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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!

 

From the Principal

New Principal at IES Hässelby Strand

Dear all,

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!

Best Regards, 

Mr Granström

From the Principal

Another new year

It is quite difficult to believe that we have just started our fifth year! We are no longer a fledgling school but are now established and climbing to greater heights than we imagined possible.

The start to the school year has been extremely positive. Students have adjusted quickly and well to their new classes and timetables and teachers are well into the swing of things.

We're looking forward to another happy and successful year with the best students and teachers we could ask for!

From the Principal

Spring has Sprung

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. 

 

From the Principal

As the year draws to an end

Our school has now been up and running for nearly two years. It is soon time for our very first Grade 9 Graduation ceremony. When I think back on the last two years I can't believe how quickly it has passed. I remember the day in February of 2011 when Ms Österman and I arrived at the school with nothing. We had to take a trip to Ikea to buy ourselves a desk and chair to be able to start the process of putting a school together. How far we have come! It sometimes surprise me, when I walk around the school, and pop into classrooms, that we are still a school in it's infancy. It seems that the incredible staff that we have have taken the bull by the horns and created the feal of an 'old school'.

I am so blessed to have the amazing teachers that I have, and I know that the students would agree with me. I often hear talk from students about the incredible things that their teachers do for them. It is this type of dedication from staff that make us different. 

I would like to take this opportunity to honour my teachers for what they have done this year!

From the Principal

Spring Term at IESH

Spring Term at IESH

As the Spring Term at IESH light at the end of winter's dark tunnel seems to be finally getting closer, we here at Hässelby Strand welcome spring with its promise of warm weather and longer days. Not that we've let the dreariness of the long winter months put us to sleep. In fact, we've fought of winter's haziness by keeping extra busy and we've maintained our keenness by wholly immersing ourselves into our school work and school life. I get comfort from the fact that our staff and students look to the structure and challenges of their work as a way of negotiating these long winters, and I think it speaks to their dedication. With winter sports day, a series of science fairs, open houses, rock climbing, newspaper, student council, national exams, and much more, we've certainly kept busy during the beginning of the spring term. 

The old year 4s welcome the new

The old year 4s welcome the new

On Saturday 23 March IESH held a student and parent orientation day for the new year 4s who will be joining us at the start of the fall term. The future students spent the day touring the facilities, getting to know their new teachers, and learning about what to expect when they matriculate after the summer. The graduating class took part by setting up a bake sale in the matshal for our visitors. They were welcoming and courteous and a good example of the fine upstanding young adults that IES hopes to play some formative, influential role in producing. How reassuring for the prospective students and their parents! 

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