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Three IES Teams head to national mathematics competition final.

When the national final of the challenging Pythagoras Quest maths contest is held in Malmö in June, students from three IES schools will be taking part.

Internationella Engelska Skolan in Nacka, Sundsvall and Uppsala will each be sending a team of three students after they won their regional finals, and the chance to represent their county (län) at the national event.

The students had to go through several rounds in order to reach the national final.  First they needed to pass an hour-long qualification test without the use of a calculator or any other electronic equipment.  The three students from each school who performed best in their qualification test were then chosen to attend the district final, to see which schools would have the right to go forward to the national final.

The regional champions from IES Sundsvall
(L-R) Filip Borgström, Klara Marntell and Isavelle Sahlin

Isabelle Sahlin, represented IES Sundsvall alongside Klara Marntell and Filip Borgström. She said: “The regional final was really exciting. After two rounds the result was still not decided and we had no idea how we stood. It felt good though, we had found the answer to every question and we were pretty confident in our calculations.

“When we solved the tie breaker in just a minute, it was so quick that we felt like we had done something wrong, but we took a chance and submitted our answer. Because we were so fast we won. We hadn’t dared to hope to win, so we felt a huge amount of joy when they called out our team name.”

IES Nacka will progress after students Wilhelm Sigurd, Viktor Lundqvist, and Alex Thelander won the Stockholm regional final.

Viktor said: “It was very exciting to win the Stockholm final. We had practiced before the regional final, but we knew the competition was hard so we did not expect to win. In the end it was very close. It’s going to be great to travel down to Malmö and compete against schools from all over the country. The competition was tough in the Stockholm regional final, and we hope that it will be the same in Malmö. It will also be nice to meet and compete against our fellow IES students."

Winners from Stockholm:
(L-R) Wilhelm Sigurd, Viktor Lundqvist, and Alex Thelander of IEs Nacka. 

Alex added: "We think that we will perform well in the national final. The questions will be substantially more difficult, but we think that with enough practice and hard work we will be able to solve most. The competition was very tough in Stockholm because of its high population, so we are already prepared for facing off against other good teams. We will do our best, but in the end we will be happy regardless of how it goes since we never expected to get nearly this far."

Now, the three teams from IES will face off against one another and 11 other teams from around the country in the national final.

Ted Buzzelli, the organisation’s subject facilitator for maths, said: “At Internationella Engelska Skolan we believe in helping every student to meet their full academic potential.  While for some students this means giving them extra support to help them to understand difficult concepts, for others that means providing additional challenges, and helping them to go further than the syllabus suggests.

"Competitions like Pythagoras Quest are a fantastic way for students to challenge themselves further.  It is always beneficial for students to see just how much they are capable of, especially when working as a team.  I am once again delighted to see IES represented by no fewer than three teams in the national finals of Pythagoras Quest.  I am sure that colleagues and students from schools across IES will join me in wishing the best to these talented students."

The final will be held on Friday, June 2nd, in Malmö. 

Our First Workshop 22/4-2017

Our First Workshop 22/4-2017

Our Workshop

As the schoolstart approaches we thought we could gather all the parents and students who has accepted the challenge and said "YES!" to start at our school in August. The purpose was to give you an insight into how learning takes place and what a school day at IES could look like. We were very pleased to see you all participate and can't wait for the start in the Autumn!

A full autidorium

The Principal Joakim Andersson holding his speach

The Assistant Principal, Rachel Kjellman greeting everybody

The grand entrance

A lecture for the Students

Thank you once again!

Meet The Principal of Internationella Engelska Skolan Helsingborg

Parents attending an information meeting about Internationella Engelska Skolan Helsingborg can meet the experienced and well-qualified principal who will lead the new school.

In August 2017 when IES Helsingborg celebrates its first day of school, Mr Joakim Andersson will stand by the newly opened doors, welcoming students in his role as their principal.

Mr Andersson has worked in education since 1988 and has led free schools as well as those run by municipalities.  He has been a teacher, a principal and has even worked in schools leadership for Helsingborg’s education department.

Mr Andersson knows Helsingborg well, it is his home town and the place that he has worked for nearly 30 years, including at Bårslövsskolan, Fredriksdalsskolan, Norrlyckeskolan, Dalhemsområdet, and Kunskapsskolan.

Over the course of his solid career in education he has spent 12 years as a wood and metalwork teacher and amassed over 16 years experience as a school leader, including more than ten years as a principal.

As he prepares for his new role, Mr Andersson said: “I am really looking forward to being part of building a school from scratch in a learning environment where old meets new through the spirit of Internationella Engelska Skolan. 

“Cornerstones in the process of building this school for the future include holding students learning in focus, and encouraging high expectations for success.  Using the three pillars of the IES ethos I am convinced that we can develop the ideal school for students in the city of Helsingborg.”

Ralph Riber, CEO of Internationella Engelska Skolan, welcomed Mr Andersson to his role.

He said:  “I am pleased to have recruited a principal with the experience of Mr Andersson to drive our new school in Helsingborg to be the best school in the area. He has unmatched local knowledge while at the same time clearly embracing all three aspects of the IES ethos – high academic achievement, command of the English language, and providing a safe and calm environment, where teachers can teach and students can learn.

“His first task as principal will be absolutely key to the success of the school, as he builds a strong international team around him, bringing the best teachers from the English-speaking world as well as excellent teachers from Sweden.”

Barbara Bergström, founder and vice chairman of Internationella Engelska Skolan, added: “I am delighted to welcome Mr. Andersson to our IES family.

“Mr. Andersson is a highly qualified educator who has his heart in the right place.  With his dedication to implement our ethos of discipline, high expectations and the strong pursuit of knowledge, our school in Helsingborg will be one of the finest in the area.

“Mr. Andersson is very familiar with the larger Helsingborg area.  He and his team will contribute with an international atmosphere and dynamics to education.  I look forward to welcoming our new students and staff in Helsingborg.”

In preparation for the school’s opening, Mr Andersson will take on his new role from 1 January 2017.  In order to meet future parents and students he will also attend the information meeting about the school which is being held on Monday, 21 November, from 18:30-19:30 at Dunkers Kulturhus in Helsingborg.

Internationella Engelska Skolan Helsingborg will be a 4-9 school and will open in August 2017. The queue is open now and parents are welcome to apply for a place for their children on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visit www.helsingborg.engelska.se to apply for a place today.

Four IES schools to face off in national mathematics final.

Four IES schools to face off in national mathematics final.

Linköping's mathematicians at the Östergötlands regional final: Henrik Angelstig, Juliana Holmberg and Omor Almamun

When the national final of the prestigious Pythagoras Quest mathematics competition is held, no fewer than four schools from Internationella Engelska Skolan will be represented in the 14 teams involved.

To reach the final the young mathematicians were first given an hour to complete a qualification test, without a calculator or other electronic help.  The best performing three students from each school were then selected to take part in a district finals, held throughout Sweden.

Now, following victory in their respective districts, IES Eskilstuna, Linköping, Karlstad and Uppsala will each be sending a team to compete against one another, and ten other schools from across the country, to see who will win the national contest this year.

As any of the students taking part could explain, that means a staggering 28.57 per cent of the mathematicians at the national final will come from IES schools.

Henrik Angelstig, who studies at IES Linköping in class 9B, won the Östergötlands final alongside Juliana Holmberg and Omor Almamun. He said: "The competition goes slightly beyond the school level and that is what makes it worthwhile to take part in, it is not your normal standard problems but lots of thinking outside the box ones.

"Many of them will be problems you have not encountered before, so you have to think of a really new solution that you have not practiced before.  The way the question is formulated is not what you are used to from school.

"When you spend a lot of time thinking about a question or some part which you are not quite able to solve, you get a sense of achievement when you finally manage to crack it, that is a good feeling.

"I am very intrigued by mental challenges of any sort, from suduku to crosswords and playing chess.  A maths competition is a good way to get to extend that hobby further, and you get to communicate with lots of other people who share the same interests, meet the other people with the same thoughts and principles as you."

 

The team from IES Karlstad
The team from IES Karlstad

Charlotta Eriksson from 9C at IES Karlstad was joined in the team which won the final for Värmland by Hanna Åkerstedt, also of 9C, and Anna Hulteberg, of 9A

"We felt surprised we would be going to the final because we didn't think it went really well.

"Our teacher, Mr Arvidsson, told us to enter and we knew it was a team competition and that made us want to. We are all in the same maths class and we know each other well.  We all like maths and we think it is fun especially problem solving.   This competition needed a lot of number skills and shortcuts, but mostly you can figure it out. Some knowledge is needed above the normal grade nine level, but what we always do in the lesson is above what we need to do. It is always nice to have more of a challenge."

 

Eskilstuna's team, hard at work
Eskilstuna's team, hard at work

Oskar Carlsson, from class 8F at Internationella Engelska Skolan Eskilstuna, competed as part of a team alongside Sofie Ohlsson of 9C and Gabriel Gilgren of 9E

He said: "This is the first time I have ever competed in a maths competition, it was very exciting, some problems were hard but then it was easy when I got into it.

"The bonus question seemed very hard, and  at first we couldn't solve it, but in the end we found a solution.  That was some algebra, and we were very happy that we found a solution, it was Sofie who did most of the work on that question.

"I think the final will be much harder and more difficult to do but we hope for the best.

"Maths is an important everyday life tool that you use to solve questions or measure the length of something or the area. I think about engineering for the future, so I will need to use maths."

 

IES Uppsala's math stars.
IES Uppsala's math stars.

15-year old Hugo Erixon, of class 9B at IES Uppsala competed alongside Rika Nakato from class 8D and Anja Zhou of class 9C.

He said: "Going to the regional final felt really weird, I didn't think we had that big a chance of winning.  When we won it was a big surprise, but when I understood fully that we had won it was a pretty great feeling.

"Since then I looked at the website for the competition. It said the average points for all the teams was 21 or 22 and we have 26, so maybe we do have a chance for the final.

"I have always found maths really fun and challenging and enjoyable and I like to study a lot of maths. I am currently studying the first course of gymnasium maths, much of it is very similar to grade nine maths, with a bit extra on it and the problems step up a level.

"I like algebra and those areas the best, I find that geometry has a lot of rules and formula that you need to remember, and if you don't remember them it is hard to figure a problem out."

Damian Brunker, head of academics for Internationella Engelska Skolan, welcomed the results that the students have achieved. He said: "We are very proud of the high academic aspirations shown in our schools, and mathematics is one of the core subjects where our students perform far better than average when it comes to achieve top grades in the national tests.

"However, there is always room for improvement and competitions like this are inspirational; they help students to aim higher.  This competition is just one of the ways that we can provide an extra challenge to students who excel at mathematics, encouraging them to reach further than they thought possible."

Now the winners of the regional events are preparing their skills, ready to travel to Skåne for the national final, which is set to be held in Malmö on Friday 27 May.

From the Principal

Come and work with us

Come and work with us

We are now recruiting the very best teachers in all subject areas. We expect you to be a true professional, with the credentials of certification – from Sweden or abroad – to prove it. We also need professionals in non-teaching areas to work with us.

If you are passionate about education, believe in our ethos of a safe and orderly environment and high academic expectations, then you are the sort of teacher we are looking for.

If you are enticed by the thought of being part of a dynamic international school environment – then this is an exciting career opportunity for you.

Send your CV to our HR department at www.engelska.se/careers/apply, citing reference HBORG17.

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