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Ms Allen taking over as Principal from June 1st

Dear Parents, Students and Staff at IES Uppsala,

Earlier this year Mr. Mikael Östling let the management of IES know that he has accepted a new role, away from education, and will leave IES Uppsala at the end of the school year. We are pleased to inform you that Ms. Hilde Allen has now been appointed Principal of Internationella Engelska Skolan in Uppsala, effective Thursday, 1 June, 2017.

Ms. Allen will be well known to you as the Assistant Principal of IES Uppsala. She played an important role in the successful start of the school in 2011, when she was the Academic Coordinator. She is an experienced and dedicated educator, who has worked in education since 2006, including at two schools in the UK as a teacher of science, and later at IES Bromma, from January 2009, where she worked as a science teacher and later as the head of the science department. She holds a Master of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Uppsala as well as teaching qualifications from both Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Östling will remain the Principal until Ms Allen formally takes up the post. They will work closely with the rest of the team at IES Uppsala to ensure a smooth transition as the school continues to provide the highest quality of education to students.

As well as welcoming Ms. Allen to her new role, we are sure you will join us in thanking Mr. Östling for his five years of leadership at IES Uppsala. We wish him every success in the future.

Kind regards,

Barbara Bergström Founder and Vice ChairmanRalph Riber CEO

IES Wins Gold and Silver in Prestigious Maths Contest.

IES Wins Gold and Silver in Prestigious Maths Contest.

Students with a passion for maths made sure the first and second prizes in an elite national maths contest were carried home by two IES schools.

IES Nacka came first and IES Uppsala second in Pythagoras Quest, a maths contest for students up to and including grade nine.  IES Sundsvall also made it to the national final, having triumphed over competition from their region to be one of the top 16 teams in Sweden.
 
The popular annual maths competition focuses on students working together in group of three.  The competition sees students compete within their school to make the school’s team before facing off against other schools in their region (län).  The winning teams are then invited to Malmö Borgarskola to compete in the national final.

Eighth-grade student Willhelm Sigurd was part of the winning team from IES Nacka alongside ninth-graders Viktor Lundqvist and Alex Thelander.
 
He said: “We were very satisfied with what we did during the competition and we thought our score would be high enough for making us one of the top teams. We thought we had a chance to win, and we obviously hoped that was the case. When the results began to be announced and we got to know some of the scores the top teams had, we realized it was looking good for us, and that made us excited. When we got to know we were the winners, we obviously got very happy and relieved.
 
"The questions were challenging, we had to work hard with them, but that is how it is supposed to be. I think the competition was at a good difficulty level this year.”

While the team from Nacka claimed victory, their counterparts from Uppsala also performed fantastically as the team, made up of Vilgot Jansson, Lise Hanebring and David Mörtberg, managed to take the second place in the contest.

The double-victory in the contest follows an increased focus on the subject of mathematics within IES.

Ted Buzzelli, the organisation's subject facilitator for mathematics, said: "Congratulations to all three teams who took part in the final of Pythagoras Quest this year, this really is a fantastic achievement both in terms of teamwork on the competition day and the years of great preparation beforehand.

"We are always working to improve the quality of the maths tuition in our schools - that is something that benefits every student, as can be seen in the way that a far higher percentage of our students achieve top grades in the national tests for mathematics, as well as fantastic results like this.  Not everyone can go on to win a competition like this, but at IES we strive to participate and prepare as though we will.  We also want to enjoy the time we spend doing this."

Maths teachers taking part in an inspirational session

Recently maths teachers from across the organisation were brought together for an inspirational session with maths speaker Matt Parker at IES Kista.  The main focus of this event was to explore fun and exciting methods that will enable our students to more easily enjoy and learn maths.

Damian Brunker, the organisation’s head of academics said.  “We are committed to helping out teaching staff develop and grow.  Events like this lead to energised teachers and new ideas in the classroom. When teachers are at the top of their game, it is the students who benefit.  This event saw 104 teachers thoroughly inspired and this inspiration will be passed along to thousands of our students."

Gold and Silver: (Pictured at top of page L-R) The winning trio of Alex Thelander Y9, Viktor Lundqvist Y9, and Wilhelm Sigurd Y8, from IES Nacka and runners up Vilgot Jansson Y9, Lise Hanebring Y9, David Mörtberg Y7 of IES Uppsala.

Start of Term Dates for All Schools

Start of Term Dates for All Schools

Please note that students are welcome back to school for the first day of the academic year 2017-18 on:

  • Borås - Monday, 21 August, 2017
  • Bromma - Wednesday, 16 August, 2017
  • Enskede - School start information already sent to stakeholders by post and via SchoolSoft.
  • Eskilstuna - Monday, 21 August, 2017
  • Falun - Wednesday, 23 August 2017
  • Gävle - Monday, 21 August 2017
  • Halmstad - Friday, 18 August 2017
  • Helsingborg - Monday, 21 August 2017
  • Huddinge - Monday, 21 August 2017
  • Hässelby Strand - Wednesday, 16 August, 2017
  • Hässleholm - Thursday, 17 August 2017
  • Johanneberg - Thursday, 17 August, 2017
  • Järfälla - Thursday, 17 August, 2017
  • Jönköping - Wednesday, 16 August 2017
  • Karlstad - Wednesday, 23 August, 2017
  • Kista - Wednesday, 16 August 2017
  • Krokslätt - Thursday, 17 August, 2017
  • Landskrona - Monday, 21 August 2017
  • Liljeholmen - Wednesday, 16 August 2017
  • Linköping - Thursday, 17 August 2017
  • Lund - Thursday, 17 August, 2017
  • Nacka - Wednesday, 16 August 2017
  • Skärholmen - Wednesday, 16 August 2017
  • Sundsvall - Wednesday, 23 August, 2017
  • Södertälje - Thursday, 17 August 2017
  • Tyresö - Monday, 21 August 2017
  • Täby - Monday, 21 August 2017
  • Umeå - Friday, 18 August 2017
  • Uppsala - Thursday, 17 August, 2017
  • Västerås - Wednesday, 16 August 2017
  • Älvsjö - Thursday, 17 August, 2017
  • Årsta - Wednesday, 16 August 2017
  • Örebro - Monday, 21 August, 2017
  • Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet Södermalm - Wednesday, 16 August, 2017 (first year) and Thursday, 17 August, 2017 (all remaining students).
From the Principal

Summer is here...

Summer is here, students and teachers have all gone on a well deserved break, the school is eerily quiet and calm. Although these interludes in the academic year are very important I miss the hussle and bussle of a school in full motion, thundering forward on the road of learning and development. Once again it was with great joy and pride that we saw our grade 9 graduate on the 9 of June, having followed them from grade 4 and seeing them develop into skilled adolescents ready to move on to their next chapter in life, Gymnasiet!

I have also had the opportunity to grow and develop through these past 6 years and it’s with great respect for the work at hand that I take on the principal's position at IES Uppsala. We will continue to focus our attention on the 3 IES pillars:

  • Command of the English Language
  • A Safe and orderly environment where teachers can teach and students can learn.
  • Setting high academic expectations and aspiration.

This in combination with our work on Growth mindset and Grit is the key to our success, implemented of course by our fantastic staff.

I wish you a restful summer and look forward to seeing everyone back on August the 17th, with batteries recharged.

Young poets impress in contest.

Students from several IES schools have taken part in an English-language poetry contest.

The competition, encouraging students to explore their poetic side, was arranged by five IES schools north of Stockholm - Uppsala, Gävle, Falun, Sundsvall and Umeå.

Students from years 7 - 9 were asked to write a poem with the theme of ‘Hopes and Dreams’.

The overall winner of the contest was Louise Berntsson from IES Uppsala (pictured, right).

She said: "This was the first poetry contest that I have ever entered and so I felt very surprised to win. I was very happy to take part and also to have my poetry recognised by IES."

Rebecca Ryberg, the organisation’s subject facilitator for English, took on the challenging role as the contest’s judge. The schools taking part selected 29 poems for her to choose from, a maximum of three poems per year group from each school. After looking through the talented and diverse entries, Ms Ryberg chose the winners for each year group.

She said: "There were so many great poems written by the students; it was quite hard to judge.  The quality was extremely high, and I know their teachers are really proud of their work and efforts."

The winning poem:

The girl on the boat

She has that look in her eyes,

Like the life in her was drawn out by the mouth,

Unable to speak,

she looks so tired and weak.

The girl on the boat has dreams.

 

She dreams of a world where the only thing falling from the sky is rain,

Not bombs

Not shell casings

Not blood

 

She dreams of a world where the only things that crack open are watermelons,

and coconuts

Not innocent skulls

Or paper ribcages

 

She dreams of holding a math book in her hands again,

Of curling her fingers around a pen,

Of walking outside to see the sun smiling,

And at night, the stars twinkling.

 

The girl on the boat dreams of a world where living,

is not the same as surviving.

 

The other results of the contest by category were:

Year 7:

First place:  Molly Åberg from IES Gävle.  Poem: "Peace and Death."

Runner up: Kian Esfandiari from IES Uppsala.  Poem:  "Hopes and Dreams."

 

Year 8:

First place: George Makso from IES Umeå.  Poem: "Life is Not a Dream."

Runner up: From IES Falun, would prefer not to be named.

 

Year 9:

First place:  Louise Berntsson from IES Uppsala.  "The Girl on the Boat."

Runner up: Emma Hansson from IES Umeå.  "A Single White Flower.”

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