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Merry Christmas and a Healthy Happy New Year

Dear all, 

IES Falun has just finished up the fall term 2020, and regardless of the pandemic, our last week at school was filled with joy and Christmas spirit. We thank IES Falun Friendship Council for organising the theme days, and the arrangement with the enjoyable Christmas trees on each floor. Never have we had so many Rudolfs and Santas in school.  

We can look back at a very testing calendar year. During the past 10 months, the Covid-19 situation has placed demands on each of us. In accordance with our national regulations we have practiced to handle rapid changes and adapt on a short notice. Together with our students and guardians we have been balancing to follow the directives from the authorities and at the same time fulfill all our childrens’ and young people's right to education; learning and development. 

At school, we have all worked intensively to adjust the schooldays accordingly. With joint efforts we have walked the extra mile every day to be there for our students, to keep the school open and safe. Experiences well worth reflecting on. We have learnt and developed in many areas. Our ethos about high academic expectations, safe and calm learning environment and command of the English language has needed extra comprehensibility. More emphasis has been put on our school rules about respect, responsibility and safety. 

On the topic of learning and development, our students in years 6-9 have just “received” the fall term grades, and I really want to highlight that these are only term grades, not final grades. Final grades are only given once during the compulsory school years, and that is in June, after the spring term, in year 9. Until then, there is time left to learn what one wants and needs. We need and will continue to discuss the importance of understanding both how knowledge and grades are two different things, and also how they coincide. We need to develop a mindset that allows for growth, resilience and persistence for life. I urge everyone to reflect on the learning from the fall term. For example; think about three memorable events, lessons and / or tasks that have gained new understanding and new insights and how they have been used, or will be able to be used. Perhaps this reflection practice can become a shared routine at home.

A more systematic reflection on learning and development is offered in school twice per academic year during the development talks. In preparation for the spring term talk, each student will evaluate how the work with the fall term set goals has developed, and if any adjustments are needed for the spring term, so that one can achieve the goals you set. The spring term talks are planned to take place during week 6, and just like during the fall term, they are planned to take place digitally. Before that, during weeks 3 and 4, it is time for the spring term's guardian evenings, which will also be digital. Among other topics, during these evenings, you will have the opportunity to learn about the revised national curricula, which will take effect from the fall term 2021. For our families with students in years 6 and 9 Skolverkets' decision to cancel the national exams this spring term will naturally also be a topic. More information will come on SchoolSoft in January 2021.

Until then, another topic I strongly recommend you to talk about at home during the Christmas holidays is how to be safe online; social media and online gaming and to balance the days with outdoors activities and a good night sleep. 

Most platforms have an age limit of 13 years for a reason. According to the Internet Foundation's annual survey, “Swedes and the Internet”, 6 out of 10 parents state that they lack insight into their child's digital life. Please read more here. All children and young adults need adults who show interest in their lives online and know how it works. Specific guidance on this is provided by Statens medieråd herein Swedish, English, Arabic, Somali, French and Persian. Additionally, here is a link to Rädda barnen on how to help your children be safe online.

To balance the online life with outdoor activities, author and chief physician Anders Hansen explains how the brain functions in terms of our wellbeing. In his newly released “Hjärnstark junior”, he points out that exercise increases the blood flow to the brain, and when the brain gets more energy, we think better and become more creative. In fact, he lists how the social media business has developed to direct our attention by utilizing our brain's reward system dopamine secretion. Each "like" is portioned out at times when they give maximum effect. Further, research shows that 33% of teenagers sleep with their phones in bed, which increases the risk of depression. Physical activity contributes to an "upgrade" of the brain, so that one can focus better and handle challenges. Hansen concludes that those who use social media consciously for about 40 minutes a day seem to be doing best when it comes to well being.Here is a link to his Tv-serie Din hjärna på SVT1 and here is a link to his radio summertalk 25/6 2019.

Wishing you all a safe and respectful Christmas Holidays and a Healthy Happy New Year, online and in real life, as well as a mix of much rest and lots of outdoor life!



IES Falun Virtual Open House

IES Falun Virtual Open House

IES Falun presents our Open House virtually.

Below you can find our Virtual Open House. First you will get to hear from our Principal and Assistant Principal to start. This is followed by our students presenting some of our expectations here at IES Falun. After this you will then get to meet all our teachers and staff. Each department has made a short video on their goals and visions at the school. Throughout the video you will get a tour of the school, taking a look into our library and different classrooms.

We look forward to meeting everyone soon! Enjoy!


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Student Work

Rockets with the 9's

Rockets with the 9's

During the spring of 2020, the year 9's created rockets in technology with Mr Kostyniuk. There was loads of excitment from the building process to test drops to finishing with the launch. The students worked hard and had a blast during this unit. Take a look at the video below to see some of the final products! We look forward to the spring to see what this year 9's can do.



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The Magic of Books!

The Magic of Books!

Ms de Linares is at it again with another wonderful year show casing the Magic World of Books!

Her annual Poster Competition was a hit again this year. Students are given the challenge to create a poster depicting what the magic world of books means to them. We have students from all across the school participating, and they create such beautiful posters to represent our Library with each year!

This year's winner with Lovisa in Year 6 - a big congratulations to her! The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place posters are below. Thank you to all students who participated in this year's competition!

Chef Challenge in Home Economics!

Chef Challenge in Home Economics!

At IES Falun, the students in Year 9 complete against their classmates each Fall to produce tasty dishes in their Home Economics lesson. In the past, we have invited some of Falun's restaurant chefs to their lessons to judge the food in their annual Chef Challenge, but this year we invited some serious food critics staff members as we try to make sure fewer external people are in our school at this time. This year's judges were Ms Panton and Mr Iredale!

The Year 9s created some stunning and delicious, as you can see below!