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MMMW - Monday Morning Military Workout! #32

MMMW - Monday Morning Military Workout! #32

Every Monday morning at 6:15am up until summer we team will do a workout called MMMW - Monday Morning Military Workout!

It's a great start to the day, as it gives you energy & confidence!

The workout will last 30-40 minutes and the exercises can be done by everyone. If you feel like joining the staff, you are welcome!

If you think you are tough, you just have to add a few extra repetitions or sprint a bit! If you think the workout is too tough you take it a little steady and go at your own pace.

We gather outside the school's main entrance and start sharp at 6:15am - no waiting for streagglers! ;)

See you there, every Monday!

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Happy Easter #23

Happy Easter #23

Wishing all our staff, students and their parents/guardians a very Happy Easter!

Hope you all have a well rested holiday!

See you all after the Easter Break!

Best wishes

IES Jönköping

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Welcome to March Newsletter! #19

April 23rd - no morning mentor time for years 1-7.
On Monday April 23rd we need to have a slightly longer Monday meeting - we have therefore cancelled the morning mentortime for years 1-7. Please write on your calendars that students do not need to be at school until their first regular lesson.
If you still need to leave your children at the regular time that is fine. Fritids is open as normal. Children not in Fritids are welcome to watch the children's morning news and eat breakfast for free in the big lunch hall (with staff supervision). Students in years 7-9 who travel with younger children are able to enjoy a free breakfast in the senior student lounge. All lessons begin at the normal time.
High Absence Routines
Research shows that attendance is one of the strongest factors affecting of how well a child will succeed both at school and in life later on. High absence can leads to gaps in knowledge, affected grades, decreased confidence, social difficulties and even depression and serious mental illness. We are improving how we follow up on and support students with medium and high absence. Please refer to the detailed school newsletter to find out how we are trying to support our students with their absences.
Spring Fair - June 11th
We are busy making the plans for this year's new and improved Spring Fair! We want to see as many parents as possible join us, particularly in years 1-6 where we hope at least one parent per child can join us. Please try to book the late afternoon off work on June 11th. If you can leave work at 13:00 to be able to join your child in the afternoon that would be great! 
Alumni survey summary 
Every year we invite our Year 9 graduates to come back and visit us for our "Alumni Evening". They fill in a survey in advance to give us feedback on the school, the education they received, our rules, grading and how well-prepared they were for gymnasium. As part of the evening's activities, we also do a follow up interview with them to find out more about how we can improve the school for our students. Please see detailed newsletter emailed in Week 12 to find a summary of the results.
School Photos
Our fantastic photographer, Kathryn Nilsson, continues to document the daily lives of our students. Please follow us on Instagram where Katie is displaying regular updates of our students' activities or take a look at the school blog pages on the website to capture more detailed information of the activities and events happening throughout the school.
Please don't forget to read the full newsletter emailed to all parents and guardians.
Best regards
Simon Varley
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Jönköping Vättern #17

Jönköping Vättern #17

One of the finest attractions of Jönköping is it's lake, Vättern, which is the second largest in Sweden.

This is where the vast majority of citizens living in the Jönköping municipality get their drinking water. It is a luxury that can easily be taken for granted, thus we forget it's importance, especially as a resource for our food.

IES Jönköping is a part of the Jönköping municipality and therefore it is our responsibility as citizens to help draw attention to this natural resource we inherit in Jönköping. It is vital to take care of the water to help keep it clean so it remains an infinite resource.

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Cookies for the Principal #5

Cookies for the Principal #5

Ex-professional squash player sneaking a cookie at IES Jönköping!

Imagine my surprise when I sneaked out of the webpage training to get a cup of tea and found lots of interesting visitors at the school... IES Borås and IES Krokslätt are here for our annual Reading Olympics event. A gang of happy readers are enjoying cookies, making badges and of course - competing to see which school has the most keen and clever readers!

Mr Carl Waddington, proud principal of IES Krokslätt came along to support his students during the reading competition (and sneak a cookie or two). Fingers crossed for our students - and check back in a few days to see the results & more photos of the day.

Mr Simon Varley

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Bootcamp Pannben (Push-up #2!)

IES Jönköping - Bootcamp Pannben

I love winter Student Choice week! It's a great chance to spend some time doing soemthing totally different and to get to know a group of our great students. This year I offered "Bootcamp Pannben" to the year 7-9s. 82 students were brave enough to sign up and 40 got offered a spot in one of the two groups.

We went on a two-day journey into the world of bootcamp - outdoor physical training, assault courses and communication and teambuilding challenges out in the woods. Tough love, grit and hot dogs - we had a great time! A movie is now under production that captures all the fun moments and excellent teamwork. Until that is finished in January - here are a few teaser photos...

IES Jönköping - Bootcamp 1

IES Jönköping - Bootcamp 6

IES Jönköping - Bootcamp 5

IES Jönköping - Bootcamp 2

IES Jönköping - Bootcamp 3


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100 push-ups? (#1)

IES Jönköping - Principal Blog - Push up

To be able to do 100 push-ups, you must start by doing one.

My blog has been sadly neglected (as have certain other parts of this webpage) while we have prioritised other channels of communication. But no more! We shall get everything updated and we start that journey here with the first simple update.

The plan is to work towards a total of 100 updates by summer. They will focus on everything from what our school culture is, plans for future developments and goals, reports about the latest lesson visits I did, stories from my lunch conversations with students to activities going on in and around our school.

Does 100 updates sounds like a lot? Well, if you want to eat an elephant, how do you do it? One bite at a time!

Here we go...

P.S.: If you are wondering why I am not wearing office attire, read the next blog entry to find out why!

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Freshly baked bread at IES

Freshly baked bread at IES

You know the feeling... you pick up a piece of bread from the basket, you feel immediately that it is still warm in your hand... you break it open and the steam and smell of freshly baked bread fills your nose and you say "ahhh... that's the good stuff right there!"

Today we had our first full run of home-baked bread! After building our own bakery and practicing a few recipes with Fritids it was time to scale-up and bake bread for the whole school. We had three different types of bread and they all seemed to be very popular. It was a great day and many students ended up eating more bread than the soup - ha ha! 

Wednesday 16th September 2015 will go down in our kitchen's history as a special milestone - well done to the kitchen team for being brave enough to stretch their wings and try something new.

Good luck to you for the rest of the year!

Simon Varley
Principal IES Jönköping

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Miljökontoret - another inspection passed!

Miljökontoret - another inspection passed!

The Environmental Office (Miljökontoret) regularly inspects restaurants and school kitchens without giving them any warning. Our school kitchen is no exception and so far we have passed every single surprise inspection that we have had.

Recently the Environmental Office has been working on a national project to check the standards of cleaning, ventilation and maintenance at schools throughout Sweden. This is an excellent initiative as schools are actually Sweden's biggest 'workplace' and our students' work environment is very important for their studying and overall well-bring.

We were very happy to receive our feedback after the recent inspection - no points of major criticism, some smaller issues to take care of and overall "one of the best schools we have seen so far - you have come a long way in your work!".