School Newsletter 08.02.2019


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We are a learning community, passionate about providing an International Education,which inspires and encourages learning and intercultural understanding.
We facilitate self-discovery and the development of unique interests, gifts and talents, whilst promoting service learning as a force for good in the world.

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8th February 2019


Versión española 

 School Calendar

Monday 11 FebruarySchool community ceremony at 11:20 (See Message from the Head)
Monday 11 – Wednesday 13 FebruaryD2 Mock examinations continue
Monday 11 – Wednesday 13 FebruaryD1 Mid-year examinations
Thursday 14 FebruaryEC1 unit based trip
Friday 15 FebruaryKiss the CASbah ( See Whole School news)
Friday 15 FebruaryM5 reports published on Managebac
Monday 18 -Thursday 21 FebruaryM5 to D1 Parent interviews by invitation
Monday 18 -Thursday 21 FebruaryEC1- P6 Parent/ student/ teacher meetings

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On Monday, I attended the funeral of Paul Templeton in Oxfordshire, UK. The service was very touching, with many heartfelt tributes from friends and family members. His five sons and two brothers spoke with deep passion and love about Paul, his achievements and the impact that he had on those close to him. Now that the family has started to come to terms with their loss, we will move forward with a small ceremony in school, before the main Spanish memorial on March 30th.

If you would like to join us, we will be gathering as a community at 11.20am on Monday 11th February, weather permitting. The memorial will be brief, lasting about 15 minutes. We will have some music, a few words and some time for reflection. In reception, we also have a book for you to record messages. The book will be given to his wife Gendra on March 30th at the memorial.

This week our D2 students started their mock exams. This is the start of the journey towards their finals. The group has been working hard to prepare for these and we wish them the best of luck!

Next week we have the annual Kiss the CASbah event, a night of live music and fine Moroccan cuisine, cooked by our Diploma students. The event is totally run by students and contributes to their CAS activities. All funds raised will be taken to Asni and used to help further develop and enhance the community when our students visit later this year. Please note that this is a ticketed event and there are a limited number of tickets. If families with young children decide to come to enjoy the music and food, please note that you will be responsible for your children, there will be no additional activities, no security team and no safety patrols.

For your information, to increase safety at school and increase awareness of time amongst our student body, we will be closing the main gate at 8.50am. This is the time when all students should be in class for registration. The small gate to the side of the main entrance will be open and parents can come and go through this. Please note students arriving after the main gate is closed will be required to sign in at reception, before going to class.

Finally I write with a note of congratulations that we received from the Director General of the IB,

”In the most recent IB assessment session, two of your students, Patrick Kobriger, Carmen Perez de la Blanca Echevarria, achieved a score of 45 points in the Diploma Programme. As you know, this is the highest possible score in the DP assessment and is awarded to only a small number of students around the world. These few candidates have demonstrated their ability to perform at the highest level in each subject group as well as in the core. 

I would like to pass on my congratulations to you, your coordinator, your faculty and your school for creating an environment that makes this achievement possible. I am sure that your Diploma Programme coordinator and teachers are delighted with this exceptional performance. Enclosed is a letter of congratulations for Patrick Kobriger, Carmen Perez de la Blanca Echevarria, which we would appreciate you passing on.

With best wishes for the upcoming academic year’‘,

Dr. Siva Kumari
IB Director General

This is a wonderful acknowledgment of the achievement of our 2 graduates.

I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes,

Jak Kearney

Kiss the CASbah

Dear Parents, Students and Teachers,

Kiss the CASbah is back!

This is a wonderful event led by the D1s. This isn’t just an event; it’s a concert, a restaurant and just a place where you can have fun for a few hours! D1 Students will prepare a delicious authentic 3-course Moroccan meal and an evening of great music. This year, it will be held in the school’s cantina, allowing easy access for everyone.
Tickets are on sale in the morning starting 8:30 and after school at 16:00. Places are limited, so buy your ticket quickly! All the money will go to support a place called Asni in Morocco, which a group of D1 students will visit later in the year. All proceeds will go towards helping the community there and for the greater good!

Adults: €20 including 3 course meal & live show

Students/Performers: €10 including 3 course meal & live show

Performers: €5 (no meal)

Come on, CREATE A CHANGE and enjoy this amazing event at the same time!
Parents are responsible for their own children during the event.

School Photos

We know there were some families who missed the deadline for ordering school photos, so we have reopened the shop on the SIS website. Orders can be made until 15th February and will be delivered after half term.

SIS Technology Tour Event

On Thursday 31st January we were privileged to host an event as an Apple Distinguished School. A group of 16 school leaders from Luxembourg and SIS parent ambassadors had the opportunity to see how we use technology vertically and horizontally enhancing teaching and learning across the PYP, MYP and DP curricula. 

A selected group of student and parent ambassadors toured our visitors around the school, answering questions and talking about their own learning. Our visitors were very impressed by the students’ approach to learning and how we use technology to transform their educational experience. They were also delighted by the conduct, confidence, and knowledge of our student ambassadors.

We would like to congratulate the following student ambassadors who without doubt were the stars of the visit:

Paula D., Chiara L. and Finn H. (P4)

Paula S., Paloma A., Manu L. and Leo F. (P5)

Valeria M., Claudia M., Alba M. and Alejandro C. (P6)

James B. and Eduardo D. (M1)

Jose Rafael M. and Rodrigo G. (M2)

Maria R. (M5).

Additionally a group of students took this opportunity to show our visitors some of our real-world engagement projects:

Thank you to Teresa G. and Xianzhu L. (M3) and David P., Javier R. and Felipe E. (D1)

The students were amazing, visitors wowed and the range of activities on display showed the variety and depth of our use of technology to enhance teaching and learning.

Celebrating Cultures Fair – Friday 22nd February

On the 22nd of February we will hold our international fair “Celebrating Cultures” which will be a fantastic opportunity for students and families to discover and interact with each other, as well as sharing their own cultural values, traditions and experiences.

We need your help to make it happen! If you would like to represent your culture, you could lead a stall/workshop in this fair/ exhibition, helped by primary and secondary students and teachers.

If you are able to participate and support this event, please email Rocio Ruiz / Sonia Aviles  or Fiona Clarkson

Appel parmi nos parents à tous ceux qui parlent français de première langue!

Mettons-nous ensemble pour organiser un stand multiculturel de langue française pendant la journée de l’Andalousie le 22 février, où les gens viendront pratiquer leur français en jouant et découvrir nos merveilleuses et diverses cultures en mangeant.

Contactez-nous avec vos idées: Hélène Caillet and Emilie Bosson /

Call out for parents who are native speakers of French!

Let’s get together to organise a multicultural French speaking corner at the Celebrating Cultures day on the 22nd of February, a place where people will come to practise their French while playing games and learning about our amazing, diverse cultures and food.

Please contact us to share your ideas: Hélène Caillet and Emilie Bosson /

The Kindred Project News

Love is in the Air!  As part of the Dreaming Dragons enterprise, KP students have created a Valentine’s Day gift service for the school community. They will be offering handmade chocolate strawberries, heart-shaped lollipops and red roses from the top florist in Sotogrande. The gifts will be delivered with a personalised message on Thursday 14th February. Please come and pre-order your gifts from Thursday 7th February after school at the gate to order and make your children’s Valentine’s Day extra special!

Global Summer Camp Competition 2019

Win a place for your child at an Inspired Global Summer Camp of your choice!

Send us a video of your child doing the activity that most inspires them and they could win a place at one of our dynamic, interactive and fun-filled educational camps taking place in Europe and Kenya in June, July and August 2019.

*Make sure you’re following Inspired Education Group on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with competition news!

Enter now:
Closing date for entries February 28th!

*Children must be aged 8-18 at time of entry. Parents must enter on behalf of students under 13.


Until the 31st of March, you can enjoy a traditional Sunday Roast every Sunday at the Restaurant L’Olive. The chef is preparing a delicious three-course lunch, with a number of options to choose from. Starters include Smoked Salmon Salad and warming Tomato and Basil Soup.

Main courses to tempt you include Baked Salmon with Potato Puree, Chargrilled Chicken Breast with Potato Puree, Roasted Lamb with Garlic and Rosemary and the classic Roast Beef and Yorkshire Puddings, Roast Potatoes and Gravy.

Finish off the meal with a choice of Cheeses, Cardamon and Basil Pannacotta, or a decadent Sticky Toffee Pudding. This delicious meal costs 40€ per person, excluding drinks.

Please book your table by emailing or call +34 956 78 52 52



Sign your kids up for La Reserva’s 3rd Junior Tennis Tournament on Saturday 16th of February. Kids from the age of 8 to 18 can compete in the under -12, under -14 and under -18 categories. While they play, why not join our Padel Mix-ins for adults, meet new people and improve your game . The Padel Mix-in starts at 10am and there is an entry fee of 10€ per person.

The best way to spend a Saturday with your family. Don’t miss it!

Entry Fees

€15: La Reserva Academy players.

€20: non-academy players.

Reserve by emailing or call +34 663 020 792


La Reserva’s launching a brand new kid’s camp. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to master new skills as part of the golf and tennis camp between 10:00-12:00 from Monday to Friday. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, children will have the opportunity to master new skills in the tennis courts with 2 hours of group classes and on Tuesdays and Thursdays there will be the opportunity to enjoy 1 hour of golf and 1 hour of tennis.

In small groups, children will enjoy expert tennis coaching to help take their game to the next level, then have the opportunity to boost their Spanish skills with a fun and interactive learning experience in the outdoors between 10:00-13:00 from Monday to Friday.

Limited availability!

Reserve by emailing or call +34 663 020 792



On Wednesday 6th February we celebrated “GLOBAL SCHOOL PLAY DAY” at Fundamentals. We invited the children to bring a toy or game they wish to play and share with their friends, the only restriction being that these toys must not require batteries or electricity. We spread their toys out around the room and outside, then PLAY!

The point of Global School Play Day is to raise awareness of the importance of unstructured PLAY! For more information see

It was really fun!


M5 University & Careers Pathways session

On Monday we had a rewarding session for our 93 current M5/ DP2021 students, researching, shortlisting and preparing their 3C´s Career, Course and Country research. The students have already made initial choices for the upper school at Sotogrande, and are now in the process of connecting the dots, using Unifrog and the SIS U&C Google Classroom with higher education options and future career choices. Thanks go to the M5 pastoral team for their support, working with the U&C team.

Jason Mungles

Diploma Theatre trip

Last Thursday, D1 and D2 Theatre students, accompanied by Mrs Barling, Miss Anne, Mrs McCann and Ms Jensen, had the opportunity to see David Hare’s latest play ‘I’m Not Running’. This was a National Theatre Live event, showing at Leisure Cinemas, Kings’s Bastion, Gibraltar. This is an exciting way to see a top, highly acclaimed London production locally.


The next National Theatre Live trip will be to see All My Sons by Arthur Miller on 14th May. Mrs McCann will be inviting all current and future Higher Level Literature and Drama students to attend. The show, performed at The Old Vic stars Bill Pullman as Joe Keller and Sally Field as Kate and promises to be truly stunning.

M3 Individuals and Societies

Last Tuesday M3 LOMCE students presented their final projects of “Refugee Camps”, part of the unit ‘The World Population’. The event was attended by numerous families who listened to all the details about each group’s design, in which the students proposed a global solution to a global problem. In addition, the parents evaluated each group of students using a rubric.

This project is part of Service Learning, a distinctive aspect of the MYP.

Mr Orozco & Mr Velez

M3 Community Project

The Community Project has begun, the M3 students presented their proposals for action to supervisors and every group has a ‘to do’ list to follow and goals to accomplish. Moreover, students experienced the first formal meeting where they received formal feedback based on their proposal. This project will run until the middle of the summer term (May) and, although it is an independent research project, it will also involve The Kindred Project and whole school collaboration.

The community project gives students an opportunity to develop awareness of needs and address those needs through service learning. As a consolidation of learning, the community project engages in a sustained, in‐depth inquiry leading to service as action in either the school, local or global community. The community project emphasises experiential learning. M3 students will experience the responsibility of completing a significant piece of work over an extended period of time, as well as the need to reflect on their learning and the outcomes of their work; key skills that prepare students for success in further studies.

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Last weekend the boarders went on a trip to Miramar and Go-Karting on Saturday. There was time for shopping, sunshine and for world records on the track.


We are a learning community, passionate about providing an International Education, which inspires and encourages learning and intercultural understanding. We facilitate self-discovery and the development of unique interests, gifts and talents, whilst promoting service learning as a force for good in the world.

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