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Meet the Mr. - Art Teacher Mr. Gregory

Image: Mr. Gregory, our new art teacher at IES Kista

Welcome to the first edition of our Meet the Mr./Ms. series of articles that will be a running feature on the IES Kista website.

These articles stem from in-depth interviews with each of our staff at our school. As different members of staff take the limelight, we will share a little bit of extra information about them as a person, and also how they go the extra mile to make our school community as fabulous as possible.

For this debut article, we take a look at our new Art teacher Dr. Gregory. Here he talks about broken bones, Japanese culture and our all important house system.

Dr. Gregory's art experience comes from time spent at Liverpool John Moore's University in the Liverpool School of Art. He studied Art there as an undergraduate student, and continued straight on to complete a PhD which he completed aged 26. His PhD comes from a fascination with Japanese art culture, and in particular Dr. Gregory studied the relationship between visual Japanese art and the music culture of the country.

"The link between art, creativity and society was fascinating to me," Dr. Gregory explains, "I think there is an aesthetic that runs through Japanese culture, from centuries of tradition to what we have today."

After his PhD studies Dr. Gregory then went on to lecture in Art at University level, which he did in total for twelve years. The skills he accumulated over many years of teaching and research make him a valuable asset to our school environment. Over the summer months Dr. Gregory has been working many projects for us including designing the four crests for each of houses here at IES Kista. We asked him a little bit about his role in the design process.

The Celsius Shield: Members of the Celsius house will have the colour yellowThe Celsius Shield: Members of the Celsius house will have the colour yellow

"These crests are designed to be in the traditional shield style. The crests will be on badges and put up across the school, and the colour themes will be used for many different events in the year. I was given the names of the four scientists, as well as the colours chosen for each of them. I did a bit of research into what each of these scientists achieved. I've just finished reading Herman Lindquist's History of Sweden, learning a little about the scientific and technological innovations that have come through in Sweden. It was fun to look at the different scientists and find objects that symbolise each of them.

"For example, the starting point with Celsius is of course the thermometer, but then I did more research into him and realised many of his astronomical achievements, such as setting up Uppsala astronomy and for being one of the first to get an accurate measurement of the distance between the Earth and Sun."

The house system crests are going to be prominently placed at the front of the school, with rolling tallies of rewards updated regularly to encourage our students to do their best in all aspects of school life.

In art lessons themselves, students will be able to earn house points, but what is it Dr. Gregory is looking for in his art students? We ask him, as a teacher and as the Head of Celsius House.

The House of Meitner: There are four different houses at IES KistaThe House of Meitner: There are four different houses at IES Kista

"I think firstly it is not just drawing accurately or painting realistically which makes someone good at art. Traditionally people spend years of schooling trying do this, defining if they were good at art purely by their drawing and painting skills. I think having new, interesting and exciting ideas makes a good artist, and there are so many ways these can be realised through all sorts of creative materials and experimental methods, and also to think about the art we have in the real world. Art fits into every aspect of life and society, even the things in these rooms and the walls have been designed by somebody who drew it and planned it. I think that's how we will look at it and I want to encourage students to be experimental and playful with ideas and also think about how it fits into the real world."

Away from the classroom, Dr. Gregory loves his music, and previous spent some years away from the educational field working as a professional musician. Dr. Gregory also continues with his artistic passions, and has an exhibition of his work in Gallery MC, New York, on September 24th. He also has a love of the outdoors, and has been utilising those fleeting moments of Swedish summer to enjoy the freedom of Stockholm's beautiful archipelago. Trying out the winter sports here are also great for Dr. Gregory, however perhaps not so graceful as a trip to hospital was required last year from an ice skating fall, breaking his arm.

With the first school year at IES Kista ready to begin, we welcome Dr. Gregory and all the other staff to our school with open arms. We look forward to learning more about all our talented staff members.

Student Start Date August 2015

While we are getting the final touches ready for the first school year at IES Kista, here is the most important date for our new school, the first day.

Students coming to IES Kista will begin on Wednesday 19th August. The start times will be staggered throughout the school day and will appear on here at a later date.

Furthermore for parents of our new students we will hold an Open Evening in August before the school term begins. Parents will be invited via post to this event in July. Should any parents be unable to visit we will ensure key information from the meeting is posted online shortly afterwards.

In the meantime if there are any questions about the year ahead then please forward them to our administration team at


Our School House System: Rewards At IES Kista

Following a system common in British education, IES Kista will be introducing a house system when students arrive for the new school year.

A house system is designed to encourage friendly competition between students in different aspects of school life. For example they will be used at events such as sports days and in our assemblies, where house points will be tallied up to award house cups. It also provides a focal point for students to meet and interact with their peers in other age groups, giving advice and support to younger students whilst fostering the development of leadership skills.

At IES Kista on arrival students will be inducted into one of four different houses. Being in Kista surrounded by the iconic Science Tower but also many other hi-tech industries our houses are named as famous Swedish scientists: Linneaus, Celsius, Hammerström and Meitner.

Carl Linneaus is the one of the world's most well known botanists. It was his naming structure for all living things that we still use today when we talk about homo sapiens (human beings) or helianthus annuus (the common sunflower). Linneaus students will have green as their house colour. 

Anders Celsius is most well known for the temperature scale that bears his name. However his main work was as an astronomer at Uppsala University, working on projects working out the shape of the Earth and the brightness of stars in the sky. Celsius students will have yellow as their house colour.

Louise Hammerström was the first female educated chemist. She continued her studies to successfully open her own research laboratory investigating different materials and their properties. Hammerström students will have blue as their house colour.

Lise Meitner was a physicist who focused on radioactivity, discovering the process of nuclear fission in uranium and thorium atoms. Moving to Sweden later in life, she gained citizenship and worked on Sweden's first ever nuclear reactor. Meitner students will have red as their house colour.

Our house system ensures a safe and supportive school environment, enabling students to grow, develop and fulfil their potential. We believe our house system will bring in a community spirit which inspires students and staff into going the extra mile, be it through competitions sporting or academic or about being a model student. Together it will help to develop the IES Ethos across our school building.

Gorgeous Green Space Around Kista’s New School

Gorgeous Green Space Around Kista’s New School

Work is almost complete on much of the green space belonging to IES Kista. In total the school will have three different green areas exclusively for the use of our students.

Completed: Overlooking the Kista Galleria this space is designed for students to relax in-between lessons

Fully enclosed by the school building, the main outdoor space is currently being transformed into a playground. There will be dedicated spaces for football, basketball and free space for the students to show their own creativity and spend time with friends.

Our younger students in Year 4 and Year 5 will have access to a separate terrace overlooking Kista Galleria. This space, complete with picnic tables and little enclaves is designed to be a more relaxed chill out and recreational space away from the playground hustle and bustle. 

We have created a specific Science Garden which can be used by the students for small investigations and experiments. This addition for the Science Department will enchance our school's Science profile by offering more diversity to the subject's teaching in school. The garden will showcase students able to apply an active way to explore scientific research methods.

Science Garden: This breakout space next to the Science Lab is fully accessible for experiments and investigationsScience Garden: This breakout space next to the Science Lab is fully accessible for experiments and investigations

We are excited that our school is able to offer these outside spaces that will come alive once our students utilise the space. This canvas for creativity is now open for our students to make bright and alive.

From the Principal

Students Take The Chance To Try IES Kista

I was very proud of the students, staff and parents who took part in an Open Day in May as we showed what it will be like to attend our school.

Students who will be in years 4 to 8 in August came to our school for a morning, this time on a very sunny Saturday 23rd May. Thanks to not just the new students who gave up their time to see how work on our building is moving forwards, but also the parents for helping to start our community. Our new staff who helped at the event are full of enthusiasm and are making this project a really exciting one.

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Presenting the superb statistics about IES schools in the National Tests to new parents


It was great to give students a taste of life at IES and what our schools are about. Open Days include short lessons in maths, English and Swedish, and give our excellent, qualified teachers from across the globe time to demonstrate how we inspire students and help teachers teach and students learn. This is a key part of the IES ethos and one I saw across all the classrooms I visited that morning, each classroom was calm and productive, as it should be.

Ms. Barbara Bergström, the founder of Internationella Engelska Skolan, attended the open day alongside her husband Dr. Hans Bergström. The drive and passion from Ms. Bergström is apparent and I know how proud she has been of opening this school in particular. We look forward greatly to her coming back to celebrate the school opening in August.

For now our main task is to finalise the recruitment of new staff, which should be complete in the coming weeks and to ensure the building work remains on schedule. I cannot wait for the new school year to arrive and to see happy, wide-eyed faces as our students step through the doors of IES Kista once again.