Welcome Back to school for the 2020-21 school year at IESTäby
Dear parents and students,
We are delighted to welcome all of our students to the IEST School Start with our traditional assemblies on Monday 17th August. This year due to Covid 19 we will not be meeting in year groups in the Student Lounge for our assemblies, but in the individual mentor classes. However, we will share a video of the assembly with presentations from myself, management and HOYs for all students to watch with their own Mentors and class. Unfortunately, we are not able to welcome our new year 4 parents to join us in the assemblies in the classrooms in school.
Safety at IEST
A new school year presents challenges and opportunities for everyone. We will continue to follow the FHM/ Swedish Health Authorities recommendations for schools, reminding all staff and students to stay home if they have Covid 19 symptoms until 2 days symptom free, pay attention to personal hygiene routines of washing hands regularly, using hand gel and paying attention to social distancing when entering the lunch rooms. We follow closely the guidance from our IES Crisis team and School Medical officer for IES in terms of our routines and practices. We will keep you updated using Schoolsoft of any news or changes to our school routines, just like we did during the spring term. Please feel free to contact management, the student care team or mentors with any questions or concerns.
New staff, training and preparation
We have had a busy and productive summer, preparing for the new school year. We have recruited some great new teachers from Sweden and abroad who have been taking part in our Induction and In service weeks since August 5th. All our staff have been busy this week with shared practice, both academic and pastoral and of course getting school ready for our students' arrival next week. The staff are really looking forward to greeting all our students “old and new” into school on Monday 17th August.
Every summer we spend time renovating, painting and making improvements on our two school buildings. In addition, this year we have built a new fence outside at Junior school to improve our playground area and we have replaced some of the school furniture. We have also purchased new furniture in the lunchroom in Senior school and we are delighted with the new look and soundproofing improvements. We have also renovated the new Aula in Senior school to be used as a PE Studio for years 8 and 9 in addition to them using the sports hall at Grindtorpshallen.
Back to school nights and SPTS
Due to Covid 19 we will be changing some of our traditional ways of meeting parents for information and feedback this term. We will not be holding the year 4 parent student meetings (SPTS) in school next week, but digitally instead and for Back to School Nights normally in w.34 and 35. We will be sending out information slides and video clips from our mentors for you instead.
More information is to come shortly from your Head of Years and Mentors, and we thank you for your patience and understanding.
We have updated the information about the Start of School on Monday 17th August on Schoolsoft and the website for you. A few slight changes for year 4 and 6 and no year assemblies in the Student Lounge.
Monday 17th August School start - see times/information on Schoolsoft
Tuesday August 18 Introduction Day with Mentor classes and year team building activities for year 5-9
9.00-14.00: Years 5-9 meet in Mentor classrooms; please check School soft for individual details.
Wednesday August 19 Schedule starts years 5-9
9.00-14.00: Introduction day for year 4
N.B. Junior Club is open from 14.00-17.00 from Wednesday 19th August
Thursday August 20 Schedule starts for year 4
We have another wonderful school year ahead of us, full of possibilities for learning and development for our students. We are so proud of our students’ amazing academic success last year and we will continue to focus on the pastoral curriculum which, we believe when balanced with the academic curriculum, is key to our students well being and success at IEST!
I look forward to being in touch with you all soon.