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From the Principal

IES Falun awarded Most Improved IES School 2017-18

Last week, at IES Quality Conference, our school was awarded most improved IES school for the Academic Year 2017-18! This award is based on IES central quality survey, that our students, guardians and employees participate in annually, and anonymously each spring. 

These fine results are a product of a collective work at IES Falun during the past year. It has been a year of absolut dedication, and we will continue to develop together. Staff and students impress me every day, and together with PTA IES Falun has taken out the direction for a bright future. PTA is our Parent Teacher Association, that plays a crucial role for our students. Parents and school need to work close together, and one area that had improved considerable in last year's survey, was the parent involvement.

Warmly welcome to IES Falun to experience the school when you have the opportunity.

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! 

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

From the Principal

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.

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