Principal's Welcome 2019-20

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Greetings

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year at IEST!

We are excited and well prepared for the start of another great year at IEST.

Our new staff arrived last week for their induction and we are delighted to welcome teachers from New Zealand, the UK, USA, Canada, Spain and Sweden to our school.

We have had an interesting and informative induction week for new staff to get acquainted with IEST and Sweden. We all attended the annual IES All new staff day at the Aula Medica on Tuesday: A great introduction to the IES ethos and culture.

This week we have had staff training and workshops for all our 120 staff. We discuss our quality report and set targets for the new school year based on our school surveys and Academic results. It was wonderful to know that 96% of parents recommend our school and that 95% of students feel safe and secure at our school. However, we have a target for 100% of course!

We started the week with workshops by Lisa Jane Ashes, the UK author of “Teacher in the Cupboard “where we were given practical ideas on solution based strategies for teaching and learning from a student and teacher perspective. A great resource cupboard of ideas for us to use this school year.

We have been busy this summer, our school is looking pristine after our annual total repainting of the inside of school and extensive cleaning. We now have new furniture in all our regular classrooms in Senior school and have started phase one of new furniture in Jr school.We have updated the Senior student lounge and Junior school indoor lighting and playground. Lots of lovely additions await your arrival at school.

I am also very happy about the new IEST diaries for junior school in our house colours! What a great job everyone has done designing these.

We have very high standards and expectations at IEST and our students as always excelled in year 9 last year, graduating with 291 as the average Merit points! Well done to all.

We are looking forward to another successful year in 2019-20 and we will continue to promote our student voice with our motto of Listen, Learn and Lead to continue being an Expert school with Expert teachers and learners.

I am so happy that we will be welcoming 1270 students to our six year group assemblies on Monday 19th August.

I am also looking forward to meeting parents at our back to school nights over the next couple of weeks.

We look forward to meeting you at school next week.

Carpe Diem

Ms. Gina Ericsson

Principal IEST