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First Halloween at IES Östersund!

First Halloween at IES Östersund!

Friday 23rd October was such a special day in the history of IES Östersund. We had reached a significant milestone - the end of the first half of the autumn term!  However, what made the day so great was the fact that we also had our first IES Östersund Halloween dress up day on that day too.  It was such fun to stand at the school gate in the morning and meet and greet our students as they arrived for the day and see so many in costume.  A lot of thought and effort had gone into their outfits and I was very pleased to see that everyone had taken careful note of our dress up guidelines too.  Many of our staff had also entered into the spirit of the day.  There was a lovely atmosphere of happiness and peaceful celebration around the school and this was increased by the super decorations that several classes had made.  The school yard wasn't forgotten either because the F-3 classes had been working hard on making special, autumnal lanterns and these were placed under the trees during the day.

Lanterns decorated by FSKL - Year 3 students

 

It felt such a privilege to be part of IES Östersund history, as we, the school community, worked together to create our first traditions.  This was a wonderful way to end what has been a very busy few months.  The day made me feel so proud to be Principal of our new school.  A school which is building a strong ethos day by day and which is creating a community which can work hard together but can also have fun together.  Our Fritids team will continue to be providing activities during the autumn break for some children but it is my wish that for the rest of the staff, our students and their families, week 44 will be a time of relaxation and enjoyment away from school.  

From the Principal

IES Regional Conference - Friday 16th October

IES Regional Conference - Friday 16th October

IES Östersund took part in its first Regional Conference on Friday 16th October.  This meant that the school was closed to all students for the day.  However, it was a really great opportunity for all our staff - teachers, Fritids and Junior Club leaders, the Student Care Team (SCT), receptionists, admin staff and our site premises staff and the Leadership Team - to have some quality time together to reflect and review.  We have achieved so much together in such a very short amount of time and it was really important that everyone was able to think about their own personal achievements and what has been accomplished by the team.

 

Staff at IES Östersund were also able to connect, using google hangouts, with other colleagues at IES Skellefteå, Sundsvall and Falun.  These schools have been up and running for longer than us and so we were really happy to learn from their experiences and benefit from advice and tips from them!

 

Personally, I thought the day was a really good use of our time.  I felt so proud of all our staff when we had our final feedback session at the end of the day and we were able share how we want to work with our goals and visions for IES Östersund.  I feel confident that the staff that are working here have a really good understanding of what it means to work in a school which promotes a command of the English language, maintains a calm and orderly learning environment and has high expectations for every student.

From the Principal

Building Progress - October 2020

Building Progress - October 2020

I have been very busy working with builders, architects and designers recently.  This is because we are preparing the second phase of the school building.  I took a tour of the special, practical rooms and was excited to see kitchen units being fitted in the home economics room!  We will also have an art room, craft rooms and a science lab and prep room.  In addition to those rooms we will have access to several more classrooms, group rooms and another staff work room.  Fritids will move into a new location and there is also more space for student lockers.

 

We have been told to expect to be able to use some of the space by the start of December and the whole of phase two will be open for business from January.  A lot of people are working very hard to make sure that this happens and I am very grateful to them for their cooperation and efforts.

From the Principal

First month at IES Östersund

First month at IES Östersund

September 2020

Hello Östersund!

We opened to students on the 20th August as the 38th IES school in Sweden.  The first month of being a fully functioning school has been intense and exciting.  There have been many meetings with new teachers, students and parents who have come from different parts of the world and these meetings are shaping the development of our shared culture and ethos.

Our students have embraced our values.  They are especially positive about our determination to create a safe and orderly school environment where teachers can teach and students learn in peace.  Bilingual teaching and learning has been a challenge for some, but students are adapting quickly and are developing their language skills at a rapid pace.  I am very proud of what our students and staff have achieved so far and I know that things will continue to improve all the time.  

It is unfortunate that the local media have been focusing on issues other than our core values and daily activities.  I therefore thought that I would take this opportunity to highlight our focus, our goals and our promises.   

Internationella Engelska Skolan Östersund offers teaching in a safe environment. Student well-being and the right to learn in a peaceful environment are prerequisites for all our students. We are proud to say that every day we work as a team to provide a safe, structured and secure school learning environment.  

Furthermore, we are proud to say that we have high academic expectations and aspirations for all our students.  Students' future personal and professional success in adult life is often dependent, in part, upon their educational experience in their formative years.  That is why at IES Östersund, we do all we can to promote a positive growth mindset approach to academic endeavour.  I and my staff share the same desire to see each and every student as an individual and personalise their educational experience accordingly.  At IES Östersund we do not expect everyone to be the best but we do expect everyone to do their best.  

I am proud that the IES Östersund family is a diverse socio-economic and cultural community.  Our students represent 14 different mother tongue languages and the staff represent 8. Multilingualism and cultural differences are part of our everyday life and we embrace a truly international atmosphere.  Promoting language skills is a natural “must” and, because English is our collective language, developing a command of English is essential.

I am very proud of what we have achieved so far and I am convinced that our school community has a place alongside other educational establishments within Östersund.  We are here to stay and are committed to delivering our values and ethos every day to our students and their parents and carers.

I would like to end by sharing our promise with all students, guardians and staff

“Teaching and education is our core business! We will deliver good teaching and every student will be given the best conditions to reach their full potential, based on their personal level. Jointly, we will build and maintain a strong positive culture and safeguard our work environment. We will work for, and maintain, confidential relationships where participation and commitment will characterize our daily work.”

 

Mr Reunanen

Your Principal

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