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From the Principal

Principal's update September

Dear parents and guardians,

If you want to read this in another language than English, please use Google Translate:


With soon four weeks of school gone, I thought it would be appropriate to send you all an email to say welcome back to school again and to inform you of the magic that is taking place at Internationella Engelska Skolan Skellefteå. 


Since we could not have Parent Information Evenings the way we usually do them, I would like to send a very special welcome to all the new families in our community. I promise that as soon as this pandemic is over, you will all be asked to come to school to meet us, to listen to me speak about what we believe in, what we do and how it works. I cannot wait to be able to invite you to see your child’s school more in action. 


It has been a very good start of our second year this far. Remembering last year, which was perhaps the busiest time I have experienced in my life, our start this year has felt calm and smooth. It is of course busy but busy is good. We like having things to do. 


Some updates...

We have completed the first PTS Conferences/Utvecklingssamtal for this academic year. In these meetings, the students’ own academic and social goals for the year have been set and students are now working hard towards achieving these goals and much more. Thank you for taking time from your day to attend these important meetings with your child and their mentor. Please continue to support your child with schoolwork at home. Your child’s development is a responsibility we share. 


The new building for F-3/Primary (building 3) has exceeded our expectations. We planned the interior in detail last year and I must say that we are all very happy to see how this learning environment works so well for our youngest students in primary (lågstadiet). We now have access to our whole building and our planned growth for the future can continue. 


Our students in F-3 have started completing the mandatory bedömningsstöd in Maths and in Swedish. The results of these bedömingsstöd are a crucial part of identifying which students need more support and which students need more challenges. 


Our Fritids is up and running with many different activities to choose from each day. I cannot praise the Fritids staff enough for everything they do, and always with a positive attitude. When you pick up your child from fritids in the afternoon or drop them off in the morning, please remember to thank the staff for taking such good care of your child. 


Our students in Junior School (Years 4-6) and Senior School (Years 7-9) have also settled in well in their new classrooms and with their new mentors and teachers. 


Lessons, units and projects are all moving ahead in good pace and there are a lot more extra-curricular activities happening around the school this year. Keep checking SchoolSoft for more information. More is coming. 


Our new staff are also enjoying their time at IES Skellefteå. As an example, I visited Mr Carlsson’s woodwork lesson today and I must say that I have never worked with a woodwork teacher that loves his subject the way that Mr Carlsson does. There is so much joy and pride in his lessons and that you can see in the students. They are really having a good time learning. 


Wherever you are in the school, you will see staff interacting with students in both Swedish and in English. We believe in the power of staff presence and relationships. That is one of the foundations of our school community and I am happy to see that our newest members of the team are already onboard with that. 



Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) consists of a dedicated group of parents who contribute a lot to the community. Unfortunately, we do not have PTA reps for each class yet. I would like to encourage parents to contact the PTA to see if this is something that you can be involved in. Our school community relies a lot on PTA to be able to offer community events such as Christmas Fairs, Spring Fairs etc. 


Being a PTA rep is not that much work. You would represent your year team and help organise some activities and some fundraising events. 


I will send a separate email with more information to the year groups where we do not have PTA reps yet. 




The All School Goals!

I have previously shared some of our great results from last year. Based on last year’s results, this academic year, we have decided to set two All School Goals. These goals are related to everything we do and initiatives in different subject departments, year teams and Fritids are connected to these goals. 

The All School Goals for the academic year of 2020/2021 are:


Improve the Calm and Safe Learning environment

Although staff, students and parents agreed that our school is one of the calmest and safest of all 37 IES schools (2019/2020) in Sweden, we think we can do even better. 

We are working on our routines and expected behaviour with all students to make sure we continue to deliver on this promise. 


Improve communication / Academic Feedback 

This was also a strong area for us last year, but we agree that we can do better. We implemented grade talks and more communication already last term. Students will know why they received a certain grade and parents will be able to follow their child’s process more on SchoolSoft. 


The vision for the school remains the same:


“A strong school culture based on the IES ethos, a second home for students and an important part of the growth of Skellefteå”


Again, welcome back and welcome to our students’ second home, Internationella Engelska Skolan, a school where we sing the same song. 


Do not forget to follow us on Instagram and on Facebook: @iesskelleftea


Enjoy what is left of the week and we will see each other by the main entrance tomorrow between 7.45-8.10. 

Kind Regards, 

Mr Granström, Principal 

First Days of School

Dear Students and Parents/Guardians (Svensk version finns nedan),

We hope you are enjoying summer!

Please take a moment to read the following text containing important information about school start in August both for new and returning students. There is also some information from the student calendar for the academic year of 2020/2021.

IES Skellefteå Fritidshem

IES Skellefteå’s Fritidshem opens its doors for new students on the 3rd August at 6:30. Parents that have a child/children starting at Fritids may join their child/children for the first hour from when they come to leave their child. Please note that your child/children’s first day at Fritids may not be the 3rd August and that a Fritids application form has been sent for you to hand in your fritids times depending on when your summer vacation ends. The Fritids staff will meet you by the entrance to Fritids (next to the gym hall and football pitch on the playground). If you need help finding your way to Fritids please phone us and we will come get you.

When your child/children arrive at Fritids they will meet our Fritids host for the day. Attendance will be taken and then the students are free to take part in one of the many activities that Fritids will be offering on the day. Breakfast will be served between 7:30-8:00. We will line up at 7:25 to go into the dining hall together. On school days (from 20th August and onwards) we recommend that those that wish to eat breakfast should be at school no later than 7:15. Those that do not wish to eat breakfast at school will start the day by being outside from 7:40. Please ensure that you are dressed accordingly to be outside before lessons start. At 8:50 on Mondays and 8:00 Tuesday to Fridays, we line up at our designated spot and walk into school together

Parents: please take the time to come and chat with us when you drop your child/children off at Fritids on their first day. We would like to check with you that we have the correct information about your child/children, for example: allergies, who is allowed to pick up your child/children from Fritids, can they go home on their own, their schedule etc.

Telephone Number to Fritids: 0910-48 79 97.   

Opening hours for Fritids on school days: 6:30-8:10, 13:00-17:30.

If you need to come in contact with fritids during the school day call the reception: 0910-142 39.

If you have not applied for Fritids yet you can contact us at:


20th August - First Days of School / Mentor Day


F-3: 8:30-13:00

4-6: 9.00-13.30

7-9: 9.30-14.00

Place: All classes meet on the playground 

Fritids is open:  6:30-17:30

We are very excited to welcome new and returning students to the first day of school. We will start the day outside in the playground. The Principal, Mr Granström, teachers, and other staff at IES Skellefteå will welcome you all to your school. Students will enter the school by year group. Year 6 and Year 8 will go to the auditorium where class lists will be read.   

Lunch will be served. 

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only new parents in F-class are welcome to join their child/children on the playground between 8:30-9:00. Unfortunately, all other parents must leave their children by the school gate. 


New for August 2020! Lockers Year 5-9

Students in Year 5-9 will be allocated a locker and are asked to bring a padlock to school on the first day. If you choose to have a padlock with keys, please hand in your spare key to your mentor. Your spare key will be stored in the reception. Combination locks are also fine. 

21st August - classes as per schedule 


School Calendar for Students

Please click here: School Calendar 2020 - 2021

The school calendar will also be shared with you through SchoolSoft in August. All events and other important information about what is happening at the school and when will be shared on SchoolSoft. 

Please make a note of the following dates for the Autumn and Spring Terms 2020/2021:

Autumn Term:

3rd Aug: Fritids re-opens after summer (6:30-17:30)

14th Aug: Planning Day - Fritids Closed 

20th Aug: First Day of School and Mentor Day

24th Aug: Parent Information Evening for Years F-8

25th Aug: Parent Information Evening Year 9 

4th Sept: Sport’s Day Years F-9

10-11th Sept: PTS Conferences / Utvecklingssamtal for students in the afternoons. At least one parent per child must attend. Mentors will contact parents to schedule a meeting time.

15 Oct: Study Day - school is closed from 12.00. Fritids is open

16 Oct: school and fritids are closed. 

26-30th Oct: Höstlov/Autumn break. Fritids is open.

16-20th Nov: Year 8 PRAO

2nd Dec: School closed from 12:30. Fritids is open.

22nd Dec: End of Term Ceremonies

23rd Dec: Fritids will be closed from 15:00 

Spring Term

13th Jan: School starts for students. Lessons as per schedule.

26-27 Jan: PTS Conferences / Utvecklingssamtal for all students during the afternoon. At least one parent per child must attend. Mentors will contact parents to schedule a meeting time. 

22th Feb: Study Day / Studiedag for students and professional development day for staff. Fritids will be closed.

8-12th Mar: Sportlov/ Sport’s Break

17th Mar: School closed from 12:30. Fritids is open.

2-9 Apr: Påsklov / Easter Break

13-14 May: School closed. Fritids open 14th May.

17th May: Study Day / Studiedag. Fritids closed.   

15th June: End of Term Ceremonies and Last Day of the year.

Fritids will be open until the end of June. 


How to report your child as absent:

Parents report their children’s absence in SchoolSoft as the main and preferred method. Until parents have received their login information to SchoolSoft, absence can also be reported by calling our reception: 0910-142 39. You need to report absence for every day your child is not at school. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. 

Reception: 0910-142 39


We look forward to seeing you in August!


Best Regards,

Mr Granström and the staff at IES Skellefteå




Kära studenter/vårdnadshavare!

Vi hoppas att ni njuter av sommaren!

Det här informationsbrevet är fyllt av viktig information gällande fritids och skolstarten i augusti. Det finns också information om vår elevkalender för det akademiska året 2020/2021. Vi skulle uppskatta om ni tog er tid att läsa igenom hela brevet.

IES Skellefteå Fritidshem 

IES Skellefteå Fritids öppnar sina dörrar för nya elever den 3:e augusti klockan 06:30. Ni har alla olika startdagar beroende på när er semester slutar. Första dagen på fritids är nya föräldrar välkomna att följa sina barn. Fritidspersonal kommer att finnas vid entren till fritids (bredvid gympasalen och fotbollsplanen ute på skolgården) för att möta upp er på morgonen. Om ni har svårt att hitta första dagen, ring oss så kommer vi ut och möter upp er. 

När ditt barn kommer till fritids på morgonen så möts de upp av vår fritidsvärd för dagen. Då tar vi närvaro och efter det kan elever välja bland alla de spännande aktiviteter vi erbjuder under dagen. De olika aktiviteterna kommer att presenteras på en aktivitetstavla vid entren. 

Frukost serveras mellan 7:30-8:00. Vi ställer upp på på led 7:25 för att gå till matsalen tillsammans. Om du ska äta frukost på fritids så önskar vi att du är på plats senast 7:25. På skoldagar (från den 20 augusti och framåt) börjar vi alltid dagen utomhus, så kommer du efter 7:30 och har ätit frukost så är du klädd efter väder. Kl 8:50 på måndagar och 8:00 övriga dagar ställer vi upp på led vid vår utnämnda plats för att följas in till vår första lektion tillsammans. 

Föräldrar: Vi ber att ni ska ta er tid till att prata med oss när du lämnar av ditt barn första dagen. Vi vill kolla med er att vi har rätt information om ditt barn gällande till exempel allergier, vem som får hämta ditt barn, får de gå hem själv, ert schema etc.

Telefonnummer till fritids:  0910-48 79 97.   

Öppettider för  fritids vanliga skoldagar: 6:30-8:10, 13:00-17:30. 

Om du behöver komma i kontakt med fritids under skoldagen ring då till receptionen : 0910-142 39.

Om du ännu inte sökt plats på fritids kan du kontakta oss på

Vi ser fram emot att välkomna er till IES Skellefteås Fritidshem! 


20 augusti- första skoldagen/mentorsdag


F-3: 8:30-13:00

4-6: 9:00-13:30

7-9: 9:30-14:00

Plats: Alla klasser möts på skolgården 

Fritids är öppet 6:30-17:30

Vi är väldigt glada att välkomna våra nya och gamla elever till första skoldagen. Vi börjar dagen på skolgården. Er rektor, Mr Granström, dina lärare och övrig personal på IES Skellefteå vill välkomna dig till skolan. 

Eleverna kommer att gå in i skolan tillsammans med sin årskurs. Årskurs 6 och 8 kommer att gå till Aulan där de nya klasserna kommer att läsas upp. 

Lunch kommer att serveras till alla elever. 

På grund av Covid-19 restriktioner så är bara föräldrar till elever i Förskoleklass välkomna att följa sina barn på skolgården mellan 8:30-9:00. I år får tyvärr övriga föräldrar lämna sina barn vid skolgrinden. 


Nyhet! Skåp i åk 5-9

Elever i åk 5-9 kommer att bli tilldelade ett skåp och ombeds därför ta med ett hänglås till den första skoldagen. Om ni väljer ett hänglås med nycklar ber vi er lämna in extranyckel till mentor. Extranyckeln kommer att förvaras och kan lånas i receptionen. Det går också bra med kombinationslås om man hellre vill ha det. 


Skolkalender för elever

Följ länken för att läsa: School Calendar 2020 - 2021

Skolkalender kommer också att finnas på SchoolSoft i augusti. Alla event och annan viktig information kommer att uppdateras och finnas på SchoolSoft. 

Skriv in följande datum i almanackan.

Höstterminen 2020:

3 aug: Fritids öppnar igen efter sommaren (6:30-17:30).

14 aug: Planeringsdag- fritids är stängt

20 aug: Första skoldagen

24 aug: Föräldramöte för årskurs F-8

25 aug: Föräldramöte för årskurs 9

4 sept: Friluftsdag för F-9

10-11sept: PTS Conferences / Utvecklingssamtal för alla elever på eftermiddagen. Er mentor kommer att ta kontakt för att boka tid någon av dagarna. Minst en vårdnadshavare per elev måste kunna delta.

15 okt: ½ Studiedag - skolan stängd från kl 12. Fritids är öppet.

16 okt: Studiedag - skolan och Fritids är stängt.

26-30 okt: Höstlov. Fritids är öppet.

16-20 nov: Årskurs åtta är ute på prao.

2 dec: Skolan stängd från 12:30. Fritids är öppet. 

22 dec: Sista skoldagen för terminen.

23 dec: Fritids stänger kl 15:00. 

Vårterminen 2021

13 jan: Terminsstart, lektioner enligt schema. 

26-27 jan: PTS Conferences / Utvecklingssamtal för alla elever på eftermiddagen. Er mentor kommer att ta kontakt för att boka tid någon av dagarna. Minst en vårdnadshavare per elev måste kunna delta.

22 feb: Studiedag - skolan och fritids är stängt

8-12 mar: Sportlov

17 mar: Skolan stänger 12:30. Fritids är öppet.

2-9 apr: Påsklov

13-14 maj: Skolan stängd. Fritids öppet 14 maj.

17 maj: Studiedag. Skola och fritids är stängt.

15 juni: Skolavslutning

Fritids håller öppet till slutet på juni. 


Hur du rapporterar in elevfrånvaro

Föräldrar ska rapportera frånvaro i SchoolSoft. När du får inloggning till SchoolSoft, bör du i första hand,  rapportera in frånvaro där. Tills att du har fått din inloggning kan du rapportera in frånvaro till skolan genom att ringa till receptionen på 0910-142 39 innan första lektionen. Du måste rapportera in frånvaro för varje skoldag som ditt barn är hemma. 

Om du har frågor, tveka inte att ta kontakt med oss. 

Reception: 0910- 142 39


Vi ser fram emot att se er i augusti!


Vänliga hälsningar,

Mr Granström och personalen på IES Skellefteå

Information Evening for Parents

Information Evening for Parents


To all interested parents: Following the guidelines from Folkhälsomyndigheten and our Head Office, Mr Granström has decided to postpone the Information Evening for Parents on Tuesday, 17th March until a later date. We will update you once a new date has been established.


On the 17th of March we are holding an open house session for parents/guardians who want to enroll their children in our school. This will take place between 17.00 and 18.00. 

During that session you will be able to learn more about the school and how it works, meet members of the staff, ask questions and get a tour of the school.

This will be a parents-only session. 



Staff Café

Staff Café

Are you interested in joining our team?

We are hosting an Information Evening so that prospective staff can learn more about working at IES Skellefteå. People from any department are welcome to join (Administrators, Teachers, Nurses, etc). 

This will take place on the 11th of February between 17.00 and 19.00. There will be an information session, followed by a tour of the school (open-house) and then dinner with our staff. 

If you would like to attend, please send an email to