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Future Students Of IES Östersund.

Future Students Of IES Östersund.

To all parents and carers and future students of IES Östersund!

 

We know that many of you are thinking about which school you will be attending from August 2021.  IES Östersund is pleased to announce that we are expanding and next school year we will have two classes in every year group, from FSKL to Year 8.  We would have loved to have welcomed you all to visit our school site so that you could see for yourself what makes IES Östersund such a special place.  Since we opened to our first students in F-7 classes in August 2020, our whole school community has worked hard to create a culture which knows and understands our three IES values.  The school has a calm and orderly learning environment, in which teachers can teach and students learn.  We all have high expectations of each other and everyone is encouraged to develop a command of English.  It would have been wonderful to have shown you these special characteristics in person.  However, due to Covid, we cannot hold Open House events.  So - to learn a little more about IES schools, we invite you to watch this 3 minute long film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JtQpwRXVrE&feature=emb_logo  

 

Applying for a place at a new school can be a big decision.  We want you to feel as informed as possible.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact info.ostersund@engelska.se.  In the meantime, enjoy the film, take a look at our school website & Instagram account to see the latest updates about the school. Don’t forget to apply for a spot at the school using the application form that can be found on our website. 

 

Admission and the offer of a place is based upon application date and queue time. This means that those who have been in the queue for the longest time, will get offered a spot first at our school. Our queue system follows the principle that those people who are first in the queue get offered a spot first for that class. We have made the assessment that this is the fairest way of dealing with the queue system. Exceptions are  however made if a child has a sibling that is currently attending IES Östersund, and if both children will attend the school at the same time. In that case, sibling priority is put in place. If this applies to you, please ensure that you fill in the box that states “Sibling in the same school” in the application form and input the sibling's Swedish social security number.

 

We look forward to welcoming our future students soon!

 

From the Principal

IES Östersund Talent Show 2021

IES Östersund Talent Show 2021

Now that our Year 3 national tests in Swedish and maths and Year 6 replacement national tests in Swedish, maths and English have been completed, it seems only right that the spotlight was turned onto the performing arts at IES Östersund!  A group of our Year 7 students have been working very hard over the past few months to organise our first IES Östersund Talent Show.  With help from Mr Göransson and Mr Ekström they put together a programme of performances which included soloists, groups of musicians, dancers, cheerleading and stand-up comedy.  The show was open to all Year 4-7 students and we were able to use the aula so that the audience could still watch in a Covid-appropriate way.  The show was also streamed live so that our younger students could watch it in their mentor rooms.

 

It was fantastic to see our students working collaboratively on such a great project and I was particularly impressed by the sisu mindset shown by the performers.  It is not easy to get up on stage and entertain an audience and all of the acts showed great levels of courage and determination...plus a lot of talent too!

 

I am really looking forward to the next Talent Show and the opportunity to see even more of our wonderful students perform and entertain us.

From the Principal

Year 6 Replacement National Tests and Year 3 National Tests

Year 6 Replacement National Tests and Year 3 National Tests

Due to Covid and the special adaptations that have had to be made, national tests this year have been a little bit different.  During the past few weeks our Year 6s have sat 'replacement national tests' in Swedish, English and maths.  The students have really impressed me with their attitude towards these tests.  Many of the tests were taken in the aula and students very quickly adapted to our high expectations that students should behave in a calm and orderly manner when in the test environment.  Our teachers have been working hard to mark the test papers and feedback will be given to students and their parents/carers as soon as possible.  

 

Our Year 3 students have also been working through their Swedish and maths national tests and Mrs Nilsson, the Year 3 mentor, has been very pleased with how the students have risen to the challenge of several tests over the past few weeks.

 

We regularly remind students that it is important to try their very best when in these test situations, but it is even more important to remember that the test results form part of the overall end grade.  End results are always a reflection of the continual assessment that teachers make over the year and the teachers work hard to provide appropriate opportunities for students to demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of ways.

From the Principal

Return to school after Easter

Return to school after Easter

The Easter break gave many of our students and staff the opportunity to relax and re-energise before the return to school.  The ever-increasing recommendations for reducing the spread of Covid has meant that we have had to be flexible and nimble in terms of planning and delivering lessons.  Some of our students will have been taught by teachers who have provided distance teaching.  However, students are never left unaccompanied in classrooms and always have at least one, sometimes two, other members of staff to supervise them.  

 

We have also increased our staffing and welcome Ms Arkander to the team.  Ms Arkander has already had a couple of days induction and will be part of our team of substitute teachers.  Making sure that we have a regular team of staff who are able to substitute for other colleagues and who are familiar with our IES ethos and 10 must haves is an important way maintaining standards at IES Östersund.

 

I am also delighted that we now have a short film which shows day-to-day life within our school.  If you have not already, I would encourage you to take a look at it here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvkPEtcWFAg&t=3s ). 

From the Principal

Rock Your Socks Day 2021

Rock Your Socks Day 2021

Our first Rock Your Socks and pyjamas day was a big success!  I even went as far as to wear an odd pair of shoes with my special pink and green socks which had been designed and made in our local Woolpower factory!  It was wonderful to meet students in their crazy and colourful socks and even though many students and staff were dressed in their pyjamas we still maintained a calm and orderly learning environment and kept high expectations for all.  Although it was fun for us to come to school in cozy clothes it was also an important way to celebrate that we are all different...and that is a good thing!  All class mentors have been working with their students to raise awareness of Down Syndrome and the importance of inclusion and acceptance.

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