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Year 4-6 School Start at IESTäby August 2017


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 Monday 21st of August 2017.  All our junior school year group assemblies take place during Monday 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 Monday morning 21st August  and on Tuesday 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 Wednesday 23rd August

Year 4 students will have their introduction day on Wednesday 23rd August with their mentor class, there is no regular school for year 4 on Monday the 21st and Tuesday the 22nd August. Students have a home introduction task for Tuesday the 22nd August and the school schedule starts on Thursday 24th and Junior Club also opens on Thursday 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 Monday the 21st of August 2017.

Best Regards

Principal Ms. Gina Ericsson



Monday 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)



Tuesday  August 22 Introduction Day with Mentor classes and year team building activities for years 5 and 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.


Wednesday 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 Thursday 24th of August


Thursday August 24 Schedule starts for year 4






“Back to school nights” for junior school:


Information and meeting with Mentor and class parents.


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


Year 5          Thursday 24th August           5AB: 17.30, 5CDE: 18.30, 5FG: 19.15

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



School Start Senior School Year 7-9 Autumn Term 2017

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 Monday 21st August 2017. The assemblies and mentor times take place during Monday 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 Tuesday 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 Monday 21st August.

Best Regards
Ms. Gina Ericsson


Monday 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

Tuesday 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

Wednesday August 23
Schedule starts 

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

Year 7    Monday 28th August 18.00 in Senior School 
Year 8    Wednesday 30th August 18.00 in Senior School 
Year 9    Wednesday 30th August 19.00 in Senior School

Principal’s Summer Greetings June 2017

Dear Parents and Students,

Today we are celebrating our end of school year with our year assemblies for year 4-8 in our student lounge in Senior school. A time of celebration and an opportunity to recognise our students’ achievements and to thank their teachers and mentors for their professional and caring support.

Students at IEST! You do really deserve congratulations for your positive attitude to learning at our school. You are becoming expert and active learners, as reflected in your excellent academic results. Success comes with hard work and perseverance and you have really shown how following our ATLs this year has supported in your success at school this year. Learning is a process and a challenge for all of us and we need to have grit along the way, so you can always have new goals and aspirations and with our support try again in August to achieve your goals and dreams.

We are really looking forward to celebrating the success of our year 9 Class of 2017 at our traditional Graduation ceremony at the Aula Medica on Thursday 15th August. It is time to say a fond farewell, knowing they are ready to move on to the Gymnasium school of their choice in August.

I want to take this opportunity to wish all students and parents a wonderful summer holiday and on behalf of management and staff we welcome you back on August 21st 2017.

Ms. Gina Ericsson

Principal IEST


We are very proud of our school yearbook and I would like to share my letter to year 9 Class of 2017 students with you all:

Dear Class of 2017,

“On the road to success, as IEST celebrates over 10 years of success 2016-17!”

Congratulations on successfully completing year 9 and graduating after 6 years of education at IEST.

It has been my pleasure to see you all grow up and to be able to accompany you on these 6 years of your journey and to be an important part of your individual “ roads to success”

As Class of 2017, you have also been inextricably connected to my journey as Principal and leader of our school. We started at the same time in 2011 and we have together all played a major part in the development and success of our school. A warm felt thank you from me.

Success can be defined in many ways and I believe having high expectations and perseverance to achieve one’s goals are key denominators in achieving success in life. We all have dreams and goals we strive towards, sometimes we need to fail or struggle to learn how to achieve success in our studies and life. At IEST the staff know that our students need to “wobble” as part of their learning process and we are here to support whether with the shock of all the English in year 4 or the move to Senior school with more personal responsibility for your studies.

Remember when you learnt to ride a bike, it takes time and after you practice you learn the skill for life. Learning is the same. To become expert learners at our school we continually challenge you to focus on your weaknesses and improve these to achieve your potential in all subjects at the school. I know that so many of you have shown grit and endurance in your desire to learn and be successful in your studies to have a wide choice of programmes at Gymnasium in August 2017. Well done.

Now it is time to enjoy your success achieved at IEST and to take with you as much as you can to help you on your individual road to success in life. This wonderful yearbook is a great souvenir to have with you on this journey, memories of special people and events that you will look back fondly on in the future.

A warm felt thank you to the students and staff involved in producing such a fantastic yearbook for you. Every year we see such creativity and hard work by everyone involved: True Grit!

Class of 2017, you are graduating in our special 10 year anniversary at IEST. On behalf of all the staff at IEST we wish you lots of success in the future whatever you decide to achieve or wherever you decide to go on the road to success. Remember travelling on the road itself is learning for life and how important it is to never give up. In the wise words of Winston Churchill: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Good Luck Class of 2017

Ms. Gina Ericsson

Principal IEST

Students Sing For Victory in IES Eurovision Song Contest

Students Sing For Victory in IES Eurovision Song Contest

A grade nine student from IES Tyresö was crowned the winner after 18 bands and solo artists stepped forward to perform during the annual Internationella Engelska Skolan Modern Foreign Languages Eurovision Song Contest.

The popular competition is open to students at all IES schools and sees them perform a song in a language other than Swedish or English.



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This year’s winner was Stella Chirinos from IES Tyresö (Pictured above with French Teacher Mr Guerneui, Founder of IES Ms Bergstöm, and music teacher Mr Stones). Stella sang Dernière Danse by French singer-songwriter Indila.

Stella said: “It was a strange feeling to hear that I had won. There was some very good singers from other schools. I knew that I had given a good performance and that I had a strong song but it's always a good surprise to win.

"I started in year 7 here at IES Tyresö so I've been learning French for three years. I like the language, I like how it sounds.”

Stella got the idea of performing the Indila song after a friend mentioned it in a French lesson and she realised it would suit her well.

She said: “I like to sing because it's fun and I can express feeling through songs. There are songs for all occasions, sad and happy.

"I've been singing since I was seven and I've performed on stage on several occasions previously so I have some stage experience but you can't take away the nervosity."

Her French teacher, Mr Guerneui added: “I knew that my student Stella was a very strong candidate for victory but when I heard the singers from Nacka and Gävle I felt that this year's trophy might as well go to one of these schools. The two girls had very strong and beautiful voices. It's my first year at IES Tyresö  and we are still a relatively new school so I am glad that we won with our first attempt.”

Second place was awarded to Paulina Johnson of IES Gävle (pictured, left) who sang Mii Años in Spanish, while the third prize went to a band from IES Nacka made up of Felicia Elding, Louise Andersson, Alva Willers and Annie Wallin (pictured, below, right). Together they performed Colores En El Biento in Spanish.

This year the event was hosted by IES Bromma, other IES schools taking part included those from: Älvsjö, Täby, Kista, Skärholmen, Huddinge, Liljeholmen, Uppsala, Hässelby, Eskilstuna, Halmstad, Lund, Sundsvall, Johanneberg and Hässleholm .

The result means that, according to Eurovision tradition, IES Tyresö will host next year’s contest.

Mr Guerneui is looking forward to putting together next year’s event.

He said: “IES Bromma has set the bar very high this year but we are confident to maintain the same standard next year."

IEST Dragon’s Den 2017

IEST’s PTA sponsored Dragon’s Den started five years ago as a year 8 choice lesson. Seven students signed up and participated. The first year was very science based where students even had the opportunity to explore nuclear physics -- the what and why are alpha and gamma radiation dangerous. Students learned the basics of business plans and marketing plans.

Now five years later, IEST Dragon’s Den is bigger and more developed than ever! Still with PTA’s support, IEST Dragon’s Den is run by the English Department. All year 8 students have the opportunity to take on and compete in the Dragon’s Den project.

Students work alone, in pairs or in small groups of 3-4 where they have three weeks to develop their ideas and rehearse for their presentation for the class. One finalist from each class is then chosen to represent their class in the Dragon’s Den Final! For inspiration and preparation for the Dragon’s Den Final 2017, our 13 finalists -- Linnea Ejemyr, Moa Christianssén, Johanna Graham, Rebecka Hedensjö, Arthur Harmsen, Florian Randes, Viktor Synnes, Adam Ögren, Ronya Aspelod, Emily Assarson Naess, Isabel Storgård and Caroline Ehrngren (absent: Jack Magnell) -- visited KTH Innovation. 

“Ms Nicole Forsberg explained how things work at KTH and what they strive for in business. Mr Raman Ramalingam explained what they do at KTH. He also give us tips on how to develop products and make money. He mentioned some rare and funny cases like the man who started selling stones as pets -- who managed to make over one million crowns in one year by coming up with a fun and simple idea. The message was that things does not always has to be complicated. It can be simple too,” explained Adam Ögren, one of this year’s 13 finalists.

Tuesday the 21st March was the Dragon’s Den Final 2017 in the Academy at IEST Senior School where our 13 finalists presented their project in front of the three panelists -- Mr Maurice Parry, Mr Ralph Riber and Mr Ari Keinanen. 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 Winner and second place winner will be announced at the End of Year Ceremony on Wednesday, the 14th of June, 2017.

Pictured above is Class 8B's finalists, Rebecka Hedensjö and Johanna Graham, at the Final, explaining the Paxanimi powered by hormonal capsule, the clock that makes sure you wake up ready to start the day -- feeling alert for for the entire day!

“This is now the 5th year we have been running the Dragon’s Den competition at the IEST and seeing the development in these young adults gives hope to the future! The initial reason for creating this annual event is I believe that in the coming years, to succeed one must be an entrepreneur. There will be too many people competing for the same job, as the world is getting more and more populated and the competition is now on a global basis,” explained Mr Maurice Parry, PTA’s Senior Adviser.

“Just having good grades will not be sufficient! Learning to take control of one’s own life, rather than depending on the will of others will be an absolute necessity It is with this though in focus that we need to encourage entrepreneurial processes and is why the PTA, together with dedicated IEST teachers have invested time and funds in the annual 8th grade Dragon’s Den competition. The earlier we encourage students in understanding the various aspects of business, e.g. generating ideas, planning, cost analysis, presenting, etc., the more likely it will be that they succeed in their futures! Let us continue to give this a priority and hopefully other schools and institutes will follow this line of thinking!” concluded Mr Parry.

IEST would like to thank PTA and Mr Maurice Parry for their continued support in Dragon’s Den. We would like to thank our special guests Mr Ralph Riber and Mr Ari Keinanen for attending and participating in this year's event as one of the Dragons!