At the Christmas Assembly we announced the winner of the IES Uppsala writing competition! During the Autumn term Ms Kullberg has organised a competition on the theme “Att komma undan” with the author Nina Ivarsson as part of the jury. Many great stories were handed in and the winner was... Stella in 6A! Congratulations!
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This year our förstelärare Anna Blomqvist is focusing on showing students the connection between society and school in different imaginative ways. Due to the pandemic we are not able to visit places outside of school, however we have been able to invite guests (following the FHM guidelines of course). Most recently we have had two music teachers from the Guitar festival talking to our year 4s about music, but earlier this term we have had a land-surveyor, biologist, journalist and a representative from the WWF! Next week the year 5 will walk to the local recycling plant to learn more about where our waste goes and how it is recycled.
This week we had author Caroline Engvall visiting the school and talking to our students and staff about online sexual abuse. We are also sharing a presentation with parents. This is such an important topic as this type of abuse has found a new market with the onset of internet and social media. Caroline has written a number of books in relation to this topic.
Welcome to a new year at IES Uppsala. Students came back to school yesterday, it was lovely to welcome back all our old students and to meet all our new ones!
Last week we had the pleasure of having Tom Sherrington visit us from the UK, talking to all staff about teaching and learning. This year we'll be using Mr Sherrington’s material for our professional development program. At IESU our students' learning is our focus!
On the 5 of March the school celebrated World Book Day! Student and staff were invited to dress up as their favourite book character, the junior school classes all had a special visit to the library and year 6 got to enjoy a full course of books at Ms Siat’s Café!
Once again the PTA has organised a Staff Appreciation Week at the school. On Monday, staff arrived at a school decorated with door posters with statements of appreciation. They were also invited for a special breakfast before starting their In Service day. The week has then been filled with fika, cards, flowers and other gifts, all to show appreciation for what the staff do for their students. It’s been a fantastic week, the staff at IESU feel so lucky to have such wonderful students and parents!
Next week is Sportlov! The first third of the term has zoomed by quite quickly. Apart from regular lessons, we’ve had staff from “folktandvården” talking to the year 5s and 8s as well as firemen from the local firestation talking to the year 7s about fire safety. The year 5s have also visited Domkyrkan as part of their Religion studies. Fianlly, the year 9s have now all completed their “test-run” Gymnasie-choice! The period now ends with a Sport Day. Sadly no winter sports are on offer (apart from skating) but many other sports including basket and rugby!
Welcome to the Spring term! We are into the second full week of school after the well deserved Christmas break. Teaching is in full swing, including schedule breaking activities such as stop-motion animation workshops for year 8 and sessions on healthy teeth from “folktandvården”, year 5 and 8. The year 9’s are also starting their first gymnasie choice period - all very exciting. Coming up we have the parents evenings for grades 4-6 next Wednesday (week 5) and 7-9 the following Wednesday (week 6). Please check Schoolsoft for the exact times for every year group. Welcome!
IES now have 37 schools across Sweden and our combined results clearly show that our ethos pays off. IES Uppsala has been awarded an internal IES award for strong grade integrity, meaning that we have a strong correlation between national test results in grade 9 and final grades, something we are very proud off. The teachers collaborate closely, co-planning and assessing to ensure we interpret the curriculum in the same way, giving coherent, strong and fair results.
With that I Wish you a peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Grade 8 visited parliament last week, to participate in workshops and learn more about how Sweden is run. A very important and valuable experience!