School Newsletter 11.10.2018

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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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11th October 2018

Versión española 

 School Calendar

Friday 12 OctoberNational Holiday – school closed
Tuesday 16 OctoberPTA meeting – 09:00 in Cantina & 7.30pm at Benesse, all welcome (see Whole School news)
Tuesday 16 OctoberP2-P6 Parent workshop: Supporting your child at home in English – 16:00 -17:00 in Miss Debbie’s room, Sue Jenkins building
Wednesday 17 OctoberD1 Reports published on Managebac
Thursday 18 OctoberParent Ambassador Workshop – 09:15 – 10:15
Thursday 18 OctoberP2 Unit based trip
Monday 22 – Friday 26 OctoberEC1 Student/Parent/Teacher consultations: Target Setting
Tuesday 23 OctoberPrimary Parent Workshop: Learning and the brain – 09:00 – 09:45 in Primary IT room, Mondrian

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week I write to you from the Inspired Heads conference in Milan. The 2-day event has been a wonderful point of connection and I hope will allow more collaboration across the partnership.  Areas of mutual discussion have been sports tournaments, arts events, and exchanges. One area of great interest from other schools has been The Kindred Project. I am delighted to inform you that our sister school Redham House Berkshire in the UK has decided to do a sponsored swim to celebrate their newly improved pool with all proceeds going to The Kindred Project.

Last week was Dyslexia Awareness week, throughout the week Mrs. Davies shared a blog with staff. A teacher and a student wrote the blog each day. To read more click this link.

Last Friday was our Day Without Digital; a day with the purpose of allowing us all to reflect on the use of technology in our day-to-day lives. Across the school students took part in lessons that did not rely on the use of technology. I was lucky enough to drop into a music lesson, where Mr. Wix and the M3 music group went back to basics, looking at drumming. Thank you to all staff and students who supported the day. Personally I loved the reduction in emails and the sense of discussion!

I would like to inform you that we will be making some changes to the traffic flow over the next few weeks, starting on Tuesday 23rd October. Your patience will be valued and appreciated. We have been consulting a traffic consultant, who has suggested the following 3 major changes.

Firstly we will be creating 2 lanes of traffic going up Avenida de La Reserva in the morning. The right hand lane will be for drop off only.  We request that you do not rejoin the left hand lane of traffic once you have dropped off.  Please keep in the right hand lane; you will need to merge back into the left hand lane after the zebra crossing in front of the school.

Secondly, we will be stopping the left turn into the lower car park.  Any parent wanting to park in the lower car park will need to go in the left hand lane, travel past the entrance to the school and turn at the roundabout in La Reserva. They can then turn right into the car park as they come back down the hill.

Thirdly, we will be asking pedestrians to wait at the zebra crossing for up to 25 seconds between crossings. This will allow traffic flow to be enhanced and allow a mass of pedestrians to gather at the zebra crossing before stopping traffic.

These small changes will increase the flow of traffic, thus reducing your overall waiting time.  In addition it will make the area much safer for our children.

Thank you in anticipation of your support.

Finally we had no interest in the last request for the position on the Advisory Panel. We will therefore be opening this up to anyone ¡in our community to apply for the role.  Again I will be available to meet interested parties on Monday 15th October at 9am, or at 5pm in the Chiringuito. At this time we will discuss the process moving forward.

I wish you a wonderful long weekend!

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

Fashion dresses in green

The most talked about topic in fashion nowadays is the recycling and reuse of clothes.

Hello, my name is Blanca Morales and for my MYP Personal Project I intend to design and create my own collection of clothes, made from donated items of clothing that you no longer want.

During the week beginning Monday 22nd October I will make a collection of reused clothes from my schoolmates (all courses are valid, from EC1- D2). There will be a collecting point at the school gate and all clothes will be accepted; next I will select a series of garments from which I will create the collection; the clothes that I don’t use for this purpose will be passed on to where they can be used. In line with the Kindred Project policy on donations, I will be taking them to Apoyo Mutuo in San Roque.

Please help by adding your grain of sand and remember: old clothes are not useless; you just have to look for a good use for them.


The Kindred Project News

Send a Child to School Day

The Kindred Project’s goal is to enable and empower students to use education as a force for good in the world. One of the ways in which we do this is by celebrating our Send a Child to School Day (SCS), in which all SIS students are welcome to come to school in home clothes in exchange for €1. This €1 goes towards sponsoring a designated student at the Nabugabo Community Learning Centre (NCLC) in Uganda. KP & SIS have been supporting NCLC since 2012 and, amongst other initiatives, up to date we sponsor 60 primary children at NCLC, 16 of them through SCS day! Last Friday we celebrated our first SCS Day and the result was phenomenal. Thanks to your €1 donation we have managed to raise €882.93 towards this life-shaping initiative.

We leave you with Madrine and Ryan’s photos, students sponsored by our EC1 & EC2 classes. Thank you all so much for your support!

Rice Day

Rice Day provides an opportunity for Secondary students to opt or “pledge” to swap their usual school lunch option for a plain rice dish. The money saved by the school’s catering service as a result of students choosing to eat no more than rice once a month will go towards covering the cost of 3 nutritious meals offered at the Hogar Betania Summer Camp 2019 for children in need in our local area. Rice Day also gives us the chance to raise awareness on important issues, like the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal nº2 – Zero Hunger -, as well as acting as a tool for discussion and reflection.

Last year students managed to raise €5,165 thanks to taking part in Rice Day! Our first Rice Day this year will be on Thursday 18th October. Good luck to our student Rice Day Team Leaders


Ladies hockey

The first SIS Ladies Hockey session was a scorcher and all had a lot of fun! Come and join us on Wednesday 5.30-6.30pm;  staff, parents and secondary students welcome.



Golf News

Last Saturday students were competing in the SIS Golf Tournament at Almenara Golf Course in preparation for the Sotogrande International Young Talents Trophy, which will be held from the 26th – 28th of October 2018. Claudia Alnajim won the Scratch U23 category ahead of Hannah Mitterberger and Isabelle Schlick.


If you would like to participate in this WAGR event (World Amateur Golf Ranking) please contact or call +34 607 042 134 before the 16th of October.

The SIS Tournament also saw 10 lucky students qualify for a Golf Clinic at the European Tour Event Andalusia Valderrama Masters that will take place next week on our doorstep at Valderrama Golf Club.

1- Joseph Western (M4)
2- Pelayo Pérez Crespo (M4)
3- Julia Sánchez Morales (M3)
4- Andrii ZHALKOVSKYI (M1)
5- Marina Parra (M3)
6- Claudia Alnajim (M4)
7- Hannah Mitterberger (D1)
8- Isabelle Schlick (M5)
9- Sebastian Collins (D1)
10- Christian Collins (M5)


Sototennis News

Three of our ACES students (who combine tennis coaching with an outstanding education) celebrate their successes!


Art lecture invitation to parents

Throughout the year The Arts Society de la Frontera hosts a series of lectures by visiting experts. The first one of the 2018-19 season is a special talk “As Good as Gold” to celebrate the society’s golden anniversary.

The society, which very kindly sponsors some lectures for SIS art students over the year, would be delighted to welcome anyone from the local community with an interest in visual arts to attend any of their events.


PTA News

Next PTA Meeting – Tuesday October 16th  – everyone welcome

Morning and Evening meetings – we’d like to see more parents, so join us at the time that suits you.

9 am in the cantina & 7.30pm @ Benesse (next to Mercadona)

It is already nearing the close of the first half of the term, the PTA have had their inaugural fundraising event, launched new processes and purchased resources that have been put to great use straight away.

But no rest yet…here are some of us looking very learned, reviewing the Back To School Party and preparing for next Tuesday’s PTA meetings. For October, these will be open to everyone. As we’d like to encourage more parents to join us, there will be both a morning and an evening session to accommodate as many people as possible – come along to which ever suits you best (or both!).

(If you’re able to let us know what time you are most likely to be joining us, it would be a huge help)



Spanish classes for children every Tuesday at the boarding house, 4.30 – 5.30pm. Learn Spanish in a fun way with games, songs and crafts.





Fundamentals News
“If we experienced life through the eyes of a child, everything would be magical and extraordinary. Let our curiosity, adventure and wonder of life never end”.
Akiane Kramarik from Wonder based teaching – Fairy dust teaching – Sally Haughe


Message from Emma Butler, Head of Primary


Please remember that any students arriving after 8.50 am, must be signed in at the reception desk.

Parent Reading Workshop for EC2

On Tuesday EC2 hosted a Reading Workshop for parents.  The workshop, in Spanish and English, was delivered by the EC2 Team and it was an opportunity for parents to hear how we introduce reading and writing to our students and for parents to ask questions. At Sotogrande we believe it is important for our children to develop a love of reading and parents provide vital support with this.  Thank you to all the parents who attended and we hope the information was useful.


Poster Competition for P3 – P6 students

Design a poster to reflect the mission statement of the Primary Student council:

A community of Primary students who come together to help our children have a voice and help children from around the world. We promote pride, spirit, service and achievement and we provide an atmosphere of unity within the student body.

Competition entries to Miss Maureen, closing date 25th October.


P6 Unit based trip

On Thursday, P6 visited the Estepona Municipal Museum as part of their current unit about changes over the last 60 years. The children used this as an opportunity to collect information from a range of sources to investigate recent history. They interpreted and analysed artefacts in the fishing, farming and home sections in order to draw conclusions about life in Estepona over the last 60 years

Arts News

After 4 days of intensive auditions the school is already buzzing with the vibe of our Secondary School Musical this year, FAME! 80 M1-D1 students have rocked up to the acting, singing and dance auditions and the directorial team have been blown away by the amount of talent in our SIS student body.

We are looking forward to running the callback auditions for leads during the week of the 15th of October. It is going to be tough choosing!

Huge congratulations to our talented dancers who have been selected to work on the more complicated choreography with Maria Pinnock´s team after school each Thursday, starting next week!

Date for the diary: FAME 16th & 17th of May 2019.


Sports Report by Mr. Summers

Last week the U19 girls and boys football teams travelled to Fuengirola for a Costa Del Sol football tournament.

Both teams performed to a very high standard and neither team lost a game all day.

The boys team won 4 out 4 to top their group and then progressed through both the 1/4 and semi-finals to reach a final v Aloha College. Despite dominating and playing the better football the game finished in a draw and unfortunately the boys missed out on the trophy in a penalty shoot out. Mr. Ash was very proud of the commitment and behaviour of the boys, who were a credit to the school.

The girls team won 2 and drew 1 to finish top of their group, they then progressed to the semi final with a 3-0 victory over Laude in the 1/4 final. In the semi-final the girls came up against a very strong Swedish school who dominated possession but could not score against the excellent SIS defence. The girls hung on for a 0-0 draw and then won the penalty shootout. In the final the SIS team took an early lead v British International College, despite having lots of chances we could not extend our lead but hung onto the victory to claim the trophy. Miss Stephanie and Mr. Summers were very impressed with the girls’ attitudes, especially in defence as they did not concede a goal all tournament.


The next football tournaments are in Algeciras with U15 boys and girls on 17th October and U19 boys and girls on 24th October. If parents are free then, do come along and support the teams.


Isobel Chisholm’s reflection on the bonding trip

My MYP3 bonding trip was indescribable. I have been with my secondary class for 3 years, this year lots of changes have happened and from that bonding trip I have an understanding of my leaders, of my support team and the expectations that these people have of me for the rest of the year. It started at 09:00 on Thursday when we were all tired and grouchy. We got on the coach and off we went, our first stop was at a lake where we splashed around and did a series of team building events, we learnt how to paddle board, how to shoot a bow and arrow and how to sail! It was unimaginable.


We did so many things on this trip; to describe them all would be hard. One of the things that stuck out was our fantastic expedition around the Granada national science museum; to put it into words ‘simply breathtaking’ comes to mind. I learnt so much, on this trip, about my friends, my peers, my teachers, but most of all about myself. When anyone puts his or her mind to it, the impossible becomes possible; I learnt this after only 1.30 hours of sleep. I had to get up and try not to collapse over the course of the day. I know most of my year can relate. If all of my following bonding trips are like this, then I expect to be astounded every year.


Model United Nations trip

Nine students from M5 & D1, accompanied by Mrs. Adamson and Mr. French, enjoyed a very successful conference in Arnhem from 5th -7th October. As delegates for Liberia, Morocco and Kazakhstan, they tackled some very important real world issues in their various committees, as well as having the opportunity to interact and socialize with students from 24 other schools.



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