It was very exciting to welcome back so many returning students and staff for our School Start during week 34. It was even more exciting to introduce all of our new students to the school. We are now an F-8 school, with two mentor groups in every year group and our student numbers have increased to over 500. To best meet their needs, we have also expanded the size of our staff and for the 2021-22 school year we have a staff of 54. These are truly exciting times!
The start of our second year of being an IES school brought more excitement. We introduced the concept of school houses. Every student and staff member has been sorted into one of four school houses. Students with siblings or relative at the school have been placed in the same house as their family member to create a sense of tradition. The houses are named: Bear House, Lynx House, Moose House and Wolverine House. These names were chosen because they are wild animals that can be found in our beautiful Jämtland wilderness. The house system gives students and staff the opportunity to collaborate with others across the school and develop positive working relationships with people that they may not have otherwise got to work with. There have already been several opportunities for students and staff to earn House Points and more will be written about in future weeks!