Second Term Newsletter #23

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From the Principal

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.

Best regards,

Simon Varley

Principal