IEGS Houses Celebrate Community & Collaboration!

13 February 2019

IEGS celebrates 10 years of having the House System within our school. Belonging to a House at IEGS encourages community, team-spirit, and a unique sense of togetherness. Through the House system, our teachers encourage our students to develop skills such as leadership, teamwork, competitiveness and resilience. So as we begin the Spring Term of 2019, we continue to celebrate House spirit with a range of inter house competitions (IHC).

First up, IHC Pingis (Table Tennis) Competition held on January 15. Our students showed great team spirit in this fast paced game, with the winning house this year being Pavlov house.

Inspired by M.F.K. Fisher’s quote, 'The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water is indescribable in its evocations of innocence and delight', we decided it was time for the IHC Baking Competition on January 28. Categories available for entries included large cakes, biscuits & cookies and mini cakes. A new category for judging was also introduced this year: the 'People's choice', with the challenge of baking a banana cake. This was a fantastic baking competition, with increasingly higher standards being submitted for judging. The sweet smells of freshly baked goods filled our school corridors. Congratulations to all winners, with our Curie House students standing out.

The next day, January 29 one of our teachers introduced the famous game from the Netherlands (his home country), Korfball, which is a combination of basketball, netball and handball, to our students and staff our gym. Possibly a new IHC for the future! This is an example how IEGS upholds its ethos of celebrating and encouraging the integration of our multicultural diversity among students and staff. This year’s winning team was Pavolv House - they even beat the staff team!

Later in the week, our Aesthetics department promoted the annual IHC Art Exhibition. This event encourages not only the Aesthetic Art students, but all students and staff members at IEGS to take the opportunity to share and display their creative works. Visitors to our school’s Open House on January 31 were fortunate to be able to see these creations!

With the freezing temperatures outside and all that ice, our students were happy to be indoors for a while to prepare for the IHC Chess Competition hosted on February 3. Each house have 3 students who participated in the competition. At the end of the day, Pavolv House were the winners, with a special achievement for one of our Russell House students! Well done players!


Wow.. with all these exciting events and competitions so far, would we have energy for our IEGS Winter Sports Day on Friday February 8? All students and staff were encouraged to try activities which varied from Skiing, Climbing, Ice Skating or a Winter Walk in Djurgården. These activities one may continue to do during Sportslov break coming up in week 9. The term has only begun, and we still look forward to more events during the next few days. Stay tuned for more news and activities at IEGS!

Dr Heimeier

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