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!
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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!
Holocaust survivor, Livia Fränkel, visited our school on United Nations Day, 24th of October. She addressed our grade 9 students and gave a detailed historical account of events, intertwined with her own story of growing up in Transylvania and how eventually the war also reached them. This was a much appreciated lecture, and of great importance. We were most grateful to have her come to our school.
Science is the study of the world around us and as such we try to take the students out on field trips or bring expert speakers in to the school. So far this year the year 4 have been following “Gulastigen”, looking at this habitat and its population, 30 of our year 7 have been for a day at Tekniska Museet in Stockholm and last week the year 9 have been to Uppsalas Evolutionary Museum as part of their Biology course. This week year 5 go to Naturskolan to study “allemansrätten” and the year 4 will be going to BIotopia to continue their work with habitats. Let's hear it for Science!
Säkra varje unge - a non-profit organisation working against internet grooming and sexual abuse of children held a lecture for our grade 5 students and grades 4-6 parents last week. They talked about how various aps are used on the internet today by our youth and how unknown adults can potentially quite easliy get in contact with our children. An open dialogue between parents and children was promoted so that children always feel supported if something inappropriate happens to them on the web. A much appreciated presentation by both students and adults.
Last Wednesday the whole school participated in Skoljoggen! The students walked down to through Ultuna and walked or ran a 5 km loop along the river. House points were handed out for wearing House colours and of course also to the fastest runners. A great afternoon! All funds collected went to Clowner utan Gränser, which is Skoljoggens sponsored charity this year.
On Wednesday 4/9 Christian Benedict held a very appreciated lecture on the importance of sleep, during our parents evening for Middle School. It tied in very well with Anders Hansen's “sommarprat” on the effects of exercise and sleep on our health. One point they both make: please make sure your mobiles are not next to your bedside when sleeping, but in another room, turned off!
As tradition dictates we have had the Clash of Houses competitions the past 2 weeks with years 4&5 and 8&9 week 34 and 6&7 last week. This has been a fun filled afternoon with brain teasers and also different game. Right now Celcius House is in the lead, but students will be able to collect points throughout the year. We will see who wins in June!