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Spring Term Begins

Spring Term Begins

This has been our first full week back at school in the Spring Term of 2012 for our well-rested students and staff. We have also welcomed 12 new students to start in year groups 4, 5, 7 and 8 and 3 new staff members to join our enthusiastic team. For our students in middle school, we have opened up our student lounge. This is a great space where students may work, read, relax, play games and socialize with one another. Furthermore, construction on our art and music rooms in the upper loft of house 1 are complete and our science labs in house 2 are ready for use. What a week!

On Wednesday, Mr Fyles, our company's CEO and Mr Howell, our media manager visited our school to meet with students and staff. It is always a pleasure to have members from our head office visit our school. Later that evening, we hosted a successful information meeting for a number of new families interested in beginning with us in the Autumn of 2013. Our queue for the coming academic year has grown with interest, it is exciting to see our school continue to grow and develop here in Uppsala.

As Thursday came around, text messages from family and friends back in my home country reminded me that today was indeed a special day: January 26 is Australia Day! What is Australia Day you may ask? Well it is the commemoration of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip, in 1788. This day is considered as the formal establishment of European settlers in Australia. On this day, we celebrate Australia's cultural diversity, beautiful landscape, our remarkable achievements and our bright future. How did I find myself celebrating this day in Uppsala? With a pack of tim tams (for those Australians out there, you know what I am talking about) and a memento box filled with 60 Australian tourist brochures produced by our grade 6 students as part of an English assignment last term. What a fabulous surprise gift from Ms Herbert! As I read each child's creative work on my home country, it made me proud to see the progress and academic development of our Grade 6 students thus far. So, in true Australian Day spirit, I reflected with joy on our achievements as a new school in Uppsala and look forward to our ongoing development.

 

Sarah 6BSarah 6BSarah 6BArild 6BArild 6B

 

Nobel Day Workshop: Celebrating Science

Nobel Day Workshop: Celebrating Science

To celebrate Nobel Day we organized a two hour Science workshop for our middle school for years 6 - 9, where the students worked in groups creating posters for Nobel prize winners through time. Year 6 focused on Alfred Nobel and why he established the Nobel prize. Year 7 - 9 researched Nobel prize winners such as Marie Curie and Robert G. Edwards and told about their discoveries and why they where important.

Mejra, Linda, Elias, Alexander 6A
Mejra, Linda, Elias, Alexander 6A

     

David, Ugo, Sandy, Mariam 8A
David, Ugo, Sandy, Mariam 8A

  

Elin, Iman, Jennifer 8A
Elin, Iman, Jennifer 8A

    

Andrew, Jesper, Minna 7A
Andrew, Jesper, Minna 7A

 

Celebrating our young writers on Nobel Day

Celebrating our young writers on Nobel Day

Three weeks before Nobel Day, the Swedish department announced a short story contest for our students in years 6-9. To prepare for this task, students read and analysed different short stories for inspiration before embarking on composing their own short stories. The Swedish department judges, Ms Udekwu, Ms Rasmussen and Ms Mannel enjoyed some really interesting and fun reading but had the difficult task of selecting one writer in every year group as winner of the competition. Dr Heimeier presented the awards during our festive Nobel lunch. Each winner received the novel "Pojkarna" (The boys) by Jessica Schiefauer, the 2011th August prize winner.

To view the winning story click on the Nobel icon next to the winners name!

The judges' motivation for each awardee follows:

6B - Fredrika Åkerman 

"för ditt rika och vackert beskrivande språk med vilket du för läsaren till en drömlik värld"

7A - Anna Norrby Andersson  

"för ett såväl detaljrikt som nyanserat porträtt av missöden och besvikelser i en ung människas liv"

8A - David Sindelar  

"för en taktfullt skriven novell med återhållen humor och smakfull ironi som fångar läsaren med allas vår kommissarie Dubois"

9Q - Maja Gårdmark-Östh  

"för en novell som fångar problematiken med att vara betraktare och medaktör på en och
samma gång, i ett av de viktigaste sammanhangen i livet"

Information Evening

On Wednesday, January 25, between 18:00 - 19:30; we are holding an Information Evening for prospective new parents and students.

We are very fortunate to have the company of IES CEO Mr Peter Fyles in attendance alongside our Principal Dr Rachel Heimeier and some of our teachers that evening, all of whom will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

We look forward to meeting with you.

Nobel Day Workshop: Celebrating Literature and the Arts

Nobel Day Workshop: Celebrating Literature and the Arts

To celebrate Nobel Day and our own Swedish Nobel prize winner of literature, Tomas Tranströmer, our students participated in a workshop making pictures inspired by Tranströmer's poetry. The students sat in groups and read eight selected poems aloud to one another. They then focused on their favorite poem and attempted to transfer the poem into another art from. Presented here are some of the beautiful and creative results inspired by the poems "Kyrie" and "Storm".

Kyrie
(1958)

Sometimes my life opened its eyes in the dark.
A feeling as if crowds drew through the streets
in blindness and anxiety on the way towards a miracle,
while I invisibly remain standing.

As the child falls asleep in terror
listening to the heart's heavy tread.
Slowly, slowly until morning puts its rays in the locks
and the doors of darkness open.

 
Indra Vasaitis -6B
Indra Vasaitis -6B
Arina Zaher - 6B
Arina Zaher - 6B
Linda Olsson - 6A
Linda Olsson - 6A

 

 
Storm
(1954)

The man on a walk suddenly meets the old
giant oak like an elk turned to stone with
its enormous antlers against the dark green castle wall
of the fall ocean.

Storm from the north. It's nearly time for the
rowanberries to ripen. Awake in the night he
hears the constellations far above the oak
stamping in their stalls.

 

Linnea Söderlund - 7A
Linnea Söderlund - 7A
Alicia Hydfors - 8A
Alicia Hydfors - 8A
Paulina Amestegui Fuentes - 8B
Paulina Amestegui Fuentes - 8B
 

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