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A fantastic first week

I had a fantastic first week and I hope all students and staff members have had as well. Now the school is 'back to normal' with lessons underway, classrooms filled with students eager to learn and teachers working hard to make sure all students get high-quality lessons.

We start off this academic year with lots of interesting events and happenings. Next week we have our first sports day and we will open the doors to our new Student Lounge - check next week to see how it went.

Best,
Mr. Ledin

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Soo good to see you again!

I had a very exciting day today! I got to meet all our new students in year 4 and they seem so nice! I also met all existing students again after a long and relaxing summer break and they all seem to have had a fantastic summer. It feels so good to see the school filled with smiling students who are eager to get back to school and meet all teachers and classmates again. It really made my day!

Best,

Mr. Ledin

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A new Academic Year

The new term is finally here and we are so excited to see all students in school on Monday.  We hope you have had a wonderful summer holidays but are now ready to return to IESV or to join our school for the first time. There are 14 new staff members starting this term and they are so excited to meet everyone.  Lets make this another fantastic year together.

Mr. Ledin

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IESV awarded

IESV awarded

This term has got off to an exciting start!

It has been wonderful to see all the students again after the Christmas break. They are what makes my job here so pleasurable. The students all seemed excited and eager to be back. They have returned full of energy and I am sure we can look forward to a lot of learning taking place.

This week we had the pleasure of a visit from Ms Bergström (owner and founder of IES) and Mr Reiber (CEO). They came to present IESV with 4 awards - Highest passing grade for all subjects in 9th Grade 2013 (all of our grade 9 students were extremely successful in their final exams), based on the surveys you all completed we were rated the Best overall IES according to our parents, we also received the award for the most recommended IES school by our students and finally the best award was Best IES school on all factors according to our students. I want to thank all our wonderfull staff for this effort and also all our fantastic studentsbecause you all contribute to the positive atmosphere we have. Below are some photos showing Ms Bergström and Mr Reiber presenting the awards.

Best,

Mr. Ledin

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Cooking up a storm at IESV

Cooking up a storm at IESV

Life at IES Västerås is as busy as ever. Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting prospective grade 4 students in our new junior building. This was an opportunity for them to learn more about our calm learning environment and what to expect when they get here. After the initial nerves that one can expect with being in new surroundings with new people, the students settled down and seemed to be really enjoying themselves; it was great to see these young faces leave full of anticipation. The students managed the day perfectly and we are looking forward to welcoming them back next academic year.

Last year's grade 9 national tests results are now published and I am delighted to report that they are exceptionally good, and so too are the results for the final grade. IES Västerås students scored the highest results in Västerås and 100% of them are gymnasiebehörighet. I'd like to congratulate them and their teachers on a fantastic job. I am confident that this year's grade 9s will also perform at a high level. 

Moving on to grade 7 and IES Västerås achieved success in Läskampen, with class 7C achieving first place in their category. The competition is between classes in the kommun to see who can read for the most time over the course of 4 weeks. Collectively, 7C managed to read for a whopping 50 822 minutes. That's a lot of books and well worth the victory- my congratulations again to 7C. Below is a picture of Alireza collecting the trophy from Monserrat Arias of IDA at the Stadsbiblioteket.

And finally, the news that we've all been craving... I can proudly announce that construction on the new school kitchen has commenced! The Student Council were very happy to get the project under way, with a little help from a sledgehammer of course. They all did a smashing job of bringing down a wall of the old kitchen. IES Västerås is determined to have the best school food in Sweden and this was a big step in the right direction. When the students return in January they will be greeted by the amazing smells coming from Mr Synnerborn's kitchen. I'm getting hungry thinking about it! 

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Getting Into The Spirit

The weeks leading up to the höstlov are going to be especially interesting at IES Västerås. Our Student Council decided it would be good to keep our spirits up as the nights draw in and what better way to do it than with a Spirit Week!

During this week, there is a different theme for each day. Today was 'Just Rolled Out Of Bed Day' so the students and staff came to school in their pyjamas. There was a lot of crazy bed hair going on too (though not so much from me).

Tomorrow I'll dust of my best suit for 'Fancy Day', where everyone puts on their finest and fanciest clothes. I can't wait to see the fine etiquette and exemplary manners from our resplendant students.

Wednesday is 'Twin/Triplet Day' and Thursday is 'Opposite Day'. The week comes to a climatic end with 'Halloween Day' and the 'IESV's Got Talent' show. Next week we have Choice Day to look forward to as well. 

It's great to see the students having some well-earned fun and Spirit Week is proving to be a great success for everyone involved!

 

 

 

 

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IES Västerås Comes Back To Life...

Yesterday was a very special day for me as I was able to offer a warm welcome to our new students in years 4 and 6. I'm sure this was a very special day for them too. These students have changed school, have a new teacher, new classmates and are now learning a new language that will open the door to many new opportunities for them. I really admire their courage in making this decision and taking such a big step. I am looking forward to getting to know them all and I've met some great characters so far! 

I also want to welcome back our existing students who contributed so much last year towards making IES Västerås a positive learning environment. We are joined by a number of new international and Swedish staff who, I can confidently say, strengthen our team a great deal.

We have a great year ahead of us, make sure you stop by my blog to keep up with all the news and events happening here at IES Västerås. 

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The New Junior Block

The New Junior Block

I am happy to announce that the final inspection of our new junior block has been completed. The work was done to a very high standard and ahead of schedule. All that we need now is the furniture and students to fill it! Opening in August, the new block will contain 6 classrooms, 2 science labs, a larger library space and the Junior Club.

The next step in developing our school building will be to redevelop the kitchen, starting in June. This will enable us to make all our school meals here on-site and from scratch. This is something that everybody at IES Västerås is very excited about, especially our excellent chefs! Some pictures of the new junior block are included below.

Mr Ledin

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What A Load Of Rubbish!

What A Load Of Rubbish!

Greetings from sunny Västerås,

This week, Ms Stålhammar (5b) organised skräpplockarvecka (pick up litter week) at IES Västerås. With the sun shining the students have been able to put on their gloves and go out collecting litter and rubbish from the area around our school. It is amazing what they managed to find! A couple of examples include old hubcaps, a shopping trolley, planks of wood, signs, buckets and containers as well as many other strange things. Fortunately, our Caretaker Mr Schröder was there to help with yellow rubbish bags and to take things that the students didn't want to touch. The arrival of 6 new litter bins to go outside the school will also help everyone keep IES Västerås looking as beautiful as it does now. For all their hard work, every student will receive a reward on Monday...

Earlier in the week, 4d celebrated their success in Schack 4:an. We are very proud to announce that they will be competing in the National Final to be held here in Västerås at the ABB-arena on 1st June. Ms Rosengren has done a great job of leading and supporting 4d in this competition. I am delighted with their progress and was very happy to support them in eating their celebratory chess cake!

Staying with the chess theme, check my blog next week to find out what's happening here at IES Västerås.

Mr Ledin

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Springtime at IES Västerås

Springtime at IES Västerås

I'd like to start by welcoming you back from the Easter Holiday. We are feeling revitalised and ready for a productive run-in to summer! 

Everyday I take pride in seeing our students helping each other, working hard and contributing to the positive school environment. Having a school where teachers can teach and students can learn is very important. One way of achieving this is through our positive behaviour initiative. When a student shows positive behaviour, whether social or academic, they are rewarded with a point for their house. Our school has 4 houses- Blue, Orange, Yellow and Green. Points are accumulated and each month the students from the house with the most points take part in a Reward Day. 

Today was just such a day, and students in the Orange House were rewarded with the activity of their choice for an hour in the morning. Some chose to play dodgeball in the gym with Mr Quai. Others played Ping Pong outside with Mr Molloy. Ms Thompson ran the cinema room whilst Ms Condon and Ms MacIntosh made scones and chocolate balls respectively. Students put their Fifa 13 skills to the test in the games room with Ms Åhlin and Ms Cegrell played Guitar Hero with another group of Orange House students. I strongly believe that positive behaviour should be recognised and rewarded and days like this offer a great way of doing so.

 

In other news, I am delighted to announce that IES Västerås will play host to the next IES Regional Conference for the mid-region schools. We look forward to welcoming IES Örebro, IES Karlstad and IES Eskilstuna here in September. The conference last year in Karlstad was a huge success which we hope to build on. One of the many advantages in being an IES school is that we can share best practice and support each other in moving forward. 

 

Finally, I would like to thank our landlords Lönnbacken for contributing a drum kit and PA system to the Music Department. The drum kit is already getting lots of use and the PA system will come in very handy at the school variety show later in the term. Though we value a calm environment in school, I think an exception can be made here!

Mr Ledin

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