A New Year at IEGS
It’s 2018, the start of another 12 brand new chapters, 365 new opportunities to learn, improve, try new things, live healthier, be open to change and challenges! January is a time for new year resolutions and forward planning. And forward planning we are at IEGS! 2018 will bring another graduating class in the spring and it will bring in new applications for our autumn intake of first year high school students. The year 2018 also means a celebration of 10 years in our building in Södermalm – one of the hippest, liveable neighbourhoods according to Vogue. Our building has always been a school since its inception in 1931 – starting as Katarina Real Skola. And wow, what a great building it still is! King corridor and our gym have never looked better - check out Swedish folk duo sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg, from First Aid Kit who filmed their single Fireworks in our school last month! Not only a decade of being in our building, but 2018 also means that IEGS is 1 year away from celebrating its’ 20th anniversary of being a school. Yep, hard to believe that in 1999, IEGS was inaugurated by Ms Barbara Bergström and we opened our doors to high school aged students providing quality education in English, in a safe and calm learning environment.
Our forward celebration planning is creating a slight buzz for us in administration, but we are never too busy to take the time to talk about our school. We have held open houses, are answering phone calls and emails, and I have personally been out to some of our IES middle schools in the Stockholm and greater area to provide information about the application process for high schools and spoken about IEGS to current grade 9 students. We work with guidance counsellors and career days in schools, ensuring that students can make an informed choice on where their high school learning journey will be. Fun fact: new students joining IEGS for academic year 2018/19 will be our second year students when we celebrate our 20th year anniversary, how lovely!
This year, IEGS continues to prepare and help our students on their life-long learning journey, both academically and socially. Being a student at IEGS means we expect you to work hard, to take responsibility to persevere. Because in doing so, you are on that life long journey of learning. So my dear students, I welcome you to a new year of possibilities, and wish you the strength for your journey, and extra strength for facing your failures. Because remember, failure is part of the learning process.
- Dr Rachel Heimeier