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With a grand finale, IESG's 14th school year has come to an end. 

With a grand finale, IESG's 14th school year has come to an end. 

In the morning, our Year 7 and 8 students had their end-of-year ceremonies, received grades and awards for accomplishments, and ran off to enjoy the summer. 

After lunch, 212 nervous and excited Year 9 students, the IESG staff, and many hundreds of friends and family gathered at Estraden for another moving graduation ceremony - a grand celebration of learning and maturing, of ends, and new beginnings. This year, we were honored to have IES' founder, Mrs. Barbara Bergström, join us, and give one of the several inspiring speeches during the ceremony. 

It is a very proud and emotional moment for us to see all these young people, who have entrusted us with their education during formative years, now ready to step out and start the next stage in their lives, and we wish them all the very best!

Students Sing For Victory in IES Eurovision Song Contest

Students Sing For Victory in IES Eurovision Song Contest

A grade nine student from IES Tyresö was crowned the winner after 18 bands and solo artists stepped forward to perform during the annual Internationella Engelska Skolan Modern Foreign Languages Eurovision Song Contest.

The popular competition is open to students at all IES schools and sees them perform a song in a language other than Swedish or English.

 

 

This year’s winner was Stella Chirinos from IES Tyresö (Pictured above with French Teacher Mr Guerneui, Founder of IES Ms Bergstöm, and music teacher Mr Stones). Stella sang Dernière Danse by French singer-songwriter Indila.

Stella said: “It was a strange feeling to hear that I had won. There was some very good singers from other schools. I knew that I had given a good performance and that I had a strong song but it's always a good surprise to win.

"I started in year 7 here at IES Tyresö so I've been learning French for three years. I like the language, I like how it sounds.”

Stella got the idea of performing the Indila song after a friend mentioned it in a French lesson and she realised it would suit her well.

She said: “I like to sing because it's fun and I can express feeling through songs. There are songs for all occasions, sad and happy.

"I've been singing since I was seven and I've performed on stage on several occasions previously so I have some stage experience but you can't take away the nervosity."

Her French teacher, Mr Guerneui added: “I knew that my student Stella was a very strong candidate for victory but when I heard the singers from Nacka and Gävle I felt that this year's trophy might as well go to one of these schools. The two girls had very strong and beautiful voices. It's my first year at IES Tyresö  and we are still a relatively new school so I am glad that we won with our first attempt.”

Second place was awarded to Paulina Johnson of IES Gävle (pictured, left) who sang Mii Años in Spanish, while the third prize went to a band from IES Nacka made up of Felicia Elding, Louise Andersson, Alva Willers and Annie Wallin (pictured, below, right). Together they performed Colores En El Biento in Spanish.

This year the event was hosted by IES Bromma, other IES schools taking part included those from: Älvsjö, Täby, Kista, Skärholmen, Huddinge, Liljeholmen, Uppsala, Hässelby, Eskilstuna, Halmstad, Lund, Sundsvall, Johanneberg and Hässleholm .

The result means that, according to Eurovision tradition, IES Tyresö will host next year’s contest.

Mr Guerneui is looking forward to putting together next year’s event.

He said: “IES Bromma has set the bar very high this year but we are confident to maintain the same standard next year."

Student Work

Prom night 2017

Prom night 2017

Last week we had a wonderful prom for our year 9 students to celebrate the three delightful years we have enjoyed with them here at the International English School in Gävle.

The students showed up at Två Kockar (Two Chefs) in amazingly beautiful dresses, gowns and tuxedos.  We started things off with some time for our students to mingle and take photos with one another, before we had a three course dinner. The dinner program begun with an emotionally moving piano performance by Deniz Hamidi.  As a surprise, the staff had made movies depicting some of the most endearing characteristics of each of our fantastic year 9 classes.  We hope that you have a chance to see them.  A big thanks to IES Gävle alum, Eric Norberg for the countless hours of editing and production of the videos.

All students had a great time and were extremely well behaved.  Two students who surely had an exciting evening were our Prom Royalty.  This year, Olivia Grönlund Karlsson and Fabian Pernesten were announced as this year’s royalty after dinner.   Dinner was followed up with a waltz and then the disco started with the help of DJ Papi.  Both staff and students finished off the night on the dancefloor.  

The staff is so pleased with our beautiful year nine students and we will surely miss them now when they are heading for new adventures. We wish them a bright and prosperous future.

From the Principal

Terminsslut

Terminsslut

Lagom till terminsslutet har vi fått Skolinspektionens beslut efter den tillsyn de genomfört på skolan i vår, en tillsyn som regelbundet genomförs i alla skolor i Sverige. Glädjande nog fann Skolinspektionen att IES Gävle uppfyller författningarnas krav, bland annat gällande undervisning och lärande, samt trygghet, studiero och åtgärder mot kränkande behandling, och att det inte fanns några brister att anmärka på. Detta är vi mycket stolta över!

I övrigt är terminens allra sista dagar är här. Skolarbeten är inlämnade, böcker lämnas tillbaka, klassrum och skåp städas ur. Våra nior har haft avslutningsbal, och har fotograferats i skolans mörkblå avgångsklädsel. På onsdag den 14 juni är det dags för IESG:s fjortonde skolavslutning, en dag som alltid är full av stolthet och glädje när vi ser hur mycket våra elever lärt sig och utvecklats under året - blandat med sorg över att säga hejdå till våra avgångselever som går vidare till gymnasiet. Som tur är kommer många av våra gamla elever på besök hos oss igen senare, så vi får fortsätta följa dem!

Vi önskar alla en riktigt skön och avkopplande sommar, och önskar er också välkomna tillbaka till IESG:s 15:e skolår som börjar den 21 augusti!

Young poets impress in contest.

Students from several IES schools have taken part in an English-language poetry contest.

The competition, encouraging students to explore their poetic side, was arranged by five IES schools north of Stockholm - Uppsala, Gävle, Falun, Sundsvall and Umeå.

Students from years 7 - 9 were asked to write a poem with the theme of ‘Hopes and Dreams’.

The overall winner of the contest was Louise Berntsson from IES Uppsala (pictured, right).

She said: "This was the first poetry contest that I have ever entered and so I felt very surprised to win. I was very happy to take part and also to have my poetry recognised by IES."

Rebecca Ryberg, the organisation’s subject facilitator for English, took on the challenging role as the contest’s judge. The schools taking part selected 29 poems for her to choose from, a maximum of three poems per year group from each school. After looking through the talented and diverse entries, Ms Ryberg chose the winners for each year group.

She said: "There were so many great poems written by the students; it was quite hard to judge.  The quality was extremely high, and I know their teachers are really proud of their work and efforts."

The winning poem:

The girl on the boat

She has that look in her eyes,

Like the life in her was drawn out by the mouth,

Unable to speak,

she looks so tired and weak.

The girl on the boat has dreams.

 

She dreams of a world where the only thing falling from the sky is rain,

Not bombs

Not shell casings

Not blood

 

She dreams of a world where the only things that crack open are watermelons,

and coconuts

Not innocent skulls

Or paper ribcages

 

She dreams of holding a math book in her hands again,

Of curling her fingers around a pen,

Of walking outside to see the sun smiling,

And at night, the stars twinkling.

 

The girl on the boat dreams of a world where living,

is not the same as surviving.

 

The other results of the contest by category were:

Year 7:

First place:  Molly Åberg from IES Gävle.  Poem: "Peace and Death."

Runner up: Kian Esfandiari from IES Uppsala.  Poem:  "Hopes and Dreams."

 

Year 8:

First place: George Makso from IES Umeå.  Poem: "Life is Not a Dream."

Runner up: From IES Falun, would prefer not to be named.

 

Year 9:

First place:  Louise Berntsson from IES Uppsala.  "The Girl on the Boat."

Runner up: Emma Hansson from IES Umeå.  "A Single White Flower.”

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