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Alla På Snö (Year 4)

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!

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.

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