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Posted Monday, Jan 4, 2021 9:50:44 AM

COVID 19 update from the government


  • Do not receive visitors at home and do not visit others. This does not apply to close friends and relatives of those in the last phase of life. Those who live alone may receive one or two persons as regular visitors or alternatively visit one household regularly. Children may visit other children from their cohort from kindergarten or school.
  • It is prohibited for pubs or restaurants to serve alcohol, but these establishments may remain open.
  • Maximum five persons can meet at private events outside of the home, for example at birthday parties at rented venues.
  • Maximum ten persons can meet at public events indoors. However, up to 200 persons can meet if all are seated in fixed seats. At funerals, up to 50 people may attend, even if the seats are not fixed.
  • All teaching and planned events at universities, university colleges and vocational colleges (universiteter, høgskoler og fagskoler) will be digital up to 18.01.2021.
  • All middle- and secondary schools (ungdomsskoler og videregående skoler), will be organised at red preparedness level.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel within and outside of Norway. You may travel to your cabin together with the people in your household.
  • All who can work from home, should do this.
  • Shopping centres and shops should have entrance control and limit how many people that may be in the shop at the same time. This is to ensure that the distance can be maintained.
  • All organised leisure activities, sports activities, cultural events, and religious events are postponed until after the 18th of January. This does not apply to funerals.
  • Outdoors activities may take place if one-meter distance can be upheld.
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Posted Wednesday, Dec 2, 2020 11:42:01 AM

Bottle drive 2020 - to support Doctors Without Borders

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Posted Thursday, Oct 22, 2020 11:57:13 AM

The Golden Apple - Skagerak Jr Playmakers

Skagerak Junior Playmakers present in English, The Golden Apple - a short (approximately 30 minutes) mythological play written by Thomas and John Edward Goodnow. At Verdensteateret

  • Saturday, 24 October at 2 pm
  • Saturday, 24 October at 4 pm
  • Sunday, 25 October at 3 pm

All tickets - kr 50 - must be ordered by email (Covid restrictions) at

We hope to see you there!

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Posted Thursday, Aug 27, 2020 11:47:23 AM

Can I attend at school today?

See the Skagerak guideline below for attending school in case of illness

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Posted Wednesday, Aug 12, 2020 1:39:36 PM

Skagerak Welcome Day - CHANGE OF PLANS on Saturday 15 August

Due to the recent increase in COVID cases in the local area and with an abundance of caution, we are going to make some modifications to the Saturday Skagerak Welcome Day. It is vital that during the first weeks that we be extra vigilant.

We will be shifting the Primary and Middle school portion of the welcome day to a digital format. A link will be sent Friday evening for parents to connect with a welcome from contact teachers and the heads of the Primary Middle school. We will keep meetings times as scheduled, and have staggered the day for parents who have students at multiple levels within our school.

The High school portion of the welcome day will still be a physical meeting with proper precautions. This is due to the special year 11 group of students and parents who are largely completely new to the school. Likewise, the new parent evening on Thursday, August 13 will continue as scheduled for new parents.

Unfortunately, this also means the Parent Council pølse festival at lunch will also be cancelled. Hopefully before the weather turns, we will be able to get together as a community.

As directed by Utdanningsdirektoratet, the school year will start as we ended, in the yellow phase. On Monday the 17 August, we ask that only new parents of Primary school students accompany their children to the playground where their teachers will meet them. Returning students should join their classes in their class groups on the big playground where they usually line up. This situation is our reality for the foreseeable future, and we endeavour to be a safe, communicative and transparent as possible throughout.

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Posted Tuesday, Aug 11, 2020 3:52:49 PM

ManageBac access

As we are updating class lists and courses in preparation for the new school year, we have temporarily disabled student and parent access to ManageBac. It should be available again from Friday 14 or Monday 17 August. New parents will be sent a log in email and current parents will gain access to a new sibling who has just started at Skagerak.

Our apologies for any inconvenience.

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Posted Tuesday, Aug 11, 2020 1:58:20 PM

School Start Information

For the official school start up information, camps and stationery supplies etc., detailed information has been sent from each section head for your son or daughter. This year the heads of sections are:

COVID-19 Planning and Procedures

COVID-19 planning will continue to be a high priority for this school year and foreseeable future. We are constantly updating our Skagerak safety plan regarding COVID-19 for the 2020/2021 school year. We are starting in the yellow phase, which is very close to where we were at the end of last year. Any new regulation changes announced by the FHI and Norwegian government will be adapted by this plan and communicated throughout the year. As last year, we will endeavor to go above and beyond all the government regulations and keep hygiene and distancing top priorities.

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Posted Tuesday, Aug 11, 2020 1:49:04 PM

Saturday, 15 August, Parent welcome

For the first time this year we will be doing a whole school welcome, with the PYP, MYP and DP programs having a welcome ceremony on Saturday, August 15. The timetable will run throughout the day by individual sections, with a Parent Council pølsefest lunch at midday.

0930-1030 Kindergarten and Primary School Welcome

Lars Ask Auditorium and then classroom with contact teacher(s)

1100-1200 Middle School Welcome

Lars Ask Auditorium and then classroom with contact teacher(s)

1200-1330 Parent Council pølsefest

Outside in playground oval – pølse, coffee and laughs provided.

1330-1500 High School Welcome – for parents and students

Lars Ask Auditorium and then classroom with contact teacher(s)

During this welcome session, you will have the opportunity to meet your child's contact teacher and will be given information about class level routines and expectations. This is always a great start for the Skagerak community and it is our hope that the majority of parents can make it to this welcome day. As many of our students come from a wide radius of Vestfold, it is important that the parents get to know each other and communicate. Skagerak is a small school that does big things with a great parent community.

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Posted Tuesday, Aug 11, 2020 1:38:59 PM

Welcome meeting for new parents only, Thursday 13 August, 16:30

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Skagerak International School community!

Being the "new person" in a community or country is never easy and this adjustment period is especially magnified with children and changing schools. Over the next month there will be large amount of information, acronyms, jargon and Skagerak International School terms being presented in emails and welcome presentations, which are likely to be confusing to newcomers. At Skagerak we always like to nurture a welcoming environment and hopefully your transition will be a smooth one.

I would like to formally invite all new parents to an informal information evening (a Skagerak "101" if you will) on Thursday August 13th at 16:30 in the Lars Ask auditorium. Present at the meeting will be members of the Parent and Student councils, the Board, Finance Manager, school sections heads and myself. This is a perfect opportunity to meet some great people in the community, ask questions you may have or find out how to get involved here at school. I intend to cover and hopefully explain the following:

  • A typical day in our school and the campus
  • School systems and safe arrival programme
  • Overview of year calendar with highlighted dates
  • A brief overview of our curriculum
  • Skagerak technology
  • A who's who and where to go with questions/concerns
  • How to get involved and meet new people at Skagerak
  • Any questions you may have

This brief overview will get you up and running with the day-to-day operations at the school, before our official school opening on Saturday August 15th.


Kind regards,

James Tester

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Posted Wednesday, Jul 1, 2020 1:00:00 PM

Have a great summer holiday!

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Posted Wednesday, Jun 17, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Skagerak Summer Camp August 2020

Skagerak is once again offering English language summer camps from 3 to 14 August for kindergarten to grade 4 level students. Sign up for fun learning and summertime activities - and improve your English at the same time!

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Posted Tuesday, May 19, 2020 3:26:57 PM

Skagerak 2019/20 yearbook

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We may have been digital but we are rolling on with our annual primary and middle school yearbook! The theme for this year's yearbook is 'Impressions' and it chronicles the memories and events from this past academic year. The approximate cost will be 220 NOK (this varies depending on the number of orders we receive). No cash is necessary; the office will bill you in June after the order has been submitted. All yearbooks need to be pre-ordered and orders are open until Friday June 5th. These will be distributed on the final day of classes for the year.

To reserve yours, click here: Yearbook Order form

Please direct any questions to Ms Goodnow ( or Ms Tester (

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Posted Friday, May 8, 2020 12:00:00 PM

PY6 Exhibition

This year's PY6 mark a milestone for Skagerak and the PYP Exhibition:

PY6 is exhibiting their work digitally for the first time! A huge congratulations to the students, mentors and teachers, who have all shown enormous flexibility and growth in this process. The level of knowledge, conceptual understanding, presentation, feedback and response has been incredible. A big thank you to everyone!

PY6 invites you to view their 2020 PYP Exhibition space! You can visit anytime you wish and leave a reply on individual presentations by clicking on the green reply button within a presentation:

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Posted Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 1:36:00 PM

Lost and Found items must be collected this week

The Lost and Found shelves at the Primary and Middle School are filled with items that may come in handy during the holiday. Please stop by and have a look. Uncollected items will be donated in January.

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Posted Thursday, Nov 7, 2019 3:40:59 PM

Science on Stage exhibition, Lisbon, Portugal

Skagerak's science teacher Gerald Decelles, together with Ulrike Englert from Willibald-Gluck-Gymnasium in Neumarkt, Germany, presented their collaborative project work entitled Building a Sustainable Future- Together at the Science on Stage exhibition in Lisbon last week, all part of the European network for science teachers. Not only was it an accomplishment to be included as a presenter, but Mr Decelles and his partner also won the award for the 'best joint project' at the exhibition. Here is the link to their project poster and to a German newspaper article.


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Posted Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 2:38:39 PM

The MY4 show - 7 November

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Posted Monday, Oct 28, 2019 12:04:55 PM

December holiday and New Year child care at Skagerak

To all parents, if you need any quality child care over the holidays when the school is closed, we are here to help. Holiday fun will be on the agenda for the children while you are still busy at work or at home.

Please click on the link for details: December and New Year child care

Sign up due date: as soon as possible, no later than 10 November. Day rates available.

Spread the word: it is also open to friends and families outside of Skagerak school.

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Posted Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 4:28:00 PM

Fantasy Night, 30 October 17:30-20:00

Parent Council invites all small 'boys and ghouls' in Kindergarten and Primary school to Monster Mash Costume Bash at Skagerak's Haunted House at Kariåsen - always a fun evening with surprises for all ages!

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Posted Friday, Sep 13, 2019 11:14:22 AM

Curriculum evening 5 September

Thank you for the great turn out during our curriculum evening, and we hope you also had the opportunity to meet with our members of staff. Please see above for the link to the presentation.

For all future school updates, please remember to download the SEESAW APP on your phone for the Primary School and the Middle School News and Events page. Here you will find any news and events, important dates and happenings in the PYP and MYP throughout the school year. If you wish to receive a notification when News and Events pages are updated, sign up through the website to receive email or SMS notifications through the Alerts function, which will inform you instantly about any new content.

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Posted Tuesday, Sep 10, 2019 3:56:00 PM

Skagerak Day 14 September

Parent Council invites you and your family to a day of fun and food at Kariåsen/Sandarhallen, from 12 noon to 3 pm.

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Posted Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 12:15:00 PM

Welcome back to a new year

Welcome back! I hope you all have had a relaxing and enjoyable summer with friends and family. Kindergarten and Primary School begins Monday, 19th of August, at kl 08:45. Students and parents are welcome to arrive from kl 08:15 and meet the Skagerak staff. The first day of school is a full day and students will be dismissed at kl.15:00. There is afternoon SFO until 4:30 on Monday with Ms. Carol for those who need it. Please notify your child's homeroom teacher if they are attending SFO on the first day. Morning SFO for Kindergarten and Primary will begin on Tuesday morning at 7:30.

Homeroom contact teachers


  • KG Ms Daniela Allen
  • KG Ms Monica Herrebrøden


  • PY1 Ms Tracey Leys
  • PY2 Tru Andersen
  • PY3 Ms Cortina Nystad
  • PY4 Ms Leslie Taschner
  • PY5 Ms Margaret Goodnow, Ms Emma O'Bryan
  • PY6 Ms Blythe Siddal

For the first day, your child should bring a snack, lunch, a water bottle, pencils, erasers, indoor shoes, and weather appropriate clothing. If your child is attending afternoon SFO, they will need an additional snack for the late afternoon. Homeroom teachers will be sending additional information home, as well as the link to school start-up forms, including medical information and permission forms.

Once again, this year much of the school information will be digital and the Seesaw programme will be added to regularly. New parents and those unfamiliar with Seesaw will have more information and training coming up!

Important PYP dates

  • Thursday, 15 August: New Parent Information Meeting kl 16:30
  • Thursday, 15 August: Contact Teacher Meetings kl 17:30

Who's who in the PYP:

  • Primary school Vice Principal – Margaret Goodnow
  • Primary school Vice Principal – Lesley Schäfer
  • PYP Coordinator – Andrea Helgesen

Stay Connected at Skagerak International School

The PYP 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 2019/2020 school year for all three school programmes.
  • Click here to follow the school calendar!
  • -f you're a Facebook member, the Skagerak Community Page is a place to get school community updates, via parents in your feed.
  • The Primary and Middle school twitter account is the place to find live assembly videos and picture updates of student learning. Please follow for daily highlights and pictures if on twitter.

Enjoy the last two weeks of the summer holiday and I look forward to seeing everyone's smiling faces soon!

Kind regards

James Tester

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Posted Thursday, Jun 6, 2019 10:46:00 AM

Future Problem Solvers in USA

Skagerak always travels well, but the Future Problem Solvers really impressed the plane passengers and the crew en route to Boston! More fans are now following their quest in the USA! We wish them the best of luck!

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Posted Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 9:53:15 AM

Skagerak Primary School Activity Day - 12 June

Please prepare your child with: A healthy snack, lunch, water bottle, hat, active clothing, running shoes, sunscreen and rain gear if needed. Please make sure the name of your child is visible on their belongings to prevent articles being lost or misplaced.

This is an all day, outdoor event at Knattholmen Leirsted. Students will be transported by bus to/from the Primary School location. Everyone should come prepared to be outside and active for the duration of the day.

** Students are asked to wear their team colors for the day of the event **

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Posted Monday, Jun 3, 2019 3:33:00 PM

Cultural Diversity Day, 18 June 2019

Follow the Cultural Diversity Day Celebrations link for all details.

Parents and members of the community are most welcome to attend, assist and/or volunteer at the event alongside their children. If you wish to contribute in any way, please fill in the Cultural Diversity Day – Volunteer and donation form. We will confirm your donation by Friday 14 June.

Here is the preliminary timeline for the day:

Kl.0830 on wards

Food drop offs to the high school cafeteria

Approximate timings





PS students – inquiry into "developing identity through cultural commonalities" theme using their scavenger hunt items

MS students – individual inquiry into "developing identity through cultural commonalities" theme using their scavenger hunt items

Regular classes in session


Lunch in classrooms

students bring their own lunches. Cafeteria closed


Opening Ceremony, Parade


Celebration of culture (food stands, dance presentations etc)


Event ends


Event Clean up

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Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2019 3:27:14 PM

Skagerak Summer Camp

This summer, for the very first time we are excited to offer our Skagerak Summer Camp. We know there is a need for quality child care during the summer vacation so we are really keen to provide this much needed service to the community. The focus will be on fun and learning and the program will be delivered in English. For ages 5 to 12, during weeks 26, 27, 32 and 33.

See our information flyer for more details and our sign up link below.

Sign up due date 7 June.

Skagerak Summer Camp registration

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Posted Friday, May 24, 2019 1:45:00 PM

Connections - Yearbook for 19/20 - order deadline 5 June

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Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2019 3:05:36 PM

Skagerak community is invited to join the dedication of The Elisabeth Norr Library

Skagerak International School is pleased to announce the dedication of its Senior School Library in honour of the school's founder, Elisabeth Norr. The Skagerak community is invited to join the dedication celebration during the its 17th of May breakfast celebration at 8:30.

Ms. Norr has been called Skagerak's "first lady," recognised for opening the school nearly 30 years ago. She subsequently guided Skagerak to the flagship reputation it enjoys today, both here in Norway and internationally. Ms Norr's passion for high quality teaching, combined with her desire to offer students only the best, led her to share her teaching experience from around the world; returning eventually to Sandefjord and establishing Skagerak International School in 1990. Ms. Norr has provided an opportunity for many thousands of students to attend an international school and experience the International Baccalaureate Programme.

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Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2019 2:36:00 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.

This year, we will have an extra special 17 of May morning where we will also be formally recognizing the founder of our school- Ms Elisabeth Norr

07:45 Breakfast - Rolls, waffles, coffee, tea and juice may be purchased
08:00 Flag ceremony with speeches and the national anthem
08:30 Dedication of the Elisabeth Norr library
Skagerak students leave to join with Framnes skole to walk to town
LocationSkagerak International School, high school cafeteria

Join us and celebrate 17th May!

Skagerak school 17th May programme

Sandefjord kommune 17th May programme

Where to meet up in Badeparken

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Posted Friday, Apr 26, 2019 4:15:01 PM

PYP 2019 Exhibition - Tuesday 30 April 6 pm

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Posted Friday, Apr 12, 2019 9:09:00 AM

Lost and Found items should be collected today

Some of these lost and found belongings might come in handy during the spring break, so please come and have a look. Uncollected items will be donated after the holiday.

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