Principal's Letter - April 2021

From the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Thank you for your participation in the Subject Teacher Evening recently and I hope you also made some time to sit down with your children and discuss their mid term reports which were published on Schoolsoft before the Easter break. Our team of teachers work hard to provide this formal academic feedback. This academic feedback is critical for our students' learning process. By taking the time to discuss and reflect on it at home, you support the process so that our students can improve in all their subjects and reach the goals they have set during their development talks earlier this term. 


Students Being Heard

In my September 2020 Principals letters I outlined one of our main school goals for this school year was to ensure our students were heard more. This goal was formulated based on the feedback from the students last school year. We have worked throughout the year to improve the student voice and influence in all areas of our school and so far have made some positive changes for them. We now have our four elected student leaders in each class from each house who carry out various tasks on behalf of their class. This includes regular klassråd to bring ideas forward from our students, monthly food council with our chef focussed on food quality and safety committee meetings with our student care team focussed on school safety and anti-bullying. Our student leaders also participate as break monitors to increase the presence of student leaders during break times. Each week we have also given the students the opportunity to vote for a lunch of their choice every Thursday, which has been appreciated by our students. While for the Grade 9 students we have also implemented breaks off site which have been appreciated.  As we move onto next school year we have already heard from our students through their student leaders and they have themselves chosen new play equipment to install in our schoolyard over summer break to improve the outdoor environment for our students. I encourage you to discuss the ‘be heard’ goal with your children, to hear their feedback and if they have appreciated the changes so far and if they have any other suggestions to improve our school. 



TikTok Challenges

The social media app TikTok which is widely used by our students has been in the news for the wrong reasons. Frequently on this app certain ‘challenges’ become popular and widespread among users and promote destructive and illegal behaviours. A few months ago it was setting fires in toilets, filming it and sharing it. This week a new challenge is being promoted where boys are challenged to physically touch girls and film it. There are several dates going around when this should happen and 15th of April is one of them. Please speak to your children about the appropriate use of social media and in particular how the behaviour in challenges such as these is illegal and they will be reported to the police if they participate. Thank you for your support with this to ensure we keep our school safe for our students. 


IES Quality Survey

As the students reflect on their progress with their learning, it is also important for us as a school to reflect on how we have performed and how we can improve the education of your children. A critical part of that process is getting your feedback on what is working well and what can be improved. This is formally called our systematic quality work. To support us with this we ask you to please complete the IES Survey on Schoolsoft by May 9, 2021 to ensure we get your honest feedback to improve our school for your children. 


Covid-19 Actions

Again, I would like to remind all in our school community that it is critical that we all follow the Covid-19 guidelines in place in society and at IES Årsta. If students have any symptoms at all they should stay home until symptom free for two full days. If students take a COVID-19 test, students should stay home until they receive the result of that test. Even if they are symptom free. If your child does test positive, as part of the contact tracing procedure you should contact us to inform us of the positive test so we can complete the contact tracing here at school. Thank you for your support and cooperation on this very important matter. If we stick together and follow these guidelines we can ensure a stable educational environment for all our students. 


Traffic Safety Information 

I understand during these times many more of you are dropping off your children by car. However, the traffic situation out the front of school has been quite dangerous recently due to parents dropping off students in the wrong location. For safety reasons please only drop off your children on Vättersvägen, then students walk along the footpath to school. Do not park or stop on Sköntorpsvägen out the front of school as it creates a dangerous traffic situation for your children. It is also forbidden to drop off your children in the school’s ‘vändingsplan’ as this is only reserved for Samtrans vehicles or emergency services. Thank you for contributing to the safety of our students.


School Calendar 2021/2022

This can now be found on Schoolsoft for your planning purposes under files and links.



When: 13 & 14 May, 2021


Study Day

When: Monday, 17 May 2021


Mentor Phone Call Week

When: Week 21


Last Day of Spring Term

When: Friday, 11 June 2021


Kind Regards


Julian Dent