I hope you have had a Happy Easter and a relaxing break?
We are so proud of all of our Departments. It is, however, particularly fun when the Departments do something out of the ordinary. Just before the break, the Maths Department celebrated ‘Pi Day’ (3/14). Whilst sitting at my desk, I heard cheering and clapping outside of my office window. When I looked out, a class of students were throwing a pie in their teacher’s face! A reward for showing their knowledge of Pi throughout the day! Luckily, Mr Neufeld was dressed for the occasion!
Of course, apple pie was served for dessert after lunch that day, as a little treat to celebrate!
I must say, our teachers are very innovative and creative when they plan their lessons.
In Science, the students recently acknowledged “World Water Day” on the 22nd March. The focus of the day is to highlight the importance of water throughout the world. The students researched ways of reducing water usage and engaged the whole school in pledging different ways to conserve water. These pledges included turning off the tap whilst brushing your teeth and reusing water bottles. In addition, 4C even had a video call to Ms Le Roux’s sister, a teacher in South Africa, where they asked questions about the devastating water shortage in Cape Town.
Some of the After-School Clubs that are running this term are "Junior Science Team", "Sports Club" and "Robotics Club". These are initiatives from the PE and Science Departments, where all of the Year Groups are welcome to participate and learn.
Junior Club have also started a “Drama club” where the students can show off their skills and talents in a show on the last Friday of every month. They put on an amazing show on the last day before Easter break. I had the pleasure to watch and it was very entertaining. An array of acting, dance, song and musical performances. The students delighted the audience with their talents. Other clubs that have opened in Junior Club are “Storytime Club”, where the students enjoy listening to stories read aloud and a “Handwriting Club” where they can practise their handwriting skills and learn different forms of calligraphy.
A group of Year 7 students have set up a ‘Newspaper Club’ where they are planning on publishing an IES Helsingborg newspaper. It will contain articles written by students from throughout the school. Some of the students interviewed me a couple of weeks ago, so I am looking forward to reading the results!
Come rain or shine, Ms Kjellman and I always start the day by meeting and greeting our students. It is so pleasing to see students that are happy and excited to start their school day. We are looking forward to a little more “shine” rather than “rain” as the Spring, hopefully, makes an appearance soon!
Until next time, be well and have a good term!
Principal IES Helsingborg