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Young poets impress in contest.

Students from several IES schools have taken part in an English-language poetry contest.

The competition, encouraging students to explore their poetic side, was arranged by five IES schools north of Stockholm - Uppsala, Gävle, Falun, Sundsvall and Umeå.

Students from years 7 - 9 were asked to write a poem with the theme of ‘Hopes and Dreams’.

The overall winner of the contest was Louise Berntsson from IES Uppsala (pictured, right).

She said: "This was the first poetry contest that I have ever entered and so I felt very surprised to win. I was very happy to take part and also to have my poetry recognised by IES."

Rebecca Ryberg, the organisation’s subject facilitator for English, took on the challenging role as the contest’s judge. The schools taking part selected 29 poems for her to choose from, a maximum of three poems per year group from each school. After looking through the talented and diverse entries, Ms Ryberg chose the winners for each year group.

She said: "There were so many great poems written by the students; it was quite hard to judge.  The quality was extremely high, and I know their teachers are really proud of their work and efforts."

The winning poem:

The girl on the boat

She has that look in her eyes,

Like the life in her was drawn out by the mouth,

Unable to speak,

she looks so tired and weak.

The girl on the boat has dreams.


She dreams of a world where the only thing falling from the sky is rain,

Not bombs

Not shell casings

Not blood


She dreams of a world where the only things that crack open are watermelons,

and coconuts

Not innocent skulls

Or paper ribcages


She dreams of holding a math book in her hands again,

Of curling her fingers around a pen,

Of walking outside to see the sun smiling,

And at night, the stars twinkling.


The girl on the boat dreams of a world where living,

is not the same as surviving.


The other results of the contest by category were:

Year 7:

First place:  Molly Åberg from IES Gävle.  Poem: "Peace and Death."

Runner up: Kian Esfandiari from IES Uppsala.  Poem:  "Hopes and Dreams."


Year 8:

First place: George Makso from IES Umeå.  Poem: "Life is Not a Dream."

Runner up: From IES Falun, would prefer not to be named.


Year 9:

First place:  Louise Berntsson from IES Uppsala.  "The Girl on the Boat."

Runner up: Emma Hansson from IES Umeå.  "A Single White Flower.”

Library - Writing Competition

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From the Principal

Invitation to Open House 18th January

We would like to invite both students and parents to our Open House on Wednesday 18th January, 17:15-19:00 at Internationella Engelska Skolan in Falun, Trotzgatan 37C.

This gives you an opportunity to see our school including our newly renovated lunch hall, meet staff, students and parents and also possible future classmates!

There will be an information presentation in our new lunch hall at 17:30 and the presentation will be repeated again at 18:30.

Should you have any questions, please contact our school administrator Ms Ailsa Panton at tel 070 084 1501, or e-mail

We look forward to seeing you then!

Kind regards,

Marie Forsberg


Vi inbjuds både elever och föräldrar härmed till ett öppet hus som hålls onsdagen den 18 januari kl.17:15-19:00 på Internationella Engelska Skolan i Falun, Trotzgatan 37c.

Ni får då titta på våra lokaler och vår nyrenoverade matsal samt träffa personal, elever, föräldrar och möjliga framtida klasskamrater!

Vi kommer att hålla en informationspresentation i matsalen klockan 17:30 samt samma presentation igen klockan 18:30.

Skulle ni ha några frågor, vänligen kontakta vår skoladministratör Ms Ailsa Panton på telefon 070 084 1501 eller via e-post

Varmt välkomna till vår skola!

Med Vänliga Hälsningar,

Marie Forsberg