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Year 7 English: The Book of Lost Things

Our incredibly brave Year 7s have been delving into the twisted and tortured world of John Connolly’s alternative Fairy Tale ‘The Book of Lost Things’. The culmination of a unit’s work on Fairy Tales, John Connolly’s world is full of danger, darkness and the unknown. Students began with time-honoured Tales from Oscar Wilde, of unselfish acts, heroes and morals, and have now travelled into the upside down. Into a world of irascible dwarves, half-human half-animal corruptions, harpies, trolls, a gluttonous and disgusting snow-white, hideous beasts and the terrifying Huntress. The most chilling of all characters however, has to be The Crooked Man, dangerous and cruel, he represents the most debase instincts in us all. Connolly has take classic Fairy Tales and subverted all literary traditions within them, in his world, expect the unexpected.

The novel follows David, a very untypical anti-hero, selfish and petulant, who after the death of his mother, travels into a new world overcome with spite and bitterness. On his journey to get back home he must battle with all-manner of creatures and overcome his most intimate fears, lest he become a half-human half-animal abomination himself, or fall to the jaws of the Loups and remain forever in the forest as a soul-child flower.

Student’s work on this unit has been spectacular with the products of their imaginations being, in some instances, even more terrifying than those in the novel! They have created; the souls of children trapped forever as flowers, they have drawn The Beast, they have argued over which half-animal and human creation world make the best prey. The students now, as the unit draws to a close and they begin tackling their essays, must ask themselves; will David make it home? Will he vanquish The Crooked Man and overcome those same flaws in his own nature? Will he even survive….?

Fantasy - The Book of Lost Things

Fairytales - The Book of Lost Things

Student Work - The Book of Lost Things

Dracula - The Book of Lost Things

Year 9 Art Trip to Moderna Museet and National Museet

Year 9 Art Trip to Moderna Museet and National Museet

Moderna Museet and National Museet

At the end of the Autumn Term, Year 9 visited the Moderna Museum’s collection of artworks and the newly opened National Museum in Stockholm. The students were able to expand their knowledge of contemporary and historical artworks and apply the skills and vocabulary practised this term in Art Theory and Art lessons.

 

During the trip students were asked to engage in drawing paintings, sculptures and the architecture of the buildings. They also applied their knowledge of the elements and principles of Art and Design through creative writing tasks and solving riddles. Having had this experience of seeing Art in context and visiting national collections, the year group will feel the benefit of this exposure in their future lessons!

Author visit in year 6

Author visit in year 6

Author visit in year 6

 

In year 6 our students are working with Sweden´s different minority languages and they are reading the book “5768 visningar på Youtube”, written by Ralf Novak-Rosengren and Anita Santesson. On Thursday the 15th of November, on nationella läsdagen, Anita Santesson came to us for an author visit and talked to all our year 6 students about her and Ralf´s journey when writing this book. She told us about the background, how they were working with the writing process and last but not least, she gave us an deeper insight to Sweden´s different minority languages.

 

This was a very useful assembly for us and our students as it gave us more inspiration as to how to work with the process of writing and a fuller understanding about our five minority languages - Romani chib, Jiddish, Samiska, Meänkieli and Finska.  This assembly was made possible through Skapande Skola.

 

Some comments from students:

 

‘It was inspiring to listen to an author who has written a book that I have read!’

 

‘Jag tyckte det var en bra timme med Anita och jag vill gärna läsa hennes och Ralfs uppföljare’

 

‘Jag som elev tyckte att det var jätteintressant’

 

‘Det kändes som om den timmen tickade fram på tio minuter så intressant var det och vi fick veta mera om hur man kan skriva berättelser’.

 

‘I really enjoyed listening to her having read the book in class, it was interesting to hear how they had written the book and created the characters’

 

Holocaust lecture for year 9 students at IEST

On Friday 19th October, the year nine students were able to listen to a lecture about the Holocaust. The speaker, Natalie, was from Zikaron, an organisation which offers professional and educational lectures and tells stories from the survivors of the Holocaust to make sure they are never forgotten.

Natalie talked about her grandfather, Samuel, who survived nine different work and concentration camps during the Holocaust. He was liberated from Bergen-Belsen in 1945 and then came to a country he had never heard of before, Sweden. In her lecture, Natalie tells a personal story of a young man whose entire world is destroyed and who survives and builds a new life in a new country against all odds.

It was a very interesting and informative lecture which made us think and further educated us on the horrible events that took place.

(Story written by Lovina Planberg 9F)

 

From the Principal

Principal's Blog December 2018

Happy Holidays everyone!

The autumn term is now drawing to a close. What a wonderful term we have had. Students in Year 4 have settled in at Junior School and must be delighted with their new English skills. All students will get their term Grades on Thursday 2O th December after our traditional assemblies in the student lounge at Senior school. You all should be proud of your hard work, grit  and achievements this term.

I would like to thank all the students who took part in our Lucia performances at Tibble Teater this year. What a wonderful celebration produced by our dedicated Music teachers and staff.

Now is a time to rest and reflect on one’s achievements and goals. The new spring term in January gives so many new opportunities to learn and be successful. Carpe Diem.


On behalf of the management and staff at IEST, I would like to wish all students and parents a relaxing and peaceful winter holiday break over Christmas.

I look forward to welcoming back all students on 9th January 2019.

Happy Holidays!

Best Regards / Med vänliga hälsningar

Ms. Gina Ericsson
Principal
 

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