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Team Kista talk on Equity kicks off the last week before Sport break!

Team Kista talk on Equity kicks off the last week before Sport break!

Dear all,

This is the last week before the Sports Break and both students and staff are eager to get a week's rest and spend some time with their families. When teachers and students are away, the school management team with Mr Dunnell, Mr Gavin and myself, will continue our planning for next year with the aim to keep developing the school in the direction we have started together with all of our dedicated colleagues. Our ultimate aim is to be the number one place for quality education in the northwest of Stockholm and by reaching this goal we believe that we can transform the life chances for many students who enter our school from the neighbourhoods in and around Järva.

I want to take this opportunity to publicly praise my colleagues for how they handled the power shortage that led to the closing of the school on Friday the 7th of January. It is not easy to evacuate almost 1000 students calmly and orderly but we succeeded and this was down to the flexibility and dedication of the entire team at IES Kista.

This week's Team Kista Talk is about Equity, a difficult word that has profound meaning when looking a the different circumstances that are visible in our society as well as globally today.

You can find it here!

Your Principal,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

 

 

From the Principal

Holocaust Survivor Emerich Roth visiting Year 9 and Team Kista Talk

Holocaust Survivor Emerich Roth visiting Year 9 and Team Kista Talk

Dear all,

The coming week the school has the great honour to welcome Holocaust survivor and speaker Emerich Roth to the school to talk to our Year 9 classes. His story and message is just as important today as it was during the war. Unfortunately we do still live a world riddled with war and conflict and in a time where millions of people are suffering because of this. Our students should feel privileged to be able to hear first hand from someone who knows exactly what that experience is like.

This week's Team Kista Talk is about Authenticity and be found here!

Your Principal,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

From the Principal

Pyjama Friday and Team Kista Talk

Pyjama Friday and Team Kista Talk

Dear all,

Here are some recollections from the past week.

Pyjama Day

On Friday we had the IES Kista Pyjama Day which led to both some laughing and some people feeling very cozy in school! Many thanks to our House Coordinators Ms Baker and Mr Houpt for setting this up. 

School Newspaper Interview

On Thursday I was interviewed by a few students from the school newspaper and among other questions we discussed school food and what I would do if I could be invisible. Of course, we also discussed what many students want to know, what do I really do in the school since I never teach anything!? 

Team Kista Talk

The word of the week is specific and the video can be found here!

Your Principal,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

From the Principal

Nobel Prize Winner visit and SPTs

Dear all,

Last week we had the honour of being visited by Nobel Laureate Torsten Wiesel who won the price for Medicine in 1981 together with David Hubel for research around cells in the eye. Mr Wiesel who is a neurophysiologist, has had a career spanning over more than half a century at among other institutions, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, KI, The Rockefeller Center (President 1991-1998) and is despite his experience and wealth of knowledge one of the most humble people I have met. He and his wife Lizette Mumusa Reyes spent half a day with our students and staff and I am very proud to say I got to discuss some interesting topics with them during dinner in the evening.

On October 25th-26th we will have the autumn term SPTs in the school, this means there are no normal lessons or Junior Club those days, students, parents and staff will be busy discussing the academic results so far and setting goals for the rest of the term.

 

Sincerely,

Mr Ö. Huhta

Principal IES Kista

From the Principal

Why it is more important to be willing to work hard than to be smart and this week's Team Kista Talk!

Why it is more important to be willing to work hard than to be smart and this week's Team Kista Talk!

Dear all,

Last Monday Mr Gavin and Mr Dunnell held assemblies with all year groups and talked about achievement and what makes people succeed. I think this a very important issue so I decided to share one of my favourite qoutes on this here on the blog:

 

There may be people who have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do - and I believe that.

- Derek Jeter

 

Here you can find this week TKT- video about Energy!

Your Principal,

Mr Ö. Huhta

From the Principal

Autumn is finally here, homework recommendations and this week's Team Kista Talk

Autumn is finally here, homework recommendations and this week's Team Kista Talk

Dear all,

This weekend it feels like autumn has finally hit us and it is time to buckle down and get on with the things we need to do. Therefore I thought it might be useful for parents and students to be reminded of our recommendations regarding how much time each year group should spend on homework every week. You can see the table below.

To make sure we are aware of how we can last the whole term and perform to the level we want to, this week's word in Team Kista Talk is diligence!

Your Principal,

Mr Ö. Huhta

From the Principal

Class Photos, Principal Conference at IES Kista and This week's Team Kista Talk

Class Photos, Principal Conference at IES Kista and This week's Team Kista Talk

Dear all,

Last week we had the honor of having all principals from the 36 schools of IES, as well as the company board and chairman visit our school for a conference. Our students made us really proud and our school won the award for "most improved school" for the development and improvements we achieved last year. 

This week we have school photos in the aula and the scheduled photo slot for each class can be found on Schoolsoft. We have also produced a new Team Kista Talk video for Mentor time and this week's word is community. The video can be found here!

 

Your Principal,

Mr Ö. Huhta

From the Principal

First Team Kista Talk and Fire Drill

Dear all,

 

Week 36 has started well and we have had our first planned fire drill at the school this morning. All students had left the building in 6 minutes and within 16 minutes all students were accounted for and properly lined up in class order outside the school.

In regards to the Team Kista Talk, it is my way of communicating with all students on mentor time through a video message where I cover a different topic each week. This week the topic is Discipline! Enjoy!

From the Principal

A new School Year is upon us

A new School Year is upon us

Dear all,

As in the picture above, our staff are looking towards the horizon, seeing a new school year begin with all the excitement and challenges ahead of us. This summer we have worked a lot on the structure of the school, moving classrooms and student lounges, adding new rooms and furniture for our students so they can enjoy their breaks and get energized between classes. 

I am very proud to welcome our students back to school after a well deserved summer break. We hope that you have had time to rest and relax so that you are ready for the academic year that will soon start.

At the school, preparations have been going on during the whole summer and we proudly welcome a new member in our leadership team, Mr Ian Gavin, who is responsible for the school ́s academic development as the new Academic Manager. Mr Gavin is no stranger to IES himself, having worked in the organization previously for three years,  holding among other leadership positions, the role of Academic Manager at IES Gymnasium in Södermalm. The last six years Mr Gavin has worked at the international school in Sigtuna (SSHL) as Vice Principal for Academics. 

Mr Gavin shares our conviction in the educational philosophy we stand for and will lead and develop the academic wing in the school supporting teachers to keep moving forward on the challenging and exciting journey towards core knowledge and instructional excellence. 

 

See you soon!

Mr Ö. Huhta

Principal IES Kista

 

From the Principal

Anti-Bullying Week

Dear all,

Last week we had Anti-Bullying Week at IES Kista. On the Monday, me and Mr Adriasola, our core values facilitator and SO-teacher led lectures for all classes from 4-9 on the issue of bullying and how the school deals with it. Below you can see our target for all students and staff in regards to our work in this field.

Our goal is that you feel:

Happy coming to school.

Safe being in school.

Treated with dignity and respect by all people at the school.

That is why we actively work with and through our anti-bullying plan which stipulates how this should be achieved for all who study and work at IES Kista. 

Vårt mål är att du ska känna:

dig glad när du är på skolan.

dig trygg när du är på skolan.

att du bemöts med respekt och värdighet av alla när du är på skolan.

Vi jobbar därför aktivt med vår plan mot kränkande behandling som är en plan på hur vi ska uppnå detta för alla som studerar och jobbar på vår skola.

A safe and calm environment is a pre-requisite for  high quality learning and a must-have in any successful school!

 

Best Regards,

Mr M. Ö Huhta

Principal IES Kista

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