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From the Principal

Spring Fair

Spring Fair

It is difficult to believe that there are only a few weeks left before the end of our first academic year at IES Hässelby. Time has flown by and before we know it we will be into our second year. We are expanding by four classes in August and we're looking forward to welcoming new students and staff after the summer break.

On the 26th of May we had our first Spring Fair which was organized by our incredible PTA. It exceeded our expectations and is definitely something that we will build on in the future. 

Brave teachers!Brave teachers!

 Students were very excited to have the opportunity to throw cream pies at some brave teachers! There was loads of delicious food to eat and many fun activities for the whole family.

Thank you to everyone who supported this event.

School will close for the year on the 13th of June with a Junior and Senior closing ceremony.

I would like to wish everyone a warm, sunny and happy summer holiday.

 

From the Principal

Christmas wishes to all

Christmas wishes to all

There is a flurry of activity as we head towards the end of our very first term. Students are very busy with assessments and projects are are striving towards achieving the goals that they set for themselves this term. The last day of the term is Thursday the 22 of December. Closing times can be found on Schoolsoft.

We will be celebrating Lucia on the 13th of December with traditional songs and of course the Lucia train. Many of our overseas teachers are very excited to see this classic tradition in true Swedish style! 

The end of the term is going to bring out the yet unseen talent of our students. The Talent Show is much anticipated with students practising hard for the auditions. There will be two performances on the 22 of December and I know that we will be blown away by what our students can do. I've already seen one of our students complete the entire Rubik's cube in 21 seconds. If that isn't talent, I don't know what is! 

The above photo was taken during the Senior students field trip to a Mosque and Synagogue with Ms Legersjö as part of their SO studies. Students were extremely well behaved and made their teachers very proud.

I would like to wish all the students and guardians a very festive season!

From the Principal

News from the Principal

News from the Principal

Jesper and Petter from 6A baking for Operation WorkdayThe weeks seem to be flying by and before we know it we will be celebrating Lucia.

The students and teachers have settled into school routines and we have realized how blessed we are to have the students that we have. They are motivated, working really hard and showing us what they are made of. We are very proud of them as we are aware of the  changes that they have had to make. It can't be easy to adapt to a brand new school where everything is different. New rules, new teachers, new ideology, a lot more English and of course a new curriculum and grading system.  Our students seem to be taking this in their stride and are showing us committment and dedication. I would like to thank our parents for the support and assistance that they are giving their children during this time. It is clear to us that the families at our school are very special and are 100% behind us. We thank you for this.

Operation Workday was a huge success and our students put their hearts and souls into raising funds for children who are less fortunate than they are. Some students baked and went out to sell their creations, some cleaned their grandparents attics and some raked leaves in gardens. To the left are Jesper and Petter from Grade 6A preparing for Operation Workday. Thank you to all involved.

Renovations in the main building (A building) are complete with the Domestic Science classroom now in use and the Woodwork room ready for use. The sports gym is still being worked on and will be ready after Christmas. In the meantime the Sports teachers have the use of a large room in the B building and two smaller rooms that are being used as change rooms so the students won't need to be outside for their physical education lessons. They will also be going to a local gym where they will experience gym classes such as Zumba and aerobics. We will be swopping the Art and Music room so that basins can be installed in the Art room. These basins will be installed in the next two weeks and will make Art lessons a lot easier for both the Art teacher and students.

We had a very successful sports day (even though it was a little cold!). The students showed so much spirit in their respective House teams and it was heart warming to see the older students helping and encouraging the younger students in their teams. There was a lot of singing and cheering and even the neighbours came down to watch the activities. The Celts won the overall trophy, the Cavaliers won the best dressed trophy, the Romans won the Games trophy and the Raiders won the Best Spirit trophy.

On the last day before the Autumn break we had a Halloween day. The students relished the sight of the staff dressed up and many of the students put a lot of effort into their costumes. The lunch room was converted into a 'haunted house' complete with decorations and eerie music. It was a wonderful way to end the first half term at IESH. 

In the next few weeks we will be providing support for parents who would like more assistance with understanding and using Schoolsoft. We will organize two evenings where parents come spend some time with us, ask questions and be shown more details reagrding Schoolsoft. These dates will be posted on Schoolsoft in the next week.

From the Principal

Welcome to IES Hässelby

My journey to Sweden, which began in Central Africa, has taken me through three continents and a myriad of rich multi-cultural experiences. These experiences have provided me with many a learning curve and have come to shape the teacher, manager and person that I have become today. Along the way I have learnt tolerance, patience and understanding of the diversity that exists in our world as well as the challenges that face young people as they strive to find their individuality and place in an ever changing society. Eleven years ago I was the Head of the Mathematics department at the very first of the International English schools in Enskede and today I find myself on the doorstep of the eighteenth school to be opened by this forward thinking organization of highly rated schools in Sweden. I am honored to be chosen to lead this new school and will rely on my many years of teaching and management experience to uphold the ethos of this organization and to provide the students with a safe and calm environment in which to learn and grow as individuals. My vision for the school is a school based on respect. Respect for our environment, our planet and the people and creatures that inhabit it. A school where respect for self and others is shown on a daily basis. I firmly believe that the essence of good discipline is respect and that discipline is the cornerstone of academic achievement. My belief is that respect is an attitude that begins at home, is reinforced at school and is applied throughout life.

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