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Lucia

Lucia

One of the hardest things about moving to Sweden for our international staff and students is the long, dark, and cold Swedish winters. After Höstlov, it seems as though we only get a few hours of daylight each day. But as soon as the snow comes sprinkling down, energy is restored and that cozy Swedish winter feeling arrives.

Of course, it also helps to celebrate the Swedish tradition of Lucia. Other Scandinavian countries celebrate Lucia, but it’s otherwise a very new experience to most of us coming from outside of Europe. Lucia has become a common celebration in Sweden to symbolize light, with a Luciatåg (Lucia Train) of students wearing white and holding candles while singing. It is said that celebrating Lucia helps one get through the long and dark winter days!

This year, our Music teachers Ms Fournier and Mr Ellis organized Lucia with students from across the school. Surrounded by cozy candles in the Lunch Hall, our students presented a lovely Luciatåg for their fellow students, staff, and family members on December 13th. It was a spectacular performance! Afterwards, the cozy winter feeling continued with a little fika after lunch for all students.

A big thank you to Ms Fournier, Mr Ellis, and our amazing students for bringing that wonderful winter feeling to our school!

From the Principal

Open House at IES Falun

Dear all,

Last night we had our Open House event at IES Falun with a great number of visitors. I believe we had ca 230 guests, who filled our Lunch Hall and took the opportunity to walk around the school to ask questions and get things explained from our dedicated staff and students. Having so many of our own students volunteer to be guides during this evening shows that they are proud of their school. It makes a big difference for visitors to be able to get first-hand information, from students' perspectives, about the learning environment that we provide. Many visitors expressed how impressed they were when visiting the subject rooms. They especially mentioned that they were inspired by our passionate staff and our students energy.

Thank you all for making it such a rewarding evening with many possible future families to join our school.

Take care and be safe.

Magdalena Iljans

Student Work

Naturskolan (Year 6)

Naturskolan (Year 6)

During Week 38, our students in Year 6 had the opportunity to go to Naturskolan for the day to learn about water and water safety!

They began the day with a short introduction to water from their wonderful guide, Anders. He explained that the world is 70% water, and broke this number down by the amount we see every day in our lakes, streams, ponds, clouds, etc. He then explained that Swedes use, on average, 190 litres of water each day! When the students played a game to fill a bin up to 190 litres, it didn’t seem like that much water since it didn’t take too long to fill. But when you then learn that some people in our world have access to less than 5 litres of water a day, you realise how important and rare clean water can be.

After their short lecture, the students could get some hands on experience! In small groups, they rowed boats out to small islands. They were tasked with measuring the water depth, clarity, and temperature on their way. Once they arrived to the island, then needed to measure the circumference. Then they made a fire on the island and had a nice lunch together, discussing what they had learned for the day.

Looking forward to our next adventure at Naturskolan!

Student Work

Magic World of Books Poster Competition

Magic World of Books Poster Competition

During the first month of school, our wonderful Librarian Ms de Linares has been running her annual Magic World of Books Poster Competition. This competition is an opportunity for students to connect their love for reading with their love for the arts - to create a piece of art that represents the magic of being swept away on the adventures in a really great book!

Ms de Linares received 28 submissions to the poster competition this year, from students all across the school! They were all beautiful, inventive, and unique! Ms de Linares said she was quite happy the winning poster wasn’t up to her, as she wouldn’t be able to pick one!

After three days of voting, the students named their winning posters!

  • 1st Place Prize goes to… Mio Olsson Klarqvist (6A)
  • 2nd Place Prize goes to… Soroush Ghorbani (6A)
  • 3rd Place Prize goes to… Natalie Lenngren (5C)

The students have all received a trophy for their wonderful art pieces. Congratulations to all students who participated in this competition. Stay tuned for the next one coming up very soon!

IES Falun

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