School Newsletter 13.03.2015

Newsletter 13.03.2015

Friday, March 13, 2015

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Dates for your diary

Whole School

23rd March Spring Peri Music Concert in the theatre 4:00-5:00pm
27thMarch ‘Send a Child to School’ Mufti Day – no uniform, in exchange for 1€ donation
27th MarchEnd of Spring term
13th AprilProfessional Development Day for staff
14th AprilStart of Summer term
29th& 30th AprilEvening production of Moulin Rouge at San Roque theatre
9th May SIS Film Festival 













16th MarchP4 end of unit PE trip
17th March P2 unit related trip to Duquesa
18th March PYP Exhibition information session for P6 parents, 9:00am in Primary IT room
18th MarchP3 summative assessment for parents in theatre &P3 classrooms
19th MarchP1 unit related trip
24th MarchP6 orienteering competition at Swans, selected pupils
25th MarchP3 end of unit PE trip
30th AprilPrimary Student Led Conferences Day (No formal school, students and parents will be given an appointment time during the school day for   their individual Student Led Conference.)
13th MayP6 PYP Exhibition for parents and school community

















18th MarchM1-M4 Boys U13 & U15 Football tournament at El Río
19th March Careers & University Convention at SIS, 3:00-5:00pm
22nd-26th March D1 CAS trip
27th March M5 Reports on Managebac


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Whole School News

From the Head of Teaching and Learning

Dear Parents and guardians,

I hope you and your children have experienced yet another outstanding week here at SIS.

On Wednesday instead of doing my normal walk around school, I went to El Rio to witness an outstanding girls under 15 football tournament organised by the PE department.  SIS produced an under 13 team and an under 15 team, both of which did very well.  The energy at the pitch was really positive, with some great competition between teams.  Speaking to the other teams and coaches they were blown away by the facilities, team ethos and spirit of our students, staff and School. The PE department were yet again placed under pressure on Thursday as they organiseda P3 – P6 football tournament.  Details of this event will follow next week.

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Also on Wednesday I was lucky enough to pop into the cantina in the afternoon to see the P4 students taking part in “mini chef” for their Spanish class.  Students were learning how to prepare a fruit salad.  They took part in a rigorous planning process before transferring these skills into reality, working with Sodexo staff to wash, prepare and cut fruit for their creations. Many thanks to Miss Magdalena and Miss Gemma for this activity.

Last Thursday (5th March) saw a number of very relieved M5 students as the Personal Project report was handed in and this Thursday we hosted the Personal Project Fair where the M5 students showed off their creations.  I was really impressed by the high standard of the products this year and very proud of the M5 students’ ability to articulate the experience, passing on nuggets of information to the M4s who will begin this project soon. A massive thank-you to all the personal project supervisors and to the Personal Project Supervisor, Mrs. Belén Gonzalez, for all their work and support for our M5 students throughout this project.

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I would like to draw your attention to the exciting program of courses on offer at our Summer Camp (more details below).

Lastly an important reminder, if your children will be leaving the school this summer and you want to ensure the return of your deposit, the official deadline to let us know is 4pm on Friday 27th March.

Best wishes for a great weekend,

Jak Kearney

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Introducing our new security guard

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My name is Antonio Delgado Fernández. For 30 years I have been part of the national police force in Valencia and Algeciras, and during this time I have received 11 Congratulations type C and D, a Collective Public Congratulation and a Merit Medal for Civil Protection, Category Gold, Blue Distinctive.

I live in Castellar de la Frontera with my family, I like going out for walks and cycling and I also like cooking, which I have even done professionally on some occasions.
I am very pleased to be part of this project in which I am embarking,  to safeguard the school and I hope to meet you all soon. Regards, Antonio

Link-up CompetitionLink-up was a creative writing competition, organized by the school library and open to all students from P3 to M3. To enter the competition, students had to choose a minimum of 3 items from this list (a skateboard; a goldfish; a ladder; a slightly deaf dentist; a multicoloured scarf; a bus ticket) and link them by including them somewhere in a short story or poem.

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Back row: Saskia Bateman, Ralph Halkett, Eden Stone, Annina Vaisanen, Lowenna Mungles, Viola Halt, Isobel Chisholm, Harley Moore, Jill O’Loughlin.
Front row: James Butler, Oscar Jefferson, Matt Cronin, Gabriela Sanchez, Casilda Guiñazu, Isabella Rodriguez, Fabiola Sánchez.
Also missing from photo: Sharon Harvey, Jasmine Bateman and Chloe Barnett.

The competition produced some highly imaginative and some very funny stories with link-ups that ranged from the totally plausible to the completely bizarre; some students also chose to illustrate their work.

The competition was split into 4 age groups and the following students were particularly recognised:
P3 group:Saskia Batema n& Isabella Rodríguez
P4/5 group: Lowenna Mungles, Isobel Chisholm & Harley Moore
P6/M1 group: Dario Esteban Rodrigo
M2/M3 group: Ellie Gonzalvez & Bliss Woods (not in photo)

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All the entrants, without exception, deserve congratulations for the commitment and great effort they put into their stories.

Summer Opportunities

We are pleased to present our summer activities program. With the same philosophy as SIS and adapted to a shorter but intense time, students will enjoy and develop their skills in their chosen areas.
​Our summer camp is designed for young people between 11 and 18 years.​ The program includes specialised courses in golf, cinema, horse riding, sailing, tennis, padel tennis and kitesurfing, among others. All this combined with a variety of experiences, language learning and educational and cultural activities.

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For those families who wish, we offer the option of accommodation at our boarding school, giving students the opportunity to meet and make new friends during this experience. If you wish to have more information about our Summer Camp, please contact the school reception or email to or visit 

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Primary News

Changes to the Assessment Criteria for Primary Reports

Over this term the Primary School has been reviewing the assessment criteria and grading system used in our reports and as part of this process, last Friday we shared and received feedback from our Parent Ambassadors. The changes we will be making take into account the feedback received from teachers and parents since our implementation of the ‘Managebac’ reports. More information and explanations about the changes will be communicated with all parents in the near future.

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A Thank-you Message from Nabugabo Community Learning Centre

Greetings from everyone at Nabugabo Community Learning Centre. The first term
is progressing well and we are delighted with how the children have settled back
into school.

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Celebrating Some Fabulous Integrated ICT Work

This week it has been a pleasure to observe some wonderful examples of how our pupils use ICT skills to support their learning.

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P4 have been inquiring into the Earth and the Solar System and have been creating a stop frame animation about the Solar System. They have also drawn and cut out the shapes of each planet and moved them frame-by-frame to represent how planets orbit the Sun. Well done P4!

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P1 students have being creating a drawing animation using iPads, whiteboards and the application ‘I Can Animate’ to represent the lifecycle of plants. Through this activity they have come to understand the principle of a drawing animation and used technology in a creative way! Fabulous P1!

Cooking course

For one day SIS Cantina became the setting for P4 students to demonstrate their cooking skills and their knowledge about healthy eating.

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It was an exciting afternoon, with over thirty chefs preparing delicious dishes!
This activity was possible thanks to the full cooperation of the SODEXO team.They looked after our MiniChefs, checking that they had the ingredients, the appropriate space, supervising the cooking …

We think that learning with life experiences is the best way to learn.

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Secondary News

D1 History Trip

Early on Saturday morning we departed for London. We arrived to beautiful weather, checked in to our hotel, then at lunchtime we headed off to visit the British Museum and afterwards did an extensive walking tour of London, taking in the river, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and back through Leicester Square to Covent Garden.

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On Sunday we visited HMS Belfast, the refurbished Imperial War Museum and then the Natural History Museum; the first two being integral to our course in 20th century history. The quote of the trip was supplied by Franco, on entering the Natural History Museum, “This is mind blowing, I never knew dinosaurs really existed!”

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Monday started with a visit to the Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum followed by a visit to Madame Tussauds and then the academic bookshop for research linked to the students’ internal assessments. Our evening then ended with a visit to Chinatown’s Wong Kei’s restaurant, a regular venue on the history trip!

Tuesday comprised a day of history lectures on the Cold War from eminent historians at British universities and Wednesday saw us traveling back to Spain, after an enjoyable and informative trip.

Jason Mungles

Careers & University Convention at SIS on Thursday March 19th from 3:00 – 5:00pm 

The SIS Careers & University Convention is focused on offering students from M3 to D2 an insight into the world of work, university and professions, to help them with their future plans.
We are inviting a range of professions, universities and businesses to give our students a comprehensive introduction to potential careers.
There will be presentations on careers in Law, Accountancy, Medicine, Hospitality Management, Science & Technology, where professionals will give a more focused view to small groups of students and parents.

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Parents and Students from M3 to D2 all welcome.

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SILA Cultural Activities

“SILA” Language Academy will be run a series of learning activities around fun experiences, in which all boarders are welcome to take part. All who are interested in learning about our language and our culture can take part in these activities which will take place once a month.

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Our first meeting took place on Tuesday 10th of March.

Magdalena García Merino

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PTA News

PTA Pub Quiz Night

On Tuesday this week over 40 SIS parents, teachers and friends attended a quiz night in the Ivory Restaurant, Pueblo Nuevo.  Our thanks go to committee member Eilish Jenkins for arranging this, to the very attentive staff in the Ivory Restaurant and especially to quizmaster Graham Hall & his partner Anne for a very enjoyable and fun evening.


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