Student Showcase

Four years ago,
we walked through these entrance doors squeezing our parent's hand with mixed
feelings of anticipation, excitement and, most of all, fear. Fear of leaving
the past behind and stepping into the unknown. Fear of having to write a new
chapter in the book of life.

 

There were a lot
of questions spinning around in our heads. Would we make friends? Would the
teachers be really strict and mean? Would we be able to study in English? Would
we get good grades? We were all very worried about these things and we probably
wondered if we would ever make it out alive. But we did. And all of these
concerns that we had in the beginning of sixth grade are now gone. The fact
that we're leaving this school tomorrow is so surreal and many of us thought
that this day would never come. But all good things come to an end, so here we
are, stronger than ever, on this day where we have to say goodbye to what has
been our life for the past four years.

 

Getting here has
been a journey. First came sixth grade, the year that most of us probably just
want to forget. This year was all about trying to adjust to the new
environment. We were so afraid of making mistakes and getting a D, U or an L
was the same as getting sentenced to life in prison. I remember many of us
bringing our entire locker to every lesson, just to be safe. The panic that
struck us when we realized that we, despite everything, had forgot something
was so intense that to this day, many of us probably haven't gotten over it. If
getting a letter was life in prison, getting sent to Mr. Elder was death. He
was so terrifying when he walked through the hallways with determined steps and
we figured it was best to lay low when he was around.  Along with trying to follow the rules, we
also tried really hard to dress to impress. Looking back, our fashion-choices
were anything but impressive. At least we can say that we've learned from or
mistakes.

 

After that came
seventh grade and we weren't at the bottom of the food chain anymore. The new
sixth graders had arrived to take our place. We watched them in the hallways
and said things like “Naw, they're so cute. I remember when I was a sixth
grader, I was so small”, even though we actually were sixth graders a
little less than two months before that. Another thing that changed was, to
many people's despair, the classes. It was extremely rough in the beginning,
having to get to know an entirely new group of people, and I know that many of
us weren't happy at all with our new classes. But that changed too, and once we
got to know them we realized that they weren't so bad after all. One event that
brought us closer together was the trip to Åland where we got to spend three
days together away from homework and parents. We had sold NewBody, candy, fika
and other things that no one really wants to buy to raise the money. Those
three days in Åland were filled with a lot of fun.

 

Eighth grade
came, and we could proudly say that we had survived half of our time at IESJ.
This was the year of preparation. We realized that maybe it was time to focus
more on our school work, brace ourselves for what was yet to come in ninth
grade. We worked harder, and many of us really improved our grades. We got more
confident and started to socialize with people in other classes, thus making
new friends.

 

This brings us
to our final year, ninth grade. Where did this year go? It really feels like it
has passed in the blink of an eye. This year has been so hectic with a lot of
things to keep up with. We didn't even have time to get used to being back in
school before we were buried in a sea of homework and projects. In addition to
that, we also had to think about gymnasieval. This was extremely hard for some
of us. There were so many different programs and schools that claimed to offer
the best education for us, so how could we be able to choose? How could we
possibly be able to make major decisions regarding the future when we still had
the present to worry about? It was a struggle, but we got there in the end.

But there was something even harder than the
gymnasieval. Something that every child when they begin school. Something worse
than the devil himself, the National Tests. We were absolutely terrified
when we came back after the Christmas break and were about to take our first
test. We imagined students having mental breakdowns, lying on the floor in
fetal position with their eyes wide open and the teacher standing at the front
with an evil smirk, feeding on our misery. In reality, it wasn't quite the way
we imagined it. We were nervous, stressed and a few tears were shed hear and
there. But just like with everything else, we got through it, and we did really
well.

 

The most exciting thing we've ever done during
our four years at IESJ has to be the trip to Poland. However, raising all the
money for the trip was not very exciting. With that said, if I show up at my
neighbours' door trying to sell them something ever again they will probably
murder me. The stay was very emotional. We felt sorrow as we visited the
concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau, but we also felt extremely joyful
for getting the opportunity to spend four days with our friends and we had so
much fun. It was one of the best experiences in my entire life and it made me
realize how precious freedom is and that we should not take it for granted. We
should appreciate that fact that we get an education

 

Day after day,
we've been walking these hallways thinking that nothing ever changes. But now
when we look back, we see that everything is different. We are no longer the
insecure and shy kids that we once were when we came here four years ago. We
have grown. Physically and mentally. We are now strong enough to face the world
on our own, stand up for what we think is right and, most importantly, stand up
for ourselves. And this school has been a huge part that development. This has
always been a safe and caring environment where we haven't had to worry about
people trying to pull us down, because there has always been absolutely no
tolerance against any disrespectful behaviour of any kind. The only thing that
has stopped us from being ourselves has, ironically, been ourselves.

 

That's where all
of you, the teachers and the management at this school, come in. It's because
of you that all of this has been made possible. We wouldn't be where we are
today if it wasn't for you. You have always been there for us and seen us as
individuals instead of as a whole group. The
fact that you have always seen to every students needs is what has enabled us
to grow so much. No one has been forgotten. You have made us realize that we
are all equally important. How many teachers put so much heart and soul into
what they do? Most of us probably don't realize how fortunate we are to have
been a part of this school and to have had teachers like all of you. We have
hated you sometimes when you have refused to give us the grades we want but
deep down, you are really important to us. Whether we want to admit it or not.
Thank you for everything. We will never forget you.

 

A special thank
you to Mr. Saphir who will be leaving this school for Internationella Engelska
Skolan in Bromma next term, after 12 years here. It will be a great loss for
us, but a huge victory for them. I don't think that we will ever have a better,
more caring principal than you. I still remember how you called everyone by
their name after only one week of school, when most principals don't even leave
their office. Thank you for everything that you've done for this school.

 

Four years ago,
we walked through these entrance doors squeezing our parent's hand with mixed
feelings of anticipation, excitement and fear. Tomorrow, we will walk out
through the very same doors, but this time, we won't have to squeeze our
parent's hand. We will embrace each other, and the teachers which we never
thought that we would want to embrace. Even scary Mr. Elder whom we've all come
to realize is actually a real marshmallow inside. From walking in with only our
parents by our side, each and every one of us here will be walking out together
with 119 people. The chapter we began writing four years ago has come to an
end, and let me tell you, it's been one hell of a chapter. The fear of having
to start a new one is still present, but this time, we're ready. This is the
moment that all of these four years have lead up to.
This is the moment when we're ready to jump out of the nest to try our
new wings. This is the moment, and we're finally ready to fly.

 

Rebecka
Rydgren 9C

Internationella
Engelska Skolan Järfälla

Graduated on
the 10th of June 2014

Rydgren, Rebecka - Commencement speech
Student Showcase: Baby Clothing project - Year 9 spring term 2014
Dresses made of worn out shirts in 100% cotton - Baby Clothing project - Year 9 spring term 2014

IES Tacktal

Jag vill tacka någonting jag får göra nästan varje dag. Någonting som många barn inte har möjlighet till, att få gå i skolan. Men inte vilken skola som helst, utan Internationella Engelska Skolan.

Jag vill tacka Internationella Engelska Skolan för ni har givit mig möjlighet till att få studera i en engelsk skola med mycket bra undervisning. Jag får tillgång till bra studiematerial som till exempel datorer och böcker. Med hjälp av ett google- och schoolsoftkonto får jag tillgång till mina läxor, arbeten, lektionsplaneringar och mina resultat. Det hjälper mig att hålla skolarbetet strukturerat, hålla fokus i skolan och slippa känna stress. Jag har möjlighet till extra class om jag behöver extra stöd i ett ämne, då får jag mer tid till att ta in informationen och repetera det jag har lärt mig under skoltid. Det har verkligen hjälpt mig, speciellt innan ett prov.

Jag vill också tacka elevrådet som arrangerar roliga aktiviteter till oss elever på skolan och gör allt för att eleverna ska få känna att de kan få vara med och bestämma.

Framförallt vill jag tacka alla lärare på IES för att ni är intresserade av de ämnen ni undervisar oss i och motiverar oss till att vilja lära oss och fortsätta utvecklas. Jag vill tacka mina mentorer för att ni är roliga, engagerade och inspirerande.

Jag vet att när jag går på Internationella Engelska Skolan har jag en ljus framtid framför mig och är redo att fortsätta i livet, tack.

IES - Speech of thanks

I want to say thank you to something that I get to do almost every day. Something that many children don’t have the opportunity to do, namely go to school. But it’s not just any school, it’s the International English school.

I want to thank the International English school for giving me the opportunity to study in an English school with teaching based on high academic goals. I’m able to use good material such as books and computers. By having a google- and a schoolsoft account I’m able to access my homework, assessments, lesson plans and my results. This helps me to stay structured, focused during school hours and less stressed. I have the possibility to attend extra class if I need extra support in a subject, this gives me more time to grasp given information and to repeat what I already have learned during class time. This has really helped me alot, especially to prepare for a test.

I would also like to thank our student union who arrange exciting activities for us students and for doing everything to make us students feel as if we’re a part of the decisionmaking progress.

Most of all, I would like to thank all the teachers at IES for being engaged in their subjects and for motivating us to learn more and to continue thriving. I also want to thank my mentors for being funny, engaged and inspiring.

I know that as long as I’m a student at IES my future looks bright and I’ll be ready to go on with my life, thank you.

Student Showcase: Cartesian Plane Drawings
Student, Math - Cartesian Plane Drawings
Student Showcase: Pop Art Y7
Givara and Anton - Pop Art Y7

-”El toro está suelto! -Hur sa? Jag förstår inte”

Nej, det gör du inte, men det skulle du gärna vilja. Låt säga att du befinner dig i Madrid. Spanjorskan tittar skräckslaget bakom dig och skriker de främmande orden, “tjuren är lös!”. “Moderna språk är onödigt skit som tar tid från andra ämnen”, säger NI. För NI är rent av ointresserade latmaskar.

“Jag behöver inte kunna fler språk, jag kan ju redan engelska”.
Det är vad du tror, men engelskans omfattning har sjunkit från 51 procent år 2001 till 29 procent år 2009 enligt en studie av forskaren Ingela Bel Habib. Unga människor behöver mer än engelska för att konkurrera om jobben och fungera i en flerspråkig omvärld. Företagen efterlyser främst kinesiska, tyska och engelska.

Suckar hörs i klassrummet långt innan vi fått veckans glosor. Det gör mig förtvivlad att ständigt höra elever klaga på moderna språk av löjliga anledningar. Och löjligare blir det när jag får syn på artiklar skrivna av vuxna som vill göra nedskärningar genom att avveckla språk.
Det senaste exemplet är Mälardalens högskola där franska och spanska ska vara helt avvecklade vårterminen 2014. Skolverkets statistik visar att 85 procent av eleverna läser moderna språk i årskurs 7 men i årskurs 9 är det bara 70 procent som fortfarande studerar ämnet.

Jag kommer ihåg när jag gick i årskurs två och fick mina första engelskglosor. Som 8-åring kunde jag inte förutse fördelarna med språket, för det är ju NI som ska uppmuntra oss.
Mellan- och högstadieelever ska inte behöva ta ett beslut som påverkar deras framtidsmöjligheter. Vi behöver inga skattesänkningar för att göra språk obligatoriskt, vi behöver investeringar i skolan och behöriga lärare.

Idag, sju år senare, går jag i en engelsk skola, glad över att engelska varit obligatoriskt,
men förvånad över hur elevernas intresse för språk har avtagit mot slutet av nian. Många väljer bort språk för att satsa mer på övriga ämnen. Men andra vill sluta “bara för att”. Språk är inte mindre viktigt än musik, hemkunskap och idrott . Nu kanske du tänker “ja men, idrott är faktiskt roligare än språk”. Men...Jag tycker tvärtom. Ja, så olika kan vi va!
Bara för det går inte jag omkring och klagar på idrott.

En studie av den internationellt kända psykologen och forskaren Ellen Bialystok visar att människor som behärskar fler än tre språk har bättre minnesförmåga. När hjärnan fokuserar på flera språk samtidigt utsätts den för mental träning. Detta stämmer in på mig och mina kompisar varav några läser både svenska, engelska, modersmål och ett modernt språk.
Efter 4 års studerande i spanska och arabiska kommer jag nu ihåg en text efter att ha läst den första gången.

I Internationella engelska skolan i Sundsvall, började man med språk redan i årskurs sex,till skillnad från en del skolor. Våren 2013 var 99% av eleverna gymnasiebehöriga, de flesta med betygen C och uppåt. Dess elever visar resultat som ligger högt över snittet för skolor i Sverige, även i kärnämnena, enligt Barbara Bergström. Hänger detta ihop måntro?

Det är oroväckande för elever och språklärare att veta att grundskolor, gymnasium, högskolor, och universitet runtom i Sverige, en efter en, lägger ner språk för att satsa på en utveckling av skolan. Sverige vill hinna ikapp utvecklingen i Japan, som är världens mest framgångsrika land inom undervisning, som har obligatoriska språkval. Varför satsar då inte Sverige också på språk? Konstigt.

Koreansk musik har även spritt sig i världen. Låten “Gangnam Style” från 2012 känner nog alla till. Kan du tänka dig en värld bestående av enbart svensk musik?

Efter ett besök i Dubai fick jag två bästisar, Andre och hans syster Christell. Vi kunde lika gärna ha förblivit goda vänner, men med det gemensamma språket, arabiska, fick vi en speciell förståelse för varann. Språk förenar människor, du får vänner du inte visste att du kunde få, upplevelser du inte visste du kunde uppleva, ett intresse du inte visste du hade.
För det kanske inte fanns någon där som uppmuntrade dig, du kanske aldrig fick chansen att upptäcka DET, eftersom DET aldrig var obligatoriskt.

I Sverige har vi god läs- och skrivkunnighet, helt i onödan, om vi inte vågar använda detta på största möjliga sätt. För att förhindra språkdöden krävs en förändring i attityden. Du ska vara positivt inställd till lärande, ingen är perfekt från början, det enda som kan avgöra hur snabbt du snappar upp ett språk är du själv, och tiden. Först då förstår du innebörden av främmande ord som “el toro está suelto”.
Och om du har snabba ben besparar du dig ett sjukhusbesök i Madrid.

Av Kathrin Svensson 9a IESS

Svensson, Kathrin - Language Studies.

Welcome from the Founder
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To speak English "well" is not enough in today's world, writes Ms Barbara Bergström, the American science teacher who founded the English School in 1993.

Young Swedes should acquire a total inner security when speaking English. Our schools offer the best environment for achieving this. An important part of our success is that we provide a secure environment for teaching and learning. Schools should have a calm environment where teachers can teach and students learn.

These founding ideas have laid a solid ground for success. Internationella Engelska Skolan is today the largest free school organization at the compulsory level ("Grundskolan") in Sweden. More than 15 500 students attend our 22 schools around the country.

Students from Internationella Engelska Skolan achieve top results in the national tests

Results of students from Internationella Engelska Skolan are far above the average for schools in Sweden.

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