Spring Term Begins

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From the Principal
Spring Term Begins

This has been our first full week back at school in the Spring Term of 2012 for our well-rested students and staff. We have also welcomed 12 new students to start in year groups 4, 5, 7 and 8 and 3 new staff members to join our enthusiastic team. For our students in middle school, we have opened up our student lounge. This is a great space where students may work, read, relax, play games and socialize with one another. Furthermore, construction on our art and music rooms in the upper loft of house 1 are complete and our science labs in house 2 are ready for use. What a week!

On Wednesday, Mr Fyles, our company's CEO and Mr Howell, our media manager visited our school to meet with students and staff. It is always a pleasure to have members from our head office visit our school. Later that evening, we hosted a successful information meeting for a number of new families interested in beginning with us in the Autumn of 2013. Our queue for the coming academic year has grown with interest, it is exciting to see our school continue to grow and develop here in Uppsala.

As Thursday came around, text messages from family and friends back in my home country reminded me that today was indeed a special day: January 26 is Australia Day! What is Australia Day you may ask? Well it is the commemoration of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip, in 1788. This day is considered as the formal establishment of European settlers in Australia. On this day, we celebrate Australia's cultural diversity, beautiful landscape, our remarkable achievements and our bright future. How did I find myself celebrating this day in Uppsala? With a pack of tim tams (for those Australians out there, you know what I am talking about) and a memento box filled with 60 Australian tourist brochures produced by our grade 6 students as part of an English assignment last term. What a fabulous surprise gift from Ms Herbert! As I read each child's creative work on my home country, it made me proud to see the progress and academic development of our Grade 6 students thus far. So, in true Australian Day spirit, I reflected with joy on our achievements as a new school in Uppsala and look forward to our ongoing development.

 

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