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Start of Term 2018-2019 #99

Start of Term 2018-2019 #99

Please note that students are welcome back to school for the first day of the academic year 2018-19 on:

  • Borås - Wednesday, 22 August, 2018
  • Bromma - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Enskede - School start information already sent to stakeholders by post and via SchoolSoft.
  • Eskilstuna - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Falun - Tuesday, 21 August, 2018 - more information is posted on SchoolSoft
  • Gävle - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Halmstad - Wednesday, 15 and Thursday, 16 August, 2018 (personalised information sent to students)
  • Helsingborg - Tuesday, 14 August, 2018
  • Huddinge - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Hässelby Strand - Thursday, 16 August, 2018
  • Hässleholm - Tuesday, 21 August, 2018
  • Johanneberg - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Järfälla - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Jönköping - Thursday, 16 and Friday, 17 August, 2018 (personalised information sent to students)
  • Karlstad - Wednesday, 22 August, 2018
  • Kista - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Krokslätt - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Landskrona - Wednesday, 22 August, 2018
  • Liljeholmen - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Linköping - Thursday, 16 August, 2018
  • Lund - Thursday, 16 August, 2018
  • Länna - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Nacka - Wednesday, 15 August, 2018
  • Skärholmen - Wednesday, 15 August, 2018
  • Sundbyberg - Wednesday, 22 August, 2018
  • Sundsvall - Wednesday, 22 August, 2018
  • Södertälje - Wednesday, 15 August, 2018
  • Tyresö - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Täby - Tuesday, 21  August, 2018
  • Umeå - Friday, 17 August, 2018
  • Uppsala - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Västerås - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Älvsjö - Friday, 17 August,2018 for new students and Monday, 20 August, 2018 for returning students.
  • Årsta - Wednesday, 15 August, 2018 for grade 4 and Thursday, 16 August, 2018 for all other grades.
  • Örebro - Monday, 20 August, 2018
  • Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet Södermalm - Wednesday, August 15, 2018
From the Principal

... And we're in!

... And we're in!

It's official--we are "på plats" now in our beautiful school buildings! We celebrated the building crew's last day of work at IES Länna with delicious cakes and we welcomed two new staff members to the team: Ms. Unander-Scharin, our administrator, and Mr. Webb, our vaktmästare. The three of us are diligently working on-site each day to prepare of the school start on Monday, August 20.

Check out some of our latest photos (courtesy of Jonathan Howell at IES HQ), and please contact us at info.lanna@engelska.se if you have any questions before school starts!

Best wishes from IES Länna,

Julie Kelly, Principal

 

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Graduation for year nine students

Graduation for year nine students

More than 3,300 tassels passed from right to left and thousands of bright blue mortarboards were sent spinning through the air as students from IES schools throughout Sweden graduated from year nine.

The graduation ceremony is a right of passage for students at Internationella Engelska Skolan to mark their achievements over several vital years of education.

The details of the ceremony can vary from school to school; do they sing both Den Blomstertid Nu Kommer and Du Gamla Du Fria? Do they throw their hats? How many student performances are there? What percentage of the teachers feel a lump in their throat and a tear in their eye?

What is the same, at every IES school, is the celebration of the achievements of the students, where each student will receive a certificate marking the years of hard work they have put in.

High-achieving students are recognised for the best performance in a subject or for the leadership and citizenship that they have shown. 

At IES Skärholmen, Principal Alexandra Ohlén, said: “All of our year nines have the grades they need to get into gymnasium.  Every single one of you has done this.  You have pushed yourself to the limit and you have also helped each other when it was feeling a bit rough.  Right now some of you might be sitting here feeling ‘I don’t know if I deserve this.’ Well, that’s not true.  Some of you are sitting here thinking ‘I kind of deserve it but it is mostly thanks to my teachers’ and of course there is some truth of that, we have excellent teachers, but still mostly this is thanks to you and your efforts, and also because of your families.  I know you are all teenagers and maybe your families are not the ones who you are in love with all the time, but today they deserve your hugs.”

Congratulations: Ms Ohlén handing out certificates to her graduating year nine students.
 

The three students from the school with the best results were awarded the right to give a valedictorian’s speech. Together they chose the topic of success to tie their speeches together.

The first of them, Tova Willborg, 9A, said:  “Success, in Swedish the word success translates to framgång, and if you translate that back to English it means walking forward. success is just that, walking forward, no matter the direction. I consider all of us to be successful, moving forward is what we all have done and are about to do again.”

Following her, Ali Talib, 9C, said: “I will talk about success and how I perceive success.  I don’t think that money and grades are so important, because they won’t help you, they won’t save you from difficult situations without knowledge.  Knowledge is important, we need to learn. The most important is experience.”

The third valedictorian My Danvind, 9D, added: “There are three steps to making a society truly successful, the first step we can and should make is tolerance and respect  Tolerance of religions other than your own, of cultures other than your own, ethnicities that you perhaps didn’t even know existed.

“One good example of this is pride.  People might argue that it is unnecessary and why isn’t there a straight pride? Well, that is simply because pride was born for a need for basic human rights, which straight people have always possessed. LBTQ+ people still don’t have them in many countries today.”

As this year’s grade nine students across Sweden move on to fresh challenges, with the best wishes of the staff at their schools, year eight will now step up and seize the chance to find their own success in their last year of compulsory education.

What's new at IES Länna?

What's new at IES Länna?

Just because it's "sommarlov" doesn't mean that nothing is happening at IES Länna!

The school restaurant.

We are making plans for the arrival of our students, of course. Our first day of school will be on Monday, August 20 at 8.15. We will send out more information via email soon, but please note this very important day!

We have also seen huge progress with the building! The construction is nearly complete on both buildings, and we plan to begin moving in furniture and supplies for the school in early July. We are also excited to see work started on the schoolyard, which will include a football field, "utegym," swings and many other fun features. Click here to see a slideshow with more photos!

This will be our art room.

Keep checking in during the summer to see our progress...we're very excited to show off our beautiful new campus!

All the best,

Mrs. Kelly, Principal

From the Principal

Progress at IES Länna

Progress at IES Länna

The building site continues to change daily as builders work long hours and weekends to ensure construction continues according to plan! Both structures are completely up, and roofing has been nearly completed. Most corridors and rooms inside have been painted, and some supplies for the lunch room have already arrived. We are so thrilled to work with Turako on this project!

After construction on the buildings is complete, the schoolyard will begin to be developed. We will keep an area of trees in the schoolyard as well as add a football field, bandy area, swings, small trampolines and an outdoor gym. We are looking forward to seeing this progress over the next few months!

As always, we are so grateful for this wonderful campus and eagerly await the chance to use it daily!

Thank you, future parents and students, for your continued patience with the building and excitement about IES Länna. We are going to have an amazing adventure together!

Best regards,

Julie Kelly, Principal

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