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Autumn Update

As we head towards the November break,  this feels like a good time to reflect on the first couple of months of life at IES Johanneberg 2017/18. The school feels very much a hive of activity and we would like to inform you of just some of the things we are up to.  

As usual, a member of the leader group, or administration, continues to meet and greet our students at the main entrance, welcoming them each day, with a big smile and a handshake.

We continue our work with the importance of building relations and have increased our Care and Development team, improving our staff presence around the building, including the lounge room, all helping towards creating a calm and peaceful environment.  Our library is better than ever, providing a controlled learning environment. We have also added study sessions into many class schedules. This has been most appreciated by students, teachers and guardians. Our study hall schedule is also complete now and fully functional.

House activities have started and we had a successful Football tournament for each year group. The students and staff had a wonderful time, with each game being played in the right spirit. Soon we will hand out trophies! We will also have House Colour and Halloween dress-up days, an Art competition, a crotchet competition and a Chess tournament.

In week 37, students had a fantastic day hiking. Grade 9s looked after grade 7s, guiding them through the woods and even cooking lunch for them! Grade 8 fended for themselves, happy to say all students made it!

Grade 9s visited Gymnasiemässan this week and are now beginning to see the reality of next year! Many students came back to school with a new focus and motivation to succeed this year.

We now look forward to our annual regional conference, where the staff at our school get the chance to share good practice and ideas with colleagues from other IES schools. Coming up in the calendar, we also have students sitting IGCSE exams, going out on PRAO, visiting the youth clinic, sitting national test oral exams, etc.

From the Principal

Welcome Back!

Dear all,

As the summer holidays come to their end, I hope that you are all feeling rested and relaxed, but also charged and ready for a new challenge. We are all so excited to welcome both existing students and new students to school on August 17th. 

I am sure 2017/18 will be a fantastic year, one full of learning and fun.  Our planning and preparations have been ongoing over the summer, all to ensure a successful time here for our students. We have been working with our staff around the theme of GRIT and growth mindset. The message is that everything is possible if we believe in ourselves, can open our minds and most importantly are prepared to work hard. We must all show perseverance and determination and then we can really achieve our goals. We want our students to not be afraid to fail, but see failure as a strength, embrace it, learn from it and improve. 

Don't give up or look for the easy way out!

See you all soon!

Ms Rothstein

Start of Term Dates for All Schools

Please note that students are welcome back to school for the first day of the academic year 2017-18 on:

  • Borås - Monday, 21 August, 2017
  • Bromma - Wednesday, 16 August, 2017
  • Enskede - School start information already sent to stakeholders by post and via SchoolSoft.
  • Eskilstuna - Monday, 21 August, 2017
  • Falun - Wednesday, 23 August 2017
  • Gävle - Monday, 21 August 2017
  • Halmstad - Friday, 18 August 2017
  • Helsingborg - Monday, 21 August 2017
  • Huddinge - Monday, 21 August 2017
  • Hässelby Strand - Wednesday, 16 August, 2017
  • Hässleholm - Thursday, 17 August 2017
  • Johanneberg - Thursday, 17 August, 2017
  • Järfälla - Thursday, 17 August, 2017
  • Jönköping - Wednesday, 16 August 2017
  • Karlstad - Wednesday, 23 August, 2017
  • Kista - Wednesday, 16 August 2017
  • Krokslätt - Thursday, 17 August, 2017
  • Landskrona - Monday, 21 August 2017
  • Liljeholmen - Wednesday, 16 August 2017
  • Linköping - Thursday, 17 August 2017
  • Lund - Thursday, 17 August, 2017
  • Nacka - Wednesday, 16 August 2017
  • Skärholmen - Wednesday, 16 August 2017
  • Sundsvall - Wednesday, 23 August, 2017
  • Södertälje - Thursday, 17 August 2017
  • Tyresö - Monday, 21 August 2017
  • Täby - Monday, 21 August 2017
  • Umeå - Friday, 18 August 2017
  • Uppsala - Thursday, 17 August, 2017
  • Västerås - Wednesday, 16 August 2017
  • Älvsjö - Thursday, 17 August, 2017
  • Årsta - Wednesday, 16 August 2017
  • Örebro - Monday, 21 August, 2017
  • Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet Södermalm - Wednesday, 16 August, 2017 (first year) and Thursday, 17 August, 2017 (all remaining students).

Students Sing For Victory in IES Eurovision Song Contest

Students Sing For Victory in IES Eurovision Song Contest

A grade nine student from IES Tyresö was crowned the winner after 18 bands and solo artists stepped forward to perform during the annual Internationella Engelska Skolan Modern Foreign Languages Eurovision Song Contest.

The popular competition is open to students at all IES schools and sees them perform a song in a language other than Swedish or English.


This year’s winner was Stella Chirinos from IES Tyresö (Pictured above with French Teacher Mr Guerneui, Founder of IES Ms Bergstöm, and music teacher Mr Stones). Stella sang Dernière Danse by French singer-songwriter Indila.

Stella said: “It was a strange feeling to hear that I had won. There was some very good singers from other schools. I knew that I had given a good performance and that I had a strong song but it's always a good surprise to win.

"I started in year 7 here at IES Tyresö so I've been learning French for three years. I like the language, I like how it sounds.”

Stella got the idea of performing the Indila song after a friend mentioned it in a French lesson and she realised it would suit her well.

She said: “I like to sing because it's fun and I can express feeling through songs. There are songs for all occasions, sad and happy.

"I've been singing since I was seven and I've performed on stage on several occasions previously so I have some stage experience but you can't take away the nervosity."

Her French teacher, Mr Guerneui added: “I knew that my student Stella was a very strong candidate for victory but when I heard the singers from Nacka and Gävle I felt that this year's trophy might as well go to one of these schools. The two girls had very strong and beautiful voices. It's my first year at IES Tyresö  and we are still a relatively new school so I am glad that we won with our first attempt.”

Second place was awarded to Paulina Johnson of IES Gävle (pictured, left) who sang Mii Años in Spanish, while the third prize went to a band from IES Nacka made up of Felicia Elding, Louise Andersson, Alva Willers and Annie Wallin (pictured, below, right). Together they performed Colores En El Biento in Spanish.

This year the event was hosted by IES Bromma, other IES schools taking part included those from: Älvsjö, Täby, Kista, Skärholmen, Huddinge, Liljeholmen, Uppsala, Hässelby, Eskilstuna, Halmstad, Lund, Sundsvall, Johanneberg and Hässleholm .

The result means that, according to Eurovision tradition, IES Tyresö will host next year’s contest.

Mr Guerneui is looking forward to putting together next year’s event.

He said: “IES Bromma has set the bar very high this year but we are confident to maintain the same standard next year."

From the Principal

School Inspection's Results

School Inspection's Results


As you may know, our school was recently inspected by Skolinspektionen and now the inspection report has been published.

It is very rare and a real achievement for a school to receive no comments, or only minor ones during an inspection. This is a sign of a very well-functioning school and means Skolinspektionen has not found anything they need to criticise. I am happy to inform you that this is what we have achieved.

Everyone invschool should be very proud for playing their part in making this school such a positive environment to study and to teach. Thank you for your daily efforts.

You can read the report here:

Yours faithfully,

AnnChristin Rothstein
Principal IES Johanneberg