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From the Principal

Regarding the possible opening of an IES School opening in Värmdö / Gustavsberg:

Here at Nacka we get a lot of questions about a possible school opening in Värmdö - here is the information we have so far:

“Internationella Engelska Skolan har, tillsammans med fastighetsbolaget Turaco, gått vidare i Värmdö kommuns urvalsprocess för en möjlig F-9 skola i Charlottendal, Värmdö. Detta är självfallet oerhört glädjande och vi gå nu in i en fas där vi tillsammans med Turaco och arkitekter tar fram ett detaljerat förslag. Mycket arbete återstår och vi vill vara noga med att poängtera att detta på intet sätt garanterar att Internationella Engelska Skolan kommer att öppna på platsen.Vi måste få tillstånd från Skolinspektionen, politiska beslut återstår och därtill en komplex process med att skapa skolan.

Vi kommer självfallet att hålla alla våra föräldrar, existerande på våra skolor som nya, informerade om händelseutvecklingen och ber om ert tålamod. Skolan är planerad med skolstart augusti 2021.”

1. IES is looking at the possibility of a school in Värmdö  - if confirmed to go-ahead, the aim is to open in the fall of 2021.

2. All IES school has a separate queue - 1 per school - the queue for Värmdö has not yet opened for applications.

3. For more information, please see www.engelska.se  - where any news regarding new schools are posted.

20180522: Sports Day Update: Congrats 7D!

Congratulations 7D!  

You "rocked it" on Sports Day!  We are so proud of your accomplishments on the field as well as the good sportsmanship and fantastic teamwork you displayed off the field.  

You worked so well together as a team which is one of the reasons you won the Year 7 Relay Race (as well as being incredibly fast!)  Keep up the great work!

Kind regards,

Mr. Högkvist and Ms. Stray

(7D Mentors)

Sports Day is an annual event for year levels 6-9 where students participate in various track and field events (ex. 100 yard dash, hurdles, free throw, relay race).  This year's event was held on May 21 and 22 at Hammarbyhöjdens IP. 

 

World Book Week - IES Library Project

In the occasion of World Book Day, the school library hosted a World Book Week between the 23rd and the 27th of April. The event featured new activities everyday to promote the enjoyment of reading.

     

Students could try out different forms of poetry (Blackout poetry and collage) and test their Harry Potter knowledge with a quiz on the popular book series.

They then had the chance to get inspiration for their next reads and recommend books they liked to fellow students.

Year 4 and 5 also got to take part to a book-themed Scavenger Hunt.

        

The lucky winners of the quiz and the Scavenger Hunt received a Akademibokhandeln giftcard.

 

    

IES Nacka students cut their hair as a gesture of goodwill - GYHC (Grow Your Hair For Cancer) campaign

Internationella Engelska Skolan Nacka students have recently been cutting and donating their hair as a part of a campaign to help cancer patients in need of a wig during and after their treatment.  The campaign initiated in 2016 by IESN teacher, Ms.Haughney-Newby is called the GYHC (Grow Your Hair For Cancer) campaign has already donated 14 pieces of hair to Stockholm’s Smink & Perukmakarn which sells the wigs made from donated hair at a discount to cancer patients.  Stockholm hair salon, Grieco-Ericsson Hair Couture, whose owner Carley Grieco has been providing special services to parents of children undergoing cancer treatments, graciously donated free haircuts and styling services last year to our IES Nacka participants for this great cause.  

Ms. Haughney-Newby began the campaign in an effort to raise awareness and empathy towards others who live with difficult and challenging circumstances, and to enable students and teachers to make a personal difference in the lives of others.  “I am particularly sensitive to youth who are battling cancer and also dealing with the social implications and issues of self-esteem.” said Ms. Haughney-Newby.

Sara Sergel-Ekmark , a participant in year 9 last year who, at the beginning of the school year, had serious hesitations because she had never before cut her hair and felt a sense of identity and security from her look, finally decided during the second half of the school year to join the cause saying “My hair will grow back, and although we won’t yet cure cancer, hopefully it will make someone happy.”  2018 year 9 student, Felicia Gullman-Strand, who felt it was important to show support for those who are fighting cancer said, “This is my way of contributing and saying that I care”, and year 9, Marya Khan and her younger sister both donated their hair. More students are in line to cut and donate their hair as soon as it reaches the minimum 30cm length including younger students in Year 6.

Extended family members are also joining in.  Saga Fallgren, 11 year old daughter of staff member ms. Fallgren, recently lost her grandfather to cancer and wanted to participate even though she attends a different school, saying “I would like to do a good deed”.  In addition, husband of staff member ms. Kazi has also jumped on board, cutting and donating his hair for this good cause.

The most important factor of this campaign is that it has helped students to be more aware and sensitive to others.  They have become more cognisant of the fact that those undergoing cancer treatments, many being youths of their same age, are in need of returning to some measure of normalcy and a wig helps them regain a sense of confidence as they return to their daily lives.

The campaign is now in its second year and will hopefully continue into the future, giving students and staff the opportunity to participate when they feel ready to make such a generous and brave personal gesture.  “I would love to see this campaign copied and spread to schools all over Stockholm so that people are empowered to make even a small difference in the lives of others.” (Campaign founder, Ms.  Haughney-Newby)      

Project connect supports "Day of Silence"

Project Connect is an after school club that supports and recognises individuals of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. 

Project Connect meets twice a week after school.

A regular meeting could range from discussing LGBTQ topics, creating posters to bring awareness to LGBTQ issues, crafting, dancing, and sometimes planning events! 

On April 27th, Project Connect is organising IESN's participation in the worldwide movement - the Day of Silence. On this day, students will take a pledge of silence to raise awareness for the discrimination and harassment that LGBTQ+ youth too often experience.  

 

20180522: Added to this post - We had 472 students sign up for the event which was awesome to see such support and enthusiasm for the event. As far as feedback, we noticed a lot of individuals who weren't signed up were discussing the event throughout the day and the event itself sparked a lot of conversation regarding LGBTQ+. This was the primary goal of the event, to raise awareness. Our hope is that we use this day of awareness to now break the silence that LGBTQ+ individuals face, and speak out when we see individuals being bullied or harassed. Not only here at school, but in the community and worldwide.