Students Score In Football Tournament

Students Score In Football Tournament

A national football tournament saw eight Internationella Engelska Skolan schools put forward 16 teams to compete.

The seven-aside contest saw children in years four and five from Internationella Engelska Skolan's schools throughout Sweden compete to win the Turf Moor Cup for Boys and the Turf Moor Cup for Girls.

After playing through a knockout tournament, the winner of the girls' trophy was Internationella Engelska Skolan Nacka, which beat the team from Gävle 3-0 in the final.

Gold: The boys' team from Internationella Engelska Skolan EnskedeGold: The winning girl's team from Internationella Engelska Skolan NackaGold: The winning girl's team from Internationella Engelska Skolan NackaThe boys' trophy was won by Internationella Engelska Skolan Enskede, who won 1-0 after saving a penalty in the dying minutes of the final against Internationella Engelska Skolan Hässelby.

Student Development Manager Eric Toste, who organised and ran the 82-goal event, said: "We had a great boys' final.  The first half ended 0-0 with both teams creating chances and several near goals.  In the second half Enskede scored early on and we had a close fight to the finish. In the last two minutes Hasselby was awarded a penalty shot due to a hand-ball in the box. The Enskede goalie made a great stop and Enskede held on to win gold. Hässelby and Enskede had also played each other during group play with Hässelby winning 3-0.

"Nacka Girls dominated the tournament and never conceded a goal due to superb defending and great goal keeping. They scored 19 of the 39 total goals scored during the girls' tournament.

"I want to thank all the staff for working with their teams to create such a high standard and for travelling with them to the contest from Stockholm and further afield.

"I'd also like to thank our volunteer referees from Internationella Engelska Skolan Täby and the Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet Södermalm for their hard work and help which made the tournament such a success.  They were great role models to the younger children and this is a great start to our new volunteering programme.

"The team from Sollentuna United went out of their way to help us again this year, and even provided a full snack bar which was very popular with the children and adults."

Silver: The runners up from Internationella Engelska Skolan HässelbySilver: The runners up from Internationella Engelska Skolan Hässelby

Eurovision Trophy Goes to Internationella Engelska Skolan Gävle

Eurovision Trophy Goes to Internationella Engelska Skolan Gävle


A total of 18 acts from around Sweden faced the music for the ever-popular Modern Languages Eurovision Song Contest.

The annual event sees students from Internationella Engelska Skolan's schools throughout the country compete by singing in French, German or Spanish.

Acts are judged not only on how well they handle the language, but also on their stage performance and musical ability.

Following their victory last year, Internationella Engelska Skolan Eskilstuna had the honour of hosting the contest this year. The school organised a dazzling and professional competition at Parken Zoo, Eskilstuna.

A packed house watched as the 18 acts performed, each hoping to win.

After a tough deliberation the jury picked Internationella Engelska Skolan Gävle's entry of Alors On Danse, in French, as the overall winner.Alors On Danse: (L-R) Felix Konstenius, Colin Eriksson and Hannes Gidlöf

Singer Colin Eriksson, who performed alongside Hannes Gidlöf and Felix  Kostenius, was delighted with the result.

He said: "It feels great.  We have been planning a lot for the competition, so it was very good to win.

"We were here in Eskilstuna two years ago for Eurovision, and that time we came fourth.  But that wasn't good enough so we decided to come back this year.

"We chose Alors On Danse because it was a popular song two years ago, even in Sweden, so we thought it could help us win."

Silver: Seung jJn Lee from EskilstunaSilver: Seung jJn Lee from EskilstunaThe silver prize went to Seung Jin Lee from 8D at the host school, Internationella Engelska Skolan Eskilstuna. He sang Fuego Contra Fuego in Spanish while accompanying himself on the keyboard.

He said: "I was pleased to win second place, but I want to enter next year again. Being on stage was really good for me.  I think that my teachers want me to enter again too."

Rebeca Nilsson, from 7B at Internationella Engelska Skolan Täby took third place when she sang Dime in Spanish, backed up by dancers from her school.

Dime: Rebeca Nilsson (centre) and back up dancers from TäbyDime: Rebeca Nilsson (centre) and back up dancers from TäbyShe said:"It was really fun because there was a lot of competition and you couldn't tell who was going to win. I liked meeting other people from other schools too.

"It was my mum who picked the song when I told her I was going to be in the Eurovision Song contest.  Mum started to search for songs in Spanish and she found this one which was good for me."

Next year's event in Gävle will mark the tenth anniversary of the popular annual competition.


See how Internationella Engelska Skolan Gävle reported the win on their own website, with a fantastic studio video of the winning act.

Silver and Bronze for Gävle mathematicians

Silver and Bronze for Gävle mathematicians

Silver and Bronze: The winning team from Internationella Engelska Skolan Gävle

Adding students from Gävle to an international mathematics contest equaled success, leading to the awarding of 15 certificates.

This year saw students from Internationella Engelska Skolan Gävle enter the UKMT mathematics competition for the first time.

The contest requires students to answer 25 mathematics questions in one hour without using a calculator, and saw around 250,000 students enter from more than 3,000 schools throughout the world.

A grand total of 15 of the students from Gävle were recognised as being worthy of certificates ?" which are given only to the most accomplished students.

Silver certificates were awarded to eight students, including: Edvin Tran (7C), Joel Ström (9D), Malin Holmberg (8D), Stina Röjestål (8A), Hannah Lindh (9A), Alice Eriksson (8G), Simon Fedko (9A) and Hannes Thorsell Iweborg (9E).

Meanwhile seven students achieved bronze certificates, including:  Hannes Gidlöf (9F), Sandra Färdig (8E), Johanna Lindström (8D), Hannah Karlsson (7B), Frida Westholm (9F), Siradj Al-Saadi (9E), and Elisabet Crona (8G).

Two students, Edvin Tran from 7C and Joel Ström from 9D, have been recognised as producing the best result in the school.

Joel Ström said: "The test was more of a challenge than normal tests. The last set of questions were really hard, the first set of questions were a lot easier but some of those were challenging."

Bronze-certificate-winner Johanna Lindström of 8D, said: "The competition was tense, but it felt good to place among the best mathematics students in the world"

Malin Holmberg, also of 8D, who achieved a silver certificate, added: "It was pretty fun to actually win the competition. Honestly, I really didn´t expect to win. The competition itself was challenging, and a lot of questions I didn't understand, but I hope I´ll be able to find the answers by the end of year 9. If I get the chance to compete again next year, I would easily say yes"

Olanrewaju Bello, head of mathematics at Internationella Engelska Skolan Gävle, arranged for the students to take part in the competition for the first time this year.

Mr Bello said: "The success of our students in such an independent International Mathematics Competition is a confirmation of the ability of our students at IESG and their ability to compete internationally with other students from around the world. It is also further proof that our students are competent in their use of the English Language in addition to their first-language of Swedish. Many congratulations to all the students and my colleagues in the mathematics department for all their hard work"

Anneli Engvall, Principal of IES Gävle, said "This is really good news for us. I am proud of our students succeeding so well in mathematics, which is one of the most difficult subjects. We can see that the trend throughout all of Sweden is that students are struggling in mathematics, which makes this victory even larger. Mr Bello, our mathematics teacher recently recruited from last year, has experiences from many parts of the world, for example Asia, where mathematics is taught on a much higher level. He is a fantastic teacher and I´m sure he has a key role in the students´ success."

Workshop Day Promotes Scientific Enquiry

Workshop Day Promotes Scientific Enquiry

Workshop: Mr Mark Baldwin (right) talks to art and science teachers

Teachers of art and science from throughout Internationella Engelska Skolan had the chance to examine the way their subjects are taught as a special visitor from the United States came to Internationella Engelska Skolan Uppsala.

Mark Baldwin is the Director of Education at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History in Jamestown, New York. The institute already has a good relationship with Internationella Engelska Skolan and has become a feature of summer camps to the United States.

Mr Baldwin spent a one-day workshop with Internationella Engelska Skolan teachers from across Sweden. The professional development seminar looked at the importance of field journals and observations in nature to both subjects.

He said: "I believe that teaching and learning basic scientific skills and cultivating scientific habits of mind through practice are aspects of science education that, in my experience, often are not regarded as essential.

"For instance, the ability to make accurate firsthand observations is usually assumed in the science classroom rather than taught and practiced as a skill. In this case, teaching students how to be keen observers of natural objects and phenomena by having them practice skill-building techniques can greatly help them engage in productive scientific inquiry."

Damian Brunker, Head of Academics at Internationella Engelska Skolan, attended the professional development seminar.

He said: "The participating teachers were clearly inspired by Mark's positive and engaging workshop.  Our educators are now keen to share their new-found skills and knowledge with our students.  The day was a great success."

More information about the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History can be found on their website.

First Prize for Students in National Language Contest

First Prize for Students in National Language Contest

Et Voila: (L-R) My Bodin and Karin FuruforsParis awaits two Internationella Engelska Skolan students after they won a national language competition.

After taking first prize in the French section of Språkolympiaden, My Bodin and Karin Furufors each won 4,500 kronor and a language trip to the capital of France.

Karin said: "The competition was really fulfilling and has provided more motivation to take my language studies further."

My added: "I was very nervous about the contest, but half way through, when we knew that we would win, then it became a lot more fun.  This has helped to motivate my studies, especially now that we have won a trip to Paris."

Mr Jan Dahlin, Principal of Internationella Engelska Skolan Karlstad, congratulated his students on their win.

He said: "This fantastic win comes as the result of the hard work of both of these students.  I am sure they will enjoy their well-earned prize when they make the trip to Paris."

The pair from Internationella Engelska Skolan picked up 35 points in the final, putting them 11 points ahead of the closest competitor.  They were also facing off against students from Internationella Engelska Skolan Borås, which took fourth place in the prestigious competition.