Welcome to Torskolan in south of Sweden! Here is some information about our school, optional time, foreign languages, grades etc.
Our school, Torskolan, is in south Sweden in a village called Torsås. It is very near the east coast right between the two cities Kalmar and Karskrona. Our school is a state-school and the students are 13-16 years. We are only about 300 at the senior level so all the students and teachers know each other well.
We start school at 8.00 every morning and finish at 15.00. Many of our children come here by school bus. They have six periods every day and they are most often 60 minutes long. At our school we have something that is called Optional Time. In these classes our students can choose among different subjects. One of the intentions for the optional classes is that the children should learn to take responsibility for their learning and studies. They work much by themselves and the teachers are more like tutors.
Most of our pupils learn two foreign languages - English and then German/French/Spanish.
Here in Sweden all students get free lunches. They are served in the canteen and I think the food is very tasty considering that it is an institutional kitchen. In our school we also have a recreation centre with a cafeteria. Many children go there in their breaks to meet their friends, play table tennis or billiards. In the cafeteria they can buy freshly baked rolls (the students help to bake them), soft drinks and fruit. It is very good to have such a meeting-place for the kids. Grades
Swedish students get their first grades when they finish the autumn term in grade 8. There are three different grades G, VG and MVG. They get G if they have managed the course, a VG if they have done well and a MVG if they have done excellent.
We have two terms in Sweden: autumn term and spring term. Spring term is this year from 9 Jan. to 18 June. Then we have summer vacations for about 8 weeks. Other holidays are sports holiday (in February), autumn holiday (in November) and Easter holiday (most often in April). All of them are for one week.Pictures of our school
More about optional time
Favourite subjects at school
An ordinary day at school
Torsås - a small community