Headteacher's Blog

Celebrating and sharing success

I have enjoyed the last two weeks very much! When there is a little knock at my door I always wonder what news will be coming my way. I am very happy to say that I have had LOTS of children coming to find me to share their fabulous work! In Year 5 children are using facts they already know to help them work out adding and subtracting decimals. They made some fabulous posters for their learning wall. Year 4 children have been writing poems and Zarah and Emma helped me with a PowerPoint presentation too! Poems have started to be handed in for the SAERI 2nd anniversary poetry competition, well done!  Year 1 children shared their fabulous maths with me - thank you!


Christmas Card Competition

Rachael Crowie has kindly organised the Christmas card competition this year and local artist Sonia Felton had the enviable task of judging the winners.  Well done to our winners whose entries are on the website front page – take a look!

Education Presentation Evening for Parents

The School Councils from both IJS&CE and FICS joined together last Tuesday for their first joint meeting, amongst other items they discussed fund raising ideas and planning for the presentation evening for parents. By all accounts our joint Parents Presentation Evening was very successful; the feedback absolutely confirms this. The evening started with presentations by MLA Elsby the Children’s Champion, Director of Education Annie Tempest, myself, as Head of IJS&CE and Mr Winward Head of FICS. Our School Council secretary, Huw made us all very proud, he was completely unfazed as he gave his speech to the group of around 100 adults; a confident young man! Equally our older students projected a very inspiring profile of the Community School. The speeches were rounded off magically by a trick from Mr Harrington, he managed to turn 3 different lengths of rope into one long one, while relating it all to the nature of continual learning! Everyone had the opportunity then to review our display boards. The boards looked wonderful, they were informative and illustrative of the great work that goes on in schools and gave a very positive picture of education in the Falkland Islands. The interaction between staff and parents in the second half of the evening created a real enthusiastic buzz!

Well that is the end of Week 5 of this term already!  Time flies when you are having fun!

All of IJS&CE are excited to see Steve Backshall zipping round the ‘Strictly’ ballroom – we were all enthralled in an assembly by visitors Steve and his ‘Deadly 60’ team while they were on their southern ocean adventures – good luck Steve, everyone in IJS&CE is cheering you on.

We have our own TV stars on FITV this week with Mrs Furniss (Y5), Mr Harrington (Y6), Mr Harris (Y3), and Mrs Walsh (Y4) being interviewed and featuring on the local channel.  Watch out for our new Camp Education teachers featuring soon.  Mr Moyles also joins us this week from Ireland, he will be our Year 1 teacher which will enable the school to finally implement non-contact time for teachers for planning, preparation and assessment.  This is very apt news to announce on International Teacher Day.

Monday is a public holiday in the Falkland Islands – ‘Peat Cutting Monday’.  Personally, I view it as a reason to keep as far away from peat as possible, However, it is with a certain nostalgia that I remember discovering (at age 8) that swimming goggles are the perfect way to allow peat rickling in the Falklands wind to be an acceptable task.  Watch this video to see peat cutting in action:


It is a tradition that is quickly dying out in the Falklands so we make sure that our children learn about it in school:

Our School Council has some exciting projects lined up including some super incentives for children to ensure that they do their best to avoid losing 'Golden Time'.  I shall ask our Chairperson Amy to write a piece about the idea.



Our first blog of the new school year, courtesy of Mrs Robinson, IJS&CE’s dynamite deputy head!

I hope you’ve all had a good week.  My week got off to a fabulous start as I collected our new travelling teacher Leonie from the airbridge on Monday afternoon.  I was very impressed at how refreshed she looked after an 18 hour flight!  She was equally impressive the next morning as she undertook her only day in town before flying out to Spring Point for her first beat on the West.  The morning got off to a funny start as the first member of staff I introduced her to thought she was my daughter.  Oh dear, I am not sure who was most offended!  However, the day picked up dramatically and we managed to crack on with lots of items on the induction agenda.  Leonie will spend time with all of her families before ‘Orientation Week’.  It’s great that we now have our full team together.

It has been another busy week in school this week.  Our main event this week was our open evening for parents on Wednesday.  Mrs Steen gave a presentation in the hall for around 30 minutes about the school and giving the parents all the information they will need – it was aimed at new parents and we were delighted to see a selection of both new and existing parents.  All staff attended and at the end of the presentation each teacher took the parents back to their classes for a class presentation specific to their year group.  There was a fabulous positive buzz in the main foyer as parents gathered to chat near the end of the evening, many gave us feedback on the comments board that we put up to seek their views on various aspects of school.  We will post a copy of the feedback once it has been collated – we were delighted with the positive comments our school received!

This week saw the two West settlement schools join the two East Falkland schools in being linked up to the school’s intranet.  Not only will teachers and children be able to access the server, we will be able to link people up via video link without the signal needing to go off-island therefore we can expect excellent quality at an affordable rate.  Yesterday Mr Smith sent some documents from North Arm directly to the printer in the ICT suite Stanley, Mrs Betts was able to put them in an envelope and get them in the post for George on Pebble, all within 5 minutes!  The capabilities of this link are very exciting!  There are a lot of people to thank, notably Sure the local telecoms provider and Synergy, particularly Dima, thank you!

I hope everyone has a great weekend – the sun is shining in the South Atlantic and it’s just lovely!

Mrs R wink

Deadly 60 visits IJS&CE

Everyone at IJS&CE was thrilled to have Steve, Ruth, Kiri and Scott from the Deadly 60 Pole to Pole expedition visit our school!

We asked lots of difficult questions and found out that Steve's favourite animal is a wolf, that Ruth's favourite location was Namibia, Kiri enjoys throwing tomatoes at her friends with the help of a tornado jet engine and Scott enjoyed the curious Straited Caracaras on our very own Saunders Island!

The team are on an exciting adventure and we wish them well on the next part of it.  We are very grateful that they made time to come and visit with us.

Thank you Deadly 60!


It was World Mental Health day on Thursday 11th October, the wonderful people from Team Tranquil visited us in school and provided healthy snacks with a fishy twist.  In last year’s campaign it was discovered that people do not eat enough fish in their diet.  Fish is vital to maintain good mental health.  Team Tranquil have also produced a small recipe book, using donated recipes for cooking fish that can be obtained widely in the Falkland Islands.  Now I’m not much of a cook, however even I was inspired by the recipes!  I’ll certainly being making sure that the cook in our house delights us with plenty of fish dishes.  Team Tranquil have also set up a competition for children to produce fishy pictures and collage, so we’re looking forward to the entries and results from that.

Look at the efforts of Year 1 children, they were thinking about how eating fish helps them.


The NHS recommendation is that people should  eat fish twice or more per week to maintain a healthier balanced diet.

Fish are low in fat, high in protein and full of vitamins and minerals.

Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids can not be produced naturally, therefore consumption of fish is a natural source of these essential fatty acids.  Eating fish has been associated with improved cardiovascular function, brain and cognitive function, joint mobility, eye health, healthy skin and bones and a stronger immune system.

If you are interested to learn more about the benefit of fish in your diet please check for information http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/fish-shellfish.aspx

Thank you Team Tranquil smiley