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From the Principal

Autumn is Here

Dear Students and Guardians,

Yet another month has gone by, and we have officially entered the Autumn season. I hope that you are enjoying the changing colours which nature is providing us with! It’s so nice for Mr Drage and myself to be outside each morning between 07:45 and 08:20, welcoming the students and staff to school, but with the changing of seasons, a reminder to wear the correct warm & rain-protective clothes when needed.

We have had a great start to the school year here at IESUm and students have settled in so well after the beautiful summer break which we have had, I am so proud to see the students interacting and learning in class when I have been observing lessons these past few weeks. Well done!

On the 28th of September IESUm Staff will visit and get inspired by IES Sundsvall.

It is hard to believe that there are now well over thirty IES schools all over Sweden. All slightly different but then again all following the IES ethos: A safe, calm environment where teachers teach and students learn, where we have bilingualism and where we put a great emphasis on Academic achievement. A reminder that school will close on September 27th at 12:00 and be closed on the 28th .

Also, I was extremely impressed when speaking to students this week about the days that they spent on work experience (PRAO) last Friday. It seems that the students got so much out of the day, and this is something we are very proud of here at IESUm, preparing the students for their working lives in the future.

You can find out more about upcoming events and what we have been up to in our newsletters which are now updated weekly on our webpage by our fabulous Heads of Year.

I’d also like to introduce you to a new idea this year, “Coffee with the Principal”

From October, each month we will have the possibility to come and have coffee with me, to discuss the school, and have a chat in a relaxed forum. These will usually take place the first Friday of each month, on the following dates between 09:45 and 10:45:

Friday 5th October

Friday 9th November*

Friday 7th December

Friday 11th January*

Friday 1st February

Friday 1st March

Friday 5th April

Friday 3rd May

Friday 7th June

*= 2nd Monday of the month

From the Principal

Welcome back!

Dear Students and Guardians,

Having spoken to many of you at the Parents meeting, and the Autumn party I know you have had a great summer and that you are looking forward to a new academic year at IES Umeå. The seasons come and go rather quickly up here in the North, and even this morning, during the daily meet and greet, Mr Drage and myself were outside wearing our winter jackets, still in August! It’s nice to see so many new faces dropping the students off in the morning, and it is the best part of our day welcoming the students to school, and saying hello to the parents too. Another quick reminder that school starts everyday this year at 08:20 this year.

Last Friday we have had a fantastic start off with our annual Autumn Party here at our school and I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone involved, especially the PTA who, as usual, did an outstanding job to make such an event. I know that members of the PTA visited the classes during the Parent Meetings, and we really want to encourage more parents to be involved in helping create a larger and stronger PTA. What a success this event was and how nice it was to mingle with parents, students and visitors.

From the Principal

January 2018 Welcome!

IES Bulletin Board

Dear Parents, Staff and Students


I hope that you've had a good break over the last couple of weeks, and are well rested for what will be an exciting term, here at IES Umeå. We finished last term spectatulary with our Autumn avslutning at Väven in town. It was so great to see so many prize winners, and it felt like a really great way to end our term.


A reminder that students start back on Wednesday 10th January at normal school time (08:25).


The Spring term offers a lot to everyone in the school, with Sports Day, choice days, and most importantly for Years 6 and 9 National Tests. I know with the hard work, dedication and grit that our students show, we will see another successful year academically in IES Umeå. 


We look forward to seeing everyone then.

From the Principal

Important Times for Friday 18th August 2017

Dear All,
Due to the fact there will be over 100 new students in Years 3 & 4, starting on Friday 18th August 2017, we have decided to stagger the start & end times on the first day. Please meet your new mentor in the playground at the following times:
Friday 18th August - Start & End Times
Year 3: 08:25-13:30
Year 4: 08:25-13:30
Year 5, Year 6 & Year 7:  09:25-13:10
Year 8 & Year 9: 10:25-12:30
From Monday 21st August onwards, school will begin everyday at 08:25.
Best Regards / Med vänliga hälsningar
Robb Cayford
From the Principal

Important Dates for 2017-2018 School Year

Levi Girls and Year 4 Boys

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer break. Here are the dates for the 2017-18 School Year: 

Höstterminen 2017

2017-08-18 - 2017-12-20


Höstlov: vecka 44, 2017-10-30-2017-11-03

Jullov: 2017-12-21-2017-12-30 (inklusive helgdagar)

2017-09-15- PRAO day- whole school (No school this day)

2017-11-10 No school, regional conference


Vårterminen 2018

2018-01-10 - 2018-06-12  (12 June 17.00-19-00 graduation)


Jullov: 2018-01-01-2018-01-09( inklusive heldagar och två studiedagar)

Sportlov: vecka 10, 2018-03-05-2018-03-09

Påsklov: vecka 14, 2018-04-03-2018-04-06 (inklusive helgdagar)

Lov: 2018-04-30

Första Maj: 2018-05-01

Kristi himmelsfärdsdag: 2018-05-10

Lov: 2018-05-11 (efter Kristi himmelsfärdsdag)

Nationaldagen: 2018-06-06


We try and keep our dates very similar to Umeå Kommun; However, it is worth noting that we have one or two different dates, so please check very carefully. Remember, the most up to date school calendar can always be found at: cal.iesu.me

From the Principal

IES Umeå's First Graduation!

Graduation 2017 IES Umeå

Congratulations to our first ever graduating year 9 students from IES Umeå. What an excellent group of students that have embraced and modeled for our younger students the ethos of IES. We all wish you the best of luck for all of your future endeavors! 

From the Principal

Week 14 of 2017 News

IES Umeå Hoodies

We are IES Proud!

Here is a link to week 14's newsletter:

IES Umeå NewsLetter - Week 14


Important date reminders:

No school Friday the 7th of April.

School dismisses at 11:30 on Thursday the 13th of April.

No school Friday the 14th of April.

Planning ahead... "Loppis" on Saturday the 13th of May. Please click on the link above to read the details!