Saltus hosts 30 Swedish high schoolers off tall ship
Saltus Grammar School played host to a group of about 30 Swedish high school students yesterday.
The Swedes attend Ockero Gymnasieskola near Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city.
They travelled to the Island on
T/S Gunilla, a tall ship owned by the town of Ockero and used as a regular part of the school’s educational programmes.
T/S Gunilla sails from Sweden every year, visiting Spain, North Africa, South America and the Caribbean, before heading off to the US East Coast and Bermuda.
Johan Osbjer, one of the teachers who accompanied the students to Bermuda, explained that each class spends two months on the tall ship.
The current group of students joined the ship in Miami and came to Bermuda via Charleston, South Carolina. They leave on Friday for the Azores and France on their way back to Sweden.
Saltus teacher Jane Fulford invited the students to spend the day at the school after a chance encounter with the
T/S Gunilla when it docked in St George’s last year.
“I thought it would be a beneficial exchange of culture,” said Ms Fulford.
The Swedes learned a bit of cricket, talked to junior school students and were treated to a traditional Bermudian lunch of peas and rice, coleslaw and codfish cakes.
In return, Saltus students learned about Swedish culture and language and spent a few hours on the