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IES Kista performance in The IES Eurovision Inspired Contest

IES Kista performance in The IES Eurovision Inspired Contest

On May 24, IES Kista students travelled to Sundsvall to compete in the annual IES Eurovision competition. In this version of the Eurovision song contest, students from different IES schools perform a song in a modern language so they can practice their French, Spanish or German. Our band of six students performed "Mercy" by French duo Madame Monsieur.

The band was as follows: Emily Parada - vocals, Nisha Mramor - violin, Abdullah Ali - piano, Jacopo Nishimura - guitar, Vincent Villanueva - bass, Adrian Fernandes - drums. Mr Brown and Ms Hindrichs accompanied the students on the trip. They did an excellent job on their performance and will play it again at the final concert on June 5! 


The great year 6 debate

The great year 6 debate

The debate was very good. The Grade 6 debate teams did extremely well. They prepared well and all spoke with confidence, following the procedures to the letter. There were some amazing points made and the crossfire rounds, where the teams were able to directly challenge each other is where 6E, the eventual winners, shone through.


Each class fielded a debate team of two people and they had no idea if they were going to be arguing for or against each debate point until the day before the actual debate. This meant that each team had to prepare both sides of the argument. This really shone through as the teams were able to predict and answer questions thrown at them.

All in all this was an excellent end to the Grade 6 English lessons with all teams participating to the final event. It is just a pity only 1 team could win and that team consisted of Laneisha Cabardo Del Mundo and Sebri Nuru Hussein of 6E


Well done both.

Video: 13 IES Schools Competed In Eurovision Inspired Contest

Video: 13 IES Schools Competed In Eurovision Inspired Contest

Singing in Spanish helped Emilia Söderlund (above, centre, with her teacher Mr Vary and her mother) from Internationella Engelska Skolan Johanneberg to win a language and music competition for IES schools.

Each year schools compete in a Eurovision-inspired contest, which sees students sing in languages other than English or Swedish.

This year 13 schools took part in the competition at IES Sundsvall – who hosted because they won the competition last year, in true Eurovision style.

Those competing sang in French, German and Spanish, in front of hundreds of students, and a jury made up of language and music teachers, at Tonhallen in Sundsvall.

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Video of the winner's reprise: Emilia Söderlund from IES Johanneberg

After a tense judging process considered the linguistic and musical talents of the very strong entries this year, Mr Brisson, principal of IES Sundsvall, announced the results.

While Emilia took first prize, a team from IES Eskilstuna (left), made up of Tamara Abood, Farah Mouhi, Eira Ankarfjärd and Darian Mather came second, while Cecilia Nilsson from IES Lund (below, right) came third.

Other schools who made the journey to Sundsvall to take part in this year’s contest included IES Bromma, Huddinge, Kista, Landskrona, Liljeholmen, Tyresö, Täby, Västerås and Årsta.

After performing David DeMaría song Cada Vez Que Estoy Sin Ti and receiving her trophy Emilia told the audience: "Thank you so much, I did not think I was going to win since there are so many talented people here and they were really great. Give them applause, please.”


After she left the stage she added: “I am grateful that I had this chance today, and I want to thank everyone, but especially my Spanish teacher Señor Rios, my music teacher Mr Duckworth, Mr Vary for coming with me, and my parents for being there with me and supporting me.

"This was my first time taking part in Eurovision, it was exciting but then I heard the other schools singing and they were so good, so I got nervous, but it was exciting.

"When I heard the winner announced, I said ‘well, that’s me’. I thought that Sundsvall would win again because I think she was really good and deserved to win.

"I have been studying Spanish for three years. I would not have believed three years ago that I could win today, but my music teacher told me that I should be here and he helped me, and here I am.”

Emilia’s victory means that next year the contest will be hosted by IES Johanneberg. She gave advice for all students thinking of taking part: “Believe in yourself, do what you like to do, and do not worry about what others think."

Winning turn: Emilia performing in front of judges

One World Day

One World Day

One World Day picked Morocco as its theme this term at IES Kista.

Students were welcomed in the morning by the vice principal Mr Mark Dunnell, the Moroccan Embassy with the chargé d'affaires Mr Mahfoud Bahbouhi & diplomat Dalal Ziadi (Image above). Students were offered 2 different types of delicious dates from Morocco which they had together with milk as part of the morning welcome.

Our principal Mr Mikael Östling-Huhta welcomed all students teachers and the Moroccan embassy in the aula and students received a presentation about Morocco.

Students had a delicious lunch with the same Moroccan theme, chicken marinated in Moroccan olive oil and preserved lemons with Moroccan green olives.

After lunch students got to taste different types of oils and olives from Morocco together with bread and of course amongst the oils was Moroccos very own unique and the worlds most expensive oil, Aragon Oil.

Then in the afternoon we finished it off with a Moroccan tea ceremony with mint and dates.

Year 4 open day

Year 4 open day

IES Kista hosted a Open Day for grade 4 students to start in the next academic year. The students were welcomed into the school by the Assistant Principals Mr. Dunnell and Ms. Martin. After a short greeting by the Principal Mr. Ösling Huhta in the school cafeteria, the students were led out by our capable teachers who showed them to the classrooms and lined them up outside their classes as we would during a normal school day.

The students were taken through all the regular routines which they can expect at any IES school. Then came the icebreakers which showed them how much fun can be had in a calm and structured environment.  


After the classes were taken on a tour of the building they had time to play on the year 4 playground which all the students enjoyed and managed to make new friends already.


We look forward to welcoming these new year 4 classes back in the next academic year!

Thank you to the teachers and staff who made the event such a success.