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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). 

From the Principal

House Names

Dear All

We have finally reorganised our House system at Johanneberg, 6 Houses and 6 new names:

A is now known as Assar - Assar Gabrielsson the founder of Volvo

B is now known as Beda - Beda Hallberg the founder of Majblommen

C is now known as Campbell - Colin Campbell the founder of OstIndisk Handelsompaniet

D is now known as Dickson - The family Dickson that were so active is Gothenburg during the 1700s and 1800s

E is now known as Ester - From Ester i Brunsparken

F is now known as Frigga - Frigga Carlberg from Gothenburg, a late1800s early 1900s activist

The official House competition for 2018/19 has begun

From the Principal

Welcome Autumn 2018

Dear students and parents,


Firstly, I would like to say thank you for the warm welcome that you have all shown me since the announcement was made that I was to become the new Principal for IES Johanneberg. It is a great honour and privilege to be part of one of the largest, most dynamic and successful schools in Göteborg. I am extremely confident that in the coming years our school will be the leading school in the region and be renowned nationally and of course internationally.


Ms Rothstein has created a fantastic school and gathered an extremely capable team of teachers and staff to support and educate our years 7 to 9. In many ways, I could not ask for a better start to a school year.


However, there will be a few changes in personnel and a few changes to the school in general. It is vital that you log in to Schoolsoft, read our homepage and come to the parent meetings we will have at the beginning of term. We have several new teachers and a few teachers and staff returning after a period away from school. I am very excited about our new members of staff and I am sure we will continue to improve our results like  Ms Rothstein did last term. I would like to take the opportunity to wish Ms Rothstein a pleasant Autumn and an enjoyable semi-retirement.


The start of term is extremely important for us as a school and for our students. It is important that students attend all activities in school and start to build a good rapport (relationship) with their mentor. Mentorship is important and vital if we are to create that essential communication channel between the home and the school.


You all have high expectations of IES Johanneberg, and that is understandable and refreshing; I, myself, have great expectations of parents and students alike. I hope we can create an environment where, as we have said before, “teachers can teach and students can learn”. The PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is an active resource you all have here at IES, I hope as many as possible utilize this group and become more active in the school’s activities, both inside and outside the classroom.


I hope to meet as many of you as possible in the forthcoming weeks and months. Remember your goals and your aspirations; it is so difficult to be motivated without them, but incredibly powerful to have them!


Mr Douglas McPherson

Principal, IES Johanneberg

Swedish Prize for IES Students

Students from Internationella Engelska Skolan Johanneberg came away from a national contest with two prizes.
The final of iLCompetition, held in Malmö, saw the students from Johanneberg win first prize in the Swedish contest - Mästerskapet i Svenska, and third prize in Spanish.
Kicki Zhou and Gunnar Fovaeus (pictured above) competed against other students from across Sweden to win their place at the national final, but to win the overall contest in Swedish was a surprise.
Kicki said: “It was very nerve-wracking, we didn’t expect to get that far, the atmosphere was very exciting and tense because everybody was there to win.
"I don’t think we realised we had won until the host said it out loud, we were so focussed on the questions that we didn’t realise it, and then it was this big rush of joy.
"I am pleased that I took part in the event, when I was first asked to the regionals I was hesitant, I wasn’t sure it was worth it, but it ended up being a memory for life, so I am glad I went."
Gunnar added: “There was only one school who got the first question right, and I thought they would win everything.  Two questions later we were in first place and they were last.
“There was a school there from Uppsala who did well, and both teams were close until the end. Then on the second to last question we beat them, which felt amazing.
“It went so fast, there were question numbers but we didn’t look at the numbers, and we didn’t know how many questions were remaining. Then suddenly they said congratulations you have won, and we couldn’t believe it, we were so happy.”
The contest is a language and culture contest in modern languages, and Swedish, for students from both grund and gymnasieskolor, with the aim of enhancing students' knowledge of languages.
While Gunnar and Kicki did exceptionally well in Swedish, they were not the only IES team in the contest.  IES Lund were also in the Swedish final with them. IES Johanneberg also took third place in Spanish, slightly ahead of IES Hässleholm who were joint fourth.  IES Hässleholm also came third in French and fourth in English.  In the contest for upper secondary schools, Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet Södermalm placed second in French and fourth in Spanish.