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Principal’s blog in October 2016


Dear Parents and Students,

We have had a wonderful start to the term and as the leaves turn golden we are looking forward to welcoming you into school next week for the Student, Parent Teacher talks (SPTs).  This is one of the most important times of year for us, as we believe the feedback we provide is key in enabling our students to understand their learning. Students, you have been working very hard and have already achieved some excellent results and you are really showing a positive approach to your learning at school in all you do. Well done to year 4 students, your positive and enthusiastic start at our school has been amazing.

Parents, please discuss the feedback our teachers have provided in the rubrics in school soft with your children: The key questions are: What have I achieved so far and what do I need to improve on in my subjects? How do I go about achieving this and which areas do I need to practice to become an expert learner?

Our focus this school year is a refocus on our Approaches to learning (ATLs). Being Punctual, Positive, Prepared, Active, Cooperative and Respectful are key tools in successful learning: Do I need to change the approach to my learning to achieve my goals in all subjects?

We have had a busy first half term, including extra activities such as the year 6 Aesthetics day, Year 9 canoeing day, Swedish author visits, European Language week, Sports Days and Orienteering.

We have one more week until the autumn break and during this week we have several fun activities in school including our annual dress up day for Halloween. We love to work hard, but play hard too at IEST.

I would like to take this opportunity to inform you about up and coming events at our school:

  • Open House for new year 4 students on 19th November (By invitation only)
  • Cambridge University training days for teachers hosted at our school on 28th and 29th November
  • PRAO for year 8 and year 9
  • Lucia celebration 9th December (More details to come)
  • Year 7 Movie Night on 24th November
  • The Junior school “ Winter White” disco is planned for December 2nd

I am looking forward to welcoming you in to school next week and would like to thank our professional and creative staff and teachers for all they do to make IEST such an outstanding school.

I believe it is important in my role as Principal to actively listen, learn and lead our school and I am delighted to have such an experienced leadership team behind me to support with the operational aspects of running our school, so we also have time to focus on our strategic planning and focus on the quality of education and life- long learning at our school.

I would like to end by wishing you all a lovely autumn break and I welcome everyone back on November 7th.

Best Regards,

Ms. Gina Ericsson


Uppdrag Media

Nu har alla våra åk 6 varit på Tekniska museét och deltagit i Uppdrag Media. Det har varit otroligt lyckat och mycket givande, och våra elever har varit så duktiga. Många har sagt efteråt att de skulle vilja arbeta med något sådant här i framtiden och det känns såklart extra roligt. 




Jenny Helsing

HoD of Swedish department

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From the Principal

Principal's Welcome

Welcome to our IEST website. We are a very popular, well-established and highly successful school with 1200 students and 120 staff. Our striving for excellence and academic success over the last 11 years, is as all IES schools, due to our strong belief in the IES Ethos of Bilingualism, Tough Love and High Academic Expectations. As well as this, our school has its own qualities unique to IEST, as it is the IEST people: our wonderful students, supporting parents and outstanding and caring staff that make us who we are! IEST aims to be an Expert school in all we do. We never stop endeavoring to uphold the quality we believe in.

I would like to share with you my letter in the School Year Book to our year 9 students graduating this year as the Class of 2017. It tells you how our students are well on their way "On the road to success":

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

School Start Junior School Year 4 Autumn Term 2016

Dear Students and Parents,                                                    

We are delighted to be able to welcome all our students in junior school in years 4-6 to our beginning of school ceremonies on Thursday 18th August 2016. The assemblies take place during Thursday 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 at 10.00 for year 6, 14.45 for year 4 students and 15.15 for year 5 students.

New students in Year 4

Student, Parent, Teacher meetings week 33

During the first two days of the autumn term we start with a 20 minute introductory talk (student, guardian and mentor) for all our new students starting in year 4. These meetings will take place during week 33 on Thursday morning August 18th and on Friday 19th 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 during of week 32.

Introduction Day

Year 4 students will have a home introduction task for Friday the 19th and they will have their introduction day on Monday 22nd instead. So there is no regular school for year 4 on Thursday the 18th and Friday the 19th. School schedule starts on Tuesday 23rd and Junior Club opens on Tuesday 23rd August.

Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing all our students on Thursday 18th of August 2016.

Best Regards

Ms. Gina Ericsson, Principal

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End of Year Celebrations!

End of Year Celebrations!

On Friday 10th June, our year 9 students graduated in Karolinska Institutet’s Aula Medica as record breakers!  The students achieved a meritvärde of over 297 points, improving their score from the end of the autumn term by over 20 points, to comfortably be the highest achieving year group IEST - a staggering achievement!  


This year’s Valedictorian, Alice Carlsson (9A), and Salutatorian, Ludvig Skare (9A), were joined by 10 other students with perfect scores of 340 points - also a record!  Congratulations once more to Victor Sannicolo (9A), Clara Falkenek (9B), Rebecca Lejdström (9B), Parasto Naghibi (9B), Amy Chen (9C), Olivia Eineborg Schön (9C), Jennifer Jerand (9C), Erik Luo (9C), Vidar Stenqvist (9E), and Alicia Barker-Åström (9F)!


The ceremony, hosted by year 8 students Maya Bhattacharyya (8B) and Eros Carinci (8A), also included performances by Ms Berzelius singing the national anthem, Ellen Sävenäs (9D) singing ‘Try’ by Colbie Calliat, Victor Sannicolo (9A) playing ‘All of Me’ by John Schmidt on the piano, and Felix Westerlund (5E) singing the traditional den blomstertid nu kommer.  Outgoing student president Isabelle Aiken (9A) also gave a heartfelt speech.With so many successful students at IEST, there was much to celebrate.  Class of the year, for their positive attitude went to 9A, whilst student of the term went to Axel Vide (9B).  Academic prizes went to the highest achieving students in each of the subjects.


Students in years 4 to 8 graduated the day before in ceremonies held in the student lounge at school.  Students in 6C treated all year groups to performances of Du Gamla Du Fria and Den Blomstertid Nu Kommer.  Ukulele ensembles from 5C and 5E and recorder players from year 4 also wowed the audience in years 4 and 5, as did the school’s results in Bästa Fyran, the Big Challenge, and the Short Story Competition.  


In year 7 and 8, Johanna Grahm (7B) played the piano, and Josefin Sirc (8A) wowed the crowd with a rendition of James Bay’s ‘Let It Be’.  We also found out the eagerly awaited results of the PTA sponsored year 8 Dragon’s Den project, with the winning entry coming 8B - congratulations Emma Ström and Isabella Lejdström!


Classes and students of the term went to 4A and Rafael Bröms-Thell (4E), 5C and Embla Åberg (5D), 6A and Miranda Elmer (6F), 7E and William Ericsson (7D), and 8E and Hanna Bjöörn (8F).


We would like to wish all students, and their parents and guardians a wonderful and well-deserved summer break - see you all in August!

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