The Science Department at IESV now has a dedicated space for information and resources to help students with science. It's called the IESV Science Hub. Please, have a look!
Yesterday was a very special day for me as I was able to offer a warm welcome to our new students in years 4 and 6. I'm sure this was a very special day for them too. These students have changed school, have a new teacher, new classmates and are now learning a new language that will open the door to many new opportunities for them. I really admire their courage in making this decision and taking such a big step. I am looking forward to getting to know them all and I've met some great characters so far!
I also want to welcome back our existing students who contributed so much last year towards making IES Västerås a positive learning environment. We are joined by a number of new international and Swedish staff who, I can confidently say, strengthen our team a great deal.
We have a great year ahead of us, make sure you stop by my blog to keep up with all the news and events happening here at IES Västerås.
I am happy to announce that the final inspection of our new junior block has been completed. The work was done to a very high standard and ahead of schedule. All that we need now is the furniture and students to fill it! Opening in August, the new block will contain 6 classrooms, 2 science labs, a larger library space and the Junior Club.
The next step in developing our school building will be to redevelop the kitchen, starting in June. This will enable us to make all our school meals here on-site and from scratch. This is something that everybody at IES Västerås is very excited about, especially our excellent chefs! Some pictures of the new junior block are included below.
Greetings from sunny Västerås,
This week, Ms Stålhammar (5b) organised skräpplockarvecka (pick up litter week) at IES Västerås. With the sun shining the students have been able to put on their gloves and go out collecting litter and rubbish from the area around our school. It is amazing what they managed to find! A couple of examples include old hubcaps, a shopping trolley, planks of wood, signs, buckets and containers as well as many other strange things. Fortunately, our Caretaker Mr Schröder was there to help with yellow rubbish bags and to take things that the students didn't want to touch. The arrival of 6 new litter bins to go outside the school will also help everyone keep IES Västerås looking as beautiful as it does now. For all their hard work, every student will receive a reward on Monday...
Earlier in the week, 4d celebrated their success in Schack 4:an. We are very proud to announce that they will be competing in the National Final to be held here in Västerås at the ABB-arena on 1st June. Ms Rosengren has done a great job of leading and supporting 4d in this competition. I am delighted with their progress and was very happy to support them in eating their celebratory chess cake!
Staying with the chess theme, check my blog next week to find out what's happening here at IES Västerås.
I'd like to start by welcoming you back from the Easter Holiday. We are feeling revitalised and ready for a productive run-in to summer!
Everyday I take pride in seeing our students helping each other, working hard and contributing to the positive school environment. Having a school where teachers can teach and students can learn is very important. One way of achieving this is through our positive behaviour initiative. When a student shows positive behaviour, whether social or academic, they are rewarded with a point for their house. Our school has 4 houses- Blue, Orange, Yellow and Green. Points are accumulated and each month the students from the house with the most points take part in a Reward Day.
Today was just such a day, and students in the Orange House were rewarded with the activity of their choice for an hour in the morning. Some chose to play dodgeball in the gym with Mr Quai. Others played Ping Pong outside with Mr Molloy. Ms Thompson ran the cinema room whilst Ms Condon and Ms MacIntosh made scones and chocolate balls respectively. Students put their Fifa 13 skills to the test in the games room with Ms Åhlin and Ms Cegrell played Guitar Hero with another group of Orange House students. I strongly believe that positive behaviour should be recognised and rewarded and days like this offer a great way of doing so.
In other news, I am delighted to announce that IES Västerås will play host to the next IES Regional Conference for the mid-region schools. We look forward to welcoming IES Örebro, IES Karlstad and IES Eskilstuna here in September. The conference last year in Karlstad was a huge success which we hope to build on. One of the many advantages in being an IES school is that we can share best practice and support each other in moving forward.
Finally, I would like to thank our landlords Lönnbacken for contributing a drum kit and PA system to the Music Department. The drum kit is already getting lots of use and the PA system will come in very handy at the school variety show later in the term. Though we value a calm environment in school, I think an exception can be made here!