Image: Chill Out Time: Junior Club students enjoying the Student Lounge
As the winter months draw in and the weather gets progressively worse, we need to have an indoor space as well as outside for our students to let off steam.
Welcome to the Student Lounge.
Our Student Lounge is a hang out area in the middle of the school for students to use in their breaks from classes. This is a social area for students to mingle and play with each other in a safe and supervised location.
Activities such as table football, air hockey and pool are amongst some of the most popular with the students.
Image: Greeting The Successful Students: Mr. McGowan awards diplomas to students who complete Kistaloppet
On Saturday 19th September staff and students from IES Kista were heavily involved in the annual Kistaloppet.
Kistaloppet is the annual run held in the local area. There are distances of 2 km and 10 km to race around the IT campus of Kista, the local nature reserve and also through the middle of the Kista Galleria shopping centre!
In total over 200 students signed up for one of the two distances to represent their house. All students at IES Kista are part of a house system representing four famous Swedish scientists. This event kicked off the house system in its inaugural year. Completing students received five points for their house team.
Principal Mr. McGowan, as well as members from the IES Kista P.E. department, were on hand to congratulate the completing students.
The fastest students and staff in each group were as follows:
Year 4 Boys: Hannes Ejhed - 07:58
Year 4 Girls: Jenny Chantarumporn - 10:24
Year 5 Boys: Loui Pratt - 07:36
Year 5 Girls: Nasrin Yassin - 10:29
Year 6 Boys: Danier Ibrahim - 07:34 (fastest in Year 6 across all competing students)
Year 6 Girls: Sina Asmerom - 09:00
Senior School 10 km Boys: Mattias Collin - 45:57
Senior School 10 km Girls: Sarah Coyal - 1:18:49
Staff Male: Mr. Robertson - 46:24
Staff Female: Ms. O'Connor - 52:54
The event was made extra special for us at IES Kista by the appearance of Mr. Wallsten, our school's Facilities Manager, who kicked off proceedings as the official starter for the race.
Next year we aim to get even more staff and students lined up to compete in the big event!
Image: Exploring Mars - Liam Harris starts his lecture with 6D
On Wednesday 16th September some lucky Year 6 students took part in a lecture with space expert Mr. Liam Harris.
Mr. Harris, who is a space researcher at Leicester University where he will complete his PhD this year, delivered his lecture online to students in class 6D, who are studying the universe currently during Science lessons.
Science teacher for the class Mr. Robertson was delighted to be able to present this opportunity.
"I have known Liam for a long time, and as a physics student myself at university I find some of the research he has done to be fascinating. I knew my students would also find it equally brilliant and it was wonderful from my side to see them so engaged in something I am passionate about. It is moments like this that make being a teacher such a rewarding job."
Mr. Harris' research focuses on using spectroscopy, a technique for comparing materials via the wavelengths of light they emit. With this he can try and establish what materials exist on other planets, in particular Mars. Many of his research papers have looked at the red planet and discovered possible traces of biologically produced compounds on the rocky surface.
Image: Principals Conference: The Heads of all IES schools meet in Kista
On Thursday September 10th and Friday September 11th IES Kista played host to the IES Principals and Academic Managers Conference.
The event takes place every year at IES, to allow for these key senior figures at each school to share ideas and best practice.
Our guests were all taken on tours of the school by our excellent Year 8 prefects and also enjoyed lunch with our students in the dining room. Staff from the company headquarters were also present over the two days, including CEO Mr. Ralph Riber and the company's founder, Ms. Barbara Bergström.
It is an honour for IES Kista to host the event within the first month of opening. This is a testament to the fantastic start we have achieved at the school with more than 550 students beginning across 18 classes in 5 year groups; the biggest IES opening in the company's history.
Staff from across all IES schools will meet next to take part Regional Conferences across the country. Staff at IES Kista will have a one day conference with other schools in the Stockholm area in on Friday 16th October. This day is an in-service day and no lessons will take place for students.
Image: Now Open. Ms Barbara Bergström and Mr Chris Nilsson cut the ribbon to officially open IES Hässleholm
Three new IES schools have now opened their doors, welcoming students for the first time.
All three new schools, in Hässleholm, Kista and Umeå, held official opening ceremonies at the start of the school year, seeing ribbons cut infront of the schools and apple trees planted in the grounds.
As well as being an important event for students and staff, the ceremonies attracted interest from politicians, the media, and of coursethe parents of the students who will be attending the schools.
Speaking in from of parents and students in Hässleholm Mr Nilsson, the Principal, said: "We are committed to delivering a safe and calm workingenvironment in which teachers can teach and students learn.
"I know this has been stressed very proudly by all the teachers andmentors in these first few days, how we line up before all the lessons, how we behave in a calm and polite way, how we keep our cellphones in our lockers and how we choose not to wear caps indoors.
"During the first few days in school I have seen this beingdelivered in reality and not just in theory. I am truly thankful to all students and all teachers who have worked whole-heartedly todeliver this commitment."
At the opening of the school in Kista, the Principal, Mr McGowan, said: "Our teachers are competent professional educational leaderswho enable optimal learning conditions.
"Positive students mirror positive involved teachers, and positive students want to come toschool, these conditions are why students attend IES, they need an ordered, structured, place to learn in, just like adults need orderand structure to do their jobs.
"To that end I personally believe in being proactive by walking around all the time and talking tostudents and staff."
Ms Bersgtröm, founder and chairman of Internationella Engelska Skolan, added: "Here I know, and I can say with confidence, that thepeople who are taking care of that which is most precious in our lives, our students, they actually do it.
"They don't sweep things underthe rug, they assist you, they promote you, they lift you up and on occasions they will say 'why don't you come to my office?', andthen you know something serious needs to be discussed."
Following the opening of the three new schools, as well the growth of many existing IES schools the company now has almost 20,000 students studying at 29 schools in Sweden, mostly middle schools teaching students in years 4-9.