Category Archives: Sweden – activities within school

Trying to reach the top – Kebenekaise.

On Hersby Gymnasium we have a special physical education class called “experiencing the wild life”. This class trains two times each week to prepare them for the wild life experiences. We move the classroom outside at least three times each year. In the beginning of September we travel to the mountain range of Sweden. During their 5 day stay we get lectures about the wild life, nature, vegetation, conservation of nature reserves and of course a lot of exercise. During one day we always make an attempt to reach the top of Kebenkaise. This year we almost made it to the top, but not all the way. We got stopped by to much ice and the climb for the top got to hard so we had to go back. But it was still a extraordinary experience to  take part of all these adventures.


A-day to make a difference 2016.

During the first year of ROUTE we started an environmental project with the municipality of Lidingö. The idea was that the student’s thoughts and creativity on environmental solutions would be in focus and presented for the politicians and the civil servants on a special day at the city hall. This year our environmental day grew and became a whole week for students age 6-19 to present their ideas at city hall. The different ages got different days to present and arrange happening around environmental issues.

Our students, consisting of three different classes, started their project with a workshop at the city hall arranged by Sustainergies. After the workshop they worked with their ideas on how to create sustainable solutions or how to influence the public opinion on sustainability.

Some of their projects were:

Create a workshop material on “the production of bananas” too be used at schools.

A Instagram account with 498 followers that introduced “ environmental tip of the day”.

Reuse of old clothes, they collected old clothes to donate to refugees.

Creation of an educational film on waste management.


Grinda – The lessons move in to the Swedish archipelago.

This project was planned under the ROUTE agenda. We really wanted to move the classroom out from school and to teach IN, ABOUT and FOR the environment (one of our goals in the application).  We mixed teachers from the subjects of geography, biology, chemistry, physical education and history. The teachers planned the 2,5 days of education together. The goal was to make educational stations which the student groups rotated in-between. We also brought a lot of material to make observations and experiments on site. We brought 62 students from different classes with us; a mix of social, economic and natural science students.  We all slept in tents and cooked our own meals. The weather was perfect!

During our outdoor activities the students got the following educational stations;

physical training in group

paddling canoe

physical competitions in teams

Lectures on nature conservations by the Island supervisor from Skärgårdsstiftelsen

Work sheet on the body of water, to learn more about the waters around us

Biological indicators of water quality, search for small animals in the water as indicators of water quality.

Collection of sand for filtration to look for micro plastic, a project in collaboration with KTH.

Mindfulness pathway, the students worked on creating a pathway that will be used by the Skärgårdsstiftelsen.

Life rescue, the students got a course in HLR and how to rescue peoples life in dangerous situations.

We had a very educational and wonderful stay on the Island of Grinda. This will continue to be an interdisciplinary excursion for our school.

Environmental day at school.

In a joined project between the subjects of Geography and Natural knowledge we created a half environmental day at school. During this day all the students got to go on a quiz walk, under which they should collect all the garbage they could find. Well back at school they used the garbage to create an artwork. The artworks  were placed in an exhibition at school. The students then voted on the best artwork. Combined with their score on the quiz walk we got a class who won and they got cake on their next lesson.

Integration through a winter excursion

During the school year of 2015/2016 Sweden became the precipitant of a large wave of refugees. Many of them where young people that came without their parents. Lidingö has received many new students with different backgrounds. In an effort to create a integration between the Swedish students and the newly arrived students we created a winter excursion to Grövelsjön. Lidingö municipality cofounded the project. We were 8 teachers and 36 students, 18 Swedish and 18 refugees. During a 5 day field excursions we took the students to the mountain range of Grövelsjön. Here they got to experience their first time on snow, skiing and downhill. The students got to practice their Swedish. The project was a great success and created new friendships.

Erosion – a geological phenomenon.

In the class of geography 1 we study the phenomenon of erosion. This is a geological process that transports material away from the surface. In Sweden we have mostly small erosion processes, especially on Lidingö. After reading about the phenomenon in school we arranged a photo competition. The students got to take their pictures on erosion in their local environment; we printed them and held an exhibition with photos of local erosion. A nice and simple way to take the classroom outside!


Bike orientation – a educational bike ride

During half a day in October the students of class geography 2 got to take the classroom out of school. We had been studying city planning and focused on the growth of Lidingö. The island of Lidingö has been built in different time eras; the result is that is possible to see the different architecture and planning ideas throughout the island. So on one beautiful afternoon we took our bikes and completed an orientation through the different areas. The goal was to visualize the thing we had been talking about in the classroom. The students got to answer questions at each stop on the way about the different architecture.  A fun way to learn and exercise at the same time!

A day to make a difference

On the 2nd of June Hersby Gymnasium held a theme day in Lidingö stad City hall on the topic of “how can you make a difference for the environment”.

The project was formed in a close collaboration with Catarina Kvarnmalm and Åsa Enström Garnström, who both work for the municipality. The objective was to work with the municipals environmental program, and we focused on their goals “to inform and educate the citizens on sustainability” and “the better use of our resources”.

The students then worked in project groups for weeks in advance to prepare different ways to show for the politicians how they have made a difference. The students groups chose their own project, and some the topics were; reducing food waste, creating cookbooks for leftovers or environmental friendly food, creating a completion for green innovations between students on Lidingö, educating lower grade students on the impotence to recycle, collecting cloths for donation and reuse, using social media like facebook/instagram to inform and spread green ideas.

On the 2nd of June students presented their results in city hall for the local politicians and local press. The goal was to spread ideas and to show the how young people really can make a difference. The students were proud of their work and impressed the politicians. A very successful project that will be repeated next year!

A winter field excursion to Grövelsjön, February 2015

Between the 6th of February until the 9th of February 30 students participating in our course “health and athletics 2” travelled to the south part of the Swedish mountain region. Here they hiked on skies through winter trails, they learned to build snow huts, and learned more about how to run a mountain station in a sustainable way.

One night was spent outdoors, sleeping under the stars in bivouacs carved out of the snow covered landscape.

Sleeping in a bivouac

On the right we see the students preparing for a long cold night in their shelter. The temperature can go down to -10° Celsius, so it’s vital that proper clothing is used. Sleeping close is a really god way of keeping warm at cold nights. Lying under a clear sky watching the stars is is a very humble experience and far from what both students and teachers are used to.

To prepare for the night is a cumbersome task. Snow shuffles where used to dig a shelter.

Digging a bivouac