School Blog

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

From the Principal

Workshop Day for Students Joining August 2017


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 speak about IES Hässelby Strand, 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. 

Thank you so much to everyone who came!

We ask guardians of students who could not attend the Workshop Day yesterday to contact Ms Vani Handa as soon as possible to secure placement for your child in August. Her email address is

Best Regards, 

Mr Granström


From the Principal

Christmas Time!

Dear all, 

I cannot believe that end of Autumn term is already here and that Christmas and New Year's just around the corner. During the last couple of weeks, the students have had their last tests and handed in their last projects. The teachers have been busy marking to meet the deadline for end of term grades. We have had Master Chef competitions in Home and Consumer studies classes, Junior School Disco and much more. 

Earlier this week we also celebrated Lucia in the morning. In the afternoon and evening we had the annual Christmas Market, a truly wonderful event where PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and students and staff come together to organise an evening with Lucia performance and Christmas spirit. As previous years, the students displayed their Art and Slöjd work in the school for their friends, parents and relatives to see. 

Today, the 16th of December, the kitchen staff serve Christmas Lunch (Julbord) for everyone in the Dining Hall. 

And... Student Choice days are on Monday and Tueday next week. There are so many fantastic choice acitivities to choose from this year, including Skapande skola projects at Tekniska Museum, Swimming, Ice Hockey, Martial Arts, Chess, Storytelling with pictures and much more. Students, I hope you will enjoy the choice days before Christmas and the two days in January. More Student Choice days will be planned for end of May. 

To all students, parents and staff that make IES Hässelby the wonderful school it is: Thank you!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Kind Regards,

Mr Granström 


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!'