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Ms Bergström in SvD Affärsbragd vote

Ms Bergström in SvD Affärsbragd vote

Internationella Engelska Skolan is proud to note that SvD has chosen our founder, Ms Barbara Bergström (pictured), as one of the candidates in their Affärsbragd contest, which seeks to honour a successful entrepreneur.

At the moment a public vote is underway to choose the finalists, and members of the public are able to vote for their preferred candidate once every day until May 2.

You can support our founder and IES by clicking and voting at this link: https://www.svd.se/topp/svd-affarsbragd-2018/barbara-bergstrom

Vi i Femman won by two IES Sundsvall Students

Vi i Femman won by two IES Sundsvall Students
Fifth-graders at Internationella Engelska Skolan Sundsvall are celebrating after two of their classmates won the televised final of the popular and long-running Vi i Femman contest.
 
The national quiz, which started in 1970, has given nearly fifty-years worth of fifth graders around the country the chance to compete against one another to find out who has the best general knowledge.
 
After recording the highest score total in a regional final, hopes were high for fifth-graders Eilif Kamel Hargaut and Alva Eliasson of class 5C at IES Sundsvall (pictured above) and they more than lived up to their reputation when they won the contest during the televised national final, on Barnkanalen, during the evening of Thursday, 29 March.
 
Alva (right) gave advice to any fourth-graders hoping to take part in the contest next year: “Be calm because if you are stressed you might not give the right answer. It is much easier to find the right answer if you are calm.
 
“I was a bit nervous, but it was fun. It is a big deal. I hoped it would go well, and thought that it would, but I was surprised to be in the final. My family are very happy and proud.”
 
Eilif (left) put the success down to teamwork between him and his partner.
 
He said: “There were some things that I know better and some that Alva is best at. She is really good at maths and that was important because she can do things that I find harder."
 
“It is good to take part in this sort of competition because you become smarter. You have to make sure you are ready for what might come up as a question. If you can’t answer though you should just guess, because maybe you will get it right, but if you don’t guess you will be totally wrong.
 
"I am proud of myself because there aren’t many people who get to take part, and even fewer who go so far.”
 
Around 70,000 students from 4,000 classes at 2,500 schools in Sweden took part in this year's contest before Alva and Eilif earned the top prize.
 
Mr Pascal Brisson, Principal of Internationella Engelska Skolan Sundsvall, said: “Competitions like this can be another wonderful tool which inspires students to focus on academics.  As such they fit so well with the IES ethos.  I am very proud of Alva and Eilif and all that they achieved in this competition.  Congratulations to you both, I look forward to seeing more great things from you in the future."
 
Eilif and Alva were accompanied during the filming by their mentor teacher Ms Maria Elf, she said: “I am so proud of them, I thought they had the capacity to win, the whole experience was so fun. That they actually won was such an amazing thing for me to be a part of, it is such an old competition. When I was a child I took part, but we never got that far.”
 

Next year a new group of fifth-grade students will have the chance to take part in the contest and everyone at Internationella Engelska Skolan will be helping for another strong performance from our students up and down the country.

IES Landskrona - Jobs Provider of the Year

Mr Nilsson (furthest right) collects the award on behalf of IES Landskrona  

IES Landskrona has been chosen as jobs provider of the year at the Landskrona Näringslivsgala.
The F-9 school, which opened in August 2017, employs teaching and non-teaching staff from Landskrona, further afield in Sweden, and also draws a large proportion of its well-qualified teaching staff from around the English-speaking world. Today the school has nearly 500 students, and 55 staff.
The judges’ motivation stated: “The prize goes to Internationella Engelska Skolan which chose to invest in Landskrona although it might not have been the completely obvious choice from the start.  They have enriched the business community and brought a new dimension to a traditional business.  They have helped to put Landskrona on the map, and in opening a school have created more than 50 jobs and attracted people to move to the town. "

Ms Roelandi Engelbrecht (pictured, with her husband), who teaches physical education at the school, is one of the staff who have been recruited from abroad.  She is from South Africa, and has joined colleagues from countries including the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland and Australia as well as, of course, Sweden.
She said: "I couldn’t be happier working for IES Landskrona, it’s a fantastic school.
"I would recommend that teachers back in South Africa come to IES in Sweden because the curriculum that is offered here is so creative, the kids are so stimulated, you can stimulate critical thinking. We have the freedom to develop our own curriculum here, which is any teacher's dream."
Mr Engelbrecht moved to Landskrona in August and has been part of the team who have worked together to open the school.
She said: "Sweden is very different to South Africa, I come from Cape Town and I really like it here, it was such a great move. My husband and I have been so supported by Mr Nilsson. The support from IES made the move effortless and easy, though getting used to the cold was an adjustment.
“We enjoy the effectiveness of everything here, for example the public transport is easy, you are always updated via an app and have it at your fingertips.  It is honestly an amazing town."
The school’s Principal, Mr Chris Nilsson, attended the Näringslivsgalan to collect the award.
He said: “It was a very good night. A lot of parents were there and we got so much positive feedback.
"I want to thank the town of Landskrona for making this possible.  It is a very friendly town and it is easy to do business here.
“There has been a lot of interest in coming to work for us from throughout the community and we have been able to employ a good mix of young professionals and more experienced personnel.  Our staff enjoy the atmosphere in the school and the fact that we really focus on our students, and providing them with a high quality education.”
For more information about working for Internationella Engelska Skolan, or to apply visit www.engelska.se/careers/

Competition Winners' Trip to South Korea

Competition Winners' Trip to South Korea

Two students from Internationella Engelska Skolan Lund recently visited Seoul after their performance in problem-solving competition Enlightening Imagination.

This is an account written by Elisabeth Dierschke Passikhani and Alva Brant about their time in South Korea:

Our school IES Lund competed in the competition Enlightening Imagination at Vattenhallen. The task was to, using the material 4D Frame, build a model of something that would help the environment in any way. We built a machine that collects and recycles garbage from the streets or the sea, and we won! We then got to make a video which we sent to Stockholm, to compete against all the other winners in Sweden. We were very happy when we got the message that our invention won!

The prize was to travel to Seoul, South Korea, and compete in the big international 4D Frame Competition, IMSCC. There were four other teams from Sweden, so in total, there were 10 students and 15 adults.

During the first day, we got to visit the 4D Frame head office. It was really cool to see all the constructions and also meet the founder of 4D Frame. The next day, we got a chance to practice building a little bit before the competition. The task for the competition was to build a “roller coaster” for a marble, using a foam board as a base. It was a bit hard since we never had built using a foam board before, but we prepared as much as we could.

Then it was competition day! During the opening ceremony they played our video on the big screen four times! There were about 60 teams in our category. We sat on the floor and built for two hours. It was hard because it was so stressful, but it was also really fun. We got to work as a team and even though many of the teams from other countries had prepared and practiced much more, we did our best. We placed 12th in the competition, and won a bronze medal. Even though we didn’t win, we were proud!

The remaining days, we spent being tourists in Korea. We got to take part of the culture and see the capital, which was really cool and interesting. For example, we visited a palace, the Korean Folk Village where we took part of old Korean traditions, and the Samsung D’light exhibition. We also got to go up in both the Seoul Tower and Lotte Tower, which was amazing. The Korean food was very good but very spicy!

One day, we visited a Korean high school where we got to work in teams with the students and come up with inventions. It was really fun and we all learnt a lot, at the same time as we got new friends!

We were invited to dinner with some pre-school teachers, and another day with the founder of 4D Frame and the president of the competition. We were treated as VIPs and the Korean people were so nice to us.

Overall, we learnt a lot that we can take with us in life, for example we practiced our team working skills and working under stress. It was also an eye-opener to see how much you can do with 4D Frame, and we learnt more about technology. We got many new friends, both koreans and swedes from all over the country. We are really happy about the trip!

 

Placing newborn children in the queue

Placing newborn children in the queue

A new system in place from January 2018 will make the process of applying to Internationella Engelska Skolan’s schools throughout Sweden fairer than ever.

Parents will now be asked to wait until February 1, the year after their child is born, to make an application for a place.

This new intake process will ensure that children born in December have the same chance to obtain a place as those born in January.

The move has been made to counter a problem which saw classes becoming oversubscribed before children reached their first birthday.

Fredrik Åkerman, acting CEO of Internationella Engelska Skolan, said: “We have always been proud to operate our queues on a first-come, first-served basis, to ensure that every family had the same chance of obtaining a place.  In the past the only exception to this has been one to ensure that siblings from the same family can attend the same school.

“We have become a victim of our own success. Today there are 154,000 applications to our queue, which puts a huge amount of pressure on the 24,000 school places we are able to offer.  Some of our schools are seven-times oversubscribed every year, and we have seen a trend where parents are registering earlier and earlier to ensure their children receive a place.

“In the past we have sought to relieve pressure from the queue by opening new schools, for example we opened four new schools this year, but there is a limit to how many schools we can open each year, particularly as we refuse to compromise on quality, and so something else needed to change."

The new system will apply to any children born from 1 January 2018.  When applying to add a newborn child to the queue, parents will now receive a message asking them to wait until 1 February the year after their child was born.

This will mean that all families have the same chance of getting a place at the school, whether their new children have been born just before or immediately after new years eve.

Mr Åkerman explained: “Several schools highlighted to us that the system we have always used would soon no longer function. Queues at these schools were filling up before any children had reached their first birthday, despite the fact that these schools start in grade four or six. This is a trend that was not going to go away, so we needed to find a solution.

“We know that some parents will be disappointed that they cannot register their newborn children right away, but it is important that we create a system which is fair for everyone.”

The new system is the second change to the queue at IES schools in recent years.  This year some IES schools are trialling a new system introduced by the government to allow schools to allow a percentage of students who are newly arrived in Sweden to use a special separate queue to enter the school.  This is also a change which has been made for fairness, as these students have not had the possibility to apply until they received their national identity number (personnummer).

To apply for a place at one of the 34 existing schools Internationella Engelska Skolan runs in Sweden, or the new schools we will open next year, visit: https://engelska.se/our-schools/join-queue

 

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