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IES Students Excel in Language Contest

Winners: (L-R) Marc Tudosiou, Linus Widell and teacher Ms Dykes of IES Lund, following their victory in the IL Competition Spanish Contest.

Students from IES schools have shown that they can command more than the English and Swedish languages.

During the Swedish final of the International Language Competition, students from IES Karlstad took the first prize in French for those under 16 while the team from IES Lund performed best in Spanish.

The contest was held at the end of March at Malmö Latinskola and students were tested on their vocabulary, grammar and cultural understanding during the contest.  

Linus Widell, of grade eight at IES Lund, is one of the students who won the Spanish contest.  He said: “Speaking other languages is important because you learn about different cultures and you can communicate with people from around the world. Spanish is spoken by almost 500 million people so it’s a big advantage to be able to speak this language.  We are looking forward to the language trip to Spain that we won."

His team-mate Marc Tudosiou of grade nine said: “Our teacher said that we should enter the contest. We prepared at lessons during fall and then in week six we did the first try-outs.

“We all had to answer 80 questions online and we were the top two students in our class. We qualified for the regional finals and won and then went for the nationals.

"There were a lot of different questions and we had only 12 seconds to think about the answer so it was a bit stressful but also fun.”

The team from IES Karlstad took first place in the French contest.

Winner Adam Höög said: “Our biggest challenge by far was competing against Franska Skolan in the national finals. In the qualification tests that took place before the regional finals, Franska Skolan had an average score that was around 10 points higher than ours, so our hopes of defeating them and winning were low.

“To overcome this challenge, I made sure to study every piece of trivia I could think of in order to stand any kind of chance against them.”

His team-mate Isak Wikström had advice for anyone thinking of taking part. He said: “Focus a lot on the general trivia about French-speaking countries. A third of the questions are about trivia. Also be careful about trick questions where similar words are used, for example the French words for advocate and avocado - avocat and avocad. 

“Languages provide you with opportunities for future work in other countries and they open new doors to different kinds of knowledge. It is also really fun to learn other languages. ”

A student from IES Umeå, Michael Yates of class 8B, also took first prize in the contest for those with English as their home language (Modersmål). 

He said: "I speak English at home and it seemed only natural that I would take part. I thought it would be interesting to enter the competition and have a go, and it seemed like a fun challenge. I was very surprised when it turned out I had won, at first I didn't believe it. My family were very pleased with me, and quite proud."

Other IES schools performed well in the contest including a second place in German from IES Umeå, third in English from IES Linköping, and third and fourth places in Swedish from IES Hässleholm and IES Johanneberg.  IES Sundsvall came third in French, while IES Hässleholm came seventh.  The Spanish contest saw IES Gävle in third place and IES Hässleholm in fifth place.

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

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.
From the Principal

Summer is here

IES Lund have now ended our third year. A year full of har work but also great success. Class 7C won The InniCarnival competition and 7A came second with 6 C in a tied fourth place. Our team of Frida and Isa came on fifth place in the IES Eurovision song contest and our grade 9 Spanish and French team made it to the district finals in the language olympics. Overall excellent perfomances and especially our First grade 9 graduates who made good results in the National tests and also graduated with excellent grades that they should be very proud of, I know I am.

Our first gradauation ceremony turned out to be exactly the perfect mix between solemnity and bubbeling summer feelings. We congratulate all our graduates and we look forward to meet all new and old students again on August 19th