Yesterday, I had the privilige to welcome to school some of our new students that will join IES Hässelby Strand in August 2017. The Workshop Day is an opportunity for students to experience a day as a student in our school. It is also an important day for new IESH parents where they get to meet teachers, the management team and the Principal.
The students had three lessons, in Maths, Swedish and English. During these lessons, parents listened to me spek about IES Hässelby, and what we believe in as a school organisation. The school's Academic Manager, Mr Patterson spoke about the academics at the school, how we work to ensure that all students fulfill their potential. Ms Naurin, the Junior School Coordinator, spoke about pastoral care, our expectations on students and how we make sure students develop socially and feel safe in our school. She also spoke about how we support students with English in grade 4.
My name is Frederik Granström and as of July 1st 2016 I am the Principal of Internationella Engelska Skolan i Hässelby Strand.
I have had the opportunity to work for IES since 2010. In 2011 I joined IES Hässelby as the school was opening. The last three years I have been the school’s Assistant Principal, managing the daily operations alongside Ms Schäfer, the school’s former Principal.
My vision for the school is that we will continue to work hard every day in order to provide students and staff with a calm and safe learning and working environment where teachers can teach and students learn. We have and will continue to have high academic expectations for every child regardless of background or previous experience with education. Regardless if the child is a gifted learner or has learning difficulties. We will still strive to cater for all needs. We will keep our international school atmosphere and culture where students learn to command the English language.
Order, structure and discipline in a warm, respectful and welcoming environment where students’ academic and social development always comes first is what defines us today and will define us tomorrow.
I wish you all a warm and happy summer, and I look forward to seeing you in August!
Video of the winner's reprise: Ida Arnö from IES Bromma
As the dust settled on Eurovision in Stockholm and Ukraine started to plan next year’s event, IES students enjoyed their own music contest.
Arriving in Gävle from 15 schools throughout Sweden, students from as far afield as Lund and Sundsvall took to the stage hoping to win this year’s Internationella Engelska Skolan Modern Foreign Languages Eurovision Song Contest.
Students sang in Spanish, German and French, and were judged on their stage presence, musical performance and linguistic ability by an assembled panel of music and language teachers.
For the first year ever one school, IES Täby, entered a song through the medium of the Chinese language.
After the judges' deliberation, it was Ida Arnö from class 9F at IES Bromma who won with the song Je Vole, which she sang in French.
Speaking immediately after her reprise as the winner, she said: “It feels crazy because I never thought that I would actually win and I just feel very happy and surprised.
"The song is from a movie that I saw called La Famille Bélier. In the film Paula sang it and I thought it was a very pretty song and I tried to sing it and it fit my voice well.
"Music is a great way to learn a language, maybe a bit easier than speaking but you still get to practise, especially the pronunciation.
"I think it is really fun to meet people from all around Sweden and make new friends, and really fun to perform. I think the other schools were great. They were really good. My favorite was the band from Hässleholm."
Supporting her at the contest was Ms Björk, head of modern foreign languages at IES Bromma.
She said: “This is absolutely fantastic and a great inspiration for next year and for all the students who want to participate next year.
"I think this competition has every kind of benefit you can think of, learning the lyrics and something fun for students as well, even if you sing a famous song, I think that is one of the best ways of learning a language."
Second place went to the team from IES Hässleholm, a new school which was competing for the first time this year with the German song Gelles Leben.
James Lu of year 7 was one of those involved, he said: “We became more and more excited as time went by and finally after seven hours on the train and a night at the hotel room, we were up on the stage, sound-checking. After our magical performance we felt really proud because we couldn't have done it better.
"We had listened to the other schools and we knew that they were very good so at the end of the night when we were on stage waiting for the host to tell us the results, we weren't too into it. When he shouted that we came second we all thought; 'well then, we are pretty good after all'. We loved the whole trip and had a lot of fun and cannot wait for next year."
The third prize went to a duo from IES Johanneberg in Gothenburg.
Ellen Hendar of class 9D at the school said: “It was a great experience and everyone was so good and I am so happy to be in third place. Everyone deserves to win."
Her bandmate Anna Johansson added: "I feel infinite when I sing, I love it so much it is the best thing, it is my biggest hobby, I am going to music gymnasiet next year."
Ms Hevia, who is head of modern foreign languages at IES Gävle was one of the organisers of this year’s event.
She said: "I think it went really well it has been the highest quality of performances since we started it in Gävle. Every year it is getting more difficult to win because of the quality, the students, the music, and it has been by far the best this year. Events like this encourage students to learn languages, because they know how good it is to come to this event.
"Thanks to everyone who has helped so much, you can’t do it yourself, not just our school but all the schools involved."
Bromma’s victory means that they will host the contest at the end of next academic year, with teams from around Sweden making their way to the school in the hope of lifting the trophy.
Internationella Engelska Skolan schools taking part this year included those in Hässelby, Hässleholm, Nacka, Bromma, Täby, Uppsala, Skärholmen, Borås, Eskilstuna, Johanneberg, Lund, Sundsvall, Gävle, Kista and Huddinge.
Internationella Engelska Skolan’s teaching personnel using English as teaching language
Internationella Engelska Skolan has special permission from Skolinspektionen for each of our 29 schools to provide up to half of the teaching in the English language. In chapter 2, 17 § of the Swedish school law, a permanent exception from Swedish teacher certification is granted for those teachers we employ to teach in English and who have a teaching degree from their home country.
49 percent of our teachers have a foreign background.
To teach subjects including maths and science, we recruit teachers from Canada, USA and the UK. We dare say that their teacher training is superior to the Swedish teacher training. This is reflected by the fact that our results in these subjects on the national tests in year 9 are far higher than the norm for Swedish schools. At present we have about 600 teachers with a foreign teacher qualification, which is an essential contribution to the Swedish school’s internationalization.
Up to half of the teaching in our schools is done in English, primarily by teachers from English-speaking countries. English is to be used as our conversational language in the corridors and classrooms. Our schools are characterized by an international atmosphere. The mixture of teachers from many different countries contributes to this. IES promotes full bilingualism – skills in Swedish are developed in parallel to English.
Barbara Bergström founded Internationella Engelska Skolan in 1993, based on three pillars that still characterize Internationella Engelska Skolan:
A safe and orderly school environment in which teachers can teach and students learn
High academic expectations and ambitions
Command of the English language
Swedish teachers are also subject to detailed scrutiny, primarily by the principal of a school to ensure that they do possess the required competence and share those beliefs that created Internationella Engelska Skolan.
Below is a summary of the distribution of teachers with Swedish or international degrees:
Total number of teachers
Number of teachers with Swedish certification
Number of teachers qualified but not yet certified
Number of teachers with international qualifications