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Welcome back from the autumn-break!
In this dark time of the year, it felt very welcoming to come back to school after the holiday, when the Diwali candles lit up the corridor. Preschool is always a good example when it comes to acknowledge our international identity. Now the school, together with Fritids, will try to improve and become even better at acknowledging different celebrations throughout the year, to show more of our rich culture life in the school. PTA initiated a celebration of the UN day and it was much appreciated. We’re still a small school and we should take every opportunity to come together and celebrate our differences and have fun!
Just before the holiday, Sonia, Krista, Rebecka and I were at the IB regional conference at the Hague. The theme for the conference was: Innovate, Educate, Create! We got filled to the brim with inspiration from excellent lecturers. It was also a good time for us to meet with representatives from other IB schools and to build our network with leaders from the IB schools in Sweden. We got the opportunity to meet with Heather Lapper, the Regional Director of the MYP program in Europe, and asked her some of our burning questions concerning the upcoming MYP evaluation. We hope that our inspiration will spread across the school and that it will contribute to a positive development. This weekend Peter and Elizabeth are out on a workshop in Geneva. Peter will learn more about Science in the PYP classroom and Elizabeth will take part in an Exhibition workshop.
One thing that has come to my attention is that each year the Kommun collects data on how well the students in Älmhult can swim. Our school happened to have a very low result. I don’t think this should be the case since we’re so close to the pool. I have suggested that Fritids include more swimming education when they visit the pool. I also think that it could help bring down the noise level in the pool area. We are also very fortunate at the school to have a swimming instructor, Anna, who works in Fritids. Feel free to give me your input on this matter.
Meanwhile, things are back to normal again in Fritids. Alex has returned from his parental leave and we are also very happy to see Katarina well and back again!
This week and next we will be doing the Friends survey online in PYP 3 to MYP 4. After we have mapped out the situation in our school we will finalize our Equal Treatment Plan and upload it to our webpage. It’s important that you as parents know how we work to create a safe environment, free from discrimination and bullying. If something happens we would like to involve you as parents from the start and I think that most of you have also received and read our expectation document. In the expectation document we have written what you can expect from us: that we will take all incidents seriously and try to work out the causes and make an action plan to work out how to move forward. But in the expectation document we also state that we expect you to collaborate with the teachers in the school to help us deal with conflicts.
As you all know the architects are working on a plan for how our school can grow and develop. PTA also initiated a survey and the response was very good. We are all waiting to hear from the architect. As soon as I know anything, I will let you all know!
We are continuing with our assemblies and it’s a big success. It’s a good time for all our students to come together and to learn from each other and to look at different parts of our learner profile with new perspective. It’s also a time to practice being on the stage and to have fun together. The last assembly was held by the MYP 4’s and they explained what the UN is. They also performed a short script in relation to their Science unit.
The student council brought up the issue of the unsafe road situation outside of the school. I have sent an e-mail to Sven Mohlin at Gatukontoret and told him that we would like to have the crossing marked out and that we would like to have a 30 sign, a school sign and road bumps, to make drivers slow down.
That’s all from me for now. Take care and don’t forget to wear reflectors and to use lights on your bikes! It gets darker and darker!
Head of the International school of Älmhult
At the International School of Älmhult, we are encouraging our students to become international individuals. This means that broad-mindedness is our educational platform. It means an internationally based curriculum and a multi-cultural environment. It also means that all our teaching is done in English.
Most lessons are held in a renovated school building close to the centre of Älmhult. There are recreational areas just around the corner, and most work places are only a few minutes walk away.
The school enjoys the use of additional facilities in a nearby school where classes such as science, music and physical education take place.
The school employs a staff of fully trained teachers with an international background. All the teachers working with implementing the programmes of learning within the school attend official IBO workshops.
Pre-school is a state school run by the local education authorities in Älmhult's municipality.
IKEA sponsors the school.
At the International School of Älmhult (ISA), we are a community of mulitcultural, open minded and hard working individuals who are committed to continuously work towards the development of a better world.
We believe in lifelong learning experiences that encourage natural curiosity, critical thinking, confidence, cultural sensitivity and responsibility to prepare our students for the demand of a globalised world.
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343 23 Älmhult
phone 0476-550 00
fax 0476-552 00
N Parkgatan 2,
343 30 Älmhult
106 37 Stockholm
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Monday - Friday 8-16.30
Closed for lunch 12-13
School +46 (0)476-554 95
Pre-school +46 (0)476-551 34
Head +46 (0)476-551 88