Location: The camp at Högbo Bruk
An action-packed programme of fun activities saw 60 children from more than 13 schools attend Internationella Engelska Skolan's camps as the Swedish summer got underway.
A three day programme included axe-throwing, team building activities, shooting and the always popular tree-top course.
Students also take responsibility for duties, including groups taking turns to watch the fire and make sure it doesn't go out overnight.
The activities are designed to promote positivity, teamwork and to boost the confidence of the students who attend the camp at Högbo Bruk, near Gävle.
Ingrid Sjöstrandt Needham from class 8G at IES Uppsala was one of the students taking part. She said: "I've really learned to step out of my comfort zone on several levels. Usually I always wear make up at school, but I actually went bare-faced the entire trip.
"Another way I really got wonderfully uncomfortable was speaking my mind, sharing ideas and not avoiding people I didn't know. If I could stay for a week with these amazing people, I would in a heartbeat."
Mohammed Mohtadi, who had come to the camp from IES Hässelby, added: "My best memory from camp was to meet all the real friends that had fun inside them. I learnt that if I have an idea I need to voice it and if I have a negative opinion then I need to keep it to myself because negativity spreads out fast to everyone."
Camp leader Tony Fowler, who works as Discipline Manager at IES Eskilstuna, said: "These events are very popular with the children who take part, but it is not just about having a good time. The skills and the ways of thinking that we encourage during the camp will stand them in good stead in the classroom, and in future life. The idea behind the camps is to help the students grow as people, a wonderful compliment to the high quality education that they receive at our schools."
Ellery Nott from IES Uppsala was one of the teachers who brought children to the camp.
He said: "During their short stay at camp, I witnessed an amazing transformation take place in nearly all the students. People that have trouble making friends were suddenly playing cards, darts, fishing and laughing with people from another school. Many who were painfully shy before were brave enough to get up in front of camp with their team and perform a team song."
Jenna MacGillivary a teacher from Ies Hässelby added: "It is important to give these kinds of students that opportunity to grow and shine, like they do at this camp. These students often go unnoticed in lessons because they are quiet and shy and can often fade into the background. "It is great to have the opportunity to see these students have the opportunity to meet with students who are similar, and see them be the ones to take charge and lead a group. These students rarely get these opportunities and it is good for them to see what they are capable in a different setting, when given the opportunity."
IES Schools which took part this year included those in: Johanneberg, Uppsala, Liljeholmen, Huddinge, Hässelby, Linköping, Bromma, Falun, Nacka, Täby, Sundsvall, Eskilstuna and Västerås.
A very happy spring to our students, staff, and parents! I hope that everyone’s had a nice Easter week off and a chance to recharge for the final stretch of the school year. Looking around the school, you can see the signs of spring on students’ faces, and feel it in the airiness of the general school atmosphere; even the transition back in from the holiday seemed painless. Of course, we still have a few more days to cross off in our diaries, and there’s still a lot to do, but it seems that in this weather we can accomplish anything, right? And look at what we’ve done so far:
This year saw one of the greatest tests we’ve had to face since opening 3 year ago—our school inspected by Skolinpektion; and it is with more than a little pride I write that, thanks to the hard work of our staff, students, and parents, we’ve proven to be a school of a high caliber, indeed. Of course soon we will pass on the results of the inspection in greater detail through schoolsoft, but my gratitude wouldn’t allow me to hold off any longer, and with this announcement I’d like to once again (because really you deserve all the thanks in the world) thank everyone who’s helped make this possible. Thank you, everyone.
As I write this we have only 29 school days left in the term. Wow. And with so much left to accomplish it’s sure to feel like just a week. Let’s finish strong, everyone.