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Breakfast of Champions!

Breakfast of Champions!

We have officially started our National Tests season here at IES Falun! The students in Years 6 and 9 will be writing their Swedish, English, and Math National Tests throughout the Spring Term. The students Year 9 will also be writing National Tests in Science, Social Science and Modern Foreign Language.

Of course, this season brings about lots of nervous feelings for our students. Which is why we have introduced the National Tests Breakfast of Champions! A hearty breakfast for all students and their teachers is a perfect way to make sure everyone is at school on time, their nerves are calmed, and they can ask any last questions before they head into the tests.

We kicked off our Breakfast of Champions this week with our Year 6 students, who were writing their Swedish National Tests on Tuesday and Thursday. Students were welcome at 07:45 for a breakfast filled with fresh bread, loads of sandwich toppings, fruit, porridge, cereal, and some delicious and nutritious smoothies! All the students joined their friends, teachers, and mentors in the Lunch Hall for half an hour of cozy breakfast time, and then went up to their classrooms fully prepared to write their National Tests.

We were thrilled to see nearly every student in Year 6 come for breakfast this past week, and we look forward to hosting these breakfasts for our students throughout the Spring Term!

Student Work

United Nations - Debate with year 9 at Falu Fri 23/1

United Nations - Debate with year 9 at Falu Fri 23/1

International relations and diplomacy is something that concerns all of us. Although it’s often hard to totally get a grip of what it’s all about. Every year schools around the world arrange UN role plays. Falu Fri gymnasium has been doing this for a long time, and this spring year 9 at IES Falun got the chance to join a smaller debate. The UN role play is a way to learn in an interesting, exciting and fun way by doing a political simulation. 

The students have been given different nations to represent, and have during lessons and as homework prepared themselves for this debate. It has been important to get an understanding about  the countries domestic, economic, social and foreign policies. The subject has been the crisis in Syria, and the students have together formulated a resolution based on the knowledge about the nation they’ve been representing. 

So this Tuesday it was time for the students to show their new knowledge when we had a full day at Falu Fri. The day started with speeches from each nation, continued with lobbying, and then the votings for the resolutions. In the end it was clear there wouldn’t be an agreement as USA used their veto to stop the two chosen resolutions. 

The UN debate and preparations have involved research, public speaking, debating, writing skills, critical thinking, training in leadership and much more. The students have been doing the work in both swedish and english. It was a great day and everyone both students at the gymnasium and all teachers were very impressed! It was so nice to see students take a huge step forward and do things they’ve been scared of before. Everyone was also dressed as “diplomats” and it didn’t feel at all like two year 9 classes.... 

/ Ms Tigerstedt, Career Counsellor (SYV) 
 

From the Principal

Welcome back to school

I  hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing and healthy holiday.

We are now a week into the spring term 2018, and we have already had our spring term parent meeting this Wednesday. All mentors went through the spring term planning and discussed some points about Social Media. Year Teams 6 and 9 also talked through the upcoming National Tests. 

As you know, at IES Falun, we are focusing much on the promotive and preventive work for students well-being. During the fall term, we have been working recurrently with our Equal Treatment Plan every week during Class Meetings and during Life skills-lessons. This term, this value-based work will now also include social media. W. 7, the criminologist Maria Dufva will come to our school, to work with all students about life on the internet during two days; Tuesday 13/2 and Wednesday 14/2. I strongly recommend all guardians to save Tuesday evening to attend the parent cafe´, where Ms Dufva will be holding a lecture and work shop on this highly desirous topic. In the meantime I want to advise you to visit https://friends.se/snabbkurs-vuxna/. It is an interactive education for guardians, where adults can learn more about how one can support children and young adults if they are subjects to abusive treatment. The education is free and takes about half an hour to complete.

We also have the Development talks coming up shortly. The preparations for these important and fruitful talks have already started in most classes this week during Mentor Meetings. The students have reflected on their goals from the fall term, and started to set new or renewed the previous ones, both a social and an academic goals, as well as a career goal. The talks are scheduled to take place during w. 5, and all mentors have opened times on SchoolSoft for all guardians to go in and book a time that suits each family.

Finally, the students have already signed up for Winter Sports Day, and we are in full swing to prepare this appreciated event. Parents are much welcome to attend. Please let us know so we can plan accordingly.

Welcome Back for Spring Term!

Welcome Back for Spring Term!

We hope all our IES Falun families have had a happy, healthy, and relaxing break for the holidays! It's almost time to start our Spring 2018 Term!

Spring Term Start Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 (students follow their regular Wednesday schedule)

This Spring, we have lots to look forward to at IES Falun! Students and families can follow along in our SchoolSoft Calendar for specific dates, times, and locations, but here is a little sneak peak:

  • January: Welcome Back Disco hosted by the Year 7s
  • February: Social Media Week, Friendship Week, Here4U Disco, Winter Sports Day, and the Library VIP Event
  • April: World Book Day and Book Binding Days in the Library
  • June: Creative Subject Day, Choice Days, and Mentor Days

Looking forward to a fun and exciting Spring Term together!

Student Work

Year 9 Spoken Word

Year 9 Spoken Word

Spoken Word Poetry is a form of oral, word-based art where the author plays with words, voice inflection, and intonation to convey a message. Many times, spoken word performances ask their audience hard questions, make them think deeper about something, or shed light on an issue we often overlook.

This term, our Year 9s had a Spoken Word Project in their English lessons with Ms Cole. Students could pick a topic of their choice, and write a poem that tried to included figurative language, such as rhymes, metaphors, alliterations, and puns. We would love to show case some of the many talents pieces Ms Cole received this term:

Milton Wiklund, 9B
Topic: Life - watch on YouTube

Emma Svensson, 9A
Topic: Anxiety - watch here

Ellen Brus, 9B
Topic: Gender Norms & Gender Freedom - see below

Hundreds of people leave themselves behind every day, simply because society expects everyone to be the same
And when you refuse to stand in this teeny, tiny, tragic box of normal,
You get a ticket to loneliness, a tattoo in the face saying that you should be avoided

Yeah, that guy wore a skirt and rouge on his cheeks,
But it didn’t make him a girl or a fag or a freak
His style made him Unique
Until Normal came…
Normal teased him
Normal taunted him
Normal tormented him
Unique covered himself in deep, scarlet cuts to escape
When they faded, he faded too
A ghost he became to Normal and their crew
Unseen and unheard
He went to the rope, begging to be cured
The rope embraced him with a tight hug around his neck
Hanging at the end his colour was brought back!
But only as one of a million ink numbers on a statistic chart
And I’m telling you this because you have the right to not be defined by your style

You see that girl over there?
She doesn’t have the balls to be herself
But she does have balls she doesn’t want to have
Everybody calls her names day in and day out
Mr Freak
Ms Monstrous
Whore
And much, much more…
It’s always followed by threats
It’s always followed by a kick between the legs
One day the pain will become too much
And she, she will turn to drugs
The pain will disappear!
But so will every other feelin’
Soon, she will only feel the kick of heroine
And I’m telling you this because you have the right to not be defined by your sex

There’s this person
It’s not a he
It’s not a she
So what could it be?
It’s a they!
They are always looked upon as this mysterious creature
But not as the fairy or phoenix
But as the troll, as the freak
All those things are entirely wrong
They are made out of flesh and bone
But having to always be filled with heavy expectations and norms made it impossible to move, to take a single step away from them
Now they are stuck, trapped in the mindset of others
Unallowed to eat anything other than their rotten words, the names continued to rain upon:
Demon!
Imp!
Monster!
And all those things, they aren’t entirely wrong
They are just made out of bone
And I’m telling you this because you have the right to never be defined by anybody else

One by one they all fall
Punched by your words, no one can ever stand tall
An army of lookalikes they become
Surrounding everyone different until they all are forced to be the same
But if you feel that you have the right to tell me about my identity
Then it’s not me who have a mental disorder,
It’s your brain that’s only the size of a quarter
Because we are here
Because we are queer
And no matter what you freedomphobes do,
We will always be here for eachother but never for you

Tania Gazi, 9A
Topic: Social Anxiety - see below

In The Past: I didn't speak
“What am I going to say?”
“Will they like me this way?”
I felt weak

I felt like a cracked cup
A damaged cup left in the corner of the cabinet.
Dealing with being unappreciated
Feeling very separated...
From others because
I had
No friend
All these anxiety symptoms
I thought would never end

Every lunch break
At the bathroom I hid
I was completely divided
8 years passed
I decided
“I can't live this way”
“Every day “

My thoughts held me captivated
Is it possible to be liberated ?
By the enslavement of social anxiety
Is it possible in our society?

I believed it was a obstacle
That weren't possible
To end
Be relieved
My friend
I was wrong
The journey was long
Here I am
Truly strong
I achieved the obstacle

How that was possible...

Was by Addressing the root cause of my social anxiety
Which Was:
Fear of rejection;
In the past:
When I got rejected, I felt the pain of 100 arrows through my chest.
I was terrified of that pain.
Therefore I wanted the validation and acceptance of others.
And because of my
Inability to accept me.
I sooner questioned my pain:
Was it the rejection who caused the pain?
Or was it me? It was me...
What's the point to treat myself with 100 arrows?
Because I got rejected
Not validated
By someone?
It doesn't make any sense.
I figured out that:

Rejection
Is just the
Lack of connection
It took time for me to realize:
Rejection doesn't affect my value.
Neither does it affect yours.
You and I are valuable
Because we exist.
You and I are able to validate ourselves
Only because of
Our existence.
The validation of myself
Gave me the purity of a colorful rainbow.
A colorful rainbow shining over a dark landscape

I addressed the root cause
Now I'm blessed because
Im free
In the past;
My emotions
Were like
stormy oceans
I was the slave
Of the great wave
At last
The great wave died
As I tried
To be brave
And ended being the slave

To end
Please, comprehend
Never lose
The hope,
Forever choose
Your own validation
It's your true liberation

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