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Den Blomstertid Nu Kommer

Den Blomstertid Nu Kommer

Tassels have been passed from right to left, caps have been thrown into the air and voices have been raised to sing Den Blomstertid Nu Kommer.

Across Sweden, more than 3,000 grade nine Internationella Engelska Skolan students have celebrated their graduation in front of proud family members, and the school staff who have helped them to develop to this point over the past several years.

Now, as they bid farewell to their schools, the students will go forward to the next challenges of their lives.
This year there were five IES schools who were saying goodbye to a graduating class for the first time. At Falun, Liljeholmen, Hässleholm, Kista and Umeå those students graduating marked the first group to move on from the IES school.

The graduation ceremony is a big part of the tradition of Internationella Engelska Skolan. It is held to honour the achievements of the students and all of their efforts, academic and otherwise, during their time at the school. Students wear iconic blue caps and gowns in an American-style graduation, with speeches and performances of live music from the student body.

During the graduation at IES Liljeholmen students assembled in the schoolyard where a stage had been constructed for the occasion, they heard from their president, graduating student David Hjalmarsson-Batman.
He said: “Today is a very special day.  Today is the day that we graduate.  The first time that we ninth graders graduate. This day is a milestone in many aspects, this day marks the transition towards continuing our studies at our upper secondary schools.

"If it wasn’t for the English teachers who taught me the linguistics, I would never be able to stand here today to give this speech in English.

"Yesterday we were students, today we are graduates, and tomorrow we are proud alums of our alma mater, IES Liljeholmen.”

The school’s Principal AnnaKarin Johansson also spoke to the assembled group of students, parents and staff.
She said: “Dear students, both in year 9 and 8. You are writing history today as the first two classes to graduate from IES Liljeholmen. In a very short year, students of year 8, you will graduate as the first five classes.  It is an honour to have been part of your life, even for a very short time. You have taught me a lot. Students of year 9. I wish you all the best for the future.

“The world that you are entering is challenging, demanding and full of opportunities. And my advice to you, is to embrace those challenges. Meet the demands with grit, perseverance, motivation, and sisu.”
IES Falun held their graduation at Lugnetskyrkan conference centre.

Those assembled enjoyed virtuoso performances on the piano, saxophone and clarinet as well as speeches from representatives of the staff and students.

Sara Fahlström and Balazs Tarján
Valedictorian and School Ambassador for IES Falun

Sara Fahlström, who was named as Falun’s valedictorian, said: “What I will remember is all the amazing people here, and so now that we have the opportunity, we would like to thank them. We want to say thank-you to the teachers, we have learnt so much these past three years and it is all thanks to you."

Balazs Tarján, Falun's school ambassador, added: “I would like to thank my teachers, my fellow students and my mentors.  I was a little bit surprised to win this award because I didn’t think I would.  For me it is natural to help others, follow the rules, and show respect.  It is really important to have a combination of respect and support in order to have a safe environment.

"We also wanted to thank both of the year nine classes, we are are all really different and that is a good thing, because by being different we have all put in a lot of effort and achieved our goals in hundreds of different ways and in hundreds of different situations."

After the summer holidays a new grade nine class will take its place at each IES school, as they work towards their own graduation day and do their best to meet their goals, academic and otherwise, so that they are as prepared as possible for their future.

Students Sing For Victory in IES Eurovision Song Contest

Students Sing For Victory in IES Eurovision Song Contest

A grade nine student from IES Tyresö was crowned the winner after 18 bands and solo artists stepped forward to perform during the annual Internationella Engelska Skolan Modern Foreign Languages Eurovision Song Contest.

The popular competition is open to students at all IES schools and sees them perform a song in a language other than Swedish or English.

 

 

This year’s winner was Stella Chirinos from IES Tyresö (Pictured above with French Teacher Mr Guerneui, Founder of IES Ms Bergstöm, and music teacher Mr Stones). Stella sang Dernière Danse by French singer-songwriter Indila.

Stella said: “It was a strange feeling to hear that I had won. There was some very good singers from other schools. I knew that I had given a good performance and that I had a strong song but it's always a good surprise to win.

"I started in year 7 here at IES Tyresö so I've been learning French for three years. I like the language, I like how it sounds.”

Stella got the idea of performing the Indila song after a friend mentioned it in a French lesson and she realised it would suit her well.

She said: “I like to sing because it's fun and I can express feeling through songs. There are songs for all occasions, sad and happy.

"I've been singing since I was seven and I've performed on stage on several occasions previously so I have some stage experience but you can't take away the nervosity."

Her French teacher, Mr Guerneui added: “I knew that my student Stella was a very strong candidate for victory but when I heard the singers from Nacka and Gävle I felt that this year's trophy might as well go to one of these schools. The two girls had very strong and beautiful voices. It's my first year at IES Tyresö  and we are still a relatively new school so I am glad that we won with our first attempt.”

Second place was awarded to Paulina Johnson of IES Gävle (pictured, left) who sang Mii Años in Spanish, while the third prize went to a band from IES Nacka made up of Felicia Elding, Louise Andersson, Alva Willers and Annie Wallin (pictured, below, right). Together they performed Colores En El Biento in Spanish.

This year the event was hosted by IES Bromma, other IES schools taking part included those from: Älvsjö, Täby, Kista, Skärholmen, Huddinge, Liljeholmen, Uppsala, Hässelby, Eskilstuna, Halmstad, Lund, Sundsvall, Johanneberg and Hässleholm .

The result means that, according to Eurovision tradition, IES Tyresö will host next year’s contest.

Mr Guerneui is looking forward to putting together next year’s event.

He said: “IES Bromma has set the bar very high this year but we are confident to maintain the same standard next year."

Young poets impress in contest

Students from several IES schools have taken part in an English-language poetry contest.

The competition, encouraging students to explore their poetic side, was arranged by five IES schools north of Stockholm - Uppsala, Gävle, Falun, Sundsvall and Umeå.

Students from years 7 - 9 were asked to write a poem with the theme of ‘Hopes and Dreams’.

The overall winner of the contest was Louise Berntsson from IES Uppsala (pictured, right).

She said: "This was the first poetry contest that I have ever entered and so I felt very surprised to win. I was very happy to take part and also to have my poetry recognised by IES."

Rebecca Ryberg, the organisation’s subject facilitator for English, took on the challenging role as the contest’s judge. The schools taking part selected 29 poems for her to choose from, a maximum of three poems per year group from each school. After looking through the talented and diverse entries, Ms Ryberg chose the winners for each year group.

She said: "There were so many great poems written by the students; it was quite hard to judge.  The quality was extremely high, and I know their teachers are really proud of their work and efforts."

The winning poem:

The girl on the boat

She has that look in her eyes,

Like the life in her was drawn out by the mouth,

Unable to speak,

she looks so tired and weak.

The girl on the boat has dreams.

 

She dreams of a world where the only thing falling from the sky is rain,

Not bombs

Not shell casings

Not blood

 

She dreams of a world where the only things that crack open are watermelons,

and coconuts

Not innocent skulls

Or paper ribcages

 

She dreams of holding a math book in her hands again,

Of curling her fingers around a pen,

Of walking outside to see the sun smiling,

And at night, the stars twinkling.

 

The girl on the boat dreams of a world where living,

is not the same as surviving.

 

The other results of the contest by category were:

Year 7:

First place:  Molly Åberg from IES Gävle.  Poem: "Peace and Death."

Runner up: Kian Esfandiari from IES Uppsala.  Poem:  "Hopes and Dreams."

 

Year 8:

First place: George Makso from IES Umeå.  Poem: "Life is Not a Dream."

Runner up: From IES Falun, would prefer not to be named.

 

Year 9:

First place:  Louise Berntsson from IES Uppsala.  "The Girl on the Boat."

Runner up: Emma Hansson from IES Umeå.  "A Single White Flower.”

Three IES Teams head to national mathematics competition final

When the national final of the challenging Pythagoras Quest maths contest is held in Malmö in June, students from three IES schools will be taking part.

Internationella Engelska Skolan in Nacka, Sundsvall and Uppsala will each be sending a team of three students after they won their regional finals, and the chance to represent their county (län) at the national event.

The students had to go through several rounds in order to reach the national final.  First they needed to pass an hour-long qualification test without the use of a calculator or any other electronic equipment.  The three students from each school who performed best in their qualification test were then chosen to attend the district final, to see which schools would have the right to go forward to the national final.

The regional champions from IES Sundsvall
(L-R) Filip Borgström, Klara Marntell and Isavelle Sahlin

Isabelle Sahlin, represented IES Sundsvall alongside Klara Marntell and Filip Borgström. She said: “The regional final was really exciting. After two rounds the result was still not decided and we had no idea how we stood. It felt good though, we had found the answer to every question and we were pretty confident in our calculations.

“When we solved the tie breaker in just a minute, it was so quick that we felt like we had done something wrong, but we took a chance and submitted our answer. Because we were so fast we won. We hadn’t dared to hope to win, so we felt a huge amount of joy when they called out our team name.”

IES Nacka will progress after students Wilhelm Sigurd, Viktor Lundqvist, and Alex Thelander won the Stockholm regional final.

Viktor said: “It was very exciting to win the Stockholm final. We had practiced before the regional final, but we knew the competition was hard so we did not expect to win. In the end it was very close. It’s going to be great to travel down to Malmö and compete against schools from all over the country. The competition was tough in the Stockholm regional final, and we hope that it will be the same in Malmö. It will also be nice to meet and compete against our fellow IES students."

Winners from Stockholm:
(L-R) Wilhelm Sigurd, Viktor Lundqvist, and Alex Thelander of IEs Nacka. 

Alex added: "We think that we will perform well in the national final. The questions will be substantially more difficult, but we think that with enough practice and hard work we will be able to solve most. The competition was very tough in Stockholm because of its high population, so we are already prepared for facing off against other good teams. We will do our best, but in the end we will be happy regardless of how it goes since we never expected to get nearly this far."

Now, the three teams from IES will face off against one another and 11 other teams from around the country in the national final.

Ted Buzzelli, the organisation’s subject facilitator for maths, said: “At Internationella Engelska Skolan we believe in helping every student to meet their full academic potential.  While for some students this means giving them extra support to help them to understand difficult concepts, for others that means providing additional challenges, and helping them to go further than the syllabus suggests.

"Competitions like Pythagoras Quest are a fantastic way for students to challenge themselves further.  It is always beneficial for students to see just how much they are capable of, especially when working as a team.  I am once again delighted to see IES represented by no fewer than three teams in the national finals of Pythagoras Quest.  I am sure that colleagues and students from schools across IES will join me in wishing the best to these talented students."

The final will be held on Friday, June 2nd, in Malmö. 

Barbara Bergström wins the VA prize as the year's female entrepreneur.

Barbara Bergström wins the VA prize as the year's female entrepreneur.

The founder of Internationella Engelska Skolan, Ms. Barbara Bergström, has been named as  “The business world’s most powerful female entrepreneur” by Veckans Affärer. The award, presented on International Women’s Day, recognises 25 years of successful development at Internationella Engelska Skolan.

The VA award has a long tradition as the most important recognition for women within Swedish business life.

The text announcing Ms. Bergström as the winner said: “American Barbara Bergström saw the need for both English competence and discipline in Swedish schools and took the matter into her own hands.”

Read more from VA: http://www.va.se/nyheter/2017/03/06/for-20-ar-sedan-trodde-fa-pa-lararens-nystartade-bolag--i-dag-driver-hon-ett-miljardimperium/

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