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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) 
 

Student Work

Year 9 Spoken Word

Spoken Word Poetry is a form of oral, word-based art where the author plays with words, voice inflection, and intonation to convey a message. Many times, spoken word performances ask their audience hard questions, make them think deeper about something, or shed light on an issue we often overlook.

This term, our Year 9s had a Spoken Word Project in their English lessons with Ms Cole. Students could pick a topic of their choice, and write a poem that tried to included figurative language, such as rhymes, metaphors, alliterations, and puns. We would love to show case some of the many talents pieces Ms Cole received this term:

Milton Wiklund, 9B
Topic: Life - watch on YouTube

Emma Svensson, 9A
Topic: Anxiety - watch here

Ellen Brus, 9B
Topic: Gender Norms & Gender Freedom - see below

Hundreds of people leave themselves behind every day, simply because society expects everyone to be the same
And when you refuse to stand in this teeny, tiny, tragic box of normal,
You get a ticket to loneliness, a tattoo in the face saying that you should be avoided

Yeah, that guy wore a skirt and rouge on his cheeks,
But it didn’t make him a girl or a fag or a freak
His style made him Unique
Until Normal came…
Normal teased him
Normal taunted him
Normal tormented him
Unique covered himself in deep, scarlet cuts to escape
When they faded, he faded too
A ghost he became to Normal and their crew
Unseen and unheard
He went to the rope, begging to be cured
The rope embraced him with a tight hug around his neck
Hanging at the end his colour was brought back!
But only as one of a million ink numbers on a statistic chart
And I’m telling you this because you have the right to not be defined by your style

You see that girl over there?
She doesn’t have the balls to be herself
But she does have balls she doesn’t want to have
Everybody calls her names day in and day out
Mr Freak
Ms Monstrous
Whore
And much, much more…
It’s always followed by threats
It’s always followed by a kick between the legs
One day the pain will become too much
And she, she will turn to drugs
The pain will disappear!
But so will every other feelin’
Soon, she will only feel the kick of heroine
And I’m telling you this because you have the right to not be defined by your sex

There’s this person
It’s not a he
It’s not a she
So what could it be?
It’s a they!
They are always looked upon as this mysterious creature
But not as the fairy or phoenix
But as the troll, as the freak
All those things are entirely wrong
They are made out of flesh and bone
But having to always be filled with heavy expectations and norms made it impossible to move, to take a single step away from them
Now they are stuck, trapped in the mindset of others
Unallowed to eat anything other than their rotten words, the names continued to rain upon:
Demon!
Imp!
Monster!
And all those things, they aren’t entirely wrong
They are just made out of bone
And I’m telling you this because you have the right to never be defined by anybody else

One by one they all fall
Punched by your words, no one can ever stand tall
An army of lookalikes they become
Surrounding everyone different until they all are forced to be the same
But if you feel that you have the right to tell me about my identity
Then it’s not me who have a mental disorder,
It’s your brain that’s only the size of a quarter
Because we are here
Because we are queer
And no matter what you freedomphobes do,
We will always be here for eachother but never for you

Tania Gazi, 9A
Topic: Social Anxiety - see below

In The Past: I didn't speak
“What am I going to say?”
“Will they like me this way?”
I felt weak

I felt like a cracked cup
A damaged cup left in the corner of the cabinet.
Dealing with being unappreciated
Feeling very separated...
From others because
I had
No friend
All these anxiety symptoms
I thought would never end

Every lunch break
At the bathroom I hid
I was completely divided
8 years passed
I decided
“I can't live this way”
“Every day “

My thoughts held me captivated
Is it possible to be liberated ?
By the enslavement of social anxiety
Is it possible in our society?

I believed it was a obstacle
That weren't possible
To end
Be relieved
My friend
I was wrong
The journey was long
Here I am
Truly strong
I achieved the obstacle

How that was possible...

Was by Addressing the root cause of my social anxiety
Which Was:
Fear of rejection;
In the past:
When I got rejected, I felt the pain of 100 arrows through my chest.
I was terrified of that pain.
Therefore I wanted the validation and acceptance of others.
And because of my
Inability to accept me.
I sooner questioned my pain:
Was it the rejection who caused the pain?
Or was it me? It was me...
What's the point to treat myself with 100 arrows?
Because I got rejected
Not validated
By someone?
It doesn't make any sense.
I figured out that:

Rejection
Is just the
Lack of connection
It took time for me to realize:
Rejection doesn't affect my value.
Neither does it affect yours.
You and I are valuable
Because we exist.
You and I are able to validate ourselves
Only because of
Our existence.
The validation of myself
Gave me the purity of a colorful rainbow.
A colorful rainbow shining over a dark landscape

I addressed the root cause
Now I'm blessed because
Im free
In the past;
My emotions
Were like
stormy oceans
I was the slave
Of the great wave
At last
The great wave died
As I tried
To be brave
And ended being the slave

To end
Please, comprehend
Never lose
The hope,
Forever choose
Your own validation
It's your true liberation

Student Work

Creative Subject Day

This year, we have introduced a new day to our calendar - Creative Subject Day! This day is an opportunity for teachers to host more creative and dynamic lessons with their students in their regular subjects. A time for them to do something that spans across all parts of their subject’s curriculum.

One of our teachers, Ms Ellis, hosted a wonderful activity with her Year 6 students during their math lessons. Students learned how to make different 3D shapes out of paper to then create a beautiful Christmas Tree for our Lunch Hall. Then they decorated it with ornaments and snowflakes of all different shapes and sizes!

Other teachers hosted lessons with everyone singing Christmas Carols, students designing holiday cards, and decorating the school with beautiful pieces of art.

We had a wonderful first annual Creative Subject Day! :)

Student Work

Lucia

One of the hardest things about moving to Sweden for our international staff and students is the long, dark, and cold Swedish winters. After Höstlov, it seems as though we only get a few hours of daylight each day. But as soon as the snow comes sprinkling down, energy is restored and that cozy Swedish winter feeling arrives.

Of course, it also helps to celebrate the Swedish tradition of Lucia. Other Scandinavian countries celebrate Lucia, but it’s otherwise a very new experience to most of us coming from outside of Europe. Lucia has become a common celebration in Sweden to symbolize light, with a Luciatåg (Lucia Train) of students wearing white and holding candles while singing. It is said that celebrating Lucia helps one get through the long and dark winter days!

This year, our Music teachers Ms Fournier and Mr Ellis organized Lucia with students from across the school. Surrounded by cozy candles in the Lunch Hall, our students presented a lovely Luciatåg for their fellow students, staff, and family members on December 13th. It was a spectacular performance! Afterwards, the cozy winter feeling continued with a little fika after lunch for all students.

A big thank you to Ms Fournier, Mr Ellis, and our amazing students for bringing that wonderful winter feeling to our school!

Student Work

Naturskolan (Year 6)

During Week 38, our students in Year 6 had the opportunity to go to Naturskolan for the day to learn about water and water safety!

They began the day with a short introduction to water from their wonderful guide, Anders. He explained that the world is 70% water, and broke this number down by the amount we see every day in our lakes, streams, ponds, clouds, etc. He then explained that Swedes use, on average, 190 litres of water each day! When the students played a game to fill a bin up to 190 litres, it didn’t seem like that much water since it didn’t take too long to fill. But when you then learn that some people in our world have access to less than 5 litres of water a day, you realise how important and rare clean water can be.

After their short lecture, the students could get some hands on experience! In small groups, they rowed boats out to small islands. They were tasked with measuring the water depth, clarity, and temperature on their way. Once they arrived to the island, then needed to measure the circumference. Then they made a fire on the island and had a nice lunch together, discussing what they had learned for the day.

Looking forward to our next adventure at Naturskolan!

Student Work

Magic World of Books Poster Competition

During the first month of school, our wonderful Librarian Ms de Linares has been running her annual Magic World of Books Poster Competition. This competition is an opportunity for students to connect their love for reading with their love for the arts - to create a piece of art that represents the magic of being swept away on the adventures in a really great book!

Ms de Linares received 28 submissions to the poster competition this year, from students all across the school! They were all beautiful, inventive, and unique! Ms de Linares said she was quite happy the winning poster wasn’t up to her, as she wouldn’t be able to pick one!

After three days of voting, the students named their winning posters!

  • 1st Place Prize goes to… Mio Olsson Klarqvist (6A)
  • 2nd Place Prize goes to… Soroush Ghorbani (6A)
  • 3rd Place Prize goes to… Natalie Lenngren (5C)

The students have all received a trophy for their wonderful art pieces. Congratulations to all students who participated in this competition. Stay tuned for the next one coming up very soon!

IES Falun

From the PrincipalStudent Work

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

Student Work

Water Cycle

Students in grade 7 created comic strips about the water cycle. This particular student not only showed an excellent understanding of these concepts but the effort, creativity, storytelling and artistic ability really makes this student's work outstanding!

Well done Nina Strykowska in 7A. Keep up the fantastic work!

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