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New Schools Open in Hässleholm, Kista and Umeå

New Schools Open in Hässleholm, Kista and Umeå

Image: Now Open. Ms Barbara Bergström and Mr Chris Nilsson cut the ribbon to officially open IES Hässleholm

Three new IES schools have now opened their doors, welcoming students for the first time.

All three new schools, in Hässleholm, Kista and Umeå,  held official opening ceremonies at the start of the school year, seeing ribbons cut in front of the schools and apple trees planted in the grounds.

Planted: The ceremonial apple tree at IES Kista
Planted: The ceremonial apple tree at IES Kista

As well as being an important event for students and staff, the ceremonies attracted interest from politicians, the media, and of course the parents of the students who will be attending the schools.

Speaking in from of parents and students in Hässleholm Mr Nilsson, the Principal, said: "We are committed to delivering a safe and calm working environment in which teachers can teach and students learn.

"I know this has been stressed very proudly by all the teachers and mentors in these first few days, how we line up before all the lessons, how we behave in a calm and polite way, how we keep our cell phones in our lockers and how we choose not to wear caps indoors.

"During the first few days in school I have seen this being delivered in reality and not just in theory. I am truly thankful to all students and all teachers who have worked whole-heartedly to deliver this commitment."

At the opening of the school in Kista, the Principal, Mr McGowan, said: "Our teachers are competent professional educational leaders who enable optimal learning conditions.

"Positive students mirror positive involved teachers, and positive students want to come to school, these conditions are why students attend IES, they need an ordered, structured, place to learn in, just like adults need order and structure to do their jobs.

"To that end I personally believe in being proactive by walking around all the time and talking to students and staff."

Founder and Chairman: Ms Bergström addresses the crowd at IES Umeå
Founder and Chairman: Ms Bergström addresses the crowd at IES Umeå

Ms Bersgtröm, founder and chairman of Internationella Engelska Skolan, added: "Here I know, and I can say with confidence, that the people who are taking care of that which is most precious in our lives, our students, they actually do it.

"They don't sweep things under the rug, they assist you, they promote you, they lift you up and on occasions they will say 'why don't you come to my office?', and then you know something serious needs to be discussed."

Following the opening of the three new schools, as well the growth of many existing IES schools the company now has almost 20,000 students studying at 29 schools in Sweden, mostly middle schools teaching students in years 4-9.

School Calendar 2015 - 2016

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New Students Welcome to IES Hässleholm Aug 17 2015

Welcome to IES Hässleholm Aug 17 2015

Dear Students and Guardians

I hope you have had a great break despite the weather. We have been working very hard at the school in order to get everything as ready as possible for your arrival August 17. Materials have been ordered  and soon the teachers start their training and induction. All teachers have been hired and the schedule is soon finished and will be handed out the first day of school. All classes will start lessons at 8:45 so that students travelling far have a chance to get to school on time. Please note that the school opens at 07:30 for students.

Since this is our first year of operation, some things will not be completed for the school start. As of now the installation of the projectors in the year 4 and 5 building has been delayed, and the furniture for the indoor student recreation area will not be installed until a few weeks into the term. We will simply have to use our great outdoor facilities.

You find the schedule for the first days below and we will have our first parent evening Thursday August 27.

Despite minor delays, we are all excited to get started and build IES Hässleholm and to create the best possible school for all our students!

Yours Sincerely

Chris Nilsson

Principal IES Hässleholm

 

August 17

08:45 Year 4,5, and 6 Students and Guardians meet in P.E. hall

09:15 Year 7 and 8 Students and Guardians meet in P.E. hall

Year 4,5 and 6 end the day at 14:00

Junior Club is open for those who have signed up.

Year 7 and 8 end the day at 14:30

Please note that guardians will not join the students in school, but will be dismissed after the information session in the morning.

August 18

All classes start at 08:45  

Student Choice day and class day

Year 4,5 and 6 end the day at 14:00

Junior Club is open for those who have signed up.

Year 7 and 8 end the day at 14:30

Normal schedule from August 19

Admission Update

We have receieved a lot of phonecalls in regards to admission and enrollment in our school. Here is an overview of the situation at the moment:

Year 4 - full - reserve admission only

Year 5 - full - reserve admission only

Year 6 - full - reserve admission only

Year 7 - full - reserve admission only

Year 8 - a few places open still

 

It is important to know that places will open in the future! In order to apply and place your child in the queue click here!

Students and parents take their first look at IES Hässleholm

Students and parents take their first look at IES Hässleholm

Welcome: Students and parents walk onto the site of IES Hässleholm for the first time

As the doors were opened to show how work is progressing on Hässleholm's newest school, more than 350 people came to see how the site is developing.

Work is ongoing to transform the building into a first-class, modern, clean, educational environment. The school, which will open in August 2015, is almost ready.

Those on the tour saw classrooms, including specialist rooms, as well as what will be the restaurant and school yard when the academic year begins.

Building Site: For one day only members of the public could see how work on the new school is progressing
Building Site: For one day only members of the public could see how work on the new school is progressing

The school's principal, Mr Chris Nilsson, hosted the event. He said: "It was wonderful to meet more of the students who will be studying here, and their families.  I could see the students imagining what it will be like to attend this school and it was gratifying to see the looks on their faces as they saw the facilities that will be available to them.  The building is not finished yet, but the work is coming along well and and we will continue working this summer to put everything in place, ready for the grand opening." guage immersion, instructed by native English-speaking teachers in an international atmosphere.

Internationella Engelska Skolan Hässleholm is part of a wider organisation which has been running schools in Sweden since 1993.  When the three latest schools, including Hässleholm, open in August, then IES in Sweden will be made up of 29 schools. guage immersion, instructed by native English-speaking teachers in an international atmosphere.

From the start in 1993, the founder, Mrs. Barbara Bergstrom, articulated three major convictions which still characterize Internationella Engelska Skolan:

Command of English. English has become the world's common language, "the key to the world". Children should learn to command the English language, not just know it, at an early age. Fluency is best achieved through language immersion, instructed by native English-speaking teachers in an international atmosphere.

A safe and orderly school environment where teachers can teach and students learn. Order, structure and safety are necessary prerequisites for learning. A school characterized by discipline and calm learning conditions also signals respect for the value of education. "Tough love" became the motto for a school which is strict in norms for behavior, but simultaneously conveys love for the students and a strong will to help each child succeed. Practicing good manners and proper behavior in a workplace combined with an appreciation of the positive results of hard work prepares students for success in adult life.

High academic expectations and aspirations. Our conviction is that every child can achieve success irrespective of social background. This ambition to support every student to realize his or her own potential applies to those requiring special support to meet standards as well as the most gifted learners.

There are still a few places left for the school year starting this August, and it is already time to apply for 2016. guage immersion, instructed by native English-speaking teachers in an international atmosphere.

Applications can be made using this form.

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