School bench May 2012 - by Mrs. HilonenSummer sun and seasonal showers are upon us. Seasons change and a school year ends. The final days of the spring term at Internationella Engelska Skolan Järfälla concluded in a blaze of glory.
81 9th graders and staff travelled to Auschwitz and Krakow. The trip was bittersweet for the students. It was an emotional challenge to visit the Nazi death camp Auschwitz. Despite preparations for the experience, meeting Auschwitz survivor Emerich Roth and studying the topic in the classroom, it was a heartrending and affecting tour of the camp. Students eased the burden with friendship and with the camaraderie of visiting a foreign place with classmates and companions. Thank you to Mr. Åberg who organized fundraising, sponsorships and shepherded the group. The Poland Trip was thoroughly appreciated by all involved and has become another meaningful tradition at Internationella Engelska Skolan Järfälla.
Certainly as inspiring was the annual 7th grade Åland Trip in May. Mr. Ertek and Ms. Carlsson led 118 students along with six teachers and five parents on a 3-day eventful class trip "lägerskola". Social and collaborative interactions were the themes and the trip was a magnificent success. Students lamented that there were not three more days tacked onto the trip as they felt the experience was too short. Alas!
Despite the thunderstorms and rainfall, The Choice (elevens val) curriculum was enriching and enjoyable. The featured choices were: Golf; Archipelago theme; Chess; Dancemania; Roleplay; Basketball Camp; Fishing & Survival Skills; "Fruit Salad"(Lasertorget, Mini-golf, Butterfly House, Brännboll); Cosmonova, Rock Climbing & Badminton; Photography; Artist for a day; Drawing; Woodcraft; Football.
The end of term featured a flurry of traditional events and activities. The 9th grade School Prom was a beautiful affair held at Barkarby Gård/Lasse Majas värdshus. Students were stunning and stylish, grown-up and elegant. The 6th graders all travelled to Boda Borg to enjoy a final group event of the year. 8th graders celebrated a Swedish Day complete with a special lunch including dessert. Individual classes enjoyed special outings and socials as well. The traditional 9th grade graduation ceremony was a charming event outdoors. Caps and gowns, diplomas and awards, joyful parents and the PTA pie and coffee reception all contributed to a lovely evening. Congratulations to Louise Hazell who earned the coveted Award for Academic Excellence.
If everyone who attended the End of Year Assembly enjoyed it as much as I did, then all had a wonderful time. The teachers' performances were thoughtful and fun and featured hidden talents students rarely see. Mr. Özkan's dance show wowed the crowd. Student singers Rebecca Rydgren and Laura Arif were absolutely sensational. The School Rock Band was electrifying. And Mr. Elder's collection of staff entertainers truly raised the roof. Indeed, one of the best performances I've ever seen in all my years in education was the sketch delivered by "Bhadin and his Merry Men" (Sam, Alex, Tim, Mark, Arash, Dylan and, of course, Bhadin). These fellows had been hiding their talents for four years and on the last day at our school their entertainment explosion was spectacular! Thank you all!
The staff and I are very proud of the excellent progress students have made throughout the year. Internationella Engelska Skolan has high expectations for its students and the final results as evidenced by grades shows that students certainly rose to the challenge. The 9th grade class earned one of the highest grade point averages (meritvärde) in the ten years of this school. The 6th graders were new to grading and yet they measured success on their reports. The 7th and 8th graders also pioneers of the new grading system (A-F) earned high marks but most of all important academic development. Well done!
Today, the school is summer quiet. This gives some of us a chance to prepare for next term; new students, new schedules, new teachers, new challenges. During these quiet months there will still be activity at the school. Järfälla kommun is renovating the ventilation for the entire main building. The school intends to: build a wireless environment to increase IT usage; invest in a 30-laptop computer trolley; renovate the 40 year old Café; seek additional areas of investment to beautify the school thereby increasing students' well-being and performance.
The new term begins Monday August 20, 9:00.
The school completed its 10th year and we look forward enthusiastically to the next ten. Enjoy the summertime and each other!Mike Saphir