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Lesson visits!

Lesson visits!

One thing that I really enjoy about my work is to do lesson visits, to be where the action is. As a Principal, it is very easy to miss out on what is actually going on in your school, but in IES I know that I have a team of great administrators to help me deal with all the administrative tasks, which gives me time to be with the students and the staff. That is where I should be, not in my office. 

Today, I did several lesson visits. Here are just some examples. I visited an amazing Swedish lesson in Grade 6 with Ms Nordensson. The students were busy working on their short stories. I also read a chapter in Bröderna Lejonhjärta to Grade 4 students which was nothing else but magical. It made me miss teaching a lot. 

Above is a photo from Woodwork class with 5A from today. The students and their teacher Mr Pitcher were really enjoying the lesson and the projects that they are currently working on. They were having fun, but in a calm and safe environment. 

Thank you for today students and staff. I will see you in lessons and in the corridors tomorrow. 


Mr Granström  




From the Principal

Visits from former students

Visits from former students

At IESH former students come and visit all the time. A while ago, Vera and her mother came by to say goodbye on the day that Vera was moving to the US to do one year in High School. She was so excited and nervous at the same time. She promised to keep us updated, and she gave me this photo of us two from her Graduation last year June.

Best wishes, Vera! We are all very proud of you and we know you will bring so much to your new school, friends and community!

From the Principal

Principal's September Newsletter

Dear readers,

A little over a month has passed since the start of the academic year. What a great time we have had. The students are settling into their new classes well. It is really impressive to see how quickly students make new friends. Mixing classes every year help build social skills and a strong sense of community.

A few weeks ago, parents and students were invited by the mentors to school for the PTS Conference/development talks for Autumn term. In these meetings, the students set academic and social targets for themselves for this academic year. I would like to remind everyone to keep working hard towards these targets, step by step. Teachers continue to work tremendously hard to support the students with their academic and social goals. SchoolSoft planning is up and of great quality, assessments and checkpoints have started to happen. Please check SchoolSoft regularly and do communicate with the mentor to ensure that your child, our student is progressing towards the targets set, and according to plan. If there are any issues, please communicate with the mentor first.

The school’s targets / Our quality work

The team of teachers and other staff together with the students will work as a team towards the following All School Targets this year:

Improve the learning environment by focusing on the aspect of calm and quiet in every lesson and every activity.  

Maintain high academic results, and integrity in grading. 

Each Year Team and Department is also in the process of setting their specific targets for the year.  

Working towards a goal or a set of goals make our environment structured and reliable. It ensures we can continue to improve an already successful school.  We are all committed to delivering on our promise to students, parents and colleagues every day.

PTA (Parent Teacher Association) 

The PTA has already had several meetings this year so far. They also organized a fantastic lecture with the adventurer Aron Anderson at Vällingby theatre earlier this week. We have a strong PTA whose main job is to support the students and the school. There is a need for more parents to join the PTA. Please contact them directly if you are interested. Their contact information can be found on SchooLSoft.

Student Council

Earlier this week all students voted in the Student Council Presidential election. The results of the election will be shared with everyone soon. I look forward to continuing working closely with the student representatives this year. We have also had our first Food Council meeting with the catering company.

School Election

Our SO department organized the school election for all students. The results of the vote can be found here

European Day of Languages

Our Modern Foreign Language Department organized the annual European Day of Languages with different activities for students earlier this week.


There are many, many more things happening at the school every week: Open House Days, Crazy Hair Day, essay competitions and much more. Please login into SchoolSoft, check our Instagram and Facebook for more.

Best regards,

Mr. Granström

From the Principal

First Day of School 2018/2019

Greetings readers, 

The sun was shining and staff and students were happy and smiling as we officially started the academic year of 2018/2019 today. Welcome back to your school all students in grade 5-9. The school has been so empty wihtout you. We are all very happy that you are back and ready for yet another year at IES Hässelby Strand. 

To our new students in grade 4, and their parents - It was so nice to meet you all in the assembly in the Gym this morning, and around the school throughout the day. We are all excited to welcome you to this wonderful, bilingual school here in Hässelby, and we look forward to be a part of the students' progress, both academically and socially for the next six years.

Here are some photos (of low quality) I took today:

Mr Riley and Mr Tilden were greeting students by the main entrance this morning. 

The students were enjoying their new playground that we built over summer. 



Thank you to everyone for a great start of the year! 

Best regards, 

Mr Granström, your principal 

From the Principal

School Start Information

Greetings 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.

First 2 days of school

The first two days of school are, as previously communicated, Thursday 16th and Friday 17th of August.

August 16th   MENTOR DAY

Grade 4:                                         08.30-13.00      Meet in the gym

Grade 5 & 6:                                 09.00-14.00      Meet outside A building

Grade 7 & 8:                                 09.20-13.30      Meet outside A building

Grade 9:                                         09.40-13.30      Meet outside A building

Grade 4: Mr Granström will welcome the students to school. Teachers will be introduced, class lists will be read, and students will go with their mentors to their classroom.

Grade 5-9: Assistant Principal, SCT and Mentors meet students outside A building with class signs.

All students must bring a lock and spare key to their locker on the first day of school. Combination locks are no longer allowed.

August 17th   MENTOR DAY

Grade 4:                                         08.30-13.00      Meet in home classroom

Grade 5 & 6:                                 09.00-14.00      Meet in home classroom

Grade 7 & 8:                                 09.20-13.30      Meet in home classroom

Grade 9:                                         09.40-13.30      Meet in home classroom


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

We look forward to seeing all of you there!


Morning drop off/Afternoon pick up areas
Here is a reminder that 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. 

School Calendar:
The school calendar for students can be found here and in the Files and Links section on SchoolSoft and by clicking HERE. 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.

We look forward to seeing you soon. 

Welcome to the academic year of 2018/2019 at Internationella Engelska Skolan i Hässelby Strand!

Kind regards, 
Mr Granström and the staff at IES Hässelby Strand