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.
All Smiles: Ms. Barbara Bergström with some of our Year 8 prefects at our Opening Ceremony
On Friday 28th August IES Kista had its official Opening Ceremony. This was the long-awaited moment when our school was inaugurated into the Internationella Engelska Skolan family.
Special guests included Ms. Barbara Bergström, the founder of the Internationella Engelska Skolan company, as well as the organisation's current CEO Mr. Ralph Riber. Furthermore local community figures, including politicians alongside local police and fire chiefs were present.
Principal McGowan: Describing his vision for IES Kista to the assembled guests
The Opening Ceremony took place in the IES Kista Student Lounge. Here all were welcomed by Principal Mr. McGowan, who spoke alongside Ms. Barbara Bergström to the assembled guests. The school choir from IES Eskistuna performed the official IES song In The Morning Of Life at the ceremony.
Following the speeches, Ms. Barbara Bergström planted a ceremonial apple tree in the science garden. The apple features on the IES logo as a symbol of knowledge, and our apple tree at Kista will hopefully bear fruit in the years to come, just like our students.
Teamwork Wins: Year 8 students join Ms. Barbara Bergström, Mr. McGowan and Facilities Manager Mr. Wallsten in getting the apple tree planted
Later on in the day the performers from Eskilstuna produced a fantastic set of entertaining songs for our students to celebrate the start of our new school.
IES Kista joins Umeå and Hässelholm in opening this summer, bringing Internationella Engelska Skolan to a total of 28 grundskolor across Sweden.
Many thanks to Mr. Jonathan Howell from Internationella Engelska Skolan for the photography on the big day.
Image: On Tour: Year 8 prefects guide our students around the building
On Wednesday 26th August, all the parents of our students at IES Kista were invited to the school. The evening session included a speech from our Principal Mr. McGowan, a tour of the school building by our Year 8 prefects as well as the opportunity to meet their childrens' mentors for the next school year.
In Mr. McGowan's speech, he highlighted many of the fantastic new developments of our newly developed school building.
Establishing a strong connection between the parents and mentors is vital at IES Kista. Throughout the year, mentors will be greeting their students as they start and leave school each day, and ensuring their mobile phones are locked away safely in their home classroom. Furthermore mentors monitor the achievement and well being of each of their students, and keep parents updated through monthly phone calls.
The Perfect Start To The Day: Staff and students eating breakfast together in the dining room
Starting on the 31st August, we are proud at IES Kista to be able to offer all students and staff a healthy breakfast.
Students, as well as staff, will be able to arrive at 07:30 each morning and come to the dining room on the second floor. Here students will have a selection of sandwiches, cereals, juice and more, all freshly prepared by our excellent kitchen staff.
Both staff and students are going to be able to get the breakfast provided for free, as well as their pedagogical lunch. It is an optional service and students are not required to attend breakfast if they do not want.