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From the Principal

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

From the Principal

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

From the Principal

Sports Day at Björnö

Sports Day at Björnö

A crisp, clear winter's day provided the perfect setting for our sports day at Björnö. Students arrived at school warmly wrapped up with sledges, skis and ice skates at the ready. Our year 9s practised ice survival skills, with 2 fearless students taking the plunge by jumping into the freezing cold lake. Fortunately, everyone did a great job of getting the brave duo out of the lake and they were all rewarded with a sauna by the shore.

IESV has invented a new winter sport which combines snow and rugby- we call it 'Snugby'. This proved to be very popular with our sporty students who ran, tackled, dodged and dived throughout the day. Perhaps we can have a snugby team at the next winter olympics?
It was great to see lots of smiles everywhere and my favourite part of the day was speeding downhill on a sledge. Overall, it was a fantastic day full of fun and all the staff and students slept really well that night.
 

 

From the Principal

Another Fine Performance

Congratulations must go once again to 5a and Ms Robinson after another fine performance in Vi i Femman. Although they were narrowly defeated by Fryxellska Skolan, they made everybody here at IES Västerås proud with their great knowledge and exemplary behaviour. This result means 5a finished in the top 3 classes for the whole of Västmanland. Hopefully this great result will inspire Year 4 to build on this success next year. Well done!

 

Best,

Mr. Ledin

From the Principal

100th day of school

It has been great to welcome all the students and staff back after a well-earned Christmas break. I was very pleased with the results from last term and am keen to see the students build on this success. We are focused on the term ahead and I have started the development process for the next academic year by interviewing quality teachers and making sure the school is a top notch learning environment.

Tomorrow at IESV we will be celebrating the 100th day of school. Several interesting things will happen so come back to see the pictures from this day.

This is also an important day for us as 5A are competing in the regional semi-final of ‘Vi i Femman’. Make sure you tune in and give them your support! They will be live on P4 and streaming on the internet from 5-6pm. Everyone here wishes them luck and I am looking forward to cheering them on from the audience.

IESV is also having an Introduction Day on the 9th of February for students who might be joining us next year. This is an excellent opportunity for them to find out more about the school and we are eager to see all the new faces.

Every day at IESV is a beautiful day!

Best,

Mr. Ledin

 

 

From the Principal

A lot of things happening

A lot of things happening

IESV has been a very vibrant place lately, with many interesting things happening. 

All students and staff worked tirelessly right up to the Autumn break to make sure all the important academic and daily routines are in place. With these now set up and running smoothly, other activities and events have been able to emerge. 

The school took on a haunted look during Halloween, with students dressing up in their scariest outfits. There were even sightings of witches teaching in the classrooms and a skeleton Principal terrorising the corridors.

We have also now had our first Choice Day where students were able to choose from a range of activities from 'Soap Making' and 'Scrapbooking' to 'Gangnam Style Dancing' and the now legendary 'Quai Challenge'. All over the school there were happy and engaged students exploring their creative sides.

Our second Sports Day built on the success of the first. This time students took to the track and field to compete with themselves and each other. Special mention must made one of the students in Year 7 who broke his own high jump national record. This is an example of the superb effort shown by everyone for the whole day.

Our excellent students have also participated in various other competitions and events with great results. 7a won Läskampen 2012 in their group, reading a total of 54 684 pages over 5 weeks. They will receive a trophy and diploma as well the opportunity to meet August Prize nominated author Mårten Melin.

All students in Year 4 made the school proud by getting through to the next round of Schack 4:an. 4C and 4D even made 1st and 2nd place respectively. Congratulations to all the Year 4s on this big success and we will be supporting you in the next round!

The school's finest mathematical minds took part in Högstadiets Matematiktävling. We again have students who made it to the next round which will be held at Danderyds Gymnasium. Watch this space...

The school has also represented in 'Vi i 5:an' and 'Lego League'. In both cases we have been very impressed by the abilities and knowledge of our students and we look forward with eager anticipation to seeing more of the same in the future. Bra jobbat allihopa!

The run up to Christmas is an equally active time and I invite you to keep up with events here by visiting my blog.

Best,

Mr. Ledin

Scary things happened at HalloweenThe Principal haunting the corridorsThe Principal haunting the corridors

 

 

From the Principal

A Fantastic School Start

Our school in Västerås has now been up and running for a little more than a month, and what a fantastic time it has been! It’s wonderful to see students and staff from different schools, different cultures and different countries mix together and create this happy, calm and friendly atmosphere together. I’m very impressed to see the students already picking up and using English in a very natural way. We have had a lot of visitors including important politicians and all have been very impressed by our school, especially by our well-behaved students. It is important now to build on this positive start and keep the momentum going. October is always a very challenging month with assesments, SPT’s and many other things happening. However, every day is a beautiful day here at IES Västerås thanks to our friendly students and our professional staff.

Best,

Mr. Ledin

From the Principal

Ready for furnishing

Ready for furnishing

Dear students and parents,

  

It is now a little over a month until we open the doors to IES Västerås for the first time and embark on a new academic year.  Ahead of us lies an exciting time with many new opportunities and challenges. I personally look forward to seeing students benefit from the high quality teaching and learning that will take place over the coming months. It will also be a pleasure to build positive relationships that help support and nurture learning throughout our school. My enthusiastic and highly capable staff are eager to embrace the challenges ahead and we look forward to sharing the successes of the future with you.

Last week we had the final inspection of the school building and it is now ready for furnishing in the next couple of weeks. There will be an open house in August before school start so you will be able to see our magnificent school before opening.

Below are some pictures of the school from today.

All the best,
Mr. Ledin

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From the Principal

June update

Dear students and parents,

Today shows Sweden at its best; brilliant sunshine, lush greenery, a warm summer's day and the last week before graduation. To think that our school opens in just two months is a very exciting prospect!  All the pieces are falling nicely into place. The school building is nearing completion and we will soon begin furnishing. The foreign teachers have made preparations for their move to Sweden- both they and the Swedish staff are very excited to meet you all in August. We are currently working hard on ordering textbooks and equipping our modern classrooms. Schedules and classes will soon be ready and we have taken great care to contract a provider of school lunches who will ensure that we receive first class school meals. 

Last week we had a very enjoyable meeting with the future Year 9 students and their mentor Mrs. Alm. We also had their second mentor Mr. Begg from Scotland present via Skype. I’m sure Year 9 will be a great group and perfect role models for the younger students. I look forward to meeting you all soon!

From the Principal

April update

First and foremost, a big thanks to all those who attended our introduction day. It was really nice to meet all future students and parents. The day was a big success thanks to you and the talented teachers and student ambassadors from Internationella Engelska Skolan Eskilstuna.
Our admissions process is in its final stage and we ask those of you who have been offered places to answer as soon as possible.
Later this spring, when the school building is taking shape, we will invite you to an open house so that you can see the premises. Recruitment of staff is running excellently and we will get a very strong team of teachers at the school.

Best Regards,

Peter Ledin, Principal

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