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Riksdag Politician Visits IES Kista

On Friday 23 September, Internationella Engelska Skolan was pleased to welcome Riksdag Politician Maria Stockhaus. 

Since opening in August 2015, IES Kista has established a strong reputation as a school, creating a calm and safe environment where students can enjoy coming to school and focus upon their academic progress. 

Ms Stockhaus, in her role as a parliamentarian, wanted to see first-hand the work being done at IES Kista, and spent the morning visiting lessons and speaking to students about their experience at the school. 

Throughout the course of the morning, Ms Stockhaus met students from all six grades at the school, observing lessons such as English, PE and Woodwork. She also had a chef’s tour of the school restaurant, and finished the day by taking part in a DNA science experiment with our grade 9 students.

From the Principal

IES Kista Hosts the Annual Principals Quality Conference


On Thursday 8th and Friday 9th September, IES Kista was honoured to host Internationella Engelska Skolan’s annual Principals Quality Conference. The event focused upon the organisation’s ongoing commitment to maintaining and improving the already high standards it sets across all areas, creating an environment where teachers can teach and students can learn.

Principal McGowan and Mrs Barbara Bergström

Principals and academic representatives from all thirty-three IES schools attended the conference, including IES Södermalm Gymnasiet and IES Breckland in the UK, in what proved to be an incredibly successful, productive and inspiring two-day event.

School prefects, Anwar and Kamron, welcoming Mrs Barbara Bergström

The school was honoured on Day One to receive a visit from the founder of Internationella Engelska Skolan Mrs Barbara Bergström and her husband Dr Hans Bergström, who were greeted on arrival by our grade 9 prefects. Following a tour of our newly-expanded school for all delegates, the conference was officially opened with addresses by Mrs Bergström and the CEO of Internationella Engelska Skolan, Mr Ralph Riber.

It is an honour for IES Kista to host such a prestigious event, and a testament to the high levels of ambition and achievement demonstrated by everyone at the school. I am incredibly proud of the efforts made by our staff and, most of all, our students, who conducted themselves with the conscientiousness and maturity that we have come to expect.

From the Principal

Welcome to the start of the 2016-17 academic year at Internationella Engelska Skolan Kista.

Welcome to the start of the 2016-17 academic year at Internationella Engelska Skolan Kista.

Welcome to the start of the 2016-17 academic year at Internationella Engelska Skolan Kista. I hope that all of our students have had a fantastic summer break and feel excited about the prospect of the new school year ahead.  

This has been a busy and exciting summer for everyone at IES Kista as we endeavour to build upon and exceed the high standards we have set since the school opened in September 2015. We are committed to providing an outstanding student experience for everyone at the school and, following the success of our first full academic year, we have been working hard to further improve and expand the school. 

With this in mind, we are delighted to say that IES Kista is now a five-parallel school in grades four to seven, with around 790 students in total, and we will continue to grow over the coming years. As a key component in this expansion, we have opened a new wing of the school which includes a series of specialist teaching rooms, a second gym hall, and a second playground equipped with football, basketball and table tennis facilities. 

After a highly successful recruitment period, we are also very happy to welcome to our team the new qualified teachers who will be working across our academic departments, including an additional ten qualified teachers joining the Swedish department. I am certain that together with the team already in place, their enthusiasm, professionalism and commitment to teaching will undoubtedly make a positive and significant contribution to the experience of our students. 

When we opened our gates on Monday morning, both our new and returning students entered a school that they have every right to feel extremely proud of. One of the founding principles of IES Kista is that everyone enjoys coming to school, and I hope that you will join us in wishing every single one of our students a thoroughly enjoyable, inspiring and successful year ahead.





Everyone is a Scientist!

Dear IES families,

Science, like all processes, is fluid, dynamic, and changing. Having said that, it is also true that science has some constants that serve as its foundation. The foundations of science include a respect for past learning, a systematic approach to new learning, honesty, curiosity, and accuracy.

Keeping all this in mind our year began with a short introduction to the Scientific Method and the principle tools and techniques of a scientist.  Most of the students from grade 4-9 imagined scientist working with chemicals, some drew them working in design labs: designing clothes, cars, make-up etc. This was a pre-assessment task to know how many safety measures they think of while drawing the scientists working in labs. All the students drew scientist with lab coats and safety glasses while working in labs. This lead us to discuss about the lab safety rules and students made lab safety posters after discussing all the safety rules. We then talked about ‘Scientific Method’ and the steps to do the experiments. The ‘Scientific Method’ is not a rigid set of steps but is more of a systematic and critically reflective way of learning, documenting that learning, and then sharing it. While discussing the steps of ‘Scientific Methods’ students  came to the conclusion that everyone is a scientist when they employ the scientific process,no matter where they work, even for simple problem solving tasks Scientists are found in every discipline, such as biology, physics, chemistry, and environmental science; and psychology, education, history, and even religion. And that was a ‘Eureka’ moment for them!!


When the students learn how to employ the scientific process, they become better problem solvers in their own lives. And this is how we started our school year!


Grade 4s started with ‘The Forests’ , they are learning about different types of forest, elements of forests and why are they important for humans. They wondered: why the forests are green? What kind of fruits do the forests have? For the labs they collected leaves of various shapes, sizes, and colors from the ground and found out that different types of trees have different types of leaves.That’s one way of telling one tree from another, and they each make a different pattern when you make a rubbing from them.They then conducted a comparison investigation by looking at their collected leaves to find out the differences and similarities, what do the leaves feel like? Do they have hairs? Or teeth? Why are they green? How does water go to the top of the tree.

Grade 5s started with ‘Human body’ they are learning about body parts , organs and organ systems and how they work together to make complex human body look like a easy process.

Grade 6s first unit  is an introduction to Earth and Space Science a perfect time to leave this planet we call home and explore the wonders of the Universe. They are learning about how The Earth came into being and what are the components of Solar system besides planets like stars, comets, asteroids, meteors , our galaxy Milky Way, constellations. They also are  learning about reasons for seasons, day and night etc

Grade 7s revised Force taught in grade 6 to understand the first topic Density, mass and volume. They learnt that the mass remains same while weight changes on different planets outside the Earth’s orbit. They then learnt how density is affected by heat.

Grade 8s started with Food Chemistry, what are the components of the food we eat and how the energy transfers. They also found out about different amount of sugar present in different types of food and why do we need sugar and why added sugar in not good for our health.

Grade 9s started with basic unit of life, cell, learnt about cell division and now moving on to genetics. The lab lessons were focused on DNA extraction.

Looking forwards for a great year ahead with IES families,

IES Kista Science team

Sharpening Young Minds in Modern Foreign Languages

With the start of every school year at IES Kista, we proudly welcome our Year 6 students to their first Modern Foreign Language lessons. This year, we have 92 new learners taking Spanish, 45 students beginning to learn French, and 16 children eager to speak German.

Learning a new language requires a variety of skills but it also hones your cognitive and problem-solving abilities. Studies have shown that students who flex their language muscles improve in subjects as diverse as reading and mathematics. Exposure to different cultures also enhances students’ abilities to understand others and communicate with people they encounter throughout their lives. Plus, it makes travelling much easier!

The cultural element

One way the Languages Department likes to keep our students motivated to continue learning when the grammar lessons get tedious is to include group activities and cultural explorations. In French, we are listening to new songs every week as part of our “Mardis Musique” or “Music Tuesdays” initiative. Sometimes, these catchy songs help us remember vocabulary or verb conjugations. In the higher year groups, we often use the song’s lyrics as a way to learn new words, check for understanding, and gain a deeper appreciation of francophone culture. In German, Year 7 students have already explored different countries where their language of choice is spoken. And in Spanish, students in Year 8 are reviewing their knowledge of Spain’s main landmarks and geography.

The pedagogical model

At IES Kista, we are firm believers in the pedagogical model. We understand that when students get to choose the level at which they learn, they are more committed to their own progress. They feel safer taking risks in the classroom, and this positive learning environment promotes their social and academic growth. This year, the Languages Department is also using the pedagogical model in Year 7 and 8 French and Spanish lessons. We hope that those who want to focus on building their vocabulary and comprehension skills can do so at their own pace, while others continue to improve their writing and interactions in their new language. Of course, some learn quicker than others, so rest assured that these pedagogical groups will be re-assessed in January.

Coming soon

Looking forward, we will be celebrating World Languages Day during Week 39. Previously known as the European Day of Languages, this annual celebration seeks to promote interest in learning languages and multiculturalism. Keep your eyes open for some fun activities coming soon to IES Kista!

From all of us in Modern Foreign Languages, hej då! Tschüß! ¡Hasta pronto! Au revoir!