Slide2: Right now it’s winter here in Sweden but we are still waiting for the snow. We’re from Uppsala, which it’s right above our capital Stockholm. We are students at the Rosendalsgymnasiet which is a pretty new school. We do our education at a social science program with journalistic alignment. We’re all in the age between 15-16. The Uppsala Cathedral
Slide3: The class of Jo06 (something wrong with the flash) Let us tell you about our class, Jo06 (pronunciation : gee oh noll sex). We’re forty students in the class and there are 27 girls and 13 boys. Our course’s direction is journalism, witch means that we’re writing much and we’re working with newspapers and other media. Because we’re so many in the class we divide in two groups, so most of the time we’re just twenty. Our class is kind of unique in a way that doesn’t have much to do about studying and such. We probably have the best solidarity in the whole gymnasium because somehow everyone is friends with everyone. We got our own laptops that we always bring with us everywhere except home, we can’t bring them home because the possibility of stealing. We got a scout, a troubadour, dancers, sports freaks, floor ball pros, film critics, a class-mom, a mom but no fathers of any kind. We’ve done a lot of things with the class outside school time, seen a movie and a “singstar-fiesta”! As you can see, we’re not a very serious class. The point of this weird part of the letter is that our class is the best. We’re a bunch of nice people with a sense of humour so maybe you shouldn’t take this part so seriously.
Slide4: Rosendalsgymnasiet, outside The name of our school is Rosendalsgymnasiet. It’s a new school, build in a former laboratory. It’s very fresh, and the entire interior is brand new. We have a projector in almost every classroom. Everyone in the school gets to loan a laptop pc from the municipality that we get to use throughout our school time. There are around 500 students in the school. There are four nature classes, one journalistic class (that’s us), an international class and a “SPUNK” class per year. Our classes are formed out in a quite unique way, with a total of 40 pupils per class. This class is then divided into two groups, consisting of 20 pupils each, that can be split into smaller units if needed. We use study techniques similar to those at the university, with a lot of lectures and essays to write. We have a great kitchen that makes the best food around. Students from other schools and from the university which is placed close to us, used to come here to eat! Because of that we had to start using key cards when we’re going to eat.
Slide5: The Swedish celebrations of Christmas start at the first Sunday of December. We call it advent. Advent means waiting, and we are waiting for Jesus birth. Most of the Swedish people today are not that religious but our official religion is the protestant church. In former days the Swedes were strictly religious and that’s why we still have these traditions. We have a candle stick with four lights. Every Sunday until Christmas Eve we light one of these candles; the first of advent the first candle, the second of advent the second and so on.
The 13th of December is the day when we celebrate the memory of the Saint Lucia. In fact, Lucia is a Catholic solemn, but we celebrate it anyway. We dress up in white nightgowns, both girls and boys (not that kind of nightdresses we use nowadays, but rather the strict, white ones they used in former days). One of the girls gets to be Lucia. She wears a red ribbon round her waist and a crown with candles. The other girls are TÄRNOR. They also wear a red ribbon round the waist and a wreath in their hair. The boys in the retinue of Lucia wears white nightdresses as well, and a stick with a golden star. The retinue of Lucia walks around and “lussar” for people and sing songs about Christmas.
We celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve instead of the Christmas day. In the morning we eat porridge. In the casserole we put one almond. The one who gets the almond gets one wish, or in some families, they say that that person is going to get married soon… Various traditions
Slide6: Isabella Ahlvin
Kimberly Åkerström Gustaf Aronsson
Amanda Öberg Anna Berglund
Amanda Österholm Class picture avaliable on the ”Our class...” page