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Democracy Begins With New School Council

In each mentor class, two students have been elected by their peers to take part in the first IES Kista School Council.

The aims of the School Council are to actively listen and pass student concerns to the school’s management team, but also to ensure staff and students are able to work together on projects to further improve the school environment.

On Monday 19th October the elected students from each class attended a training session. This was dedicated to providing an opportunity to meet each student and do some teambuilding activities, as well as going through plans to make the student voice effective.

The first meeting of the School Council will take place after the upcoming Autumn Break and will happen once each month. Also happening once each month will be a Class Council where each student has the chance to pass ideas to the School Council.

There will also be an elected School Council Presidential Election taking place in the near future to decide who will have the responsibility of leading those discussions with the school’s management team.

 

 

Music Club Each Tuesday and Thursday

Music Club Each Tuesday and Thursday

Mr. Brown and Ms. Hindrichs have started the Music Club here at IES Kista, which takes place after school on Tuesday's and Thursday's. 

Just this week alone students had free time to use some of the instruments in the Music Room, as well as join in in choral singing. This time also works as a chance for students without musical instruments at home to train in class with their music teachers. We already have some music groups and bands starting!

Music Club is open to all IES Kista students each week, they just need to come along and join in the fun!

Busy Doin' Somethin': Year 4 and Year 5 students singing along to Ace Wilder's smash hit

 

Student Lounge Ready For Action

Student Lounge Ready For Action

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. 

High Paced Action: Table Football is very popular
High Paced Action: Table Football is very popular
Hockey Battle: Can You Be The Champion?
Hockey Battle: Can You Be The Champion?

Great Success at Kistaloppet

Great Success at Kistaloppet

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!

Teamwork: Mr. Wallsten meeting P.E. teachers Mr. Svensson and Ms. Näsman before Kistaloppet
Teamwork: Mr. Wallsten meeting P.E. teachers Mr. Svensson and Ms. Näsman before Kistaloppet

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

 

Under Starters Orders: Mr. Wallsten ready to begin Kistaloppet
Under Starters Orders: Mr. Wallsten ready to begin Kistaloppet

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!

United Together: Students showing off their medals
United Together: Students showing off their medals
Staff In Full Flow: Ms. O'Connor (left) and Mr. Patterson (centre) running through Kista Galleria
Staff In Full Flow: Ms. O'Connor (left) and Mr. Patterson (centre) running through Kista Galleria

Star Physicist Lectures Kista Students

Star Physicist Lectures Kista Students

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.

Spectroscopy Explained: The lecture explains how scientists use anything they can to find evidence of life
Spectroscopy Explained: The lecture explains how scientists use anything they can to find evidence of life

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.

Time for Questions: Mohammed in 6D asks a question to Liam Harris
Time for Questions: Mohammed in 6D asks a question to Liam Harris

 

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