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Caribou Math contest

Caribou Math contest

On Thursday, January 19, 2017 a group of keen Grade 4 learners volunteered to take part in an international Mathematics competition titled Caribou Math Contest. The language of the contest is English and most of the children who participate are native English speakers. Our students scored very well in the contest, and one of our students scored in the top 3% out of the 5154 participants. Congratulations mathematicians, we are very proud of you!

For more information about this competition you can visit their website:

Math contest

Hour of Code

Hour of Code is one of the largest international, educational events of 2016, thousands of classrooms and millions of students worldwide took part in this event last week to help promote computer science education in the classroom. IES Älvsjö hosted our very own Hour of Code event on Wednesday, December 7th, close to 30 students joined in on this worldwide movement to promote technological literacy! Way to go coders, we appreciate your enthusiasm, keep up the great work!

Christmas Card Competition

Christmas Card Competition

During week 48 our houses organised a Christmas card competition. There were many excellent entries and our house captains and vice captains had a really difficult time choosing a winner, so difficult that they chose two instead.

So congratulations to our winners Eva Löttiger (6A) and Majken Brorson Normark (4A).

Their design will be used for our school card which will be sent to all other IES schools within the organisation.

A big thank you to all of the students who took part in this fun competition.


Chess success for IESÄ students

Chess success for IESÄ students

During the weekend of 8/9 October two of our student took home medals from the Swedish national chess championships in Lindesberg. Hampus Sörensen (7B) came third in his category, whilst Felix Ytterberg (6C) was runner-up. A great achievement when you consider they were competing against the best chess players from the whole of Sweden. Well done!

Here are some facts about our chess masters:

How long have you been playing chess?

  • Felix - 6 years
  • Hampus - 3 years

How often do you play chess?

  • Felix - every day
  • Hampus - every day

What is the attraction with playing chess?

  • Felix - It’s strategic and I find it interesting.
  • Hampus - It’s strategic and I like to out-think my opponent

Do you have any tips for beginners?

  • Felix - Join a chess club
  • Hampus - Play as much as possible

Are you better at chess than your parents?

  • Felix - Yes (after a slight pause for thought)
  • Hampus - Yes absolutely (no pause)

House system

House system
Our school house system is now up and running, names have been decided and captains have been elected. Famous scientists are the inspiration with the yellow house (Darwin), blue (Celsius), red (Tesla) and green (Newton). Students are currently designing the emblems for their shields and many house points are being awarded for positive behaviour. Congratulations to house Newton who won the first overall points competition, they will receive a special treat during the house days at the end of term. Here are our Heads of Houses along with their captains proudly wearing their house colours.