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Growing trees and knowledge


Starting last fall we got a group of approximately 10 students together to plant trees. The goal was to grow some trees in school that we could give out in the hopes that one day they would provide a nice view, some shade and if we are lucky, some ecosystem services. We connected this to what we were learning in science about global warming and how trees naturally are a carbon sink that also provide food and shelter to local animals. 

The seeds that we planted were a mixture of gathered seeds of oak, mango, avocado, and chestnut and redwood seeds that we ordered online.

They were grown (mostly) in the school and May is the time for them to be given out to the students and staff that have a nice home for them. 

'The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.'

Student Work

The Spanish team's got talent!

The Spanish team's got talent!

Yet again, IESG students have impressed with their language skills. This spring, two of our Year 9 students, Julia Söderström and Elisabeth Gorn, qualified in the Spanish section of the International Language Competition. They went on to the regional final for the Stockholm region, where they finished an admirable third. Congratulations, we are proud of you! 


Week 8 = > Pink Week

Anti bullying week

At the International English School in Gävle we take anti-bullying work seriously. During week 8 we focus especially on this and contribute to the "Pink Week" network by getting our students involved in creating anti-bullying art for our school, as well as having important conversations on the topic. We look forward to seeing what creations our talented students come up with this year!

Student Work

Science field trip

The students had been selected based on interest and had to pass a knowledge test before being accepted. Their extra work paid off when they were first treated to a lively physics show that featured among other things infrared light and liquid nitrogen, and especially in the afternoon, the main event, when the students got to take part in a study testing for radioactivity in mushrooms from Björke and Trödje.

Demonstrating how efficient different bulb types are. The infrared camera showed heat loss in: incandescent, fluorescent and LED light bulbs.

This was especially poignant for our students, as our area was greatly impacted by the Chernobyl disaster 34 years ago. It was a terrific opportunity for the students to see and experience how research is conducted in a renowned research facility. 

The experiment set up. On the left you see the mushrooms and geiger-mueller tube. On the right you see the 200kg of lead used to stop the radiation from our bodies from contaminating the test.