School Blog

From the Principal

Welcome back to IES Umeå

Dear All

I hope you managed to enjoy the break, I am now excited to have our students back here at school.

We had a fantastic autumn term, and have laid some really strong foundations to make the Spring Term even more successful. We have much to look forward to here at IES Umeå - Winter Sports Day, Prao, National Tests, Choice and Graduation, to name a few. We will also welcome all 37 IES Pincipals, as well as members from Headquarters, as we are hosting the annual IES principal conference.

During the two training days the staff were fortunate to have a seminar presented by Frisk och Fri, giving tips and advice around diet, but also self confidence and self esteem.

On Tuesday the 12th of February we will have an Open House here at IES Umeå from 17:00-19:00 and I’m hoping to see a lot of new faces. Please let friends and family know about the event, all are welcome.

I am very much looking forward to see what this term will bring.

Mr Cayford

International Children's Book Week

Here at IES Umeå we know how important reading is, and the lust for reading, to have a successful time in school. Therefore we put a lot effort into making our students fluent readers that enjoy reading great books in their spare time. Reading comprehension is the key to future success!

This past week, our year 3 and 4 students have acknowledged the International Children's Book Week through some different activities. We have read classic children's tales of H.C Andersen, Grimm brothers, and we have also talked about new books. We finished the week with a cosy reading time in pairs with both the year 3 and 4.

A christmas gift tip for your child: A great book you two can read together!


From the Principal

Welcome back

Welcome back to the second half of the Autumn Term. I hope that you all had time during the Autumn Break to recharge your batteries, and enjoy the snow at the start of the week, too. 

The first part of the Autumn Term is always the hardest (and longest) and I think that it is by far our best ever term we've had as a school. The new teachers, many of whom are international staff this year, settled in really well, and the new students in Years 3, 4 and 5 have also had an excellent start. A big congratulations to everyone! 

I am waiting to see Ms Sundberg, to find out the results of my annual reading competition with Year 3. I read a lot during the break, and am confident that I stand a good chance to win this year! 

There are many exciting things happening between now and the next holiday. Years 8 and 9 will have PRAO, there are National Test Oral exams, Lucia, End of Term Graduations, and our first ever Subject SPTs which will take place in Week 47 for Years 6-9. I look forward to seeing as many parents and students as possible at this event.

We will also celebrate the first term on Tuesday 18th December in the afternoon, this year at school, by having the avslutning, which parents will of course be invited to. Finally, as we await the snow to come and stay around this year, we have 3 new additions to our school playground, 2 GaGa ball arenas, and 1 football wall. Already after 1 day, these have been a huge success.