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From the Principal

Welcome Back - Summer 2022

Welcome Back - Summer 2022

Dear parents and guardians,

We are delighted to welcome you all back to IES Kista for the start of the upcoming academic year. We hope that the summer has been both exciting and engaging, but also restful, and we hope that you are looking forward to this school year as much as we are.

At the school, there are some staffing changes that we would like to make you aware of within the school leadership team. Joining Mr Ian Gavin as Principal, Mr Mark Dunnell as Assistant Principal for Student Care, and Ms Lydia Asgodom as Student Care Coordinator, we have Ms Naila Jinnah who will be the new Assistant Principal for Academics, Ms Linn Da Silva who will be the Academic Coordinator, and Mr Joshua Houpt, who will be working as Pastoral Coordinator while Mr Imad Garibo is on parental leave this year. We have all worked in the school for a number of years and are really confident that our strong team will be able to support your child in their time with us.

As always, you will receive much more information from your children when they return to school on Thursday 18 August, 2022. We also invite you to check out our school instagram account, @iesk.kista, which is regularly updated during the school year. Here are the start times for the first two days of school, after which they will follow their regular class schedule:

Year Group  Start Time  Lunch Time End of Day in Mentor Rooms 
4 8.00 11.00 - 11.25 11.35
5   8.30 11.25 - 11.50 12.00
6 8.45 11.50 - 12.15 12.25
7 9.00 12.15 - 12.35 12.45
8 9.15 12.35 - 12.55 13.05
9 9.30 12.55 - 13-20  13.30

At this stage, we would like to remind you that class lists and schedules will not be finalised on SchoolSoft until the first day of school. Please do not get in contact with us prior to this if you see class lists on SchoolSoft as these will not have been finalised. As a reminder, on regular school days, the school building is open from 7:30 - 17:00, and we offer free breakfast from 7:30 - 8:20.

Also, it is really important that you remember to send your child to school with a padlock that has three keys with them for their locker. They will receive their lockers on their first day at school and their mentor will keep one of the spare keys so if your child forgets their key, they will still be able to access their locker. You should keep the extra key at home in case they lose the first key.

Phones and other high value items such as headphones should be locked in mentor classrooms if necessary. Please keep in mind that it is your child’s responsibility to safely keep their personal items during the school day. Having a functional lock is the easiest way to do so if the items must be brought to school.

We look forward to meeting you in person at our Parent Evening on Wednesday 31 August 2022 for Years 4-6 or on Thursday 1 September 2022 for Years 7-9. More information about this will follow through your child’s mentor.

Best regards, 

Mr Gavin, IES Kista Principal, and the IES Kista Leadership Team

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Kära föräldrar och vårdnadshavare,

Vi är glada över att välkomna er alla tillbaka till IES Kista för starten av det kommande läsåret. Vi hoppas att sommaren har varit både spännande och engagerande men också avkopplande och vi hoppas att ni ser fram emot detta läsår lika mycket som vi.

På skolan sker en del personalförändringar som vi vill göra er uppmärksam på inom skolans ledningsgrupp. I anslutning till Mr Ian Gavin som rektor, Mr Mark Dunnell som biträdande rektor för elevhälsovården och Ms Lydia Asgodom som elev hälsokoordinator, vi har Ms Naila Jinnah som kommer att bli den nya biträdande rektorn för akademiska frågor, Ms Linn Da Silva som blir Academic Coordinator, och Mr Joshua Houpt, som kommer att arbeta som Pastoral Coordinator medan Mr Imad Garibo är föräldraledig i år. Vi har alla arbetat i skolan i ett antal år och är verkligen övertygade om att vårt starka team kommer att kunna stötta er barn i deras tid hos oss.

Som alltid kommer ni att få mycket mer information från er barn efter första skoldagen torsdagen den 18 augusti 2022. Vi även bjuda in er att har koll på vårt Instagram konto, @iesk.kista, som uppdateras regelbundet under läsåret. Här är scheman för de två första skoldagarna, varefter följer alla sitt ordinarie schema:

Year Group Start Time Lunch  End of day in Mentor Rooms 
4 8.00 11.00 - 11.25 11.35
5 8.30 11.25 - 11.50 12.00
6 8.45 11.50 - 12.15 12.25
7 9.00 12.15 - 12.35 12.45
8 9.15 12.35 - 12.55 13.05
9 9.30 12.55 - 13.20 13.30

I detta skede vill vi påminna er om att klasslistor och scheman inte kommer att färdigställas på SchoolSoft förrän första skoldagen. Vänligen kontakta inte oss innan detta om ni ser klasslistor på SchoolSoft eftersom dessa inte kommer att ha slutförts. Vi passar på att påminna er att på vanliga skoldagar är skolbyggnaden öppen från 7:30 - 17:00, och vi erbjuder eleverna gratis frukost från 7:30-8:20.

Det är också väldigt viktigt att ni kommer ihåg att skicka er barn till skolan med ett hänglås som har tre nycklar med sig till sitt skåp. De kommer att få sina skåp första dagen i skolan och deras mentor kommer att behålla en av reserv nycklarna så om er barn glömmer sin nyckel hemma kommer de fortfarande att kunna komma åt sitt skåp. Du bör ha den extra nyckeln hemma ifall de tappar bort den första nyckeln.

Telefoner och andra värdefulla föremål som hörlurar bör vid behov låsas in i mentors klassrummet. Tänk på att det är er barns ansvar att på ett säkert sätt förvara sina personliga saker under skoldagen. Att ha ett lås är det enklaste sättet att göra det om sakerna måste tas med till skolan.

Vi ser fram emot att träffa er personligen på vår föräldrakväll på onsdagen 31 augusti 2022 för årskurs 4-6 eller torsdagen 1 september 2022 för årskurs 7-9. Mer information om detta tillkommer genom er barns mentor.

Vänliga hälsningar, 

Mr Gavin, IES Kista Rektor, och Skolledningen IES Kista

From the Principal

Welcome to the Spring term from the Principal

Welcome to the Spring term from the Principal

Dear parents and guardians,

Firstly, please allow me to wish you all a happy new year. Hopefully, the break has been relaxing and all our students return to school with lots of energy to deal with the challenges of a new academic term. As I reminded you in December, school starts again for students on Wednesday 12th January, where students will follow their regular schedule. We look forward to welcoming them back then!

More generally, I understand that there are continuing worries about the situation around COVID, and want to reassure that we will continue to follow all recommendations from the authorities regarding safety and good hygiene in the school environment. However, we also really appreciate your support in stressing to your children the importance of following guidelines and advice when in school.

Can I also take this opportunity to remind you that if you have travelled back from outside of Sweden please make sure that you have followed all recommendations regarding quarantine and testing before your children come back to school. These vary, so please check with the appropriate authorities and sources of information to see what they are if you are unsure.

Of critical importance; please remember, if your child is not feeling well, and has any symptoms of COVID, or any other winter sicknesses, please keep them off school until they are symptom free. This will help reduce any spread in school, and within the wider community. Likewise, if people at home have tested positive, please follow guidance regarding when it is safe for your children to return to school.

The latest health guidance regarding this is available from the Folkhälsomyndigheten website. We will also post an update and reminder on SchoolSoft about procedures and guidelines over the coming days.

Looking forward, it is important to remember that school forms an integral part of our children’s academic and social development. At challenging times, as adults, we all respond differently to the issues that we face. However, often, our fears and worries are projected onto our children and we must all work together to ensure that school remains as safe as possible, both physically, but also emotionally and mentally. When in school, as well as seeing the students working hard with their academic work, it is fantastic to see them playing, socialising and doing the things that young people do. It is vital that we continue to provide the space for them to do this when so many of the other opportunities that are available to them to do this have, or will be limited over the coming months.

Best regards and thank you for your ongoing help and support,

Mr. Gavin

From the Principal

Welcome from the new Principal

Welcome from the new Principal

Dear parents and guardians,

As the Autumn Break approaches and the longest period of school of the year comes to a close, it gives me great pleasure to write to you for the first time as the Principal of IES Kista. Having been a parent to an old IES Kista student, I am extremely proud to be able to assume the mantle of leadership from Mr Östling Huhta, who as I am sure you are aware, has taken a position in a school much closer to his home so he can be closer to his family. While I am not new to the school, having worked here now for just over two years in the role of Assistant Principal for Academics, I am looking forward to the challenge of leading the school in the coming years, as we strive to provide the best education possible for our students.

On a personal level, I have worked as an educator for nearly twenty years, having experience in schools, gymnasium and as a tutor at undergraduate level in university. I am originally from just outside Manchester, in England, and moved to Sweden over eleven years ago with my family because my wife and I wanted a better educational experience for our own children. After initially working as Head of House in IES gymnasium in Södermalm, I took a position as Vice Principal at Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket where I worked for just over six years and was responsible for the international educational programmes in the school. However, when the opportunity to work at IES Kista arose in the summer of 2019, it was too good an opportunity to pass over, and I joined the school, working as the Assistant Principal for Academics.

When I started working at IES Kista in August 2019, the world was a very different place. As an Assistant Principal, the first term was challenging but exciting and as a school we made many developments from an academic perspective. However, in January 2020, the world changed. As I know we are all aware, the effects of the COVID have been unimaginable, both within wider society and within our school. I am proud of the job that we did as a school during the most challenging months, where overwhelmingly, we managed to stay open and be a consistent feature of our students' lives at a time when so many other things they had taken for granted were no longer certain. Was the school environment as calm and productive as it has been? No, it probably wasn’t; just as it wasn’t in most schools that did keep their doors open. That is the challenge I face as I start my new role and I do so with a sense of optimism.

While the COVID pandemic is still not completely over, I am hopeful that we are past the worst of it, both within our wider community, and also within our school. I know as I step into my new role, I am supported by a team of committed and experienced educators who are working hard to ensure that we deliver the best educational opportunities possible to our students. I am confident that with your continued support, we can do this and I look forward to welcoming everyone back after the Autumn Break.

Best regards,

Ian Gavin
Principal, IES Kista

From the Principal

Team Kista Talk - Coming Soon: Summer!

Team Kista Talk - Coming Soon: Summer!

It’s that time of the year when everyone can tell that the end is near. Students are turning in their last bits of work for the school year and teachers are setting final grades. The temperature is rising and there’s something in the air - not pollen! - that fills us with anticipation for the upcoming season.

As Mr Östling Huhta says in this week’s Team Kista Talk, we’re all looking forward to the rest that summer will bring, especially after this year.

Click here to watch the video, or see all the videos on our school Instagram account, @iesk.kista.

From the Principal

Welcome back to school!

Welcome back to school!

Dear all,

Welcome back to school! We hope you have had a relaxing break under the current circumstances. As all of us come back to school it is just as important as before to follow guidelines and instructions to wash hands often, use hand sanitizer when you cannot wash your hands, keep your distance as much as you can and above all, stay at home when you have even the smallest symptoms of feeling ill.

We are very happy to have you all back and even though times are tough we should remember that the vaccinations have started and it is projected that by end of April most adults will have been vaccinated in Sweden, which means that life is slowly turning back to normal. The spring also brings the light and an explosion of green in April/May which is something to look forward to.

Finally, I would like to share the video we created for our students on their first day back,  here it is!

 

Your Principal,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

From the Principal

Welcome back from the autumn break!

Welcome back from the autumn break!

Dear all,

Staff and students are now back from the break and lessons are taking place as normal. As we can see in the guidelines from the National Health Agency we are now in a deteriorating situation i relation to Covid-19 in several regions of the country. In our region the guidelines have been tightened which of course also leads to action from us in addition to already following the guidelines. We have therefore decided to limit parent visits as well as external visits to the school to situations we deem completely necessary. This means that child pick-up inside the school and drop-ins are now longer available for parents or external visitors. There are signs on the door explaining who to call when in need of assistance. 

With the current situation we have also decided that we will not host the annual Nobel Dinner for exceptional student performance but we will be recognizing the winners publicly in a celebratory way.

 

Sincerely,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

Principal IES Kista

 

 

 

From the Principal

Team Kista Talk and how we deal with the effects of potential right-wing demonstrations in our area

Team Kista Talk and how we deal with the effects of potential right-wing demonstrations in our area

Dear all,

As you all may know there has been applications submitted to demonstrate from far-right extremist groups in neighborhoods around our school but not directly in Kista. Besides being a display of horrible ideas and values, this can also be very dangerous when these groups collide or fight with anti-racist demonstrators. Therefore the school will keep its doors fully closed and we have increased staff presence around the main entrance throughout the day and on Monday as well to take care of any follow up or concern from students or parents.

On a more positive note, the second Team Kista Talk on the brain and memory is being published today.

You can find it here!

Your Principal,

Mr Ö. Huhta

From the Principal

Team Kista Talk is back!

Team Kista Talk is back!

Dear all,

Season 2 of Team Kista Talk has now started. This year we will focus on the brain and how it works in relation to learning and memory. The sessions will follow a similar format to last year and the aim is to have one session a week shared with students, staff and parents.

 

Here is the link to the first session!

Enjoy,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

Principal IES Kista

From the Principal

Digital Parent Evenings and Mentor calls Tuesday and Wednesday

Dear all,

This week we are publishing our digital parent evening videos for each year group. Those will include both general school information and routines as well as information for the specific year groups. You can access the videos at any time as soon as they are uploaded. During the time between 5:45 and 7 PM on Tuesday (4-6) and 5:45 to 7 PM on Wednesday (7-9), it is also good if you are available on the phone since your child's mentor will try and call you to hear how you and your child have experienced the start of the school year. 

Finally, here is a short video from me to welcome you to a new academic year at IES Kista.

Year 4 Digital Parent Evening
Year 5 Digital Parent Evening
Year 6 Digital Parent Evening
Year 7 Digital Parent Evening
Year 8 Digital Parent Evening
Year 9 Digital Parent Evening

Your Principal,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

From the Principal

We have begun our journey into the new academic year!

We have begun our journey into the new academic year!

Dear all,

What an exiting first week we have had! I always think of the first day of the school year as the best day of the year. We get to see all the excited and nervous year 4 students and our returning students have grown over the summer and when they come back you can see so much of what we do here is part of who they are.

Of course it is a bit of a different start to how it usually is because of the situation and we will try and update parents and students on what happens in school as much as we can through digital communication so that families get a sense of what is going on in the school without being able to be in the building.

In a short while the timings and format of the Digital Parent Evenings will be communicated to you all through Schoolsoft.

Your Principal,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

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