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From the Principal

Spring is here!

Dear readers, 

Spring is finally here as we are quickly moving towards end of term. Soon enough we are in June and we will have our annual Grade 9 Graduation ceremony at Vällingby Theatre, Grade 9 Prom, and Grade 4-8 will have their End of term Ceremonies here at the school in Hässelby Strand. Information about these events is soon posted on SchoolSoft for parents and students to see. Before then we have several weeks of school to look forward to. During these hectic weeks of learning and fun at IES Hässelby, students and staff are enjoying many different acitivites around the school. Here are a couple of things to look forward to:

- Cambridge exams for Grade 9

- Field trips

- Choice Day and Mentor Choice Day

- Spring Fair, organised by the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) on Saturday May 26th. 

And, of course, many engaging and interesting opportunities to learn during lessons. 

Please feel free to contact me via email should you any questions. 

Best regards, 

Mr Granström, your Principal 

 

 

From the Principal

Start of Spring Term 2018

Dear reader, 

January has been a very exciting and fun month for both staff and students at IES Hässelby Strand. We started the term with our 3rd day of Student Choice. Students danced, baked cupcakes, swam, built robots, created videos, went on field trips and much more. The school was filled with a hustle and bustle of activity.  I look forward to seeing what each Choice activity will produce as their final project for Spring Choice Showcase.

Our grade 9 students have started writing the National Exams for Spring term. The first round of tests was in Modern Foreign Languages that took place during week 5. I spoke to some grade 9 students after the test and they told me how well prepared and comfortable they felt. The results from these exams will help the Modern Foreign Language teachers prepare our grade 9 students for secondary education. The results will be closely monitored by our Academic Manager and the MFL teachers to ensure that our school continues to maintain high academic standards in the foreign languages.  I would like to thank the teachers for organising the MFL national test for the very first time. Great job! 

Last week was Staff Look-Alike Day in grades 4-6. Students were encouraged to dress-up like their favourite IES Hässelby staff member. Students and teachers rose to the challenge and really got into the school spirit. Just take a look at these three Mr. Sundelines!

 
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There have been many more activities going on at our school that are worthy of mention. I recommend that students and parents view the News section on SchoolSoft to find out more about what's going on at our school each month. 
 
Looking to the future, there is much to look forward to at IES Hässelby - Winter Sports Day, Prao, National Tests, Choice, Graduation and the School Play, to name a few.
 
Warmest Regards, 
 
Mr Granström
 
 
From the Principal

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Greetings,

I would like to wish all in the IES Hässelby Strand community, families, and friends a safe and happy Christmas.

I am privileged to be a part of a school that puts emphasis on a calm learning and working environment where students academic and social development is at the heart of everything we do.

I want to thank all the wonderful students at IES Hässelby Strand for this term. Our students show us each day that they take care of and enjoy their school community and that hard work pays off.

I would like to thank the dedicated teachers and other staff at the school. They are to be celebrated for the way they have worked this term, through success and through challenges. The staff recognize and celebrate the students every single day. Thank you! Without the amazing effort from the support staff the teachers would not be able to teach, and students would not be able to learn. Thank you to everyone in the Student Care Team and Spec Ed Team, Behaviour team, Junior Club and Administration Team.

Parents and guardians are not to be forgotten. Thank you for your ongoing support. I look forward to working with you and your students next term and for many terms to come. You are important to the success of our school. 

The PTA (Parent Teacher Association) also deserve a huge thank you for playing such an important role in our school community. I am very happy with the cooperation we have had this term.

I am sure that all of you have a good feeling about your school looking back at this term.

The first day of Spring Term is Wednesday 10th January 2018. It will be a regular school day. Please see SchoolSoft or Novaschem for your schedule. 

Thank you again so much for this term, and let me wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

Kind Regards, 

Mr Granström

 

From the Principal

Autumn is Here

Dear readers,

Many fantastic things are happening at IES Hässelby as we are fast approaching Autumn break. We are all very busy this time of the year, and I thought I would share some examples of activities, besides classroom lessons, happening at the school this far:

- Grade 9 students and teachers have been to a field trip to Fotografiska Museet, and are going to Armémuseet on Friday this week.

- Grade 7 students are going on a Ghost Walk in Gamla Stan for Halloween.

- Grade 4 students have had circus lessons with staff from the organisation Cirkus Cirkör.

- The MFL department teachers planned for and celebrated The European Day of Languages.

- We have had a Sports Day organised by the P.E. department.

- The Student Council has had their first formal meeting (Matråd) with the new catering company.

- We had a day of 'Taste of Choice’ . Instead of doing a different choice activity each choice day, this year students will do one Choice project throughout the 6 days of Choice. The outcomes of the Choice project will be exhibited during Spring term. Before the students made their choice of project they had mini-lessons of all available Choice activities.  

- Students in Grade 6 and 9 are getting ready for oral National Tests in English, Swedish, and Maths.

- Students competed against their teachers in a Students vs. Staff Dodgeball Tournament.

- The first rehearsals for the school musical has happened.

- IGCSE (Cambridge Exams) prep for Grade 9 English went really well with more than 50 students signing up. 

- Open House for all grade levels  

- Teachers are right now busy updating students' subject rubrics and writing comments in SchoolSoft. The mid-term reports are available on Wednesday October 18th.  

As mentioned, we have had Open House for all grades. These are days when we invite parents to join their child at school for a day. In the Grade 4 Open House we had some 50 parents joining! I really enjoy the Open House days as it gives me a chance to speak to new and old IESH parents. It is also fantastic to see how proud students are of their school and that they want their parents to meet the teachers. One parent tweeted about her experiences at the grade 6 Open House. 

Monday 23rd October, PTS (Parent Teacher Student) Conferences are held at the school. We look forwarding to seeing all parents then. 

Thank you for reading!

Kind regards,

Mr Granström, your Principal

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: http://www.compass-group.se/Varum...

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: https://www.skolinspektionen.se/sv/Beslut-och-rapporter/ 

Best regards, 

Mr Granström

From the Principal

Workshop Day for Students Joining August 2017

Greetings, 

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 vani.handa.hasselby@engelska.se.

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 

 

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

From the Principal

Workshop Day for Students Joining August 2017

Greetings, 

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. 

Thank you so much to everyone who came!

 

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