Principal's Letter September 2020

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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

 

The positive energy is high at school as we have started the new year with our 760 students. Students are settling into their new classes and as a team here at school we are working to ensure all students feel safe in their new surroundings so they can challenge themselves in all their subjects. 

Our new student school leaders, of which there are 4 in every class, have now been selected. These school leaders will hold regular ‘klassråd’ with their classes and bring their ideas for school development to the student council meeting with our school leadership team. They will also lead during our house competitions throughout the year to ensure we continue to build a positive community for our students. We also now have food choice Thursdays, where our students get to vote every Monday for the dish of the week. Please encourage your children to participate through the form on Schoolsoft or voting during mentor class so they are heard! 

Our teachers are working hard to ensure our students are challenged in class and it is also our students responsibility to seek challenges by attending tutorials and speaking to their teachers to seek more feedback if needed. We also want to encourage the students to speak to their teacher respectfully about how they can improve their lessons as well. This open dialogue can ensure all our students embrace challenges and continuously develop. 

 

Development Talks and Monthly Phone Calls

Thank you for your participation during the development talks last week. I understand that sometimes the technology can be challenging but the discussion with you, your children and their mentors really sets up important goals for the year and supports the students with their learning. Mentors contact you during the monthly phone calls home in weeks 41 and 49 this term to follow up on these discussions. 

 

Mental Health

During October our student care team will be having a focus month on mental health. During Mentor time students will be discussing this theme and in particular discussing the safe use of social media. Social Media is a significant part of teenagers lives and I strongly encourage you to speak with your children on their use of social media. Support them with strategies about how to use social media in a respectful manner to ensure it improves their lives and is not detrimental to their mental health. 

 

School Transport

For those travelling to school by car, our drop off zone is still safely done on Vättersvägen, then students walk along the footpath to school. Do not park or stop on Sköntorpsvägen for the safety of all our students. There is a map on schoolsoft for more information. Thank you for your cooperation with this. 

 

Staff Changes

Mr Mullins will be leaving us during Autumn Break to take on a new challenge. In his place as student support we welcome Ms Gustafsson who has now started with us. We will announce the new Head of School for grade 6 & 7 when they are appointed shortly. 

 

Covid-19

We thank you for your support by following the guidelines and keeping students home when sick or with symptoms. We also want to remind students to login to schoolsoft and follow along with the lessons when at home to ensure they do not fall behind with their learning. 


 

Important Upcoming Events

Study Day (No Junior Club)

When: Thursday, 22 October, 2020

 

Autumn Break

When: Week 44

 

Subject Teacher Evening

When: Wednesday, 4 November, 2020

Where: Online

 

End of Autumn Term

When: Friday 18 December, 2020

 

First Day of Spring Term

When: Tuesday 12 January, 2020

 

 

The full School calendar for 2020/21 can be found on Schoolsoft under files and links. 

 

Kind Regards

 

Julian Dent

 

Principal