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Welcome to the World of English

The English department is looking forward to a new exciting school year with great students, parents, teachers and staff at IES Kista.

The committed teachers in our department are Ms. Logan and Ms. Tlailane from South Africa, Mr. Forrestel and Mr. Skonseng from the USA, Mr. Zawadzki from Canada and Mr. Schwarz from Germany.

We teach English mostly without textbooks but with a lot of passion and the experience of altogether over 30 years of teaching. This year, we will alternate between standard and special units.  The special units will encompass a wide range of subjects, giving the students a chance to choose their focus, between Art, African Wildlife, Food, Fashion, History and Geography, and Sports.

We are excited to share our different backgrounds and give them a global view of the world of English!

Welcome from the Swedish Department

The Swedish Department has grown during the summer-break to become the biggest department at IES Kista with 9 devoted teachers and over sixty years of accumulated experience we are looking forward to working with this years students!

The Swedish Department consists of Ms. Eckart, Ms. Elenius, Ms. Dib, Ms. Hallerdal, Ms. Liljestig, Ms. Lucas, Mr. Olsson, Ms. Sundin, förstelärare and Mr. Strålin. We are all eager to start the term, we are all excited to dig in to this year's new challenges and we are all from Sweden.

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.





Students Soar at Eurovision Event

Students Soar at Eurovision Event

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Video of the winner's reprise: Ida Arnö from IES Bromma

As the dust settled on Eurovision in Stockholm and Ukraine started to plan next year’s event, IES students enjoyed their own music contest.

Arriving in Gävle from 15 schools throughout Sweden, students from as far afield as Lund and Sundsvall took to the stage hoping to win this year’s Internationella Engelska Skolan Modern Foreign Languages Eurovision Song Contest.

Students sang in Spanish, German and French, and were judged on their stage presence, musical performance and linguistic ability by an assembled panel of music and language teachers.

For the first year ever one school, IES Täby, entered a song through the medium of the Chinese language.

After the judges' deliberation, it was Ida Arnö from class 9F at IES Bromma who won with the song Je Vole, which she sang in French.

Speaking immediately after her reprise as the winner, she said: “It feels crazy because I never thought that I would actually win and I just feel very happy and surprised.

"The song is from a movie that I saw called La Famille Bélier. In the film Paula sang it and I thought it was a very pretty song and I tried to sing it and it fit my voice well.

"Music is a great way to learn a language, maybe a bit easier than speaking but you still get to practise, especially the pronunciation.

"I think it is really fun to meet people from all around Sweden and make new friends, and really fun to perform.  I think the other schools were great. They were really good. My favorite was the band from Hässleholm."

Supporting her at the contest was Ms Björk, head of modern foreign languages at IES Bromma.

She said: “This is absolutely fantastic and a great inspiration for next year and for all the students who want to participate next year.

"I think this competition has every kind of benefit you can think of, learning the lyrics and something fun for students as well, even if you sing a famous song, I think that is one of the best ways of learning a language."

Second Prize - The team from IES Hässleholm

Second place went to the team from IES Hässleholm, a new school which was competing for the first time this year with the German song Gelles Leben.

James Lu of year 7 was one of those involved, he said: “We became more and more excited as time went by and finally after seven hours on the train and a night at the hotel room, we were up on the stage, sound-checking. After our magical performance we felt really proud because we couldn't have done it better.

"We had listened to the other schools and we knew that they were very good so at the end of the night when we were on stage waiting for the host to tell us the results, we weren't too into it. When he shouted that we came second we all thought; 'well then, we are pretty good after all'. We loved the whole trip and had a lot of fun and cannot wait for next year."

The third prize went to a duo from IES Johanneberg in Gothenburg.

Ellen Hendar of class 9D at the school said: “It was a great experience and everyone was so good and I am so happy to be in third place. Everyone deserves to win."

Bronze for Johanneberg - Ellen Hendar and Anna Johansson

Her bandmate Anna Johansson added: "I feel infinite when I sing, I love it so much it is the best thing, it is my biggest hobby, I am going to music gymnasiet next year."

Ms Hevia, who is head of modern foreign languages at IES Gävle was one of the organisers of this year’s event.

She said: "I think it went really well it has been the highest quality of performances since we started it in Gävle.  Every year it is getting more difficult to win because of the quality, the students, the music, and it has been by far the best this year. Events like this encourage students to learn languages, because they know how good it is to come to this event.

"Thanks to everyone who has helped so much, you can’t do it yourself, not just our school but all the schools involved."

Bromma’s victory means that they will host the contest at the end of next academic year, with teams from around Sweden making their way to the school in the hope of lifting the trophy.

Internationella Engelska Skolan schools taking part this year included those in Hässelby, Hässleholm, Nacka, Bromma, Täby, Uppsala, Skärholmen, Borås, Eskilstuna, Johanneberg, Lund, Sundsvall, Gävle, Kista and Huddinge.