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A September letter from the Principal

A September letter from the Principal

Dear Students and Guardians at IESV

 

It is now September, and our school has been up and running for the past few weeks. The term has started well and we are impressed by the calm in our school. Our promotion and preventative work has given us the result we are striving for, and now we are continuing working with them this term.

 

I would like to begin by thanking you, the guardians, for the wonderful parent meetings and SPT talks that have taken place over the past two weeks. I can not stress enough the importance of us having a good collaboration with you at home. Together we work around the clock with the students, and to see your commitment means a lot, not only to us, but especially for the students! During our development talks, there was a very large attendance of parents and there were not many talks that weren’t conducted in regular time. However, we could see that the attendance during last week's parent meeting with the class mentors did not have as high attendance or that the interest was not as great in the parent group. From our side at the school, we want to encourage you to be a part of your children's everyday life, and to get to know the guardians of those with whom your children spend time. This will, of course, make it easier for mentors in their daily work with the class when guardians are fully involved. By saying that, I also want to take the opportunity to advertise for our PTA (Parents-Teacher-Association) coming up next month, on October 18th at 5.30 pm. These meetings will also take place online this term. We welcome all new and old class parents to the meeting! All information can be found on Schoolsoft. 

 

This term, we have redistributed our lessons in the students' schedule with a focus on reducing close contact and the spread of infection. This means that our students start and end at different times to prevent crowds inside and outside the school at the beginning and end of the school day. This is also to prevent congestion on public transport to and from school. In the same way that we ended the previous school year with all students being outdoors during breaks, we have also started this semester. This is also to reduce the spread of infection and to give students an opportunity to get some fresh air. We can see a great connection between the student’s movement outdoors during the break and the calm that prevails in the school. Furthermore, students continue to have a home classroom that belongs to their specific class, and for the time being, we do not use lockers in the corridor. This is to prevent close contact between year groups. This is our initial strategy to preventively try to prevent infection with Covid-19, which we know from experience has a tendency to increase after a holiday when everyone gathers again. However, when autumn strikes with cold, rain and other inclement weather, we will eventually return to letting students use their lockers again, but perhaps in a different way than before depending on recommendations from various authorities and mainly the Public Health Agency (FHM) and infection control doctors (smittskydd) in the Västmanland region . We still continue to work preventively on a regular basis in order to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. I would also like to encourage students and guardians to follow the Covid-19 Information that I regularly send out on Schoolsoft with the latest updates regarding our school. At the same time, I would also like to encourage you to follow the restrictions that still apply when it comes to staying home with the slightest of symptoms. This is something we must continue to take seriously and we will continue to send home students who show symptoms - I hope that as guardians, you will continue to support us in this work.

 

Last but certainly not least, I would like to take the opportunity to welcome our new colleague and also Assistant Principal with the responsibility for school's Academics, Mr Darren Wright, to us at IESV. Mr Wright most recently came from IES Eskilstuna, where he worked in a similar position, and we are happy to have him with us. Mr Wright replaces Mr Winkler, who took over as acting Assistant Principal during the previous academic year. Mr Winkler has now returned to his regular teaching position as a French teacher and mentor within our school.

 

Also do not forget to follow us on social media, such as our official IESV Facebook page and our Instagram. #strongertogether

 

As usual, we ask you not to hesitate to contact the school regarding various issues. The students' mentors are on hand for the daily conversation and management to support your general issues.

 

Thank you, 


Ms Nyborg - Principal

From the Principal

Welcome Back

Welcome Back

Dear Students and Guardians, 

 

Welcome back! We hope that you have had an enjoyable summer, filled with both rest and relaxation!

 

Last year was a year of change and growth in the shadow of the pandemic. We are now so excited to welcome you back to school and to a fresh academic year. Our staff has been working hard this past week to ensure that you will have one of the best years yet with us here at IES Västerås.

 

Due to the fact that we still are in a pandemic, we will be starting off the year the same as we left it last year - outside breaks, cubbies for each student, and year-specific corridors. This is to keep both our students and our staff safe, cautious, and healthy over these next coming months and prevent spreading the Covid-19 virus. 

 

Having said that, we have so much to look forward to when it comes to our students and their fantastic work ethic. IGCSE tests will be happening again this year in both English and Mathematics, as well as PRAO, National Tests, Student Council, PTA, and more - a lot to look forward to! We are so thrilled to welcome you back, and can’t wait for us to help each other to be #strongertogether. 

 

Ms Nyborg - Principal IESV

From the Principal

Principal's Blog - Life at IES Västerås

Principal's Blog - Life at IES Västerås

IES Västerås is a place ’Where teachers can teach and students can learn’. It is a rejuvenating process to walk around the school and experience this. 

We master english and swedish and use the academic terms of these languages to navigate through challenges in school. That’s personal growth! I am always amazed how english and swedish can be mastered by our students. This doesn’t just happen, but happens due to the constant hard work and determination to make it happen. That’s living the values!

Over the coming weeks knowledge will be taught, so gained, challenged, coached and tested. Lots of questions shall be created and answered and the language of learning brought to life in the classrooms. That’s the brilliance of life in a school. With the dedication to IES shared values leading the way, each person can be proud of high aspirations for themselves in the classroom, but also have high aspirations for our behaviour and manners. 

Manners are central to our behaviour leadership ethos. A simple ‘Please’ or ‘Thank you’ is essential in communicating politely throughout the day. Have the highest of expectations for behaviour and manners is a social norm. 

The last week’s in school have been great fun, allowing different theme days to be lived such as ‘Dress your Best’ and the grade 4/5 party organised by teachers and grade 9’s! Many more fun events shall be approaching. 

In school you’ll be hearing some interesting terms echoing through school in the coming weeks, such as ‘Literacy Leader’ and ‘Growth Mindset and Grit’ and ‘High Aspirations’. 

Students, go to the library to find out more! Reach for the extra mile and enjoy the journey over the coming weeks!

From the Principal

Principal's blog - A Bright Start

Principal's blog - A Bright Start

The year 2018 has started well and we are in full swing again. 

Students are settling into the routines and our wonderful staff are working hard everyday to deliver the best possible education. I'm proud to walk around our school, listening to students and teachers interact with one another in classrooms and corridors

 

National Tests are being completed successfully, students have been visiting Expectrum here in Västerås, year 4 completed Schack4an with an incredible result and PTA is working together with our Student Council to organise this years Spring Festival. We are also looking forward to our exchange student visitors from Spain and are planning a program for them that shows the best of Sweden and Västerås.  Winter break is almost upon us and then after this are the few short weeks to graduation. Meanwhile and as always we all continues to strive to make our school the best it can possibly be. 

 

Let me just take this opportunity to thank everyone for all their hard work and dedication to making IESV such a proud place to work. 

 

Ms Nyborg 

From the Principal

Principal's Blog

Principal's Blog

It's autumn and winter is quickly approaching again and I want to take this time to ask both students and parents to be extra careful when traveling from and to school. Reflective bands and clothing can really help and I ask that drivers to please slow down when dropping off and collecting students, thank you.

Recently we had the great talent show performed by very talented students and special cultural dishes made by our kitchen in collaboration with our teachers from around the world. All with great results, so I want to thank everyone who has been involved in these activities.

IES Västerås continues to be a place I as a principal am extremely proud to be a part of and thank everyone for their hardwork and dedication to making this school amazing. Now we are looking forward to our Open House and for the start of this academic year’s National Tests coming up.

From the Principal

From the Principal

From the Principal

Things are back in full swing again here at IESV.

The term has started well with a very successful BBQ and Meet n Greet. Classes are settling into their usual routines and lots of students are reporting that they are happy with the re-mixing of classes and they have had chance to make some new friends. Teachers as well as other members of staff have noticed how calm the corridors are and they hope they can continue this way.

Autumn is hectic time of the year with an student exchange program to Spain and different cultural and sport event as well as our annual Open house for all students and parents.

I myself is looking forward to the weeks ahead and know with such a great team behind me we can make a real difference to all the lives of our students here at IES Västerås.

 

Ms Nyborg - principal

From the Principal

November-blog

November-blog

November-blog

Time flies! It feels like summer was just yesterday but today when I look out the window I see the first snowflakes fall gently to the ground. Even though we can see the end of the term there is still lots of things we need to do before waving goodbye to 2016.

First and foremost I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for all the fun and interesting meetings I had the pleasure to take part of during our SPT days week 43. For me communication with parents is just as important as it is with the students. It is also fun to see that so many parents have been seizing the opportunity to visit the school during their allocated times. I bump into parents in our corridors and classrooms almost every day, which is both fun and something I am a strong supporter of.

We are currently focusing on how to increase the active student influence in our school and how to allow them to be a part of the decision making in regards to their teaching, but also in activities such as sports days and other school events. Our school’s Student Council, lead by the two new presidents, are hard at work planning our Open House together with the PTA. The Open House, which takes place December 7th, welcomes all parents and siblings to come and take part of our organisation.

Further the school’s Student Health and Safety Officers (elevskyddsombud) together with the Health and Safety Officer (skyddsombud) are working on the school environment, I am eagerly awaiting more information from them in this important task. With this in mind I would like to once more praise students and teachers who during last weeks fire drill showed a prime example of how a fire drill should be done. All 750 students and staff responded promptly to the alarm and lined up quietly in their classes in shorter time than ever before - it was an impressive sight!

So it may be a hectic, but fun, November we have to look forward to! 

From the Principal

Welcome back to school and a new exciting year at IESV!

Welcome back to school and a new exciting year at IESV!

So much is happening in and around our school just now. Inside the school, classes are doing cooperation exercises and setting the conditions for a stimulating and creative environment together with mentors and teachers

 

Outside of the school, work with the traffic environment and a well-planned bus stop is in progress to make it safer for the students to get to and from school.

 

We are now, in the beginning of the Fall term, going to have our SPT’s (student, parent, teacher meetings) with establishment of IUP’s (Individual Development plans) led by the mentors. Following that we will have our traditional Family BBQ and this year’s first meeting with guardians and student care representatives in the parent committee.

 

All of us who work at the school look very much forward to the coming academic year with all that it entails -  from teaching to activities and events.

 

So Welcome back to school and the academic year 2018-19 to all of our new and old students!

 

Ms Nyborg - Principal of IESV

From the Principal

From Ms Nyborg

From Ms Nyborg

Walking around school just now fills me with such pride. There are hard working, courteous and kind students everywhere. Listening to their excited conversations about classes and our wonderful staff fills my heart with glee. The long dark winter days are over and spring has finally sprung which means the students are spending more and more time out in the sun during breaks and there is very little time left before summer break. Plans for Graduation and Prom are in full swing, Year 9 students are both excited and a little sad to be leaving. Students are busy with National Tests and are working hard to do their absolute best. Our annual Spring Festival, which is being arranged by the Student Council together with our active PTA, is coming up soon and we are this year proud that this event happens when our exchange students from our partners school in Spain are visiting us.

 We are also very happy that our cameras have been installed around the school to help improve security and are a great source of comfort to both the students and staff alike.

At the same time that we are planning for the end of this academic year we are also busy preparing for the next, the academic year of 2018-19, to welcome our new 128 Year 4 students in the absolute best way possible.

 

Ms Nyborg - proud principal of IESV

From the Principal

Principal's Blog - Winter Break

Principal's Blog - Winter Break

As the end of one year closes and a new one begins it's always a great time to reflect back on how the year has gone and how we can be moving into the future. You have survived challenges and succeeded when you thought it was impossible. You have worked hard and given it your absolute best. You have shown courage and determination to improve but most of all you have the chance to surprise yourself and others just how much you are able to achieve, to be proud of yourself! Remember, our mistakes are often just lessons designed to help shape the course of this amazing journey of life and give us the chance to reach even further than even we thought possible. As we look forward into our futures I ask you to paint it bright, bold and vivid. Live in the now but plan for amazing tomorrow's.

 

Enjoy the winter break spend time with your friends and family share food, laughter and love and return in the New Year ready to continue our amazing time together.

 

Wishing you all the best from myself and all the staff at IES Västerås.

 

Ms Nyborg - Proud Principal of IES Västerås

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