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Welcome Ms. Allie Sutton

Welcome Ms. Allie Sutton

Ms. Allie Sutton

Welcome Ms. Allie Sutton

It is with great pride that I welcome Ms. Allie Sutton on board to IES Hässleholm. Ms. Sutton will be teaching our years 4-6 in English, Science and Math starting in August. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Education degree for Primary and Junior Divisions at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Ms. Sutton has a strong dedication to education and feels that every student is a unique individual with a different history and set of needs. Recognizing and embracing diversity is critical in building a trusting and inclusive classroom environment. During her practicum experience, she built rapport with students by personally interacting with each student daily and inquiring about their interests. This allowed her to connect with students on an individual level. She ensured a safe space by actively listening to and validating feelings, as well as promoting her students' well-being. In turn, she was able to effectively accommodate all learners by differentiating instruction depending on needs, interests, and abilities.  This experience is what we in Sweden refer to as "Mentorship".

On the question of why she wanted to come to Sweden, she says, "My interest in working overseas stems from my curiosity in learning about the world and different cultures, combined with my love of teaching and children. I have given much thought to working overseas and feel an immense amount of support from my family and friends as I begin my career and follow my dreams."

As Principal, I´m proud to welcome Ms. Sutton to our team. I´m certainly delighted to have such a driven teacher from the start. It is my conviction that Ms. Sutton will play a key role in building IES Hässleholm.

 

Mr. Chris Nilsson

Principal Internationella Engelska Skolan Hässleholm

 

Welcome aboard, Mr. Reg McCulley!

Welcome aboard, Mr. Reg McCulley!

I welcome our new teacher, Mr. Reg McCulley, to IES Hässleholm. Mr. McCulley is an active member of the Global Cohort at the University of Ottawa, Canada, and will be teaching English, Math and Science in years 4-6 starting August 2015.

Mr. McCulley has a background as an English as a Second Language teacher with experience ranging from Kindergarten to middle school students and even on board Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. As an English as a Second Language teacher, one of his responsibilities has been to teach English grammar to young Korean speakers, giving him international experience.

He quickly learned that the key to success is to teach weekly lessons designed to build on previous knowledge, while constantly rewarding efforts and progress. Mr. McCulley believes that not only does a teacher need to be able to adjust teaching material to meet each student's needs (e.g. visual learners require games, flashcards, and videos, yet  auditory learners require songs, chants, and role playing activities to aid their learning), but that the foundation for good education is a calm and safe environment. No student can learn in a chaotic environment.

As a Principal, I´m proud to have Mr. McCulley on board, and I´m looking forward to seeing him share his experience with both faculty and students of IES Hässleholm.

IES Hässleholm aims to have a 50-50 split when it comes to Swedes and native English speakers. A good teacher is key to academic success, and thus recruiting from all over the world gives IES a clear advantage.

Building update

Building update

Image: Junior School

The building process has begun for real and is now in an intense phase. There are lots of builders across the entire building site, renovating our facilities on Wendesvägen. IES Hässleholm will open with brand new, fully-renovated classrooms equipped to deliver top-of-the-line education. In order to ensure the best possible indoor environment, the ventilation system will be completely rebuilt.

The school will be organized in two different buildings. One will contain classes for years 4 and 5, as well as our afterschool program. It will have its own dining hall and teacher offices.

The senior school building (currently the white building with yellow, blue and red stripes) will host years 6-9 as well as home economics rooms, science labs, the library and the principal's office. The façade will be repainted to match the yellow year 4-5 building. The colorful stripes will be painted over.

Senior SchoolSenior School

The classrooms will be painted in a warm light green  and corridors will be opened up to ensure a bright, inviting space. Teachers' offices will be located close to classrooms and directly connected to the hallways, thus ensuring an adult presence in order to deliver a safe and calm school environment throughout the day.

We have also solicited offers to construct two modern playgrounds. The playground for levels 4-5 will have a jungle gym, swings, trampolines and more. The playground for levels 6-9 will have a small soccer field, basketball court and ping pong tables. The old gazebo will be removed to open up the area to ensure that all parts of the school yard are visible from the classrooms.

Our Gym HallOur Gym Hall

The waiting list has grown dramatically and several classes are already full across the starting range of year levels 4 to 9. To ensure your place in the school, please enroll your children in our while there is still space available.

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