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Operation Work Day and Sodwana Bay Primary

Our journey with Sodwana Bay Primary began five and a half years ago. Sandy Schäfer, the previous principal, used to work at this little school in Sodwana Bay, South Africa. It had very few resources and facilities, and was in desperate need of help and support.

When we started IESH, we began supporting and working alongside Sodwana Bay Primary. Over the years, we have helped them to build several classrooms, a library, new offices, and have helped them with their day-to-day running expenses. We have been very fortunate to visit the school twice, once last year with two students.

One of the ways in which we raise money for Sodwana Bay Primary is through Operation Work Day. This is an amazing opportunity for our students to use their abilities to help make life better for people in another part of the world. During the morning or afternoon when students do not have their PTS conference, each student is asked to work for half the day. The work can be on the job with a parent, or even another relative. Students are given work to do, and they are paid for their work. Other ways in which money is raised is through bake sales, and the annual Spring Fair and the Christmas market.

The staff, students and parents of Sodwana Bay Primary are incredibly grateful for all the support we have given them over the years - 'Nothing would have happened without your help! We are forever grateful for what your school has done for us! Thank you!'

 

 

From the Principal

A Great Start to the Year

Dear all,  

Welcome back to a new school year. We have had a truly wonderful start!

On August 18th I said 'Good Morning Students' for the very first time to 93 new Grade 4 students. The very same day the staff and I welcomed back 470 students in grade 5-9. It is IESH tradition to start the year with two mentor days. These days are for routines, reminders and for building new teams. The staff worked hard to plan and execute the mentor days. Well done! 

Since those first couple of days, so much has happened at the school. The students have already had several checkpoints to show their teachers that they are meeting the high academic standards that we have for them. Checkpoints, tests and homework are great tools the teachers use to identify students that need an extra challenge and in order to ensure that all students fulfill their potential.  

Students, please remember that you can always go to tutorials (extra classes) in the afternoons to get help with homework or get that extra challenge you want and need.

Our new students have settled in well and so have the new staff. When I greet the students by the main entrance in the mornings, or when I walk through the corridors and out on the playground I see staff, old and new, spending that crucial time getting to know the students. Creating strong staff-student relationships has always been part of who we are in IES and I am proud to see the effort the staff is putting in to make this reality in IES Hässelby.  

Last week during Sport's Week the four Houses competed in outdoor sports' activities as well as designing posters and writing new chants resulting in a House parade around the school. This year there will be more frequent House events. Students earn points to their House in each event. At the end of the year, we will have a winning House. There will be prizes of course.

Speaking about prizes, two weeks ago I was at the annual IES Principals' Quality Conference. IES Hässelby received six trophies for the outstanding academic achievements our students had in the National Tests last academic year. Two examples: Best IES School on Academic Progress, and The Barbara Bergström Award for Best Overall Academic Achievement. To get such a recognition for the hard work our staff and students do every day is something special and something worth celebrating!

Students with awards

Start of Term Dates for All Schools

Please note that students are welcome back to school for the first day of the academic year 2017-18 on:

  • Borås - Monday, 21 August, 2017
  • Bromma - Wednesday, 16 August, 2017
  • Enskede - School start information already sent to stakeholders by post and via SchoolSoft.
  • Eskilstuna - Monday, 21 August, 2017
  • Falun - Wednesday, 23 August 2017
  • Gävle - Monday, 21 August 2017
  • Halmstad - Friday, 18 August 2017
  • Helsingborg - Monday, 21 August 2017
  • Huddinge - Monday, 21 August 2017
  • Hässelby Strand - Wednesday, 16 August, 2017
  • Hässleholm - Thursday, 17 August 2017
  • Johanneberg - Thursday, 17 August, 2017
  • Järfälla - Thursday, 17 August, 2017
  • Jönköping - Wednesday, 16 August 2017
  • Karlstad - Wednesday, 23 August, 2017
  • Kista - Wednesday, 16 August 2017
  • Krokslätt - Thursday, 17 August, 2017
  • Landskrona - Monday, 21 August 2017
  • Liljeholmen - Wednesday, 16 August 2017
  • Linköping - Thursday, 17 August 2017
  • Lund - Thursday, 17 August, 2017
  • Nacka - Wednesday, 16 August 2017
  • Skärholmen - Wednesday, 16 August 2017
  • Sundsvall - Wednesday, 23 August, 2017
  • Södertälje - Thursday, 17 August 2017
  • Tyresö - Monday, 21 August 2017
  • Täby - Monday, 21 August 2017
  • Umeå - Friday, 18 August 2017
  • Uppsala - Thursday, 17 August, 2017
  • Västerås - Wednesday, 16 August 2017
  • Älvsjö - Thursday, 17 August, 2017
  • Årsta - Wednesday, 16 August 2017
  • Örebro - Monday, 21 August, 2017
  • Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet Södermalm - Wednesday, 16 August, 2017 (first year) and Thursday, 17 August, 2017 (all remaining students).

Students Sing For Victory in IES Eurovision Song Contest

Students Sing For Victory in IES Eurovision Song Contest

A grade nine student from IES Tyresö was crowned the winner after 18 bands and solo artists stepped forward to perform during the annual Internationella Engelska Skolan Modern Foreign Languages Eurovision Song Contest.

The popular competition is open to students at all IES schools and sees them perform a song in a language other than Swedish or English.

 

 

This year’s winner was Stella Chirinos from IES Tyresö (Pictured above with French Teacher Mr Guerneui, Founder of IES Ms Bergstöm, and music teacher Mr Stones). Stella sang Dernière Danse by French singer-songwriter Indila.

Stella said: “It was a strange feeling to hear that I had won. There was some very good singers from other schools. I knew that I had given a good performance and that I had a strong song but it's always a good surprise to win.

"I started in year 7 here at IES Tyresö so I've been learning French for three years. I like the language, I like how it sounds.”

Stella got the idea of performing the Indila song after a friend mentioned it in a French lesson and she realised it would suit her well.

She said: “I like to sing because it's fun and I can express feeling through songs. There are songs for all occasions, sad and happy.

"I've been singing since I was seven and I've performed on stage on several occasions previously so I have some stage experience but you can't take away the nervosity."

Her French teacher, Mr Guerneui added: “I knew that my student Stella was a very strong candidate for victory but when I heard the singers from Nacka and Gävle I felt that this year's trophy might as well go to one of these schools. The two girls had very strong and beautiful voices. It's my first year at IES Tyresö  and we are still a relatively new school so I am glad that we won with our first attempt.”

Second place was awarded to Paulina Johnson of IES Gävle (pictured, left) who sang Mii Años in Spanish, while the third prize went to a band from IES Nacka made up of Felicia Elding, Louise Andersson, Alva Willers and Annie Wallin (pictured, below, right). Together they performed Colores En El Biento in Spanish.

This year the event was hosted by IES Bromma, other IES schools taking part included those from: Älvsjö, Täby, Kista, Skärholmen, Huddinge, Liljeholmen, Uppsala, Hässelby, Eskilstuna, Halmstad, Lund, Sundsvall, Johanneberg and Hässleholm .

The result means that, according to Eurovision tradition, IES Tyresö will host next year’s contest.

Mr Guerneui is looking forward to putting together next year’s event.

He said: “IES Bromma has set the bar very high this year but we are confident to maintain the same standard next year."

Spring Fair 2017

Hello, 

A big thank you to the PTA, the students and the staff that were involved in creating a great Spring Fair at the school last Saturday. It was a wonderful day where staff, parents and students came together to celebrate Spring, look at the fantastic student work that was displayed in the gym, do some fundraising and to have a lot of fun of course.

Regards,

Mr Granström 

 

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