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Our first Forest Day

Our first Forest Day

Our first Forest Day was hugely successful!  We were so lucky with the weather.  It was a beautiful, sunny, autumnal morning.  Although it became cloudier and chillier later on, it never rained!  Every mentor group was able to spend time with their class mentors and other members of the Student Care Team (SCT) and the Leadership Team.  

Members of Student Care Team with students
Members of Student Care Team with students

The FSKL classes and Years 1-3 walked a short distance and had fun working in mixed year group teams to complete a Pippi Longstocking themed treasure hunt.  Meanwhile, our Years 4-5 and 6-7 had their own fun in the forest and by the lake.  The highlight for most was the opportunity to grill their lunch - sausages, burgers and vegetarian alternatives. 

 

Having the opportunity to be outside, relax, have fun together and continue to build relationships is such an important part of school life at IES Östersund.  We believe passionately in our value of having high academic expectations for all.  However, unless we really know who our students are and get to know them as individuals, outside the classroom, it is very difficult to truly meet their academic needs.

 

Students exploring the forest
Students exploring the forest
From the Principal

STP meetings

STP meetings

It was really good to welcome so many parents and carers into school for the first STP (student-teacher-parent) meetings.  We were very mindful of taking precautions due to Covid-19 and meeting times were staggered across three afternoons.  Each mentor had plenty of space within which to run their conversations.  Some STPs were conducted over the telephone or a google hangout.  We have already received some very positive feedback from guardians, students and our mentors.  The conversations have been a really useful way to build important relationships between the school and students and their carers.  All students have had the opportunity to set their own goals and SMART targets and these will be reviewed over the next few months. 

From the Principal

Our first fire evacuation training drill

Our first fire evacuation training drill

Having high academic expectations and aspirations is one of the IES core values.  Another core value is that we create and maintain a safe and calm learning environment everywhere within the school.  

 

It was therefore a very important moment when the whole school community took part in our first fire evacuation training drill.  All of our staff had already received fire safety education from Anticimex during their onboarding weeks and teachers had spoken to the students about the evacuation protocol before we sounded the alarm. 

 

I was very happy with the students' behaviour during the drill.  There was a calm and orderly exit from the school building and all mentor groups waited in quiet lines with their teacher so that an attendance register could be taken.  As Principal, I completed final checks of rooms and windows and doors before vacating the school.  It is obviously my dearest hope that we never have to take part in a real life fire evacuation.  However, it is crucial that the school community remains informed and prepared for emergency situations and so we will continue to train throughout the year.

From the Principal

The first week at IES Östersund

The first week at IES Östersund

IES Östersund students have now experienced their first full week of lessons.  I don't know about them, but for me, the week has flown by!  

 

One of my greatest pleasures has been seeing so many children having fun in the playground.  Our Fritids children are outside, enjoying the play equipment from 06:30 and then the outside space is busy again during the lunch time.  I am very happy that after school, children from the local area are able to come and use the equipment too.  The playground is a real community resource.  An important message that we communicate within IES Östersund is to respect each other and our learning environment.  It is my sincerest wish that everyone who uses the playground equipment can support this belief and help keep the area in the best possible condition for the young people who are getting so much pleasure from it.

Fritids collection time information

Dear parents and carers

 

Thank you very much for choosing to use IES Östersund Fritids.  We are enjoying getting to know all our children.  

 

In order to offer the best possible care for all our children we respectfully ask that if your child is staying for mellis (served between 14:00-15:00 every day) you collect your child after 15:00.  This will help us improve the ratio of staff to children and help us keep a safe and orderly environment. We would like this arrangement to start from Monday 31st August.

 

If your child does not need to eat mellis, they may be collected before 15:00.

 

When collecting your child from Fritids at any time, please can all parents and carers remember to call Fritids on 063-778072 from outside reception and a member of staff will bring your child to you.

 

With many thanks


Miss Albertina Backlund

Head of Department - Fritids

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