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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

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.”

Alliance Leaders Visit IES Uppsala

Alliance Leaders Visit IES Uppsala

Students at Internationella Engelska Skolan Uppsala had a chance to quiz political leaders from the centre-right Alliance parties during a visit to the school.

The four politicians, Conservative party leader Anna Kinberg Batra, Liberal party leader Jan Björklund, Annie Lööf, leader of the Centre party and Ebba Busch Thor, leader of the Christian Democrats, toured the school before taking questions from students, and eventually journalists.

Students asked about topics including Brexit, the military, housing issues in Sweden and the gender pay gap.

Students ask questions of the Alliance leaders in a session moderated by thier classmate Angelica Hagström (left).

Angelica Hagström, 14 of class 8A, was in charge of the event after she was chosen to moderate the session for her classmates.

She said: “It was really fun, but I was nervous as well, because If I said something wrong there would be so many people who heard. I felt a bit special when I was asked to moderate, and that is always nice.”

Angelica had been thinking about her own questions to ask before she was offered the chance to lead the discussion.

She said: "I thought I would ask about the grading systems.  Then when we were going into the class my social-science teacher asked if I could organise the questions a bit. I thought: 'that is no big deal, I can do that’.

“The politicians had good and well-thought-out answers so you knew what they meant, they spoke well. I think it is good to hear them speak directly, because then you can build your own opinion rather than being influenced by what is reported.”

Mr Östling, the school's Principal, welcoming Anna Kinberg Batra.

During the event the politicians presented their ideas of how education in Sweden could develop. They spoke of Pisa, how to make the teaching profession more attractive, education for those newly arrived in Sweden, an increase in the number of hours of teaching that students receive, encouraging parents to make a more active school choice and even externally moderated national tests.

Following on from their press conference the political leaders met with Mr Östling, the school’s Principal to discuss issues around education and to hear his views.

He said: "It was a great honour for us to host the visit and show our school to a few of the most influential politicians in the country. We are proud of our school and our students, and we have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to have our students show their knowledge of politics by the excellent questions they asked. Personally, I am very pleased to have shared the story of IES Uppsala and to have been given the chance to discuss educational matters and concerns with people who can really make a difference on the national level."

Mr Östling and Mr Grant, head of year 7 and maths teacher, (right) hold a meeting with the four Alliance leaders.

 

From the Principal

Welcome

Dear Parents and Guardians of Internationella Engelska Skolan Uppsala, 

We have had an excellent start to this academic year, we have introduced the year 4 students to of our house system, which has fostered even stronger unity and pride for Internationella Engelska Skolan Uppsala among students. We have continued to develop our growth mindset approach more and more in our classrooms and have made teaching and learning in school more visible to the students. The visibility of learning has been developed through introducing success criteria in lessons using the first-person form such as: "I can read and understand varied texts in English”. This is done to emphasise to students that learning starts and ends with them as the focal point and we have already seen positive impact of this initiative.  This year we are also focusing our professional development of the whole school on Growth Mindset language and how we can build resilience and persistence in students´learning.

We have also received awards as the best overall school when it comes to academic performance in Year 9 for 2015/2016, having the best results in Math and History as well as being top ten in many other subjects. This gives us great pride in our teachers and students ability to continue to perform well and learn as much as possible through this academic year.

It is also clear to me that the achievements of IES and its students are now getting nationwide attention, I was invited to a school leadership conference in the late spring, where the current Minister of Education, Mr Gustav Fridolin and the former Minister of Education, Mr Jan Björklund publicly praised the results of IES and its method of ensuring a calm learning environment where teachers can teach and students can learn. 

We are all very eager to get this year going and hopefully I will get the chance to see you in the morning as I stand and greet the students by the main entrance.

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