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From the Principal

Happy Summer

I’m thinking back a year and how nervous I was then. At that time, I was in recruitment mode, hiring some 30 plus staff in a period of less than three months, but what a great bunch of staff we have. We have experienced and committed teachers who won’t settle for anything less than a job well done with your kids. We have support staff that do their utmost to make sure that our students receive the best possible organization for their education, they deserve nothing less. We have an EHT who have an authentic interest in the student’s capabilities and a strong belief that all student’s can make it if they believe in themselves, and we can help them do that. At the start of the year, I didn’t know these things, I wanted them, and I believed we could achieve them, but I couldn’t be 100% sure. I thought it might take two or even three years before we get settled in as a great school, but I think we are one now. I am not saying that we are perfect, we do have many things to work on for next year, but this will now be easier with all the knowledge that we have collected from this first incredible year of operation.    

What a first year, it is amazing to see that so many things have turned out we the way we planned. The majority of our fourth graders who had about three months of English from their previous school, are improving their command of English every day, even in the corridors many of them are talking to each other and staff in English. They have learned so much English it is so pleasing to see and hear. With regards to behavior, we can see clearly that we are heading in the right direction. We have students who now say that education is their priority for the first time. The House system has been a great success and a signature of our profile, the students and staff want it and we have a lot of fun at the school doing the variety of activities. Take the orienteering day when we had groups of all grades within the houses, the fours were teamed up with the seventh graders and they took care of each other, a beautiful sight. There are so many things that have gone well this first year, and I must say that I am so proud of our students and staff at the school.

I am also proud of you parents, class parents and our PTA IES Telge, our own independent parental organization for the school. It is governed by you the parents and we as a school support and assist if needed. This is a fantastic opportunity for you as a parent to be part of this great thing we all are trying to achieve. Please contact them through mail,

Have a wonderful summer vacation

Johan Öhman

From the Principal

Spring term update

Spring term update

(Photo: Daniel Brace)

Monday, April 23rd was International Book Day, and we celebrated at IES Södertälje by having all students and teachers bring our current best read to school, and at exactly 10 o’clock, doing a “stop, drop, and read!” Many staff and students chose to dress up as their favorite book characters to add to the festive mood.

As we are heading towards the end of our first school year, our high academic standards need to be tempered with plenty of fun in order to keep our students positive and excited about school. We have a couple more House competitions coming up: a fashion design challenge and math competition; and a whole sports day of orienteering this Wednesday. In addition, an IES-wide football tournament is in the works soon.

And at the end of the term, three whole House days of activities for team building and fun will serve as a wonderful memory to last our students the summer until we see them again.

School calendar 2018/2019

Höstterminen 2018

Start 15 augusti

Avslutning 21 december

Höstlov vecka 44

Vårterminen 2019

Start 10 januari

Avslutning 12 juni

Sportlov vecka 9

Påsklov vecka 16

Lovdagar: 31 maj och 7 juni

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



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.