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.