This week it felt like the countdown to the Christmas break had really begun! These are difficult times and we have to constantly adapt and be careful to act in a way that is in accordance with health guidelines. But that is why it is even more important that we at IES Östersund work creatively to set up our end of term traditions. On 10th December we held our first Nobel Day and then on 11th December we celebrated Lucia. Our large hall meant that it was possible to have a Luciatåg and our Year 7s sung in three separate performances to enable all students and staff to participate in a socially distanced way. The events were fantastic and were yet another opportunity for me to feel extremely proud of what the staff and students have been able to achieve in such a short time and in such challenging circumstances.
I am so looking forward to the special events that we have planned for our final week of term in week 51. However, I know that my teaching staff are also working extremely hard to complete the gradings for all Year 6 and Year 7 and to also update subject rubrics and information on SchoolSoft for all students from FSKL upwards. As a result of Covid restrictions we have not been able to hold parent information sessions about grading but there is information available on SchoolSoft and our student-teacher-parent meetings in weeks 4 and 5 will provide opportunities for more discussion about next steps for students.