Heads of Department

Spent a day with the Heads of Department and MYP Coordinator planning the schools implementation of ‘MYP; the next chapter’. Just imagine having a day off campus, no emails, no telephone calls, no knocks on the door, no interruptions; only time to plan together with representatives from each subject area. Brilliant.
We had a calm, structured day ensuring that we had the same understanding of the aspects of the ‘Next Chapter’. We discussed conceptual learning as the basis of the curriculum. Many school systems have topics or prescribed facts as the basis of their curriculum. We developed our ‘master plan’ together, all giving input and thoughts. Our master plan is realistic, allows for the work to be done at the same time as everyday school activities, is logical and collaborative. I felt very privileged to work with such a great group of educators and feel very calm and confident that we will seamlessly implement the Next Chapter changes into our school.
Big thanks to Anna, Laura, Natasha, Kylene, Åsa, Sandra, Ryan, David, Josh and Matthew.

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Could you keep up??

I have fallen behind with my writing and telling about the daily life in SIS. I wonder if you could keep up? Here are some of the things occurring this week;

  1. Parent teacher student Conferences on tuesday. Great discussions with all parties to help support students academic and social development. Met with several parents introducing them to ManageBac and how they can find out more information about their child’s school work.
  2. Visit to the International School of Helsinki for the day. A one hour flight to Finland, followed by six hours discussions and sharing. Fantastic to share, without prestige, developments in our schools. We learnt a lot and felt like we helped their staff as well. Win – win situation
  3. A visit to SIS by the local police. They want to build closer ties with all the local schools. They looked around our school, talked with some students and teachers; even joked about arresting our DP Coordinator (students laughed) 
  4. Invigilated an Entrance Exam for a student applying for a school in the UK. Always interesting to see the different assessment schools do to screen students. 
  5. Distributed the invitations to the Grade 12 Graduation Dinner at the Hilton at the end of the year. A very classy invitation designed by the students; dinner organized by the parents; celebration by all.
  6. Collected and packages the student questionnaires from the Stockholm’s Questionnaire given to all Grade 9 students. This questionnaire asks students thoughts about and experience of Alcohol, narcotics and tobacco. It is given to every Grade 9 student in Sweden and gives schools an overview of these issues. 

When reading this list, it doesn’t seem like I did a lot. Why did it seem a lot at the time? Maybe because all of these things described above are enveloped by the normal dose of meetings, corridor discussions, telephone calls, writing, receiving and following up on emails, planning, talking with students and problem solving. You will never hear me complain about this – as this is what makes this job and this school special. It is a dynamic, exciting place to work.

Ryan and Christine boarding our propeller plane flight back home, tired but happy.
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π Day treasure hunt

π day (3rd month, 14th day) 3.1415 etc…. was celebrated at school Friday afternoon. Hunting points in this math competition was the aim. Moving quickly between the different challenges collecting points for correct answers was the task at hand. Student teams of 4 had math problems to solve, lengths to estimate, facts to remember, things to measure, activities to do; all earning their team points. The treasure hunt for points took place in the park outside school and was managed by the Grade 8 students for the students in Grades 6 & 7. The energy and enthusiasm was hard to miss on this chilly early spring day in Stockholm. 

Congratulations to the students for their excellent participation and enthusiasm and for Järno, Susan, Denrol and Ryan, our math teachers for organizing this. Image

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UK A-level shock

Here is an interesting article ‘devaluating’ the value of the UK A-levels. Interesting reading. Maybe this will help IB make larger inroads into the UK school system, especially if UCAS is valuing the IB course so highly.