spotify are all made with Python. We will meet every Wednesday in B weeks at 15:15. Send me an email at if you would like to join the CAS or have any questions!

See you then!

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Posted Tuesday, Apr 4, 2017 12:29:28 PM

MY3 trip to Athens

MY3 have been visiting museums and ancient sites in Athens this week, to support their I & S and Visual & Performing Arts units. They have enjoyed bus and walking tours through the historic centre, and have been to the Acropolis, Theatre of Dionysus, New Acropolis Museum, Philopappos Monument, Panathenaic Stadium and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. During the next few days they will explore nearby towns and visit the Agora and the Foundation of the Hellenic World, before returning home on Thursday.

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Posted Friday, Mar 31, 2017 4:13:10 PM

Middle school timetable 3-7 April

Please view for the Middle school timetable for week 14, 3-7 April.

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Posted Monday, Mar 27, 2017 9:28:00 PM

Skagerak is providing the venue for an open meeting for parents, about youths and digital citizenship.

The local parents' organization, Foreldrenettverket 13+ i Sandefjord, invites all parents to an informative meeting regarding youths' use of internet and social media.

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Posted Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 9:47:00 PM

Alternative timetables

The Norwegian teachers union, Utdanningsforbundet, has taken out from Thursday 23 March, 36 of their members on strike at Skagerak International School. We regret the inconvenience this causes for our students and their parents.

Alternative timetables have been emailed to parents and students, and have been posted on the news blogs for the Primary and Middle school students.

Please see the press release in Norwegian or English or listen to the debate on NRK1 Vestfold with director Hans Jørgen Firing.

For further information, please read Utdanningsforbundet's most recent declaration of their strategy against private schools (in English and Norwegian) and a statement from the leader of Utdanningsforbundet about Kamp mot økt kommersialisering.

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Posted Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 12:51:00 PM

MY2 students travel to The Hague and Amsterdam

MY2 students are in The Hague this week, visiting museums and historic sites to support their I & S and Visual Arts units. They will return on Thursday, after spending the day at the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

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Posted Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 3:52:44 PM

Calling all carpenters...

The school library is interested in acquiring new wooden bins to hold the picture book collection in the Primary School section of the library. Do we have any parents or grandparents in the school community with carpentry skills? Please contact the school librarians, Sue Budd ( or Maura Brattested (, if you are interested and able!

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Posted Monday, Mar 13, 2017 11:39:00 AM

Skagerak Playmakers present Oliver Twist, 31 March and 1 April

Everyone is invited toVerdensteateret on Kongensgate on 31 March and 1 April for this year's production, Oliver Twist.

Oliver Twist is a dramatic story, told in English, about a young orphan boy who finds himself alone on the streets of London in 1831. His is befriended by thieves and pickpockets, later rescued by a wealthy family and finally finds out about his true identity.

25 actors, ages 9-19 years have been skillfully directed by John Goodnow in recreating pre-Victorian London. Tickets available at the door. Adults: kr 150; children/students kr 50; Family ticket Kr 350

Come and enjoy yet another fantastic production from our very own theatre group!

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Posted Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017 4:41:00 PM

Parent Teacher Conferences for Middle school, 14 and 16 March

On 14 and 16 March, Middle school teachers at Skagerak International School will be holding student conferences for the second term of 2016/2017. Students will be dismissed at 12:15 on both days. Please take a moment to sign up to see your child's teachers, as many of the times fill up quite quickly. Additionally this semester, Mr. Hans Jørgen Firing the school director, will be available for meetings if you would like information, or have any questions or concerns for him.

The Middle school will have conferences on Tuesday 14 March from 13:00-16:00 and Thursday 16 March from 13:00-19:00 to discuss your child's most recent progress report and improvements that have been made since the beginning of the school year, and areas that should be addressed moving forward. It is important that you sign up for a session with your child's homeroom teacher and their specialist teachers as well. See the email sent to all parents 6 March for the links to all teachers and their grade level responsibilities, for your reference.

Sign up Procedure

Please visit the link to schedule your meetings. You may sign up for meetings by ticking an available time slot. You can scroll through the available teachers with the tabs at the top of the page. If you want to change the date, simply choose from the top right pull down menu. Please make note of the time and try not to book teachers at the same time. You will receive an email notification of all your appointments two days prior to the scheduled conferences. You do not have to sign up for SignUpGenius; however, if you do, you will be able to make edits, cancel appointments, and have greater functionality in the program. If you have any troubles, questions, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Tony Egan for assistance.

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Posted Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017 2:35:02 PM

IB Diploma Visual Arts Exhibition 2017

On Monday 13 March 6-8 pm, 4 students from our IB Diploma programme will be exhibiting their works created during their 2 year study of visual arts. The Visual Arts department is proud to present their creative works and all members of the Skagerak community are invited to participate in the opening of the exhibition.

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Posted Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 3:45:00 PM

The team behind the scenes at Skagerak!

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Posted Friday, Feb 10, 2017 3:04:16 PM

NIBS conference held at Skagerak

Skagerak hosted the annual NIBS conference (Norwegian International Baccalaureate Schools) on Thursday 9 February. Over 60 heads and coordinators from all areas of Norway were gathered to discuss and collaborate about IB education in Norway. It was a successful day and a perfect opportunity to showcase the great things that are happening at our school.

After being greeted by our young hosts from PY5, the participants were entertained with the PY2 class in the opening ceremony, before starting the scheduled individual sessions.

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Posted Friday, Feb 10, 2017 2:07:00 PM

MY4 on the radio

MY4's fearsome threesome, Maria, Bård and Carl Ludvig, represented Skagerak International School in NRK Vestfolds Klassequizen on Wednesday 8 February. Congratulations on an above average performance!

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Posted Friday, Feb 10, 2017 1:56:00 PM

Coding class start-up

Middle school students are excited about the new Coding Club, where they are developing IT, problem-solving, math and language skills in a fun format, under the guidance of Mr. Baragwanath and Mr. Holmes.

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Posted Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017 1:20:55 PM

Art classes for Middle and High school students

On Wednesday the 8th of February the very talented artist Lizz Daniels will start working with Skagerak students to help give the cafeteria a facelift and teach practical art techniques.

She has agreed to teach students after school for 6 sessions starting on the 8th at 16.00 up in the cafeteria.

The art course costs 50kr per session ... a total of 300kr for 6 classes. This can be invoiced home or paid in cash or by VIPPS 41069691 Code word ART CLASS

Please email Yvonne Folan ASAP to book your spot ..there are limited spaces so places will be offered to those who sign up first.

This counts as both a SERVICE and CAS activity. (Service and Creativity)

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Posted Friday, Feb 3, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Digital January 2017 reports now issued

A note to all parents that the digital copy of their child's January 2017 progress report is now available online. For Primary parents click on the Portfolio tab for the student reflection, and Report tab for the report. For Middle and High school students, the student reflection is included within the report. Please log on to your ManageBac account to access your child's report. Contact the school office if you require assistance.

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Posted Monday, Jan 30, 2017 10:53:00 AM

French Language Club

A reminder that the Skagerak French language club begins this Wednesday, February 1st.

The fee is kr 100 per student per hour for a minimum of 12 weeks (1 semester). Please contact Sohia directly at for further information.

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Posted Thursday, Jan 26, 2017 4:17:45 PM

Thank you!

A very big thank you to all students and families who have supported our holiday bottle drive. We collected kr 675 worth of empty bottles and have donated the sum to 'Doctors without Borders' - every bit helps!

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Posted Thursday, Jan 26, 2017 12:29:00 PM

MY5 Personal Project Exhibition

On Wednesday, 8 February, Skagerak International School will be showcasing this year's MY5 Personal Projects. MY5 students have been working hard for the past five months to plan and create a product for the culmination of their MYP certificate.

We will begin with an opening ceremony in Lars Ask auditorium from 6:16 to 6:30 pm. The projects will then be on display in the Study Room from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

We look forward to seeing you at the Exhibition!

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Posted Thursday, Jan 26, 2017 12:06:00 PM

Introducing the Children's Vocal Ensemble Club

Crescendo Music School is excited to establish the Children's Vocal Ensemble Club in collaboration with Skagerak International School. We aim to develop individual singing skills, singing within a group, the basic musical skills of pitch, rhythm and expression through musical, vocal techniques for the young singer. If your child loves to sing, the Vocal Ensemble is an excellent way to start.

Rehearsals will be held on Thursdays from 15:30 to 16:30. The fee per child is kr 100 per week. We also offer individual lessons in voice and piano for a fee of kr 300 per week.

We intend to start rehearsals as soon as we have a minimum of 5 children. If you are interested, please contact Crescendo Musikkskole for further information: or telephone 93443316.

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Posted Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM

MY4 Performance, 26 January

The MY4 Show is a tradition here at Skagerak, and this year is no exception. Our class went through countless arguments and discussions, brainstorms and reflections, agreements and disagreements, blood, tears, and stress to the max. We are, however, very proud of what we have been able to produce as a class, and excited to present it to all of our friends, families, peers, and teachers.

The show's plot is, however, a secret. The performance date is the 26th of January 2017 at Verdensteateret, Kongensgate 1C Sandefjord, from 18:00 to 19:15.

We hope to see all of you there!

MY4 students

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Posted Saturday, Jan 7, 2017 5:36:00 PM

Important Reminder- Tuesday Early Dismissal from January 2017

Effective January 2017, the Primary and Middle School will be initiating an early dismissal day on Tuesdays. From January 10th onward both the Primary and Middle school will be dismissed at 14:30 on Tuesdays to facilitate staff meetings and professional development as a school. SFO will continue to be offered until 16:30 on Tuesdays.

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Posted Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017 10:28:00 AM

Bottle drive 4-13 January

Drop off all refundable cans and bottles to the front reception in the Primary/Middle school building, and help us contribute to 'Doctors without Borders'. Last day for delivery is Friday 13 January. Thank you for your support!

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Posted Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Holiday greetings from the principal

Dear Skagerak Parents,

Here we are in the month of December! The school year is now more than 1/3 of the way through, and shortly 2016 will come to a busy end here at Skagerak. Before the school disperses across the globe, Norway or stays to enjoy beautiful Sandefjord; I thought I would give an overview of the upcoming important dates and other information before we start our holiday. As always, if you have any questions or require more information about the events below, please contact the school.

Holiday show on Thursday December 8th, 6 pm to 8pm

Ms. Martinsen and the Primary students and staff have been hard at work on this years' Winter Performance Primary production. The show will be from 6 pm to 8pm in the High School auditorium followed by Christmas carols organized by the Parent Council, including a visit from a special guest. Children are to meet up from at 5:30 pm.

Ugly Sweater Day on Thursday December 8th

Thursday December 8th is also the Annual Ugly Sweater day in the Middle school with everyone encouraged to wear their most hideous sweater. Always a good laugh!

Radio CAS movie night Friday December 9th

The Middle School Radio Service and Action group is hosting a Christmas Movie video evening on Friday December 9th with movies catering to Primary and Middle School students. More information can be found on the classroom blogs.

Lunchtime dismissal on the last day of school Tuesday December 13th

A reminder that the last day before the December holiday is a half day with students being dismissed at 12:00 in the Primary school and 12:15 in the Middle School.

Holiday office hours

The school administration will be open 10 am to 2 pm 14- 21 December and will then close for holidays. The office reopens Monday 2 January.

Wednesday January 4th school starts

School resumes with normal times from Wednesday January 4th.

Early dismissal on Tuesdays from January 2017

Effective January 2017, the Primary and Middle School will be initiating an early dismissal day on Tuesdays. From January 10th onwards both the Primary and Middle school will be dismissed at 14:30 on Tuesdays to facilitate staff meetings and professional development as a school. SFO will continue to be offered until 16:30 on Tuesdays.

Lost and found

Every year an expansive collection of Lost and Found items are collected in the Primary and Middle school. These items are displayed in the front hallway of the red building until next week. Please take an opportunity to peruse the items. All remaining items will be donated to charity on December 14th.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the staff, students and parents for their continued support from August 15th. (which seems so far away!) Skagerak is truly a community and it is at this time of year that it really shows, in the hallways, classrooms and in the students faces. The 2017 school year will bring new learning experiences, new challenges and new fun. I look forward to what lies ahead for us as at Skagerak!

I hope to see as many parents as possible at the Primary winter performance or before the break begins next Wednesday, but if not I wish you all Peace, Joy, Hope and Happiness during this Holiday season and throughout the New Year.

Kind regards, James Tester

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Posted Friday, Nov 25, 2016 10:59:43 AM

Christmas Movie Night for PY3-6 and MY1-4 students

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    • TueAug22 Høyt & Lavt

      DP1 and DP2 student trip to Høyt & Lavt

    • ThuAug31 Curriculum evening and BBQ

      For Kindergarten, Primary and Middle school parents

    • FriSep01 CAS fair

      for MY3 to DP2 students

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