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.'
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!
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.
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.
What more can you ask for from the school when it comes to extra-curricular activities than, in two words: LAN PARTY!
From Friday afternoon until Saturday morning, the students get to bring their own computer and play all night long. From our perspective, it is great to see all these students in their gaming environment, playing together and having so much fun. This is a tradition that started 9 years ago, and we have every intention of keeping it going.
We were thrilled and honored to have our first author visit from abroad when Mr. Tom Palmer from England came to visit our Year 6 and Year 7 students on a snowy winter's day. He is the author of many books, mainly with sport and historical themes. He spoke about his own school years when reading was hard for him, about how reading changed his world in his late teens, and about his work as an author today. He also played a fun quiz game with the students, which led to a football penalty shootout, and three happy winners who each won a book autographed by Mr. Palmer!