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From the Principal

New year, new tidings

January arrived with snow and cold, with that, also lighter mornings. Not only did we get a feel of the cold, we also got new staff in the building.

 

Ms. Sofia Kinberg joined us mid January as the new Assistant Principal of Senior School and have started with a busy schedule. Days have been filled with introductions and meetings, from all staff to all the students. Please read the presentation from Ms Sofia Kinberg at the end of the newsletter.

 

We also have some new teachers, Mr. Lopez, who will be teaching grade 8 English, Ms. Jacobsson who has taken over French for Ms. Vukovic who is now enjoying retirement.

Ms. Baillet is covering for Ms. Furbacken while she is away on maternity leave.

 

We also got informed we would have The Swedish Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) at the school sometime in February, but this was then moved to April 27th. The results from the survey have all gone out as well and we thank you for answering the questions so we can make improvements where needed.

 

The student’s academic status have been discussed during the Development talks and we can go forward with plans for improvement and progress. The talks is a continuation from the start-up talks last term and now we add more information about the development of your child and what is needed to improve in some of them.

 

9th grade students can now do their first choices for gymnasium, the enrollment is open until the 15th of February and will then open up again in April.

 

February is closing in rapidly and with that the National Tests. But more about those in the next monthly letter!

 

 

Marcus Segerstedt

Principal

 

 

 

“Dear parents,

I´m Sofia Kinberg, the new assistant principal at Internationella Engelska Skolan Bromma for the senior classes, 7-9.

It is with great respect and honour I undertake the responsibility of leading and supporting your children that attend our school.

 

My previous work experience is from Visit Sweden, a communication company with the mission to increase awareness of Sweden as a destination on international markets.

I have also work experience from another freeschool organisation in Sweden where I was part of the management team focusing on leadership and development tasks. My educational background is a masters degree in school management from Skolledarhögskolan in Stockholm and an economics degree from Stockholms University. I live in Stockholm since 3 years back after a period of living and working in London, UK.

 

I look forward to meet you and to get to know you and your children and you are welcome to contact me for any queries you might have.

 

Sincerely,

Sofia Kinberg”

From the Principal

December newsletter

December newsletter

The festive period has well and truly arrived! The Christmas decorations are up, the PTA have been serving students and staff with julmust and pepparkakor and we have been enjoying lots of Lucia concerts. Our students performed a beautiful evening concert, two morning recitals and are spending the afternoon today visiting elderly care homes to delight their residents in some lovely traditional Lucia magic. 

 

With the end of the year quickly approaching, everyone at IES Bromma is busy working hard with the final assessments prior to issuing grades after a very productive term. We have our fingers crossed for great results. In December Skolverket published statistics from the 2016 National Tests and IES year 9 students achieved significantly higher results that the national average. I am very proud to say that IES Bromma achieved the highest results out of all IES schools in Swedish Year 6 and Geography Year 9 – this is a fantastic achievement and we are so proud of everyone involved in this. 

 

Our grade 8 and 9’s are out of school all this week, maybe experiencing their first days of work during PRAO. We have some really stimulating and interesting placements this year and hopefully it will enrich our students work experience and who knows, maybe even shape their futures! 

 

We had all of our grade 8 students out with Mr. Smith for a live blogging event last month which was a huge success – you can see for yourself on School Soft. As normal our sports department has been very busy and we are really looking forward to our inter-school sports days with junior inter-school sports day on Friday December 16th (week 50) and the senior inter-school sports day on Monday December 19th (week 51) – good luck to everyone involved!

 

We have had a rather creative term with Ms. Svensson taking Grade 9 out to Stadsteatern to see their production of Romeo and Juliet, a theatre visit in the school and the music department also had a “tryout” session where students and teachers alike could have a go at many musical instruments we had on loan. It turned out to be rather loud in the Aula that week, but hopefully it inspired some students to take up a new musical instrument! 

 

This term has seen us renovating the building with new windows being installed. Hopefully when everyone returns in the New Year they will return to a scaffold free school with lots of natural light!

 

A huge thank you to PTA this term with the Autumn Fair, Project Julklappen, the Literature Prize and our lovely morning Christmas treat! Your ongoing contribution to the school enhances everyone’s positive experience!

 

We look forward to the choice days next week, it looks like a fun schedule. I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas break and enjoy yourselves and we look forward to welcoming our students back on the 11th January for a great first term in 2017!

 

From the Principal

September '16

September is upon us, but looking around you wouldn’t know it. With averages of 20 degrees celsius, we are seeing an unusual beginning to fall indeed. But who am I to complain? We have a couple of outdoor events planned for September, so the rainy fall weather can certainly stay away for a few more weeks at least.

Autumn Fair is around the corner, and the PTA is working busily to ensure that it remains the raging success that it has proven to be every year so far. Autumn Fair is a classic day to come out as a family, play some games, buy delicious treats, and spend time with friends. This year we will again have a number of great musical acts from performers across all grade levels, including vocal solos, selections for guitar, and a dance performance. You won’t want to miss this exciting festival!

We are also looking forward to our 3rd annual Brommaloppet! This race takes place on the 28th of September at Judarskogen and is comprised of two laps around a roughly 3.5km course, totaling 7km. There will be no regular classes that day, so the half day that they are not at the race they will have a class activity. 

An in-service day has been scheduled for our staff members on Thursday, 29th of September. During this in-service day our staff will, amongst other things, go through CPR training and fire drills. The students will be assigned homework to work on during their “study at home” day.

And finally, school photos! School photos are this month on the 8th, 9th, and 12th for the students, with opportunities to take sibling and friend photos. Mark these days and remind your child to dress to impress! We also have startup talks early this month, so don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 12th and 13th of September. The class mentors will be contacting parents and guardians to set up a time to meet and get to know each other. Welcome!

From the Principal

August '16

I would like to extend to all of our returning students a warm welcome back to IESB for the 2016-2017 school year. To all of our incoming 150 Grade 4 and 30-plus Grade 7 students, welcome! We are so glad you are joining us and look forward to getting to know you and seeing you around school.
 
Although it’s hard to see summer end, we have so many exciting things planned in the school year ahead of us that we are sure will take away the back-to-school blues. But more on that in my next newsletter. For now, I want to be sure to communicate some important details regarding the beginning of school.

18th of August is the first day of school. The 18th, 19th, and 22nd are class days. During these class days our students take to the school yards, as well as the outlying Bromma area and Stockholm inner city as they participate in team-building activities carefully designed by their new mentors to help the mentor groups bond and rev up for the coming year. Our goal for these class days is to help the students ease into their new classes and new routines, and of course for the students to have a lot of fun!

Startup talks, a new feature this year, will be held early in September and will offer an opportunity for parents, mentors and students to get to know each other. More involved development meetings will take place later in the year, so these Startup talks will be more of a meet and greet. We look forward to meeting you all, old and new, and to starting another school year full of educational coursework and all sorts of events aimed to inspire, motivate, and recharge our students so they get the most out of their time here with us at IESB.

Onward!

From the Principal

June Newsletter

Grades are set. We have worked hard. We have learned more about our world. We have learned more about societal change. We have learned more about cause and effect. And most importantly: We have learned more about ourselves. A year of growth, change, progress, and memories not soon forgotten lie behind us and we turn our sights to what is ahead: Graduation!

Graduation this year is set for the 10th of June. The graduation ceremony for the Junior School is scheduled from 8:30-10:00 and the Senior School is scheduled from 10:30-12:00. The ceremony will be held outside on the school grounds and all friends and family are welcome to attend. Students are to report to their mentors in the mentor rooms after the graduation is finished so they can pick up their grades. We are all looking forward to this momentous occasion with excitement!

We welcomed the beginning of June with an amazing Fashion Show and Art Exhibit, during which many students from all age groups got a chance to display their talent, and let me tell you - We have some great talent at IESB! This show was phenomenal and was a real treat for both students and teachers to enjoy. Here are a couple of great shots from this event: 

The students also recently participated in our yearly Sports Days, and while there was a lot of competition, the team spirit was high! Long jump, relays, intervals, high jump and more - There was plenty of opportunity for students and staff to show off their speed, skill and strength. Great job, students and staff!

In the last few days of school, it is a time for fun, a time to bond, and a time to reflect. I have enjoyed another year as principal of IES Bromma. I am proud for the part I had in building its strong foundation and making it the great school that it is today and am confident that IES Bromma will continue to be a bright and beautiful school.

Onward!

Ms. Marietta Kindberg, Principal until 30th of June

From the Principal

May Newsletter

April showers bring May flowers. The saying is a cliché for a reason! We have had our fair share of light spring rain showers and are really seeing the positive effects they bring with them once you add in the beautiful bouts of sunshine that always follow. The rainbow of colorful flowers that are in full bloom can be seen along the roadside, in the meadows and parks, and in our own gardens. Spring is here to stay! It won’t be long before the weather will begin to show hints of the summer months to come and we are all starting to feel the effects of pre-summer jitters!

 

The National Testing season has a few more weeks to go as well as the final grading period, but we also have a long Ascension weekend coming up in addition to Sweden’s National Day, so our teachers are pulling out all their hat tricks to keep our amazing 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 out of their final weeks of the school term.

 

We have many fun events planned in the weeks ahead to which both students and staff members are looking forward. We are in a super fun planning mood for the upcoming Sports Days during week 20 and the school choir’s evening music concert on Tuesday the 24th at 6:30pm. We always look forward to days like these with eager anticipation, as it is during these special events that each student has the opportunity to display their personal giftings and really shine. Each student’s individuality is what makes IESB unique, so we try to give them many opportunities to explore their passion.

 

Grades are soon to be set, so students will be able to breathe a sigh of relief, reflect on all of their accomplishments both big and small over the past school term, and enjoy all the special days we have planned for them. We still have a few weeks left to go before we leave for the summer, so we plan on making the most of that time to be sure that everyone has the most fulfilling conclusion to their 2015-2016 school year at IESB.


Onward!
From the Principal

April Newsletter

As I sit at my desk writing this letter, I can hear the dribble of basketballs on the court and the sound of happy children out playing in the schoolyard - Spring has arrived, and it has brought the sunshine with it! Spring brings with it a special sort of energy and excitement, and we can definitely see the difference that makes in the school corridors and in the classrooms. I am excited to share with you some of the many exciting things we have planned over the next weeks here at IESB.

After returning from Easter break, the race to the finish line started with a bang! School dress-up days, special concerts, focused subject themes in the classrooms, and who can forget National Tests? The school Commencement Ceremony will be here before we know it, and then everyone is off for a relaxing summer. Everyone hold on to your hats!

On Tuesday we held our schoolwide Eurovision song contest. The Modern Language department did a great job putting on the song contest. Ida A won the French portion of the evening singing Je Vole. For the winning German song, Louise A took the honor with Halt dich an mir fest. And last, but certainly not least, Mikael L’s rendition of Por Quererte took home the cake. We look forward to sending Ida, Louise, and Mikaela to represent IESB at the grand finale in Gävle!

National testing season is now in full swing as our Year 6 and Year 9 students prepare for standardized subject testing in Math, Science, English, Modern Languages, and Social Science. This can be an intense period of time, but our students and instructors always take the extra pressure in stride and our average testing results can certainly speak for themselves - We consistently work together as a stellar team!

As always, I wish you a pleasant week and a great month. Onward!

From the Principal

April Newsletter

As I sit at my desk writing this letter, I can hear the dribble of basketballs on the court and the sound of happy children out playing in the schoolyard - Spring has arrived, and it has brought the sunshine with it! Spring brings with it a special sort of energy and excitement, and we can definitely see the difference that makes in the school corridors and in the classrooms. I am excited to share with you some of the many exciting things we have planned over the next weeks here at IESB.

After returning from Easter break, the race to the finish line started with a bang! School dress-up days, special concerts, focused subject themes in the classrooms, and who can forget National Tests? The school Commencement Ceremony will be here before we know it, and then everyone is off for a relaxing summer. Everyone hold on to your hats!

On Tuesday we held our schoolwide Eurovision song contest. The Modern Language department did a great job putting on the song contest. Ida A won the French portion of the evening singing Je Vole. For the winning German song, Louise A took the honor with Halt dich an mir fest. And last, but certainly not least, Mikael L’s rendition of Por Quererte took home the cake. We look forward to sending Ida, Louise, and Mikaela to represent IESB at the grand finale in Gävle!

National testing season is now in full swing as our Year 6 and Year 9 students prepare for standardized subject testing in Math, Science, English, Modern Languages, and Social Science. This can be an intense period of time, but our students and instructors always take the extra pressure in stride and our average testing results can certainly speak for themselves - We consistently work together as a stellar team!

As always, I wish you a pleasant week and a great month. Onward!

 

From the Principal

Busy times, fun times..

Busy times, fun times..

Mr. Herko

Rainy days and a few with snow, but it feels like spring may come early this year.

Much has happened in such a short time since the start of the year.

We congratulate Mr. Joel Herko, one of our Social Science teachers in Senior School and Head of Year of grade 9, on receiving an award from Hédi Fried on January 27 at the Swedish Parliament.

Mr. Herko has arduously worked with bringing awareness of genocide and the Holocaust in particular, with his students, including organizing theme days on Genocide for the Year 9 students.

SarajevoSarajevoIt is a tradition at IESB to have a fundraiser each year where the money goes to support organisations that help children in other countries. We have been supporting SOS Children's villages for several years now. In August 2015, two students, Mikaela in grade 9 and Hannah in grade 8, went to the SOS Children's village in Sarajevo for 4 days. In an assembly during week 6, the 2 girls shared their experiences and the importance of supporting this organisation. This year's annual fundraiser will take place on April 29 and all the money raised will go to the SOS Children's village in Sarajevo. The IESB contributions help rebuild this area after a time of war and works at helping families stay together despite the great economic challenges.

SkitripSkitripWinter Sports Day at IESB was February 5. Our students participated in activities that included skiing, swimming, judo, handball, ice skating, indoor football, table tennis, badminton, bowling, parkour, basketball, ParkourParkourcurling, rock climbing and visiting the sports museum. The day was a big success and our students enjoyed a day filled with exercise and fun.

For the month of February, the students and staff of IESB are actively engaged in promoting a positive, friendly and caring environment. This is the case all through the year, but this month, especially, we are taking it to a new level by designating February as 'Friendship February'. Our goal is that students and staff are more aware of each other and help each other in small ways such as opening doors for others or picking something up that has been dropped or saying hi and smiling as we pass people in the hallways. These are things we practice on a daily basis at IESB, but have just increased the awareness and activity.

We have had some outstanding assemblies over the past few weeks. We have seen students display their passions in music and dance and share their passions of helping others. We have a fantastic student body at IESB and are very proud to have each and every student.

Sportslov is just around the corner, so we have a couple of weeks left of hard work before a much deserved break for all.

From the Principal

Happy 2016

It’s a new year with great things ahead! It’s nice to have some snow on the ground to make the winter darkness a little brighter and more fun. Snow brings the ‘kid’ out of us all and it’s fun to sled and ski and enjoy the cold and snow however we can.

We had a fabulous avslutning at the end of the term last year. Now we are refreshed from our holiday time off and ready to start this year.

For the staff, the new year began with two days of inservice. The two days were filled with inspiring and informative workshops, and everyone is full of energy and excited in beginning this new term.

We welcomed the students back on Monday, January 11, and it was a great week!

 

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