School Blog

From the Principal

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


I would like to wish all in the IES Hässelby Strand community, families, and friends a safe and happy Christmas.

I am privileged to be a part of a school that puts emphasis on a calm learning and working environment where students academic and social development is at the heart of everything we do.

I want to thank all the wonderful students at IES Hässelby Strand for this term. Our students show us each day that they take care of and enjoy their school community and that hard work pays off.

I would like to thank the dedicated teachers and other staff at the school. They are to be celebrated for the way they have worked this term, through success and through challenges. The staff recognize and celebrate the students every single day. Thank you! Without the amazing effort from the support staff the teachers would not be able to teach, and students would not be able to learn. Thank you to everyone in the Student Care Team and Spec Ed Team, Behaviour team, Junior Club and Administration Team.

Parents and guardians are not to be forgotten. Thank you for your ongoing support. I look forward to working with you and your students next term and for many terms to come. You are important to the success of our school. 

The PTA (Parent Teacher Association) also deserve a huge thank you for playing such an important role in our school community. I am very happy with the cooperation we have had this term.

I am sure that all of you have a good feeling about your school looking back at this term.

The first day of Spring Term is Wednesday 10th January 2018. It will be a regular school day. Please see SchoolSoft or Novaschem for your schedule. 

Thank you again so much for this term, and let me wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

Kind Regards, 

Mr Granström


The new classrooms - an update


Here is just a quick update on the progress of the build. As students, staff and parents know, we are adding two new rooms to the main building, A1. In a couple of weeks we will have an assembly room / new classroom for all Music lessons, as well as a new Grade 5C classrom. Have a look at the photos! We only have to put the floor down, install projectors, whiteboards, and get the furniture in place. Then the new rooms are completed, and students and staff can move in, hopefully by Monday November 13th. 

Grade 5 Classroom


Assembly Room / Music Room 

Kind Regards, 

Mr Granström

From the Principal

Autumn is Here

Dear readers,

Many fantastic things are happening at IES Hässelby as we are fast approaching Autumn break. We are all very busy this time of the year, and I thought I would share some examples of activities, besides classroom lessons, happening at the school this far:

- Grade 9 students and teachers have been to a field trip to Fotografiska Museet, and are going to Armémuseet on Friday this week.

- Grade 7 students are going on a Ghost Walk in Gamla Stan for Halloween.

- Grade 4 students have had circus lessons with staff from the organisation Cirkus Cirkör.

- The MFL department teachers planned for and celebrated The European Day of Languages.

- We have had a Sports Day organised by the P.E. department.

- The Student Council has had their first formal meeting (Matråd) with the new catering company.

- We had a day of 'Taste of Choice’ . Instead of doing a different choice activity each choice day, this year students will do one Choice project throughout the 6 days of Choice. The outcomes of the Choice project will be exhibited during Spring term. Before the students made their choice of project they had mini-lessons of all available Choice activities.  

- Students in Grade 6 and 9 are getting ready for oral National Tests in English, Swedish, and Maths.

- Students competed against their teachers in a Students vs. Staff Dodgeball Tournament.

- The first rehearsals for the school musical has happened.

- IGCSE (Cambridge Exams) prep for Grade 9 English went really well with more than 50 students signing up. 

- Open House for all grade levels  

- Teachers are right now busy updating students' subject rubrics and writing comments in SchoolSoft. The mid-term reports are available on Wednesday October 18th.  

As mentioned, we have had Open House for all grades. These are days when we invite parents to join their child at school for a day. In the Grade 4 Open House we had some 50 parents joining! I really enjoy the Open House days as it gives me a chance to speak to new and old IESH parents. It is also fantastic to see how proud students are of their school and that they want their parents to meet the teachers. One parent tweeted about her experiences at the grade 6 Open House. 

Monday 23rd October, PTS (Parent Teacher Student) Conferences are held at the school. We look forwarding to seeing all parents then. 

Thank you for reading!

Kind regards,

Mr Granström, your Principal

From the Principal

School Start Information

Dear students and guardians/parents,
I hope you have had a fantastic summer and that you are looking forward to a new year at Internationella Engelska Skolan. We are very excited to welcome all students, new and old on the 16th of August.

The first two days will have the following times.

Wednesday 16 August, 2017
Grade 4: 8.30-12 - meet in the gym
Grade 5-6: 9-12.30 - meet in mentor room
Grade 7-9: 9.30-13.00 – meet in mentor room
Junior Club: 12.30-17.00
Lunch will be served

Thursday 17 August, 2017
Grade 4: 8.30-13.30
Grade 5: 9.00-14.00
Grade 6: 9.15-14.15
Grade 7: 9.15-14.15
Junior Club: 13.30-17.00
Lunch will be served

Friday 18 August, 2017 and onwards
Classes as per timetable
Breakfast and lunch will be served

Morning drop off/Afternoon pick up areas
The pick-up and drop-off point is on Kirkongränd behind the school. Another alternative is on the main street, Aprikosgatan, outside the school. Only staff and people that live in the apartment buildings surrounding the school are allowed to drive into the parking lot. 

Parent Evenings
Our annual parent evenings will be held August 22 for grade 4-6 and August 23 for grades 7-9. More information and times will be shared with you via SchoolSoft and mentor phone calls soon.

The build
As existing students and parents know we are doing a build of the school over summer that will extend into Autumn term. The first stage of the build is scheduled to be done by August 11. During stage 1 we are moving some walls, doors, building a second student room and a new reception desk. The build has however been slightly delayed which means that some doors and new glass walls are only being delivered in week 33-34 which means that we have put up temporary doors and walls where the new doors and glass walls are going to go. We will be able to fully use all classrooms and other spaces in the A building while we wait for the new doors and walls to be delivered and installed. 
The second stage of the build are the two new floors that are being built.

By November 1st we will have a brand-new grade 5 classroom and a Music room / assembly room. During this time, there will be construction happening at the two wings of the school. Regarding safety: the construction site has been closed off for students and staff and we have staff on duty to ensure that students are not playing in areas that are closed off. I am looking forward to show the ‘new’ school to everyone in November. And perhaps, most importantly, the P building will go away giving us more outdoor space.

School Food 
After careful consideration, I have decided to change catering company. I have always been extremely happy with the kitchen staff that we have and therefore they will stay with us, but the food supplier has changed. Chartwells is the name of the new company and they are serving food at a number of IES schools in Stockholm and around the country today. You can read more about them here:

We will be serving breakfast and lunch (free of charge of course) to all students. Staff enjoy free pedagogical lunch and breakfast.

We will start serving breakfast on Friday August 18 from 7.30 every day.

School Calendar:
The school calendar for students can be found here and in the Files and Links section on SchoolSoft. The calendar is a living document and I do not recommend that you print it off as there is still more information to be put in the calendar.

I look forward to seeing you soon. 

Welcome to the academic year of 2017/2018 at Internationella Engelska Skolan i Hässelby Strand

Kind regards, 
Mr Granström, your Principal

From the Principal

School Inspection visit

I am happy to give you some good news from our latest inspection by Skolinspektionen (The Swedish School Inspectorate). In March IES Hässelby had our scheduled inspection – the inspectorate visits all schools in Sweden on a regular basis.

The decision is now available. The decision reads that there were no faults or areas that need development in your school.


We know that IES Hässelby Strand is an outstanding school with fantastic results year after year, a school where students come to learn and teachers come to teach in a calm and supportive learning environment.


A big thank you to all our staff, students, parents and guardians who make our school great.

You can read the report here: 

Best regards, 

Mr Granström