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Toyota dream car art contest 2017

Toyota Dream Car Contest

Posters about the Toyota dream car art contest were distributed at Mentor Time and hung up around school at IEST Senior School at the start of Spring Term 2017. The aim of the contest was to draw your dream car, where the picture should express what it can do and how your car can change the world to make it a better place. Tina Westmoreland was one of three artistic students who took on the challenge and did very well in the competition.

“I began by brainstorming for ideas. Diversity and environment were the two things I wanted to include in my drawing. For a happier and healthier place to live in, I believe everyone has to take care of each other and the planet.  It took me many hours to create my drawing. It was a lot of fun making the drawing. I named my dream car Fuel good,” explained Tina.

As a participant in the contest, Tina received four tickets to the Melodifestival’s final dress rehearsal. She later found out that she won gold in Sweden where she attended an award ceremony and received an ipad. Tina’s drawing has been sent to Japan for the Global Competition. The global finalists will get to go to Tokyo in August. Those winners are not yet announced.

“Toyota will have this competition again next year, and I really want to encourage anyone interested in art, cars or design to participate! My best tip is to be creative and use your imagination,” concluded Tina. Congratulations and good luck, Tina!

Young Scientists Summer Program

Robot programming

Julia Gelmanovska of Class 8e has been accepted into the Young Scientists Summer Programwith Astra Zeneca. There are only 40 places for grade 8 students -- 20 in Gothenburg and 20 in Stockholm -- so, this is amazing for Julia to be part of this program.

The science department at IEST Senior School have also been working with the Nobel Museum and Lund University to help them with their research, investigating the health of the honey bees in Sweden. The students have collected bees from the local beekeepers and dissected them to send off the 'honey stomach' to the researchers at Lund University.

Lund University will analyse student results and send them back information on what they have found out. The students will then display this scientific research in a poster format. So, not only will they be doing science that will be used in real research, but also --  if theirs are chosen as the best poster -- they win tickets to the Nobel prize giving!


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