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From the Principal

End of Fall Term Update

Dear Parents of IES Södertälje,

First, we at IES Södertälje want to thank you for the trust you have invested in us with your children, our students. We started in August at planned capacity with 3 parallel classes from grade 4-7 with 368 students and 33 staff. Considering those numbers in a new beautiful school, one can reflect on the challenges a new school is faced with. The fact though is that the start of the school and the first semester has gone very well, we are so proud of our students and staff.   

Early on, we started assessing the knowledge levels of the students, to learn their individual levels in Math, Swedish and English. We also learned from in class activities, the students abilities in the other subjects and from those tests we were able to set up subject specific goals and start to work towards those in all subjects. Continuing in to midterm we had the grading conference and the students development talks where each student had an IUP drawn up, stating where they were academically and socially and from that, goals were set with them to encourage further development. After the Autumn break, the Year 6s also had their Oral National Tests in Math, Swedish and English. In short, we have gotten to know our students very well from all perspectives and we are ready to take them to the next level.

On the social side we already see the correlation between increased House activities and a decline in behavior notices. Our students love the House System with all its activities, dodgeball, football, table tennis tournaments and so on.

Looking ahead, our plan for next semester is to furnish a student lounge to give the students a quieter place to relax. We are also looking at setting up our library and equipping it for everyday use by students during their breaks and within lessons too.       

As you can see, you have chosen a school for your children that will provide an environment where they can grow and learn to their full potential, academically and socially. You have also chosen a school that is international minded, one which will open their minds to a world of opportunities, equipping them to pursue their aspirations anywhere in the world.

Thank you for all your support and positive and constructive feedback. The good relation we have with you, the parents is essential for us to be successful.  On that note, I also want to promote our PTA, a nonprofit Parent Teacher Association that will be a fantastic support for the school and its activities.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!

Johan Öhman

Principal

 

From the Principal

Fall Update

Individual Development Talks are now finished and we’ve received some wonderful feedback from students and parents alike. The consensus is that IES Södertälje has had a resoundingly positive start, and we are very proud of our students, staff and everyone involved in creating this excellent school.  

The PTA (Parent Teacher Association) has been established and will take an important role in being the open and direct line of communication between parents and IES management, and we will work together to make our school even stronger.

As we enter the dark seasons, I’d like to urge our parents who drop off and pick up their students by car to please drive extra slowly and be careful. And please, make sure that your children have light-reflecting badges or clothes to wear near trafficked areas.

Our teachers and students are now preparing for National Tests in Swedish, English, and Math. If you student will be taking NPs this year, you will soon receive more information from mentors and subject teachers.

As ever, your mentors are your direct link to the school, but I would love to see you at one of our morning coffee meet-ups on Wednesdays at 0730.

IESSö Celebrates Halloween

IESSö Celebrates Halloween

IESSö was a spooky place on the Wednesday before Fall Break. Both students and teachers dressed up, and there were Halloween-themed classes during the day. A Halloween disco ended the day on a high note, with great music, popcorn and sweets. To see more photos, go to our gallery section. 

Four New Schools Open in 2017

Four New Schools Open in 2017

For the first time Internationella Engelska Skolan has opened four new schools in one year - with Landskrona, Helsingborg, Södertälje and Årsta bringing the total number of IES schools in Sweden to 34. 

The new schools will grow over several years but are already educating 1,600 students, bringing the total number of students currently learning with IES to 24,000.

The organisation also held its largest ever event for staff as more than 700 newly-employed colleagues gathered together in one place, at KTH’s Aula Medica, to learn more about the company.

IES Landskrona is the first ever brand-new school that the organisation has opened, after a project in partnership with landlord Hemsö and Landskrona municipality saw the construction of a custom-designed school, next to the municipality's new sports hall, in the up-and-coming area of Borstahusen.

This is also the first time that IES has opened an F-9 school, welcoming seven-year-olds who will learn with IES all the way through until they are ready for gymnasiet.

Mr. Fredrik Alvarsson (pictured above, left, with IES Landskrona Principal Mr. Chris Nilsson and the captains of all four houses) , who is in charge of development for the project’s landlords, Hemsö, spoke in front of students in Landskrona as he donated 10,000 SEK for them to choose recreation facilities for their student lounge.

He said: “We have planned and built this school over the past three years, to create the best possible environment for you, so that you can learn as much as possible every day and become the best students that you can by the time you graduate from grade nine.

"We also wanted to give some money to you, and we will hold a contest for your houses. The house that wins the contest will decide what the money will be spent on."

While the school in Landskrona represents two important firsts, it is only one of several schools which is opening this year, and each of them is the focus of the excitement of the staff and students attending.

Speaking at the opening in Helsingborg, a new 4-9 school in a refurbished building with certified historical significance, the founder and vice chairman of IES, Ms. Barbara Bergström, said.  “For me it is an incredible honour to stand here this morning and welcome you to Internationella Engelska Skolan in Helsingborg. I address you with a huge amount of humility, I understand that you as the parents are entrusting us with that which is most special in your lives, your children, our students.  It is a tremendous honour for all of us.  Mr. Andersson and his staff with their enthusiasm, their dedication, their passion for learning, will take this honour extremely seriously.  The school is not anything without you, our students, and their parents.  We treasure the confidence that you have given us this morning and for the years to come.”

Each new school commemorated its opening according to IES tradition, by planting an apple tree, and cutting a ribbon to mark the school open.

At the first of the four opening ceremonies, for a new 4-9 school in Årsta, the principal, Mr. Julian Dent, said: "It is my honour to stand in front of you and open the 31st IES school in Sweden.  The team has worked extremely hard to get this done and welcome you here today. We are very excited to have all the students here finally.

"Almost a quarter of a century ago a few kilometres away in Enskede, Ms. Bergström started the first IES school and from there, dare I say, we have revolutionised Swedish education.  We invite you students here to command the English language.  We want to prepare you to go out there in the world. That is why we have teachers from 11 different countries, teaching students here at this school."

At the opening of the school in Södertälje, also for years 4-9, the principal, Mr. Johan Öhman, said: "When I was hired as principal of this school, in my first interview I said ‘As always with IES the expectation is set to a high standard. The expectation of continually high standards gives us great inspiration to provide all students with a first-class education.'  That is why I took this job, it is a choice of education to achieve excellence.  Students, I believe in you all, each and every one of you can achieve beyond your own expectations, and believe me, when you do, it’s not only fun, it creates strength, you will be self-aware, and self-confident.”

From the Principal

Welcome Students!

I hope our students have had a wonderful Summer Holiday but are as excited to start at a brand new school as we are. Teachers and staff arrived on campus very early this year to join the management team (which was here all Summer) in planning and preparing every last detail. We ready and very eager to finally meet our students!

Our first day of school starts on Thursday, August 17th, at 0945 and ends with an inauguration ceremony with IES founder Ms. Barbara Bergström at 12 noon. Parents are invited to the inaugural apple tree planting ceremony. Please read the general blog post to the right for more detailed information.

Our Head of Houses have been appointed: Mr. Snow for Ignis House, Ms. Kerr for Ventus, Mr. Ece for Aqua and Mr. Leal for Terra. Each student will be assigned a House on their first day at IES Södertälje, and belong to that House for all their years at our school. Student House Captains will be chosen by peers to help lead activities and challenges during the school year.

Besides receiving their House, students can look forward to meeting their class mentors and fellow classmates on Thursday, and spending the whole day on Friday with their classes, becoming familiar with each other, the school, and our rules and structures. As Principal, I extend the warmest of welcomes to our new IES students; welcome to your class, your House, your school.

 

                        

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