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From the Principal

Welcome back to IES Falun for the 2018/19 school year.

After one Mentor/Class-day, one Year Team-day and two regular school days, we are off to an exciting start. This year IES Falun has grown to 18 classes, with 480 students in three parallel classes in Year Teams 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 54 members of staff, of various nationalities.

All together, staff and students have been enjoying the time together doing different activities and setting a clear tone regarding our calm learning environment, how to appreciate high academic aspirations, along with getting the students back into the mode of speaking English.

As we also want to get our parents and guardians off to the best start possible for 2018/2019, we hosted a well-attended School Soft demonstration last night, which also covered the understanding of the Swedish curriculum's levels of knowledge requirements. It is important that we all support our young learners in how to appreciate the learning process, i.e. the simple fact that we must practice and learn before we can achieve any desirable level of knowledge. This also includes the understanding of how the different levels of knowledge in the learning matrices distinguishes, and what is required to achieve a certain end-grade in year 9. Clear expectations is a prerequisite for our safe and calm learning environment and enables our high academic achievement.  

Together, we are now ready to grow during our 2018-2019 academic year!

Warmly welcome! 

Graduation 2018

Graduation 2018

And just like that, another school year has come to a close!

IES Falun hosted their second Year 9 Graduation this year, and what a fantastic and heart-warming event it was. Our Graduating Class of 2018 has been with IES Falun since we opened our doors in 2014 (back when they were only in Year 6!).

We were lucky enough to have our entire school attend the graduation. All of our students got to watch as the graduating class received their awards and diplomas, and celebrate in their achievements at IES Falun. Our graduating class has really been a set of amazing role models and friends for our whole school this year, and we are so very proud of them!

In between awards and diplomas, we also got to watch a number of beautiful performances by some of our staff and students. We had a Blues Band, some singers, and two graduating students who performed Good Riddance by Green Day (from when they competed in the IES Eurovision contest).

It was a lovely day, and we are truely going to miss all the students who graduated this year! We wish you all the best on your next steps, and hope you visit us!

 

From the Principal

Happy sommarlov!

Dear all,

We have just finished IES Falun’s fifth school year, and let Class of 2018 out on their next adventure. The Graduation ceremony, last Thursday, 14th of June, to celebrate our graduating class, was as beautiful as one could wish for. With a mix of music performances, subject awards, diplomas and captivating speeches by this year's Valedictorian and School Ambassador, as well as by our newly instituted Perseverance award student, it was a memorable moment for all participants, and especially for our graduates.

Personally, it was my first graduation after my first year at IES Falun. Together, our dedicated staff , creative students and PTA have created a school culture that we are proud to say holds up a safe and calm learning environment, with high expectations in a bilingual environment. Together, we have created this positive and respectful atmosphere.

Thank you all, students, guardians and colleagues for a rewarding year. I especially want to thank our outstanding group of human resources; IES staff, that always walk the extra mile to engage in our students, and each other, to develop our school.

Thank you all for a growing year!

I wish you a very happy summer with lots of time to combine relaxation and new challenges. 


Magdalena Iljans

Principal

From the Principal

PTA Picnic

Dear all,

This past Wednesday, IES Falun's PTA (Parent Teacher Association) organised a picnic and BBQ in the most beautiful surroundings of Lilltorpet. 

It was a great evening, where "new and old" students and families had the opportunity to meet with each other. The weather was fantastic, so the students were in and out of the water all evening long, and they also enjoyed playing different games that were organised by both parents and IES staff.

The parents and guardians were more engaged in the grill part, having the opportunity to mingle, exchange experiences, and plan for next year while cooking their food together.

Thank you both staff and PTA for organising a fun evening, and for making IES Falun such a great place.

Ms Iljans

Year 4 Goes to Naturskolan

Year 4 Goes to Naturskolan

Here in Falu Kommun, we’re really lucky to have access to Naturskolan. They have unique programming for the different year levels, and our students take a day off from their regular classroom lessons to have an amazing lesson in the world’s biggest classroom - nature!

Back in September, you could see pictures and stories from the Year 6’s trip to Naturskolan. This month, our Year 4s visit was full of fun team building and meeting the farm animals (their favourite part!).

The day started off with a class meeting in the Naturskolan Teepee, where we met our leaders, ate snack, and learned about what we would be doing for the day. Then we were all randomly divided into groups - the pinecone group, the grains group, the stick group, and the wool group! These were our groups for the day to do all the activities in.

Two groups started at the wood stations. Here we learned how to chop a tree from start to finish. Our Naturskolan guide, Evis, taught us how to seperate the large logs of wood into smaller pieces, how to saw, and how to chop the wood into smaller pieces that are great for a fire. Students got to be part of the process from start to finish, and then places the smaller pieces in a pile that will dry out for the next year before it can be firewood.

The other half of the group got to visit the farm animals. Naturskolan is home to many cows, pigs, goats, and sheep! Students got to visit all the animals and then prepare a snack for them. Scroll down to see pictures of all the animals.

After a wonderful morning, we ate lunch together in the teepee by a fire before we set off on our afternoon adventures. It was really fun to hear students reflect on their morning activities and discuss how to take better care of nature and animals. After everyone finished eating, we headed off to the river to do a really fun team building activity. Students created watermills together in their groups and then got to test them in the water once they were done.

To finish off the day, students got to have a quiet moment where they could carve and design their own bark boats (barkbåtar) and test them out in the water before we headed back to school.

A wonderful day was had by all students and teachers at Naturskolan! See below for even more pictures from our adventures. :)

Sidor