The Swedish School is situated in Carcavelos, at the coastline between Lisbon and Cascais. Five minute walk to the beach and two minutes to the train station. Here we enjoy a calm neighborhood among beautiful gardens, we have a pool, playground and an outside ball court. The school is open for children between 3 and 12 years old

  • Preschool
  • Primary and 1 grade6 and 7 years old
  • Year 2-3 and 4-6
  • Extra curricular activities
  • School meals
  • Important DatesYear 2022-23
  • School BoardParent organization’s board

Preschool is part of the Swedish School and it follows the educational curriculum of the Swedish standards (Lpfö98, revised 2011). The preschool is open for children between 3 and five years old.

The activities are Monday to Friday between 09:00-15:00.  
After 15:00 we have extracurricular activities available together with the children from the school. The preschool is located at ground level of the school building, in direct access to the garden and playground.   

Under the years of preschool the children are spending their energy learning to control their body, developing languages, rules of social interaction, to sort and organize experiences in their lives and to develop the concept of symbols and rules in our society. Children are naturally curious, full of desire to discover and eager to learn new things.  

During play the children discover new knowledge and experiences and train their social and emotional competence. The teachers are having an important part as role models and they meet the children’s needs with well-planned activities and time and space for free play. 

At the preschool the children are outside every day. Being outside is an important part of our ideology because it enable motor development and promote health. Esthetical expressions such as art, song, and music are also important parts during the day. 

We put effort into the educational aspects follow the child’s motivation and capacities, and not trying to do the opposite, put all the children in the same box to follow a fixed frame. We always support the children to be able to do things for themselves, in dressing, eating situations and also expressing themselves.  

The day is scheduled with fixed routines for starting the day assembly, activities, play and meals. Sometimes the whole group is together, but often the children are divided into smaller groups in order that each child is provided with the pedagogical support needed.

The primary school class is the year the children turns 6. We integrate grade 1 and Primary school class in the class room with 2 teachers.

The students have taken part of fundamental knowledge and policies from preschool, and now primary school takes over to continue develop the children by embracing their joy and curiosity for learning.

The type of teaching remains very practical and based on play, the child’s own interests and motivation is steering the course in the education. Both environment inside and outside is used to create a broad foundation that is needed to prepare the students for the coming school. The children are learning fact terminology and concepts, rules in the school, as well as reading and writing. We work on strengthening the self-esteem and the children’s faith in themselves that they will be able to navigate in a challenging future.

The pedagogical approach continues to be inspired by a holistic approach to learning and teaching. We meet the child at their functional level, not at their age, which is favorable since we have age integrated classes.  

We conduct education according to the swedish law LGR 11 with focus on the childs best interest  and a holistic aproach regarding the school disiplines. Since we have age integrated classes, the child is being met at the level where it is from the developmenetal aspect.

The class teacher holds the primary educational responsibility, and its to this teacher the parents or guardians are turning to regarding issues related to the school. Every semester the students have development evaluation, which is a meeting between the parents, student and teacher where the goals of the students are being discussed.  

We embrace the strengths and abilities of each student. Our school is built on strong sense of fellowship and including atmosphere where everyone has friends and the mixture of the different ages is a dynamic resource. 

Our school has as its purpose to create a friendly, safe and stimulating environment for learning to everyone at the school. We are all engaged in creating a context that promotes an open mind and a strive towards lifelong learning. 

Between 15:00 and 17:00 we have extend school day. 

The extended schoolday is working towards the same goals as the school and are complementary. We striving to develop the students’ social and emotional competencies. The staff is actively working for that the children should function well in groups and accept each other’s differences. In the play, both the free spontaneous and the organized play, the children are developing their abilities in social interaction. 

The after school activities also let the children use their creativity. They can make activities like baking, painting, drawing, sculpturing, sewing and building or make collages. Sometimes the wood handcraft room to do carpentry. There are always opportunity to play, ball games or to just be. If the weather allows we like to use the pool. There are also some projects to join in, like cultivating the herb and vegetable garden. Under the holidays there is possibility to join in the extracurricular activities all day long.

At those holidays we make special programs like excursions or do something special like we normally do not do during schooldays. 

Our chef Christian is cooking with a cultural diversity and strive for the children to open minded try many different kinds of food. 

Already in the pre-school the students are training to serve food and water to themselves with support of the teachers.  

We help the children pay attention to how much they actually eat to prevent food waste.  All children are putting their plate back to the kitchen after finishing eating. In year 4-6 the children are alternating lunch hosts that wipes the tables and prepare the room for lunch.  

At each lunch there is vegetarian alternatives and adjusted meals for those with allergies. 

One day a week the lunch is vegetarian, twice a week there is fish and twice a week meat. Vegetables are served to all meals. We strive to always use ecological and near produced product when possible.  

The snacks are different every day, and can be such as homemade bread, homemade smoothies on real fruit, yogurt with cereals and nuts. Fruit is being served several times a day.  

School open:  08.30 

Preschool: 09.00-17.00 

Primary & 2-309.00-15.00 

Year 4-609.00-16.00

Charged after school activities: 16.00-17.00


Spring term 2022

5/1             School Start 

21-25/2     Carnival Break

9/3              In Service training day

11-15/4       Easter Break

25/4            Holiday

9/6             Last day 

Summer  10 june-15 july

10/6    Holiday

13/6     Holiday

16/6    Holiday

17/6     Closed

Other days school is open 9:00-16:00

Fall term 2022

24/8             School Start

5/10              Holiday 

31-4/11           Break    

1/12              Holiday 

8/12             Holiday

21/12           Last day

Spring term 2023

4/1             School Start 

20-24/2     Carnival Break

7/3              In Service training day

3-7/4       Easter Break

25/4            Holiday

1/6             Holiday

8/6           Holiday

9/6             Last day 

The total amount of schooldays are 178.

Chairman: Henrik Gustavsson

Members: Sandra Hellsvik, Micael Lagergren, Ana Matos, Emelie Tillgren, Fredrik Hägglund, Miguel Engström

Representing the School: Kristin Arnberg, headmaster from august 2021

Note from the Headmaster

Now I have finished my first schoolyear as headmaster at the Swedish School. It has been a journey, through pandemics and covid disease, through staff meetings, board meetings, financial follow-up, employee interviews, continuing student health work, team development and building a network of substitute teachers. I share that experience with principals at any school. What I have received, however, which I may be more alone in, is the fantastic cohesion that characterizes this small school. As headmaster, to meet all guardians and children / students at the gate every morning, to have the chance to not only know what the students' names are, but to remember that x would play with y yesterday and that they would eat tacos. The chance to follow up in a social way, that is a privilege. To be able, from a distance but still, to see and follow the students' and children's development, in their studies as well as in the play on the schoolyard. Being able to move so naturally between groups and that it is not a "big thing" that the headmaster suddenly sits at the table, is developing for me as well. This beautiful contact that we built was also shown when, for the first time in two years, we were able to invite family to the student led graduation, a party that contained mingle, delicious food, grading ceremonies and festivities. What a support. In addition, we were all so wonderfully noticed by the guardians. It is warm and important for everyone to receive that confirmation. I, who has been the principal for so many years at high school, got to feel what it is like when the end is only joy. No students who are perhaps a little too "happy" that party too hard, no worries about those student caravans that are such a strong tradition in several places in Sweden, which can lead to accidents and incidents, no dissatisfied students who did not get "right grades, no family quarrels in front of everyone etc. It is obvious that there are parts I also miss. But few occasions are such a milestone in life as the graduation, but still. My blood pressure was significantly lower at this event, and any mishaps are mostly a source of charm since the children are young. After we wished all students a nice summer vacation, we had a week of follow-up work, evaluations, business plans and also goodbye parties for the employees who leave us. Then some staff went on a well-deserved vacation. This summer we have a wonderful group of children who go to summer preschool and extracurricular activities. There is now opportunity to gather and plan for the next school year, which is coming sooner than we think. 24/8 all children and students are welcome again and before that we are completely closed for a few weeks Have a wonderful summer /Kristin

Kristin Arnberg