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IES Kista hosts IES Academics Conference

IES Kista hosts IES Academics Conference

Being an excellent and well-situated venue, IES Kista hosted a two-day Academics Conference on the 7th and 8th September.

The conference's main focus was the importance of grit to achieve success and enhance academic and life performance.

Grit as an academics success-related concept is becoming increasingly important in a rapidly changing, digitalised a-click-away world. The aim is to show students the significance of perseverance, determination and tenacity in order to overcome difficulties, deal with setbacks as well as how approach new challenges by using existing knowledge and skills by applying them to new situations and contexts.

 

The other main topic at the conference was how to build on present strength so as to make IES schools even more successful academically speaking. Accurate recruitment, hiring and professional development in middle management is considered to be a key factor.

The outcome was was highly satisfactory and the conference was attended by some 90 people involved in academics at IES - mainly Principals and Assistant Principals -  and by key people from the Head Office.

From the Principal

IES Kista rolls out Red Carpet for Students

IES Kista rolls out Red Carpet for Students

Wanting to make our students feel like the stars they truly are in our School, we decided to treat them to a special welcome on their first day back after the summer break.

Waiting eagerly to tread the Hollywood style carpet, the pupils were heartily greeted by the School Management and then walked in awe, smiling confidently, full of new hopes, dreams and expecations for this Academic Year.

At IES Kista we are are very proud to announce that we have expanded to 900 students and some 100 staff for 2017-18, only our third year. On behalf of everyone, I would like to offer you all a warm welcome to our School. We look forward to having you and it is our ambition to really make you feel at home.

I am confident that all of us are determined to make this the best year ever and that we count on students and staff alike to help make it happen.

And all the parents and guardians too, of course.

Welcome to IES Kista

Open Mic Evening

Open Mic Evening

On March 29, IES Kista hosted its first Coffee House - an “open mic” style night where students were invited to perform for parents, students, and teachers. The idea was to have a relaxing evening with coffee, treats, and some music.

Mr. Brown and I (Ms. Hindrichs), the two music teachers at the school, noticed that many of our students were looking for an outlet to perform, so we decided to try an open mic night. We wanted this to be a low-pressure performance opportunity where they can try something new. For some groups, this was their first time performing in front of an audience!

Many of our students practise after school so they can have access to the instruments and get some help learning new songs. The dance club has been practising consistently and even performed as part of our Winter Concert in December. A couple of performances were inspired by the “Pop Cover” project in music class, where students put a group together to make their own cover of a simple pop song.

The acts were mostly covers of pre-existing songs, but there were also multiple dance routines, a piece by the percussion ensemble (drums only), a comedy routine by Ben Meng where he interacted with a video of himself, and some songs played by the teachers. Mr. Brown and I are excited to host another Coffee House before the year is over, hopefully coinciding with a Parent Café.

The Cambridge International Examination Board Academic Visit

The Cambridge International Examination Board Academic Visit

On Tuesday the 21st of March, we had the opportunity of being visited by two delegates from the Cambridge International Examination Board. The Cambridge International Examination Board is a part of the Cambridge Assessment, which is a department of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
The delegates were treated with a school visit and had the opportunity to interact with teachers and learners. IES Kista offers IGCSE classes to the year 9 students as an elective. This is one of the most accredited international qualifications for 14 – 16 year olds, as part of the Cambridge Assessment. This qualification is globally recognised by leading universities and employers, an accredited qualification for success. The delegation left our school being very impressed by what we do and what we stand for.

From the Principal

Teacher Open House

What happens at IES, what makes IES so different? A question often asked by teachers and parents alike. We would like to offer all teachers in Stockholm the opportunity to visit IES Kista for the day, from the 10th – 12th of April 2017. This unique Teacher Open House will give teachers the opportunity to network, share information and observe how IES Kista runs. Visiting teachers will be paired with a host teacher, shadow the day to day routines and have an insightful feedback session.

To book a place, teachers should email:

eloise.martin.kista@engelska.se

Please include your full name and subject of interest. A full programme will be published once numbers are confirmed.

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