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From the Principal

Full Steam Ahead!

Full Steam Ahead!

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

The school has now been running for a couple of weeks and all the start up frenzy is now slowly turning into everyday routines. We have already had three days of Clash of the Classes, an IT-safety lecture for year 6 & 7, and we will be concluding our Parent Evenings tomorrow with the event for year 7-9. These first couple of weeks have been very exciting and it is fantastic to see our returning students coming back to school more mature and more determined to succeed. Our new students who are mainly in year 4, have settled well into our structured Junior School environment and they already show signs of great achievements for the future.

In the coming weeks our students will have a lot of work to do in school. They will have assignments to hand in and tests to take, but in all this, it is important to remember that they also need to have fun! Therefore, we are very proud to announce that we now have five table tennis sets in the school, including one set suitable for outside use that will be set up this week.

This week your children will also bring the school rules home with them for you to go through and sign together with your child. The students themselves have played a big part in creating these rules during the first few days of school in August. It was very interesting to read their suggestions for our school rules, it turns out that they really want the same supportive and structured environment that our teachers also aspire to create.

Finally, I just wanted to leave you all with a picture full of energy and teamwork from the Clash of the Clashes days last week. I smile every time I look at it.

Until next time/ Mr Östling

From the Principal

We are getting ready for you!

We are getting ready for you!

Dear Students and Parents,

 

We are almost done now with our preparations for the coming academic year. Old and new staff have now met and worked intensively together for almost a week, to make sure our school meets the high standards both you and we expect of an IES school. In the start of the autumn term, the students will engage in a lot of team building and social development activities, both with their class and their respective year groups.

 

We have also managed to book a lecturer specialising in internet awareness, who will come and speak to year 6 and 7 as well as those parents who wish to attend, on the 22nd of August. The parent lecture will be held in the evening and the students will have their year group lecture during their regular school day. More information about this event can be found on School Soft shortly. Below, you can see a picture of old and new staff listening to one of the lectures given as preparation for the new academic year. We cannot wait to have our students back in school!

 

 

From the Principal

A New Beginning

 

Dear IES Uppsala Students, Parents and Guardians,

I hope that you are enjoying your well deserved summer holidays. As we enter the month of August, I imagine that you are beginning to look forward to starting the new academic year in our school as much as I am. As a reminder, school starts on Monday 19th August at the times below:

Junior school:   Middle school:

Year 4: 8:30 – 11.00 Year 7: 12.30 - 15.00

Year 5: 9:00 - 11.30 Year 8&9: 13.00 – 15.30

Year 6: 9:30 – 12:00

Please note: Lunch will not be included on this day, but the students will have a light snack provided. Upon arrival, all students should enter the school through the main front entrance. There will be staff at the entrance to greet you and guide you to the Aula. All students will find out their class and receive their schedules, as well as an overview of important dates, on the first day of school.

On Tuesday 20th August, all students will meet in their mentor rooms; years 4 & 5 will begin at 8.20, end at 14.00 and spend the day with their mentor teacher/s; years 6-9 will start at 8.45, spend the morning with their mentor teachers, and follow their normal schedule from 13.00. Lunch will be provided as per normal on this day.


Daily Schedules 2013/14:

Years 4 & 5 will begin lessons at 8.45am on Mondays, 8.20am Tuesday-Friday, and will finish no later than 3.05pm; Years 6 & 7 will begin lessons between 8.20-9.20 and finish no later than 3.35pm; Years 8 & 9 will begin lessons at 8.45am Mondays and Tuesdays, and 8.20am Wednesday-Friday, and will finish no later than 4pm. This school year, all students from year 4-9 will begin each school day in their mentor room with their mentor teacher/s for the first 10 minutes to take attendance and hear the daily notices. We hope that this will increase contact time with the mentors and also free up the weekly 45 minutes scheduled mentor time for more mentor based activities, instead of notices and admin related tasks.

Junior Club will be open from Tuesday August 20th, and this year we are inviting students from years 4-6 to join. Junior Club begins after school lessons and closes at 5pm.

Moving into our third year in Uppsala, our school has now expanded from 13 classes in our first year, to 21 classes, making us a school of over 600 students! As a growing school, we look forward to welcoming 14 new enthusiastic staff members to join our IESU team; Andrew Grant (Maths), Ellen Watt (Science & Art), Markus Cederberg and Eva-Maria Munck (Music), Emma Jansson (Spanish & Swedish), Emma Eriksson (Swedish), Anna Persson (Swedish & SO), Åsa Gustafsson (Textiles & Life Skills), Cátia Teixeira (PE), Malin Eklund (German & English), Sofie Lindberg (Home Economics), Thorsteinn Baldursson (woodwork), Feargal Bradshaw (Student Lounge Coodinator), and James Brewer (Administration Assistant). I am also pleased to announce that Ms Nordlund and Ms Lagerqvist will be returning to us in August after spending time away on maternity leave.

Moving into our new school year 2013/2014, we continue to focus on promoting communication with you at home, as we strive to continue to be one of the best schools in Uppsala.

I look forward to seeing you on your first day of school!

Yours Sincerely,


Mikael Östling

Principal

 

 

From the Principal

Parents of next year´s 4´s and 5´s filled the Aula

Parents of next year´s 4´s and 5´s filled the Aula

Dear Friends,

Last night, we received a loud and clear message that what we are doing at IESU is deeply appreciated and sought after in Uppsala. We held a workshop for next year's Junior School students and almost 200 parents attended the presentation, filling the Aula to its brim. Parents were informed about the school´s vision and why we are different from other schools in Uppsala. As part of the presentation, our House Manager and Head of Junior School, Ms Anna Thoresen, went through the practical aspects of Junior School life to prepare the parents for the new world their children are stepping into this fall. 

It was fantastic to see the feelings of excitement and slight nervousness in the visiting students eyes as they were led into the Junior School classrooms by our teachers. Our fantastic year 9 students sold fika for the benefit of their end of year class outing and they were very happy with the flow of costumers at their counter. 

Sincerely,

Mikael Östling

From the Principal

Giving more than just lectures

Giving more than just lectures

Main image: Mr Bernhardsson

Dear Friends,

The pictures below illustrate exactly why I am so proud of working at IESU. For our teachers, it is not just about giving lectures, it is about giving the students knowledge and memories for life! World Book Day is just one example of when our staff go all in, to create a fantastic atmosphere in the school.

Our dedicated English/MFL teachers organising the event!
Our dedicated English/MFL teachers organising the event! 
From the Principal

And with the students came the sun

Dear Students and Parents,

 

It is with great joy we have welcomed our students back from a well deserved break. It is such a vibrant atmosphere in the school with the students fresh from the break now coming back to school with smiles all over their faces. One of the most rewarding things with my job is to actually meet them in the morning outside the school, especially on the first days back from breaks. It gives me and and my staff such a rush of energy to see all these happy faces trodding along in the line through the entrance saying good morning to each other and to the staff.  

I have spoken to alot of students this week in the corridors as usual and I find that there is a positive vibe right now that is even stronger than before the break. It may be that I experience this because when I was at the school during the break, it was fantastically clean and orderly but something was missing. That was what makes the school what it is of course, the students! Even more so the fact that since the students came back so did the sun, speaks for itself!

 

With a giant leap towards spring/

Mr Östling

From the Principal

The sun is back in Uppsala

The sun is back in Uppsala

Main image: Students playing Winter Football

Dear Friends,

Today the sun is back in Uppsala. Just in time for the preparations for the National Tests in English and Swedish that will be carried out in the whole country in the coming weeks. It is great to see students rushing out to play some football or basketball on the snow-covered ground, it will do them good and fill them with vitamins needed after a long dark January.

Knut Ångström, a famous physicist
Knut Ångström, a famous physicist

On another note, the Year 6 classes had visitors from the Ångström Laboratory at Uppsala University on Wednesday. They listened to a lecture about energy and the environment and it was very much appreciated. It is great to see the school´s connections to Science and Uppsala University mean that our students have a chance to listen to professionals speaking about the subjects they are studying. Maybe Ångström awoke the interest of a future Nobel Prize winner to carry on the legacy in Uppsala amongst our Year 6 students!?

Lecturer from Ångström Laboratory engaging our students
Lecturer from Ångström Laboratory engaging our students

Until next time/

Mr Östling

From the Principal

New Term, New Beginnings

New Term, New Beginnings

Dear Students and Parents,

As the Acting Principal , I Mikael Östling, have been given the honor to write the Principal´s blog. This is of course a time with mixed emotions for us as staff, and as well for students and parents connected to the school. It always sad to see such an appreciated leader as Dr Heimeier leave, but at the same time it is very exciting for us all to see what the new term will bring. The school will of course run as normal under the current management team with Ms Allen, Head of Academics, and Ms Thoresen, Head of Junior School.

During these first few days both teachers and students have already enjoyed themselves immensely on the two Choice Days on January 14th and 15th. I personally felt as if I was travelling back in time for our Choice activity, ice-skating at Gränby ice rink. I say this because I basically grew up in and around all the small ice rinks in Västerås and Västmanland playing ice hockey from a very young age, but then adulthood caught up with me and changed my direction into the educational field.

When I saw our students enjoying themselves on the ice, some with their very first nervous steps on the ice and some looking as seasoned veterans comfortably chasing a ball or a puck, I remembered how it felt to be on the ice on those early morning practices when I was young. When you could hear each skate cut through the ice, and feel feel the the cold air on my face from speeding across the rink. To me that was and still is pure magic!   

 

 

Mr Mintz Showing our students how Hockey is played

Ice skating was just one of the fantastic actvities students could enjoy on the two days. To give you an idea of the variety of the activities I can say that it ranged from cross country skiing with barbecue in Fjällnora, to puppet theatre and fun food creations in school. 

Now it is time to get back into the classrooms, work hard and enjoy the sprint up the learning curve!

/ Mr Östling 

From the Principal

Autumn in Uppsala - more than a blaze of red and gold

Autumn in Uppsala - more than a blaze of red and gold

Main image: Ms Hungary

A is for autumn, F is for fall, and H is for Hösten. Leaves are changing color, there is crispness in the air and it is time to bring out some warmer clothes.

For those of us now living in Sweden, a country with 4 distinct seasons, autumn, or fall as they say in the US, is a beautiful time of year. Here at IES Uppsala, we are fortunate to enjoy seeing the birch trees collected from Sweden's north to south, slowly change in color and drop to the floor making a golden, orange carpet in our entrance way. Also, our apple trees are overflowing, and the squirrels are jumping around collecting food for winter to come. For me, this is a charming season that I did not get to experience in Australia. For many staff and students, this season is a new experience too.

Our students have been able to enjoy the outdoors in their PE classes as they have been participating in orienteering activities in our surrounds, where the genetic garden offers a wonderful escape from the regular indoor classes. Thank you to our PE teachers, Mr Gerroir from Canada and Ms Saeger from the US (who by the way is representing the US in orienteering competitions for the second year in Sweden) for their enthusiasm for getting all involved.

Within these weeks of school, there has been a whirlwind of activities. We have hosted parent evenings, training sessions for schoolsoft and the lgr11 curriculum, and two open houses for new and current students and families. A big thank you to all staff, student volunteers and our growing PTA, for offering their support in these events.

In school, students and staff have been hard at work, and we are slowly seeing our bare school walls come to life with student work. Our year 5 posters for Science on endangered species are educational and promote wildlife preservation, while our year 7 magazine journalism challenge has encouraged students to study and analyze a range of media texts and to produce their own magazines which include a front cover, contents page, articles, adverts, interviews and much more!

On Wednesday September 26th, we celebrated European Languages day, initiated by our English and Modern Foreign Language department. Each class represented a country and was dressed as such. So though it was a rainy grey day outside, inside the school we had splashes of colors, blues and whites for Greece, Hungarian traditional dress, baguettes and berets for France, and well the list goes on. The students were able to experience short movies, learn different words, and enjoy lunch inspired by European countries. I must say it was a difficult decision to choose between the exquisite paella from Spain or the French fish soup, bouillabaisse for lunch. So not only did we challenge the mind in languages, we tantalized the student's pallets and gastronomy too.

Ms Spain
Ms Spain
Ms France
Ms France

I can't wait to see what is in store for us in October!

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

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