Welcome to new School Year 2018-19 #14

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From the Principal

Greetings all parents!

Thank you for a great start to the year and for such high attendance at the parent evenings - we broke the attendance record in every year group!

This year I will send out 6 all-parent emails. One at the start and end of the school year and four more - one for each quarter of the year.

School Developments

The sports fields are now complete and we are just waiting for the 5-a-side goals to arrive from England. I chose a different kind of goal to give the students a different kind of football game - one that emphasises skill, control and teamwork. We have also resoiled, fully re-seeded and fenced a large green area at the back of the school that is specifically for Primary students.

The traffic safety measures are also almost complete - there is now a barrier blocking cars from driving near the Primary entrance. There are barriers that protect children walking from the drop-off corner to the Primary entrance.

We have also written a three year school development plan. This covers all key areas of the school - for example quality of teaching, academics, behaviour, student safety, student care and staff professional development. It tackles the challenges brought up in the spring surveys and those of staff turnover.

Student influence

I have added three part-time staff to work with freetime activities: This provides support to students in years 4-9 with materials, equipment, competitions and practice times covering most of the day when they have breaks. I would like to get student input to lunchtime and freetime activities (years 4-9). Please encourage your children to do this freetime activities survey!

As you heard at the recent parent evenings, I am reviewing some aspects of the school food. We would like to know exactly which meals they like the most/least and to ask them for suggestions of things they would like us to try. We also want to update our list of student ideas for "Friday Favourites". Note that it is still not realistic to do chicken nuggets or pizza for 900 people - so we ask students not to request these items!

Please encourage your children to do this lunch favourites survey!

Parent School Association (PSA) Dates

Here are the dates for this year's parent meetings with the Principal. Note that the first date is different to that on the calendar we gave you in August. This is to avoid having too many parent evenings close together at the start of the term. The Parent School Association work together to help develop the school. The PSA gives feedback on school progress, the systematic quality work and to input on certain new policies, developments and investments before final decisions are made.

W41 October 11th

W48 November 27th

W9   February 27th

More information will be sent out to those parents who signed up to be in the PSA. If you would like to receive those emails and/or attend a meeting, please send an email to helene.holmgren.jonkoping@engelska.se


Thank you for reading!

Simon Varley

Principal