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Team Kista Talk and the run up to Easter break

Team Kista Talk and the run up to Easter break

Dear all,

As we move into the last week before the Easter break I want to take the opportunity to thank both students and staff for the attitude they have shown in school the last couple of weeks. We all know we are living through troubled times and sometimes this makes it hard to see the good things that happen. For myself, one way of staying positive has been to see and talk to the students who are very grateful for the school being open and offering them a sense of normality of a very different situation and also seeing how the staff have adapted to this situation and provided even more care and support towards both students and each other. They are acting as excellent role models to our young people every day. We will be open as normal this week as well and I know our staff and students will continue to show care and support all the way until Easter.

All of you may have seen the news regarding the cancellation of the national tests and some of you may be worried of the effects of this decision. Actually, even if the national tests are valuable in assessing and confirming students knowledge levels, it does not create huge problems for the assessment of students and their grades to not have them. Teachers have and will have enough information from the tasks that are produced as part of the teaching and learning in the classroom.

Finally, I would like to share this week's Team Kista Talk with you, it is about Hope, something we all need at this time. 

 

Sincerely,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

Principal IES Kista

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SPT Meetings and Team Kista Talk

SPT Meetings and Team Kista Talk

Dear all,

This week it is time for the SPT Meetings, which will take place over the phone because of the current situation. Please remember to be available at the time of your meeting together with your child so that there can be a valuable conversation about your child's progress in school. Your children should be able to explain themselves what they have been doing in different subjects and at the end of this meeting it is very important that you have set some goals for improvement together with your child.

The school will continue to be open as normal until we receive other instructions from the government. This week's Team Kista Talk is about Wellness and you can find it here!

 

Your Principal.

Mikael Ö. Huhta

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Team Kista Talk and advice on how to talk to children about the current situation

Team Kista Talk and advice on how to talk to children about the current situation

Dear all,

We are fully aware that we live in uncertain times and that may people, adults as well as children are worried about the situation. We at the school see it as our mission to keep calm and of course listen to our students and parents concerns at the same time as we have to follow the directives from national guidelines and our government.

If you are a parent and you are interested in a few tips on how to talk to your child about the situation and the virus, please follow this link and you will find some advice from the goverment webpage for crisis information.

As I said, at the school, we try to keep things as normal as possible so here is the Team Kista Talk of the week. It is about independence in the learning process.

Sincerely,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

Principal IES Kista

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Team Kista Talk and information to students regarding the Corona virus

Team Kista Talk and information to students regarding the Corona virus

Dear all,

I think we are all currently in a state of uncertainty and worry in regards to the Corona virus and what will happen. It is therefore important the we, the adults lead by example and take the measures we believe are necessary to make sure our children are as safe as possible without causing the children too much stress. In the beginning of February, we held assemblies for all year groups where we discussed and presented facts about the virus from scientific sources. We of course also gave sanitary instructions in regards to keeping yourself as safe as possible, these were also shared again last week. Below you can see the instructions we gave, they are the same as directed by the Swedish National agencies:

 

We have also made sure our Team Kista Talk this week follows the same theme of making sure we are careful in how we act and what information we trust to make sure sensible decisions are made, you can find the video here!

 

Sincerely,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

Principal IES Kista

 

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The Corona Virus and Team Kista Talk

The Corona Virus and Team Kista Talk

Dear all,

Welcome back to school! Here you can view this week's Team Kista Talk on Dedication. Below you can find information on how the school wishes students, parents and staff deal with the risks of the corona virus.

 

The corona virus has spread to many countries in and outside Europe over the past week, while students and staff may have visited places where infection was detected during the sports break.


Our advice matches the current advice from the public health authority (Folkhälsomyndigheten). Folkhälsomyndigheten urged those who have visited areas where the infection has been found to be aware of symptoms such as coughing, breathing difficulties or fever. If these symptoms show or if you suspect symptoms contact the healthcare advice service (Vårdguiden) 1177 directly for advice.

It is important that everyone who is exposed to corona virus contact the health services for advice even if they feel healthy. When in doubt, we recommend that you always contact the healthcare services.

However, those who have been in areas where infection is present but feel perfectly healthy should go to school as usual, but must keep an eye out for symptoms and contact the healthcare services if necessary, as above.

If case of illness, report the sickness to the school and stay at home according to the instructions of the healthcare services.

We understand that many are concerned and we assure you that the safety and health of our students is our top priority. We are following the authorities' recommendations closely and will act promptly if there is reason to introduce stricter routines or update this advice.

For more advice and information about the virus: https://www.folkhalsomyndigheten.se/the-public-health-agency-of-sweden/c...

Your Principal,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

 

 

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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

 

 

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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

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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

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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

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