Tagged with "From the Principal"...

From the Principal

Principal's Blog October 2018

October 2018

Greetings from the Principal

 

Dear parents and students,

The autumn term is now well underway, the sun is still shining as the leaves turn red and golden. The term got off to a fantastic start with our assemblies, sports days and the “Back to school Nights” for parents. We have hosted the PTA AGM and I am delighted that Agneta Ljungman is continuing this year as the President with her loyal and engaged board of parents. The first PTA sponsored event is coming up on Friday 19th October when we hold the Junior school Halloween disco! Teachers and the Student Council are also supporting and parents are still most welcome to offer their services to help too.

 

Year 9 latest

In September we have also held the year 9 “Gymnasie” information evening where our SYV, Ms. Bizzozero, gave a much appreciated and informative talk covering all aspects of the choice process and how to use schoolsoft for links to more comprehensive information. Our students in year 9 will be visiting 2 of our local Gymnasieskolor this week, TEG and Tibble, as well as visiting the Gymansiemässan in November.

Student voice at IEST

Student voice is very important to IESTäby, where we believe in a Listen, Learn, Lead culture. We now have well over a hundred students involved in our Student Council, Buddies and House captain programmes to promote friendship, engagement  feedback and school spirit in years 4-9. We also have our Breakfast Club where students are able to give us valuable input and feedback about academics and teaching at our school.

As we know, It is Cancer Awareness Month in October and our student body are actively taking part by supporting the Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation (Barncancerfonden). Student Council, Buddies and House Leaders will be running an SPT Fika and Bake Sale on Monday and Tuesday 22-23 October. All money raised will be donated to this non-profit organisation.

Staff development and training

During this term we have also held 2 inservice (training days) for our staff; opportunities to work more closely with a one school focus, with curriculum alignment and grading integrity as part of our professional development of all teachers at our school.

As part of our working environment programme, all staff took part in an empowerment workshop lead by Pia Webb where we were given time to reflect on ourselves as role models and our work- life balance.

Professional development is key to our school’s success, so our staff have their own individual Personal Development plan which can vary from staff members from Sweden and abroad. We have several staff taking Swedish language courses at different levels, from beginners to TISUS. Our in house PD this year has a coaching focus and is lead by our 12 “Förstelärare” in key areas of active learning, grading and assessment, digitisation and wellbeing expressed  through creativity and learning.

Working with Cambridge Assessment International Education

We have recently launched our 3 Cambridge PDQ courses for staff; Educational leadership for middle management, Bilingualism and Teaching and Learning. We are proud to be the first IES school to have been given accreditation to hold these courses in Sweden. We have 3 trained course leaders who are qualified to run the courses at our school.

As part of our close collaboration with Cambridge, a group of 7 staff visited the International Schools Conference in Cambridge for 2 days in September. The conference theme of “Creating the conditions for success” raised several interesting questions: What might success mean in our transforming world for our students in the future? What skills and learning goals should we have for the future and will they include learning to take responsibility for personal health and wellbeing? A whole school approach to mental wellbeing was discussed and the need for all schools to develop a whole school approach to identify the diverse talents within a school. We came home wanting to make sure we continue with our person-centred approach in Sweden, supporting our students to create a secure sense of self and confidence in what they can achieve in life.

 

Surveys and SPTs

Finally, I would like to thank all parents, teachers and the students in years 5 and 9 who have completed the “Skolinspektion” surveys for the school. There is still some time for parents to answer this week and the link is on schoolsoft and has been sent home in an email.

We are busy preparing for the SPTs next week and our mentors are looking forward to meeting you all to discuss achievements, progress in your grade levels and decide on goals needed  when preparing for the term grades in December 2018.

I look forward to seeing parents and students in school at the SPTs on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd October.


Welcome

Best Regards

Ms. Gina Ericsson

Principal IEST

From the Principal

Summer Greetings from the Principal

On behalf of all the staff at IEST, I would like to wish all students and parents a wonderful summer holiday. We enjoyed a glorious week of celebrations and success last week at our end of term assemblies and at the formal Graduation for year 9s at the Aula Medica at Karolinska.

We have an amazing school at IEST and we look forward to welcoming our students back for the new school year on Tuesday 21st August 2018.

Happy holidays everyone.

Ms. Gina Ericsson 

IEST Principal

From the Principal

Last week of term 2017-18

Greetings to Parents and Students,

We have an exciting end of term week ahead of us. In typical IESTäby style, we will be celebrating success and academic achievement all week.

We start on Monday 11th June with our year 6 Leavers BBQ Lunch at Junior school.

After our Mentor days on Monday and Tuesday, we will be holding our traditional end of year assemblies on Wednesday 13th June in the morning for years 4-8 at Senior school. Parents are most welcome to collect their children after the assemblies outside junior or senior school.

The year 9 celebrations and activities continue all week, with their formal Leavers lunch on Wednesday 13th June, culminating on Thursday 14th morning in our traditional Graduation ceremony at Aula Medica at Karolinska University. We are delighted that the PTA has once again organised the year 9 Prom for all students on Thursday evening.

Our students, staff and parents have so much to enjoy and look forward to this week. Once again our school has excelled academically and a well deserved summer holiday starts soon.

I look forward to welcoming everyone to enjoy these special days at IEST.

Carpe Diem

Best Regards,

Ms, Gina Ericsson

Principal

IESTäby

From the Principal

Principal's greetings March 23rd 2018

Dear Parents and Students,

It has been a busy but very successful couple of weeks, full of challenges requiring grit and determination and sometimes a sense of humour. I was delighted to receive so much support from everyone after the unfortunate fire in our woodwork room last week. We have an amazing school and it was fantastic to see all our parents and students in school again at SPTs on Tuesday and Wednesday. Senior school was given the all clear from Södra Roslags Miljö och Hälsa to start school last Tuesday and after the two SPT days, Senior school has also has now been on full schedule again the rest of the week.

I was impressed to hear how well our students are developing academically and to hear how many students have set clear and achievable goals for the rest of the school year.

Learning is a lifelong process and at IEST we encourage students to reflect on their approaches to their learning using our ATLs. As you know, we have added Grit this year to our ATLs as we believe that determination and perseverance are key where understanding that we need to fail sometimes to be able to succeed in life is so important.

As you know at IEST we love to celebrate our success and I have just heard that three of our students won the Stockholm area Pythagoras Maths competition yesterday and they will represent Stockholm in the Finals on May 25th. This is amazing boys. Well done! Congratulations and great team work!

Thank you everyone for all your continued support and may I wish you all a great Easter break from Friday 30th March.

Welcome Back on Monday 9th April. Happy Easter holidays.

 

Ms. Gina Ericsson

Principal

From the Principal

Holiday Greetings! December 2017

Dear parents and students,

Our autumn term 2017 is coming to a close and we are looking forward to celebrating our students’ success at our traditional end of term assemblies on the last day of term on Thursday 21st December.

Our school targets this year are strongly focused on our ability to Listen, Learn and Lead in all areas of school  life. The student council have already played a key role in making the student voice heard and listened to. Thank you!

Our students have shown a very positive attitude this term, showing grit and determination in all that they do resulting in great academic and social achievements. Well done!

On behalf of all  students I would like to thank our professional and devoted teachers and staff at IEST who work so hard to listen, support and engage with our students at IEST. At IEST the staff really believe in seeing the  “best in everyone.” Thank you!

The Christmas holiday time is a perfect time to rest and to reflect on goals reached and new goals to strive for next term. Please remember that learning is a lifelong journey, so it is never too late to try new ways to get to your journey’s end.  How about joining me in reading a book or two over the Christmas break which is always a great holiday activity as reading is such fun!

Finally, on behalf of the management and staff we wish everyone a well deserved rest and lots of quality time together.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone in the new year with all its possibilities for new year’s resolutions, creativity and success in 2018.

Welcome back to school on 9th January 2018.

Carpe Diem.

Ms. Gina Ericsson

Principal IESTäby

From the Principal

The Principal's blog August 2017

Dear Parents, students and staff,

We would like to welcome everyone back to school on Monday 21st August to start the school year of 2017-18 at IESTäby. I would also like to extend my delight in all the new students joining us this year and in particular the new year 4 students and their families.

We have established some important traditions at our school where starting with a year assembly and time with your mentors is the start of our welcoming process. After the more ceremonial welcome we move to the team building fun, including “The Clash” class competition where the winning mentor class is presented with  the school’s prestigious trophy!

I am now starting my seventh year as Principal at IEST and was very proud to hear back from the Swedish school inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) in June 2017 that we had passed the inspection back in May 2017 without a single question or issue of concern. We know we have a wonderful school both academically and socially which is reflected in our results and the atmosphere in school and furthermore in our very good support from parents and families at our school. At IES we believe in quality and have an annual quality development plan for our school which is based on the analysis of our surveys and academic results including discussion and feedback from parents, students and staff. I believe most strongly in a Listen, Learn and Lead approach to development at our school. The school focus for 2017-18 is continuing to maintain and create “ A calm and active learning environment where we listen, learn and lead to help create “The Best in everyone”. The staff professional development programme for this school year includes shared practice in Bilingual Teaching and Learning

Finally, I would like to thank all our staff who have been busy over the last couple of weeks preparing for your return to school. I hope you will join me in welcoming all new staff to IESTäby.  This year we have new international staff from Canada, Ireland, the UK, USA, Jamaica, Holland, South Africa and Australia.

Welcome to another fantastic year at IESTäby. I look forward to greeting all students at our assemblies and meeting parents at our “Back to school Nights” over the next two weeks.

Ms.Gina Ericsson, Principal and the IEST Management team.

From the Principal

Principal's Welcome

Welcome to our IEST website. We are a very popular, well-established and highly successful school with 1200 students and 120 staff. Our striving for excellence and academic success over the last 11 years, is as all IES schools, due to our strong belief in the IES Ethos of Bilingualism, Tough Love and High Academic Expectations. As well as this, our school has its own qualities unique to IEST, as it is the IEST people: our wonderful students, supporting parents and outstanding and caring staff that make us who we are! IEST aims to be an Expert school in all we do. We never stop endeavoring to uphold the quality we believe in.

I would like to share with you my letter in the School Year Book to our year 9 students graduating this year as the Class of 2017. It tells you how our students are well on their way "On the road to success":

Dear Class of 2017,

 

“On the road to success, as IEST celebrates over 10 years of success 2016-17!” 

 

Congratulations on successfully completing year 9 and graduating after 6 years of education at IEST. 

 

It has been my pleasure to see you all grow up and to be able to accompany you on these 6 years of your journey and to be an important part of your individual “ roads to success”

As Class of 2017, you have also been inextricably connected to my journey as Principal and leader of our school. We started at the same time in 2011 and we have together all played a major part in the development and success of our school. A warm felt thank you from me.

 

Success can be defined in many ways and I believe having high expectations and perseverance to achieve one’s goals are key denominators in achieving success in life. We all have dreams and goals we strive towards, sometimes we need to fail or struggle to learn how to achieve success in our studies and life. At IEST the staff know that our students need to “wobble” as part of their learning process and we are here to support whether with the shock of all the English in year 4 or the move to Senior school with more personal responsibility for your studies.

 

Remember when you learnt to ride a bike, it takes time and after you practice you learn the skill for life. Learning is the same. To become expert learners at our school we continually challenge you to focus on your weaknesses and improve these to achieve your potential in all subjects at the school. I know that so many of you have shown grit and endurance in your desire to learn and be successful in your studies to have a wide choice of programmes at Gymnasium in August 2017. Well done.

 

Now it is time to enjoy your success achieved at IEST and to take with you as much as you can to help you on your individual road to success in life. This wonderful yearbook is a great souvenir to have with you on this journey, memories of special people and events that you will look back fondly on in the future.

 

A warm felt thank you to the students and staff involved in producing such a fantastic yearbook for you. Every year we see such creativity and hard work by everyone involved: True Grit!

 

Class of 2017, you are graduating in our special 10 year anniversary at IEST. On behalf of all the staff at IEST we wish you lots of success in the future whatever you decide to achieve or wherever you decide to go on the road to success. Remember travelling on the road itself is learning for life and how important it is to never give up. In the wise words of Winston Churchill: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

 

Good Luck Class of 2017

 

Ms. Gina Ericsson

Principal IEST

From the Principal

Greetings from the Principal - May 2016

What a busy, yet fun time of year at IEST! Our students are working so hard on their school work,  showing great study skills in taking part in their National tests, term grades and assessments with final grades for year 9.

As always the end is also packed with educational visits to museums, Sports days and "Skapande Skola" activities. We are looking forward to our annual celebrations at the end of school year in our assemblies and Graduation for the class of 2016 at the Aula Medica.

We are delighted that our PTA have organised their annual "Prom" for our year 9 students on June 10th evening. A glittering occasion to look forward to after 6 wonderful years at our school. Both our year 9 students and year 6 students are invited to a formal leaver's lunch, yes our year 6 students are moving over to the Senior school in August, time to say farewell and say thank you to mentors and teachers.  They are most welcome at Senior school and we are already  preparing fun team building activities for them when they start year 7 in August.

Last, but not least we have our annual charity initiatives coming up soon,  a "dagsverket"  at Senior school and a talent Show on 2nd June for Junior school.  More news to come..

 

Let's hope the sun shines now so we can really enjoy all these events with a smile!

From the Principal

Welcome Back to IEST - Spring 2016!

Dear students and parents,

On behalf of the staff and the management team we would like to welcome students back to the start of the spring term. We are looking forward to a wonderful term full of different learning experiences for students on their journey to become expert learners.

We plan to continue to develop our successful launch of the House system and shortly we will be displaying our House flags around school inspired by our student designs.

Thank you for a first great week to the term.

Carpe Diem!

Best regards

Ms. Gina Ericsson

Principal

From the Principal

Season's Greetings

Dear Students, Parents and Staff,

I am so proud of the amazing progress and achievements of all our students this term. Our Academic results continue to improve showing how our students are developing in to expert learners in all their subjects.
Well done!

An enormous thank you to the creativity and professionalism of my teaching staff in motivating and guiding our students to this success.
Thank you!

I am delighted that the launch of our new house system has been so successful this term. A special thank you to Mr. Whiteroad and Mr. Fenton for all they have organised this term for our weekly meetings. Another thank you to the teachers who have lead each house and last, but not least a big thank you to our fantastic students who have taken on the House Captain roles with such responsibility.
Well done!

I wish everyone a peaceful and restful winter holiday.
I hope you have time to enjoy a relaxing and quality time with family and friends.

Wishing you all Season's Greetings
from
Ms. Gina Ericsson and the IEST Management team

Sidor