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Yearbook letter from the Principal 2018 #98

To the Graduating Class of 2018


Congratulations! You made it!

Here are a few last bits of advice, incase you miss listening to my short speeches when you get to gymnasium...

In life, you will have good days and bad days. Even some truly awful ones.

The total number of good and bad days we all have doesn’t actually vary that much between people. What varies is our attitude towards them. Your attitude makes the difference - it can change normal days to bad ones or bad ones to acceptable ones. The lens through which you see the world IS the world.

Change your lens → change the world.

Attitude is everything. It doesn’t matter if you believe you can or believe you can’t - either way, you are right. If people can beat cancer, cycle across the US fixing punctured tyres without actually having any hands or arms, swim from Britain to France without legs then you sure as heck can sort that homework out, get that project done on time, save up for that car, talk to that person you feel all gooey about or run further than ever before. Hey, one day, you’ll have two sick kids at home and a full time job that you will have to go to despite not having had more than 42 minutes of continuous sleep at any point in the whole week. One day you might have to go through mind-bending things like burying someone you love or getting fired from a job. It happens. So when you think you’re struggling through tough times at gymnasium - remember, there’s a billion people going through something tougher than you at the very same point in time, you just don’t know about it.

So when life gets tough, and you think you’re at the end of your rope… tie a knot in it and hang on. You are capable of more than you know. If you are truly committed to doing something you will find a way. If not you will find excuses.

I would like to end this letter by saying “good luck” - but I stopped believing in luck a long time ago when I heard something infinitely more useful:

“Luck” is where opportunity and preparation meet.

/Mr Varley



Today was the day to say a massive thank you to the wonderful team Simon has built here at IESJ!

From teaching staff, kitchen team, Fritids team, cleaning team to the Administration team, Simon wanted to say a big thank you to everyone for making this year not only a successful year but a wonderful and enjoyable one!

It was the year with several new changes, some were more easy to adapt too than others but they were all for the betterment of the school, staff and our students and our future together at IESJ!

We would also like we use this moment to say thank you and farewell to those members of staff who are continuing their future elsewhere and wish them the very best of luck with their future ventures!

Finally, last but not least we would ALL like to say a massive THANK YOU to Simon for everything he does for us all, both staff and students and for IESJ as a whole! We would not be here, if it wasn't for him! Thank you Simon for always taking the time out for us whenever we needed you, for working countless hours to ensure everything runs smoothly but still making it a fun and enjoyable year!

Fritids at Apladalen, Värnamo #96

Fritids at Apladalen, Värnamo #96

All Fritids units went to Apladalen, Värnamo for the end of school Fritids trip before most of our Fritids students also finished for the summer break!

They had so much fun learning about the natural history park, Apladalen.

They started the day with a fun filled bus journey with story telling, singing and laughter to Värnamo, once they reached there, they stopped for fika and leg stretching. Shortly after, followed the walk through the historical park, soaking in the beauty of nature and learning what history rests in the park. Soon reaching a play area where the staff and students stopped to have lunch and enjoy play time!

This led nicely into the afternoon, which was filled with an adventurous walk through the forest, finding and answering questions in groups of three or four left by Andy Sneath (Fritids staff member who organised the trip)! At the end of the walk, there was a healthy yet tasty mellanmål waiting for the staff and students to enjoy in the sunshine! Here, Andy Sneath announced the winners of the Q&As quiz they had during their walk in the forest!

Finally, the day ended nicely with a relaxing bus ride back to school with sun shining and lots of smiles!

Midsomer Fritids Party 2018 #95

Midsomer Fritids Party 2018 #95

It is that time of the year again in our calenders when school has finished and nature has burst into life.

Off course it seems like the sun never sets with the endless ray of sunshine we have been blessed with this summer so far!

As we all know it is this time of the year, when in fact, in the north of Sweden the sun doesn’t set, and in the south it only hides for an hour or two! So why not celebrate the longest day of the year with friends and family gathering together for one of the most typically Swedish traditions of all: Midsummer! Happening this year on Friday 22nd June!

Just before we all get busy with preparing for our Midsummer celebrations we thought that our Fritids units should take advantage of being at school and have our very own Midsummer celebration with Fritids staff and students on Thursday 21st June!

(As both school and Fritids will be closed on Friday 22nd June for Midsummer).

So look out for photos of the Midsummer Fritids Party happening on Thursday 21st June with flowers, dancing, singing, lunch and strawberry cake off course! wink

PROM 2018 #94

PROM 2018 #94

Prom night preparations were ongoing for several weeks but before we knew it, PROM Night came and went! 

What a magical night it was! Come take a closer look at some of the photos capturing the Oscar themed party for our former Year 9 students Prom Night!

Please Note: We haven't posted any photos of our Year 9 students at their prom night as they will be leaving the school and so we want to keep their photos private and exclusive to them.