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New schools in Länna and Sundbyberg officially opened

Nearly 600 students lined up behind their mentor teachers and marched proudly into their classroom as Internationella Engelska Skolan opened two new 4-9 schools in the autumn of 2018.

IES Sundbyberg opened as part of an ambitious new urban development which will see the Valla Park area reinvigorated, while IES Länna is a brand new, custom-designed and built school on a road which has only just been opened.

Both schools have been opened in cooperation with their home municipality, working together with Internationella Engelska Skolan to provide high-quality education to students in areas where there is a need for more schools going forward.

Before planting the traditional apple tree and cutting the ceremonial ribbon to officially open Internationella Engelska Skolan Länna, principal Ms Julie Kelly (pictured, above and right) told the assembled students: “Today I am so happy and excited to be standing in front of these beautiful buildings that have now become our school and our new home.

"What’s even more exciting for me today is you. You, along with all your phenomenal teachers here at IES Länna, are going to make this into the school that we have all dreamed about.

“When you walk in through these doors today you will not just be an IES Länna student, you are joining the IES family. Welcome home."

Two days later at the opening of Internationella Engelska Skolan Sundbyberg, principal Ms Sofia Kinberg (left) spoke to a gathering of students, parents and staff.

She said: “There are a lot of new things ahead of us. Apart from our school, at the same time, IES celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.  Mrs Bergström started the first school in 1993 and today we are opening our 36th school here in Sundbyberg.

"My goal is, when we stand here in June at our graduation day and look back at this day, that we are proud, that we feel we have grown and developed together, and we say 'yes, we did it’. 

"I look forward to working with you, students and parents.  For 25 years IES has delivered quality and from today you will be the next ambassadors to pass that responsibility forward.  Students, teachers, staff, I know that you will be outstanding.”

Internationella Engelska Skolan has opened 27 new schools around Sweden in the past ten years, and is committed to expanding in the future, helping municipalities around Sweden to meet the great need for new school places.

At the opening of IES Länna Ms Annette Brodin Rampe, Chief Executive Officer of Internationella Engelska Skolan, added: “This year we are opening two new schools in IES, one here in Länna and one in Sundbyberg. That means that this year we are more students than ever in the IES family; there will be more than 25,000 students in Internationella Engelska Skolan.

“Thank-you all of you that have chosen to come here and have chosen our school, I think one of the reasons why you chose our school is that year after year we deliver much better results than any other school and our students are succeeding with their work at school. The reason why we can do that is we focus on having a safe and calm environment in our schools.”

Ms Barbara Bergström, founder and vice chairman of Internationella Engelska Skolan (right, with two students planting an apple tree) also addressed the crowds at both events.

She said: “I feel secure that each and every student is in the best of hands, and I am grateful to you the parents who are giving us the trust that the most precious things in your lives, the wellbeing of your sons and daughters, you are giving that to us, I am deeply grateful for that trust.”

IES to open new school in Luleå

Join the queue for IES Luleå here.

Families can now choose Internationella Engelska Skolan in Luleå for their children, as a new school will open in August 2019.

Once it is fully up and running the planned school for students from Luleå and the surrounding area will have space for 18 classes, in grades 4-9, meaning around 540 students.

Initially the school will open with 10 classes and around 300 students. The number of classes in each year-group to open during the school’s first year will be decided based on where the interest in the queue is strongest.

Annette Brodin Rampe, IES’s CEO, said: “We are delighted and humbled by the trust the Municipality of Luleå has shown IES. We’re looking forward to being an integrated part of Luleå’s endeavor to remain an attractive and growing university town.

“Over 25 years of providing outstanding education IES has grown to run 34 schools from Umeå to Lund. We are well known for helping students learn to command the English language and meet high academic expectations, in a safe and calm environment where teachers can teach and students learn.

“We have been in dialogue with the municipality for some time, as they and the business community wanted to bring IES to Luleå. We will work closely with them and create a school which allows families to choose an alternative which complements the existing schools in the town well.”

Now a 20 year contact has been signed with landlords Dios. Pending the building approval process, work will begin as soon as possible to transform the building, in a wonderful location in Södra Hamn, into a first class, modern school, with everything required to offer students the ideal learning environment.

Interested families are already able to place themselves in the queue for the school by visiting https://sms.schoolsoft.se/engelska/jsp/public/right_public_studentqueue.jsp?school=ieslul and filling out the form.  Students for each year-group will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Families will be given the chance to learn more about the school and ask questions at an information evening. More information to follow.

Internationella Engelska Skolan will also open two new schools in 2018, in Länna and Sundbyberg, and has previously announced plans for Skellefteå, also in 2019.

To read more about what Internationella Engelska Skolan offers its students visit www.engelska.se
 

From the Principal

Come and Work With Us

We are now recruiting the very best teachers in all subject areas. We expect you to be a true professional, with the credentials of certification – from Sweden or abroad – to prove it. We also need professionals in non-teaching areas to work with us.

If you are passionate about education, believe in our ethos of a safe and orderly environment and high academic expectations, then you are the sort of teacher we are looking for.

If you are enticed by the thought of being part of a dynamic international school environment – then this is an exciting career opportunity for you.

Send your CV to our HR department at www.engelska.se/careers/apply, citing reference SUNDBY18.

Graduation for year nine students

More than 3,300 tassels passed from right to left and thousands of bright blue mortarboards were sent spinning through the air as students from IES schools throughout Sweden graduated from year nine.

The graduation ceremony is a right of passage for students at Internationella Engelska Skolan to mark their achievements over several vital years of education.

The details of the ceremony can vary from school to school; do they sing both Den Blomstertid Nu Kommer and Du Gamla Du Fria? Do they throw their hats? How many student performances are there? What percentage of the teachers feel a lump in their throat and a tear in their eye?

What is the same, at every IES school, is the celebration of the achievements of the students, where each student will receive a certificate marking the years of hard work they have put in.

High-achieving students are recognised for the best performance in a subject or for the leadership and citizenship that they have shown. 

At IES Skärholmen, Principal Alexandra Ohlén, said: “All of our year nines have the grades they need to get into gymnasium.  Every single one of you has done this.  You have pushed yourself to the limit and you have also helped each other when it was feeling a bit rough.  Right now some of you might be sitting here feeling ‘I don’t know if I deserve this.’ Well, that’s not true.  Some of you are sitting here thinking ‘I kind of deserve it but it is mostly thanks to my teachers’ and of course there is some truth of that, we have excellent teachers, but still mostly this is thanks to you and your efforts, and also because of your families.  I know you are all teenagers and maybe your families are not the ones who you are in love with all the time, but today they deserve your hugs.”

Congratulations: Ms Ohlén handing out certificates to her graduating year nine students.
 

The three students from the school with the best results were awarded the right to give a valedictorian’s speech. Together they chose the topic of success to tie their speeches together.

The first of them, Tova Willborg, 9A, said:  “Success, in Swedish the word success translates to framgång, and if you translate that back to English it means walking forward. success is just that, walking forward, no matter the direction. I consider all of us to be successful, moving forward is what we all have done and are about to do again.”

Following her, Ali Talib, 9C, said: “I will talk about success and how I perceive success.  I don’t think that money and grades are so important, because they won’t help you, they won’t save you from difficult situations without knowledge.  Knowledge is important, we need to learn. The most important is experience.”

The third valedictorian My Danvind, 9D, added: “There are three steps to making a society truly successful, the first step we can and should make is tolerance and respect  Tolerance of religions other than your own, of cultures other than your own, ethnicities that you perhaps didn’t even know existed.

“One good example of this is pride.  People might argue that it is unnecessary and why isn’t there a straight pride? Well, that is simply because pride was born for a need for basic human rights, which straight people have always possessed. LBTQ+ people still don’t have them in many countries today.”

As this year’s grade nine students across Sweden move on to fresh challenges, with the best wishes of the staff at their schools, year eight will now step up and seize the chance to find their own success in their last year of compulsory education.

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