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!