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House System in IESJ


The school has started a competition called the House System in which the students have been put into four houses by class.  All A classes are in one house, all B classes in another etc. These houses are Air, Earth, Fire and Water (the four elements). Within these houses students take part in different competitions and activities that will earn their house points. Every house has created their own crest with inspiration taken from the element they were assigned to last year academic year. 

The activities we have had so far this year have included quizzes, tower building, table tennis, multi sports and their own crest designing.  We also had a  skipping competition and points were awarded for the best costumes on the International Children's Book Day.The winning house for 18/19 was fire!

We will soon be starting the 19/20 House System Competition, more info to follow!

Skolan har startat en tävling kallad House System där eleverna är uppdelade i fyra grupper per klass. Alla A:klasser är i ett hus och alla B:klasser i  ett annat osv. Husen är döpta till Luft, Jord, Eld och Vatten (de fyra elementen). Mellan husen pågår tävlingar och aktiviteter där de samlar poäng till sitt hus. Varje hus har designat sitt eget vapen med inspiration från det element gruppen tillhörde förra läsåret.

De aktiviteter vi haft hittills har varit frågesport, tornbygge, bordstennis, multi sport och självklart skapandet av den egna vapenskölden. Framtida övningar är bland annat hopptävling och bästa kostym/ utklädning på Internationella barnboksdagen. Det vinnande huset läsåret 18/19 var Eld!

Vi kommer inom kort starta tävlingarna för 19/20 House System, mer information kommer framöver!

Students Textile work

The Year 9s have been working with a project where they design and make a pincushion. During the project they had to research their target audience, create designs, develop their designs, plan how to make it, create a pattern, make their pincushion and then evaluate it. The idea was to build their creative ability, develop structural thinking and increase their knowledge in the textile field.Many students produced some unique, accurate, enjoyable and well thought out pincushions. See below.

Årets 9:or har arbetat med ett projekt där de designat och gjort en nåldyna. Under projektet skulle de undersöka sin målgrupp, skapa sin design, utveckla designen, planera hur man går till väga, skapa ett mönster, göra sin nåldyna och sedan utvärdera arbetet. Tanken med detta var att väcka den kreativa förmågan, utveckla strukturellt tänkande och öka kunskaperna inom det textila området. Många elever producerade unika, exakta/bildlika, trevliga och väl genomtänkta nåldynor. Se nedan.

Rubik's Cube pincushion pattern

  1. Cut out six squares of black cotton. 10x10 cm.
  2. Cut out six square (10x10cm) of paper, and cut a window in the middle of 8,5 x 8.5 cm. That is 1.5cm in from the edges.
  3. Place the papers over the black squares and line it up with the edges. Pin them  down.
  4. Cut out squares (2,5 x 2,5 cm) in different coloured felt. Nine of each colour. (red, white, yellow, blue, green and orange)
  5. Place the small, coloured squares on the black squares in the pattern of a solved rubik's cube. 3 x 3 squares per side. Make sure that there is a small space between the squares so that the black can be seen.
  6. Thread the machine with corresponding coloured thread, and sew down the coloured squares. Remove the paper and repeat with all  six sides.
  7. Place your squares right-side-down in this pattern: Sew the sides together with black thread. Only attach the top piece on one side, leaving a hole to stuff.
  8. Turn the fabric the right-way-up and stuff it with stuffing. Then close the lid down and sew it shut.



  • Cotton- Black
  • Felt- red, orange, green, blue, white and yellow.
  • Sewing thread- black, red, orange, green, blue, white and yellow.
  • Fabric scissors
  • Ruler
  • Paper  
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Stuffing



Planning pincushion pattern

How to do it?

  • Take a big piece of green fabric and draw the shape of your cactus (height 8 cm and 6 cm wide) and cut 6 pieces of it.
  • Then take 2 of the pieces and sew them together you you end up with 3 two sided pieces.
  • Then lay all the three pieces together and sew a line in the middle. Then you fill every side with cotton and sew the bottom together.
  • Do not turn it inside out because the stitches is meant to be on the outside.
  • Then you start with the flowers. Take a stripe of pink fabric (10 cm) and cut triangles on one of the sides. Then roll it together and sew the bottom. And glue or sew the flower on the top of the cactus.
  • The pot is more difficult. Since I am using a tuna can, I will cut out fabric that is as wide as the tuna can sides ( + 1,5 cm on each side) Then the bottom. Cut out fabric as long as the cans diameter ( +1.5 cm) and then sew them together. Of course the fabric is going to go over the  tuna can and since I can’t sew in the can, so am I going to glue over and them fill it with brown cotton.
  • The diameter of the can is 8,5 cm so the bottom will be 10 cm in diameter, the sides are 4 cm and will be 7 cm.


  • Green, Pink, Brown, yellow fabric
  • Tuna can
  • Glue
  • Cotton
  • Pint ( to paint the cotton)



  • Sewing needle
  • Squissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Thread
  • Pins


From the Principal

A creative autumn term at IESJ

A creative autumn term at IESJ

I was recently asked to summarise the autumn term in only one word and the word that came to me was "creative". 

Our main focus has been the same as every year:

- to provide a calm and safe environment where teachers teach and students learn.

- to set high academic standards and make sure every student reach their full potential with the support of our excellent staff. 

- to give our students a command of the English language, the key to the world.

This term we have had the opportunity to work on these with support from our AST's (förstelärare), HoD's and HoY's to develop our teaching even further.  We have through reading up on the latest research on education tried new ways to enhance learning to be able to reach every student at their level. 

Our dedicated teachers and staff have with energy and determination taken on the task of developing their already brilliant teaching even more with the help of for example active learning and active lessons.


Our students all benefit from their creativity.


Now that we come to the end of the term I wish you all a relaxing break with the chance to read at least one good book and I welcome you all back again on the 9th of January 2019.


I wish you all a nice holiday, 

Mrs Viljosson 

Mustaschkampen 2018 at IESJ

Mustaschkampen 2018 at IESJ

IESJ supported the campaign to rainse money to battle prostatic canser and through donations and the selling of fake moustaches we managed to raise over 2000SEK.

Thank you all, 

/IESJ Team


UN Day

UN Day

UN day was, as IESJ tradition has it, celebrated with an assembly in the Aula.

Students toghether with our guest artist Pärla helped raise 3500 sek for the charity Lions Club in Uganda.

A big thank you to all who contributed.

/IESJ SO department