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From the Principal

January 2019

Dear all

We are now well started with the spring term. Going on the fourth week, we have now enrolled in the National tests period for Year 6 & 9. 

We have had our Parent Evening, where different year groups focused on different topics. We have also carried out this term’s Development talks last week. The development talks are one of the most important meetings during the school year, as they are an opportunity for reflection on learning and development academically and socially, and to keep future dreams alive. The reflection process and the goal-setting that take place during these talks are an essential part of the education.

Together, mentors, students and guardians reflect and evaluate the goals from the last development talks and feedback / feedforward from the teachers, to make learning meaningful, with the best interest of each child. We cooperate to stimulate and support our students to develop as far as possible. It is about our collective responsibility for your child's right to education. Together, we shall help them fill their "backpacks" with the knowledge and values they need in order to navigate safely, and make well thoughts decisions in a complex and changeable reality with a vaste flow of information.

During the development afternoons, "Study Club" was organized in the Lunch Hall, where staff was available to support our students with their school work.

Next we are preparing for Winter Sports Day, that is coming up next week with cross country skiing and speed skating aat Lugnet, långfärds-skating at Främby udde, as well as down hill skiing and snowboarding at Källviken. Parents and guardians are welcome to join. Please contact us this week.

Thank you all students, guardians and staff!

We are off to yet another exciting term at IES Falun.

End of Fall 2018 Term

Welcome back for the Spring 2019 Term! The days are getting brighter and longer (bit by bit!), and we have started off a whole new term of exciting lessons, activities, and event days.

Just before we went for holidays, we also had a really love end of Fall Term with the students. To get us in the Christmasy spirit, we started off with our Luciatåg organized by our wonderful Music teachers, Ms Fournier and Mr Ellis. This year, students from all across the school participated - and even some staff members, too! It was a very beautiful performance enjoyed by all (especially since it was followed by gingerbread cookies at lunch time!).

After that, we had Student Choice Days. We have traditionally hosted Choice Days at our school at the end of each term. These days are filled with fun activities hosted by our staff, usually connected to the Swedish curriculum but in a more hands on and practical way. However, this year we turned the Choice Day planning over to our Year 9 students as a leadership project embedded in their Life Skills lessons!

Our Year 9s did an absolutely amazing job researching, planning, designing, and executing their Choice Day activities! They came up with some brilliant activities to run - Character Creation Workshop, Open Art Studio, Gingerbread House Competition, Sci-Fi Writing Workshop, Aviation Studies, all sorts of different sports, and more! It was also a really great opportunity for the Year 9 students to work on their leadership skills by teaching and leading the younger students in the school. As an added bonus, students got to meet new people from all across the school that shared an interest in the activity they had signed up for, meaning students now know some new faces all across the school!

Here are some pictures from the Choice Day activities:

 

From the Principal

Wrapping up the fall term 2018

Dear all,

We have just finished up our fall term here at IES Falun, and consistent to IES Falun habit of walking the extra mile together, staff wrapped it up this Wednesday.

Thank you all for an intense and valuable term here at IES Falun. Students and staff have been busy all the way to the end, and have done wonderful job of building our school culture further. It has been great to see everybody integrating well with the new class mixing, and to see the students developing their academic knowledges and skills throughout the term.

Thank you also to all parents and guardians for this term. Together with you, we support each other for the best for your children / our students. As we grow larger and build our community, it is important to remind ourselves of who we are and what we value. Thank you for your co-operation in building our positive and respectful atmosphere, for our calm learning environment, supporting the development of bilingualism, and always having high expectations in everything we do, through challenges and growth. Thank you also for co-operation with improving the traffic situation outside of school this term.

I wish you all a restful break with a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!

See you all Wednesday January 9th 2019.

Programing Club IES Falun

About IT club

Hi, my name is Henrik Watters. Every Thursday I go to computer Programing club and personally I think it is the best club there is at Engelska Skolan. My teacher Mr Grindrod is helping me create my website about the goods and the bads of IT. It is also about anything technological.

In the IT club, you can learn about anything to do with IT.

SO if you like IT, come and join us, today.    

From the Principal

Year Team 6 awarded for their Technology project

As part of their Technology project earlier this fall, the students in Year Team 6 have worked on solutions to solve the traffic situation outside of school.

Together, the students engaged and worked dedicatedly, which resulted in several innovative, creative and interesting ideas. The project also highlights how learning is interconnected with reality, and strengthen our school culture as well as student influence. The process in such social discourses, places our democratic values at heart.

There were short and long term solutions, less and more complex solutions, as well as less and more expensive solutions discussed. For ex. the suggestion to create a car parking building on the current parking area was met with arguments on that it meant more people would possibly drive their cars, which is not so great for the environment. However some students thought that charging a lot for this would enable more money to go into making a better well maintained system. This discussion also included a health-perspective, by placing physical education- and swimming facilities on the top floor, which would be convenient for IES to use.

All the students ideas were presented to Q-park and Diös, who quickly put their idea about the one-way system in place. This week, during Year Team 6’s assembly, Elke Herbst from Diös came to acknowledge, and thank the students for their commitment.

Well done, and congratulations to Year Team 6!

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