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Monthly Parent Session: Building Empathy

Monthly Parent Session: Building Empathy

At IES Länna, we believe strongly in the involvement of parents in our daily work. To better help our parents understand what our goals are, how we are working, and what they can do to support their child at home we host informational (and usually interactive) sessions each month. Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions surrounding COVID-19, we are unable to have interactive, in-person sessions. However, our first ever digital parent session has seen huge success and we are able to continue our collaboration between home and school. 

During September, we have been working with the topic of empathy. Our presentation, linked here, has information and tools for parents (and educators) to help our children build empathy to use not only as children and teenagers, but to take into society as adults.

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20 for 2020 (what's left of it, anyway)

20 for 2020 (what's left of it, anyway)

I was inspired by a podcast called "Happier" by Gretchen Rubin where a "20 for 2020" list was created: 20 things to accomplish in the year 2020. Yes, I know it's September, but I also know that this year has gotten a negative reputation. And what better way to turn that around than to make some positive changes in our final few months?

Here is my "20 for 2020" list. I left three goals blank and am getting great feedback from students, colleagues, parents and staff from other IES schools. Check out Gretchen's website here for ideas and resources!

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Welcome to IES Länna's third (and best yet) year!

Welcome to IES Länna's third (and best yet) year!

On August 19, 2020 we welcomed 572 students to a wonderful school year! Many of those students are returning for their second or third year, but over a hundred are brand new to IES Länna. We are excited to expand our family while at the same time maintaining our values and close-knit community. Our motto for the 2020-21 school year is "See the Good, Be the Good" and we can't wait to work toward that goal with all of our students, staff and parents. Big (virtual, for now) hugs to all of you!

Graduation 2020

Graduation 2020

As the class of 2020 graduated, more than 4,000 IES students throughout Sweden have been awarded their school diplomas. This is normally a crowded event involving hugs and hats thrown in the air in front of friends and family. 

The graduation ceremony, with its iconic blue caps and gowns is an important part of the tradition of Internationella Engelska Skolan - a right of passage for students to mark their achievements over several years of education. This year has challenged us all to find new ways to celebrate our students and their hard work within the limitations of the ongoing pandemic.

Regarding the school's first grade 9 graduation ceremony since it opened in 2018, Julie Kelly, principal of IES Länna, said: 

“For us, everything with this class has been unique and special since there are only 29 of them and we have only had them for two years. It was quite fitting, then, that their graduation was also unique. While the restrictions forced us to make a lot of adjustments, we actually had a beautiful and more intimate ceremony that we will all remember forever.”

In her speech to the students at the graduation Mrs. Kelly said: "I have spoken to you so many times over our two years together that it was very hard to find my final words to you. I can only give you the advice I wish I had had when I was sixteen years old: love yourself first, make friends in unexpected places, and never let anyone else set limits for what you can do and how much you can achieve."

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