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Posted Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018 4:47:17 PM

Skagerak Day Volunteers

Skagerak Day is September 2nd and the Parent Council Event Committee is looking for volunteers to provide baked goods, and to assist in the cafeteria and grilling station. Please click on the link below for more information.

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Posted Monday, Aug 13, 2018 8:15:00 PM

Dear Middle School families

Welcome back to returning MYP veterans, new families joining Skagerak and the ex-PY6 community! I hope you all have had a relaxing and enjoyable summer with friends and family. Mddle school begins Monday, 20th of August, at kl. 08:55. 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.


Contact teacher


Ms Lesley Schäfer


Ms Kathrine Fredriksen


Ms Katheryn Tester


Ms Sarah Sommerschield

Stationery list 18/19

Important MYP Dates

16 August: Contact Teacher Meetings kl. 18:00

20 August: New Parent Information Meeting kl. 19:00

*Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 August: MY1+2 Strand Camp

*Monday 27 – Wednesday 29 August: MY3+4 Trollaktiv Adventure Camp

Stay Connected at Skagerak International School

The MYP section of Skagerak is largely digital, both in communications and curriculum We do have a number of ways to keep in touch about school. Be sure to read, subscribe to and join these resources to get all the latest news.

  • The school's website has the latest news, blogs, calendars as well as general information about the school. The school calendar has all the important dates for the 2018/2019 school year for all three school programmes.
  • Click here to follow the school calendar!
  • If you're a Facebook member, the Skagerak Community Page is a place to get school community updates, via parents in your feed

We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces soon. Enjoy your last few days of summer!

Kind regards

James Tester, Principal

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Posted Wednesday, Jun 20, 2018 11:08:20 AM

Free E-books for Summer Reading!

The Junior Library is establishing its Overdrive e-book and audio-book collection and is able to offer several free titles for student-reading during the summer. Click on the link above for more information, including descriptions of the books and log-in details. Happy reading!

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Posted Friday, Jun 8, 2018 12:25:42 PM

Future Problem Solvers Update

The Future Problem Solvers are having a fantastic time in the USA! Their days have been spent planning, organising and presenting, but they still have had time for making new friends and creating memories for a lifetime. Below are some photos of the Opening Ceremony, workshops, summer fun and the unforgettable memento exchange.

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Posted Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 2:12:13 PM


And they're off! Future Problem Solvers are on their way to America, representing Skagerak and Norway at the Future Problem Solvers International Conference in Wisconsin. We wish them the best of luck!

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Posted Thursday, May 31, 2018 1:59:15 PM

Track and Field Day, June 1st

It looks like we'll have another sunny day for our Track and Field day tomorrow. Remember to bring a water bottle, lunch, and sun screen. It should be a fun day! Remember to dress in House Team colors.

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Posted Tuesday, May 29, 2018 4:12:23 PM

MY4 in Krakow and Warsaw

MY4 arrived in Poland on Monday. Their first day included a visit to the Galicja Museum in Krakow, where they met a survivor of the Holocaust. Later, they enjoyed a traditional Polish meal and participated in a lively folk dance. During the next 4 days, they will be visiting the Bochnia Salt Mine and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camps. While in Warsaw, they will have a guided tour of the city and attempt the Escape Room! This annual trip, filled with historical and cultural experiences, generates lifelong memories and impressions.

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Posted Tuesday, May 22, 2018 4:03:15 PM

PY1 Jumble sale - 26 May

PY1 will have a stall at the Bruktmarked i Byparken this Saturday 26th of May as a class fundraiser

The class are collecting gently used clothes, toys, books and household items to sell. Donations can be dropped off to the PY1 classroom or delivered directly to our stall on Saturday.

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Posted Tuesday, May 22, 2018 12:46:57 PM

Order your 17-18 yearbook today - Deadline 29 May

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Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2018 4:10:27 PM

Middle school movie night

Fundraiser for the Future Problem Solvers teams going to the finals in USA! The ticket price includes popcorn and a drink.

Date: 24 May

Time: 15:30 -17:30

Place: Lars Ask auditorium

Price: kr 100

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Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2018 1:44:37 PM

Future Problem Solvers - Skagerak participating in international conference in Wisconsin, USA

3 teams of students from the Primary and Middle Schools have been invited to represent Norway at the Future Problem Solvers (FPS) International Conference in America, where they will compete with students from around the world solving potential future scenarios about the global issue of criminal justice systems. The Skagerak students voluntarily chose to attend sessions run by Ms Schäfer this academic year, where they were taught how to think, rather than what to think. They researched a variety of global issues, such as infectious diseases, toxic materials, philanthrocapitalism and cloud storage, and followed a six-step model of critical and creative thinking, problem solving and decision making to solve potential future problems related to these issues. The students had to raise their level of comprehension and view issues from multiple perspectives, identifying underlying problems and coming up with possible solutions, which they then turned into action plans. Approximately 2,200 students from all over the world are expected to attend this year´s conference, held at University of Wisconsin (La Crosse in Wisconsin, USA), from June 6 – 10, 2018. As the only participating school in Norway, our teams will not only be representing Skagerak, but Norway, too.

If you would like to donate to help fund their trip, please use

Read all about it in Sandefjords Blad

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Posted Friday, May 11, 2018 6:33:00 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 8, 2018 1:25:00 PM

Skagerak Track and Field Day, June 1st

Skagerak is arranging its first annual Track and Field event. On June 1st, PY2-MY3 classes will be participating in a variety of activities at Sandarhallen. This will be a fun-filled day where students can challenge themselves and demonstrate their athletic and leadership skills!

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Posted Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018 3:30:05 PM

MY2's Ramona Lundberg advances to finals in UKM

Ramona Lundberg and her band, Identity Crisis, participated in UKM Vestfold Fylkesmønstring and have been selected to advance to the finals, which will be held in Trondheim June 25th-29th. Click on the link below to see the band perform "21st Century Breakdown" by Green Day. Good luck, Ramona!

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Posted Friday, Apr 20, 2018 12:46:00 PM

Loppemarked: for kids, by kids

During our Peace and Conflict unit of inquiry and the 2017 Cultural Diversity Day: Making the World a Better Place, we created a group to collect money for the Red Cross to help families in conflict areas.

We want to run a loppemarked for the students at Skagerak.

When: Friday, April 27th at 12:45 – 13:45 (lunch time before the whole school assembly)

Where: In the playground oval weather permitting (Back up location for bad weather to be announced)

What: Used children's books, toys, clothes and sporting equipment (skates, skis etc) in good condition. There will also be some prizes raffled as well.

Donations should be sent to the school by the 24th of April and dropped off to the PY5 classroom.

*Please note donations that don't sell, must be taken home. We are unable to responsibly recycle the leftover items here at school.

For more information, contact:Ava, Ariana, Viktoria and Sophia in PY5 or Ms. Helgesen at

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Posted Thursday, Apr 19, 2018 4:23:00 PM

Sustainability Museum

The Middle School will be hosting a Sustainability Museum next Friday 27 April kl.1300 to kl.1515. This will be the culmination of the middle school's focus days where students will be inquiring into sustainable consumption and purposeful reuse. This process is designed to investigate how we can sustain the use of something, thereby reducing the need to a) create waste and b) consume more stuff.

This event also coincides with the PY5 loppemarked and the Y11 student sustainable business challenge.

Come and join us to share in increasing awareness about responsible consumption of goods and purposeful reuse.

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Posted Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018 2:32:45 PM

Friday fundraising for Future Problem Solvers

Every Friday until 1 June waffles will be sold outside of the office in the reception area by the Future Problem Solvers group. Help support our school teams in their competition for the final round in America!

Day: Every Friday

Time: 10:30 - 11:30

Price: 20 kr waffle, 5 kr saft

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Posted Monday, Apr 16, 2018 12:06:00 PM

Building a Sustainable Future Exhibition, April 19th

As part of the science project, "Building a Sustainable Future", MY4 students were challenged to come up with solutions for the design of an energy-efficient school building. Students will present their projects in the High School Library on April 19th, 18:00-19:00. Refreshments will be served.

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Posted Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 4:32:00 PM

Skagerak Playmakers presents Animal Farm, 6-8 April

Read all about it in Sandefjords Blad

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Posted Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 2:51:00 PM

An Evening of Poetry

Parents and poetry enthusiasts are welcome to an evening of verse, where MY1 students will be presenting what they have learned about writing and reciting poetry.

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Posted Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018 1:55:52 PM

New additional day for homework club - now also on Thursdays

Homework Club for our PY2 to MY4 students meets on Mondays 3:15-4:00 pm, Tuesdays 2:45-4:00 pm and now Thursdays 3:15-4:00 pm in the PY3 classroom. Kristina Unhjem,, will be leading the homework club this year.

This is only for students who have homework to complete.

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Posted Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018 1:47:04 PM

IB Diploma Visual Arts Exhibition 2018 - Monday 19 March 6-8 pm

In the high school building on Monday 19 March from 6 to 8 pm, 5 high school students pursuing the IB Diploma will exhibit their work after 2 years of studying at Skagerak International School.

Exhibition Vernissage Celebration is open to the entire Skagerak community - please come and support these young talents.

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Posted Tuesday, Mar 6, 2018 10:17:08 AM

Service as Action in the MYP

In our last assembly, middle school students spent time continuing to explore their options for both short and long term service in the school and within the community. As part of the MYP, all students are required to complete meaningful examples for both short and long term service projects. Options range from volunteering their time to run a club or help students after school, participating in local charity events to organizing clubs that address global issues.

Opportunities do not need to be solely in-school, we strongly encourage students to explore ways in the community where they can be of service to others. This could be as simple as shovelling the driveway for an elderly neighbour but also an ongoing commitment to visit local animal shelters or playing music at an eldresenter. Families can help to support students by helping them to see areas of need within their immediate community or finding ways to engage in service as a family where possible to foster the importance of service.

For more information about the Service as Action programme in the MYP, please see the Service Handbook. If you are involved with a local charity or know of opportunities where MYP students could be meaningfully connected to the community through service, please contact Ms. Tester,

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Posted Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 3:30:11 PM

Ski Day / Winter Activity Day 6 February - for PY6 to DP2 students

Check with your PE teacher and sign up for the activity assigned to your grade level!

PY6 and MYP students sign up with Mr Holmes, while Year 11, DP1 and DP2 students sign up in the high school office.
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Posted Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 12:35:16 PM

Middle school Prom 4 February

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Posted Monday, Jan 29, 2018 12:57:00 PM

School contracts 2018-2019

The school contract for 2018-2019 will be emailed to parents at the end of this week.

We are anticipating a full school next year and will be enrolling new students from 1 March. Consequently we need to identify the number of places available and have set the contract return date to due date of Thursday 15 February. Contracts are to be returned either by email to admissions officer Cindy Hvidsten or a paper copy to the office. Paper copies can also be picked up from the office.

School fees must be up to date in order to renew the contract – please contact Janne Larsen in the accounts department if you have any questions regarding your account with us.
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Posted Thursday, Jan 18, 2018 11:41:28 AM

Digital January 2018 reports now issued

A note to all parents that the digital copy of their child's January 2018 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 Friday, Jan 12, 2018 3:59:00 PM

Crescendo Music School, Winter/Spring 2018

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.

Crescendo also offers individual or group lessons in:

Piano - Wednesdays

Voice - Thursdays

Guitar - Tuesdays

Sign up for two trial lessons without enrollment commitment. If your child is interested, or if you would like more information please contact Crescendo Music School at 93443316 or email

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Posted Friday, Jan 12, 2018 3:59:00 PM

Better Internet for Kids

The European Commission's Better Internet for Kids, is a core service platform designed to create a better and safer internet for children and young people. Click on the link below to learn more about BIK and to explore the multitude of resources that are available.

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Posted Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018 4:01:32 PM

MY4 performance - 18 January

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Posted Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018 1:20:53 PM

Homework Assistance

Homework Club has resumed in 2018. After school homework assistance is provided on each Monday, 3:15 to 4:00 pm, and Tuesday, from 2:45 to 4:00 pm, for all PY2-MY4 students. Students are welcome to attend if they would like some help with their homework from a member of staff.

Assisting staff for 2018 is Ms Kristina Unhjem,, and unless notice is given otherwise, the homework club meets in the PY3 classroom.

All students who come to homework club must have homework to do and a book to read or drawing materials to use, should they complete their homework before they are collected. If the student attends SFO regularly, he/she will be sent to SFO when homework is completed. This is meant to be a peaceful space where a student can work quietly and receive assistance as needed.

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Posted Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 2:53:45 PM

New PE and sport facilities at Sandarhallen from January 2018

We are excited to announce that PE classes will be relocated from Runarhallen to Sandarhallen, starting immediately after the holiday. Beginning Monday 8 January, all classes will now occur at Sandarhallen. None of the times for the classes will change, only the location. It is important to consider how this may affect your regular routines from home.









PHE day








PHE time



Kl. 0900-11:30

Kl. 0900-1045

Kl. 1230-1415

Kl. 1345-1415

Kl. 1345-1415

Arrival and dismissal

Bus to and from school provided

Bus to and from school provided

Bus to and from school provided

Make own way to and from gym.

Make own way to and from gym.

Make own way to and from gym.

Make own way to and from gym.

More details and a map can be found on our letter home.

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Posted Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017 11:14:48 AM

Bottle drive for Doctors without Borders, 10-12 January

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Posted Friday, Dec 8, 2017 4:58:48 PM

Santa Hat Day - 14 December

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Posted Friday, Dec 8, 2017 2:28:00 PM

Holiday greetings from the principal

Christmas holidays are soon upon us and we are nearing the halfway mark of the school year. As we soon enjoy holidays across the globe or in beautiful Sandefjord, I thought I would give you an overview of the upcoming dates and other information before we start the holidays. As always, if you have any questions or require more information about the events below, please contact the school.

Middle school movie night Friday December 8th

The Middle School student council is hosting a Christmas Movie video evening on Friday December 8th with movies catering to Middle School students. This is a student run event.

High school flea market December 12th, 11:30 – 15:15

Donate your rarely-used clothes and belongings at high school's Hope for Justice CAS Christmas flea market on Tuesday December 12th, 11:30-15:15. Donations may be dropped off at the high school office on December 11th at the latest.

Primary and Middle school Santa Hat Day Thursday December 14th

Primary and Middle school students show their holiday school spirit by wearing their best Santa hat to school, a student run event. HoHoHo!

Primary school Winter Performance on Thursday December 14th, 6 pm to 8pm

Ms. Sommerschield and the Primary students and staff have been hard at work on this year's 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.

Middle school Ugly Sweater Day on Friday December 15th

Friday December 15th is also the Annual Ugly Sweater day in the Middle school with everyone encouraged to wear their most hideous sweater. Always a good laugh!

Lunchtime dismissal on the last day of school Friday December 15th

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 18- 19 December and will then close for holidays. The office reopens 3 January.

Monday January 8th school starts

School resumes with normal times from Monday January 8th.

School calendar for 2018-2019

The school calendar for 2018-2019 has now been approved by the board and can be found on our website on the calendar page.

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 15th.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the staff, students and parents for their continued support from the start of the year. 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 2018 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 Friday, 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, Dec 8, 2017 10:10:51 AM

Flea market 12 December - 11:30-15:30

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Posted Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017 4:37:34 PM

Zulufadder House Team Competition Results

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the House Team competition to support Zulufadder in South Africa. House points have been awarded to both the Middle and Primary schools as follows:

Green Team: 40 points

Yellow Team: 30 points

Red Team: 20 points

Blue Team: 10 points

All the stationery and games will be delivered to Zulufadder on December 17th!

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Posted Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017 1:39:57 PM

Parent Technology Evening - 7 December, 19:00

We have the pleasure of inviting all parents of our MY1-MY4 students in the Art room for a Parent Technology Evening on Thursday 7 December. Interested parents of PY5 and PY6 students are also invited to join us.

This evening will focus on the technology the students are currently using in class such as OneNote, Sharepoint and Managebac. We will be going through these 3 programmes through the eyes of a Middle School parent, and help identify ways to best support or follow along with students at Skagerak. It is my hope that both new and veteran parents will find this evening useful.

Topics covered include:

  • Following the curriculum and homework calendars on Managebac
  • Navigating the Sharepoint and Inquiry pages relating to ongoing units in the various disciplines
  • OneNote technology and the learning tools embedded within

Cakes and coffee will be served for this information evening. Please bring a laptop or/and Ipad for some hands on training! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this, or any additional technology topics you would like covered.

James Tester

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Posted Friday, Nov 10, 2017 4:07:00 PM

First Skagerak PechaKucha Night, November 14th

Skagerak students are organising a Café Night for PechaKucha presentations. "PechaKucha 20x20" is a simple presentation format where 20 images are shown, each for 20 seconds, with an accompanying monologue. For more information about this interesting format, click here.

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Posted Friday, Oct 27, 2017 3:20:00 PM

MY3 Leaders

MY3 are working on leadership skills through organised games and play with Kindergarten and Primary School children.

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    • TueDec17 Last day of school
    • WedDec18 First day of December break

      School closed to students 18 December to 3 January

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