Our Accessible Education Team here at IES Kista have been working hard over the summer and during the start of the term to make sure that our processes for support and assessment of student needs are done with quality and makes us catch, see and help students who need different approaches to be able to access the content taught in class. Below you can see some videos of who they are and what they do.
The school year has now begun and as seen above we were ready to welcome our new and returning students to our school this Monday morning. The lines were long and full of excited students. Our first few days have been really good and we have enjoyed getting to know some of our new students as well as seeing how much our returning students have grown during the summer.
Please remember the Parent Evenings on September 3rd (Year 4-6) and 4th (7-9) at 5.45 PM to 7 PM. On the photo above you can see our new Assistant Principal for Student Care, Mr Mark Dunnell, who will assist me and Ms Martin, Assistant Principal for Academics, in creating an outstanding school in Kista.
The IES Kista team are looking forward to an academic year full of learning, development and strong relationships leading to a successful school were students are proud to study!
I am extremely grateful for the fantastic welcome I was given during Wednesday last week. I could not have asked for a better start. I am now installed in the office and I spent most of Wednesday listening to students and staff and getting a feel for the school as well as addressing all staff in a meeting at the end of the day.
We have a big job ahead of us to get to where we want to be, a calm and welcoming school where teaching and learning is at the center of each day, but I am sure that we will get there. The three keywords that will permeate my leadership are as they were at IES Uppsala, dedication, communication and clarity.
To get where we want to go, we need to work hard, communicate well and be clear in our vision for IES Kista. I hope that my work together with our staff will earn your trust and faith in IES Kista as the best place in education for you.
Over the last years IES Kista has expanded tremendously, something that we are very happy about. We are now at 900 students and over 100 members of staff. Since our beginning, the safety and security of our students and staff has always been our top priority and we aspire to excel in all aspects of school life.
To ensure that we can maintain the same focus on both quality and providing the ideal environment for education during this period of rapid growth we have made the decision to install cameras around the school. The cameras will be an extra tool which will help staff to ensure that we maintain a quiet and safe learning environment, outside as well as inside of the classrooms. By installing security cameras outside the classrooms, we will enable staff to increase their focus on work within our classrooms to improve the academic quality and to ensure that we meet each and every student's needs.
On the 17th of October IES Kista hosted the Internationella Engelska Skolan annual general meeting, the AGM, a true honour. To commemorate the honour, the red carpet was laid out in front of the main entrance, giving the event a touch of flare. Several members of the head office attended the meeting, amongst others Mr. Åkerman, CFO and acting CEO, Ms. Dohman, Deputy CFO, Mr. Stenquist, vice CEO and Mr. Hännel, IR relations. Also represented on the AGM was Vinge juristbyrå, the companys law representatives.
The AGM was hosted in the auditorium here at IES Kista and Mr. Åkerman, the CFO and acting CEO estimates that the AGM was attended by some 40 shareholders, including the founder of the company, Ms. Barbara Bergstrom, as well as Mr. Bergstrom.
As the visitors of the AGM entered the school they were greeted by student representatives of the welcoming committee; Chrishell, Sheila, Isac, Leonard, Samuel and Alexandra, all students of 9D here at IES Kista. They all contributed to the professional and welcoming atmosphere that greeted the visitors of the AGM.
The AGM was a great success and the Principal of IES Kista would like to take the opportunity to thank all the staff of IES Kista and the students of the welcoming committee for making the AGM the success that it was, and IES Kista is already looking forward to the next AGM.
Being an excellent and well-situated venue, IES Kista hosted a two-day Academics Conference on the 7th and 8th September.
The conference's main focus was the importance of grit to achieve success and enhance academic and life performance.
Grit as an academics success-related concept is becoming increasingly important in a rapidly changing, digitalised a-click-away world. The aim is to show students the significance of perseverance, determination and tenacity in order to overcome difficulties, deal with setbacks as well as how approach new challenges by using existing knowledge and skills by applying them to new situations and contexts.
The other main topic at the conference was how to build on present strength so as to make IES schools even more successful academically speaking. Accurate recruitment, hiring and professional development in middle management is considered to be a key factor.
The outcome was was highly satisfactory and the conference was attended by some 90 people involved in academics at IES - mainly Principals and Assistant Principals - and by key people from the Head Office.
Wanting to make our students feel like the stars they truly are in our School, we decided to treat them to a special welcome on their first day back after the summer break.
Waiting eagerly to tread the Hollywood style carpet, the pupils were heartily greeted by the School Management and then walked in awe, smiling confidently, full of new hopes, dreams and expecations for this Academic Year.
At IES Kista we are are very proud to announce that we have expanded to 900 students and some 100 staff for 2017-18, only our third year. On behalf of everyone, I would like to offer you all a warm welcome to our School. We look forward to having you and it is our ambition to really make you feel at home.
I am confident that all of us are determined to make this the best year ever and that we count on students and staff alike to help make it happen.
What happens at IES, what makes IES so different? A question often asked by teachers and parents alike. We would like to offer all teachers in Stockholm the opportunity to visit IES Kista for the day, from the 10th – 12th of April 2017. This unique Teacher Open House will give teachers the opportunity to network, share information and observe how IES Kista runs. Visiting teachers will be paired with a host teacher, shadow the day to day routines and have an insightful feedback session.
Internationella Engelska Skolan offers a unique learning experience, where both English and Swedish are taught and spoken to ensure students are bilingual at the end of Grade 9. IES Kista is a global community focusing on excellence in all areas. 41 Languages are taught as home languages and we have 47 languages spoken across the student body. Our teaching staff hail from 15 different countries.
We are proud to announce that IES Kista will be expanding once again in the 2017 – 2018 academic year. We continue to be the school of choice in the greater community with students from 12 different municipalities enrolled. The majority of our students come from Kista, Spånga, Skärholmen, Sollentuna and Järfälla. Demand for places at our school continues to increase and as of today we have over 4500 students waiting for a place, with 1500 new applicants joining in the last 10 months. For this reason, in August 2017, we have decided to expand the school from 25 classes and 770 students to 30 classes and 900 students.
Our diverse staff reflects global excellence. With the expansion of our school community, we will be recruiting experienced teachers to join our diverse team of Swedish and international staff from 15 different countries. Our global recruitment drive intends to attract 16 new members of staff.
Yesterday, on the 23rd of January, IES Kista had the honour of being visited by Sandra Mastio, the 2015 winner of Swedish MasterChef. Along with selected students from grade 8, she cooked a meal that combined healthy with popular: fish and tacos. Our school had specifically been chosen due to our MSC certified kitchen. MSC stands for Marine Stewardship Council, which is an organization that makes sure that the fish we serve at our school is sustainable.
Mr Florén,representing Chartwells , Ms Mastio representing MSC Sweden and Principal McGowan
The lunch was a great success, the students loved it. The 8th graders that got to cook the meal, following Ms. Mastio’s recipe, also enjoyed and appreciated their time in the Home Economics kitchen. The cookalong was supervised by Mr. Brunelle, our Home Economics teacher, and Ms. Mastio herself. We also had visitors from the Swedish MSC office, that had come to IES Kista to attend the cookalong.
The students worked on their preparations from 9:00 and were done cooking by 12:30. They left the kitchen, after having cleaned it thoroughly, about an hour later.
Grade 8 students ready to cook
We would like to thank Ms. Mastio for coming to us, all the way from Malmö, as well as the representatives from MSC Sweden and Chartwells of the Compass Group.