Dear parents, guardians, students and staff at Internationella Engelska Skolan Tyresö.
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Björn-Andreas Eriksen as Principal of IES Tyresö starting in the autumn term 2021.
Mr Eriksen is an experienced educator, has a degree in teaching and has worked for a long time in the Swedish school system. He has a well earned record as Assistant Principal with proven experience in Stockholms Stad and Tyresö, and is most excited about taking on the new role as Principal. An engaged and experienced leader who embraces our IES culture and belief in visible leadership.
Please join me in congratulating Mr Eriksen as well as wishing him all the best in his journey on developing IES Tyresö in the IES ethos and spirit.
May I once again take this opportunity to thank you for your support, trust and patience during such challenging times in our society this school year. I wish you all an enjoyable summer break and we look forward to welcoming you back to a new school year in August 2021.
Anna Sörelius Nordenborg
CEO Internationella Engelska Skolan
As the class of 2019 graduated, more than 3,600 IES students throughout Sweden have been awarded their school diplomas and gleefully thrown their hats into the air.
With laughter, tears and hugs, students bid a fond farewell to each other and their favourite teachers at ceremonies to celebrate their hard work.
The graduation ceremony, with its iconic blue caps and gowns, is an important part of the tradition of Internationella Engelska Skolan - a right of passage for students to mark their achievements over several years of education.
It is an American-style graduation, with speeches and performances of live music from the student body. It also includes a strong nod to Swedish culture as schools sing Du Gamla, Du Fria and Den Blomstertid Nu Kommer.
Phil Boyd, principal of IES Västerås spoke to students, their families and friends at a packed Aros Congress Center (right). He said: "Every student in this room has been taught good values and habits, being on time, meeting deadlines, being courteous and of course going the extra mile with hard work, saying please and saying thank-you.
"These are the routines and habits you must keep with you forever. Throughout your life you will meet many people. Many will also share your habits and many will not. You will meet people with values that you respect and you will adopt theirs as your own as well."
Meanwhile Evy Holmerson, principal of IES Tyresö addressed the audience, including hundreds of students, at Nacka Aula.
She said: “It’s absolutely amazing to finally stand before you, looking at you, young adults, ready to fly off, leaving IES Tyresö behind you and moving on to new challenges and opportunities.
"Some of you I have followed from grade five, and you have grown. Your self-esteem and your knowledge in different areas have become greater. I have no doubt that you will manage to achieve whatever you want, and what you put your heart into."
Principal Evy Holmerson, honours the IES Tyresö students with the best academic results.
She also had advice for those about to start grade nine in August. She added: "As I turn to you, students in grade eight, next year it will be you sitting here with those blue caps and gowns, ready to fly off into the world. Make the best of your upcoming year, study hard, but also remember to have fun.”
The Class of 2019 - IES Västerås.
Graduating students emerge to meet their families - IES Tyresö.
While Emilia took first prize, a team from IES Eskilstuna(left), made up of Tamara Abood, Farah Mouhi, Eira Ankarfjärd and Darian Mather came second, while Cecilia Nilsson from IES Lund(below, right) came third.
After performing David DeMaría song Cada Vez Que Estoy Sin Ti and receiving her trophy Emilia told the audience: "Thank you so much, I did not think I was going to win since there are so many talented people here and they were really great. Give them applause, please.”
After she left the stage she added: “I am grateful that I had this chance today, and I want to thank everyone, but especially my Spanish teacher Señor Rios, my music teacher Mr Duckworth, Mr Vary for coming with me, and my parents for being there with me and supporting me.
"This was my first time taking part in Eurovision, it was exciting but then I heard the other schools singing and they were so good, so I got nervous, but it was exciting.
"When I heard the winner announced, I said ‘well, that’s me’. I thought that Sundsvall would win again because I think she was really good and deserved to win.
"I have been studying Spanish for three years. I would not have believed three years ago that I could win today, but my music teacher told me that I should be here and he helped me, and here I am.”
Emilia’s victory means that next year the contest will be hosted by IES Johanneberg. She gave advice for all students thinking of taking part: “Believe in yourself, do what you like to do, and do not worry about what others think."