Awards for students after essay and science contests

Awards for students after essay and science contests

Congratulations: winners and runners-up with Ms. and Dr. BergströmWinners, proud parents, teachers and principals made their way to the aula at Internationella Engelska Skolan i Täby for this year's Awards Ceremony.

For the fifth year in a row, awards in the form of diploma, honour and money were given to students having written extraordinary essays in the "Dr. Bergstrom Essay Competition", this year on the theme "Why English?"

New for the year was a special Science Award for Internationella Engelska Skolan's junior students, grades 4-6. This award is in the name of Ms. Barbara Bergström, herself with a background as a science teacher.

Ms. Bergström and her fellow jury-members were very impressed by the contributions and declared that this is an award to continue for coming years. Particularly so since Internationella Engelska Skolan is expanding junior schools.

Dr. Hans Bergström, founder and sponsor of the essay award, said: "The competition was started five years ago in order to promote writing and also with the conviction that students in their teens are able to tackle much bigger and more complicated subjects than what is normally given in Swedish schools. This belief has been fully confirmed by the contributions."

Dr. Bergstrom declared: "This year held a very high quality from the students participating."

The audience, on hand to celebrate each winner, heard about their successful essays and science projects as the prizes were awarded. Eskilstuna students contributed with a nice and skilful musical interlude.

Students who took part in the essay competition chose to take on the question in a number of different ways using history, etymology, personal experience, poetry and psychology. With so many disciplines to draw from, each essay presented a unique answer to the question.

Science projects submitted to the junior science award looked at subjects including aerodynamics, textiles, gravity, bird physiology, and even inventions to solve some of life's problems.

As well as hearing from both Ms. and Dr. Bergström, the crowd was also addressed by Mr. Roy Cross, British Council Director for the Nordics and Baltics, who gave his own views on English as a global language and recited poetry by Philip Larkin. Winners received diplomas out of the hand of Mr. Cross.

The jury for the science contest was made up of Ms Bergström, Mr Jan-Olov Johansson, founder of Swedish Science Radio, Mr. Damian Brunker, Head of Academics at IES, and Dr. Rachel Heimeier, a scientist who has worked at a number of prestigious institutions and who is Principal of the new Internationella Engelska Skolan school opening in Uppsala this August.

Dr. Bergström, Mr. Johansson, and Mr. Brunker were the jury for the essay contest.

Students become published authors

Students become published authors

Published Work: The Torque Effect, out now in paperback

Nearly 20 teenagers from Internationella Engelska Skolan have become published authors before they even leave school.

The writers, from Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet Södermalm, worked together to create The Torque Effect, a paperback book filled with short stories set over one day at an airport.

Over the course of the day one thread touches all of the stories, as a mother tries to locate her missing son.

Victoria Ström, one of the students whose work has been published, said: "The fact that it is a collection of short stories and that the stories actually are connected with one and other is interesting.

"We are 22 very diverse writers and it's fascinating to see how much the stories differ from one another.

"We all had to work together and adapt our stories to the one before or the one after and also focus to hold it all together.

"It's exciting to be able to say I am a published writer, and only 18 years old. It was a great experience and we all learned a lot."

After months of work the book was officially launched during an evening at Café Agueli, near Hornsgatan, Södermalm.

The 275-page book has already sold out two print runs, but more are being produced to meet demand.

Kevin Frato, an Internationella Engelska Skolan teacher and author, organised the project.

He said: "We started in August and spent half a year learning how to write, and half working on this story cycle - interrelated stories that fit together.

"We decided in November on the basic concept of one day at an airport.  There is a mother with a missing son, and all of the stories fit into this one day, although there can be flashbacks and flashes forward.

"I got the students to do as much of the work as possible, they took the cover photographs, they did the layout, they wrote and got permission to use a Karin Boye quote, they wrote to the printers and got a price quote."

Copies of the paperback can be ordered from Mr Frato by emailing

Football Win for Junior Schools

Football Win for  Junior Schools

Victorious: Täby junior girls team

Two schools have won the Turf Moor Cups for the first time as the Internationella Engelska Skolan Junior School Football Tournament was launched.

Internationella Engelska Skolan i Eskilstuna lifted the boys' trophy and Internationella Engelska Skolan i Täby the girls' trophy after they each triumphed over teams from five other schools during the contest in Sollentuna.

After an afternoon which saw year four and five students from Internationella Engelska Skolan schools score 57 goals over five hours and 20 minutes of play, both finals went to nail-biting penalty shootouts before the victors were announced.

Caroline Arrestam, part of the winning girls' team from Täby, said: "It was interesting and fun to compete against different Internationella Engelska Skolan schools and also entertaining to cheer on the boys. It was fun to take a penalty in the final because it was so thrilling"

Her teammate, Hannah Lundman, added: "It was fun to participate in the tournament together with other girls from the school"

More than 100 children from six schools took part in the event, which saw teachers from the six schools taking part act in vital roles as both match officials and coaches.

Both of the winning teams made their way to the final after successive wins, without dropping a single point to their opposition. In the close-run boys' contest Internationella Engelska Skolan i Enskede came second, despite finding a vital equaliser in the second half of the 1-1 final.

Täby beat Bromma 4-1 in a hotly-contested boys' third place play off which saw two brothers, Mr Kask from Internationella Engelska Skolan i Täby and Mr Kask from Internationella Engelska Skolan i Bromma, coaching the opposing sides. In the equally close but goalless girls' final, Internationella Engelska Skolan i Gävle took the silver medal, while Eskilstuna claimed third place after beating Linköping 3-0.

Road safety award for student

Road safety award for student

skolpolis: Hannah Jevall with her awardThe efforts of one Internationella Engelska Skolan student have been recognised after she won a Stockholm-wide award.

Hanna Jevall from class 6D at Internationella Engelska Skolan i Enskede has been awarded Årets Skolpolis - a prize given to the student who does the best job of promoting road safety and operating a crossing for their class mates.

Hanna was chosen from among 60 Stockholm schools which have their own school crossing patrol and given her prize during a ceremony at the Concert Hall in Hötorget.

Robert Clark, Principal of Internationella Engelska Skolan i Enskede, said: "We are so pleased that Hanna's hard work has been highlighted with this award.  Her efforts had already been noticed by the school and it is good to see her receive wider recognition.

"Safety on the roads is an issue that we encourage all our students to take seriously.  Awards like this help to highlight the importance of staying safe whether you are travelling to school, from school or at any other time."

In receiving her award Hanna was honoured for being cheerful and positive and for going the extra mile. She was also praised for her punctuality, for being well prepared and for her good manners.


Internationella Engelska Skolan invited to meet with Senior UK Government Officials

Internationella Engelska Skolan invited to meet with Senior UK Government Officials

Peter John Fyles CEO and Damian Brunker Head of AcademicsInternationella Engelska Skolan i Sverige AB recently returned from a three day trip to the UK that culminated in a meeting at Number 10 Downing Street with David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Peter John Fyles CEO and Damian Brunker Head of Academics (pictured left) outside the world's most famous front door.

Both the CEO Peter John Fyles and Vice CEO Jörgen Stenquist attended several meetings at the Department of Education with Senior Officials responsible for the implementation of the new English, Free schools model. The visit formed part of a continued investigation into the possibility of Internationella Engelska Skolan expansion into Great Britain.

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