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From the Principal

June newsletter

Dear students, staff, and parents,

The tests have been taken and your homework is finished: the end of the school year is here! Graduation day is set for Tuesday, the 12th of June. Friends and family are all welcome to attend. 

Graduation Ceremony details:

  • Junior School: 8:45 (Gather in mentor rooms at 8:30)*
  • Senior School: 10:15 (Y9 gather in mentor rooms at 9:30, Y7-8 gather in mentor rooms at 10:00)*
  • Location: IESB campus, rain or shine

*Students are to report back to their mentors in the mentor rooms after the graduation ceremony is finished so they can pick up their grades.

The last instructional day is the 4th of June, followed by Choice Days and concluding on the 11th of June in preparation for Graduation day. More information regarding these days will be sent out by each student’s class mentor/s. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for an excellent school year and I look forward to welcoming students in grades 4-8 back next year. 

Have a great summer!

Marcus Segerstedt


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.

From the Principal

May newsletter

Dear students, staff, and parents,

I hope you have enjoyed your long Walpurgis weekend and the official welcoming of spring. As the transition to longer and warmer days begins, the pre-summer jitters might start to set in. The end of the school year is right around the corner, which means National Tests and the conclusion of all those final projects are the only things standing between you and your summer vacation. Try to focus during the coming weeks; before you know it, you will have the end-of-year school activities to celebrate your hard work and accomplishments.

Some end-of-year events to look forward to:

  • Band concert - 1st of June
  • Annual Art Exhibition - weeks 22 and 23
  • Annual Fashion Show - 4th of June
  • Sports days (week 21)
  • Choice days (week 23)

There are so many great events in the works, so enjoy these last few weeks and keep up the good work.  

Marcus Segerstedt

Sushi chef visited IES Bromma

6E had  a special Home Ec lesson. Sushi was the theme and the students were lucky to be taught by a Sushi chef;Robert Melin. The students practiced how to make inside out maki rolls and nigiris with joy. Wonderful to have experts coming to school. 

Hildegun Gustavsson
Home Ec teacher