SIS at 70 - a year in review
Celebrating our impact
During the 2021-22 academic year, we’ve marked the 70th year of Stockholm International School. We’ve celebrated the impact the school has had on the lives of our students past and present, on their families and community, and on the city of Stockholm. And we’ve looked to the future, fundraising for our SIS Spirit Fund to support academic excellence, innovation and campus regeneration activities and enhanced learning opportunities that enrich students’ experience outside of the regular classroom.
As we reach the end of our platinum year, we look back at how we celebrated.
We brought our community together to share our student talents at the 70th anniversary performance to mark the end of the year.
Celebrating the impact of SIS
During the year, we've shared a series of case studies detailing the impact SIS has had in its seven decades.
“Being able to guarantee an international education for children is crucial for us in our expansion” – Anna Kjellson, Relocation Manager at Northvolt.
“Not only are we getting the message around the school, the students are taking it home, influencing their parents and peers, and championing sustainability in everyday life” – Stephenie Bradford, SIS sustainability coordinator
“I gained such knowledge – from travelling, taking responsibility, being a team player, and understanding that decisions, regardless of how small, have consequences.” – SIS alumna Heidi Abirached, who attended the school 2010–2014
“SIS gave me a passport to study a subject that I was passionate about, and follow my interests.” – Dr Alexander Ahl, SIS student 2007-09 and one of over 10,000 alumi around the world.
“Certain teachers are legacy teachers – education is marked by them and that’s an experience that kids hold onto.” – David Osler reflecting on the impact of two SIS teachers, Maggie Dankiewicz and Valerie Evers.
The impact of the SIS Parent Community (SPC)
As long as SIS has existed, so has the SIS Parent Community (SPC). Also celebrating their 70th birthday this year, the SPC was originally formed in 1951 to raise funds for the School. Since then, the SPC has grown in scope to provide a vital link between parents and the school and to welcome new families to the community.
During their 70th birthday year, the SPC did just that. Alongside a range of initiatives and events, they coordinated a student dance for every child at SIS and a special 70th SPC birthday party for parents.
Looking to our next 70 years
During our anniversary year, we also looked to the future, bolstering the Spirit Fund through a number of initiatives. As a not-for-profit Foundation, we channel 100% of our community’s generosity into promoting academic excellence, enhancing student experience, and investing in developing our wonderful campus.
The Chair of our Board of Trustees, Lage Jonasson, gave the School a boost when we announced in November his 70for70 offer. Recognising he too was turning 70, Lage pledged up to 70,000 SEK to match monies raised through donations to the SIS Spirit Fund throughout the year.
The celebrations this year wouldn't have been possible without the contributions of the 70th anniversary organising team:
- Emma Jones
- Joseph Berglöw Kenneway
- Linda Boswell
- Ilhem Bouroucha
- Arthur French
- Rowena Lee and the SPC team
- Harriet Martins
- Michael Moore
- Pamela Agar
- Beth Elzer
We're looking forward to the 75th celebrations...