Good bye from me

My time at SIS will come to an end at the end of this term on Dec 18th. I have spent the last 6.5 years working here with the best teachers and colleagues a person can ask for. I have loved SIS and the dynamic environment. I can look back at the past years and remember some of the achievements during that time. Regaining the MYP accreditation, re-writing the entire MYP curriculum, implementing ManageBac as our information platform and curriculum documentation storage site, maintaining our high academic standards in the Diploma programme despite doubling the number of students in the programme and the huge push of integrating technology into the school: These have been things that I have worked together with many fantastic staff members to implement at SIS. I see the improvements and know that the students of today would not recognise the school of 6.5 years ago. This is the hard work and devotion of many essential staff members.

The SIS secondary teachers are a fantastic group. I am not sure if all parents realise their strength and professionalism. They are devoted to making SIS a fantastic school and care about learning and your children. Disagreements with students and parents and differences of opinion are all part of a learning environment. I want to thank the staff who I have worked closely with over the past years; Our Coordinators, the Heads of Department, Dean of Students, the IT Department, Head of Admissions, Caretakers, Receptionists etc. These people keep the school working and they are the heart and soul of the organisation.

I will miss the many wonderful students I have met during my time at school. The fun times, the sad times, the tough discussions and the problem solving. It is so important to keep the ‘learning’ at the centre of everything we do at SIS. When making decisions I have alway tried to ask myself ‘What is best for the learning’. This has the most positive effect on the students. SIS has had so many stories of student success; the students going on to Cambridge University as well as  the student passing the DP when everyone doubted this would happen and becoming the first person in their family to attend University. Every student at the school has their own interesting story and I am confident that they will be strengthened by their time at SIS. I have seen ca 150 students Graduate from the IB Diploma Programme. It has been nice to walk with you for a short period of your lives.

A word of thanks to the many parents I have interacted with over the years. You are a tough crowd 😉 It is inspiring to work with such supportive, strong willed, intelligent, passionate and successful parents. You demand excellence for your children (and rightly so). Many of you work in fantastic companies, have super successful careers, are in charge of making the home situation work and or represent your country in Sweden. For me, the best part was seeing you as ‘the parent of your child’ – ‘Here is Michael’s Dad’,‘Sara’s mum’ or ‘Atusa’s parents’ Being supportive to your child’s schooling (however we define this) is more important than any career. Thanks for all the warmth, discussions, disagreements, emails and support over the past years.

I wish the current students all the best in their studies confident in the fact that they are in the hands of some of the best teachers around! I know they will succeed with whatever endeavours they undertake. I look forward to hearing the IB DP results for our current Grade 12’s as they were the class that began in the Secondary school the year I started.

Best wishes for a fantastic Christmas (whether you celebrate it or not) and a restful, safe holidays.

Kind Regards,

Kevin

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