Erasmus Exchange Programme: Sweden

~Report by Mr Brookes

Student Meeting 5 – Södra Latins Gymansium, Stockholm

For the fifth and final student meeting on European shores, we travelled to the beautiful city of Stockholm, where the specific focus of study was the Swedish model of combating discrimination. The setting for this could not have been more stunning. Housed in a grand 19th century renaissance style building just a short walk from the very centre of Stockholm, the venue was nothing if not inspiring.

After a long but uneventful journey from Oswestry to the district of Södermalm, we arrived at the school at four o’clock in the pitch black. The reception we received however was extremely warm with our students greeted by their hosts like long lost family. Before long, the students were paired up and had departed to their homes for the next four nights.

The first full day in Sweden started off at the school with a tour of the impressive building, many aspects of which had not changed since it was first built over 120 years ago. The grand hall was particularly awe-inspiring, based on Florentine architecture with two layers of seating in a semi-circle, it could accommodate all one thousand students for assemblies, music performances and productions. Soon it was down to work and the students were sorted into groups with a mix of nationalities. Mr Abarca, the Social Studies teacher from Stockholm coordinating the project in Sweden, arranged for a speaker from the Discrimination Ombudsman to give a presentation, which gave the students a good start on their presentations. Each group researched a different area of discrimination. After a day of researching their topics, the students were taken into town to visit the stunning City Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquet takes place every year. The following day, we visited the Vasa museum, it was amazing – a near perfectly preserved Galleon built in 1631 which sank twenty minutes into its maiden voyage. It was raised in 1961 and is 98% intact due to the cold and low salinity of the Baltic Sea.

On the final morning, the students gave their presentations using a variety of media; PowerPoint, posters and videos. However, the biggest hit were the Kahoot quizzes, which most of the European students had never experienced before.

All in all, it was a thoroughly enjoyable week. Mrs Swindley and I could not have been more proud of how our students conducted themselves; they represented the school and the UK superbly.

Posted by marchesadmin on 4th February 2020, under Marches

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