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Spring is here

It has been a long battle for "Gumman Tö" to arrive with Spring this year. Last week, she managed to the clear the bandy-plan from snow and ice, and this week she got help from several students, who worked devotedly to clear the soccer field. In fact, the entire schoolyard is finally clean, and now provides many summer-time, wished, and longed for, activities.

Since the 15th April, we have also enjoyed our new kitchen manager's, Mr. Björklund, new lunch menu. Our lunches have had a huge boost, especially with the nice salad buffet, that offers so many varieties and choices.

This week started with World Book Day, which we, at IES Falun, of course, celebrate throughout the week. Ms de Linares is hosting a series of events in the library, and students and mentors are decorating their classroom doors as a book cover. The week will end with a Spirit Day, when we all dress up as our favourite book characters. Please, find some examples to the right in the School blog, and below are some examples of the “guess which book”-competition.

Enjoy!

Magdalena Iljans

From the Principal

Workshop Day for our new students that will join us in August 2018

Dear all

This Saturday, we had the pleasure to welcome our new students that will join us at IES Falun in August 2018.

I had the privilege to welcome 94 excited students and their guardians outside on our Playground in the most beautiful winter weather. 14 teachers then collected the students in groups, and guided them in through our school and in to class rooms, where they had their first experience on how life as a student at IES Falun is. The students had three mini-lessons, in Math, Swedish and English, as well as a social activity.

This Work Shop Day is an opportunity for both our new students to get to know our school and each other, and our new IESF guardians, to meet each other, and the management team.

While their children were in “lessons”, the guardians met in the lunch hall, where I explained about IES Falun, what we believe in as a school organisation, our expectations and how we need to work together to balance and ensure our students well-being in school and outside of school. The school's Academic Assistant Principal, Ms Doty spoke about the academics at the school, how we work to support that all students fulfill their potential. Our Junior Club leader, Ms Campbell, also explained about Junior Club.

Thank you so much to everyone who came!

We ask guardians of students who could not attend the Workshop Day on Saturday to contact Ms Ailsa Panton as soon as possible to secure placement for your child in August. Her email address is ailsa.panton.falun@engelska.se

Best Regards,

Ms Iljans

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

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.

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.

From the Principal

Christmas time

Dear all

The Fall term is already coming to an end, and after an exciting and rewarding autumn term, with dreams, schoolwork and play, Christmas holiday is just around the corner.

During the last couple of weeks, everybody have been focusing on meeting the deadlines for this semester. Students have been handing in projects, and teachers have been busy writing “feed-back” and “feed-forward” as well as grading. Comments and grading is reflecting the knowledge that has been achieved up untilnow, and it is important to remember that there are more time for learning next term to reach the knowledge levels one wishes.

It is even more important to be proud of what has been achieved so far. It is important to remember something one has learned this semester, something one did not know, or could not do at the beginning of the semester, something that has been developed. It is important to remember how it felt, how the new understanding has helped to understand something new, and to remember how it was possible to achieve it.

Perhaps the best Christmas gift is to be proud of what has been achieved this term, and give oneself and each other both time and patience to find opportunities to feel good. It is time to rest, relax and enjoy the holiday. We are all worth it.

I wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year 2018.

From the Principal

Open House at IES Falun

Dear all,

Last night we had our Open House event at IES Falun with a great number of visitors. I believe we had ca 230 guests, who filled our Lunch Hall and took the opportunity to walk around the school to ask questions and get things explained from our dedicated staff and students. Having so many of our own students volunteer to be guides during this evening shows that they are proud of their school. It makes a big difference for visitors to be able to get first-hand information, from students' perspectives, about the learning environment that we provide. Many visitors expressed how impressed they were when visiting the subject rooms. They especially mentioned that they were inspired by our passionate staff and our students energy.

Thank you all for making it such a rewarding evening with many possible future families to join our school.

Take care and be safe.

Magdalena Iljans

From the PrincipalStudent Work

Junior School Award!

Junior School Award!

Hello,

We have some very special news to share with you all!

A couple of weeks back, Ms Iljans and Ms Doty attended the Principals Quality Conference together in Stockholm for all Principals and Academic Representatives from Internationella Engelska Skolan. At this conference, they received an award on behalf of IES Falun!

Our school has won an award for the Most Progress in Junior School Academic Achievement across Internationella Engelska Skolan in Sweden! Based on the Nationella Prov scores in Swedish, Math, and English, our school made the biggest improvement from the 2015/2016 Academic School Year to the 2016/2017 Academic School Year.

We are very proud of the students and teachers who worked so hard last year to achieve such a special award!

Ms Iljans and Ms Doty

From the Principal

Welcome to the school year 2017/2018

It is with a great honor and a belief in the future, we welcome all new and returning students, parents and staff to IES Falun for the school year of 2017/2018. This year  IES Falun has grown to 17 classes with 410 students and 52 members of staff of various nationalities.

After one mentor/class-day, one Year Team-day and two regular school days, we are off to an exciting start. Last week we implemented a parent and guardian mingle evening, with a School Soft demonstration and an introduction of IES Falun's PTA (Parent Teacher Association). For our students best interest, we believe in a strong cooperation between school and parents.

The focus of this academic year is to be promotive and preventative. For physical well-being, students' schedules include health and movement lessons, and for a more psychosocial well-being the students' schedules include Lifeskills-lessons. Lifeskills connect the learning to reality with the intention to reinforce commitment, meaningfulness and, above all, the students' inner motivation. This will be further addressed during the parent and guardian meeting tonight.

Welcome to the academic year of 2017/2018 at Internationella Engelska Skolan Falun.

Magdalena Iljans

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