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The end of an unusual school year

The end of an unusual school year

Our 17th school year is coming to an end, with lots of final work being finished off. This school year has, of course, not been like any of our previous ones, with the covid-19 pandemic turning the world upside down this spring. Even though we have been able to keep the school open, it has required a lot of flexibility from both students and staff, as we have had to make adaptations and changes quickly. It has been great to see how well students and staff have handled these changes and new challenges, and how, as a school, we have worked together to make the best of a difficult situation.

Some changes have been harder than others, and not being able to offer our graduating Year 9’s our usual graduation festivities, including a prom and a festive ceremony for family and friends, saddens us. However, we are doing our very best to create a memorable and festive ceremony for students and staff, and even if the celebration is smaller than usual, our pride in our students’ accomplishments, both academically and how they have grown and developed as individuals, is certainly not diminished! It is always so joyful and emotional to see the students we have watched learn, develop and grow, graduate and leave us, and take their next steps in life.

We wish everyone a beautiful summer, with time to spend with loved ones, to relax and recharge, while we still have to be mindful of social distancing measures and keeping healthy. Best of luck to those of you who are leaving us, and welcome back in August to the rest!

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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!

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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!

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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!


 

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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!

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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! 

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