Dear parents and students,
First of all I would like to extend a warm welcome back to students after the autumn break, hopefully refreshed and ready to take on the new challenges ahead this term.
I would like to thank all the staff for organizing two extremely interesting days of choice in week 43 where students were able to choose from a wide range of creative and challenging subjects. New for this year, we offered taking part in creating a school yearbook where part of the task was to design a front cover for our yearbook for 2011-12. Another popular and very successful addition was the possibility for our year 9 students to choose the “gymnasium option, where they not only received information about their choices ahead but were able to choose to visit some gymnasium schools both in central Stockholm and locally here in Täby.
SPTs and New Grading and Assessment system
This week I am delighted to be able to welcome all our parents and guardians in to our school for the SPT talks with their mentor. As you are all aware, we now have a new school law, Lgr 11 with a new grading and assessment system which we will be using for years 4-8 this school year. At our SPTs this week, the students in years 4-8 are being assessed for the first time on what they have accomplished so far this term in relation to the new content in each subject and the new knowledge requirements in each subject. This is a new process for students, teachers and parents and we are continually training teachers and guiding our students in this process. We hope that the information we have already provided for parents at our “Back to school nights”, information from “skolverket” on School Soft and guidance from mentors at SPTs will help you as parents when participating in your child’s SPTs.
We have recently launched the IGCSE exams for years 8 and 9 for June 2012. An initiative I really believe in personally and am looking forward to help develop at IEST. More information is available in our news section on this website and we are having an information meeting for parents on Tuesday November 22nd at 6.30pm.
PTA General meeting on November 16th 7pm
I am also very appreciative of our PTA and their enthusiasm to help us in the development of our school both in terms of fund raising and supporting educational initiatives. The PTA has organized a guest speaker, Patricia Craig, at their next general meeting on “National Culture and the Impact on you and your children.”
We have six weeks to go of the autumn term 2011, including our Lucia concerts leading up to the Christmas break. But now in November we are looking forward to meeting parents and students at SPTs and parents are invited to join us at the PTA general meeting and IGCSE information meetings in November.
Principal at IEST