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From the Principal

Reflektion om uppehållsrummet

Dear all,

idag hade jag förmånen att vikariera i vårt uppehållsrum (common room) och det slog mig vilken sociala arena en skola är. Här samlas, under en kort stund, väldigt många tonåringar för att koppla av och interagera med varandra. De spelar spel, skrattar eller bara hänger i sofforna. Ingen använder mobiltelefon eller surfplattor utan alla är närvarande och samspelar på olika sätt med varandra. Jag undrar vad som rör sig i huvudet på alla våra fantastiska elever: Vem är jag? Duger jag? Vad tycker hon/han om mig? Dessa frågor är förmodligen mycket viktigare här och nu för dem än vad de ska lära sig på nästa lektion…

Efter en stund kom några elever fram till mig och undrade om jag ville spela kortspelet “Skitgubbe”. De visade hur det gick till, och jag förlorade förstås. Två andra elever kom fram och frågade om jag “kunde läsa deras hemliga språk?” Det kunde jag förstås inte men vi fick ett gott skratt!

När lektionerna började efter lunchrasten blev common room alldeles tyst och tomt, som en tågperrong när tåget har gått. Känslan jag bär med mig är: vilken bra skola vi har med alla dessa fina ungdomar. Dessutom, man behöver inte ha mobiltelefoner eller surfplattor för att ha kul!

Take care, Mr. Andreasson

From the Principal

Newsletter from the Principal, Nov. -16

Dear students and guardians,

Time flies and now it is time for a well deserved autumn break for students and staff. In this newsletter I would like to tell you a little about what has happened at school during this term and what will happen until the winter break.

As you all know,  Internationella Engelska Skolan (since the first year 1993) works strongly towards three fundamental values: 1) Command of the English language, 2) A safe and orderly school environment and 3) High academic standards.  By strictly following these value words we prepare our students for a school environment where students and teachers can focus on learning.  During our daily work we constantly work towards these values; to let the students speak English as much as possible, collect all mobile phones in the morning, the morning greeting by school leadership  by the school entrance and extra class after school are all examples of activities to make our vision reality. Together with us at school you, the guardians, play a key role in helping the students understand and learn to live by our values.  I would like to encourage you to often talk to your children about what these values mean, why they are important and how the children can work towards making them a reality. Therefore I would like to inform you about a new policy we have regarding mobile phones. See Link. I ask that you speak to your children about this policy. Times for extra class is as follows 16/17 Extra Class. We have also started a program called “Idiom of the week”, which means that a metaphor is presented during class time and students and staff will discuss what this idiom means both in English and Swedish. Feel free to discuss these with your child: Idiom of the week.

For exact dates and times this school year, see attached document Important dates for guardians and students 16/17. This document will be updated during the school year. Note that there are several teacher work days during this school year, and that the next teacher work day is Thursday the 18th of November (Junior Club will remain open) and that the last day of the fall term is Thursday December 22.

Our building here at IES Halmstad (previously known as Örjanskolan) is celebrating its 110 year anniversary this year,  and to acknowledge this we will have an exhibition Thursday the 10th of November between 17:30 - 19:00 with music and snacks prepared by the students from our domestic science and music classes. Everyone is welcome this evening, especially previous students and staff that has once studied or worked in this building. Our students will also experience “ A day in school 110 years ago” on Friday the 11th of November. Here teachers will dress in time appropriate clothes and teach the way students were taught 110 years ago. Lunch this day will also be time appropriate.

During weeks 45-50 oral national tests in Swedish, mathematics and English will be held for students in year 6 and 9. See Link

During week 51 (Monday 19th of December - Wednesday 21st of December) we will have student choice here at IES Halmstad. Students have chosen activities and enrichments (rank of 1-4), they would like to participate in. Choices include various themes in athletics, music and practical studies. Which choices they have been assigned will be officially announced in a few weeks. Last years experience with choice shows that the students appreciated to get to know new friends from other classes and year groups.

From the start of fall term this August,  the building next to IES Halmstad have housed students from Furulundsskolan. These student will continue to be in this building for the remainder of the school year (June 2017). So far the cooperation between the two schools have worked well and I am convinced it will continue to work well throughout the year.

We will shortly install more bicycle racks so that more bikes can be parked in front of the main building.

I also would strongly encourage all guardians to change your settings in School Soft so that your contact information can be shared with other parents at the school. See Link…. In this way the communication between parents / Heart Parents will be easier.  If you have questions regarding School Soft, please contact Ms. Engberg (karoline.engberg.halmstad@engelska.se).

And finally to some reminders: School insurance does not cover any loss or damage to a student’s mobile phone or other valuable during school time. During P.E lessons I encourage you to bring shoes into the dressing rooms to prevent risk of theft. I would also encourage (to ensure safety for our students) to drop off your child in the morning without entering Gymnasiegatan.

Do not hesitate to contact me or the school reception if you have any questions or comments.

I hope for a continued good cooperation during this school year!

/ Mr. Andreasson, Principal

From the Principal

Newsletter from the Principal August -16

Dear students and guardians,

I hope you have all had a great summer and I would now like to welcome you back to school for a new academic year.

Wednesday the 17th of August will be the first day back to school for the students. The students attending Junior School (Yr 4-6) will start school at 8.15 am and finish at 11.00 am. The students attending Senior School (Yr 7-9) will start school at 11.15 am and finish at 2..45 pm. Junior Club will be open from the first day of school for the children registered to attend our after school club (fee: 3000 kr/term). Lunch will be served for the students in Senior School as well as the children attending Junior Club. The students will then be attending their regular classes according to their timetables from Friday the 18th of August. The student’s individual timetables can be found on Schoolsoft. However, please note that the timetables are still at the preliminary stage and may still be subject to change.

I would also like to invite you to attend a parents meeting. The parents meeting for the guardians of children attending Junior School will be held on Monday 22nd of August between 5.30-7.00 pm. You will be given the opportunity to meet the students mentors, ask questions and receive practical information about the school, as well as establish the first contact with your child’s/children’s mentor. The parents meeting for the guardians of children attending Senior School will be held on Monday 29th of August.between 4.00-7.00 pm.The format for this evening is a drop-in evening, called Meet Your Mentor, and this is an opportunity for you to meet and establish a contact with your child’s/children’s mentor. There is no need to book an appointment in advance. Just pop in at your convenience during the hours available.

The students in Yr 6 and Yr 8 will have a teambuilding event, with an overnight stay, on Thursday the 15th of September to Friday the 16th of September. Further information about this event will be given closer to the date. A further two days in order to foster good relationships between the students within the classes and with their mentors are planned to take place on two separate occasions during the academic year.

Please see the enclosed document Important dates for guardians and students 16-17  for further information about the next academic year. This document will be updated with new information regularly throughout the academic year as needed. Please note the amount and dates of inset days (study days for teachers) already planned in the calendar. Please also note that the first of these days will be on Wednesday the 31st of August.

The school playground has been equipped with yet another football pitch during the summer. This as a result of the high demand on the existing football pitch and requests from the students. Students from Senior School at Furulundsskolan will be using the building next to the main building of our school between the weeks 34 to 43. A collaboration between the Principles of both school has already begun to aid in trying to accommodate for the large number of students using the two buildings.The students of both school will be shown around each other's school during the first couple of weeks, and there will be weekly meetings between representatives from both schools to deal promptly with any problems that may arise as well as encourage a harmonious co-existence between the two schools. The guardians of students attending both IES and Furulundsskolan will be sent a letter prior to the students first day of school outlining what we will be expecting from the students in order for this collaboration to work as well as possible.

Please note that we have a new policy regarding the usage of mobile phones, see link. Please ensure your children are informed of this policy.

If you have any questions about School soft please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Andersson (karoline.andersson.halmstad@engelska.se).

Finally, some reminders: The school’s insurance policy does not cover damage to, or loss of, the mobile phones of your children during school hours. Out of concern for the safety of our students we urge you not to drop off, or pick up, your children from Gymnasiegatan.

Please do not hesitate to contact me, or the staff at the reception desk, should you have any questions.

Best regards /Mr. Andreasson, Principal

From the Principal

June -16 Newsletter from the Principal

Dear students and guardians,

It is now summer vacation for all students and teachers. With this letter, I would like to give  you some brief information about the upcoming school year.

The school year will start on Wednesday, the 17th of August. Note that on this first day of school Junior School is from 8:15 to 11:00 am, while Senior School is from 11:15 to 2:45 pm, and that no lunch will be served for Junior School students. For exact dates and times  concerning the upcoming academic year, see the attached document 16/17 Important dates for students / guardians. This document will be updated during the school year.

In order to facilitate the administrative process, and for teachers to be able to grade later, the “terminsbetyg” spring 2016 will be sent home to you by mail during the month of June.

In early August, the class schedules will be posted on SchoolSoft. These schedules will show who will be teaching each class and who the class mentors will be. If you have students in grade 6 and/or grade 8 next school year, their new class lists will be sent home during week 24.

If you have any questions - please do not hesitate in contacting me or our school reception.

Wishing you all a wonderful summer,

Best regards /Mr. Andreasson, Principal

From the Principal

Christmas letter from the Principal

Dear students and parents,

Now that the fall term has ended I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I would also like to provide you with a few reminders concerning next year’s school term.

We are having a discussion with PTA and representatives from the municipality about how the traffic situation at our school can improve. One practical measure that all of you can help with is to NOT drive on Gymnasiegatan. Instead leave and pick-up your children near the school.

I want to encourage our students to use Extra Class (see the attached document Extra Class & After school clubs) since this is a great opportunity to train extra on subjects outside the students’ needs and abilities. Please also note that students are free to use our IES clubs. For exact times during the spring term, see attached document Important dates for students/guardians Spring term 15/16.

Spring term starts Monday, January 11 according to schedule.

Thank you for your confidence in letting us educate your children. If you have any questions or thoughts, please do not hesitate to contact me or the school’s reception.

Best regards /Mr. Andreasson, Principal

From the Principal

December newsletter from the Principal

Dear students and parents,

Time flies so fast and now we have only two weeks remaining before the fall semester is completed. I would like this letter to give an overview of what will happen in our school these last remaining weeks:

Wednesday, Dec. 9, we will celebrate the Nobel Day (a day early) at our school. We will hand out a literature prize to two students/class in year 6 and year 9 and an illustration prize to two students/class in year 6 and year 9. For many weeks this last fall all of our students in year 6 and year 9 have worked with short story writing (together with author Camilla Jönsson), and in Art they have worked with illustrating their story. The prize winners will get their work published in a book, and it will be available to borrow in our school library. Prize winners will also receive a Nobel lunch served by the undersigned.

Friday, Dec. 11, we will have our Lucia celebration in the school cafeteria where the school choir will perform some traditional Christmas carols.

Monday, Dec. 14, is "Polar Express Day” and all students may come to school in their pajamases/bathrobes. Year 4 students will see the film in the lunchroom, and the Senior School students can buy hot chocolate and ginger snaps in the Common Room.

Between Tuesday, Dec. 15 and Thursday, Dec. 17, students will not follow their normal lesson schedule, instead, during these days students will have student's choice. Students are divided into Junior and Senior school groups mixing students from different classes. Based on students' choices, they will carry out activities such as ball games, theater, creating a book, language studies, crafting with jeans, cooking and health class. My hope is that it will create positive contact between students in different classes and develop opportunities to interact with one another in ways which are not possible in everyday school life. On the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 17 classes will clean on the school premises.

Friday, Dec. 18, no lunch is served, except for the students in Junior Club, and Junior Club is open until 17:00. Christmas break starts as follows:

Year Groups

Start Time

Time in Aula

Time in Classroom

End Time

Years 4 & 6

8.15

8.20-9.05

9.10-10.10

10.15

Years 5 & 8

8.15

9.15-10.00

8.15-9.15

10.10

Years 7 & 9

9.00

10.10-10.55

9.10-10.10

11.00

During w. 51 to w. 4, the municipality will tear down the old dining room (yellow building) on the school yard. They are going to construct a fence surrounding the area around the dining room which may lead to some problems for students who bike back and forth to school (the bike path on Kastanjeallén). Please inform your children about this.

Spring term starts Monday, Jan. 11, in accordance to the normal schedule.

Last but not least I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! 
If you have any questions - please do not hesitate to contact me or the school's reception.

Best regards /Mr. Andreasson, Principal

From the Principal

News letter October from the Principal

Dear students and guardians,

I hope you have a good autumn! I would like with this letter inform you about what has happened at school and what will happen in the near future. As I wrote in the last newsletter, the Senior School students have a Common Room, which is manned by English speaking staff. The prom committee has also started to sell refreshments to the Senior School students. In the top two corridors we now have "Quiet Zone", which means that the students should talk in a low tone of voice with each other. The aim is to create a peaceful and secure environment before, during and after class. Overall, I feel that this change has been very positive for the students - they have a clear area where they can "relax" at recess and a clear area where they can study and prepare for class.

Over the coming time, development talks will be held for our students and you book an appointment through SchoolSoft. We have also decided on the school's Code of Conduct, and I urge you guardians to discuss with your children why we have these rules. Overall, I feel that we now have a better schedule based on the priorities we (after evaluation of students and parents) decided before this academic year. We have also decided on a policy for how and when we apply detention - see the document Detention policy - and I want you also to discuss this document with your children. I would like to remind you that the school is not responsible for replacing any damage done to students' cell phones. I also want to encourage our students to attend Extra class - see attached document Extra Class - because this is a great opportunity to train extra on subjects based on the student's needs and abilities. Please also note our IES clubs that students are free to use.

You may have read in the newspaper that the old sports hall will be an educational centre sponsored by the municipal electricity company HEM. The idea is that local schools should be able to use this center to enhance the understanding of sustainable development and environmental issues. It's obviously great that our students will be close to this building, and my hope is that we will use this in the best of ways. For exact times this school year, see attached document "Important Dates School Year 15/16". Note that Tuesday October 20th is an extra staff planning afternoon, and that the students end their lessons at 13.00 - Junior Club is open as usual. 

Prior to this year, we have initiated a development project in grading and assessments. Our teachers regularly - using external trainers - discuss how the grading system works and strategies for so-called formative assessments. We will also have co-assessments along with IES Hässleholm and IES Lund. Overall, my hope is that our students' learning will be facilitated, and that we get a more secure and equal assessment at school.

If you have any questions - please do not hesitate to contact me or the school's reception.

Best regards /Mr. Andreasson, Principal

From the Principal

Welcome letter August. -15

Dear students and guardians,

I hope you all had a nice summer and I would like to greet you with a warm welcome to a new school year. The school year begins Monday, August 17th. Note that the Junior School starts 8:15 and ends 11:00, and Senior School 11:15 and ends 14:45. No lunch will be served this day for Junior School students.

Also note that the "Meet your mentor" day is Tuesday, August 25th at 16:00 to 19:00. A regular parent-teacher meeting information is cancelled (this information will instead be posted on SchoolSoft) and replaced with a "drop in"-evening with the opportunity to meet with school staff. The aim is to create the opportunity for parents to establish a personal contact with the student's mentor, and determine how and when the contact will take place during the autumn term. There will also be a number of workshops (evaluation - ratings, SchoolSoft, library, textbooks, etc.). For exact times next academic year, see attached document "Important Dates School Year 15/16". This document will be updated during the school year.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best Regards

Mr. Andreasson Principal

tomas.andreasson.halmstad@engelska.se

073-661 98 60

From the Principal

Newsletter from the Principal June -15

Dear students and guardians,

It is now summer vacation for students and teachers, and I would like with this letter to give you some brief information about the next school year.

The school year begins Monday, August 17th. Note that Junior School start at 8.15 and end at 11.00, and Senior School at 11.15 - 14.45. No lunch is served for the students in Junior School. Note also the "Meet your mentor" Tuesday, August 25 at 15.00 - 19.00. A regular parent-teacher meeting is deleted (this information will instead be posted on SchoolSoft) and replaced with a "drop-in" evening with the opportunity to meet school staff. The aim is to create the opportunity for parents to establish a personal contact with the student's mentor and determine how and when contact will take place during the autumn term. There will also be a number of workshops (evaluation - grades, SchoolSoft, the school library, textbooks, etc.). In order to strengthen the mentor role we have planned two mentor events extra during the school year in which the mentors and the students do something outside of school. The aim is to create good relationships between mentor and student.

For exact times the next academic year, see attached document "Important Dates School Year 15/16". This document will be updated during the school year.

In order to facilitate the administrative process and enable teachers to grade later - term grades for spring 2015 will be sent home by mail to you during the month of June.

In the autumn of 2015, we’ll take in three new classes of year 4 (2 classes of year 9 leave us) which means that it during the next academic year will be just under 600 students at the school. We have thus "fully grown" and will for the foreseeable future be a school with three classes in each grade, and a total of 600 students. In early August, the classes schedules will be posted on SchoolSoft. Before the summer holiday each class will receive information from their mentor about who will be teaching in each subject the next school year, and who will be mentor for the class. We have for the next school year opted for half class once a week in Swedish and Mathematics for grade 4. In grade 7 and 9, students will have a half class once a week in Swedish while grade 8 will have it in English. Overall, my hope is that it will lead to better results in regards to grades for the students.

As I mentioned in the last newsletter, we will have a common room for the Senior school (in the current library), which has been a great demand from our students. The common room will, in cooperation with the student union, be furnished and staffed with an adult between the hours of 9:00 to 15:00 every day. The current library will move to the common room on level 1. We will also invest in our schoolyard, including more play equipment and a corralled ball field. At the same time a municipal day care will open in the 'new annex', and much of the current football field will not be available to our students. Overall, I hope that we get a "smaller but better schoolyard".

For the next academic year, we also plan a development project in grades and assessment. Our teachers regularly - using external trainers - will discuss how the grading system is constructed and strategies ISK formative assessment. We will also have sambedömning together with the IES Hässleholm and IES Lund. Overall, I hope that this will improve our students' learning, and that we get a more fair and equal assessment at school.

If you have any questions - don’t hesitate to contact me or the school’s reception.

I wish you all a pleasant summer vacation,

Best regards
Mr. Andreasson, Principal

From the Principal

Newsletter from the Principal April -15

Dear students and guardians,

It is now Easter break for students and teachers and I want to take the opportunity to inform a bit about what we have done, and what will happen in school in the near future.

During the spring we worked on with our systematic fire protection work. We conducted a fire drill for all students and staff with smoke in the hallways in the middle of March. The result was very good and according to the manager from the rescue, this was "one of the best and well-structured evacuation I have been through." We have also trained staff in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and also purchased a defibrillator.

Planning for the next school year has begun and we will bring in three new classes of year 4 (2 classes of year 9 leave us) which means that during the next academic year will be just under 600 students at the school. We have thus "fully grown" and will for the foreseeable future be a school with three classes in each year and a total of 600 students. We have also compiled and made decisions from the surveys from students, parents and staff have decided what is important to the schedule layout. Junior school start time will be 8:15, while Senior School will have a more flexible start time; we will strive to start at 8:15 but some days, occasional classes will start a little later. All classes will not have class time on Monday morning, but some later Monday. Stopping school early on Friday afternoons will not be prioritized. Taken together, these measures will facilitate the principles that students, parents and staff feel are most important:

  • lunch break at least 40 minutes

  • a morning break for the junior school for 20 minutes

  • 10 minutes between classes

As I mentioned in the last newsletter, we will also have a common room (break room) for senior school (in the current library), which has been a great demand from our students. The common room will, in association with the student council, be furnished and is going to be manned by an adult between the hours of 9:00 to 15:00 every day. Current library will move to the common room on Level 1. We will also invest in our schoolyard, including more play equipment and a corralled ball field. At the same time a municipal preschool will open in the "new annex", and much of the current football field will not be available to our students. Overall, I hope we get a "less but better schoolyard."

For next year we will be able to offer our year 9 students Cambridge English; IES cooperates with the University of Cambridge, and enables year 9 students to take a Cambridge Certificate in English in Sweden. This certificate is worldwide recognized as proof of proficiency in English. For next year we are also planning a development and training in formative assessment, more information will be coming in later newsletters.

Our exchange with IES Breckland in the UK will this year take place at the end of April.  Between April 15-19 we will be visited by English learners, and one week later, 9 students from year 9 will travel across to the school in Breckland. A collaboration that we look forward to and hope to give our students the inspiration and new perspectives.

This semester is the first year that year 9 students receive diplomas at IES Halmstad. Separate information has gone out to parents concerned about the graduation and the prom dates. Note that school is out for years 4-8 on Thursday, June 11, end of term celebration  starts at 16:30 on the lawn outside Örjanshallen.

In the last newsletter I wrote that the fall semester starts Thursday, August 13, but this is incorrect. The school year starts Monday, August 17 - for exact times next school year, see attached document "Important Dates School Year 15/16".

As you know, we use SchoolSoft to inform about upcoming activities. We also use the SMS function, so happy to see that we have the correct mobile number to you SchoolSoft. If you have any problems with the password or have other questions about SchoolSoft, do not hesitate to contact our IT technician Mr. Kelly (jeff.kelly.halmstad@engelska.se).

At last: if you have not completed the questionnaire on school quality from headquarters (located on the startpage of SchoolSoft). I ask you to do this as soon as possible. It is an important tool for us in our systematic improvement.

If you have any questions - do not hesitate to contact me or the school's reception.

Best Regards,

Mr. Andreasson, Principal

 

Important dates for students at IES Halmstad

School year -14/-15

w. 18

Thu. April 30th

Fri. May 1st

Study day, no school

1st of May, no school

  1. 19

Mon. May 4th

Study day, no school

w. 20

 Thu. May 14th &

Fri. May 15th

Ascension days, no school

w. 21

Tue. May 19th

Study day

w. 24

Thu. June 11th

Last day of the spring term for Y4-8

16.30-18.00 End of term awards

outside Örjanshallen.

 

Fri. June 12th

Last day of the spring term for Y9

9.00-11.00 Graduation at Stora Salongen, Halmstad Theater

 

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