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Principal's Blog October 2018

October 2018

Greetings from the Principal


Dear parents and students,

The autumn term is now well underway, the sun is still shining as the leaves turn red and golden. The term got off to a fantastic start with our assemblies, sports days and the “Back to school Nights” for parents. We have hosted the PTA AGM and I am delighted that Agneta Ljungman is continuing this year as the President with her loyal and engaged board of parents. The first PTA sponsored event is coming up on Friday 19th October when we hold the Junior school Halloween disco! Teachers and the Student Council are also supporting and parents are still most welcome to offer their services to help too.


Year 9 latest

In September we have also held the year 9 “Gymnasie” information evening where our SYV, Ms. Bizzozero, gave a much appreciated and informative talk covering all aspects of the choice process and how to use schoolsoft for links to more comprehensive information. Our students in year 9 will be visiting 2 of our local Gymnasieskolor this week, TEG and Tibble, as well as visiting the Gymansiemässan in November.

Student voice at IEST

Student voice is very important to IESTäby, where we believe in a Listen, Learn, Lead culture. We now have well over a hundred students involved in our Student Council, Buddies and House captain programmes to promote friendship, engagement  feedback and school spirit in years 4-9. We also have our Breakfast Club where students are able to give us valuable input and feedback about academics and teaching at our school.

As we know, It is Cancer Awareness Month in October and our student body are actively taking part by supporting the Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation (Barncancerfonden). Student Council, Buddies and House Leaders will be running an SPT Fika and Bake Sale on Monday and Tuesday 22-23 October. All money raised will be donated to this non-profit organisation.

Staff development and training

During this term we have also held 2 inservice (training days) for our staff; opportunities to work more closely with a one school focus, with curriculum alignment and grading integrity as part of our professional development of all teachers at our school.

As part of our working environment programme, all staff took part in an empowerment workshop lead by Pia Webb where we were given time to reflect on ourselves as role models and our work- life balance.

Professional development is key to our school’s success, so our staff have their own individual Personal Development plan which can vary from staff members from Sweden and abroad. We have several staff taking Swedish language courses at different levels, from beginners to TISUS. Our in house PD this year has a coaching focus and is lead by our 12 “Förstelärare” in key areas of active learning, grading and assessment, digitisation and wellbeing expressed  through creativity and learning.

Working with Cambridge Assessment International Education

We have recently launched our 3 Cambridge PDQ courses for staff; Educational leadership for middle management, Bilingualism and Teaching and Learning. We are proud to be the first IES school to have been given accreditation to hold these courses in Sweden. We have 3 trained course leaders who are qualified to run the courses at our school.

As part of our close collaboration with Cambridge, a group of 7 staff visited the International Schools Conference in Cambridge for 2 days in September. The conference theme of “Creating the conditions for success” raised several interesting questions: What might success mean in our transforming world for our students in the future? What skills and learning goals should we have for the future and will they include learning to take responsibility for personal health and wellbeing? A whole school approach to mental wellbeing was discussed and the need for all schools to develop a whole school approach to identify the diverse talents within a school. We came home wanting to make sure we continue with our person-centred approach in Sweden, supporting our students to create a secure sense of self and confidence in what they can achieve in life.


Surveys and SPTs

Finally, I would like to thank all parents, teachers and the students in years 5 and 9 who have completed the “Skolinspektion” surveys for the school. There is still some time for parents to answer this week and the link is on schoolsoft and has been sent home in an email.

We are busy preparing for the SPTs next week and our mentors are looking forward to meeting you all to discuss achievements, progress in your grade levels and decide on goals needed  when preparing for the term grades in December 2018.

I look forward to seeing parents and students in school at the SPTs on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd October.


Best Regards

Ms. Gina Ericsson

Principal IEST

From the Principal

Summer Greetings from the Principal

On behalf of all the staff at IEST, I would like to wish all students and parents a wonderful summer holiday. We enjoyed a glorious week of celebrations and success last week at our end of term assemblies and at the formal Graduation for year 9s at the Aula Medica at Karolinska.

We have an amazing school at IEST and we look forward to welcoming our students back for the new school year on Tuesday 21st August 2018.

Happy holidays everyone.

Ms. Gina Ericsson 

IEST Principal

Year 4-6 School Start at IEST August 2018

Dear Students and Parents,

We are delighted to be able to welcome all of our new year 4 students in junior school to our starting of school ceremonies at 13.00 on Tuesday 21st of August 2018. All our junior school year group assemblies take place during Tuesday in our student lounge areas in the Senior school on Nytorpsvägen 7A. After the welcoming ceremony the students will then proceed to the junior school building accompanied by their mentor for registration and their first mentor time in their mentor class. Parents are welcome to pick up their children at the school entrance ( see program schedule).

Year 4: Student, Parent, Teacher meetings week 34
During the first two days of the autumn term we start with a 20 minute introductory talk (student, guardian and mentor) for all of our new students starting in year 4. These meetings will take place during week 34 on Tuesday morning 21st August and on Wednesday 22nd August. This will be a great possibility for you to meet your child's new mentor and get to know each other as well as discuss your child’s individual academic and social needs. The new mentor will assign a day and time to meet you and your child and this time will be sent out at the beginning of August during week 33.

Introduction Day on Thursday 23rd August
Year 4 students will have their introduction day on Thursday 23rd August with their mentor class, there is no regular school for year 4 on Tuesday the 21st and Wednesday the 22nd August. Students have a home introduction task for Tuesday the 21st August and the school schedule starts on Friday 24th and Junior Club also opens on Friday 24th of August.

Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing all our new year 4 students at the assembly at 13.00 on Tuesday the 21st of August 2018.

Best Regards
Principal Ms. Gina Ericsson

Tue August 21    Registration Day and Assemblies in Senior School Lounge
                               8.00-12.00 SPT introduction meetings for year 4 by appointment at Junior School

                               8.15- 8.45 Year 6 Assembly in SR School
                               8.45 -10.00 Year 6 Mentor rooms in JR scho
                                (Pick up time for Year 6 students: 10:00)

                               13.00-13.20 Year 4 Assembly in SR school 
                                (Class roll call; parents are welcome to attend ) 
                               13.30-14.45 Year 4 Mentor rooms in JR school
                                (Pick up time for Year 4 students: 14:45)

                               14.00-14.30 Year 5 Assembly in SR school 
                               14.40 - 15.15 Year 5 Mentor room in JR School
                                (Pick up time for Year 5 students: 15:15)

Wed August 22    Introduction Day with Mentor classes and year team building activities for years 5-6
                                9.00 -14.00 Year 5 and 6 meet in Mentor classrooms
                                8.00-16.00 SPT introduction meetings for Year 4 students by appointment

                                Home Introduction study tasks given on Monday at Mentor time.


Thu August 23     Schedule starts for years 5 and 6
                                Introduction day for year 4 from 9.00-14.00


N.B. Junior Club is open from 14.00-17.00 from Friday 24th of August.

Fri August 24     Schedule starts for year 4


Key dates for your diary: “Back to school nights” for junior school:

Information and meeting with Mentor and class parents.

Year 4   Thu 23rd August     4AB:17.30, 4CDE: 18.30, 4FG: 19.15

Year 5   Tue 28th August     5AB: 17.30, 5CDE: 18.30, 5FG: 19.15

Year 6   Wed 29th August   6AB: 17.30, 6CDE: 18.00, 6FG: 19.15

School Start Senior School Year 7-9 August 2018

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

We are delighted to be able to welcome all our students in years 7-9 to our beginning of school ceremonies on Tuesday 21st August 2018. The assemblies and mentor times take place during Tuesday morning in our Student Lounge in Senior School. Please check the time of your assembly and when you meet your mentor class in the schedule below. Mentor rooms will be posted in the reception area for you to check on arrival. Please check on School Soft for information from your mentors.

The students in years 7-9 will be having an Introduction day on Wednesday 22nd August where they are given important information and are together in their classes with their mentors, taking part in team building activities within their year group.

Parents will be contacted by the mentors at the beginning of term, and parents are also warmly invited to meet the mentors at our “Back to school nights” during weeks 35.

Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 21st August.

Best Regards
Ms. Gina Ericsson

Tuesday August 21 
                                               9.00 -9.15    Year 7 Mentor rooms
                                               9.15 - 9.45   7 Assembly
                                               9.45 -10.15  Year 7 Mentor rooms

                                              10.00 -10.15   Year 8 Mentor rooms
                                              10.15 -10.45   Year 8 Assembly
                                              10.45 -11.15   Year 8 Mentor rooms

                                              11.00-11.15   Year 9 Mentor rooms
                                              11.15-11.45   Year 9 Assembly
                                              11.45 -12.15   Year 9 Mentor rooms

Wednesday August 22    Introduction Day with Mentor classes and year team 
                                              building activities for year 7-9 
                                              9.00-14.00 Years 7-9 meet in Mentor classrooms

Thursday August 23        Schedule starts

Dates for your diary: Back to school nights for senior school: 
Information and meeting with Mentor and class parents.

Year 7    Monday 27th August     18.00 in Senior School 
Year 8    Thursday 30th August   18.00 in Senior School 
Year 9    Thursday 30th August   19.00 in Senior School

From the Principal

Last week of term 2017-18

Greetings to Parents and Students,

We have an exciting end of term week ahead of us. In typical IESTäby style, we will be celebrating success and academic achievement all week.

We start on Monday 11th June with our year 6 Leavers BBQ Lunch at Junior school.

After our Mentor days on Monday and Tuesday, we will be holding our traditional end of year assemblies on Wednesday 13th June in the morning for years 4-8 at Senior school. Parents are most welcome to collect their children after the assemblies outside junior or senior school.

The year 9 celebrations and activities continue all week, with their formal Leavers lunch on Wednesday 13th June, culminating on Thursday 14th morning in our traditional Graduation ceremony at Aula Medica at Karolinska University. We are delighted that the PTA has once again organised the year 9 Prom for all students on Thursday evening.

Our students, staff and parents have so much to enjoy and look forward to this week. Once again our school has excelled academically and a well deserved summer holiday starts soon.

I look forward to welcoming everyone to enjoy these special days at IEST.

Carpe Diem

Best Regards,

Ms, Gina Ericsson