Students in year 9 have been studying the life and works of the great Bard, William Shakespeare. Their task was to gather information about the playwright and create an engaging poster or model for younger audiences. Here is a snapshot of the innovative, visual, tactile and informative work year 9 have produced.
During these dark and cold December days, our Lucia celebration brings light and warmth into the school. Over the last month, year 9 have been rehearsing with Mr. Austin to create a very special Lucia performance. We heard traditional carols, reflective readings and beautiful solo lines from Isabelle Yemmin and Nathalie Andersson. The atmosphere created was magical, you could have heard a pin drop. Well done to all involved for your hard work.
As part of Student Choice week, the aesthetics department created a variety of pieces to brighten up our school. In the library, we now have new cushion covers for our cosy seating. Embroided onto the cover reads 'There is no friend as loyal as a book'.
In other areas of the school, Mexican art is appearing. These creations are traditionally made for Mexico's 'Day of the Dead' celebrations, they are said to represent a person's loved ones.
The art department also upcycled an enormous amount of old magazines to make collage portraits of local famous people. Taking an entire week to finish them, these large masterpieces were created using only magazines. Students had to select small sections of the magazine, choosing various colours, sizes, light and shade to form the image.
In the music department sounds of the Student Choice Orchestra (SCO) could be heard. Students were challenged to learn three pieces of classical music in just five days. The students' progress was so good, they performed Edvard Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King at Open House on Thursday evening. Well done for the excellent effort!
All of this was accompanied by a delicious smell of homemade Fika from the Home Economics department. An extremely fun and enjoyable week for all students involved.
Year 8 have been working hard to produce the 'IESL Take a Stand' theme day. After weeks of planning and preparation, they delivered a series of lessons for our students in years 4 - 6. The theme 'take a stand' raised awareness of anti-bullying in school. Each class created engaging games, films and activities to reveal the problems bullying incurs. Students placed a strong emphasis on the solutions and values needed to combat bullying within school and particularly on social media. It was great to see our year 8 students show their confidence, creativity and leadership in producing this day. An enjoyable day for all students and a lesson well learned in how to 'take a stand'.
If parents want to read more about this topic, Statens Medieråd has excellent resources, which can be found here. The resources are in Swedish, English, Arabic, Somali, French and Persian.