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From the Principal

2020 Here we go!

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A new term has started, and we are taking on new tasks and challenges with renewed energy after the break. The staff started with two in-service days to get everything ready for the students when they arrived.

Last week we were pleased to have visitors from IES’s headquarters here for a quality check-up. They spoke to groups of staff, students and parents, visited lessons and walked around the school. Afterwards, they had so many nice things to say about what they saw and experienced here during their visit, about the learning they witnessed, about the friendly and positive atmosphere, and about the staff and the students, which was wonderful to hear. 

Soon, we will have another similar visitor, Ms. Carola Lemne, new chairman of the IES board. She will visit us for the first time at the beginning of March, and we look forward to welcoming her and showing her our school as well.

Students and staff are also off to a busy and good start, with new projects and topics and interesting things to learn. Welcome back to another term at IESG!

From the Principal

Close to the end...

Close to the end...

As the winter darkness envelops us, we can feel the end of the autumn term coming nearer at a quick pace. We are ticking off events and activities, from scholastic ones like the Year 9 Scrapbook Projects and Oral National Exams, to life experiences like the Year 8 PRAO/practical work-life experience week, to celebratory events like Nobel Day, Lucia, and Christmas Sweater Day, until we finish off the year with chances for the students to develop further in subjects of their choosing during Choice Days. The term will finish on Friday, 20 December, with festive assemblies for each year group, after which our students can enjoy a well-deserved break.

The spring term will then start for the students on Thursday, 9 January, according to the normal schedule. We look forward to welcoming our students back then, rested and ready for new challenges!

We wish everyone Happy Holidays!

From the Principal

Back to business!

Back to business!

Finally! The students are back in school! Do you have any idea how boring a school without students is? After only having staff in the school for some weeks it is so nice to hear children’s voices in the hallways again. 

We are starting the school year with several days of team building activities to give everyone the chance to get to know their new classmates and mentor teachers, while having some fun at the same time. Next week we will all be ready for new knowledge and new skills as regular lessons commence. Bring it on - we are ready!


 

From the Principal

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!

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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! 

From the Principal

Season's greetings

Lucia illustration with a Prao choir

As the days get shorter and shorter, we are coming to the end of the term and the year. These last few weeks hold quite a few special events for our students. The Year 9s are finishing their oral National Tests, the Year 8s have one week of “PRAO” - practical work-life orientation, and we also have three choice days coming up, where students have the chance to pick a subject to delve deeper into. There are also several special festive days; Nobel Day, Lucia, our Christmas Sweater Day, and then the end of term ceremony to celebrate the work and learning that have taken place during the autumn term.

Lately, we have had the pleasure and privilege to have Antigone Karapetsa, an educator with 42 years of international experience, including being a teacher educator around the world for 26 years, visit our school to observe and work with us. We were humbled and proud when she shared some of her impressions of our school, and we want to share them with you as well:

It was a great opportunity to experience first-hand how great your school is. My first impressions were of a very healthy and happy atmosphere everywhere. The students are very keen to learn and progress; the teachers take great pride in their work and show passion for their subject; they are all very caring towards the students and want to give them the best. Management is very supportive and encouraging and the lunch was outstanding. In all honesty, this is my first time in 42 years of work to experience a great sense of well-being in an institution. Really excellent!

And on that positive note, we wish everyone Happy Holidays, and look forward to seeing our students again for the start of the spring term on 9 January!

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