Swedish Ministers Visit Internationella Engelska Skolan

Swedish Ministers Visit Internationella Engelska Skolan


Key Swedish politicians were welcomed on a visit to Internationella Engelska Skolan in Gothenburg during the school's UN themed week. 

The Minister of Education, Mr Jan Björklund and the Minister of Equality, Ms Nyamko Sabuni met with the school's Principal Ms Rothstein as well as Mr Bailey and Mr Svensson to discuss the running of the school and what it is that makes Internationella Engelska Skolan successful.

Followed by excited pupils, they then embarked on a tour of the school, visiting a number of lessons.

The visit to the school ended with Fika, where the Ministers met for a chat with some of our teachers and pupils.

Mr Rothstein said: "It was a fantastic afternoon, and one which will remain in everyone's memories for a long time to come."

Double Gold in Nutidsorientering Contest

Double Gold in Nutidsorientering Contest

Best in Sweden: Winner My Bodin with Principal Jan Dahlin, left, and Christoffer Höök, Head of Department for SO

Students from Internationella Engelska Skolan have again produced fantastic results in this year's DN Nutidsorientering.

Internationella Engelska Skolan i Bromma was the highest scoring school in Sweden in this year's competition, while My Bodin, a pupil from Internationella Engelska Skolan i Karlstad, was the highest scoring pupil in the country.

The two national best results in the competition, which tests Swedish students' knowledge of current affairs, are the high point of what has been a fantastic contest for our students all-round.

After hearing of her success Ms Bodin said: "It is fun, and I really look forward to go to Stockholm and meet the Queen in December."

The winning pupil thanked her school and especially her teacher Mr Höök for help, support and motivation, adding: "I couldn´t have made it without him".

Jan Dahlin, Principal of Internationella Engelska Skolan i Karlstad, said: "To be the number one school in Värmland, having the number one class in Värmland, having the best student in Värmland - and having our own Ms Bodin as the number one student in Sweden is a remarkable achievement.

"We stand for and encourage an academic focus in a calm and structured school environment, with the English language as an active tool - it creates results."

Celebrating: The SO team from IES BrommaCelebrating: The SO team from IES BrommaMarietta Kindberg, Principal of Internationella Engelska Skolan i Bromma, was also delighted with her school's result.  She said: "To know that Internationella Engelska Skolan i Bromma is the top school amongst over 1000 schools competing in DNs Nutidsorientering is both an honour and thrill. 

"We have taken part in this competition since we were founded in 2005 and while we have always been ranked highly with best class or best student, I am overjoyed to see our school finally place first in the country.

"This gives wonderful recognition to my supurb team of teachers, not only in the Social Science department, but throughout the entire school. It is this team, in cooperation with our students, who are able to produce such fantastic results.

"Well done to the SO department, the students and the entire team of teachers."

There were many other wonderful achievements from our schools across Sweden.

While Ms Bodin was named the overall winner for Sweden, and for her county of Värmlands Län, five other pupils were also the best in their area.

Ella li Jennersjö from Internationella Engelska Skolan i Järfälla, Ellen Åskag from  Internationella Engelska Skolan i Eskilstuna, Shlimoon Benyamin from  Internationella Engelska Skolan i Jönköping, Erica Äng from  Internationella Engelska Skolan i Gothenburg and Sara Lindberg from Internationella Engelska Skolan iGävle were each the highest scoring pupil in their respective county.

Four Internationella Engelska Skolan schools, in Eskilstuna, Linköping, Karlstad and Gävle were named the best school in their respective counties as well as Bromma, which was the best school in both Stockholms Län and Sweden.

Meanwhile three classes from Internationella Engelska Skolan schools, 8A in Eskilstuna, 9D in Jönköping and 9A in Karlstad were each also named the best in their county.

Edinboro University – Working Closely with Internationella Engelska Skolan

Edinboro University – Working Closely with Internationella Engelska Skolan

Internationella Engelska Skolan is delighted to be fostering a closer working relationship with Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Edinboro has already become a good friend to Internationella Engelska Skolan. The university, which was founded in 1857 and today has more than 8,000 students, hosted a visit by the organisation last year.

Recently two of our teaching staff from Uppsala - Hannah Kipfer and Kali Keyes, who are both graduates of Edinboro's educational programmes - featured in a newsletter from the university's Centre for Career Development.

Ms Kipfer now teaches physical education and Ms Keyes teaches English, maths and science at Internationella Engelska Skolan i Uppsala. They are just two examples of the wonderful teaching staff from English-speaking countries throughout the world that have been attracted to come and teach in Sweden.

Ms Keyes said: "It was unreal to imagine that in my first year of teaching not only would I be moving across the world, but also helping to start up a new school. While others around me were trying to figure out their plans for the upcoming fall I already knew that I would become part of the Internationella Engelska Skolan staff at its newest school in Uppsala. The only thought going through my head when I accepted the position was that it was an opportunity of a lifetime."

The continued help and support of Edinboro University will be invaluable as Internationella Engelska Skolan continues to build strong links with universities in the USA.

Student wins gold medals in orienteering

Student wins gold medals in orienteering

A student from Internationella Engelska Skolan in Enskede brought home two gold medals from the Swedish School Championships in Orienteering.

Simon Hector, 8E, beat rivals from around the country to win both the 2.2km sprint event and the 4.7km long distance event at the national competition, held in Sundsvall.

His wins mean that he is now officially the best in Sweden for both events.

He said: "I am really happy with my performance and the result of the race.

"Before the sprint I knew I had a chance at placing within the top three. The competition was hard and I was competing against students one year older. I had as close to a faultless race as is possible and had a good flow at each control.

"In the sprint it is important to minimize mistakes as you can potentially lose a lot of time because of them.

"It was a tough track where at one point the fall height of the hill was 100 metres over a 400 metre stretch. This is where the race was decided. I was able to keep the tempo very high in the incline which gave me a sizeable advantage time-wise."

Simon went into the long-distance race as favourite and was pleased to win that event, despite feeling that he could have performed better.

He said: "I had heard that the terrain was difficult and that it was important to get to the controls from the right direction. I am not as happy with how this race went as I was in the sprint. I came from the wrong direction to the first three controls and had to compensate by running better. In the long distance race it is essential to be able to change your running pace.

"At the eighth control I had a pretty good flow and took a chance that paid off. After that I was able to maintain a good pace, and managed to win this race as well. Altogether I am really happy with the whole weekend and I am looking forward to the coming competitions. I hope I get the chance to represent the school in the Orienteering Skol VM in 2013."

Robert Clark, Principal of Internationella Engelska Skolan i Enskede added: "We congratulate Simon on his successes and wish him well in his future sporting career. I am sure that we will be reading about Simon's successes again in the very near future."


Facebook Contest Winner Delighted With Prize

Facebook Contest Winner Delighted With Prize

Likes it: Sara Lindberg with her new MacBook AirThe winner of an Internationella Engelska Skolan contest on Facebook couldn't believe her luck when she was presented with a MacBook Air.

Sara Lindberg, of class 9C at Internationella Engelska Skolan i Gävle had no idea why she was being summoned to meet with Principal Anneli Engvall in the admin block.

Little did the promising IGCSE student know that she would be leaving the room with the covetted MacBook Air, which had been generously donated for the competition by 24 Solutions.

After taking a few minutes to recover from the initial shock, she said: "I've always wanted a Mac.  I think my grades will be better because I can bring the laptop to the lessons and use it for homework.

"I was pretty sure of the answers but I never thought I would win. It's made my day and my entire year. I'm going to tell my Dad because I've been trying to get him to buy me a laptop and now I can stop.

"I had a laptop but it broke during the summer, and this will be really useful because I commute from 45 minutes away."

Sara was one of more than 1,800 people who liked the new Internationella Engelska Skolan Facebook page after its relaunch on Friday, 26 August, taking the total number of people who like Internationella Engelska Skolan on Facebook to almost 2,000.

She also entered the contest to win the MacBook Air while visiting the page.

Those taking part were asked to give the year and location of the first Internationella Engelska Skolan School and also to translate the Latin phrase In Fide Speramus into English.

Sara correctly identified  Internationella Engelska Skolan i Enskede as the founder school in 1993 and translated In Fide Speramus as In Faith We Trust.

The competition was just the first to be held on the new Internationella Engelska Skolan Facebook page, and a new contest with another exciting prize is now being planned.  It will be launched on Monday, October 31.