Autumn in Uppsala - more than a blaze of red and gold

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Autumn in Uppsala - more than a blaze of red and gold

Main image: Ms Hungary

A is for autumn, F is for fall, and H is for Hösten. Leaves are changing color, there is crispness in the air and it is time to bring out some warmer clothes.

For those of us now living in Sweden, a country with 4 distinct seasons, autumn, or fall as they say in the US, is a beautiful time of year. Here at IES Uppsala, we are fortunate to enjoy seeing the birch trees collected from Sweden's north to south, slowly change in color and drop to the floor making a golden, orange carpet in our entrance way. Also, our apple trees are overflowing, and the squirrels are jumping around collecting food for winter to come. For me, this is a charming season that I did not get to experience in Australia. For many staff and students, this season is a new experience too.

Our students have been able to enjoy the outdoors in their PE classes as they have been participating in orienteering activities in our surrounds, where the genetic garden offers a wonderful escape from the regular indoor classes. Thank you to our PE teachers, Mr Gerroir from Canada and Ms Saeger from the US (who by the way is representing the US in orienteering competitions for the second year in Sweden) for their enthusiasm for getting all involved.

Within these weeks of school, there has been a whirlwind of activities. We have hosted parent evenings, training sessions for schoolsoft and the lgr11 curriculum, and two open houses for new and current students and families. A big thank you to all staff, student volunteers and our growing PTA, for offering their support in these events.

In school, students and staff have been hard at work, and we are slowly seeing our bare school walls come to life with student work. Our year 5 posters for Science on endangered species are educational and promote wildlife preservation, while our year 7 magazine journalism challenge has encouraged students to study and analyze a range of media texts and to produce their own magazines which include a front cover, contents page, articles, adverts, interviews and much more!

On Wednesday September 26th, we celebrated European Languages day, initiated by our English and Modern Foreign Language department. Each class represented a country and was dressed as such. So though it was a rainy grey day outside, inside the school we had splashes of colors, blues and whites for Greece, Hungarian traditional dress, baguettes and berets for France, and well the list goes on. The students were able to experience short movies, learn different words, and enjoy lunch inspired by European countries. I must say it was a difficult decision to choose between the exquisite paella from Spain or the French fish soup, bouillabaisse for lunch. So not only did we challenge the mind in languages, we tantalized the student's pallets and gastronomy too.

Ms Spain
Ms Spain
Ms France
Ms France

I can't wait to see what is in store for us in October!