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First 10 weeks

Dear Students and Guardian

Almost ten weeks have past since we opened the schools with bagpipes, speeches and the planting of an apple tree. A few students have left us, and more have joined.  Many students are applying to get in, so if you have sibling that you want to apply they need to be enrolled in the queue as soon as possible. Admission for 2018 will start close to Christmas or shortly after.

In the last few weeks management and teachers have made day to day operations our priority. This has involved helping all students to follow our rules, learn our building, our culture and our expectations. We have discovered some ventilation issues and fixed them, we have learnt that the logistics of the lunch room had to be rethought, and some of the lunchtimes have been changed. We have ordered plenty of teaching materials and more will come.

In short: we have learnt a lot about IES Landskrona.

However, our learning as staff is as nothing compared to the development within our students. Ten weeks in, and we see a huge development, especially in their English. We hope that you see that too.

Some general questions have come up and I would like to give an update on them here:

 

Café and fruits

Due to rules for hygiene and cash handling we have not been able to open the café. We intended to have our suppliers of food delivering this service, but after some investigation they concluded that they were unable to help us with this.

Students have handled it very well, and are allowed to eat fruit if they ask a teacher. Occasionally some fruits have ended up on the toilet floor, but in general the students have been very good with this.

Compressed time table

Many parents have asked about our compressed timetables. We have them compressed in order to have a later start in the morning every day of the week. We also have more teaching time than stipulated by the government, and we have decided to adopt this timetable in order to avoid the days being too long. It may take some time to get used to, but in my experience this arrangement is preferable to longer days.  

 

SchoolSoft implementation

Homework and assignments should now be up on SchoolSoft for parents to see. If you cannot see these please contact the subject teacher.  Over the course of the rest of the term we will publish more details on SchoolSoft such as subject rubric, grades and planning.

 

Adjustments to busses

Parents have been asking about adjustments to bus time tables. In some cases we can make this happen, in other cases not. We try our best to cater for all needs, but sometimes it is not possible to make adjustments.

After school clubs

Some after school clubs have been up and running for some time, and others will start during the winter. It is important to remember that After School activities do not replace Fritidshem!

Sunshine Call

We will call the guardians during week 45, mostly on the Tuesday. Our policy is to call twice and, if we do not get an answer, to leave a message. We call the guardians registered in SchoolSoft (please note that we only call one guardian if both have the same address).

 

If you have any questions, please do not hessitate to contact me: 073-746 05 01

Yours Truly 

Chris Nilsson

Principal IES Landskrona

Four New Schools Open in 2017

Four New Schools Open in 2017

For the first time Internationella Engelska Skolan has opened four new schools in one year - with Landskrona, Helsingborg, Södertälje and Årsta bringing the total number of IES schools in Sweden to 34. 

The new schools will grow over several years but are already educating 1,600 students, bringing the total number of students currently learning with IES to 24,000.

The organisation also held its largest ever event for staff as more than 700 newly-employed colleagues gathered together in one place, at KTH’s Aula Medica, to learn more about the company.

IES Landskrona is the first ever brand-new school that the organisation has opened, after a project in partnership with landlord Hemsö and Landskrona municipality saw the construction of a custom-designed school, next to the municipality's new sports hall, in the up-and-coming area of Borstahusen.

This is also the first time that IES has opened an F-9 school, welcoming seven-year-olds who will learn with IES all the way through until they are ready for gymnasiet.

Mr. Fredrik Alvarsson (pictured above, left, with IES Landskrona Principal Mr. Chris Nilsson and the captains of all four houses) , who is in charge of development for the project’s landlords, Hemsö, spoke in front of students in Landskrona as he donated 10,000 SEK for them to choose recreation facilities for their student lounge.

He said: “We have planned and built this school over the past three years, to create the best possible environment for you, so that you can learn as much as possible every day and become the best students that you can by the time you graduate from grade nine.

"We also wanted to give some money to you, and we will hold a contest for your houses. The house that wins the contest will decide what the money will be spent on."

While the school in Landskrona represents two important firsts, it is only one of several schools which is opening this year, and each of them is the focus of the excitement of the staff and students attending.

Speaking at the opening in Helsingborg, a new 4-9 school in a refurbished building with certified historical significance, the founder and vice chairman of IES, Ms. Barbara Bergström, said.  “For me it is an incredible honour to stand here this morning and welcome you to Internationella Engelska Skolan in Helsingborg. I address you with a huge amount of humility, I understand that you as the parents are entrusting us with that which is most special in your lives, your children, our students.  It is a tremendous honour for all of us.  Mr. Andersson and his staff with their enthusiasm, their dedication, their passion for learning, will take this honour extremely seriously.  The school is not anything without you, our students, and their parents.  We treasure the confidence that you have given us this morning and for the years to come.”

Each new school commemorated its opening according to IES tradition, by planting an apple tree, and cutting a ribbon to mark the school open.

At the first of the four opening ceremonies, for a new 4-9 school in Årsta, the principal, Mr. Julian Dent, said: "It is my honour to stand in front of you and open the 31st IES school in Sweden.  The team has worked extremely hard to get this done and welcome you here today. We are very excited to have all the students here finally.

"Almost a quarter of a century ago a few kilometres away in Enskede, Ms. Bergström started the first IES school and from there, dare I say, we have revolutionised Swedish education.  We invite you students here to command the English language.  We want to prepare you to go out there in the world. That is why we have teachers from 11 different countries, teaching students here at this school."

At the opening of the school in Södertälje, also for years 4-9, the principal, Mr. Johan Öhman, said: "When I was hired as principal of this school, in my first interview I said ‘As always with IES the expectation is set to a high standard. The expectation of continually high standards gives us great inspiration to provide all students with a first-class education.'  That is why I took this job, it is a choice of education to achieve excellence.  Students, I believe in you all, each and every one of you can achieve beyond your own expectations, and believe me, when you do, it’s not only fun, it creates strength, you will be self-aware, and self-confident.”

Viktig information om invigning 21 Aug 2017

Då det enligt väderprognosen finns övervägande risk för regn, kommer invigningen inte vara öppen för allmänheten. Personer med kopplingar till skolan är inbjuda (familj till elever),  samt de som fått separat inbjudan. 

 

Information about classes and time tables for 2017

Dear Students and Guardians

Information about classes is currently being sent out to all guardians e-mails. We send to the e-mail that you used when applying to the school. If you have not gotten your password, first check the Spam-box and then please send an e-mail to chris.nilsson.landskrona@engelska.se in order to get one.

Preliminary time tables are found here.

Please note that

- the F-class Dragon, Eagle, Lion and Griffin have classes 8am to 1pm each day. Lunch is at 11 am.

- "Learning Club" is not mandatory for students, and Primary Club Snack is only for students enrolled in fritids.

- Paper copies of the time tables will be handed out to students first day of school.

Update on class lists

Dear Students and Guardians

Information about classes will be sent out by the end of week 32 together with preliminary timetables and login to our web based system.

Do not hessitate to contact us if you have any questions: info.landskrona@engelska.se

 

 

 

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