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!
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!
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!
We have some very special news to share with you all!
A couple of weeks back, Ms Iljans and Ms Doty attended the Principals Quality Conference together in Stockholm for all Principals and Academic Representatives from Internationella Engelska Skolan. At this conference, they received an award on behalf of IES Falun!
Our school has won an award for the Most Progress in Junior School Academic Achievement across Internationella Engelska Skolan in Sweden! Based on the Nationella Prov scores in Swedish, Math, and English, our school made the biggest improvement from the 2015/2016 Academic School Year to the 2016/2017 Academic School Year.
We are very proud of the students and teachers who worked so hard last year to achieve such a special award!
Ms Iljans and Ms Doty
Students in grade 7 created comic strips about the water cycle. This particular student not only showed an excellent understanding of these concepts but the effort, creativity, storytelling and artistic ability really makes this student's work outstanding!
Well done Nina Strykowska in 7A. Keep up the fantastic work!