First Annual European Day of Languages Fun for All!
The first annual celebration of European Day of Languages was a huge success! All students took part in a special lesson during the day. Students in Junior School designed and decorated colorful and whimsical hats to represent some 16 countries' flags and traditions, while middle School students created posters which they then presented to their classes. Teachers chose the best examples from each class which were then part of the entire school competition.
Teachers and staff members were seen wearing colorful costumes and mentor groups were dressed in the colors of the flags of 17 European countries.
In the decorated lunch hall students could choose from a southern French bouillabaisse and a Spanish paella. Yum! During lunch students could read facts about these dishes and international cuisine right on their tables!
The school was decorated with colorful posters and students could complete 2 fun language quizzes.
During breaks students could watch short video clips and cartoons in two locations.
In addition, the IES Eurovision Song Contest 2013 was officially announced and many students expressed interest in participating next year! What a fun day for all!
Despite the windy and wet weather, three IESU teams finished the challenging course at the Stockholm Triathalon on Saturday, August 25. This was the first year for a student team to compete from IESU.
“The weather was like another opponent,” said Ms. Hannah Kipfer, PE teacher and team organizer. “It affected the participants’ performance as they had to fight the wind, carry extra weight from wet clothes, and manouever slippery conditions. However, our teams overcame the conditions, proving their tenacity and displaying strong team spirit.” Uppsala 1 team consisted of staff members Ms Kali Keyes, Mr Ryan Mintz and Ms Anna Thoresen. Mr Eric Gerroir, Mr Dareco Rawlins and Ms Lena Shulyakovskaya proudly represented our school on team Uppsala 2.
Ironman competitor Mr. Jörgen Stenquist, IES Vice Chief Executive Officer was present to encourage team members and gave them helpful tips when dealing with the weather. His presence definitely gave the amateur teams a confidence boost.
1:06:05 was the total time of the student team, consisting of Year 8 students Jasmin Said, Rasmus Brolin and Natanael Oskarsson. Rasmus said about his first open water race, “it was cold, very cold.”
Ms. Kipfer summed up the day “we competed as a team and all got wet as a team, even those who came to cheer us on. It brought the staff even closer together.”
Following the race the wet and hungry teams enjoyed a well-deserved meal out to celebrate their individual and team performances. The teams invite the entire IESU community to come support them in Stockholm the last weekend of August 2013!
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.
I can't wait to see what is in store for us in October!
This year's middle school classes showed great team work and spirit as they competed in 6 events - Tug of War, Sack Race, Human Pyramid, Frisbee Throw, Water Relay and Wheelbarrow Relay. This year each class was able to express its team spirit with a common color. With their colour brown, class 9b went into full army combat mode in their battle for the title. They worked together and maximized their resources to earn the trophy, which is now on display in 9b's homeroom. 9b members basked in their glory for the remainder of the afternoon and they will hold their title proudly until "battle time" in spring 2013!
Main image: All of Junior School listens to Mr. Östling and Ms. Thoresen's welcome and instructions
When Years 4 and 5 took part in a day of friendly competition everyone had a good time and did their best! Ms. Keyes, mentor of winning class 5a, agreed that the day was a big success because classmates worked together and individuals put their best effort forth in all six events. Even mentors were fully engaged in each challenge and a very dedicated Ms. Keyes lost her voice after the competition. However, she said (later), "it was definitely worth it!"
While students participated in 6 events - Tug of War, Sack Race, Human Pyramid, Frisbee Throw, Water Relay and Blindfolded Penalties - the clear favorites were Human Pyramid and Tug of War. Some students commented on the day:
"I liked it, it was fun! I liked the human pyramid and the tug of war" - Gustav, 4c
"I liked that all people did the best that they could" - Mira, 4c
"I remember the euphoria I felt when they announced that we had won the cup! the whole class stood up and cheered. It was awesome!" - Ylva, 5a
"I liked the sack race the most because everybody was cheering for each other. I think we won because of that." - Mattias, 5a
"My favorite memory was of having fun!" - Johanna, 5a
"I would even be happy if our class lost." - Paulius Vasaitis, 5a