OUR SONG


our HISTORY

The non-profit association was created during the autumn of 1972 by our first President Bo Mårsäter and his wife Ulla. From the very beginning, parents and school staff have worked hand-in-hand to make the school a wonderful place for children to learn.

In 1973, we operated out of classrooms in other schools. At first, we had 37 Swedish-speaking children taking classes in Swedish, maths and English outside regular school hours at a school called Collège de Budé. Then, we started our primary school with just 12 students at the Collège des Coudrier. 

In January 1974, we moved to our current premises in Meyrin, and Stina Lagergren became president. A group of 30 parents decorated and fitted out the interior during evenings and weekends ahead of the opening after Easter. 

The official inauguration was held in June 1974 in the presence of the Swedish Ambassador Sven-Eric Nilsson, Consul General Patrik Falkman, Geneva school minister André Chavanne, the Headmaster of Collège des Coudriers and Swedish pastor Lennart Söderström, among others.

As we were not yet financially secure at this time, Monica Sagnell, the school’s accountant and secretary, paid the first rent privately. To save money on postage, she ordered books in 5kg packages from Föreningen för Svenskhetens Bevarande i Utlandet (Association for the Preservation of Swedishness Abroad). During the first summer, the postman arrived almost every day to drop off another package and ask for a glass of water!

By the mid 1980s, the school had developed to offer preschool, primary and secondary (by distance learning), and had grown to 60 students and 10 teachers. However, budgets and enrolment fluctuated year on year.


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OUR SCHOOL SYMBOL

The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, written by Selma Lagerlöf in 1906, tells the story of a boy who is turned into a ‘tomte’ – or gnome – and flies away on a goose from his family’s farm.

Nils is a brave, spirited child, and is impatient to explore the world and become an adult. He travels all over Sweden, learning about nature and history, and eventually returns home to show his family just how responsible and grown up he is.

We believe our symbol represents the relationship we have with our students. The school, just like the goose, provides each child with safety and guidance as they follow their natural sense of adventure and quench their thirst for knowledge.


OUR GOVERNANCE

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The Swedish International School of Geneva is a non-profit association and is governed by the School Association made up of Swedish-speaking parent members. The School Association holds an Annual General Meeting in October where the members elect a chairperson and board members to manage the school on behalf of the association. The Board meets every month and its mission is to organize and develop the school’s activities.

 

 

The Board:

•    has financial responsibility for school activities
•    prepares the budget and proposes the school fees
•    acts as employer
•    is responsible for the school's long-term development
•    consults with parents to define the vision and goals of the school 

For more information about the Board and its work, please contact chairperson Clara Cloché at claracloche@hotmail.com

Board members 2016-2017:

Chair: Clara Cloché
Vice Chair: Anna Lopes
Treasurer: Jonas Jacobsson
Secretary: Alexandra Schafhauser
Alternates: Monica Monet, Anna Forsell Martinsson and Daniella Boström Couffe.