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Entreprenuerial Learning At Regional Conference

Staff from IES Kista attended their first Regional Conference at IES Tyresö on Friday 16th October.

Regional Conference is annual event where IES schools in the local area have the opportunity to meet their colleagues. It provides an excellent opportunity to share best practice across the organisation and the chance to build contacts with other staff members.

IES Kista and Tyresö were joined by those from Nacka, Huddinge, Järfälla and Bromma as well as leaders from the organisation’s headquarters for the day, to discuss the theme of Entrepreneurship. The day included a guest lecture by Stefan Lindström as well as discussions between each individual department. Entrepreneurship is an important part of the Swedish school curriculum and schools should work to continually develop the problem-solving abilities of students to ensure that they are ready for the ever-changing 21st century working environment.

IES Kista would like to thank Tyresö for their organisation of the day which has led to many staff now returning to work inspired to further improve our learning experience.

 

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

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