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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)

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) 
 

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