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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Education, Education, Education.... By using recycled wood in träslöjd we are saving a few trees in the here and now. By planting this knowledge in the students and speaking about awareness, their thoughts will save 1000's of trees in the years to come. That’s the power of education. The future is built on it.


‘A Cityscape Formed By High Aspirations’

‘A Cityscape Formed By High Aspirations’

‘What does High Aspirations mean to us ?’

This cityscape is of our beloved Västerås. It was added to one of our corridor walls as a basis communicating how ‘High Aspirations’ going to be part of our lives. 

We need your help to finish this wall. We need Parents and Students to take part and send a message of what high Aspirations means to you and we shall add this message to this wall. Our school is built on systematic high aspirations for the children to build the best possible future full of met aspirations.


So, send a ‘Caption’ or Message to your mentor that you would like to see on the wall and we shall add this wall and make it a true interactive message from all of us and a daily reminder ‘The Future is incredible and we are going to form it with our High Aspirations’. 

Literacy Leaders

Literacy Leaders

If you have ever influenced somebody to read, then you are a literacy leader. Leaders influence others. 

All students share something very special in common: from the new grade 4s, mastering English for the first time, to the grade 9s, mastering the concepts and knowledge required to carry them into Gymnasiet…


What is this? To quote Mr. Johnsson “You are what you read”. 

What do you think this means? It means that if you are prepared to spend time reading then you will become part of those words. You will enjoy it and you will use the words in your own way. 


Below is a collection of pictures of IESV teachers with one of their favourite books over their face. What does this mean? 

Well, as you may have experienced, when you really enjoy a book this book can become part of you and your thoughts. This collection of pictures are a fun way of expressing this.  


How can you be part of this literacy leadership fame?

It would be fun if you could also send a picture of yourself and your parents/guardians and be part of this! It’s simple. 

Find a book that has influenced you

Have someone take a picture in the way the teachers have below

Send this image to your mentor and then we’ll have this image added to the website! What fun!




From the Principal

Principal's Blog - Life at IES Västerås

Principal's Blog - Life at IES Västerås

IES Västerås is a place ’Where teachers can teach and students can learn’. It is a rejuvenating process to walk around the school and experience this. 

We master english and swedish and use the academic terms of these languages to navigate through challenges in school. That’s personal growth! I am always amazed how english and swedish can be mastered by our students. This doesn’t just happen, but happens due to the constant hard work and determination to make it happen. That’s living the values!

Over the coming weeks knowledge will be taught, so gained, challenged, coached and tested. Lots of questions shall be created and answered and the language of learning brought to life in the classrooms. That’s the brilliance of life in a school. With the dedication to IES shared values leading the way, each person can be proud of high aspirations for themselves in the classroom, but also have high aspirations for our behaviour and manners. 

Manners are central to our behaviour leadership ethos. A simple ‘Please’ or ‘Thank you’ is essential in communicating politely throughout the day. Have the highest of expectations for behaviour and manners is a social norm. 

The last week’s in school have been great fun, allowing different theme days to be lived such as ‘Dress your Best’ and the grade 4/5 party organised by teachers and grade 9’s! Many more fun events shall be approaching. 

In school you’ll be hearing some interesting terms echoing through school in the coming weeks, such as ‘Literacy Leader’ and ‘Growth Mindset and Grit’ and ‘High Aspirations’. 

Students, go to the library to find out more! Reach for the extra mile and enjoy the journey over the coming weeks!

Spring Festival Fun

Spring Festival Fun

Last week we had our third annual Spring Festival here at IESV! We had a great turnout of students, staff, parents, siblings and other family members.

Our students planned many different activities and sold a variety of home-backed goods and drinks in order to raise money for class activities and trips. 

Inside the building our departments were showing off student work from the year, as well as other activities, such as an escape room!

We also had visitors from our Spanish Exchange, two teachers and a group of students who helped to make and sell the delicious churros that sold out! 

We had great weather and were so happy to see our IESV community come together. The event was planned by our PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) and Student Council and is looking for more members and suggestions to improve this event for next year. Thank you to all those that participated! 

Here are some photos from the event.