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From the Principal

Welcome to the start of the 2016-17 academic year at Internationella Engelska Skolan Kista.

Welcome to the start of the 2016-17 academic year at Internationella Engelska Skolan Kista.

Welcome to the start of the 2016-17 academic year at Internationella Engelska Skolan Kista. I hope that all of our students have had a fantastic summer break and feel excited about the prospect of the new school year ahead.  

This has been a busy and exciting summer for everyone at IES Kista as we endeavour to build upon and exceed the high standards we have set since the school opened in September 2015. We are committed to providing an outstanding student experience for everyone at the school and, following the success of our first full academic year, we have been working hard to further improve and expand the school. 

With this in mind, we are delighted to say that IES Kista is now a five-parallel school in grades four to seven, with around 790 students in total, and we will continue to grow over the coming years. As a key component in this expansion, we have opened a new wing of the school which includes a series of specialist teaching rooms, a second gym hall, and a second playground equipped with football, basketball and table tennis facilities. 

After a highly successful recruitment period, we are also very happy to welcome to our team the new qualified teachers who will be working across our academic departments, including an additional ten qualified teachers joining the Swedish department. I am certain that together with the team already in place, their enthusiasm, professionalism and commitment to teaching will undoubtedly make a positive and significant contribution to the experience of our students. 

When we opened our gates on Monday morning, both our new and returning students entered a school that they have every right to feel extremely proud of. One of the founding principles of IES Kista is that everyone enjoys coming to school, and I hope that you will join us in wishing every single one of our students a thoroughly enjoyable, inspiring and successful year ahead.

 

 

 

 

From the Principal

Exciting times ahead for IES Kista

We’ve just completed a fantastic first year with the largest start up in the organisation. Demand for places at IES Kista continues to increase and as of today we have 2998 students waiting for a place at IES Kista. For this reason, in August 2016, we have decided to expand the school from 18 classes, 550 students to 25 classes, 750 students.  

In order to accommodate all of the students we will be moving into the ground floor on the other side of our building where will have 10 new classrooms, 2 art rooms, 2 textile rooms. We will also have an additional playground which will include a large football court, a basketball court, outdoor table tennis tables, trampolines and gymnastic bars.

The existing building will have a new library and 4 science labs, 2 wood work rooms. We are also in the process of converting an existing auditorium into our second gym hall. All classrooms and group rooms will be fully equipped with projectors, screens and sound systems. The learning centre is also expanding.

We have completed our recruitment for the next academic year and are pleased to advise that we now have ten qualified Swedish teachers with lärarelegitamition on our team.  

We have additional teachers in every other department as well.

We have also increased our Student Care and Development Team. We have employed three special teachers who will be focusing on Mathematics, English and Swedish and we have an additional counsellor and nurse. We also have a career counsellor and have extended support on the playgrounds and recreational areas with a new member of the Student Development team who will focus on these areas.  

 

Sincerely,

 

Principal McGowan

From the Principal

Lilla Kista Melodifestivalen

Lilla Kista Melodifestivalen

Our Excellent Host Joline: Interviewing jury member Richard Taylor from Eurovision Ireland and EuroVoix

What a pleasure it was to attend the Lilla Kista Melodifestivalen on Friday 11th March.

A huge thank you has to go to each member of staff and students who made the show possible. Never before have I seen such a joyous occasion take place in the school, with students bringing in home-made banners to cheer on their friends and a show as slick in production as the real thing. The warmth each act received from the audience was telling of the great atmosphere we have within our school combined with the huge culture of Melodifestivalen that is such a big deal here in Sweden. Everybody left with a smile on their face after a great show.

I thought the winning act was fantastic. I am looking forward to their future performances both for our older students in April, but also performing live at the Eurovision Village in Kungsträgården. With the Eurovision Song Contest coming to Stockholm what a wonderful chance it is for our new school to be a part of the festivities.

Maybe some of our school stars will become the stars of the future? Only time will tell of course, but by providing opportunities like this we are able to kick start those possibilities for all our students. It's not only those on stage that might make it big, our technical team for the show doing all the lights and sounds were all excellent students who followed their prompts with brilliant precision. Yes the atmosphere in the Auditorium was brilliant, but what made me even more proud was to see how every decision through the ninety-minute show was being made by our own students. That was a pleasure, and you could really see how educational this entire experience was.

Energetic Emily: With her troupe of dancers on stageEnergetic Emily: With her troupe of dancers on stageIn just over one month we have the next round of the competition, where our Year 6, 7 and 8 students will compete singing songs in German, French or Spanish, raising the difficulty level. However we still have a huge list of singers wanting to take part in the big party, and I for one can not wait for the next episode.

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. 

From the Principal

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.

 

 

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