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Letter from the Principal: Week 44

Dear Students, Guardians and Parents,

Yet another month has now passed. We’ve made it through more weeks of school than we have left after Autumn break for the Autumn term. The time is passing unbelievably fast.

October has been a month filled with assessments, Student Council meetings, inspection visits and costumes. It felt as if the visit by School Inspection went well; we now just have to tough it out waiting for the outcome and we hope that we won’t be waiting as long as we did last spring. There are two possible outcomes: either they decide they need to visit us again or they state that the inspection is completed. Let’s all keep our finger crossed that it will be the latter.

We’ve also had our ventilation and housekeeping inspected. The agency walked around the school and measured the air in a number of classrooms and checked on the cleaning routines and the appearance of the school. The result of this inspection surpassed our hopes and we received a 5-star seal of approval!

At the start of this school year we sat up goals for the development of our workplace. Some of them were as follows:

  • Personal contact home at least once a month
  • Increase student understanding of math
  • Include the student’s views in different questions
  • Maintain order and discipline in the classrooms and corridors

We return to these points often at our staff meetings. These points are important because they were expressed by both students and parents in our surveys from the previous school year. The feedback that we receive from our surveys can provide us with a sweeping view about what you think we need at school and what you think we should be working on in order to improve. I am very grateful to all of you who took the time to answer our survey this past spring. We will be sending out a survey again soon after Autumn break to check in with you to see if we are on the right track toward achieving these goals. I will let you know when the survey is available on School Soft.

I am very proud of all the hard work that you students are pouring into your school work as well as your efforts at home. Similarly, I am proud of the enthusiasm and hard work of all the staffl. This means very much to me. Some of our work at school has already shown positive results. I am particularly happy with the  work done by our Student Development Team: Mr Smith, Ms Damian and Mr Kearns. This team is out in the corridors every day looking out for our students, being helpful and supportive but also making sure that the corridors are calm and that everyone feels safe. You are a great help and very much appreciated!

Another aspect of a well-functioning school includes routines. I would like to remind you of the proper steps you should follow when contacting the school:

Regarding a student’s academic situation, the order of contact should be 1) subject teacher, 2) Head of Department, 3) Mr Magnus Andersson, our Academic Coordinator, 4) Ms Anna Tronelius, Assistant Principal – Academics and 5) Ms Evy Holmerson, Interim Principal.

Regarding a student’s health or well-being, the order is 1) Mentor, 2) Head of Year, 3) Mr Jeremy Brooks, Assistant Principal - Pastoral.

It is important that this sequence is followed and that you do not skip any of the steps that are described above. It is for the students’ best that we follow this sequence as well as for the good of the staff who want and should be valued for their important contributions.

After Autumn break, new challenges await. Students in Grades 6 and 9 will begin the oral  portions of the National Tests in Math, Swedish and English. We have one more Student Choice Day, and students in Grade 9 will be attending the gymnasiemässan.

I also want to send a warm welcome to Mr Michael Kamson, our new Math teacher for whom we have waited since the start of the term. He comes from our IES  school in Linköping and will take over from Mr Johnson who will go back to working as a Special Educator in Math.

About two weeks ago we also welcomed to our staff Ms Rebecka Senior, our new school nurse for grades 6-9, who is doing a fantastic job.

I am now looking forward to a lovely break and am actually going to try to take a short vacation, this time abroad where I am hoping to find a little sun and warmth.

With wishes for a wonderful Autumn break, take care and I’ll see you next week.

Kind regards,

Evy Holmerson

From the Principal

Rektorsbrev april

Kära elever, vårdnadshavare och föräldrar,

Nu är vi halvvägs in i vårterminen 2017.

Vi har gått igenom en minst sagt händelserik första del av detta år och vi kan se fram emot ljusare tider då solen tittar fram oftare och våren står för dörren.

Det är nu med stolthet och glädje jag skriver mitt första brev till er som tillförordnad rektor.

Under våren har vi haft möjligheten att ge eleverna i år nio en oförglömlig resa tillsammans. Detta då de besökte Birkenau och Auschwitz. Jag samtalade med eleverna när de kom tillbaka och de var så otroligt nöjda och glada, men samtidigt så kändes det overkligt. En resa som de sent kommer att glömma. Ett stort tack till Mr Andersson som organiserade detta, men även till Mr Hurley, Ms Sjölund och Ms Lansberry som gjorde detta möjligt då de tillsammans med Mr Andersson  följde med på resan. Vår förhoppning är att detta kommer vara ett återkommande inslag för elever i år nio. Mer detaljer kommer att komma till er så småningom.

Eleverna i år fem har haft besök från Folktandvården och de kommer även att efter påsk få åka till Alby friluftsområde tillsammans med sina lärare i NO för att forska kring levande organismer och djur i vatten.

År sex och nio har fullt upp med Nationella prov. Dock är det snart över och de kan andas ut, en liten stund i alla fall..

Vad gäller personalen och den dagliga driften av skolan så kan vi meddela att:

  • Ms Anning och Ms Murphy är fortfarande sjukskrivna. Just nu är vår förhoppning att Ms Murphy återvänder till oss direkt efter påsklovet och Ms Anning kommer förhoppningsvis senare under terminen.
  • Mr Elmér har avslutat sin tjänst hos oss nu innan lovet och han kommer att ersättas av
  • Mr Holmqvist, en lärare som eleverna redan träffat och som de tycker väldigt bra om.
  • Ms Cole har lämnat oss för nya äventyr, där har Mr Bateman och Ms Gustavsson klivit in för att stötta upp. Mr Galbraith har klivit in som mentor för 9A och även tagit över som HoY för både år 8 och 9.
  • Mr Freitas har tagit över som mentor i 8D  efter Mr Galbraith och de har därmed tryggat sitt mentorskap med en lärare som känner dem sedan tidigare.
  • Vi har denna termin välkomnat Mr Fjordell som mentor i 9A tillsammans med Mr Galbraith, samt som en extra hand till SEN och Junior Club med allt vad deras arbete inkluderar.
  • Mr Smith är vårt senaste tillskott och en flexibel medarbetare som för tillfället jobbar med att finnas ute i korridorerna och runt kaféet för att se till att det finns trygghet och lugn runt om i skolan. Han hjälper även till med mindre vaktmästaruppgifter där det behövs.
  • Vi har fått en ny kurator, Ms Klein som kommer arbeta inom elevhälsan med att lära känna eleverna och personalen och se till att vi har rätt kuratorstöd i vår skola.
  • Vi har fått en ny SYV, Ms Bramme. Hennes arbete inkluderar gymnasievalet för år nio, prao år åtta och nio men även verksamhet i alla årskurser då det gäller information och arbete kring samhället och olika yrkesvägar efter skoltiden.

Vi får återigen be er tänka på hur ni kör framför skolan. Vi har fått klagomål från de som bor i lägenheterna gällande trafiken på morgnarna. Vissa tider är det även kö framför skolentrén. Bakom garaget kommer kommunen nu iordningställa en av- och påstigningszon, snälla använd denna.

Vi skulle även vilja att ni samtalar hemma kring hur man beter sig på bussen och i Tyresö centrum. Tyvärr så är det så nu att elever som befinner sig där eller på bussen ofta säger att de är elever på IES Tyresö, det ger skolan dåligt rykte och jag vill verkligen kunna säga att det inte är våra fina elever när de kontaktar mig.

Nu under påsklovet kommer vi att ändra om i sju klassrum på det övre planet. Då klassrummen tidigare har varit på bredden, vilket gjort att det blir trångt, har vi nu ändrat om dem så att de är på längden istället. Detta resulterar i att eleverna ser bättre det som skrivs på tavlan och läraren får en större yta framme vid tavlan för sin undervisning.

Under sommaren kommer troligtvis nybyggnationer att ske. Vi kommer förhoppningsvis få tillgång till mer yta i huset. Då har vi möjlighet att bland annat se till att vi har fler fungerade klassrum till hösten. Mer information kring ombyggnationen kommer ni att få så snart beslut har fattats.

Skolavslutningen kommer att vara den 9/6 och i år kommer vi att vara i Forellen, biografen i Tyresö centrum. Tiderna kommer att variera mellan de olika årskurserna och jag kommer att återkomma så snart programmet är satt. Som det ser ut nu så kommer vi tyvärr ha lite begränsat med platser under själva ceremonierna men efteråt, när eleverna kommer tillbaka till skolan och sina hemklassrum så kommer ni föräldrar kunna vara med.

För övrigt så ser vi fram emot en innehållsrik talangshow som arrangeras av år sex och en musikal av högsta kvalité som våra elever framför i maj. Denna organiseras av Mr Stones, vår musiklärare som för tillfället lägger ner mycket tid på auditions och repetitioner efter skoltid. Vi ser även fram emot år fyra och fem, när de åker iväg på den årliga fotbollsturneringen för att försvara guldet från förra året. Vi kommer även att delta i Eurovision song contest i moderna språk, denna tävling innefattar alla skolor inom IES som vill delta. Vår skola kommer att ha sin uttagning nu efter påsk, uttagningen leds av MFL med Mr Guerneui i spetsen. Finalen går i år på IES Bromma, men vi hoppas på att vi nästa år kommer att hålla finalen här i Tyresö. Vinnande skola håller nämligen i finalen året efter.

Jag ser fram emot en öppen och transparent kommunikation mellan er och skolan under denna termin.

Ta hand om er

 

MVH
Evy Holmerson

Tillförordnad rektor

IES Tyresö

From the Principal

Off to a Brilliant Start!

Congratulations to all of our IES Tyresö students and staff--so far the Autumn term is off to a brilliant start!

I enjoyed meeting so many of you parents at the Teacher Mingle on Monday. I also appreciated the positive feedback we received from so many parents regarding our policy of annual class mixing. The students experienced a few challenging days during first week of school as they met their new classmates and started forming new friendships. It’s been gratifying to see the transformation I’ve seen as I have walked the halls these past days.

As you know, the annual mixing of classes is an integral part of our IES learning and development strategy. We so appreciate the support you parents give to your children at this time of year when routines that are new can sometimes be unsettling for them.

Please remember to keep listening to your children and praising their efforts. Find ways to praise them regularly and you will see a happy, bright-eyed child!

Next week we have the Parent Night for all grades excepting Grade 8 and I look forward to meeting the rest of you then. 8th grade had their Parent Night last night and I while I was not able to attend, I have heard that class discussions among the parents/mentors were giving.

For you parents who have been coming into the school and dropping off your children, it’s time to let them manage on their own. Please feel free to wish them a good day and wave them off outside the school.

In a nutshell, I want  you to know that we are very proud of all the students here at IES Tyresö. The staff and I think the new students are adapting beautifully to the challenges and routines. All of us are very pleased with efforts and attitude the students have shown in classes so far. The students are enthusiastic and sincere and it makes the teaching hours a pleasure.

Let’s keep up the good work everyone!

From the Principal

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Fall Term

Dear Parents,

 

With the summer drawing to a chilly close, the staff and I are looking forward to welcoming all our new and returning students to IES Tyresö. On Thursday of next week, I expect I’ll hear the squeals of excitement from young people that accompanies the start of every new school year.

 

I know I am excited for everyone to see and experience the physical improvements we have made on campus, some of which are:

  • Relocation and remodelling of the reception area which is now in line of sight of our main entrance
  • The lower floor teachers’ work areas have been moved to the back of the library and the resulting space has been turned into two new classrooms (designated C11 & C12)
  • Custom-built seating areas for students have been placed all around the school
  • The inner courtyard used mainly by the upper school students has been refurbished to include artificial turf and a large custom-built seating area
  • Locker areas have been added to the space vacated by reception and locker areas have been redesignated
  • The main staircase has been finished with wood to protect young heads
  • All the old toilets have been painted and fixed

Management and the Support Staff have been busy helping with these and other improvements, including painting the walls and freshening up the classrooms. You might also have noticed that IES has updated the website used by all IES schools. During the next week or so, have a look at the website and read about the new staff as we enter their information into the site.

We also have a number of new international and Swedish staff joining us this year. Our, Assistant Principal, Ms Holmerson, will now be able to focus on her area of expertise--Academics--as we now have Anna Tronelius, Assistant Principal, Pastoral, whose focus will include the behavioural aspects of learning.

As you know, the staff and I are dedicated to the ethos of Internationella Engelska Skolan. Our schools stand apart from others in providing a rich international atmosphere for learning where students are challenged not only academically but socially as well. Our rules and routines sometimes ask for more from students than other schools, in part because we see it as necessary in preparing your child to confidently meet the challenges of real life. One of the tools we use to achieve this is class mixing: each new school year is characterized by new class lists, created thoughtfully by our Student Care Team and mentors.

I repeat, this is an important step in encouraging students to operate confidently in new circumstances. We sometimes see that students--being children--will at times complain about perhaps not coming into a class with their best friend or friends, especially during the first few weeks of the new school year. We adults know that this gentle push to stretch their comfort zone is extremely important in developing well-rounded confident leaders which is why we do not revise class lists once they have been formed.

Remember, another aspect of our school ethos is our “tough love” attitude. Our staff choose to teach at this school because they are people of integrity who are devoted to teaching in an atmosphere where teachers can teach and students learn. We all care deeply about the safety and well-being of each and every one of our students. The staff at IES Tyresö are prepared to help our students with the inevitable stress and challenges faced by every new and returning student at the start of every new school year. Let me assure you that we are very much looking forward to sharing this school year with you and your family and we wish you a productive, growth-filled school year.

 

Sincerely,

 

Paul McKay

Principal, IES Tyresö

From the Principal

Updates from the Principal

Update from the Principal May 2016

Dear Parents and Students,

I hope you are enjoying the gorgeous spring weather and all the cheer it brings with it after the long, dark months of winter. A school is always a busy place but after years of teaching, I feel pretty confident stating that springtime is a particularly busy time at schools. Ms Holmerson and I are now completing the last of our staff development talks and are also neck-high in the many logistical preparations necessary for the coming school year. That said, we are also deaply involved with the day-to-day dynamics of the school and the students and staff, which are and will always remain our first priority.

With a few months behind me as principal of IES Tyresö and only one month left of the academic year, I thought I might stop in the midst of everything to review our progress and talk about our progress as well as some of our upcoming activities.

First off, know that I have had my boots on the ground from day one, walking the halls and interacting with students and staff on a daily basis in order to get to know the dynamics of the school first-hand. I am very pleased with the changes I have seen this term and with the direction we are heading.

During the past months, we have introduced Head of Year (HoY) staff positions, and a disciplinary Behavior Notice system as well.

The Head of Year (HoY) positions (listed at the end of this letter) are an extra support for both families and staff. While teachers and mentors remain the most important and close contact for students and families, the HoY is responsible for keeping a check on the behavior patterns of students and activities for all the classes within their assigned grade level. They help out the mentors and teachers when necessary and facilitate communication among the different classes within the same grade level and with the rest of the school.

Every student within the IES system signed our IES Code of Conduct before matriculating to the school. We have behaviour standards which allow us to offer a classroom environment “where teachers can teach and students can learn”.  We have noted, especially with the upper grades, that some students have had difficulty adjusting to our school environment and the behaviour standards we demand.  For this reason, we have instituted our system of Behaviour Notices (BN) that were introduced at the same time we introduced HoY.

In short, BN are given when students break school rules despite two warnings or, if the behavior is blatantly disrespectful, without a warning. If a student accumulates several BN’s, a coaching session is required with a member of our Student Care Team and the HoY.  During this session, we work together with the student to help them find solutions and support for altering their patterns of behavior.  Moreover, we now require that students who are consistently late to class (late to 5 lessons or 45 min late to a single lesson) sit in detention. Detention is held every Monday morning at 8:15 and parents are notified on the preceeding Friday if their child is on the detention list.

Make no mistake, we will not tolerate disrespectful behavior. I encourage all of you parents to speak seriously with your children about the responsibility they have toward upholding our Code of Conduct. Feel free to contact your student’s mentor or HoY should you have any concerns or questions.

We will be initiating a Merit System that recognizes and reinforces positive behavior, and will use it as a tool to  “change the conversation” from negativity to something positive that includes celebrating successes. Students will be rewarded for being punctual and prepared for class, when they are positive and actively participate in class activities, when they are cooperative and when they are respectful toward others.

We are happy to announce that we are now accepting applications for a second Assistant Principal position for the fall term. This position is dedicated toward serving the pastoral care needs of our students and the successful applicant will work closely with our Student Care Team.

Ms Holmerson, who has been working incredibly hard this year on all fronts, will then be able to dedicate more of her time towards serving the academic needs of our students.

Speaking of academics, we congratulate all sixth and ninth graders who have made it through their National Exams! It’s been a long haul, but they are finally behind you.

On the cultural side of things, we hope you have read the latest edition of the school newspaper that was published mid-April under the guidance of Ms Hermansdottir, our librarian. The students who contribute to the newspaper do so in their free time and the contributions are very entertaining and of high quality. Do have a look!

Ms Murphy, from the art department, recently organized our first annual Film Festival. Students made their own short films (5 minutes) and the winners from this year’s entries was a group of students from class 5B (Tindra Sillén, Babafolayemi Oyeyemi, Elin Örnekull, Mathilda Norström).

Moving on, a popular topic of discussion at all schools I’ve ever worked at is the school lunch. As you may know, the current catering company has a water-tight contract that extends through the next school year.  Ms Hinchy, our lower school nurse, has been in constant discussion with our catering service and the Student Council since we completed the student survey regarding the lunches served. As a result, some concrete measures have been taken by the catering company in response to our requests.

Here are a few:

  • The caterers now serve only eco potatoes and fruit
  • Potatoes are now offered roasted and in other appetizing ways
  • At least once a week, fruit other than apples are offered at lunch
  • Only boneless chicken is served when chicken is on the menu
  • Breaded fish fillets are offered at least once per month
  • More lactose-free sauces are being served
  • The popular salad bar continues to offer a variety of fresh options
  • Favorite soups such as lentil, broccoli, minestrone and tomato are continued
  • The chef is trying to find different sausages to serve
  • Meals with pita bread will be offered
  • The popular falafel and taco-filling-with-nacho-chips will continue
  • New vegetarian options are being offered

The London Café is now open 8:30-10:00 and 12:30-15:00

A punch card for 11 mellanmål is available for 150 SEK. Without the punchcard, students pay 15 SEK/mellanmål and exact change is required. Mellanmål is served in the lunchroom every day 14:30-15:00.

We have also just completed several very successful activities I’d like to mention:

The school-wide PTA-sponsored Spring Fair was a great success. I so enjoyed seeing so many of you there. Each class took responsibility for one of the components of the fair. There was barbeque, food, drinks, sweets, games, and a second-hand market for books, toys, clothes, sports equipment, etc.  All in all it was a fabulous afternoon enjoyed by all.

This year’s IES Tyresö Charity Fundraising Day was justa few weeks ago. Last year’s efforts raised 38.000kr which was donated to Barncancerfonden. This year, the Student Council has chosen to donate all funds raised to SOS Barnbyar, a charity that works building and running villages, schools, vocational schools, social centers, medical clinics and the like in 134 countries. We haven’t yet got the final count for how much money our students have raised but we asked that each student try to work and ear at least 100kr to donate toward the charity.

The IES Talent Show (sponsored by class 6C) was a huge success! I had no idea what talents lurked in the hearts of so many of our students (and staff). The winner of the entire event was Stella Chirinos (8A) as voted by a panel of experts (two students and two teachers). But trust me, there were many, many talented individuals participating.

 

Looking towards the finals days of school, we have these activities to look forward to:

Details for Sports Day and Student Choice Days are being finalized as I write this. Due to double-booking of the venue, it has been necessary for us to revise our original plans. Sports Day will be for both Upper and Lower School and we will eat lunch here but we will be outdoors during the day. Information regarding Student Choice Days is now being shared by mentors so students should know very soon what their schedule looks like for those days.

Closing ceremonies for the academic year, including 9th grade graduation, will be held at Bollmorahallen on June 15 and parents are invited. Do keep in mind that the seating is limited.
We will have three ceremonies before lunch: one for 4th & 5th grades (8:30-9:10), one for 6th & 7th grades (9:30-10:10), and one for 8th & 9th grades (10:30-11:30).These times are for parents at Bollmorahallen; the students will be meeting in advance at school and returning to school with their mentors afterwards.  They will be released from school shortly thereafter before lunch, so no lunch that day.

 

I look forward to seeing you all at the graduation ceremonies, if not before.

 

Paul McKay, Principal

IES Tyresö

From the Principal

New Principal for IES Tyresö

Dear students, parents and guardians,

My name is Mr. Paul McKay, and I am delighted to have this opportunity to introduce myself as the Principal of Internationella Engelska Skolan Tyresö.

I have been extremely fortunate to acquire many years experience working in IES schools, which together with my many years in Sweden, has provided me with a thorough insight into the Swedish educational system, especially within the exciting and truly international contexts that our schools represent.

My vision is to continue to develop the school as a creative and enjoyable working environment for both students and teachers. I strongly support our ethos, that the acquisition of a command of the English language, through a respectful and supportive teaching and learning environment, are key in the process of academic achievement.

I believe that schools are communities, built through the co-operation, not only of teachers and students, but also with parents, and look forward to strengthening the collaboration between home and school, including links with the wider local community.

My ambition is to see confident young people leave our 9th grade with the knowledge, skills and tools required for a good start in the world.  Schools are places where young people develop, not only through the range of subjects which make up the curriculum, but also with a vision and a holistic understanding, allowing them to develop and to demonstrate themselves as the creative young people that our societies demand today. 

Imagination is also an important factor in nurturing young minds. We have a duty to embrace the inspiration and creativity that is innate in all our students, whilst channeling this in order to prepare them to meet today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.

My aim is to build a school community of which students and parents are proud to be a part, and for our young people to reach their potential through all the benefits and advantages of an IES education.