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From the Principal

Welcome Back!

A warm welcome to all new students and a welcome back to all returning students! I hope you have all had a great summer and I am really looking forward to seeing you again, the school has been very empty over the summer.

We have had a busy summer, focusing on improving the physical school environment. Stenvalvet, our landlords, and the school, have been working together to improve the ventilation in the school. We have also employed a new cleaning company who has been working hard to clean the school from top to bottom and polishing all the floors. The Home Economics room has been refurbished and Mr Danielsson has been repainting key areas of the school with help from Ms Morrison and Mr Collins. Later on in the year, we are hoping to put up some panelling in the most exposed corridors and we have also planned to refurbish the boys changing rooms in the middle school.

Mondays and Tuesdays schedules and have been emailed out to you and can be seen on Schoolsoft (news section) but please also find Mondays times below:

Year 4: 8:30 – 11.00     Year 7: 10.00 - 12.30

Year 5: 9:00 - 11.30     Year 8: 12.30 – 15.00

Year 6: 9:30 – 12:00     Year 9: 13.00 - 15.30

Please can all students enter through the main entrance and remember that no lunch will be served on this day.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday!

Hilde Allen, Principal

From the Principal

Summer break is here!

Summer break is here! Students have finally started their holiday. We had some fantastic end of year ceremonies last Thursday with different performances and lots of awards. Then finally in the afternoon, we celebrated our year 9 during our graduation ceremony, with music, speeches and awards suitable for the occasion. Now the teachers are wrapping up before they also go on a well deserved summer break.

During the next two months we will be working together with the landlord to improve the ventilation in the school. We will also be repainting parts of the school as well as improving the Home Economics room. This is all in preparation for the 20th of August, when the students are welcome back to school.

Have a fantastic break and looking forward to a new academic year!

From the Principal

Summer is here!

Only 5 weeks to go and the warm weather has arrived. It is great to see the students outside on breaks again.

It’s been a busy winter and spring! I extend a special thanks to the PTA who again hosted Teacher Appreciation Days this term, thanking all teachers and staff for the work they do in school. The Student council has also hosted a couple of cafés raising funds which they are now busy deciding what to get for the school. This term also saw the the Performing Arts Show - Magic at IESU take place for the third time at Grand Theater in central Uppsala. This has now definitely become  a tradition of the school.

Now the all the National Tests have been completed which is a relief for all students. Let us enjoy the last few weeks of term, looking forward to the end of year ceremonies and Graduation on the 14th of June.

From the Principal

Welcome back!

Welcome back to a new term! It was fantastic to see all students again and it seems everyone has a had a restful break!

This term will see some exciting events such as the ice training with year 7, PI competition and a Talent show and Winter Sports Day for the whole school. We are also looking forward to events highlighted by the Student council such as Valentines day and Pink Shirt Day.

Parents evenings are also coming up week 4 and 5, 18.00 - 19.00 on Wednesdays (please check schoosoft for more details).

Now, let’s hope for some snow to lighten up the dark days. Before we know it will however be lighter again and Spring will be on its way.

From the Principal

Great start to the school year!

Great start to the school year!

What a great start to the year! The year 4 have arrived with great energy and excitement, what a fantastic addition to our school. After 2 days with team-building and mentor time, students have quickly settled into their new classes and schedules. We’ve also kick-started our house competitions with the “Clash of the Houses” last week, putting Linné in the leading position.

The adjustment in our rule about mobile phones have paid off so far, it’s great to see students sitting outside during breaks, chatting or doing homework rather than playing games and checking social media.

Parent evenings have started last Wednesday (4-6) followed by 7-9 next this coming Wednesday. Looking forward to meeting even more parents!

From the Principal

Summer is here...

Summer is here, students and teachers have all gone on a well deserved break, the school is eerily quiet and calm. Although these interludes in the academic year are very important I miss the hussle and bussle of a school in full motion, thundering forward on the road of learning and development. Once again it was with great joy and pride that we saw our grade 9 graduate on the 9 of June, having followed them from grade 4 and seeing them develop into skilled adolescents ready to move on to their next chapter in life, Gymnasiet!

I have also had the opportunity to grow and develop through these past 6 years and it’s with great respect for the work at hand that I take on the principal's position at IES Uppsala. We will continue to focus our attention on the 3 IES pillars:

  • Command of the English Language
  • A Safe and orderly environment where teachers can teach and students can learn.
  • Setting high academic expectations and aspiration.

This in combination with our work on Growth mindset and Grit is the key to our success, implemented of course by our fantastic staff.

I wish you a restful summer and look forward to seeing everyone back on August the 17th, with batteries recharged.

From the Principal

A New School Year has Begun

It is extremely exciting to be launching into our fifth year here at IESU. This year we have 24 classes of year 4-9 students and we have expanded the school with new classrooms, a new gym hall and finalized our own school library to accommodate our growth. I believe our rapid growth can be explained quite simply - we have a fantastic, talented and dedicated staff who engage our students on a daily basis via interesting and well-planned lessons. This leads to our students reaching their goals, as evidenced by our 2014-15 school year national test results (which you are welcome to read under “news”). We look forward to a year full of learning, fun and growth together.

However, we do not only focus on academic growth at IES Uppsala. We are also fully engaged in our students’ social development. This year we begin our 2nd year of a 3-year project working with a “growth mindset” which we believe will be beneficial on many levels in our school. Research from Carol Dweck, Ph.D. and her associates at Stanford University shows that those who believe they can learn new skills and information by practicing and working hard, not just by having talent, actually learn more, cope better with failure and get better results. We as a staff have had this “growth mindset” from “day 1” and now we’ll be actively teaching it to our students. We look forward to embarking on this journey together!

Youtube clip about Growth Mindset:

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From the Principal

Teacher Appreciation Week at IESU

Teacher Appreciation Week at IESU

(Main image: Mr Stremming)

Dear readers,

Last week we had fantastic event called Teachers Appreciation Week arranged by the PTA and the students. It was appreciating the work that teachers do for our students and getting to know the teachers on a more personal level. Our school was draped in fantastic colours and poster with positive messages for our teachers which you can see in the images below. The PTA also hosted a breakfast and a cake party for all staff members making us all feel very humble and thankful for their amazing effort and hard work getting the whole week organised. There was also a vote on the most inspiring teachers in the school for different year groups and the winning teachers were: Mr Bhalla for 4 and 5, Ms Herbert for 6-7 and MR Stremming for year 8-9.

Ms Herbert
Ms Herbert
Mr Bhalla
Mr Bhalla

All in all it was a truly heartwarming experience for our staff and something we will remember for a very long time!


Staff room
Staff room




From the Principal

Growth Mindset Evening and the run up to Christmas

Dear Guardians,

First of all, we wish to thank all of you who turned up last night for the Growth Mindset introduction and Wine and Cheese evening which was hosted together with the PTA. We are very grateful for your positive feedback regarding the session as well as your active participation in the exercises you were asked to do to in order to connect theory with practice. 

Secondly, we want to remind all guardians and students that since we are now closing in on Christmas and the mid-term grades it is very important that you communicate with your teachers and mentor if there is something you are unsure of regarding where the student are in different subjects, or work that you need to hand it in for it to used as basis for the assessment of your performance in relation to the knowledge requirements. It is of course the school´s responsibility to communcate with you as well but to minimize the risk of any misunderstandings it is better to contact the school before the grades are set rather than afterwards if you are unsure.

Finally we want to let you know that on Saturday the 22nd of November (this week) it is time for our annual Open House between 10-12. Although this is a day that is more directed to the guardians and students that are in our queue to start studying here next year, than for students already in the school, we of course welcome all families who are part of IESU to spend the day with us.