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Happy Summer 2020

Happy Summer 2020

Dear all

We have just finished IES Falun's sixth school year, and celebrated, thanked and wished the Class of 2020 all the best for their next adventure in their lives. This year's graduation was not only about celebrating the graduates achievements of 9 years of hard work during compulsory school, Class of 2020 was IES Faun’s first class to complete the full six years, starting in year 4 all the way through to year 9. Class of 2020 graduated at an exceptional time, and they handled it really well. They have been great role models in school, and shown leadership in many new ways, as well as managing to combine three end of term events into one; Graduation & Leavers Lunch with a Prom flavour. After six years of high expectations in a safe and calm bilingual learning environment each of these students have developed in to their own unique individuals, well equipped with knowledge and skills for making thoughtful choices for both their and our common future. 

A dear thank you to all students, guardians, and staff at IES Falun for this academic year. Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this challenging spring term to uphold our quality education. Together, we have completed this academic year; learning, adapting and gaining new experiences along the way.

We are happy to announce the results from our annual quality survey show that we have increased the quality in the majority of areas. The students' experience of a safe and calm learning environment, as well as perception of “trivsel” and student influence, are back to the level we had two years ago, and even better, which is very pleasing. 

  • 91% of our students responded that they feel safe in our school without having to worry about different forms of personal violence or bullying. 
  • 78% of our students replied that our expectations of peace and quiet in our school, so that teachers can teach and students can work holds true. 
  • 76 % of our students experience that they get good feedback and feedforward from our teachers to grow and to develop further with their learning.
  • 84% of our students feel that they can access more challenging school work from their teachers if they want.
  • 78-80% of our responded that our school environment is garbage and grafitti free.

Apart from keeping these above key performance indicators at their level, or higher, the areas we need to focus on next year is the school lunch and more ways to involve guardians.  

  • 22% of the students and 45% of the guardians replied that they are satisfied with the quality of the school food.
  • 54% of the guardians assess the parental involvement as good.

We aim to have a full PTA, Parent Teacher Association, for the upcoming year. We plan to do two separate parent evenings, as well as developing a better IT-support program for guardians. 

  • One separate parent evening for Year Teams 4-6 
  • One separate parent evening  for Year Teams 7-9 
  • Three Lgr 11 Curriculum & SchoolSoft evenings throughout the school year.

To sum up, the results show that 94% of our guardians would recommend IES Falun to another parent, and below is a quote from one of the respondent families to illustrate this.

“Ni gör alla ett fantastiskt arbete! Håll i de höga förväntningarna på eleverna och fortsätt jobba för bra studieklimat i klassrummen och en spännande blandning av internationella och lokala lärare. Skolans profil bidrar till Faluns attraktivitet”.

Now, we all deserve a relaxing summer break, so we can return in August, ready to take on new challenges and apply the abilities that have developed during the summer.

During the next school year, 2020-21, we look forward to welcoming our new families in year 4, and a few new students in other years to our school. We will grow a little bit next year and become about 510 students all together.

Thank you everyone for this year, and I wish you a really nice summer!

 

5 Reasons to Attend IES Falun

5 Reasons to Attend IES Falun

Looking for a reason to attend IES Falun?

Here are five reasons plus many more, that make us stick out amoung the rest!

  1. We have a caring and experienced staff
  2. Our curriculum supports all learners
  3. We have an advanced Art and Music program
  4. We have a calm and safe learning enviroment
  5. We have a ton of clubs and councils to choose from

 

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From the Principal

New Student Workshop & our new Virtual Tour!

As we continue to navigate the current coronavirus situation throughout the Spring Term, we felt that it was best not to host an in-person New Student Workshop for those of you who will be joining us in August 2020.

Instead, we have decided to host an Online New Student Workshop on Saturday, May 30th and we have also created a Virtual Tour which will be accessible on our website so you can still see inside our school!

Further information, the time, and how to log in to the Online Workshop, will be announced soon.

If you have not registered your child to start in Year 4 in August 2020 there is still time to do so and be part of our Online New Student Workshop on May 30th!

Those who are already registered will receive email updates with further information.

Additionally, for more informal updates, you are always welcome to follow us on our IES Falun Instagram page, where we post weekly updates and information. Check us out at @IESFalun!

Ms Iljans

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New Student Workshop & vår nya Virtuella Rundtur!

Då vi nu fortsätter att navigera oss genom denna situation med coronaviruset under sista delen av vårterminen, känner vi att det vore bäst att inte ha en fysisk New Student Workshop för er som kommer att börja med oss i Augusti 2020.

Istället har vi beslutat att hålla en Online New Student Workshop lördagen den 30:e Maj och vi har även skapat en virtuell guidad tur som kommer att bli tillgänglig på vår hemsida där ni ändå kan se vår skola inifrån!

Ytterligare information, som tid och hur ni kan logga in till vår Online Workshop, kommer snart att publiceras.

Om ni inte har registrerat ert barn i vår kö för att börja hos oss i årskurs 4 i Augusti 2020 så finns fortfarande möjlighet att göra det och även vara med på vår Online New Student Workshop den 30:e Maj!

För er som redan är registrerade i vår kö kommer att få löpande mail med vidare information.

Ni är även varmt välkomna att följa oss på vårt IES Falun Instagram-konto, där vi kommer att posta uppdateringar och övrig information veckovis. Kolla in oss på @IESFalun!

Ms Iljans

IES Falun Virtual Tour

IES Falun Virtual Tour

Want to take a look at our school, but you can't make it to Falun?

Below is a virtual tour of our building showing the playground, library, reception, and floor 3. There is also a quick look inside one of classrooms as well. We are working on adding to the tour and will post the latest video when it is finished!

Enjoy!

 

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Pi Day Challenge!

Pi Day Challenge!

Have you heard of International Pi Day before? It's a day to celebrate the mathematical constant π (Pi), and it's celebrated annually on March 14th (since π = 3.14). We have been celebrating this day for the past few years, usually with a special Pie Lunch at school (this year, the students got homemade apple pie for dessert!).

We also hosted an extra special challenge this year! Ms Iljans and Ms Ellis, together with Swedish memory champion and Talang contestent Johan von Essen, held a memory competitions. Johan von Essen challenged the students at IES Falun to remember as many digits of the Pi sequence as possible. He filmed a short video for the students, and we played it for them all on Monday morning's mentor time, with the Pi Challenge taking place on Friday.

Many students participated on Friday's Pi Challenge day, but we also had our top three winners! 1st place prize went to Karin in Year 4, who memorized 107 digits of pi! Year 5's Minna memorized 101, and our Year 6 student memories 63. When we asked the students how they were able to memorize so many digits, they let us know that they used some of Johan von Essen's tricks from his website and also tried to create some number patterns that they trained on each day.

We are so proud of our students! And thank you to everyone who participated.

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