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Big results from big challenges!

Back on the 12th April, all students at IEST in Grade 5 joined 640,000 students across Europe taking part in the Big Challenge, a quiz which tests learners in their English language skills and general knowledge.

We are hugely proud to announce that three students from Täby managed to not only come first, second and third in the Stockholm region, but also in the whole of Scandinavia! A huge congratulations to Junze Hu (5G) who came in first place, Gustav Nylund (5F) who finished just behind in second place, and Kevin Creutzer (5C) who managed to give us a full house and finished in third place. Their prizes will be awarded during our end of year celebrations.

A huge congratulations not just to these three, but to all students in grade 5 who have represented their school with some excellent results across the board, and given us some positive news to end the year with. Well done!

51.200 SEK Raised by IEST's 5th and 6th Graders for the Children Cancer Foundation

Many thanks to Team Rynkeby who organised the charity run (God Morgon skolloppet 2018) to raise money for the Swedish Children Cancer Foundation, and a big thank you to IEST's 5th and 6th graders for the money raised! Our goal was 55.000 SEK and we have raised 51.200 SEK! Well done!

In total in Sweden, the Team Rynkeby managed to collect a total of 6,320,639 SEK, an increase of 55% from the previous year. In total in the Nordic countries, Team Rynkeby Skolloppet has collected 18,860,904 SEK for children with serious illnesses.

Dragon's Den Final 2018

IEST’s PTA sponsored Dragon’s Den started six years ago as a year 8 choice lesson. Seven students participated in the project. Now six years later, IEST's Dragon’s Den is run by the English teachers giving all year 8 students the opportunity to take part in PTA’s Dragon’s Den project.

This year, students work in pairs where they have three weeks to develop their ideas and rehearse for class presentation. One finalist from each class is then chosen for the Dragon’s Den Final!

A big congratulations to our finalists Gabriel Fannberg 8a, Alexander Granlund 8a, Maja Rolness 8b, Ella Lindgren 8b, Mona Kamall 8c,  Clara Kinn 8c, Tasa Bhatia Scheele 8d, Lisa Wesslau 8d, Ida Gravsiö Wallin 8e, Ebba Penker 8e,  Linus Mattsson 8f and Filip Nordqvist 8f! To inspire and prepare for the Dragon’s Den Final 2018, our 12 finalists visited KTH Innovation on Wednesday 7th March.

“I enjoyed meeting one of their robots called Furhat. It could listen, ask questions and speak. We even got to play games with the robot. It was incredibly awe-inspiring to see what people are achieving nowadays. I don't think a lot of people got to see what we saw and underestimated the minds of the world. We were very lucky and did get to see (and interact) with it the possibilities!" explained one of the finalists, Tasa Bhatia Scheele.  

Tuesday the 27th March was IEST’s Dragon’s Den Final 2018 in the Academy at Senior School where our 12 finalists presented their project in front of the three panelists -- Mr Maurice Parry, Ms Agneta Ljungman and School Principal Ms Gina Ericsson. Their presentations were judged on four criteria: Innovation, Business, Sustainability and Communication. They were critiqued on the presentation part: the opening, countdown section and closing statement.

“The participants of this year’s Dragon Den competition clearly demonstrate that our young entrepreneurs will be the driving force of this country’s future!” said Mr Parry, PTA’s Senior Adviser.

"This was my first time as a Dragon and I was blown away by the power and competence of the participating teams. So much work and energy was put into the presentations and the ideas and inventions were without exceptions excellent. Fantastic!" said Ms Agneta Ljungman, PTA’s Chairperson.

The winner and runner-up will be announced at the End of Year Ceremony on Wednesday 13th June.

IEST would like to thank PTA, Ms Ljungman and Mr Parry for their continued support in in the school and Dragon’s Den. Your time and commitment are much appreciated!

Från rektorn

Principal's greetings March 23rd 2018

Dear Parents and Students,

It has been a busy but very successful couple of weeks, full of challenges requiring grit and determination and sometimes a sense of humour. I was delighted to receive so much support from everyone after the unfortunate fire in our woodwork room last week. We have an amazing school and it was fantastic to see all our parents and students in school again at SPTs on Tuesday and Wednesday. Senior school was given the all clear from Södra Roslags Miljö och Hälsa to start school last Tuesday and after the two SPT days, Senior school has also has now been on full schedule again the rest of the week.

I was impressed to hear how well our students are developing academically and to hear how many students have set clear and achievable goals for the rest of the school year.

Learning is a lifelong process and at IEST we encourage students to reflect on their approaches to their learning using our ATLs. As you know, we have added Grit this year to our ATLs as we believe that determination and perseverance are key where understanding that we need to fail sometimes to be able to succeed in life is so important.

As you know at IEST we love to celebrate our success and I have just heard that three of our students won the Stockholm area Pythagoras Maths competition yesterday and they will represent Stockholm in the Finals on May 25th. This is amazing boys. Well done! Congratulations and great team work!

Thank you everyone for all your continued support and may I wish you all a great Easter break from Friday 30th March.

Welcome Back on Monday 9th April. Happy Easter holidays.


Ms. Gina Ericsson


IEST students took first place at Stockholm's district final in the Pythagoras Quest 2018!

Congratulations Sebastian Westerlund 9C, Kasper Tidner 9D and Eskil Nyberg 9C!

On Thursday 22nd March, three IEST students in grade 9 competed at Stockholm's District Final in the Pythagoras Quest 2018. They took first place in the Stockholm region and have qualified to the Regional Final (riksfinal) in Malmö in May. They will then be competing against all the top teams from across Sweden in the National Final.

Well done Sebastian, Kasper and Eskil!

We at IEST are very proud of you!