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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.

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Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo and Juliet IESG Wednesday 22nd February and Thursday 23rd February 2017

 

Ten students all united in dignity,
In the IESG gym hall where we laid our scene,
From grudge to love and a little stupidity,
Some on stage where they ne'er hath been,

Vibrant, rich romance from lithe Marnix and sweet Alva,
Wild abandon from Erik, the singing Julia,
Cool and calm strength from Sara and Emma-Moa,
Chorus from Moa, heroics on and offstage from Irma,
Nobility from Kajsa and wild frolics from Greta.

There was love, hate, poetry, singing and swordfighting, wonderful props and an electric atmosphere.

Thank you to everyone involved but mainly to Marnix Van Heusden, Alva Lindblom, Erik Daunfeldt, Julia Simren, Sara Remback, Emma-Moa Almström, Moa Åhs Lundberg, Irma Bohlin, Kajsa Stenlund and Greta Olsson.

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The Annual Gingerbread House Competition

The Annual Gingerbread House Competition
Traditions that taste good are worth keeping! This year again, teams of eager students gathered to design, bake, assemble and decorate gingerbread houses. They all did a fantastic job and were very creative! The sweet-smelling results are now on display in the school library for everyone to enjoy, and to vote for their favorite.
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Lucia 2016

Lucia 2016
In the December darkness, Lucia is a welcome bringer of light and music to cheer our spirits. At IESG we enjoyed a lovely celebration once again, with students both from the Junior building and the Senior building taking part. We had one Lucia from each building, and they were accompanied by many attendants, and treated us to beautiful songs and music. In the afternoon, there was a repeat performance open to friends and family, and at that time there was also a baked goods sale to raise money for Plan International's work to provide education for children all over the world. 
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Emerich Roth - Holocaust survivor

Emerich Roth - Holocaust survivor

For the third time, we have been honored by a visit from Emerich Roth. Emerich survived five concentration camps, and one of the infamous death marches. He has seen the ultimate evil of humankind.

Emerich spoke to our Year 9 students, and he means that they can learn from history and what he experienced, to make sure it doesn’t happen again. He also said that young people today have a very important role, and can signal if they notice that someone isn’t feeling well, and if those who aren’t feeling well get help and support in time, they will not become hateful. Perhaps the world would have turned out differently if Hitler had had support for his dream of becoming an artist in his youth, Emerich wondered.

Our Year 9 students do a big project about the Second World War in their Swedish, history and English lessons, and Emerich’s visit was a part of that. The students had the opportunity to ask questions, and Emerich gave answers based on his experiences, even though it was clear that it was at times quite difficult for him.

We are all moved and grateful for Emerich’s visit, and impressed that even at the age of 92, he still travels around and tells his story. “The future will tell if we meet again”, Emerich ended his visit at IESG.

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Students at Gavle Senior makes the premiere play of RISK

Students at Gavle Senior makes the premiere play of RISK

In the Spring of 2014 I asked two students, Emma Garcia Strid and Stina Berglund if they would read a book that I was proofreading. They loved it so I then read a draft copy of Risk by Fleur Ferris with my  8D class. The class offered their opinions of the book. Mostly good, a few critical but all constructive. I sent these to Fleur  who forwarded them to her potential publisher, Random House.

The publishers were impressed that the book was already enjoyed by the target audience and Fleur Ferris was impressed enough to change the manuscript in the way that 8D demanded!

Risk was published in July 2015 and has been a big success in its native Australia and is now into its second print run.

As the book concerns internet safety it is very topical and students can identify with the issues and the realistic portrayal of the characters both teenage and adult who are dealing with a traumatic situation.

I have read the book with my current year 9’s here at IESG.

On April 7th 2016 we premiered Risk: The Play here in school. I think it is safe to say that it was a success and will hopefully be the first of many performances around the world. If you look in the book’s acknowledgements page you will see that Fleur Ferris pays tribute to class 8D of 2014 and also to Emma and Stina.

Something to be proud of!

/Richard Duerden

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2016 Eggshibition at IESG

2016 Eggshibition at IESG

During week 14, continuing the Easter theme  we held our Eggshibition at IESG Jr. Many of our students created fantastic designs with catchy phrases in a 3D box with an egg-based theme. There were so many great entries it was really difficult to choose the following winners:

  • Sigrid Ek Rydén - Eggs Ray
  • Nora Murphy - Eggigham Palace
  • Tyra Sandberg - Eggs on the beach

Congratulations to all of our students who did a great job and a big thank you to the science department for organising this fun activity.

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