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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

 

Kista Hosts Principals and Academic Managers Conference

Kista Hosts Principals and Academic Managers Conference

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.

Year 8 Prefects: Ready to start tours of our school building
Year 8 Prefects: Ready to start tours of our school building

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.

New Schools Open in Hässleholm, Kista and Umeå

New Schools Open in Hässleholm, Kista and Umeå

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 in front of the schools and apple trees planted in the grounds.

Planted: The ceremonial apple tree at IES Kista
Planted: The ceremonial apple tree at IES Kista

As well as being an important event for students and staff, the ceremonies attracted interest from politicians, the media, and of course the 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 working environment in which teachers can teach and students learn.

"I know this has been stressed very proudly by all the teachers and mentors 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 cell phones in our lockers and how we choose not to wear caps indoors.

"During the first few days in school I have seen this being delivered in reality and not just in theory. I am truly thankful to all students and all teachers who have worked whole-heartedly to deliver this commitment."

At the opening of the school in Kista, the Principal, Mr McGowan, said: "Our teachers are competent professional educational leaders who enable optimal learning conditions.

"Positive students mirror positive involved teachers, and positive students want to come to school, these conditions are why students attend IES, they need an ordered, structured, place to learn in, just like adults need order and structure to do their jobs.

"To that end I personally believe in being proactive by walking around all the time and talking to students and staff."

Founder and Chairman: Ms Bergström addresses the crowd at IES Umeå
Founder and Chairman: Ms Bergström addresses the crowd at IES Umeå

Ms Bersgtröm, founder and chairman of Internationella Engelska Skolan, added: "Here I know, and I can say with confidence, that the people who are taking care of that which is most precious in our lives, our students, they actually do it.

"They don't sweep things under the 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?', and then 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.

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