Tagged with "From the Principal"...

From the Principal

Thank you for a fantastic first day!

Dear students and parents,

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.


Mr. Mikael Östling Huhta

Principal IES Kista

From the Principal

School safety

School safety

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.

From the Principal

Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

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.

Mrs. Barbara Bergstrom with AGM attendees

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.

Students of 9D

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.

From the Principal

IES Kista hosts IES Academics Conference

IES Kista hosts IES Academics Conference

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.

From the Principal

IES Kista rolls out Red Carpet for Students

IES Kista rolls out Red Carpet for Students

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.

And all the parents and guardians too, of course.

Welcome to IES Kista

From the Principal

Teacher Open House

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.

To book a place, teachers should email:


Please include your full name and subject of interest. A full programme will be published once numbers are confirmed.

From the Principal

IES Kista, a global community of excellence!

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.

Kista, MasterChef Cookalong
IES Kista, Lilla Nobelpriset competitors

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.

IES Kista, MasterChef Cookalong

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.




From the Principal

MasterChef Cookalong at IES Kista

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.


From the Principal

Riksdag Politician Visits IES Kista

On Friday 23 September, Internationella Engelska Skolan was pleased to welcome Riksdag Politician Maria Stockhaus. 

Since opening in August 2015, IES Kista has established a strong reputation as a school, creating a calm and safe environment where students can enjoy coming to school and focus upon their academic progress. 

Ms Stockhaus, in her role as a parliamentarian, wanted to see first-hand the work being done at IES Kista, and spent the morning visiting lessons and speaking to students about their experience at the school. 

Throughout the course of the morning, Ms Stockhaus met students from all six grades at the school, observing lessons such as English, PE and Woodwork. She also had a chef’s tour of the school restaurant, and finished the day by taking part in a DNA science experiment with our grade 9 students.

From the Principal

IES Kista Hosts the Annual Principals Quality Conference


On Thursday 8th and Friday 9th September, IES Kista was honoured to host Internationella Engelska Skolan’s annual Principals Quality Conference. The event focused upon the organisation’s ongoing commitment to maintaining and improving the already high standards it sets across all areas, creating an environment where teachers can teach and students can learn.

Principal McGowan and Mrs Barbara Bergström

Principals and academic representatives from all thirty-three IES schools attended the conference, including IES Södermalm Gymnasiet and IES Breckland in the UK, in what proved to be an incredibly successful, productive and inspiring two-day event.

School prefects, Anwar and Kamron, welcoming Mrs Barbara Bergström

The school was honoured on Day One to receive a visit from the founder of Internationella Engelska Skolan Mrs Barbara Bergström and her husband Dr Hans Bergström, who were greeted on arrival by our grade 9 prefects. Following a tour of our newly-expanded school for all delegates, the conference was officially opened with addresses by Mrs Bergström and the CEO of Internationella Engelska Skolan, Mr Ralph Riber.

It is an honour for IES Kista to host such a prestigious event, and a testament to the high levels of ambition and achievement demonstrated by everyone at the school. I am incredibly proud of the efforts made by our staff and, most of all, our students, who conducted themselves with the conscientiousness and maturity that we have come to expect.