IES Linköping began the school year by studying Democracy and Elections in every year and in different subjects. The Social Studies department covered the area in all years - Beslutsfattande och politiska idéer. English department compared the ruling systems in UK, US and South Africa. Science department looked the political parties solutions for sustainability. Mathematic Department looked at the maths behind election procedures.
Skolval 2018 (https://skolval2018.se/om/) is organised on national level and the project aims to teach students the democratic process and give them the opportunity to practise it. During the last election in 2014, around 500,000 students in years 7-9 and Gymnasiet participated.
Above: A box from Skolval with materials
Below: Ms Andersson and Mr Jonsson, teachers in charge on Election morning
IES Linköping gave our student the opportunity to be part of this. Groups of students worked during the day as Election Officials / Voting Clerks, supervised by the teacher in charge. Classes came to the polling station, the auditorium, to do the voting according the instructions made by Skolval 2018. As much as possible the process was the same as the real election.
Above: Khadijah Wali, Melker Kuzminski and Awo Mohamed Abdi are working as Voting Clerks.
Below: Timothy Grey, George Warda, Sreyansh Tiwari, Tilde Axelsson, Vera Hyllengren och Vera Kämpe - Voting Clerks posing for a picture
In the afternoon the Election Officials (students) counted the votes. The counting was public and interested students or staff members could come to auditorium and watch the procedure.
Above: A lot of counting in action
Below: Mr Ståhl Engström is supervisor. Caisa Thor, Arian Akbari, Saga Soomro, Adam Nählinder and Daria Kuchinskaya did a great job as Election Officials.
The results of Skolval 2018 will be public online for three months. The results are divided into schools, regions and national level.
IES Linköping has once again participated in The Big Challenge - a competition organized in Europe for students who do not have English as their native language. This year our students in grades 5-9 had outstanding results.
Students participating in The Big Challenge studied grammar, understanding, geography, history and social science. The students acquired knowledge of all the English-speaking countries.
Congratulations to the winners and all the participants!
IES Linköping Results:
Martina Karlsson 9B - 1st Nationally
Raya Al-Sammarraie 9B - 2nd Nationally
Saga Soomro 8B - 2nd Nationally, 1st Regionally (not picutred)
Noel Johansson 7C - 1st Regionally, 4th Nationally
Elsa Ekbäck 6A - 1st Regionally, 5th Nationally
Esther Kurhengamuzimu 5A - 1st Regionally, 6th Nationally
Elsa Ekbäck, Raya Al-Sammarraie, Martina Karlsson, Noel Johansson
Winners from grade 6
During the spring term 6D has studied Hinduism and Buddhism in their Religion Class. When time came for assessment they choose themselves how they wanted to be assessed (student democracy in action) and around half of them choose to do a webpage.
Here is the result: https://sites.google.com/engelska.se/iesl-religionskunskap-6d-2017-/startsida
Harry Potter Week was a week where libraries around the world celebrate JK Rowling and her book series. This year the theme was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. We had a quiz and a colouring competition in the library for students to enter and win cinema tickets.
We held a movie night in the Aula on 1 February, where we showed the film of 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'. The students loved it. They were allowed to bring in snacks and spend an afternoon in Rowling's exciting world of wizards and magic.
We were inspired by Bloomsbury Publishers, who promote Harry Potter Week once a year. Since the books are so popular, we decided to let our students enjoy immersing themselves in her books.
It was a very successful week. We had many entries for the competitions, especially the younger years who were very excited to colour and get creative for the competition.
This Spring term, year 9 were given a project with the following brief; 'to research, design and create a container or shelf'. This broad instruction gave the students free reign to flex their creativity. The end product had to be practical and useful whilst showing an eye for artistic design. Here are some examples of the finished products, which will indeed be put to good use in their new home.