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From The Principal -Feb 2020

Dear students, parents and guardians,

As you know this year started out tough. Thank you for all the thoughts, kind words and support.

We have welcomed many new members of staff to our school this year. Ms. Fenandez who has taken over for Ms. Garcia as a Spanish teacher, Mr. Zidak who has taken over Mr. Cavellerano as a NO teacher, Mr. Nordin has joined as an extra SVA teacher, Ms. Pajic as an extra Science Assistant and Mr. Flodgren a new Swedish teacher.

We have had a busy term so far, including the Art Competition about Anti-Bullying and the Childrens Convention. Congratulations to the winning students of the Art Competition Sofia Veltkamp and Judit Skäringer.

National tests have begun for grade 6 and grade 9 will begin week 17.

In the upcoming weeks we will prepare for IES Eurovision that will be held week 20.

Year level breakfasts will continue after the Sport break. Grade 6 breakfast will be week 11, grade 5 week 12 and grade 4 week 13.

The grade 9 trip to Poland has been arranged for the last time this year. A sad decision but I have to think about the students security first. I will look into arranging a new tradition for future years.

Feedback from the November 2019 student survey showed positive results in regards to students feeling safe in school. The Head Office also provided positive feedback including; great classroom structure, cleaner school, polite students and motivated staff. This year's annual survey will be available on School Soft on March 2nd, 2020.

It was wonderful to see so many parents involved at the PTA meeting and I am looking forward to a great rest of the semester with exciting upcoming events.

I wish you all a wonderful week.

Sincerely,

Evy Holmerson

Assistant Principal's letter : September 2019

Dear Parents, Guardians & Students of IES Tyresö,

First and foremost welcome to our new fourth graders, and welcome back to all who are returning!

As many of you have noticed there has been a lot going on over summer. Of course we will all see each other for the upcoming Parent Teacher nights, but I just thought to take a few minutes to explain a few new additions to this year. 

House System

As always, one of our main focuses at IES Tyresö is to create a Calm Working Environment where students feel both safe and happy. With this in mind the House System is now being introduced.

The idea is simple: the school has been split into 5 groups and, over the course of the year, the groups will compete with one another in both academic, sport, and social events. This is to create a healthy atmosphere of competition but, more importantly, to allow the students to interact across the grades and create a focus on group loyalty and support.

Social Media Contract

By the end of this week you should all have received a “Social Media Contract” from your child’s mentor. As we spoke about last year when we met, despite the school not allowing mobile phones, at least 60% of all bullying and harassment cases we dealt with started with some form of social media post or group chat comment.

We understand as a school how difficult it can be as a parent to help govern what your child does, so this week during mentor time each class was given just under an hour to discuss and agree on what they, as a class and students of IES Tyresö think is acceptable behaviour online and what is not.

Please take a look at this document and discuss it at home. The idea and hope from the school is that if we, as the IESTy family can all work together, we will be able to lower the number of cases of bullying significantly. This will then allow us to use those resources to help the students in other ways, focus on their wellbeing at school, and of course reach their Academic Goals.

Mentor Contact

As with every IES School, a focus on personal communication between Mentors and Parents is one of the reasons why we have been so successful. And this year is no exception.

A major push once again is underway and your child’s mentor will be contacting you at least once a month to give you a quick update on how they have been doing in school, and also how they have been feeling.

Should you wish to have this communication via mail or phone – please inform your child’s mentor during the upcoming Parent Teacher evening.

As always, should you have any questions or concerns please let the school know. I look forward to yet another great year ahead with the fantastic Staff and Students of IES Tyresö!

Yours Sincerely,

Jeremy Brooks
Assistant Principal

From the Principal

From the Principal - Welcome back to school!

From the Principal - Welcome back to school!


Kära elever, vårdnadshavare och föräldrar,

Då har äntligen läsåret tagit sin början. Det har verkligen varit tomt här utan er. 

Det var så härligt att få välkomna er tillbaka under torsdagen förra veckan och det var många glada leenden i havet av ballonger.

Som ni säkert märkt så påbörjade vi detta år lite annorlunda. Vi började med SPM där ni fick möta er mentor för att sätta upp mål för detta år. Efter det väntade två spännande mentorsdagar med diverse aktiviteter och vilken tur vi hade med vädret under gårdagen. Magiskt att ha lite sommarvärme kvar. 

Idag påbörjades undervisningen och jag har haft glädjen att få vara med i många utav klassrummen. Känns extra roligt att se hur fint eleverna bemöter den nya personalen. När det gäller personal så har vi nästan alla på plats. 

Vi inväntar Ms Howe (engelska) och Mr Cavallerano (Science) som i sin tur måste invänta sitt visum samt Mr Soroosh (Matte) som kommer senast 16/09. Under tiden så har vi vikarier inne som kommer att vara här under hela perioden så det blir så få byten som möjligt för eleverna.

Vi har som sagt välkomnat ny personal till skolan då vi haft möjligheten att utöka verksamheten med fler. Vi har dock välkomnat i stort sett alla från tidigare år, vilket gör mig mycket glad för kontinuitetens skull.

Som ni kanske sett så har vi nu tagit över gamla Actics lokaler och kommer inom kort se över renovering och liknande för att den skall hålla rätt standard för vår undervisning. Vi ligger även i startgroparna att utöka antalet klassrum med tre men inväntar godkänt bygglov från kommunen.

Jag vill tacka alla som kom under de första SPM dagarna och jag ser fram emot att få se er snart igen då vi har föräldramöten. 

Dessa datum kan ni lägga in i kalendern redan nu:

  • Föräldramöten: 11/9 för år 4-6 samt 18/9 för år 7-9 (tider kommer snart).
  • Vecka 41 den 10/10 är skolan stängd då personalen är på utbildning.
  • Vecka 44 är det lov och skolan inklusive Junior Club håller stängt.
  • Terminen avslutas den 19/12 och eleverna börjar igen den 9/1- 2020

Jag ser fram emot ett mycket spännande och lärorikt år tillsammans med er alla.

MVH
Ms Holmerson

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Dear students, parents, and guardians,

Finally the school year has begun - it’s been really empty here without you.

It was so lovely to to welcome new and returning students on Thursday last week, and there were many happy faces in the sea of balloons.

As you will have noticed, we kicked off a little differently this year. We started with SPMs where you got the chance to meet your mentor and set goals for the year. After that we had two exciting mentor days with different activities - and how were lucky were we with the weather yesterday! It’s magical to still have some summer warmth.

Today teaching started and I had the pleasure to visit many of the classes during their lessons. It was especially fun to see how well the new staff are settling in meeting our students. When it comes to staffing, we have almost everyone in place. We are waiting for Ms Howe (English), Mr Cavallerano (science), both of whom are waiting for their visas, as well as Mr Soorosh (maths) who will join us on the 16th September. Until they arrive we have substitute teachers who will be with us over the whole period so there will be as few changes as possible for the students. 

As mentioned, we have welcomed new staff to our school since we have had the opportunity to expand. We have also welcomed back the majority of staff from the previous year, which makes me very happy for the sake of continuity. 

You may have noticed we have taken over Actic’s premises, and are in the process of renovating to ensure the right standards for a teaching area. We are also in the starting stages of adding three extra classrooms to the school building, however we are currently waiting for building permits from the municipality to be processed.

I would like to thank everyone who came to the first SPM meetings, and I look forward to seeing you again soon as we have our Parent Evenings coming up.

Here are some dates for your diary:

  • Parent Evening: 11/9 for Grades 4-6 and 18/9 for Grades 7-9 (times coming soon).
  • Week 41, Thursday 10/10 the school is closed due to a staff training day
  • Week 44 is a school holiday so the school, including Junior Club, is closed.
  • The term ends on 19/12, and students start again 9/1- 2020


Looking forward to an exciting and educational year ahead!

Best wishes,
Ms Holmerson
 

Thousands of IES graduates move on to new challenges

Thousands of IES graduates move on to new challenges

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.

Teachers' Performance - IES Västerås

 

From the Principal

From the Principal May/June

Dear all,

Oh, how time is rushing past. We’ve already had our last full week of school before the summer holidays begin. This week school is closed Thursday and Friday, and next week we have graduation and the end of the school year. I hope you have all checked the information about this which has been shared with you by your child’s mentors.

At the moment we are in full swing planning for both the end of this term, and the start of the new school year in August. We are in the process of arranging the new mentor classes, and putting the schedule together. I can also inform you that we are able to take over some more of the premises here in the building come the autumn term. I will be able to share more information when we are finished with the details.

During the past weeks we have had much to celebrate both in and outside of school:

  • Abdullah in 4E came 5th out of 150 in the annual G4 Chess Tournament (Schackfyran).
  • Thea in 9C is, along with her team, Swedish Champion in Cheerleading.
  • 4C took part in the National finals of Schackfyran in Västerås and came 113th out of all the schools in Sweden
  • Mitra in 9A and Matheo in 9C, along with Ms Rönkkö, travelled to Sundsvall to compete in the final of IES Eurovision for modern foreign languages - there wasn’t a dry eye in the house after their performance.
  • Grades 4 and 5 competed in the annual IES football tournament, and the girls team were named champions after a thrilling final against IES Sundbyberg

A MASSIVE congratulations to all of them!

I am so incredibly proud of all of our students, and of the staff who offer help and support.

Now a well-deserved summer break is just around the corner, and I look forward to the last days with the students this year, with Student Choice Days, mentor day, and graduation.


Wishing you a lovely week,

Best,
Evy Holmerson

 

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Hej på er alla,

Oj, vad tiden rusar iväg. Förra veckan var det sista hela veckan innan sommarlovet tar sin början.
Denna vecka är eleverna lediga torsdag och fredag och även nästa vecka kan de ta igen sig torsdag och fredag sedan vankas det skolavslutning. Jag hoppas ni alla fått tagit del av informationen gällande denna dag från mentorerna.

Just nu är planeringen i full gång både inför de sista dagarna denna termin men även inför skolstarten till hösten. Vi håller på med att arrangera de nya klasserna och lägga schema. För er information så kommer vi även kunna ta del av en del nya lokaler till hösten men jag kommer att återkomma till er när allt är klart.

Under de senaste veckorna har det hänt massor både i och utanför skolan.

  • Abdullah i 4E kom på plats 5 av 150 i den årliga schackturneringen för år 4 (Schackfyran).
  • Thea i 9C kan numera titulera sig svensk mästarinna tillsammans med sina lagkamrater i Cheerleading.
  • 4C spelade riksfinal i Schackfyran i Västerås och placerade sig på plats 113 av alla skolor i Sverige.
  • Mitra i 9A och Matheo i 9C åkte till Sundsvall tillsammans med Ms Rönkkö och deltog i finalen av IES Eurovision för modernaspråk och inte ett öga lämnades torrt efter deras framträdande.
  • Årskurs 4/5 åkte på fotbollsturnering mellan IES skolorna och tjejerna tog hem vinsten efter en rafflande final mot IESSundbyberg som avgjordes på straffar.

STORT, STORT GRATTIS till er alla från oss alla.

Jag är så otroligt stolt över alla våra elever och personalen som stöttar och hjälper till. 
Nu väntar snart ett välförtjänt sommarlov och jag ser fram emot de sista dagarna med alla elever, fyllda av elevens val, idrottsdagar, mentorsdagar samt skolavslutning.

Med önskan om en fin vecka.

MVH
Evy Holmerson

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