The 23/24 academic year is underway! As well as diving straight into teaching and learning, which is always our main objective, we started the term with mentor days for students to get to know their new classes; a successful Back to School Festival (thank you PTA); and a blowy but rainfree athletics day at Bolindervallen. We always enjoy getting to know our students and seeing them succeed both inside and outside the classroom.
Our school council and food council have both had their first meetings, and conveyed their opinions and wishes to the management.
Our first Parent Café took place on Tuesday 26/9. Anna Gutniak, specialist doctor in youth medicine, had an interesting session regarding risk taking, normal development, and gave guardians tips on handling their teenager.
Mentor Time is an opportunity for us to present information on careers, gymnasium, and for us to talk about being a citizen in Sweden. In week 39, one of our counsellors will talk about cultural intelligence, and in week 40 an ex-student will come and talk to year 8 and 9 about his life, studies and employment since leaving IESJ 10 years ago. Someone from the defence force is coming to talk to our students in year 8 and 9 in week 41.
Fun Fridays continue - We have had one Fun Friday which raised enough money to plant 254 trees in Niger, and the next Fun Friday will be 13 th October.
But as I said our main objective is to create a safe environment for our students where they can learn all they can in their time with us, and we see evidence of this everywhere: Year 9 are extracting DNA from a kiwi, Year 8 are learning about the Industrial Revolution, Year 7 are working with tonal drawings in art, Year 6 are writing autobiographies in Swedish, Year 5 are creating animal landscapes in art.
October 16th there is half study day, students arrive at lunch time.
October 20th is a full study day for students as all staff are at a Conference.