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From the Principal

Team Meitner Visit The Opera

To congratulate the winning house of Meitner for winning both House Days last term the students were treated to a day at the Opera.

All the mighty Meitners from Year 4 to Year 8 visited the Royal Palace in the centre of Stockholm on Tuesday 19th February.

Year 7 Meitners Emil Karlsson, Samuel Haghdoost and Nohr Daniel spoke about their experiences after the school.

“We left school and took a train to Kungsträdgården, and from there we walked to the Royal Palace. We had time to walk around the Palace before going into the theatre.

There were loads of sculptures, and statues and the roof was gigantic. It was impressive.

The show was great. The music was really emotional, and the performance of music from  ‘Schlinder’s List’ almost made me cry.”

More House Days, and rewards for winning houses, are scheduled for later in the term. Soon students will be able to convert the House Points they have individually collected throughout the term for their own personal prizes.

From the Principal

The End of Term Awards

The End of Term Awards

A Proud Principal: Mr. McGowan handing out awards to students

Friday 18th December brought us to the end of a long yet rewarding first term for all at IES Kista. We hope all our staff, students and families are able to have a relaxing break able to fully recharge themselves for the new term ahead.

We didn't let our last day end on a whimper though, as we took the opportunity to celebrate our successes. Each year group had an assembly in the Auditorium with prizes awarded to students for their commitment to school life, their academic successes and their ability to work with other students.

As a festive treat for our students,our staff band 'Call Collection'  performed some party tunes to a delighted audiences. Mr. Cross, Mr. Brown, Mr. Gregory, Ms. Hindrichs and Mr. Zawadzki ended the Assembly to huge standing ovations from every year group.

After this, students returned briefly to their mentor classrooms to say a final farwell before leaving to start the winter break. Students will be returning back to school on Tuesday 12th January.

From the Principal

Celebrating The Winter With Our First Annual Festival

On Friday 11th December staff and students at IES Kista celebrated the first annual Winter Festival. Each class took part in team building activities, crafts and watching a festive movie together to celebrate this special time together. In addition to this our music teachers Mr. Brown and Ms. Hindrichs co-ordinated the first Lucia procession with our school choir lead by our Lucia, Julia Mendoza Wezeman. Over twenty five students took part in the l ceremony with students singing traditional English and Swedish winter songs. Following the Lucia procession, our students also enjoyed a seasonal fika together in the lunchroom with freshly baked gingerbreads and lussebullar. 

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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.