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IES Kista opens its doors to Ms. Lotta Edholm

On Tuesday the 7th of February, we had the opportunity of being visited by one of the most well-known politicians in Sweden, Ms. Lotta Edholm. She is the group leader of the Stockholm division of the Liberal party (Liberalerna), which means she is the leading representative for the party in Stockholm. Edholm is also the vice Chairman of the board of Education.

Ms Edholm & Principal McGowan
Ms Edholm & Principal McGowan

Ms. Edholm came to IES Kista with her press secretary, Mr. Karl Rydå, and were shown around the school, starting the day with lunch in our restaurant. During the day, Ms. Edholm and Rydå got to talk to our students, visited a few classes, and left our school being very impressed by what we do and what we stand for. 

From the Principal

IES Kista, a global community of excellence!

Internationella Engelska Skolan offers a unique learning experience, where both English and Swedish are taught and spoken to ensure students are bilingual at the end of Grade 9. IES Kista is a global community focusing on excellence in all areas. 41 Languages are taught as home languages and we have 47 languages spoken across the student body. Our teaching staff hail from 15 different countries.

Kista, MasterChef Cookalong
IES Kista, Lilla Nobelpriset competitors

We are proud to announce that IES Kista will be expanding once again in the 2017 – 2018 academic year. We continue to be the school of choice in the greater community with students from 12 different municipalities enrolled. The majority of our students come from Kista, Spånga, Skärholmen, Sollentuna and Järfälla. Demand for places at our school continues to increase and as of today we have over 4500 students waiting for a place, with 1500 new applicants joining in the last 10 months. For this reason, in August 2017, we have decided to expand the school from 25 classes and 770 students to 30 classes and 900 students.

IES Kista, MasterChef Cookalong

Our diverse staff reflects global excellence. With the expansion of our school community, we will be recruiting experienced teachers to join our diverse team of Swedish and international staff from 15 different countries. Our global recruitment drive intends to attract 16 new members of staff.




Masterclass Monday with Mastio

On Monday the 23rd of January, we had the privilege of hosting the 2015 MasterChef winner, Sandra Mastio. The energetic and passionate chef shared her Fish Taco recipe with a group of enthusiastic 8th Graders, who were dressed for the occasion in their Chartwells white chefs’ coats.

A wide range of fresh vibrant seasonal vegetables, fresh herbs and a fresh Pollock fish (the star of the day) were on display and set the scene of what was to come.

MasterChef isn’t MasterChef without a challenge? The learners were put into groups and put their senses to the test. Taste is a full sense experience, we taste with our eyes, ears, nose, hands and mouth. That Is why Chef Mastio enjoys vibrant and fresh produce and always uses what is fresh or seasonal in her meals. Learners were challenged to guess the herb. 5 herbs were brought in for learners to look at, touch, taste and smell. The 1st herb reminded them of Pizza, Oregano. The 2nd reminded some of something Italian, Basil. The 3rd was fresh, Mint. The 4th wasn’t a crowd favorite and a little controversial, you guessed it, Coriander. The final herb identified seemed to be a sweet smelling familiar herb, Rosemary.

The learners were given a quick fish lesson. They learned how to identify a fresh fish and the different parts of a fish.

There was great excitement when our junior chefs started creating masterpieces. Fresh lemon zest wafting through the kitchen, sounds of sizzling fish frying in the pan and the display of colour and texture was simply amazing. Watching words taken from the recipe come alive on plates as they calmly prepared. The taste test is always the best part. The crunch of the fish and red cabbage and explosion of fresh flavours was the outcome of a job well done!

Who is Chef Mastio?

What made you choose to visit IES Kista?

MSC, Marine Stewardship Council and Compass made it possible for me to visit IES Kista, as the school serves certified fish. It’s always interesting to visit an English school and such a diverse school. Food brings cultures together and food is so diverse, just like this school.  She was excited to work with the learners today as it’s a big deal for her to work with children.

What’s your favorite dish?

Pizza and Pasta Bolognese, that rich flavorsome Bolognese that cooks for hours. Basically any Italian food.

Is there something you really don’t like?

Oysters and Kalles kaviar, it’s like licking a rock! A taste that never leaves your mouth.

Where from do you get your inspirations?

From the seasons, the colours, scents and the fresh food each season brings. I love winter as it is a challenging season. You are forced to find fresh, vibrant food and you are always thinking how to make food better, finding different ways to cook food.  For today’s dish I will be cooking fish, so I thought to pair the dish with something kids love, tacos!

Do you have a food memory trigger?

Believe it or not, I didn’t grow up in a food culture. My mom would make us sandwiches. The one dish that brings back good memories is Swedish cheesecake, ostkaka.

How to raise healthy eating among young kids?

The challenge with making healthy food for kids is to find interesting ways to “hide” the vegetables as well as introducing one a few foods at a time. It takes 17 tries of a food to truly know if you like it or not. Keep it simple and don’t overwhelm kids with vegetable buffets but instead introduce food bit by bit.

Any tips for a nice 50 SEK dish?                                     

Keeping in line with the season, soup is always a winner. You can make any soup interesting by adding herbed oils, texture or even a little yogurt instead of cream to balance the flavours.

Things you may not know about Chef Mastio

·         She only started cooking in 2014 and won MasterChef in 2015

·         She listens to the Rocky Balboa Soundtrack before any competition

What would you like to teach people?

You can do anything you set your mind to. You just need to do it and not be afraid. You have to work with what you have got.

IES Kista critics…

“I give the meal an 11/10”

“It kind of tastes fish fingers and chicken”

“I like that it was crispy on the outside and moist on the inside”

“Today’s food was very good. They must do this again”   

From the Principal

MasterChef Cookalong at IES Kista

Yesterday, on the 23rd of January, IES Kista had the honour of being visited by Sandra Mastio, the 2015 winner of Swedish MasterChef. Along with selected students from grade 8, she cooked a meal that combined healthy with popular: fish and tacos. Our school had specifically been chosen due to our MSC certified kitchen. MSC stands for Marine Stewardship Council, which is an organization that makes sure that the fish we serve at our school is sustainable.

Mr Florén,representing Chartwells , Ms Mastio representing MSC Sweden and Principal McGowan

The lunch was a great success, the students loved it. The 8th graders that got to cook the meal, following Ms. Mastio’s recipe, also enjoyed and appreciated their time in the Home Economics kitchen. The cookalong was supervised by Mr. Brunelle, our Home Economics teacher, and Ms. Mastio herself. We also had visitors from the Swedish MSC office, that had come to IES Kista to attend the cookalong.

The students worked on their preparations from 9:00 and were done cooking by 12:30. They left the kitchen, after having cleaned it thoroughly, about an hour later.

Grade 8 students ready to cook

We would like to thank Ms. Mastio for coming to us, all the way from Malmö, as well as the representatives from MSC Sweden and Chartwells of the Compass Group.


From the Principal

Riksdag Politician Visits IES Kista

On Friday 23 September, Internationella Engelska Skolan was pleased to welcome Riksdag Politician Maria Stockhaus. 

Since opening in August 2015, IES Kista has established a strong reputation as a school, creating a calm and safe environment where students can enjoy coming to school and focus upon their academic progress. 

Ms Stockhaus, in her role as a parliamentarian, wanted to see first-hand the work being done at IES Kista, and spent the morning visiting lessons and speaking to students about their experience at the school. 

Throughout the course of the morning, Ms Stockhaus met students from all six grades at the school, observing lessons such as English, PE and Woodwork. She also had a chef’s tour of the school restaurant, and finished the day by taking part in a DNA science experiment with our grade 9 students.