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Winter Sports Day

Both staff and students had a great time at this year’s Winter Sports Day! As we have done in the past, students got to choose between three activities: skiing and snowboarding at Källviksbackan, skating at Lugnet, or sledding at Åsbobacken.

On Winter Sports Day, students met their leaders at school and then headed off to have a fun day in the snow! Lucky for us, the weather was on our side and everyone had great conditions to do their winter sports in. At lunch time, students and staff created a big fire to roast their hotdogs on for a cozy winter’s day meal together.

Next year, our school looks forward to some exciting changes in our Winter Sports Day set-up. As we strive to build stronger relationships between students in parallel classes, we will be doing winter sports activities as a Year Group moving forward. This way, students still get to do fun winter sports for a day, but they also get to meet students from the other classes in their Year Group.

From the Principal

Introductory Workshop on March 17th!

We are all looking forward to welcoming our new students who will be starting with us in August 2018!

On Saturday, March 17th, we will be running our Introductory Workshop for all our new students and their guardians.

Students will have the opportunity to meet our teachers and also their future fellow students. They will have short lessons in Swedish, Math, and English, a break for a drink and snack, followed by a tour of our school.

While students go to their classrooms, guardians are invited to come to the lunch hall for an information meeting with the school leadership team and the school’s parent teacher association (PTA). After the presentation, guardians are welcome to stay for a coffee mingle until the students are ready for collection.

If you require any further information or have any questions regarding the Workshop, please do not hesitate to contact our Administrator Ms Ailsa Panton at 070 084 1501 or via email info.falun@engelska.se

We look forward to meeting you on the 17th of March!

Magdalena Iljans

Alla På Snö (Year 4)

Falun, Sweden is both a local and international hub for skiing. We host the annual Swedish Ski Games, have hosted the Nordic World Ski Championships a number of times, and have even bid to host the Winter Olympics! With so much skiing happening around town, it’s such a surprise that IES Falun participated in Alla På Snö for the first time this Winter!

Alla På Snö is a wonderful event organized by the Swedish Ski Association (Svenska Skidförbundet). Each year, they invite students from Year 4 to participate in a fun day in the snow. It is an incredible opportunity for both the students and the leaders to connect through such a fun sport!

This year, students from Kristinegymnasiet acted as the station leaders for our Year 4 students. They lead five different stations, where students got to warm up in their skis, play tag, complete in obstacle courses, and learn how to do some slalom in their cross country skis. Of course going downhill was the most exciting part!

‘The leaders were really nice! They were really good at explaining what we would do at each station’ said a student in 4B. When we asked the students what their wishes were for next time, most were quick to request a longer day of skiing.

Our school is really looking forward to future years with Alla På Snö!

From the Principal

Busy week w. 7 and Friendship week w. 8.

Last week we had a diligent week with Social Media work shops, Alla på snö, Innebandy-DM tournament, Naturskolan and Winter Sports Day.

Year team 4 enjoyed a fun and educating Alla på snö-event at Lugnet where students from Kristinegymnasiet had organised different ski-activities. All students spent two days with criminologist Maria Dufva to learn all about a respectful, safe and healthy approach to Social Media. Parents, guardians and all staff also participated in a workshop during evening time. This way we can all cooperate in a safer and more efficient way around this highly topical subject. For the first time IES Falun participate in Innebandy and Futsal-DM which started this week. On Friday all students went all different directions to sledge, skate and ski.

With so many things going on at different places and different time, it wonderful to see how far staff and students have come in creating IES Falun's school culture of openess and respect together.

As this upcoming week is IES Falun's Friendship Week, this closeknit community will be even stronger. This week will be full of fun activities that will encourage our relationships to grow even more.

Monday is pink, blue and black theme-day, Tuesday is Silly Hat- or Hair day, Wednesday is Rock your sock day, Thursday is Fancy dress-up day, followed by Disco-evening and on Friday we will get ready for sportlov with Cosy Pyama Day.

Please follow our "Student Work" blog to the right, for more stories from this week.

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!

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