As the Autumn term gets underway it is always most pleasing to see old and new teachers alike in our schools and to report back that we are progressing well. Recently, I visited all the schools as myself and Ms Bergström implemented the Quality Reports, and we got the opportunity, as always, to get a glimpse into life in the corridors and classrooms of Internationella Engelska Skolan.
There is so much one could say and comment upon but suffice to say I noticed the following; in Täby a new determination to give Bromma and Enskede a run for their academic prowess and money, Internationella Engelska Skolan i Sunsdvall continues to be the star of the North, Internationella Engelska Skolan i Gävle appears determined to become the sports capital of the company and both Uppsala and Hässelby are imbued with new optimism as they begin their innovative lives as Internationella Engelska Skolan enterprises.
From a cultural perspective the schools are thriving as normal. Mr Howell presented the first Like It Day award recently in Gavle to a very surprised but happy competition winner. While involvement in Kulturådet's Skapande Skolan initiative will see even more students test themselves creatively this year.
On the back of the great success of the American summer schools programme, Internationella Engelska Skolan will develop this enterprise further and offer an additional extra summer programme in the UK. In academics we have instigated two Teacher Mentors to support Mr Damian Brunker and Mr Eric Toste has taken on a new and exciting role as Student Development Manager as the camp programme extends and matures to offer student leadership courses and social support across the company.
Internationella Engelska Skolan is competitive and we like to win, it is who we are. To further emphasise this I can proudly announce that even before the term started, Internationella Engelska Skolan was nominated as a candidate for Schools Group of the Year in the UK. Our UK manager, Jodie King, is pleased and hopefully this type of positive publicity will only give our project there even more momentum as we strive to establish our first school in England for 2012.
Let me close by informing everyone that Internationella Engelska Skolan has recently formed a partnership with the Swedish Rugby Association and Internationella Engelska Skolan i Jonkoping is currently working on developing rowing ´sculls´ clubs across our schools. Good luck to both initiatives and we can all look forward to our students reveling in the mud and on the water in the near future.
Keep on keeping on.