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Regional Conference

Feedback from our Study Day!

 

Last Friday our school had its first Study Day of the year and while our students were hopefully having a nice sleep in, our staff left at 5.45 to travel to IES Lund in order to participate in our yearly regional conference. 

 

In addition to Borås, Our Southwest region consists of our IES schools from Jönköping, Göteborg (Johanneberg and Krokslätt), Halmstad, Hässleholm and Lund. Next year there will be two more schools as IES is opening in Helsingborg and Landskrona.

 

During the morning session, we were all inspired by our guest speaker, Mr James Nottingham (www.jamesnottingham.co.uk), who addressed how we can develop feedback in the classroom and also differentiate our teaching to meet the individual needs of our students. In the afternoon, we split up into smaller discussion groups where we continued to develop the themes of feedback and differentiation. 

 

The regional conferences are important as we share best practices and learn from our fellow educators. At present we have around 3 500 students in our region which is 16% of the total number of IES students in Sweden.

 

We will have 3 more Study Days in the spring term where our teachers work with the national tests and also develop their departments. 

From your Principal

Great start to a new school year!

 

On behalf of all our staff at Internationella Engelska Skolan Borås, I am pleased to welcome our students and parents to the start of our 2016-2017 school year.

 

We are especially excited to welcome our three year 4 classes to our school.Our incoming students have been busy getting to know their mentors, teachers and classmates. It takes a lot of energy for them to meet so many new people, to find their way around the school, to understand classroom routines, and, of course, to be active learners during their lessons.

 

Our goal is to make our new students, parents and teachers feel proud of being a part of the IES family, and we look forward to working closely with you this year!

Students Soar at Eurovision Event

Students Soar at Eurovision Event

Video of the winner's reprise: Ida Arnö from IES Bromma

As the dust settled on Eurovision in Stockholm and Ukraine started to plan next year’s event, IES students enjoyed their own music contest.

Arriving in Gävle from 15 schools throughout Sweden, students from as far afield as Lund and Sundsvall took to the stage hoping to win this year’s Internationella Engelska Skolan Modern Foreign Languages Eurovision Song Contest.

Students sang in Spanish, German and French, and were judged on their stage presence, musical performance and linguistic ability by an assembled panel of music and language teachers.

For the first year ever one school, IES Täby, entered a song through the medium of the Chinese language.

After the judges' deliberation, it was Ida Arnö from class 9F at IES Bromma who won with the song Je Vole, which she sang in French.

Speaking immediately after her reprise as the winner, she said: “It feels crazy because I never thought that I would actually win and I just feel very happy and surprised.

"The song is from a movie that I saw called La Famille Bélier. In the film Paula sang it and I thought it was a very pretty song and I tried to sing it and it fit my voice well.

"Music is a great way to learn a language, maybe a bit easier than speaking but you still get to practise, especially the pronunciation.

"I think it is really fun to meet people from all around Sweden and make new friends, and really fun to perform.  I think the other schools were great. They were really good. My favorite was the band from Hässleholm."

Supporting her at the contest was Ms Björk, head of modern foreign languages at IES Bromma.

She said: “This is absolutely fantastic and a great inspiration for next year and for all the students who want to participate next year.

"I think this competition has every kind of benefit you can think of, learning the lyrics and something fun for students as well, even if you sing a famous song, I think that is one of the best ways of learning a language."

Second Prize - The team from IES Hässleholm

Second place went to the team from IES Hässleholm, a new school which was competing for the first time this year with the German song Gelles Leben.

James Lu of year 7 was one of those involved, he said: “We became more and more excited as time went by and finally after seven hours on the train and a night at the hotel room, we were up on the stage, sound-checking. After our magical performance we felt really proud because we couldn't have done it better.

"We had listened to the other schools and we knew that they were very good so at the end of the night when we were on stage waiting for the host to tell us the results, we weren't too into it. When he shouted that we came second we all thought; 'well then, we are pretty good after all'. We loved the whole trip and had a lot of fun and cannot wait for next year."

The third prize went to a duo from IES Johanneberg in Gothenburg.

Ellen Hendar of class 9D at the school said: “It was a great experience and everyone was so good and I am so happy to be in third place. Everyone deserves to win."

Bronze for Johanneberg - Ellen Hendar and Anna Johansson

Her bandmate Anna Johansson added: "I feel infinite when I sing, I love it so much it is the best thing, it is my biggest hobby, I am going to music gymnasiet next year."

Ms Hevia, who is head of modern foreign languages at IES Gävle was one of the organisers of this year’s event.

She said: "I think it went really well it has been the highest quality of performances since we started it in Gävle.  Every year it is getting more difficult to win because of the quality, the students, the music, and it has been by far the best this year. Events like this encourage students to learn languages, because they know how good it is to come to this event.

"Thanks to everyone who has helped so much, you can’t do it yourself, not just our school but all the schools involved."

Bromma’s victory means that they will host the contest at the end of next academic year, with teams from around Sweden making their way to the school in the hope of lifting the trophy.

Internationella Engelska Skolan schools taking part this year included those in Hässelby, Hässleholm, Nacka, Bromma, Täby, Uppsala, Skärholmen, Borås, Eskilstuna, Johanneberg, Lund, Sundsvall, Gävle, Kista and Huddinge.

A for Attitude

A for Attitude!

At the end of the school year our students are often overwhelmed with tests in multiple subjects and major tasks that must be completed. As a principal, I observe that students have different responses to this stress. Some students say, “I am going to fail” or “I don’t have time to study” or “what’s the use?” Other students say, “No problem – I understand this stuff” and “I feel prepared as we have studied in class” and “I believe I will do well”.

Why do students differ so much in their responses?

I think it is all about self-confidence and attitude. All our students should feel they have been given the opportunity to learn and review the material in order to be confident when facing assessment and grading. Students must also be responsible for their learning in class and use their time wisely. Being confident means feeling prepared!

One of my favorite maths teacher at high school would always say to us that “a test is a celebration of knowledge”. Corny as that may sound, his words forever changed my attitude. Tests now became my opportuniy to show how much I had learned rather than showing what I didn’t know.

Let’s hope we do a lot of celebrating at school during the last few weeks!

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