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From the Principal

Principal's Welcome

Dear students and parents,

I would like to wish you a very warm welcome back for the start of the 2016-17 school year.

All the staff and management team are eagerly awaiting tomorrow when we get to meet all of the new students and to welcome back all the returning students in years 5-9.

We have an exciting year ahead, with a renewed focus on creating our Expert school, with expert learners and expert teachers. I believe we have all been inspired by the dedication and deliberative practice at the Olympic Games in Rio. So many competitors have trained hard and focused on the key areas in which they need to improve their performances, just like we do at our school. Champions in the making.

At IEST this school year we are going to focus more than ever on our ATLs,Approaches to learning as we believe that showing respect, being positive prepared, punctual, cooperative and active in our learning are key to our success.

We are very proud of our achievements at IEST. Last year we excelled again academically, having a Meritvärde in year 9 of 297, the highest in IEST history. However, we never rest on our laurels and desire to provide a quality education and learning for life through active learning.

To help us in our educational journey this year, I would like you to welcome our new teachers, which include new teachers from, Ireland, Canada, the USA, Australia, Sweden, India, Russia, Spain and the UK.

We have been busy during the summer with our annual renovations to the school buildings. All the classrooms, toilets and hallways have been painted and decorated. We have 3 new classrooms in junior school and have renovated the changing rooms in senior school with new showers and decorations.

All the new books and IT devices have arrived including a new diary for junior school students designed by their HOYs to support in their planning and study skills.

Yes, there is so much to tell…We will meet all our students, tomorrow on Thursday 18th so you will find out much more then in person from your mentors and we look forward to welcoming all parents shortly into school at the Back to school nights”

Welcome back everyone to IEST!

Ms. Gina Ericsson

From the Principal

Greetings from the Principal - May 2016

What a busy, yet fun time of year at IEST! Our students are working so hard on their school work,  showing great study skills in taking part in their National tests, term grades and assessments with final grades for year 9.

As always the end is also packed with educational visits to museums, Sports days and "Skapande Skola" activities. We are looking forward to our annual celebrations at the end of school year in our assemblies and Graduation for the class of 2016 at the Aula Medica.

We are delighted that our PTA have organised their annual "Prom" for our year 9 students on June 10th evening. A glittering occasion to look forward to after 6 wonderful years at our school. Both our year 9 students and year 6 students are invited to a formal leaver's lunch, yes our year 6 students are moving over to the Senior school in August, time to say farewell and say thank you to mentors and teachers.  They are most welcome at Senior school and we are already  preparing fun team building activities for them when they start year 7 in August.

Last, but not least we have our annual charity initiatives coming up soon,  a "dagsverket"  at Senior school and a talent Show on 2nd June for Junior school.  More news to come..

 

Let's hope the sun shines now so we can really enjoy all these events with a smile!

From the Principal

Welcome Back to IEST - Spring 2016!

Dear students and parents,

On behalf of the staff and the management team we would like to welcome students back to the start of the spring term. We are looking forward to a wonderful term full of different learning experiences for students on their journey to become expert learners.

We plan to continue to develop our successful launch of the House system and shortly we will be displaying our House flags around school inspired by our student designs.

Thank you for a first great week to the term.

Carpe Diem!

Best regards

Ms. Gina Ericsson

Principal

From the Principal

Season's Greetings

Dear Students, Parents and Staff,

I am so proud of the amazing progress and achievements of all our students this term. Our Academic results continue to improve showing how our students are developing in to expert learners in all their subjects.
Well done!

An enormous thank you to the creativity and professionalism of my teaching staff in motivating and guiding our students to this success.
Thank you!

I am delighted that the launch of our new house system has been so successful this term. A special thank you to Mr. Whiteroad and Mr. Fenton for all they have organised this term for our weekly meetings. Another thank you to the teachers who have lead each house and last, but not least a big thank you to our fantastic students who have taken on the House Captain roles with such responsibility.
Well done!

I wish everyone a peaceful and restful winter holiday.
I hope you have time to enjoy a relaxing and quality time with family and friends.

Wishing you all Season's Greetings
from
Ms. Gina Ericsson and the IEST Management team

From the Principal

Principal’s Greetings November 2015

Welcome back after the Autumn Break.

On behalf of myself and the management team we welcome back all our students for the second half of our autumn term.

IEST an Expert School?

Our focus for the school year is to be an “Expert School with Expert teachers and Expert learners” and with this in mind what a fantastic start we have had to the school year 2015-16. Our students have won academic awards in IES for their great achievements in National tests, students have participated in several “skapande skola” activities including visits to museums and taking part in guest author workshops in school and what is most pleasing of all is how our students are showing such great focus and success in their studies so far this school year, as confirmed at the positive and rewarding SPTs before the break. 

Which House do you belong to? Shakespeare, Lindgren, Da Vinci or Curie?

I have noticed a lovely change in the atmosphere in the hallways this year, a welcome change of friendship across year groups with interest and excitement for our new house system, where students keenly follow their own House’s merit points every month and look forward to meeting with their house groups on Friday mornings. We have more to come as the houses have chosen their shields and mottos which will be made in to flags to be displayed around school. 

What’s happening next?

We have a lot to look forward to this term in the run up to Christmas. Our year 8s and 9s will have an opportunity to go out on invaluable work experience, our year 9s will visit the “Gymnasiemässan” at Älvsjö, and we have over 100 students in the choir for both junior and senior school preparing for our annual Lucia concerts in December.

The next key event we are preparing for is our annual Open House by invitation to prospective students in our queue for year 4 for August 2016 which is taking place on Saturday 14th November. This is when children in our queue have an opportunity to come in on a Saturday morning to try out lessons in junior school, look around the school and meet with teachers and some of our students.

While writing this blog, the autumnal colours are a beautiful reminder of this wonderful time of year

We are looking forward to a great rest of the term and know that the Christmas and winter break will be here much quicker than we know. A warm thank you to all our students, parents and staff who make our school the wonderful place for learning it has become…

 

Best Regards,

Ms. Gina Ericsson, Principal

From the Principal

August 2015

Dear Students and Parents,

Welcome back to the school year 2015-16

What a lovely few sunny days we have had this week. Our staff at IEST have been working hard preparing for you this week for the start of the school year 2015-16 on Monday 17th August.

 

Expert teaching and learning at IEST

This year we plan to have a great focus on our professional development as educators now having 12 förstelärare helping us focus on sharing our expertise in the classroom. We believe very much that all our students can be expert learners if we as teachers are experts in teaching, creating a learning environment where  deliberative practice prevails. As part of this development for the teaching staff we are running the Swedish government programme for Literacy development “Läslyftet” and the Cambridge University programme for Bilingual teaching and learning.

Once again we have some new International staff arriving from the UK, Ireland, the USA, Canada and Australia. They have had two weeks of introduction and are now ready and really looking forward to meeting and teaching our students at IEST.

 

IEST News and update

Assistant Principal

We are delighted to announce that Mr Alex Flynn is taking on the Assistant Principal position at senior school on his return from paternity leave last term. Mr. Flynn our experienced Science teacher and Academic Coordinator is a well-established member of the IES organization and an asset to our school well known to students and parents alike.

 

School improvements

Junior school refurbishments include painting all the classrooms and corridors, new air conditioning in the nurse and counselor area and new equipment including a new pool table in the student room.

Senior school has had all the toilets repainted in bright inviting colours with new ceiling lighting. All classroom and corridors have also been repainted during the summer cleaning.

We are opening a new gym in senior school for students and staff – a work in process but a wonderful health initiative at the school.

 

House System Launch

We are excited to be launching our new House system mixed years 4-6 and 7-9 with weekly House tutor times.

School competitions and merits are to be linked to our Approaches to Learning (ATLs). This is a wonderful way to encourage unity and develop leadership and mentoring skills in a positive way, well proven in International schools.


IT investments

Over the summer we have upgraded our wifi system with new Aruba routers in both junior and senior school as we need to cater for all the new IT devices purchased this year.

We have new IPad minis, MacAirs and Chrome books for students and staff. We will continue to work in our Google environment with the benefits of easy sharing on Google drive and Google classroom. However we have also a close partners with the Apple Store in Täby for our Mac and IPad teaching and training.

Time to start the school year! 

On behalf of the Management team and staff we wish all our students and parents a most warm welcome to the new school year 2015-16.

 

Best Regards,

Ms Gina Ericsson

Principal

 

 

From the Principal

Principal's Update March 2015

Dear Parents and Students,

SPTS

Welcome in to school again for our SPTs next week! We always enjoy opening our doors to our parents and know that our teachers have been very busy preparing extensive feedback, using our matrix system on school soft for you to discuss with your children and with their mentors. It is important to reflect on one’s achievements so far and to set up new goals and expectations for the end of term.

I am delighted that our students show such wonderful progress and academic achievement and I am sure they can sustain this “learning for life” approach throughout their time at our school and beyond…

Survey

We would also like to remind you of taking part in our annual survey, as we do appreciate your feedback so we can maintain and where necessary improve the quality of our school. This can be done by logging into school soft with your parent details from home, or you can fill in the survey which takes less than 5 minutes when you come in for the SPTS. We will have laptops set up for you to use in both junior and senior where there will also be a “fika” to enjoy. Thank you!

Work hard and play hard

As I am always reminding our IEST family, we work hard and we play hard. Once again our school has hosted two very well supported and successful events by the PTA for both junior school and senior school. First we had the junior school “Valentine’s disco held at senior school in February. The students had great fun dancing to our own year 8 DJ! Last weekend we held the annual LAN party and again we had over 150 students interacting with games on their computers all night. This is such a well- organized event now thanks to the support of the PTA, parents, students in the LAN crew and our staff. It is quite an amazing event to watch and I am so proud of our students’ great behavior and respect for our school, as well as the mixing between the year groups 7-9.

Thank you staff

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful staff, who are so dedicated and professional giving our students the support and inspiration they need to succeed. Thank you staff!

Happy Easter Break

Only one week to go before the Easter break! I am hoping like everyone else that our sunshine and the springtime will return for us to relax and recharge our batteries for the final leg of the race leading up to Graduation and the end of the school year in the beginning of June.

We look forward to meeting you next week in school.

Ms. Gina Ericsson and the IEST Management team

 

From the Principal

Seasons’ Greetings!

Seasons’ Greetings!

I’m always surprised at how quickly December comes around each year - but here it is again!

The end of term is always a busy affair, with much going on for students, staff, and parents - both in and out of school.

We are rehearsing for our traditional Lucia performances tomorrow with the largest participation of students in our choir ever! A wonderful occasion not to be missed. Our teachers are finalising the term grades and our year 9s are out on PRAO experiencing a taste of the real working world to come.

 

Challenges for Students -Going the extra mile at IEST with Cambridge

Our students are exceptionally keen, and always trying to push themselves further: the IGCSEs offered by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE, www.cie.org.uk) are a route selected by many at IEST! 

Not only do they challenge students further, they provide our students with internationally recognised credit for their higher levels of knowledge and skills in subjects such as English (First or Second Language), Maths, Science, French, Spanish, and German. 

Our IGCSE Coordinator, Ms Carla Hartburn will be going out with information to all students in years 8 and 9 in the near future, but please do contact her if you have any questions!

 

Staff Development - IEST in partnership with Cambridge International Education

It isn’t just the students that CIE support! Following our trip to the Cambridge Schools Conference in September, Mr Alex Flynn is working through the accreditation process required for IEST to become a Cambridge Professional Development Centre, the first in Sweden!

The goal of this is that our staff would then be able to work towards CIE’s Certificate and Diploma in Teaching Bilingual Learners; helping them to become even better at supporting our students, and giving them the recognition for the skills they already have. 

Also inspired by the conference, Mr Matthew Ward has been coordinating the school’s in-house professional development this term, supported by Ms Rebecca Thompson, Ms Elle Barton, and Mr Flynn. 

Teachers have been looking at Inspiring Teaching and Learning Power, and been in each others classrooms observing lessons and learning from each other. There is a lot of excellent teaching going on at IEST - peer observations give our teachers opportunity to learn from each other.

 

Success and time for the winter holiday

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our students on their achievements and success this term. I am sure you would like me to thank your teachers and the staff for all their support this term. We have a wonderful school - thanks to everyone’s amazing efforts and teamwork!

Wishing you all a relaxing and enjoyable winter holiday with family and friends and a Happy New Year!

Welcome back to students on 8th January for the spring term 2015!

 

Ms. Gina Ericsson

Principal IEST


 

 

From the Principal

November Greetings!

Sunshine at IEST

It may be dark and grey outside in November, but every day I am greeted by smiling faces and small moments of sunshine in our school. There are always so many interesting and creative activities going on in and outside of the classrooms in junior and senior school. We are privileged to have students who enjoy learning and are inspired daily by our dedicated teachers to learn even more! 

Open House Success at junior school

Last Saturday we had our annual Open House for next year’s new students for year 4. Over 200 students and their parents attended the event showing the popularity and success of our school. The children got to try out taster lessons, toured the school and met student from our Student Council.  It was amazing to see how many children enjoyed being in school on a Saturday morning and I know parents enjoyed the wonderful “bake sale” run by our Student Council. Thank you to all our staff and students for making this day such a happy and friendly one for all taking part. It was great and we look forward to welcoming all the children in August.

SmoothIEST at senior school

As I write a group of our year 9 students are busy preparing for the launch of our Smoothie bar at senior school. I am most impressed by their efforts and look forward to tasting their wares very soon.

More news to come…

Busy bees-academic success and going the extra mile

Everyone is busy this time of year with their studies making sure they do their best to reach their goals by the end of term. Our teachers are always supporting students in their studies, but we also provide extra support at our tutorials and in senior school we also have our academic catch up day.

Work hard Play hard

Our students work hard, but we like them to enjoy themselves on their breaks. A well as our student rooms in both schools we have now purchased 3 table tennis tables for senior school so students can play “ping pong” during their breaks. I am sure Junior Club will also be using them for a tournament soon!

Not long now until December and the winter break…so good luck students and thank you at to everyone at IEST for being my sunshine in November! See you all in the hallways soon!

 

Ms. Ericsson

Principal

 

From the Principal

Welcome to all students and parents at IEST 2014-15

A very warm welcome back to all students and their families. I am sure you will join me in  welcoming on board all our new students in years 4-9 and their families and in particular  the 180 students and their parents starting in year 4 at junior school. We may be one of  the top ten largest schools in Sweden, but we are made up of families with siblings in both  junior and senior school! We still have parents that have been with us from the start and  will continue with us into our 9th year at senior school and our 5th year at junior school!  Thanks to our mentoring system and close cooperation with our PTA we are able to keep a  positive and proactive flow of communication between the school and home, building the  smaller community within our school and its two buildings. Our school is very successful  academically and made up of amazing students and staff: a school for us all to be proud of  belonging to.

While hopefully everyone has been enjoying the fantastic and warm summer, our staff have been busy preparing for the start of a wonderful school year to come: 2014-15. Our international teachers arrived on 4th August for an Introduction Week and our returning teachers were here last week preparing for the school year ahead.

So what’s new and exciting at IEST this year?

New teachers and subjects

Management team update: We have a new Assistant Principal Mr. Anthony Taylor  starting at senior school, as well as Ms. Eloise Barton who is joining us for a year on the  IES management trainee programme (ASL). Mr. Flynn has moved up to senior to become  Academic Coordinator at senior school and Mr. Ward is now Academic Coordinator at junior  school.

Teachers: We have 11 “Förstelärare “positions at our school this year, increasing from the 4  teachers we had last year. This is a government sponsored initiative and we are very excited  about being able to increase our focus on teacher development and excellence in so many  areas in both junior and senior school.

New teachers: We are really looking forward to you meeting our new teachers in both junior  and senior school. We have recruited some very experienced and creative teachers from both  Sweden and abroad for this school year. Students will meet them on Monday and parents at  our “Back to school nights” coming up shortly. We are preparing a new page on our website  where you will be able to view where our teachers are from and at which university/college  they have studied for their teacher qualifications. 

Chinese: We are offering Chinese in year 6 for the first time as part of the Modern Foreign  Language option at our school and our delighted to have Ms. Cathy Ji Li to continue her great  introduction of Chinese for students and staff at our school. Life Skills: We have reintroduced Life skills in year 7 in senior school to be run by Ms.  Gabor our school counsellor. Ms. Carlsson and Mr. Martinez will continue Life Skills in year  5 in junior school.

IT Skills: A very welcome return for IT skills to support students with the skills needed to  use our school’s IT devices in lessons and our recent move over to Google drive. Mr. Hogg  our IT Rep. will be developing training for staff and students and will meet with our year 7s  once a week for intensive training in our IT Centre. Mr. Johnstone will be meeting with the  year 6s for a similar weekly training in our Computer room in junior school. We believe this  will be a wonderful opportunity to develop student skills in IT and improve their use of the  additional chrome book carts bought for this school year in both junior and senior school.

Career skills 4-9: We are delighted that Ms. Cassell- Berghagen will be working full time  this year to develop our career guidance programme throughout the school. As well as her  focus on our year 9s she will be meeting with our year 8s weekly as part of strengthening our  support in preparing students for their career choices ahead. English: We have added an extra lesson in English in year 4 to support development in  vocabulary in the subjects, especially Science, which are studied in English.

Science year 9: We have added an extra lesson for Science in year 9 so the students have one  lab and 3 lessons per week to cover the 4 subjects included in the subject Science at senior  school.

New and improved facilities and resources

The school has been redecorated and thoroughly cleaned over the summer and both buildings  are looking spotless and shining in anticipation of school starting on Monday 18th!

In junior school: New and welcome additions to the playground including bike racks and a  covered seating area, both requested by the student council at junior school. A library is being  created in one of the junior club rooms for use during lessons, breaks and at junior club.

In senior school: We have renovated the Art room during the summer to prepare for the half  classes in art. We are also planning to open “Smoothiest” a smoothie and juice bar in the  student lounge area, but need support and ideas first and hope to get our student council and  PTA involved in this healthy and popular idea...More to come...

The departments have purchased new resources too numerous to write about here; however,  one of the major purchases this year has been new Science books for the senior school which  are also available online for students to use at home. Our new HOD Science Ms. Hartburn  and her team are very excited about having these wonderful resources for their students this  year.

So much to say...

I would like to sign off by saying there is always so much to say. However, I will now save  some information for next week for the students to find out themselves. I will also save the  details of our academic success last year for parents at the ”Back to school nights”. We will strive to continue with our excellent school results and academic success for all  students and continue in our desire to create a school which our students, parents and staff are  proud to belong too! Welcome to IESTäby for 2014-15

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