A grade nine student from IES Tyresö was crowned the winner after 18 bands and solo artists stepped forward to perform during the annual Internationella Engelska Skolan Modern Foreign Languages Eurovision Song Contest.
The popular competition is open to students at all IES schools and sees them perform a song in a language other than Swedish or English.
This year’s winner was Stella Chirinos from IES Tyresö (Pictured above with French Teacher Mr Guerneui, Founder of IES Ms Bergstöm, and music teacher Mr Stones). Stella sang Dernière Danse by French singer-songwriter Indila.
Stella said: “It was a strange feeling to hear that I had won. There was some very good singers from other schools. I knew that I had given a good performance and that I had a strong song but it's always a good surprise to win.
"I started in year 7 here at IES Tyresö so I've been learning French for three years. I like the language, I like how it sounds.”
Stella got the idea of performing the Indila song after a friend mentioned it in a French lesson and she realised it would suit her well.
She said: “I like to sing because it's fun and I can express feeling through songs. There are songs for all occasions, sad and happy.
"I've been singing since I was seven and I've performed on stage on several occasions previously so I have some stage experience but you can't take away the nervosity."
Her French teacher, Mr Guerneui added: “I knew that my student Stella was a very strong candidate for victory but when I heard the singers from Nacka and Gävle I felt that this year's trophy might as well go to one of these schools. The two girls had very strong and beautiful voices. It's my first year at IES Tyresö and we are still a relatively new school so I am glad that we won with our first attempt.”
Second place was awarded to Paulina Johnson of IES Gävle (pictured, left) who sang Mii Años in Spanish, while the third prize went to a band from IES Nacka made up of Felicia Elding, Louise Andersson, Alva Willers and Annie Wallin (pictured, below, right). Together they performed Colores En El Biento in Spanish.
This year the event was hosted by IES Bromma, other IES schools taking part included those from: Älvsjö, Täby, Kista, Skärholmen, Huddinge, Liljeholmen, Uppsala, Hässelby, Eskilstuna, Halmstad, Lund, Sundsvall, Johanneberg and Hässleholm .
The result means that, according to Eurovision tradition, IES Tyresö will host next year’s contest.
Mr Guerneui is looking forward to putting together next year’s event.
He said: “IES Bromma has set the bar very high this year but we are confident to maintain the same standard next year."
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.
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
As the summer holidays approached, students in year nine at schools across Sweden prepared to bid farewell for the last time.
For those attending Internationella Engelska Skolan, the event is marked by a grand occasion, a graduation ceremony featuring distinctive caps and gowns, where the achievements of students are honoured.
As well as speeches and awards, the ceremonies also feature music and joy, as proud parents witness their children passing a milestone and moving on to new challenges.
At Internationella Engelska Skolan Enskede, the original IES school, principal Mr Robert Clark spoke to his departing year nine students.
He told them: “A few months ago I got everyone together in the hall, but there weren't so many parents here, and we sat and I said - ‘Pretty soon you are going to be wearing these gowns and you are going to be asking yourselves the questions: Am I satisfied? Am I happy? Did I do my best? Am I going where I need to be?' and you listened, you have worked incredibly hard. I would like you to put your hands together for the teachers, because they have, not just this year, but in the years before, they have worked really hard for you.
"You have done fantastically well, I have very much enjoyed your company and interacting with you, I am very proud to have been your principal during your years at this school. There are some amazing people in this room, and I am so sure that you are going to do great things, and I will be following you with interest."
Year nine graduate Felix Persson (right), formerly of class 9E at IES Enskede, won the school’s Ambassador Award for the contribution he has made to the atmosphere in the school.
After the ceremony he said: "It was fun, it was nice to end, but I am also bit sad leaving friends and changing schools. Now I will be changing schools, moving away from English school and wrapping up having gone to the English school for six years.
"I was surprised to win an award, I didn't count on winning anything but it does fit, I like helping people and keeping people together, talking to different people."
IES Lund, which opened three years ago celebrated the graduation of its first ever grade nine class.
The principal, Mr Per Ola Olsson said: "We have shown excellent results in both the grades and the national tests. It has been a successful year and I would like to thank all the students but especially my hard-working staff, who have made this possible. I really would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to all you who work at IES Lund, teachers, non-teaching staff, supervision, administration and student care, all of you who contribute so much to making this a great school."
The graduates and the assembled crowd in Lund were also addressed by their student representative (left), who said: "I am really honoured to be the one holding the valedictorian speech of 2016. I am so excited to be standing here in front of all you people, my name is Beata Erici and we have just finished ninth grade. Gathered here around me today I see my lovely classmates, we have worked so hard these two years and are now just looking forward to summer, and sun and the ability to use our phones again. I can still remember those first awkward days when we all met, we were so worried about speaking English, dressing appropriately and pronouncing Mr Neppelberg’s name correctly that we completely forgot that we were just a bunch of insecure teenagers."
After the summer a new set of grade nine students will step forward for the first time, ready to make the most of their last year with IES before it is their turn to graduate next summer.