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From the Principal

Christmas Time!

Dear all, 

I cannot believe that end of Autumn term is already here and that Christmas and New Year's just around the corner. During the last couple of weeks, the students have had their last tests and handed in their last projects. The teachers have been busy marking to meet the deadline for end of term grades. We have had Master Chef competitions in Home and Consumer studies classes, Junior School Disco and much more. 

Earlier this week we also celebrated Lucia in the morning. In the afternoon and evening we had the annual Christmas Market, a truly wonderful event where PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and students and staff come together to organise an evening with Lucia performance and Christmas spirit. As previous years, the students displayed their Art and Slöjd work in the school for their friends, parents and relatives to see. 

Today, the 16th of December, the kitchen staff serve Christmas Lunch (Julbord) for everyone in the Dining Hall. 

And... Student Choice days are on Monday and Tueday next week. There are so many fantastic choice acitivities to choose from this year, including Skapande skola projects at Tekniska Museum, Swimming, Ice Hockey, Martial Arts, Chess, Storytelling with pictures and much more. Students, I hope you will enjoy the choice days before Christmas and the two days in January. More Student Choice days will be planned for end of May. 

To all students, parents and staff that make IES Hässelby the wonderful school it is: Thank you!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Kind Regards,

Mr Granström 

 

Operation Work Day and Sodwana Bay Primary

Our journey with Sodwana Bay Primary began five and a half years ago. Sandy Schäfer, the previous principal, used to work at this little school in Sodwana Bay, South Africa. It had very few resources and facilities, and was in desperate need of help and support.

When we started IESH, we began supporting and working alongside Sodwana Bay Primary. Over the years, we have helped them to build several classrooms, a library, new offices, and have helped them with their day-to-day running expenses. We have been very fortunate to visit the school twice, once last year with two students.

One of the ways in which we raise money for Sodwana Bay Primary is through Operation Work Day. This is an amazing opportunity for our students to use their abilities to help make life better for people in another part of the world. During the morning or afternoon when students do not have their PTS conference, each student is asked to work for half the day. The work can be on the job with a parent, or even another relative. Students are given work to do, and they are paid for their work. Other ways in which money is raised is through bake sales, and the annual Spring Fair and the Christmas market.

The staff, students and parents of Sodwana Bay Primary are incredibly grateful for all the support we have given them over the years - 'Nothing would have happened without your help! We are forever grateful for what your school has done for us! Thank you!'

 

 

From the Principal

A Great Start to the Year

Dear all,  

Welcome back to a new school year. We have had a truly wonderful start!

On August 18th I said 'Good Morning Students' for the very first time to 93 new Grade 4 students. The very same day the staff and I welcomed back 470 students in grade 5-9. It is IESH tradition to start the year with two mentor days. These days are for routines, reminders and for building new teams. The staff worked hard to plan and execute the mentor days. Well done! 

Since those first couple of days, so much has happened at the school. The students have already had several checkpoints to show their teachers that they are meeting the high academic standards that we have for them. Checkpoints, tests and homework are great tools the teachers use to identify students that need an extra challenge and in order to ensure that all students fulfill their potential.  

Students, please remember that you can always go to tutorials (extra classes) in the afternoons to get help with homework or get that extra challenge you want and need.

Our new students have settled in well and so have the new staff. When I greet the students by the main entrance in the mornings, or when I walk through the corridors and out on the playground I see staff, old and new, spending that crucial time getting to know the students. Creating strong staff-student relationships has always been part of who we are in IES and I am proud to see the effort the staff is putting in to make this reality in IES Hässelby.  

Last week during Sport's Week the four Houses competed in outdoor sports' activities as well as designing posters and writing new chants resulting in a House parade around the school. This year there will be more frequent House events. Students earn points to their House in each event. At the end of the year, we will have a winning House. There will be prizes of course.

Speaking about prizes, two weeks ago I was at the annual IES Principals' Quality Conference. IES Hässelby received six trophies for the outstanding academic achievements our students had in the National Tests last academic year. Two examples: Best IES School on Academic Progress, and The Barbara Bergström Award for Best Overall Academic Achievement. To get such a recognition for the hard work our staff and students do every day is something special and something worth celebrating!

Students with awards

Choice Day

Choice Day

Choice day #4 has come and gone. Only one more this school year and then our incredible students and teachers get to show the products of what they have been working on all year in our Choice Showcase. There were a lot of fun moments during the day in our different choices. The students in Newspaper Choice were visited by two journalist to help them with the article they are writing and the students in Behind the Scene made great progress with the costumes for this years school play Beauty and the Beast.

Vice principal Mr Wallace had a lot of nice things to say about the day. Here are some of his favourite memories of the day: 

  • Mr. Farnsworth, Mr. Oxborough and some students in yr 9 going out of their way to make a fellow student's day a day he'll never forget. 
  • Watching Mr Pardo Garcia excitedly talking to a year 5 in the lunchroom line about Ninja Warrior. 
  • A portrait of Mr. Pournazaree done in Mr Bonnell's Comic Book Choice - IT'S AWESOME! 

Winter Sports Day!

Winter Sports Day!

On the 9th of Februrary all our students enjoyed a fantastic Winter Sports day with different activities. Students from year 4 to 8 did everything from swimming to climbing to playing football. Year 9 spent an exciting day in Romme skiing and snowboarding.

We are all looking forward to the next Sports day during the fall term!

Sports day

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