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Posted Friday, Dec 8, 2017 1:28:00 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 9:10:51 AM

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

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Posted Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017 3:37:34 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 12:39:57 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 3:07:00 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 2:20:00 PM

MY3 Leaders

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

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Posted Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017 4:36:34 PM

House team competition for Primary and Middle school - Zulufadder Action and Service

For the month of November, the Zulufadder Action and Service group is collecting stationery, construction games and board games (instructions in English) in good condition. These donations will be taken to the Zulufadder charity in South Africa in December. The House Team that brings the most will be awarded 40 points, second most 30 points, third most 20 points, and least 10 points. Both Middle and Primary School house teams will be awarded these points for their combined donations. Please put your donations in your house team boxes in Reception in the red building.

For more information about Zulufadder, follow this link:

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Posted Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Middle school Halloween Movie Night, Friday 27 October

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Posted Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017 4:21:00 PM

High school information meeting, 16 November at 18:00

We invite you to an information meeting for students and parents/guardians on Thursday 16 November at 18:00. The school's educational program will be presented by the high school principal, Kjeld Jørgen Glittenberg.

Skagerak offers a three year pre-university education taught in English: the Norwegian Vg1 international studiespesialisering (Year 11) is followed by the two year International Baccalaureate (IB Diploma in Vg2 and Vg3.

Come and find out what makes Skagerak different!

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Posted Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017 2:41:05 PM

Cyber bullying/Internet awareness/Gaming seminar, 2 November

On Thursday November 2nd we will have a guest speaker, David Hasseløy from Barnevakten, coming to the school to speak with parents about cyber bullying, internet awareness and gaming addiction.

The last time we had a visit from Barnevakten about internet awareness was in March 2015 and we remember the presentation as highly relevant and useful. Given the rapid changes in media and technology, we thought it is a good time to have another session with Barnevakten. The presentation is in English, the PowerPoint slides are in Norwegian. There will be opportunity for interaction and discussion.

If you would like to know more, please visit the Barnevakten webside:

Time: November 2nd at 17:00 – 18:30

Place: Lars Ask auditorium

We think this is an important topic to be addressed and hope that as many as possible can attend.

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Posted Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017 9:03:04 AM

Foreldrenettverket 13+, 17 October 6-9 pm

Sandefjord KFU, the police and Lions Club invite all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and all of those who care for and work with children and youth to a lecture on drug prevention, to be held in the high school auditorium 17 October 6-9 pm.

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Posted Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017 3:15:51 PM

Chess Club, time and location change

The Chess Club has a new meeting time. It will meet on Fridays from 15:10 to 16:00 in the Primary School Digital Lounge. Please contact MY2 student, Sebastian Carl, if you have any questions.

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Posted Friday, Sep 29, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Cultural Diversity Day 2017

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Posted Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017 9:49:00 AM

After School Clubs 2017-18

Once again we are offering our students a variety of our after school activities - join us now!

Homework Club for our PY2 to MY4 students meets on Tuesdays 14:45-16:25 in the PY3 classroom. Kristina Unhjem,, will be leading the homework club this year.

Language Clubs

Spanish Club for native/proficient speakers will meet on Wednesdays at 15:15 in the PS Digital Lounge with Cristina Comino, Portuguese Club will meet on Mondays at 15:15 in PY5 with Sónia Felix, French Club will meet on Tuesdays, 14:45-16:00 in PY5 with Emilie Bevand,

Yoga Club will be held on Thursdays, 16:15-17:15, in the HS Library for Middle and High school students. Contact person is Yvonne Folan,

Our popular Chess Club is back and will be run by MY2 student, Sebastian Carl, It will be held on Fridays 15:10 to 16:00 in the PY4-6 student lounge.

French Cooking Classes will again be offered by professional chef, Sophia Zidi,, on Wednesdays 16:30-18:30 and Saturdays 10:00-14:00 in the HS Canteen.

Math Club will meet on Mondays, 15:00-16:00 in the PS Digital Lounge with Mr Tester,

The new Robotics Club, hosted by Mr. Baragwanath,, will be held on Thursdays, 15:15-16:15, in the Computer Lab.

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Posted Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017 3:59:41 PM

Skagerak Day, September 24th

This annual event, organised by the Parent Council, was a great opportunity to meet and showcase the amazing members of our school community. Below is a link to a video showing some of the day's highlights.

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Posted Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017 10:59:00 AM

Skagerak Day, 24 September 12-3 pm

Welcome to the start of the school year and a host of activities on Skagerak Day, Sunday 24 September. The Parent Council is once again organizing this fun filled event for all students and parents on the school playground. There will be a football tournament, talent show, face painting, grilled hamburgers and more! We look forward to seeing as many as possible - sunshine is promised!

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Posted Monday, Sep 18, 2017 5:11:56 PM

Cultural Diversity Day, Thursday 28 September

Sign up for country selection for next week's event! Due date for country selection, options for food donation and volunteer opportunities for this day is this coming Friday 22 September. For more information see your child's contact teacher or parent council representative.

Thank you for helping us to make this day a great showcase of internationalism for our school and the community.

Sign up here

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Posted Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 11:14:00 AM

Dyslexia Café, October 10th

Ms. Nielsen will be hosting a Dyslexia Café in the high school cafeteria on Tuesday, October 10th from 14:45 to 16:00, together with Mr. Tester. All students and parents from across all schools are welcome to attend to discuss and share ideas and strategies for supporting dyslexia and dyscalculia. Please email Ms. Nielsen if you have any questions or suggestions for topics. We are looking forward to a good turnout! Coffee will be served.

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Posted Monday, Sep 11, 2017 1:16:18 PM

International Mindedness

We encourage parents to become more familiar with the IBO in general, and in particular with the IB Community Blog. Click into this great new article about International Mindedness and learn more!

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Posted Wednesday, Sep 6, 2017 2:45:57 PM

SOS Barneby March and Activity Day, September 17th

SOS Barneby is organizing a march and a variety of family activities to raise awareness about their organization, which provides security and shelter for children around the world. Click below for more information.

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Posted Friday, Sep 1, 2017 12:22:28 PM

ManageBac is updated

Skagerak International School's online learning platform ManageBac has now been updated to include all new parents at the Kindergarten, Primary and Middle school, as well as new Middle school students. Please check your email for a welcome email direct from ManageBac and contact the office if you require any assistance with your log on. Further information including support links and video demonstrations can be found on our webpage.

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Posted Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 12:11:37 PM

Curriculum evening and welcome BBQ - Thursday 31 August 2017

We hope to see many parents at our annual Curriculum night/Welcome BBQ on Thursday 31 August, 4 pm-6 pm. During this evening you will get a chance to meet all staff, hear from the Principal and Parent Council about upcoming plans and have a chance to learn more about what we do here at Skagerak International School. A welcome BBQ follows directly after with some complimentary snacks.

James Tester, principal

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Posted Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 11:52:26 AM

Cultural Diversity Day - 28 September 2017

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Posted Friday, Aug 25, 2017 12:45:15 PM

CAS - Action and Service fair - Thursday 31 August 11:30 - 12:30

All Middle school MY3 and MY4 students, as well as all High school students are invited to participate in the CAS - Action and Service fair to be held on Thursday 31 August, 11:30 - 12:30. Get involved and choose what interests you the most! More information from Ms Folan.

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Posted Friday, Aug 11, 2017 1:11:00 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 8:00:00 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

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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.

News and Events page updates - RSS feed or Subscription

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 Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 8:50:00 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 4:54:00 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 9:57:00 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 6:25:25 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 2:19:08 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 5:57:26 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 10:26:00 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 3:07:32 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 11:39:31 AM

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 5:16:28 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 1:16:19 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 1:03:10 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 11:29:00 AM

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 11:29:28 AM

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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    • SatAug15 Welcome assembly for all parents

      Details will be posted

    • MonAug17 First day of school
    • WedAug26 School start up camps

      26-28 Aug - School start up camps for all Middle and High school students

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