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Reflections and celebrations

Reflections and celebrations

The end of a school year! It is a day of many emotions and thoughts, for students and parents, as well as for us staff members. We have watched some of these students grow and develop over 7 years in our school, and others for a shorter time, but they all make an impression on us, and it is a privilege to see all these young people learn and develop. Academically, they keep amazing us with their insights, their fresh angles, the way they make connections and inferences, the way sometimes things that have been murky and cumbersome just suddenly fall into place and become clear and understandable - what joy and what a victory! Socially we also see great development during these crucial years as students interact with classmates and staff and gain independence and self-sufficiency. These are things that we reflect upon as we send our students off on summer holidays, and especially as we send our graduating Year 9 students off onto new chapters in their lives.

Thank you, students, for all that you teach us and share with us, and thank you, parents and guardians, for entrusting us with your children. We wish everyone a restful and enjoyable summer, and we looked forward to welcoming returning and new students again in August!

Teknikåttan Finals Beckon For Two IES Schools

Pictured above (L-R) Josef Kulberg, Beatrice Abelsson, Kasper Walan and Elin Edebali, finalists from IES Karlstad

Students from two Internationella Engelska Skolan schools have earned themselves a place in the final of a prestigious science, mathematics and technology contest.

When the national finals of Teknikåttan are held, later this month, both IES Gävle and IES Karlstad will be among the 13 schools hoping to win first place, having triumphed at their regional finals.

Eighth grade classes throughout Sweden had the chance to enter Teknikåtten during the qualification round.  Those who reached the regional finals at universities throughout Sweden then competed in construction, coding with chess pieces and cards, and a quiz, all for the chance of winning a place in the national final at the University of Lund on Thursday, 23 May.

Beatrice Abelsson from class 8C at IES Karlstad was one of the students who lifted the regional prize following the competition at the University of Karlstad.  She said: “The challenge I took part in was placing chess pieces on a board and conveying where they would stand by using playing cards. We wanted as many points as we could get, so we only used one suit, hearts. It was hard finding combinations and solutions of how we would place every piece.

“When we first started it was pretty hard but were kept going and trying, at the end when we were going to do it the final time we were confident that we could get the bonus points by doing it with just one suit.

“I think we are all pretty nervous about the national final, but we are working hard and we think we can do it. I know there is a team from IES Gävle in the final too, so I hope that either we win, or they win.”

Her classmate Oscar Petersson (pictured, right, with Hannah Stagen-Enwall and Marcus Bülund) was involved in construction challenges.

He said:  “We had to make the tallest possible tower with paper in a short amount of time.  Then, for the second challenge, we had to build a timer. We were supposed to flip a can of soda over after five minutes, we used water as the motor of the machine to measure how much time passed.

“During the test run we hit five minutes exactly, but in the end we were 40 seconds out, but we are still not sure why.

“I don’t know the other classes that are participating in the national final, but I hope we will place in the top three.”

Meanwhile class 8A from IES Gävle won their regional final at Högskolan Dalarna, also earning themselves a place in the national final.

Yanina Rydbäck and Ladouce Bigina were part of the winning team and are now preparing to make their way down to Lund for the final.

Yanina (pictured, left, with Cormac Brown, centre and Natan Stenlund, right) said: “I am very excited, kind of nervous, but it is a happy kind of nervous. I am interested in subjects around technology and science, I wanted to try hard and see how we would do, and it went well so far.”

Yanina took part in the quiz section of the competition.  She said: “There were a lot of questions about space or diseases and the questions that are hot in science right now.  I found the timeline for homosapiens hardest, we had to put historical things in the right order.  We got five out of six.”

Ladouce added: “I wanted to take part in the contest because it sounded like a fun thing to do, and it was a once in a lifetime thing.

“I was really shocked when we won, because I didn’t think that we would come so far.  Now I think we have a good chance of winning the national final because if we managed to win the first competition, nothing can stop us now.”

IES Gavle Sr dominated in Teknikåttan regional final!

IES Gavle Sr dominated in Teknikåttan regional final!

IESG students continue to impress and achieve excellent results: 8A has won the regional final competition for Teknikåttan!

This means they will go to Lund for the national final on May 23rd! They won the most points for the Timer machine they built. Yanina, Natan, and Cormac also scored the most points during the Knowledge section of the competition. Additional prizes were also given to students who scored a perfect 15/15 on the qualifying quiz, and IESG had 3 students win this: Leija, Mohammed A., and Natan.



From the Principal

Gavle Sr students qualifies to the finals in International Language Competition

Gavle Sr students qualifies to the finals in International Language Competition

On 6 March, two of our Year 9 students participated in the regional final for Spanish in the International Language Competition (previously known as Språkolympiaden) in Stockholm, after having qualified in the first round of competitions, which are held online. Six schools from the middle Sweden region had qualified for the regional final, and three of them were IES schools! Our students achieved an impressive 20 out of 21 points, and with that, won the regional final!

This means that they are moving on the the national finals in Malmö on 29 March! We are very proud of them, and are keeping our fingers crossed for them in the finals!