School Blog

Sun Shines On Spring Sports Day

We were extremely lucky to have glorious weather in Kista this April 12th for the Spring Sports Day.

On this day our students descended on nearby Kvarnbacka BP to compete in various sporting activities. There were some classics, such as a house football tournament and sprint competitions alongside old favourites such as traditional kubb and the teamwork challenge of a balloon balancing race.

Divided up to represent the school’s four houses, students completed each of the challenges in mixed year group teams designed to allow students to meet new teammates.

A highlight, at the end of the day, saw the school’s best footballers in Year 7 and 8 take on a team of our staff. The staff came off the pitch victorious! Let’s see if next year, all one year older, if we will get the same result…

School Council Receive Entrepreneurship Training

School Council Receive Entrepreneurship Training

What Is Entreprenuership?: Johan Bengtsson shared his ideas with the School Council

On Tuesday 22nd March the IES Kista School Council had a whole day training session to develop their role further.

The session was led by Johan Bengtsson, a 2nd year gymnasium student at Viktor Rydberg Odenplan. Johan combined his studies in entrepreneurship, which involve him being CEO of youth company Piece of Keys, with his previous experience at President of the IES Täby School Council. Students learned about the theory of entrepreneurship and about how to apply that to a school context to improve our school further.

As a part of the workshop students walked around the school and assessed each area for their likes and dislikes. These ideas were shared all together and presented to the school management to continue their co-operation with the School Council.

We would like to thank Johan for his time to deliver the workshop and inspiring our School Council to develop further.

From the Principal

Lilla Kista Melodifestivalen

Lilla Kista Melodifestivalen

Our Excellent Host Joline: Interviewing jury member Richard Taylor from Eurovision Ireland and EuroVoix

What a pleasure it was to attend the Lilla Kista Melodifestivalen on Friday 11th March.

A huge thank you has to go to each member of staff and students who made the show possible. Never before have I seen such a joyous occasion take place in the school, with students bringing in home-made banners to cheer on their friends and a show as slick in production as the real thing. The warmth each act received from the audience was telling of the great atmosphere we have within our school combined with the huge culture of Melodifestivalen that is such a big deal here in Sweden. Everybody left with a smile on their face after a great show.

I thought the winning act was fantastic. I am looking forward to their future performances both for our older students in April, but also performing live at the Eurovision Village in Kungsträgården. With the Eurovision Song Contest coming to Stockholm what a wonderful chance it is for our new school to be a part of the festivities.

Maybe some of our school stars will become the stars of the future? Only time will tell of course, but by providing opportunities like this we are able to kick start those possibilities for all our students. It's not only those on stage that might make it big, our technical team for the show doing all the lights and sounds were all excellent students who followed their prompts with brilliant precision. Yes the atmosphere in the Auditorium was brilliant, but what made me even more proud was to see how every decision through the ninety-minute show was being made by our own students. That was a pleasure, and you could really see how educational this entire experience was.

Energetic Emily: With her troupe of dancers on stageEnergetic Emily: With her troupe of dancers on stageIn just over one month we have the next round of the competition, where our Year 6, 7 and 8 students will compete singing songs in German, French or Spanish, raising the difficulty level. However we still have a huge list of singers wanting to take part in the big party, and I for one can not wait for the next episode.

Huge Numbers Sign Up For Melodifestivalen

Over forty different acts have auditioned for roles in the two ‘Melodifestivalen’ competitions IES Kista is running in March and April of this year.

First up on Friday 11th March is Lilla Melodifestivalen, the competition for students in Year 4 or 5 performing in English. 28 different acts auditioned for the 8 places in the final show.

“Selecting the final few was obviously tricky,” said organiser Mr. Robertson, “but I’m hopeful that we’ve selected a wide variety of students from different classes and the show is going to be fantastic.”

The after-school show will be judged by Eurovision experts and fans who will be in Stockholm attending the final of the ‘real’ Melodifestivalen.

The winning act from that show will then take part as an interval act in Kista Melodifestivalen. This competition for older students had 13 different acts audition, a remarkable number considering students need to sing in German, French or Spanish in this competition.

The winners of that competition will then compete against other schools in the IES Eurovision competition, this year to be held in Gävle in May.


Guitar Ensembles Start Making Music Together

Guitar Ensembles Start Making Music Together

Students in Year 6 and 7 have been offered the chance to join our new guitar ensemble group, rehearsing on a Tuesday afternoon after lesson time.

Going above and beyond the normal curriculum, music teacher Mr. Brown's aim in these sessions is to teach the students classical guitar technique. His goal is for the guitar ensemble to perform together at school events.

Watch this space for more news on our guitar ensemble and also our school choir!