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Start of Term 2018-2019

Start of Term 2018-2019

Please note that students are welcome back to school for the first day of the academic year 2018-19 on:

  • Borås - Wednesday, 22 August, 2018
  • Bromma - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Enskede - School start information already sent to stakeholders by post and via SchoolSoft.
  • Eskilstuna - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Falun - Tuesday, 21 August, 2018 - more information is posted on SchoolSoft
  • Gävle - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Halmstad - Wednesday, 15 and Thursday, 16 August, 2018 (personalised information sent to students)
  • Helsingborg - Tuesday, 14 August, 2018
  • Huddinge - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Hässelby Strand - Thursday, 16 August, 2018
  • Hässleholm - Tuesday, 21 August, 2018
  • Johanneberg - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Järfälla - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Jönköping - Thursday, 16 and Friday, 17 August, 2018 (personalised information sent to students)
  • Karlstad - Wednesday, 22 August, 2018
  • Kista - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Krokslätt - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Landskrona - Wednesday, 22 August, 2018
  • Liljeholmen - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Linköping - Thursday, 16 August, 2018
  • Lund - Thursday, 16 August, 2018
  • Länna - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Nacka - Wednesday, 15 August, 2018
  • Skärholmen - Wednesday, 15 August, 2018
  • Sundbyberg - Wednesday, 22 August, 2018
  • Sundsvall - Wednesday, 22 August, 2018
  • Södertälje - Wednesday, 15 August, 2018
  • Tyresö - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Täby - Tuesday, 21  August, 2018
  • Umeå - Friday, 17 August, 2018
  • Uppsala - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Västerås - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Älvsjö - Friday, 17 August,2018 for new students and Monday, 20 August, 2018 for returning students.
  • Årsta - Wednesday, 15 August, 2018 for grade 4 and Thursday, 16 August, 2018 for all other grades.
  • Örebro - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet Södermalm - Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Sundsvall Sings to Victory

Sundsvall Sings to Victory

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Music and applause rang out in Södermalm as Internationella Engelska Skolan Sundsvall lifted the trophy at the annual IES Modern Foreign Languages Eurovision Song Contest.

This year 17 middle schools (grundskolor) from across Sweden took part in the event, which sees students compete by singing in any language other than English or Swedish.

The winner was Céline Gilbert (shown in picture and video above) of class 8B at IES Sundsvall who sang Je Suis Malade, a song first released in 1973 by Serge Lama.

After receiving the trophy and performing her reprise, Céline said:  “I did not expect to win at all, I was very surprised and it was really fun performing. I started actually practicing about maybe one month ago.  It is a song I have listened to for many years and it was on the top of my head and I really wanted to sing this one, it is really good.”

Ms Shannon Lehnberg, a teacher from Sundsvall who attended the event and supported Céline said:  “We are so proud of Céline. Her stage presence and ability to engage the audience while singing in one of her three languages is truly remarkable. She is a true entertainer.”

Silver: The Solén sisters, representing IES Lund

The second place was taken by two sisters from IES Lund, Klara and Tyra Solén, who sang a French version of Ed Sheeran’s Perfect, while playing piano and violin.

In third place were two students from IES Nacka, Lisa Enerdal and Emelie Harris of 9A, who sang Luis Fonsi’s song Un Mondo Contigo.

Bronze: Lisa Enerdal and Emelie Harris of IES Nacka

Ms Nora Kielty, one of the staff from IES Tyresö involved in organising the event, said: "This year IES Tyresö brought the magic of music, language and technology together to showcase the sparkling talent and creative imagination of our young musicians, singers, dancers and presenters. We witnessed the birth of a new star as the winner from IES Sundsvall thrilled her audience amid the energy and enthusiasm that was Eurovision 2018."

Other performers at the event came from the IES schools Huddinge, Kista, Bromma, Årsta, Liljeholmen, Täby, Enskede, Tyresö, Eskilstuna, Hässelby, Jonköping, ÖrebroFalun and Gävle.

Just like the better known Eurovision Song Contest, which will head to Israel next year, the victorious school takes on the role of host for the following year. This means that Internationella Engelska Skolan Sundsvall will host the contest next spring.

Competition Winners' Trip to South Korea

Competition Winners' Trip to South Korea

Two students from Internationella Engelska Skolan Lund recently visited Seoul after their performance in problem-solving competition Enlightening Imagination.

This is an account written by Elisabeth Dierschke Passikhani and Alva Brant about their time in South Korea:

Our school IES Lund competed in the competition Enlightening Imagination at Vattenhallen. The task was to, using the material 4D Frame, build a model of something that would help the environment in any way. We built a machine that collects and recycles garbage from the streets or the sea, and we won! We then got to make a video which we sent to Stockholm, to compete against all the other winners in Sweden. We were very happy when we got the message that our invention won!

The prize was to travel to Seoul, South Korea, and compete in the big international 4D Frame Competition, IMSCC. There were four other teams from Sweden, so in total, there were 10 students and 15 adults.

During the first day, we got to visit the 4D Frame head office. It was really cool to see all the constructions and also meet the founder of 4D Frame. The next day, we got a chance to practice building a little bit before the competition. The task for the competition was to build a “roller coaster” for a marble, using a foam board as a base. It was a bit hard since we never had built using a foam board before, but we prepared as much as we could.

Then it was competition day! During the opening ceremony they played our video on the big screen four times! There were about 60 teams in our category. We sat on the floor and built for two hours. It was hard because it was so stressful, but it was also really fun. We got to work as a team and even though many of the teams from other countries had prepared and practiced much more, we did our best. We placed 12th in the competition, and won a bronze medal. Even though we didn’t win, we were proud!

The remaining days, we spent being tourists in Korea. We got to take part of the culture and see the capital, which was really cool and interesting. For example, we visited a palace, the Korean Folk Village where we took part of old Korean traditions, and the Samsung D’light exhibition. We also got to go up in both the Seoul Tower and Lotte Tower, which was amazing. The Korean food was very good but very spicy!

One day, we visited a Korean high school where we got to work in teams with the students and come up with inventions. It was really fun and we all learnt a lot, at the same time as we got new friends!

We were invited to dinner with some pre-school teachers, and another day with the founder of 4D Frame and the president of the competition. We were treated as VIPs and the Korean people were so nice to us.

Overall, we learnt a lot that we can take with us in life, for example we practiced our team working skills and working under stress. It was also an eye-opener to see how much you can do with 4D Frame, and we learnt more about technology. We got many new friends, both koreans and swedes from all over the country. We are really happy about the trip!

From the Principal

Winter is coming, but not yet...

When I for the first time in many months enter a blogpost the motto of House Stark in Game of Thrones comes to mind. Time flies and it is little over a month since we started the academic year 2017-2018. An intense but very energizing start to meet all old and new students. 

We have grown rapidly from three to twentyfour classes since 2013 but now we have reached our end state and can start focus on consolidating en developing the school at this size. A lot of new staff have joined IES Lund this year but with some few exceptions we have our old seasoned staff back and it feels very good to have that stability now when we are a big school. We will continue to focus on impoved communication, differentiation in teaching and we will work more with grit and growth mindset with our students

We are just finishing this years round of parent meetings. It is always a pleasure to meet all you parents and we are extremely proud of the outcome of last years survey where 98% of the our parents would recommend IES Lund to an other parent. We will continue to improve the school to meet your confidence in us. Winter is coming but we still have a beautiful fall and wonderful challenges lies ahead....

UN Day 2016

UN Day 2016
October 24 we celebrated our first UN Day at IES Lund. We started off with a great opening ceremony where the equal treatment group played a great part. Our students experienced a day with different workshops. Some students had the opportunity to meet our guests from the Unicef, the local UN organization of Lund, Lions, and The Swedish Armed Forces. We had a variety of workshops, almost like a "smörgåsbord" where our students got a chance in a greater understanding of the lack of clean water in the world. They played a game in how hunger affects many countries in the world. They also learned more about peace- and protest songs, different languages, UN, HIV-prevention, demining and how to solve conflicts just to name a few.

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