School Newsletter 08.05.2015

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Newsletter 08.05.2015

Friday, May 8, 2015

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Dates for your diary

Whole School


9th May  SIS Film Festival
15th MayDanii Bandana day
16th MayPrimary Spring Fair/Family fun day
19th MayPTA meeting
21st MayNo school – local holiday San Roque Day
29th MayNon-uniform day, supporting ‘Send a friend to school’
30th MaySotosol Walk


13th May P6 PYP Exhibition from 10am in main reception area, parents and school community invited
19th– 20th May P6 overnight transition trip
 26th MayPrimary First Sports Day, parents welcome to support, 10:00-12:00
26th MayP3 unit related trip
27th MayPrimary Sports Day, parents welcome to support, 10:15–12:15
28th May P3 unit related trip



 11th MayD2 Chemistry revision session 10am-12pm with Dr Kievit (email questions any time as well)
 18th MayPersonal Project introduction for M4 students 9.00-10.00 am in the IB Common Room and P23 
 25th MayPersonal Project introduction for parents of M4 students 9.00-10.00 am in the theatre


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Whole School News

From the Head of Teaching and Learning

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Wow, what a phenomenal event Moulin Rouge was!  I am still in shock at how professional and awe-inspiring it was.  I was able to associate with characters and smile, clap and dance a little along the way.  The integration of wonderful live music, fantastically talented actors and singers linked with some stunning choreography simply blew me away!  We have a hugely talented group of students in our school and I wish to thank each one of them for sharing their passion with us.  To the team who worked tirelessly to pull it together I deeply respect your collaboration and artistic eye!

On Monday our P5 students left for their first overnight trip to Grazalema. 50-plus 9 and 10 year olds were already buzzing with excitement as I mounted the bus to bid them a safe trip.  Congratulations to the P5 team, Miss Magdalena, Miss Sonia, Wendy Bell and our student teacher Unai for their help and support.

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Thanks to students who returned the M3 and M4 options slips. Mr. Stone and Dr Gonzalez will be working hard to allocate students their choices over the next week or so. Monday also saw the start of the D2 exams.  49 very nervous 18 year olds entered the hall to sit their first English paper.  We tried to help by running through some light meditation with them to help calm their nerves.  Speaking to them afterwards the first exam went well!  Fingers crossed for the rest.

On Thursday our M5 students left for their trip to Molino de Madaura not far from Antequera.  The trip gives students the opportunity to engage in some meaningful CAS projects and also celebrate the near completion of their MYP journey.  Students will be working on a variety of outdoor activities including clearing a river, building and painting picnic benches, clearing and replanting in the forest, restoring part of a forestry footpath and tending to the fruit and vegetable gardens and animal feeding stations. On Friday morning they will head back down to the coast and enjoy a morning of wake-boarding at Marbella Cableski Centre.  Many thanks to Ivan Moore, Lisa Kearney, Lisa Mungles, Olaf Kievit and Valentina Stirling for their help and support in running and organizing the trip.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Jak Kearney

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Agreement with the Universidad Europea de Madrid 

We would like to inform you that we have reached an agreement with the UEM by which students from our school who register with this university for the academic year 2015/2016 will be able to benefit from the following:

1. Free access to the entrance test for the courses offered, the value being 130€.

2. 10% discount on tuition fees for those students registered in any of the courses offered by the university.

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Moulin Rouge /Kindred Project

An enormous thank you to all those involved in last week’s roaring success of “Moulin Rouge”. A combination of hard work, collaboration, hours of practice, and the whole SIS community coming together to celebrate talent!

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Not only did SIS provide a unique and unforgettable experience for its students, it wowed, stunned and amazed its audiences and raised a staggering amount of money through ticket sales for charity. €5,800 was collected through the box office which goes to The Kindred Project. An immediate donation of €2,000 will be made to SIS’ Nepal Emergency Appeal. The remaining amount will be divided between specific much needed projects The Kindred Project supports in the local and wider community.

Thank you for helping us create magic and change the world  … just a little bit!

Film Festival Tomorrow

Our first ever Film Festival, hosted by Reynard Productions and Mad Hatter’s Film Camp, takes place here tomorrow starting at 4pm, with movies showing in the theatre from 6pm. Over the last week or so Sam Reynard has been working intensively with some of our students on various aspects of film-making and undoubtedly some of their short films will feature in tomorrow’s event.

There will be games, art works, drinks & food for all to enjoy.

Tickets cost 2€ each and they will be on sale at the door tomorrow.

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Now a little bit more about the event from Sam Reynard …

“We have created our very own local film festival for students up and down the coast of Spain. This is not only to give students the chance to create and show off their work, but also to network and celebrate all forms of art!

The event takes place at Sotogrande International School and features live bands such as K:miss & the Soulbelle and will run into the late evening. The gates open at 4pm and films start showing at 6pm. We have guest judges, a panel of 5 who will choose the best 3 films and give out the awards. There will be a red carpet and press, so dress accordingly.

Please come and support our young stars, I hope to see you there!”

Family fun day

SIS Primary School and the PTA would like to invite all family and friends of SIS to a

Family Day / Spring Fair on Saturday May 16th from 1.00 – 4.00pm.

During the afternoon there will be an opportunity to take part in many different organised activities and games, socialise and catch up with friends, listen to some performances from our Primary Students and enjoy a barbecue and drinks.

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The Primary Student Council are now selling tickets at the school gate before and after school and tickets will also be on sale on the day.

Ticket price is 5 euros for children aged 2-10. This will include an ice cream, session on a bouncy castle, face painting, a cupcake decoration competition and many more activities and games.

Entrance is free for adults and children over 10.

This really does promise to be a family fun day and we hope very much you will all be able to join us.

PTA appeal for volunteers

The PTA is delighted to be supporting this Primary school initiative by providing food, drinks and help generally.

Several parents have already been in touch to offer their services, however we would really welcome many more volunteers to assist in all areas  … with food, the bar, at the gate and to help teacher volunteers with the games, bouncy castle, etc.

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If you would be willing to help, even just for one hour, please contact Eilish Jenkins (; and/or more specifically, if you are able to help with a donation to the cake stall please email directly to Jo Tromans (

Parent Ambassador news

The final workshop and summary of the Parent Ambassador programme will take place on Tuesday May 12th at 09.15 and we then look forward to the Accreditation and Celebration ceremony on Monday May 18th 19.30, at La Quinta, Santa Maria Polo, Sotogrande.

Our team of Parent Ambassadors has undertaken a rigorous development and upskilling programme – which very often included a lot of fun!

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We welcome them as positive, informed and very much appreciated representatives of SIS.

R.E.A Dance 

Exciting opportunity! R.E.A. Dance Workshops at SIS 4-6 PM every Tuesdays 10€ (11-17 years). Please contact if interested.

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Potential London showing of D2 artist’s work

Through our connections with the local NADFAS Art Society, this piece of work by Angelina Popelnykh (D2) has been submitted to the Royal Society of British Artists for consideration to be included in their annual exhibition of Young Artists’ work at The Mall Gallery, London.

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The piece, which is a pencil drawing, is entitled “The Secret of Branches”

Danii Bandana Day

As always, SIS will be supporting Danii’s Charity Sotosol Walk which takes place on 30th May. Danii, a former Sotogrande student, has already raised over 90,000 euros to help extremely sick children and she herself has beaten cancer on two occasions.  In preparation for Sotosol walk, on Friday 15th May we will be having a Danii Bandana Day where students will be invited to support Danii’s charity by wearing their Danii Bandana and any other Danii’s charity merchandise which will be on sale at the School gates from Monday 11th May.

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Other fund-raising activities, organized by GCP students, will also be taking place in school on that Friday to support Danii’s charity, so a good idea for students to bring a few euros to spend.

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Primary School News

P5’s first overnight trip!

P5 were on an overnight field study trip this week at Tavizna in Grazalema.  As a ‘tuning in’ activity for a new unit of inquiry on ecosystems, the students had the opportunity to observe the biodiversity of flora and fauna in the National Park. They also had a fantastic time learning how to kayak.

This was their first ever residential trip and the P5 students were incredibly excited, as well as a little apprehensive; however they had fun while they were learning about their world – the PYP philosophy.

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Thank you to all the teachers who organized and accompanied the students on this trip: Mrs. Hartland, Miss Jen, Miss Louise, Miss Sonia, Miss Magdalena, student teacher Unai and retired teacher Mrs. Bell. This was a fantastic learning experience for all!

EC1’s visit to the zoo in Castellar

As part of EC1’s currant unit of inquiry, on Wednesday the children visited nearby Castellar Zoo with the aim of understanding that there are different animals that live in different places and some are taken care of by people.

They particularly enjoyed feeding a baby monkey from a bottle and the opportunity to pet almost every animal in the centre.

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Athletics Meet in Malaga

On Tuesday 5th of May, twenty students from P6 attended the annual Track & Field Athletics Competition hosted by St Anthony’s International College in Málaga. Eight international schools from along Costa del Sol were involved, making it the biggest school athletics tournament of the year. SIS Team A of Manuel, Thomas, Kevin, Taicha and Maya did exceptionally well, achieving second place out of a total of 32 teams!

It was a day full of excitement and sportsmanship. Well done to all the athletes who took part!

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Student Led Conferences

Last Thursday we had our first IBPYP Student Led Conference Day. Throughout the day it was an absolute pleasure observing and joining in many of the different activities and conversations. From our EC1 three-year-olds to our P6 eleven-year-olds, our students took on the role of teacher as they participated with their parents in different activities, which focused on maths, language and unit of inquiry.

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Call to all parents – Request for biscuit / cake donations

Jo Tromans from the PTA has kindly agreed to run the cake stall at our Family Fun Day, Spring Fair. If you are able to help Jo by donating any cakes/biscuits please email her directly on

Family Day, Spring Fair

Reminder: The student council representatives are selling tickets before and after school all next week.

P3-P6 T-shirts

To promote our P3-P6 Expressive Arts production of Oliver, we have decided to have a special t-shirt made. All students in P3 to P6 will be taking part and all of their names will appear on the T-shirt. From the beginning of June until the production on June 23rd, students will be able to wear these t-shirts instead of their white school polo shirts.

If you would like to purchase a t-shirt, please fill in the order slip below. All t-shirt orders need to be returned to your child’s class teacher with payment, by Tuesday 19th May.

T-shirts will cost 10 euros each.

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This is the only time we can place an order.  There will be NO opportunity to re-order the shirts later.

Please check the letter sent home on Thursday for more information.

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Thank you to our sponsors World Trade Center, Gibraltar.

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Secondary School News

DP2016 Personal Statement Launch

On Monday 4th May DP2016 (D1) began the process of formally drafting their personal statements for their application to university. They were shown the support material on the U&C site and then they were asked to make shared cloud google folders and create their outline personal statement. If they are part of the US application process they were reminded, that they ought to be attending the additional lunchtime support sessions for M4-D1 regarding US applications. The next of these sessions will be on Tuesday 26th of May.

Below is a checklist of what is required of them with inserted hyperlinks:

  • Completion of the DP2016 data collection form (Essential for grouping students into application waves)
  • Completion at least once of the software to help the selection process for university
  • First draft of the Personal Statement for university applications

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Next week we will be following all this up with registration for UCAS/Studielink/College Board and other relevant national university sites depending upon their chosen destination country/countries.

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The Kindred Project News

As you all know, Nepal finds itself in a devastating situation after the destructive 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit on the 25th April. Death toll escalates to more than 7.500 and the numbers double when speaking about people injured… and so much more is yet to come!

As an international school that cares and feels for our global community, we have agreed to collaborate with Kopan Monastery School and their fund to support the community, “Helping Hand”. The contact was given to us by trusted community members, and backed by Ven. Robina Courtin, the Buddhist nun who visited SIS a few days ago. Our economic support will be destined to buy basic goods needed by the community (food, water, shelter, medical attention…).

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In order to centralise and minimise outgoing information about our Nepal Emergency Appeal, we have created a Google site, which will be updated on a daily basis with all the important information about Kopan’s day-to-day relief work and all student driven awareness and fund raising initiatives. Please visit Nepal Emergency Appeal

As always, thank you for your continued support!

We inspire learning and intercultural understanding,enriqueciendo la vida de nuestros niños y nuestro mundo
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SIGA Golf Academy

Based at Alcaidesa Golf Club and boasting outstanding facilities, including 2 18 hole courses, floodlit driving range, swing analysis centre, 2 putting greens, 2 chipping greens and a magnificent clubhouse. Come and see what we have to offer; a chat with the coach Juan Antonio Marín Ramos will help place you at the right level and you can start playing straight away.

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The Kindred Project

“To promote education as a force for good to help create a more peaceful world”.

Aims to offer young people opportunities to explore, discuss and work together to help sustain change both locally and globally by developing leadership and critical thinking skills through projects requiring intercultural understanding and community building.

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The perfect start in life before moving to SIS. Situated in beautiful surroundings with views of the Santa Maria polo fields, Fundamentals has plenty of outdoor gardens for children to explore and discover their world. Well-equipped classrooms cater for small children of different ages, and there are lots of activities including cookery, painting, nature walks and play.

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