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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
Our Accessible Education Team here at IES Kista have been working hard over the summer and during the start of the term to make sure that our processes for support and assessment of student needs are done with quality and makes us catch, see and help students who need different approaches to be able to access the content taught in class. Below you can see some videos of who they are and what they do.
The school year has now begun and as seen above we were ready to welcome our new and returning students to our school this Monday morning. The lines were long and full of excited students. Our first few days have been really good and we have enjoyed getting to know some of our new students as well as seeing how much our returning students have grown during the summer.
Please remember the Parent Evenings on September 3rd (Year 4-6) and 4th (7-9) at 5.45 PM to 7 PM. On the photo above you can see our new Assistant Principal for Student Care, Mr Mark Dunnell, who will assist me and Ms Martin, Assistant Principal for Academics, in creating an outstanding school in Kista.
The IES Kista team are looking forward to an academic year full of learning, development and strong relationships leading to a successful school were students are proud to study!
I am extremely grateful for the fantastic welcome I was given during Wednesday last week. I could not have asked for a better start. I am now installed in the office and I spent most of Wednesday listening to students and staff and getting a feel for the school as well as addressing all staff in a meeting at the end of the day.
We have a big job ahead of us to get to where we want to be, a calm and welcoming school where teaching and learning is at the center of each day, but I am sure that we will get there. The three keywords that will permeate my leadership are as they were at IES Uppsala, dedication, communication and clarity.
To get where we want to go, we need to work hard, communicate well and be clear in our vision for IES Kista. I hope that my work together with our staff will earn your trust and faith in IES Kista as the best place in education for you.
Over the last years IES Kista has expanded tremendously, something that we are very happy about. We are now at 900 students and over 100 members of staff. Since our beginning, the safety and security of our students and staff has always been our top priority and we aspire to excel in all aspects of school life.
To ensure that we can maintain the same focus on both quality and providing the ideal environment for education during this period of rapid growth we have made the decision to install cameras around the school. The cameras will be an extra tool which will help staff to ensure that we maintain a quiet and safe learning environment, outside as well as inside of the classrooms. By installing security cameras outside the classrooms, we will enable staff to increase their focus on work within our classrooms to improve the academic quality and to ensure that we meet each and every student's needs.
On the 17th of October IES Kista hosted the Internationella Engelska Skolan annual general meeting, the AGM, a true honour. To commemorate the honour, the red carpet was laid out in front of the main entrance, giving the event a touch of flare. Several members of the head office attended the meeting, amongst others Mr. Åkerman, CFO and acting CEO, Ms. Dohman, Deputy CFO, Mr. Stenquist, vice CEO and Mr. Hännel, IR relations. Also represented on the AGM was Vinge juristbyrå, the companys law representatives.
The AGM was hosted in the auditorium here at IES Kista and Mr. Åkerman, the CFO and acting CEO estimates that the AGM was attended by some 40 shareholders, including the founder of the company, Ms. Barbara Bergstrom, as well as Mr. Bergstrom.
As the visitors of the AGM entered the school they were greeted by student representatives of the welcoming committee; Chrishell, Sheila, Isac, Leonard, Samuel and Alexandra, all students of 9D here at IES Kista. They all contributed to the professional and welcoming atmosphere that greeted the visitors of the AGM.
The AGM was a great success and the Principal of IES Kista would like to take the opportunity to thank all the staff of IES Kista and the students of the welcoming committee for making the AGM the success that it was, and IES Kista is already looking forward to the next AGM.