Opening Ceremony Takes Place

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Opening Ceremony Takes Place

All Smiles: Ms. Barbara Bergström with some of our Year 8 prefects at our Opening Ceremony

On Friday 28th August IES Kista had its official Opening Ceremony. This was the long-awaited moment when our school was inaugurated into the Internationella Engelska Skolan family.

Special guests included Ms. Barbara Bergström, the founder of the Internationella Engelska Skolan company, as well as the organisation's current CEO Mr. Ralph Riber. Furthermore local community figures, including politicians alongside local police and fire chiefs were present.

Principal McGowan: Describing his vision for IES Kista to the assembled guestsPrincipal McGowan: Describing his vision for IES Kista to the assembled guests

The Opening Ceremony took place in the IES Kista Student Lounge. Here all were welcomed by Principal Mr. McGowan, who spoke alongside Ms. Barbara Bergström to the assembled guests. The school choir from IES Eskistuna performed the official IES song In The Morning Of Life at the ceremony.

Following the speeches, Ms. Barbara Bergström planted a ceremonial apple tree in the science garden. The apple features on the IES logo as a symbol of knowledge, and our apple tree at Kista will hopefully bear fruit in the years to come, just like our students.

Teamwork Wins: Year 8 students join Ms. Barbara Bergström, Mr. McGowan and Facilities Manager Mr. Wallsten in getting the apple tree plantedTeamwork Wins: Year 8 students join Ms. Barbara Bergström, Mr. McGowan and Facilities Manager Mr. Wallsten in getting the apple tree planted

Later on in the day the performers from Eskilstuna produced a fantastic set of entertaining songs for our students to celebrate the start of our new school.

IES Kista joins Umeå and Hässelholm in opening this summer, bringing Internationella Engelska Skolan to a total of 28 grundskolor across Sweden.

Many thanks to Mr. Jonathan Howell from Internationella Engelska Skolan for the photography on the big day.