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Senior School Football Tournament W39 #15

Week 39 is the kick off of the IES football tournament for the Senior School in our newly built football pitches!

The games will happen during the senior students’ lunch break from Monday 24th to Thursday 28th September.

There is a great turnover for the first tournament of the season with a total of 48 students who have signed up for the games, this has resulted in setting up 8 teams with 6 players per team!

The final game will be held on Thursday 28th September between the top two teams, ending the tournament on a high with a celebration ceremony where our Principal, Simon Varley will be rewarding two teams with trophies! First trophy will be rewarded to the best performing team and the other team will be rewarded to the team that exhibits the best team character (Team Spirit Cup)!

So, we would like to wish best of luck to all 8 teams and each individual student participating!

From the Principal

Welcome to new School Year 2018-19 #14

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

Thank you for reading!

Simon Varley


Skoljoggen 2018 #13

Skoljoggen 2018 #13

We had a wonderful Skoljoggen morning for our Primary and Junior School students today at Vappenvallen for our annual Skoljoggen.

The weather was great and our students were dressed and present on time. The atmosphere was energetic with very enthusiastic and motivated students! They were not only ready to challenge themselves with personal goals and targets of how many laps they will run but there was true team spirit as each class worked as a team to try and achieve a higher total class score than the other classes in their year group.

The results will be revealed to them in their mentor time this week to see how many laps each student ran and how many laps the class ran in total as well as which class ran the most number of laps in the year group!

So fingers crossed for each student and class! But nonetheless, a massive well done to everyone for their hard work, support and positive attitude today!

Parents Evening 2018-19 #12

Parents Evening 2018-19 #12

We warmly welcome all parents and guardians to this school year's first Parent's Evening from Primary School through to the classes in the Senior School.

Please see below dates for each school year, we kindly ask you to make a note of them in your calendar for your child/children.

We would love to use this opportunity to meet you in person, have something to eat, give out some key news from the school (both from the Principal and the staff) and off course please feel free to use this opportunity to ask any questions:

Week 36

Monday 3rd September YEAR 4

Tuesday 4th September YEAR 5

Thursday 6th September YEAR 1-3

Week 37

Monday 10th September YEAR 6

Tuesday 11th September YEAR 7

Wednesday 12th September YEAR 8

Thursday 13th September YEAR 9

Junior School Activity Day #11

Wednesday 29th August was the Junior School Activity Day! Each year’s classes spent the afternoon together, playing activities, making new friends, enjoying spending time with new friends and off course enjoying a delicious fika!

It was a great day not only for the students to get to know each other better but for the staff to make the most of this opportunity outside of a classroom atmosphere to get to know their students socially and have the chance to mingle with new staff too!

There were lots of planned activities for the classes to keep themselves busy all afternoon! Some classes stayed in the school as it gave them a good chance to explore the school whilst the other classes spent the afternoon outside of the school premises. Luckily, for them, it was a nice, dry afternoon!

All in all, it was a successful, fun filled afternoon for the Junior School!