Dear parents, guardians, and students,
The National Test season has a few more weeks to go, as well as the final grading period, but we have a long Ascension weekend coming up in addition to Sweden’s National Day, so our teachers are using all of their creativity to keep students on task and inspired to learn. We are all supporting each other and working together to ensure that each IESB student feels equipped and encouraged to make the most of their final weeks of the school term. In short, it is still business as usual here at IESB and our schedule is packed with national tests, term projects, fundraising, as well as all the fun events big and small to celebrate the end of the school year. Below I will detail a few of these that are especially noteworthy.
Now that we have returned from the short Walpurgis break it is full speed ahead. With our big Art show 21-23/5, spring Sports Day 22-24/5, and annual Fashion show 27/5, as well as IES Track and Field day and Band concert on 29/5 before the Ascension Day weekend, graduation will be upon us before we know it. More information regarding the schedule for graduation and associated end of term activities will be shared as we near the end of term.
Among the events we have in front of us, one of the most important is a social cause to which we have contributed for several years. This cause is SOS Barnbyar, and every year our students participate by doing different acts of service in exchange for donations to this very worthwhile charity benefiting an underprivileged children’s village in Sarajevo. The fundraiser takes place between 15/4 and 28/5, and for more information you can read this letter issued by our school. For the direct link to our fundraising site, click this link
Which leads me to our new value topic we will focus on for the remainder of the school year: Equality. In simple terms, equality is about a level playing field where everyone has the same access to the same opportunities. We’ve all heard the saying “If you work hard enough, you can achieve anything”. But that’s simply not true in every case. Speaking generally, poor people aren’t poor because they want to be. And not all wealthy people got what they have through hard work. Sometimes, an idea or attitude is so dominant in a society, it’s practically unconscious. When enough people see something as “just the way it is,” a number of societal systems are impacted. Think of it as a vicious cycle: widespread attitudes about something lead to inequitable systems which, in turn, serve to reinforce the attitudes that created them.
Our students will be learning valuable tools in the coming weeks to challenge these preconceived notions, and hopefully become catalysts for change in their own growing spheres of influence.
Congratulations to the Senior Basketball team for winning the latest IES Basketball tournament on February 19th. IESB competed against 5 other schools and finished the tournament as champions! Huge thank you to our students for representing the school so well, and to Mr. Stankovic for his great work as coach!
On Friday February 8th, Year 8 students travelled to Romme Alpin for the annual Ski Trip.
Over 125 students attended the trip, including a number of students who tried skiing for the first time. All students were extremely well behaved both on the bus rides, as well as during the day on the slopes.
Thanks to all involved for a successful day!!
With the second term well under way, we want to thank everyone for your continued support of our students, teachers, and school as we collectively strive to provide optimal opportunities for learning each and every day. Our school theme for the beginning of this term is Solidarity (“Solidaritet”) and students have taken time over the past several weeks to discuss what Solidarity means, how it can be expressed, and how we see it in action in everyday settings. This theme is important to us in the face of an increasingly divided world - what small steps can we take in our everyday lives to bring a sense of solidarity to the people and environment around us?
In addition, I want to also thank our mentors, parents, and students for another successful round of Development Talks. I hope these meetings helped everyone recalibrate as we set our sights toward a strong finish to the 2018/2019 school year. I was unable to join due to an exciting recruitment trip to Canada during which I met many inspiring educators and received very positive feedback about IES. IES strives to always provide our students with the best educational environment and the best teachers from around the world, making these recruitment efforts one of the bedrocks to ensuring this promise.
Turning to our academics and school life, I would like to point out a few important dates.
Wednesday, 6th of February: A special presentation hosted by the IESB PTA on the impact of media use and screen time on children. More information can be found here: Föreläsning om skärmtid och ungdomar - 6/2
Friday, 8th of February: Winter Sports Day, meaning no formal classes on campus. If you need a schedule reminder, please use the following link: Winter Sports Day Schedule
Week 6: The beginning of spring National Test season. Please refer to the following documents for more information:
Week 9: Sports Break, meaning no formal classes on campus all week. Enjoy the time off to recharge and have some fun!
On Monday, 17 December, grade nine students and teachers gathered in the Aula to celebrate this year's IESB Nobel Prize winners in Swedish and English. This awards ceremony, a longstanding tradition at our school, followed several weeks of hard work where grade nine students were asked to write an original short story for both their Swedish and English classes. Out of 187 students, six nominees and one winner were chosen for each subject by a committee of teachers.
Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the PTA, grade nines enjoyed a slice of cake and a glass of julmust while their subject teachers read the winner's stories aloud. In addition, two representatives from the PTA presented each winner with a cash prize.
This year we are proud to announce the following winners:
- Fabian Mannervik, Swedish
- Iris Berglund, English
Congratulations to the winners, and good work to all the grade nine students!!
/Mr. Gallaher and Ms. Måhrbeck