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Thousands of IES graduates move on to new challenges

Thousands of IES graduates move on to new challenges

As the class of 2019 graduated, more than 3,600 IES students throughout Sweden have been awarded their school diplomas and gleefully thrown their hats into the air.

With laughter, tears and hugs, students bid a fond farewell to each other and their favourite teachers at ceremonies to celebrate their hard work.

The graduation ceremony, with its iconic blue caps and gowns, is an important part of the tradition of Internationella Engelska Skolan - a right of passage for students to mark their achievements over several years of education.

It is an American-style graduation, with speeches and performances of live music from the student body.  It also includes a strong nod to Swedish culture as schools sing Du Gamla, Du Fria and Den Blomstertid Nu Kommer.

Phil Boyd, principal of IES Västerås spoke to students, their families and friends at a packed Aros Congress Center (right).  He said: "Every student in this room has been taught good values and habits, being on time, meeting deadlines, being courteous and of course going the extra mile with hard work, saying please and saying thank-you.

"These are the routines and habits you must keep with you forever.  Throughout your life you will meet many people. Many will also share your habits and many will not. You will meet people with values that you respect and you will adopt theirs as your own as well."

Meanwhile Evy Holmerson, principal of IES Tyresö addressed the audience, including hundreds of students, at Nacka Aula.

She said: “It’s absolutely amazing to finally stand before you, looking at you, young adults, ready to fly off, leaving IES Tyresö behind you and moving on to new challenges and opportunities.

"Some of you I have followed from grade five, and you have grown. Your self-esteem and your knowledge in different areas have become greater.  I have no doubt that you will manage to achieve whatever you want, and what you put your heart into."

Principal Evy Holmerson, honours the IES Tyresö students with the best academic results.

She also had advice for those about to start grade nine in August.  She added: "As I turn to you, students in grade eight, next year it will be you sitting here with those blue caps and gowns, ready to fly off into the world.  Make the best of your upcoming year, study hard, but also remember to have fun.”

The Class of 2019 - IES Västerås.

Graduating students emerge to meet their families - IES Tyresö.

Teachers' Performance - IES Västerås

 

Video: 13 IES Schools Competed In Eurovision Inspired Contest

Video: 13 IES Schools Competed In Eurovision Inspired Contest

Singing in Spanish helped Emilia Söderlund (above, centre, with her teacher Mr Vary and her mother) from Internationella Engelska Skolan Johanneberg to win a language and music competition for IES schools.

Each year schools compete in a Eurovision-inspired contest, which sees students sing in languages other than English or Swedish.

This year 13 schools took part in the competition at IES Sundsvall – who hosted because they won the competition last year, in true Eurovision style.

Those competing sang in French, German and Spanish, in front of hundreds of students, and a jury made up of language and music teachers, at Tonhallen in Sundsvall.

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Video of the winner's reprise: Emilia Söderlund from IES Johanneberg

After a tense judging process considered the linguistic and musical talents of the very strong entries this year, Mr Brisson, principal of IES Sundsvall, announced the results.

While Emilia took first prize, a team from IES Eskilstuna (left), made up of Tamara Abood, Farah Mouhi, Eira Ankarfjärd and Darian Mather came second, while Cecilia Nilsson from IES Lund (below, right) came third.

Other schools who made the journey to Sundsvall to take part in this year’s contest included IES Bromma, Huddinge, Kista, Landskrona, Liljeholmen, Tyresö, Täby, Västerås and Årsta.

After performing David DeMaría song Cada Vez Que Estoy Sin Ti and receiving her trophy Emilia told the audience: "Thank you so much, I did not think I was going to win since there are so many talented people here and they were really great. Give them applause, please.”

 

After she left the stage she added: “I am grateful that I had this chance today, and I want to thank everyone, but especially my Spanish teacher Señor Rios, my music teacher Mr Duckworth, Mr Vary for coming with me, and my parents for being there with me and supporting me.

"This was my first time taking part in Eurovision, it was exciting but then I heard the other schools singing and they were so good, so I got nervous, but it was exciting.

"When I heard the winner announced, I said ‘well, that’s me’. I thought that Sundsvall would win again because I think she was really good and deserved to win.

"I have been studying Spanish for three years. I would not have believed three years ago that I could win today, but my music teacher told me that I should be here and he helped me, and here I am.”

Emilia’s victory means that next year the contest will be hosted by IES Johanneberg. She gave advice for all students thinking of taking part: “Believe in yourself, do what you like to do, and do not worry about what others think."

Winning turn: Emilia performing in front of judges
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Welcome back to school and a new exciting year at IESV!

Welcome back to school and a new exciting year at IESV!

So much is happening in and around our school just now. Inside the school, classes are doing cooperation exercises and setting the conditions for a stimulating and creative environment together with mentors and teachers

 

Outside of the school, work with the traffic environment and a well-planned bus stop is in progress to make it safer for the students to get to and from school.

 

We are now, in the beginning of the Fall term, going to have our SPT’s (student, parent, teacher meetings) with establishment of IUP’s (Individual Development plans) led by the mentors. Following that we will have our traditional Family BBQ and this year’s first meeting with guardians and student care representatives in the parent committee.

 

All of us who work at the school look very much forward to the coming academic year with all that it entails -  from teaching to activities and events.

 

So Welcome back to school and the academic year 2018-19 to all of our new and old students!

 

Ms Nyborg - Principal of IESV

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From Ms Nyborg

From Ms Nyborg

Walking around school just now fills me with such pride. There are hard working, courteous and kind students everywhere. Listening to their excited conversations about classes and our wonderful staff fills my heart with glee. The long dark winter days are over and spring has finally sprung which means the students are spending more and more time out in the sun during breaks and there is very little time left before summer break. Plans for Graduation and Prom are in full swing, Year 9 students are both excited and a little sad to be leaving. Students are busy with National Tests and are working hard to do their absolute best. Our annual Spring Festival, which is being arranged by the Student Council together with our active PTA, is coming up soon and we are this year proud that this event happens when our exchange students from our partners school in Spain are visiting us.

 We are also very happy that our cameras have been installed around the school to help improve security and are a great source of comfort to both the students and staff alike.

At the same time that we are planning for the end of this academic year we are also busy preparing for the next, the academic year of 2018-19, to welcome our new 128 Year 4 students in the absolute best way possible.

 

Ms Nyborg - proud principal of IESV

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Principal's Blog - Winter Break

Principal's Blog - Winter Break

As the end of one year closes and a new one begins it's always a great time to reflect back on how the year has gone and how we can be moving into the future. You have survived challenges and succeeded when you thought it was impossible. You have worked hard and given it your absolute best. You have shown courage and determination to improve but most of all you have the chance to surprise yourself and others just how much you are able to achieve, to be proud of yourself! Remember, our mistakes are often just lessons designed to help shape the course of this amazing journey of life and give us the chance to reach even further than even we thought possible. As we look forward into our futures I ask you to paint it bright, bold and vivid. Live in the now but plan for amazing tomorrow's.

 

Enjoy the winter break spend time with your friends and family share food, laughter and love and return in the New Year ready to continue our amazing time together.

 

Wishing you all the best from myself and all the staff at IES Västerås.

 

Ms Nyborg - Proud Principal of IES Västerås

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