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Silver in Swedish National Team Chess Competition 2019

Silver in Swedish National Team Chess Competition 2019

This April and May has been extremely successful for our chess team. We won the regional finals here in Göteborg and qualified for the National finals in Stockholm. The competition they faced was extremely difficult but confident they were. Accompanied by their coaches, Mr Dufwenberg and Mr Maxe, they travelled up to the capital city and put in the performance of a lifetime...... silver!

We are extremely proud of our players and the chess club we have here at IES Johanneberg. They are an inspiration to us all. I hope we can help them to another level in the Nordic Championships later in the year; another adventure and another proud moment in IES, talk about aspiring to new heights! 

Important Dates for Academic Year 2019-2020

 School Dates 2019/20


Dear All

Here we have our school term dates for 2019/20. 


August 19th School start Autumn Term

Week 44 - 28th October - 1st November - Half-Term/lov

December 20th - Autumn Term ends (Winter Break)

January 8th - School start - Spring Term

week 7 - 10th - 14th February Half Term/Sports Break

April 6th - 13th Easter Holiday

May 1st - May Day

May 21st - Ascencion Day

Open House for potential 7th graders - Invitation Only

Open House for potential 7th graders - Invitation Only

On Saturday 26 January we will open the doors for potential 7th graders at IES Johanneberg. We have invited the first 150 students on our list with their parents. We will be offering approximately 70 places in August so we hope our future students will be more than happy with what they see.

We will have 2 large meetings where the Principal will explain a little about our ethos and our expectations. Each student will be shown around the school by a member of staff who will be able to answer any other questions you may have.

This is only the first of many introduction meetings for students and parents. If you have not received an invitation this time around you will more than likely be contacted later in the year. We are extremely popular, places are not available to everyone, but we must follow our queue system and invite those at the top first.

We look forward to meeting you all very soon.

Douglas McPherson, Principal

From the Principal

Great end to the Autumn term

Great end to the Autumn term

What a way to finish off this term, 9th graders performing a wonderful concert in Vasakyrkan. They certainly put us all the festive mood and left most with a tear in the eye; thank you!

To recap our year so far we’ve come a long way in just a short period, and we know exactly where we are in terms of grades, attitudes and goals. Our School Development Plan version 1.0 is up and running, although not entirely complete. The SDP was launched very quickly this autumn and will be the template for the next academic year, version 2.0. I will publish the final document as a pdf here, and on Schoolsoft.

We have had several parent evenings this term and had a great turnout. We had our normal year meetings in September and a meeting regarding grades and our assessment methods here at IES Johanneberg just before the end of term. We also had some great initiativeshown by a few year 8 students and Ms Hussey, “Winter Wonderland”, which was a resounding success. Again, well done!

As I still reflect over the end of term assembly and our Lucia celebrations, I cannot help but feel proud at the talent we have here at our school. As my first term draws to an end and the final few stones are turned over I have realized that we have to open up our school more and invite in all parents, local companies and international contacts to these events. I want to make our Graduation Ceremony just as successful and moving as Vasakyrkan, and I’m probably going to need a little help. I wish we attract more parents to our PTA, we need your support!

Just to remind you all of the changes we have made so far this academic year:

  • New House system and names
  • New supplier of food for the restaurant
  • Re-vamped Student Council
  • Opened up the main doors again – meet and greet
  • New “Lock-Down” system installed to improve safety
  • End of term assembly for all students with prizes and festivities
  • New PTA format
  • School Development Plan

Let 2019 be a year of development and openness at IES Johanneberg. Let’s encourage growth and build an IES network that we are all proud of….. our doors are always open and eager for new ideas and challenges

Douglas McPherson, Principal IES Johanneberg


From the Principal

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.