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Second Term Newsletter #23

Greetings parents and guardians,

Thank you for such a high attendance at September's parent evenings! It was great to meet so many of you there. We are looking into what subjects you would like to hear or read more about. I ask you therefore to fill in this short survey to tell us what areas could be interesting for you.

Student safety and calm learning environment

We have a very good school environment overall, but some areas do need to improve. This is both for the students themselves but also for our staff. The less staff have to deal with unnecessary disturbances the more time and energy they can put into their teaching.

In August I invited the UK government advisor on Behaviour Management, Mr Tom Bennett, to IES Jönköping. He gave me advice and trained our staff for a day and spent a second day with our behaviour staff and Heads of Years. I have read the parent, staff and student feedback on behaviour, as well as the recent 'sociograms' that all students have done in their classes. I have carefully discussed this with the relevant people at the school and made a plan together with them for how we can improve the situation. Among other things, we are now adding a second Behaviour Coordinator, Mrs Jessica Rosén, who will focus on Junior School and in particular the classroom environment.

We will make a fresh start in certain behaviour areas from week 46 (12th November). Here is a link to a video summarising the main areas for parents. I am informing all our students in year 4-9 in assemblies this week - giving them the next two mentor times to discuss this or ask any questions they have. Year 1-3 will be informed by their class teachers as the information needs to be adapted for their age and language level. Senior school student council gave me feedback week 43 and junior school student council will also give me feedback next week.

School Food Developments

We have taken in feedback from parents and students about the school food. We feel confident that the food is a good standard but we also respect that not all students are satisfied with it. The kitchen team has therefore met the school council and listened to their requests and suggestions. Based on their input we have decided to make a number of changes. Please see attached. You as a parent are welcome to come and test the school food for free any day of the week - just come anytime after 12:15 and get a visitor's badge from reception.

English Speaking Society

We are starting a non-profit organisation called the "English Speaking Society" (ESS). This is for people who enjoy speaking English who also want to get to know Jönköping better and meet new people. The original goal of this is to help our international staff to integrate better into Swedish society and meet Swedish and international people from outside the workplace. We hope this will make their stay in Sweden both longer and more enjoyable. The society also wants to help other companies and organisations with international staff and families that need help integrating, making contacts and getting to know Jönköping.

If you or your organisation are interested in helping or participating in this society - lease fill in this interest survey by the November 23rd. We will have our first society planning meeting in December
 

To help you get to know your child’s teachers and our many caring staff - please see our Staff Team Sheet.

Best regards,

Simon Varley

Principal

Fancy Dress Day #22

Come and take a closer look at the weird and wonderful, yet very imaginative, creative and adventurous costumes to say the least of our students, on our annual Fancy Dress Day across, Primary, Junior and Senior School! Our staff also went all out with their innovative designs and costumes this year!

As the day fell so close to Halloween, naturally many of our students dared to dress as a vampire, a witch, a devil, whilst others inspired us all to get creative with makeup art as we captured some of the most creative makeup art we have seen in years! Ironically, on the other hand, we had beautiful princesses, cuddly soft bears, techno wiz, photographer, various cartoon characters, action heroes and the list goes on...!

Come and take a look for yourself...

Primary School

Junior School

Staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fancy Dress Day #21

It's that time of the year again when we put on our craziest, prettiest or most outrageous costume to participate in the annual Fancy Dress day!

As it falls less than a week before halloween and on the last day before Autumn break, why not make it a halloween themed costume this year!

Please note: masks and any form of weapons are strictly forbidden as part of the fancy dress

We look forward to photographing all the creativity on Friday 26th October and having some friendly competition amongst Primary, Junior and Senior school!

See you there!

 

PSA Meeting Thursday 11/10 #20

We would like to warmly welcome all parents and guardians who have signed up for the PSA meetings this academic year. Our first meeting of the year is tonight, Thursday 11th October at 18:00. In our initial PSA meeting we plan to discuss the vision and goals for the year ahead and nominate parents to fulfill various roles.

We look forward to it being a real success this year! We hope the working relationship of the school and the Parent School Association helps to unite students, parents and the school in a way that is beneficial to all three.

However, if you are unable to attend this evening, you will have the opportunity of volunteering at the upcoming parent evenings, please see below future meeting dates:

Week 48: Tuesday 27th November, 2018

Week 9: Wednesday 27th February, 2019

We welcome you and look forward to seeing you there!

Skolval Results 2018 #18

To demonstrate the reality of elections and the importance of voting during the elections IES Senior School was actively involved this year with participating and casting their vote in Skolval 2018.

The election took place in the morning of Friday 7th September, it was set up to mirror the real government (riksdag) election that took place on Sunday 9th September 2018.

Once the students placed their votes, the results were counted and sent to Skolvalet. We were then able to compare how our students at IES voted compared to students from other schools in Jönköping and Sweden.

Please see below results of our students votes at IES Jönköping:

Please see the results of the students’ votes from across Jönköping and Sweden:

 

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