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Bringing Eurovision To IES Kista

Bringing Eurovision To IES Kista


Preparations are now underway for the first ever edition of KistaMelodifestivalen, the competition to choose the students who will represent Kista in the IES Eurovision competition.

With many of the IES schools competing, this year the competition will be in Gävle following their victory last year. The competition, now over ten years old, requires students not just to perform a song, but also sing in one of the school's Modern Foreign Languages. For IES Kista, this comprises of French, German and Spanish.

Students wishing to take part in the show are now invited to auditions in week 5. From there students will work with Mr. Robertson, our Head of Delegation for the IES Eurovision competition, to find the right songs and practice their performances. The end result of this will be KistaMelodifestivalen taking place on Friday April 29th, with the winners performing at IES Eurovision the month after.


Mr. Robertson is excited about Kista's new show.

"We've just starting advertising this after the Christmas break, but already there are floods of students wanting to be involved. I know there are many talented musicians  here at the school and I am looking forward to working with them to produce the best quality performances we can."

In addition to KistaMelodifestivalen, a smaller version called Lilla KistaMelodifestivalen, for Year 4 and Year 5 students, will take place in March. This competition requires students to sing in English.

Auditions for both Lilla KistaMelodifestivalen and KistaMelodifestivalen will take place in week 4 and 5 respectively. Students should contact Mr. Robertson via for more information.

From the Principal

The End of Term Awards

The End of Term Awards

A Proud Principal: Mr. McGowan handing out awards to students

Friday 18th December brought us to the end of a long yet rewarding first term for all at IES Kista. We hope all our staff, students and families are able to have a relaxing break able to fully recharge themselves for the new term ahead.

We didn't let our last day end on a whimper though, as we took the opportunity to celebrate our successes. Each year group had an assembly in the Auditorium with prizes awarded to students for their commitment to school life, their academic successes and their ability to work with other students.

As a festive treat for our students,our staff band 'Call Collection'  performed some party tunes to a delighted audiences. Mr. Cross, Mr. Brown, Mr. Gregory, Ms. Hindrichs and Mr. Zawadzki ended the Assembly to huge standing ovations from every year group.

After this, students returned briefly to their mentor classrooms to say a final farwell before leaving to start the winter break. Students will be returning back to school on Tuesday 12th January.

Chants, Cheers and Celebration: December House Day

Chants, Cheers and Celebration: December House Day

Hammers and Mighty Meitners: Before the House Day battle commenced

Thursday 17th December brought us to the second House Day of the year. Once again, students divided up into their four houses for the day and came dressed in the appropriate colours. Red for Meitner, Green for Linné, Blue for Hammerström and Yellow for Celsius.

Throughout the day students took part in different challenges in small groups, all with the aim of gaining enough points for their House to take victory. The activities included a crafty Christmas Tree decoration challenge and a karaoke contest as well as various physical and mental challenges.

The title of 'Winning House' changed hands many times throughout the day, but at the end of House Day it was once again Meitner who were on top after they ended victorious in the first House Day in October.

Meitner: 271

Dark and Mysterious: Students were challenged to put their hands into our secret boxes for prizes
Dark and Mysterious: Students were challenged to put their hands into our secret boxes for prizes

Hammerström: 264

Celsius: 254

Linné: 220

Once these results were added to each houses existing points, the totals for the first term are as follows:

Linné: 1264

Hammerström: 1236

Meitner: 1177

Celsius: 1118

From the Principal

Celebrating The Winter With Our First Annual Festival

On Friday 11th December staff and students at IES Kista celebrated the first annual Winter Festival. Each class took part in team building activities, crafts and watching a festive movie together to celebrate this special time together. In addition to this our music teachers Mr. Brown and Ms. Hindrichs co-ordinated the first Lucia procession with our school choir lead by our Lucia, Julia Mendoza Wezeman. Over twenty five students took part in the l ceremony with students singing traditional English and Swedish winter songs. Following the Lucia procession, our students also enjoyed a seasonal fika together in the lunchroom with freshly baked gingerbreads and lussebullar. 

Stop Voting Now! Kista Elects First School President

On Friday 13th November all students at IES Kista voted for who they wanted to be the President and the Vice President of the newly formed School Council.

Comprising of two students elected from each class, the School Council meets on a monthly basis to discuss the views of all students on various topics.

These meetings should be student-led, so therefore elections have taken place to find the President and Vice President of the School Council. In short, the President’s responsibilities include being the student voice and running meetings, meanwhile the Vice President organises and records the meetings students have.

There were three candidates standing for election to the School Council President, and two for Vice President. In week 46 the school was covered in posters as the candidates campaigned to get as many votes as possible from each student. All students were entitled to vote.

After watching election speeches from each candidate in mentor time, a secret ballot determined the winning candidates. The first ever President of the IES Kista School Council is Kamron Rozaev from Year 8, meanwhile Vilda Hellzenius Nielsen from class 6D was elected as Vice President.

The students will now work with Mr. Robertson, School Council Adviser, to lead student opinion and ensure students contribute to planning at IES Kista.