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Halloween, Week 44 and December Grades

First of all, a warm welcome back to IES Johanneberg and we hope everyone is feeling recharged, refueled and ready for the last spurt towards the December grades. 

We had a great finish to the first part of the Autumn Term with a Halloween themed week which all ended with fancy dress on the Friday before the break. Our Student Council did a fantastic job in organizing the events and the school was a joy to be in with all the great costumes, hair styles and make-up, well done!!

Let's hope we can keep this positive feeling into the Christmas celebrations, which is just around the corner. We will soon publish information about events in December, especially the last week of term.

In week 44, with no students in the building, we cleaned the walls and common areas from the few bits of graffiti that had suddenly appeared. Overall, the school seems to be absent from graffiti and free from damage, the students must be applauded. We have the physical building and the physical environment around the school as an area of improvement and it looks like we are succeeding. We have posted all the updated teacher's photos in the main staircase as well as hung up all the national flags of our staff, 16 countries in total; truly international. We have also hung up flags to represent the languages we teach in at our school, the bilingualism, the Swedish and the British (English). We hope we can signal to all our students how important our languages are. We need to use them correctly and avoid all those words and phrases that many may feel insulted by. With so many nationalities it is easy for us to discover them. 

As time flies by and Autumn becomes Winter, December grades will soon be here. I hope that I can meet as many parents as I can before this in an effort to explain the grading system and what "Skolverket" recommends. I hope to send out invitations to you all as soon as we can find a suitable arena/place to meet. Please follow our homepage over the next few weeks in case you miss the information/invitation. 

Again, thank you to Student Council for a fantastic Halloween, it feels great to celebrate this old Celtic festival here in Sweden! Keep up the good work.

From the Principal

What a great start to the year!

I must honestly say that in all my years as a Principal I have never encountered such a calm start to a school year; a big thank you to all our staff and students, wonderful to work with! It feels great that we can welcome every student to school every morning with a handshake and warm smile, not only from us but from them too. Our new kitchen is definitely producing food that everyone here appreciates; salad-bar, meat/fish, vegetarian and soup courses for everyone everyday, and still the sparkling water is a hit with the students.

Our House system seems to be attracting a lot of attention from students, especially those wanting to win the Grand Prize in June 2019, a whole day at Liseberg with their Mentors, and of course Principal. A lot of suggestions for competitions have been put forward by the Student Council and we hope to start the sports events very soon. Our Club system is up and running with even more starting in week 45. Look at the information Tv for further details.

Our IES Johanneberg Radio presentation went well yesterday. We addressed the entire school and informed everyone about the different events happening before our Autumn Break. Emily, from 8B, delivered an outstanding presentation of the Student Council and must be commended on her extremely well executed performance; not easy talking to 600 people via a public address system. 

The students in 9B have offered to start up our Café and raise funds for a school trip. Again, a wonderful idea that we will all try to implement as soon as we can.

As we fast approach the Autumn Break year 8 must not forget that they will be on PRAO week 48. Most students have found work placements but some are still struggling. If any parents have ideas/contacts or suggestions for places please contact the school as soon as possible. 

Our PTA will hold its annual general meeting on 23 October at 18:00, Krokslätt IES, in the restaurant. All parents are more than welcome to attend; please bring lots of energy and new ideas!

Many students will be sitting their IGCSE English exams next week, we wish them all luck. We hope that all their hard study will pay off.


Important Dates for Academic Year 2018-2019

Monday, 20th of August - Students start school

8.30-13.30 Year 9 - meet in the school yard

9.00-14.00 Year 7 - meet in the school yard

9.30-14.30 Year 8 - meet in the school yard


Thursday, 20th of September : Development Talks 

Friday 21st of September : Study day
Week 44- Autumn break
Monday 5th November : Study day

Friday, 21st of December, End of Term
Tuesday, 8th of January, Spring term begins
Week 7, Sports break
Week 16, Easter break
Monday, 22th of April, Easter break
Wednesday, 12th of June, End of term Year 7
Thursday, 13th of June, End of term Year 8 & 9.


Student Council 2018-19

Our student council consists of 12 students (4 from every year) and it is monitored by two teachers.  Here are the members of the student council :

Jesse Escobar 9E (President)

Oscar Melander Forslind 9E

Isac Lundberg 9E (Student Safety Representative)

Teodor Tambur 9D

Mohamad Buwaider 8A

Ibyan Rashid 8A

Emily Elkaneva 8B

Viktoria Hussein 8F

Tala Chiragwandi 7A

Oliver Granäng 7C

Abantika Sengupta 7E

Mary Al Delame 7F

and Ms Tjärner & Mr Varytimidis


We are happy to inform you that we have an Instagram account which we would like you to follow (@IESJohanneberg1).