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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.

From the Principal

What a great start to the year!

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.


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

From the Principal

Almost the end of Year


Dear Students and Guardians,


The sun is shining and the feeling at school is wonderful. As I always write, there has been an abundance of activities in school this term. It really is full on, but in a very good way! Our National Tests have gone smoothly, despite leaks on social media etc, our teachers and students have performed well and the organisation has been fantastic.  We are now busy planning for our annual Spring Bazaar. This year we plan to make it bigger and better than ever before.  Our grade 9's can see the finishing line now and their hard work will be recognised at their graduation ceremony in June. Before that there is a chance to have fun and they will have dance and celebrate at their prom.

We have had National success in the Språkolympiad, winning first prize in Swedish and Third in Spanish - an absolutely incredible achievement - well done to all teachers and students involved!

I would also like to use this opportunity to welcome Mr Douglas McPherson to IES Johanneberg, as the new Principal from August 1st. He is an experienced principal from Gothenburg. 

AnnChristin Rothstein

From the Principal

Spring Term Update

Dear Students and Guardians,


As we approach the Spring break it is a perfect time to reflect on the first half of the spring term. We have continued our push for staff to be ever more present in the school, particularly in the corridors and stairwells. This has proven to be a great success and we are pleased to report an even calmer school. As we further build our relationships with our students and interact with them even more, the positive feeling spreads and students are kinder and more respectful of one another. The weather did start to improve and students were also finally taking advantage of our fantastic school yard. It is so nice to see them letting off steam, playing football or basketball or simply being outdoors. But as I am writing this, we have yet even more snow! Come on Spring! 


The national tests are taking up much of year 9's focus, and so far they have done Swedish, and Science will take place this Thursday, as well as after the break.


We are looking forward to our Spring Bazaar, which will take place on May 17th. This we hope will be our biggest and best bazaar ever. We have lots of exciting activities planned - watch this space!  After that, there will be less than 4 weeks until our students can rest after a long, hard-working term. There is never a dull moment at IES Johanneberg and time flies. 


Can I take this chance to also thank parents for filling in the schoolsoft survey?  If you haven't done so yet, please take 5 minutes to fill this in. We really appreciate your input. 



AnnChristin Rothstein

From the Principal

A positive start of the Spring Term


Dear Students and Guardians,


We have had a fantastic start to the Spring term! There is a positive feeling in the air, with lots of happy faces and focused students. We have started our first House competition of 2018 - House Basketball! The first round of games were played in good spirits, with students showing off their skills on the court. The games will continue over the next couple of weeks. Soon, we will have the results of our Reading Competition which started in December..... After that we will have competitions in baking, a talent contest and more dress up days.

Students are also soon taking part in our winter sports days, and have chosen from some wonderful activities such as skiing, ice skating and yoga. 

Recently, we held an Open House at school, showing prospective students and guardians our wonderful school building, as well as giving them an opportunity to talk to staff and students. Departments showed off student work and had various activities going on throughout the school. It was a great occasion.

After the sports break, we will have a special session for grade 8 guardians where we will give information about gymnasium and how the process works. From then it will not be too long until our attention will turn to National Tests.

We would, also, like to congratulate our Year 9 student, Hugo Spencer, who was successful in the Science Competition and will go to Slovenia to take part in the Grand Final and we wish him the best of luck.


Thanks for your continued support and have a good sports break.



AnnChristin Rothstein

From the Principal

Christmas Message

Dear Guardians at IES Johanneberg,

Soon, one more term is over and we see that both students and staff are looking forward to a great break. We have had a term full of successes, festivities and few challenges.

All the Year 9 students sat their oral National Tests in Swedish, English, Maths and Modern Languages. They were very focused, exactly how they had to be.

One of our students in Year 9 has qualified in the final in a big national Science Competition and he is going to travel to Stockholm in order to participate. We wish Hugo in 9D good luck.

Our new Year 7 are now fully on board and they seem to be happy with being in Year 7. We think that they take their schoolwork really seriously and they are working really well.

We have hade some challenges with our Year 8 but we have been working really hard, focusing on those challenges and we now see that the overall situation has become better.

Our Student Council has organised various school spirit days which were really amusing and joyful. We were dressed in our House colours, dressed up for Nobel Day and on Lucia Day we had a Christmas theme.

The Lucia Celebrations were a success and really amazing with beautiful songs. A huge thank you to everyone involved, students and teachers.

We have had few more challenges with some members of the staff who were on sick leave and it is always hard to find qualified teachers, especially during the term. We have our fantastic cover teachers who came in with short notice and helped with teaching. At this point, I would like to thank our regular teachers who have supported and helped so that the planning and the assesing procedures have been correct. 

When the spring term starts, we will welcome a new qualified teacher in Swedish and Social Science, Mr Maxe. We will also welcome Ms Forest, an experienced special educator, who is going to empower our Student and Care Team and replace Ms Hamlin. Mr Sortino, who covered for PE, is going to continue with that, so that we can ensure continuity in PE. Mr Sortino is also going to be a mentor for 7E.

Mr Flising is going on parental leave during the spring term but we have already found new school hosts for our student lounge. Though, we will not have the same service when it comes to the café; it will be open but with a more limited selection of goods. Ms Flising and Ms Fox-Jacobson are coming back after being on maternity leave and this means that our staffing, here at IES Johanneberg, will be stronger.

Finally, I would like to thank all the students, all the staff, the PTA and all the fantastic parents and guardians for the engagement and their cooperation. 

I wish you all a great and relaxing break and a really Happy New Year.


AnnChristin Rothstein,

Principal IES Johanneberg


From the Principal

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.