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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!

From the Principal

IES Gävle Sr parking situation

The neighbourhood around the Engelska Skolan Sr building is going through major changes. Old buildings are torn down, and new ones are planned. This results in a very chaotic parking situation.

Basically, there is no visitors' parking, except behind the school, along Styrmansgatan, and it is unfortunately pretty much full from early mornings.

So, here's a map with "close by" parking, both free and paid. Good to know when you are visiting us!

 

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If you have any suggestions/ideas or complaints about this, please talk to our landlord, Castellum.

From the Principal

Välkomna till IESG:s sextonde skolår!

 

 

Nu är vår skola äntligen återigen fylld av elever, och fler än någonsin, då vi utökat med ytterligare en klass på Senior så att alla årskurser där nu är sjuparallelliga. För att få en bra blandning av nya och återvändande elever, och för att ge alla elever fler möjligheter till utökade sociala gemenskaper så blandas från och med i år klasserna i alla årskurser på Senior om till varje läsårsstart. Eftersom varje klass nu har en ny sammansättning tycker vi det är viktigt att alla får chansen att lära känna varandra och bygga upp en klasskänsla, och vi har därför vikt hela första skolveckan för olika typer av team building-aktiviteter, samarbetsövningar och förberedelser inför läsåret, allt från klasskampen Clash of the Classes till diskussionsövningar och studieteknik.

Det är också viktigt för oss att även våra elevers vårdnadshavare får chansen att lära känna varandra och oss, samt möjlighet att engagera sig i sina barns skolgång. Vi erbjuder därför ett ordinarie föräldramöte den 5 september då vi går igenom all viktig information som behövs inför skolåret, och utöver det dessutom en grillkväll den 27 september för att vi alla ska kunna träffas, prata och umgås på ett mer informellt sätt, både för att lära känna varandra bättre och för att prata om olika frågor som är viktiga för elever, föräldrar och skolan.

 

Varmt välkomna till läsåret 2018-2019!

From the Principal

IES Gävle expanderar

Efter 9 år på Södra Sjötullsgatan ​har nu den nya "D-​v​ingen"​ invigts med pompa och ståt​.​ ​Denna efterlängtade uppgradering skapar nya utrymmen för skolans skolsköterskor, kurator​, speciallärare​ samt studie & yrkesvägledare.

På bilden ses Ms. Engvall tillsammans med vår hyresvärd Castellums Stefan Öberg klippa bandet och officiellt inviga lokalerna. ​Denna expansion​ ger oss mer utrymme och bättre arbetsmiljö, och​ skapar än​nu​ bättre förutsättningar för våra elever att lyckas med ​sin.

From the Principal

Uppdrag slutfört!

Och plötsligt så är vårt femtonde skolår klart och avslutat! För femtonde gången har elever och lärare jobbat hårt ända in i det sista för att alla elever ska uppnå så bra skolresultat som möjligt. För femtonde gången har framgångar firats med utmärkelser och uppmuntran. För femtonde gången har minnen delats och skapats. För femtonde gången har personalen med stolthet och glädje, och en tår i ögonvrån, tagit avsked av elever som vuxit, mognat och utvecklats under åren de anförtrotts oss. För femtonde gången ekar korridorerna nu tomma i skolan medan våra elever njuter av ett välförtjänt sommarlov...

I augusti står vi för sextonde gången beredda att återigen hälsa både nya och återvändande elever välkomna! Tack alla som gjort vårt femtonde år så upplevelse- och lärorikt! Glad sommar!

From the Principal

Snowy winter greetings

The snow keeps falling, and our students and teachers are taking the chance to enjoy it! Classes have been skiing and skating in their P.E. lessons, we have had a Winter Sports Day with a host of different activities, and our Year 8 students have spent a full day hiking and skiing, building shelters and cooking food outdoors.

We have also had a lot of exciting indoor activities lately, such as our anti-bullying Pink Week. Each year group has also enjoyed guest speakers on different topics. Khazar Fatemi, TV journalist, has once again visited our Year 9s to speak about her work in conflict areas. The Year 8s have had several speakers on the topics of equality and LGBT issues. The Year 7s, on the other hand, enjoyed a fun-filled and active session with author Tom Palmer, who came all the way from England to visit us.

I hope everyone will enjoy an active and relaxing winter sports break!

From the Principal

Happy New Year, and Welcome Back!

A few weeks after the winter solstice, it is already possible to notice that the light is returning. And, just like the light, our students are also returning, and the school is again filled with buzz and energy! The staff has been planning and preparing, and we know the new term will be filled with both challenges and rewards, and many memorable moments - bring it on!

From the Principal

Busy days in the winter darkness

Snow is falling and the days are getting darker - clear signs that the autumn term is nearing its end. Learning, however, is not coming to an end - all of our students are working hard, and our Year 9 students have just finished their big, cross-curricular Second World War project, and are in the midst of oral national exams. Right before the end of term, we have four Choice Days coming up when our students have the opportunity to focus on a subject they want to develop further in and do some other activities, and in other groups, than usual. It is a good way to have a change of pace while also learning.

From the Principal

Welcome to the 15th year of IESG!

After echoing empty over the summer, the hallways and classrooms of IESG have come alive again with the return of our students! The staff has been working hard to get everything ready for our 15th school year, and we have kick-started the year with fun-filled activity and team-building days. We have had happy reunions with returning students, and exciting meetings with new ones. Now we are ready for another year of learning and developing!

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