Spring Term started with a fantastic Open House at Junior School. We were delighted to welcome around 2000 guests. The programme included lessons, exhibitions of teaching materials and student work as well as entertainment by our talented musical group.
The Principal answered questions about our expansions to include year 3. Our Board will determine on the 20th of February in which capacity we will start in August 2013. All parties concerned will receive detailed information about the decisions.
Students and educators are working intensively towards the National Tests. Swedish is first out for both year 6 and year 9. We are hoping for the same great results as last year.
We are in the last term of our two year long Comenius Regio project which has been a joint venture between Internationella Engelska skolan, Djurgårdskolan, Gokstenskolan, St Eskils gymnasium and Mälardalens Högskola as well as several schools in England, amongst others Poole Grammar School and Exeter University. The project ends with collaborators sharing good advice and suggestions with their faculties. At least 24 people from both countries have had the opportunity to visit each other and learn from each other via Master classes held to educate and facilitate discussions with each other in different subject areas.
During week 3 we were visited by three teachers and an administrator from Poole Grammar school in Dorset, England. The guests visited the various participating schools in Eskilstuna and learnt more about how the schools work. They also met with students, subject teachers and leadership. Each visitor presented a Master Class for our staff which included amongst others a session on how to incorporate drama in to teaching, enhancing Photoshop skills and how to include soap bubbles in a Physics lessons. The exchange has been a truly rewarding experience that we are pleased to have participated in.
On the 23 and 24th of January we were visited by Skolinspectionen who undertook a quality audit within the framework of “the child’s right to education”. The inspectors were very pleased and we are looking forward to their report which will be forthcoming shortly.
We are also anticipating our friendship/love week which we celebrate during week 7 and end with Valentine’s Day. Our values will be clearly lifted during the week and students and staff will actively spread the message of warmth and love.