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September Open House Date

September Open House Date

Due to the demand from students and their parents the school is expanding. We are inviting families to add their children to the queue list for the next school year starting in August 2013.

On the morning of Saturday, September 15, from 10:00, we will hold an "Open House" at the school. 

Our queue runs on a first-come, first-serve basis, so if you are interested in places come along. 

If you are interested in places from September 2012 please call 070 1643 324.

From the Principal

August 2012: Our second year together

August 2012: Our second year together

August in Sweden is really one of my favorite months of the year. Not only is the weather still lovely and warm, the nights are bright, social gatherings  are plentiful as we catch  up with friends who have been away over summer, and the school year begins anew.

Bobbing for apples

My upper management team and myself welcomed 20 new, enthusiastic staff to our school on August 1st, with our veteran staff returning on August 7th. We completed long days of initiating activities (yes I even made then bob for apples) and training workshops. It is wonderful to now have brought our staff of 50 together as IES Uppsala begins its second year as a school. Staff have been planning, preparing and working together to ensure that our school is ready for the new academic year.

Staff Kickoff
Staff Kickoff

With the school floors polished, and classrooms cleaned, the quiet hallways were soon filled with student voices as well over 500 students started school on August 15th. With so many students, we filled our aula three times over. What a great start to the year! The first few days of school are always the most memorable as new friends are made and expectations exchanged. Welcome all, and best wishes for a great school year together.

Students and families arriving
Students and families arriving
Our filled aula
Our filled aula

Start Dates and Times

School starts on Wednesday 15th August at the times below:

 

  • Junior school: Years 4 & 5:  8:30 - 11:00
  • Middle School: Year 6:  9:30 - 12:00 and Years 7 - 9: 13:00 - 15:30

 

Please note: Lunch will not be included on this day, but the students will have a light snack provided instead.

Art Competition

Art Competition

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

—Pablo Picasso

Recently in IESU, we had the exciting opportunity of holding our first School Art Competition. Being a school of diverse cultures, we chose the theme of 'Multicultural Art'. Each year group had the task of selecting a culture to study and creating an interpretive piece of Art representing their chosen culture.

The students researched the history, traditions and of the artistic styles and elements that make Art from each culture unique. From the first sketch to the final brush strokes, each student gave it their absolute all. This dedication and hard work shone through in the incredible and original works of art they created.

Over the last few months, over 200 pieces of Art have filled our corridors and transported us all over the world! To China, India, Australia and back- they brought life, colour and personality to our school, but most importantly a huge sense of achievement and pride.

These paintings are more than just beautiful pieces of Art to us, they represent the values that we strive to uphold as a school- knowledge, tolerance, diversity, respect and self- expression.

Winning piece by Vigot Janssen 4B
Winning piece by Vigot Janssen 4B
Winning piece by Anna Sjöstrand-Needham, 9Q
Winning piece by Anna Sjöstrand-Needham, 9Q
Winning piece by Elin Eljkström 8A
Winning piece by Elin Eljkström 8A

The three winning pieces went onto be sold at an IES Student Charity Art Auction in Stockholm, with the proceeds going towards the worthy cause of Children in Tibet.

Here in IESU, we do not underestimate the power of the Arts. It is an important vehicle of communication. Every thought we have begins with an image. Art provides us with a way to express visions that are beyond the capacity of words. It stimulates and develops imagination and strengthens self- confidence and independence. 

Art provides students with a supportive environment where they have the freedom to imagine what might be and to push the boundaries of their own creativity. Whether it is drawing, painting or sculpting each student has the opportunity to feel successful. In Art, there is no right or wrong!

 

From the Principal

Uppsala Roos and more

Uppsala Roos and more

On Thursday, at one of our bi-weekly staff meetings, I found myself quite choked up as I shared with staff a letter written from one of our current Year 9 students for students who will be entering Year 4 in August.  I was extremely touched by the sentiments shared by this student that it was the first time that I found myself being quite reflective and emotional about the year that has been, with the fathom that only 7 more days of the academic year remains. When taking this challenge of starting a new school I knew it was a mountainous task. Knowing that I have the trust of our company, parents, students and staff in my hands, has been strengthening to my spirit. Each day I have woken up knowing the challenges to be faced, at the same time, preparing myself for the new unexpected obstacles that will be placed in front of me. But when reading these words to my staff, I could appreciate all of the hard work and dedication that my staff has for our students, school and myself. They have transformed the educational experience for not only this young student, who has now been able to place her faith in grown ups again, but for all our students. I am humbled, and reminded of why I decided to take on this journey.

Though our vision has been to promote a quiet and calm environment for students to learn, we also want to create an atmosphere where students are able to explore a number of activities that make their schooling experience all the more rewarding. The months of April and May saw our school participate in a number of such activities.

Uppsala Roos (yes that is short for Kangaroos), made their first appearance on April 25th at Edsberg sport field, where a mixed team of Year 4 and 5 boys and a mixed team of Year 4 and 5 girls participated in the annual Inter IES School Football Competition.  This was a seven-aside contest, where children were competing to win the Turf Moor Cup for boys and girls. Though we did not receive any placements, I am proud to say that our Uppsala Roos displayed great football skills and team spirit. Well done! 

On this day, we also had six students representing Uppsala in the annual Inter IES Eurovision Song Competition hosted by the Modern Foreign Language Departments. Following their victory last year, Internationella Engelska Skolan Eskilstuna had the honor of hosting the contest this year. The school organized a fantastic show that was just as astounding as the Eurovision hosted in Baku, Azerbaijan. Each performance was judged following a number of criteria such as their ability to use the language, their stage performance and musical ability to name a few. Uppsala had two lovely musical pieces representing the French (Le vol du'n ange) and Spanish (Causa y efecto) languages. Though we did not make the final 3 places, our students came back inspired and are already planning to rock in next year's event to be held in Gävle. Check out the company's home web site for the winning performances.

During this spring term, Ms Herbert our Art teacher has been working with our students with international inspired art. This theme formed the basis of our in-house art competition, where the three winning pieces of artwork went on to be sold in an auction hosted at SO Stockholm Gallery in Kungstädgården in the middle of Stockholm. It was quite exhilarating to see our young artists work being sold. The three pieces from Uppsala were sold for 1,700 SEK, where half of this money raised has been donated to The Swedish Tibetan Society, which builds and runs schools in Tibet, while the other half has gone to the young artists who produced the work. Parents at our school had the opportunity to see all of our students work on display during our first PTA (Parent Teacher Association) Spring Mingle on May 13th.

Lastly, six students in Year 7 and two students in Year 8 were selected to participate in Camp IES. These camps provide our students with the opportunity to practice their leadership skills, to boost their confidence and challenge themselves and their cooperative abilities. From the description of Mr Roriston, our UK native and music teacher, "it was very rustic and almost like the reality TV show Survivor.  While, Ms Kipfer, our USA native and PE teacher, described it as being "a great program and camp experience". Both students and staff had a fantastic time, and we can see the positive impact the camp has had with these students. We are looking forward to participate in Camp IES again next May.

With all these activities and plans for the end of year, it is no wonder that I have little time for reflection of all our students' and teachers' achievements. Though each day is challenging, I do go to bed each night with a smile knowing that I do play a small part in enriching our young students lives. Go Uppsala Roos!

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