School Newsletter 15.02.2019


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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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15th February 2019


Versión española 

 School Calendar

Friday 15 FebruaryKiss the CASbah
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/ teacher/ student meetings (See Primary News)
Tuesday 19 FebruaryD2 Reports published on Managebac
Wednesday 20 – Sunday 24 FebruaryMUN trip to Copenhagen
Friday 22 FebruarySend a Child to School Day & KP Enterprise Day
Friday 22 FebruaryAndalucía Embracing Cultures celebration (See Whole School news)
Monday 25 FebruaryTuesday 2 March – Half term holiday

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I would like to begin this newsletter congratulating our Diploma students both D1 and D2, who have just completed an intense series of exams. The D2 students have completed their mock exams and the D1 students their midyear exams. Whilst this has been a stressful time for them, it is a critical point in their journey towards the completion of the Diploma.

This week has also been a huge week for our M5 students who handed in their final copy of the personal project report on Thursday.  This deadline marks the end of the 10-month personal project process. Next comes a process of standardization, following which the students will be displaying their projects and reports in the Personal Project Exhibition on March 29th. We hope you keep an eye out for this date and are able to join us. It is an especially useful event for M4 parents to attend to gain an understanding of the expectations of the project and how to best support their own children next year.

Tonight we will host our annual Kiss the CASbah event totally organized by students, with live music and food, all going towards helping develop our community in Asni.  Please note that this is a ticketed event and there are a limited number of tickets. Families with young children are welcome to come along, however, each family will be responsible for their own children and there will be no additional children’s activities, no security team and no safety patrols.

Finally, this week we have made great progress with the discussions regarding facility development. As you are aware in November we spent considerable time consulting with staff, students and parents about the needs, wants and desires with regards to the new buildings. This data was passed to architects and to the Inspired team. I am delighted to inform you that the Inspired team are supportive of the overall ideas and we are moving forward with the designs for a brand new Secondary building, a new onsite boarding house, increased sports facilities and a revamp of the cantina, creating more eating and service spaces. Then in a  second phase, we hope to develop a new theatre and further enhance the sports facilities.  We will keep you posted on these exciting developments as they evolve.

I wish you a wonderful weekend,

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

Kiss the CASbah


A few tickets still available at the door


Andalucía Embracing Cultures

 On Friday the 22nd of February we are celebrating ‘Andalucía Embracing Cultures’ day. On this day students may come to school dressed in traditional clothes from their own culture, clothes in the colour of your country’s national flag….(not football kit). They can also wear traditional Spanish dress. This is intended to be an event for the whole school community, so we hope as many parents as possible will take the opportunity to pop in to see all the displays during that morning.


We are still looking for more parent volunteers: for EC1-P2 workshops please contact Miss Sonia; for  P3-P6 workshops 11.15-12.10  contact Fiona Clarkson  and any volunteers to help with stalls in gym 10am-1pm ( or part of that time)  please contact Miss Rocio .

Part of our school commitment to embracing other cultures involves celebrating other languages. Numerous studies have shown the educational value of sustaining mother tongue languages in promoting learning in all subjects; with this goal in mind and because we want children to be able to read and enjoy books in their first language, the school library would like to increase the number and range of books available in the mother tongue section ie books in languages other than English or Spanish.

Any donations of unwanted books or books your children may have outgrown will be gratefully received, please drop them off at the Mother Tongue stall in the gym or contact Anne Adamson

We look forward to welcoming you on Friday morning!

Message from the Catering Manager

In recognition of Andalucía Celebrating Cultures day next Friday, we will be changing from our advertised Cantina menu and offering the following typical Andalusian dishes.

– Andalusian gazpacho
– Tortilla
– Olivier salad
– Loin toasts
– Little chorizos in wine
– Paella (mixed or vegetable)
– Fried fish.

I hope we have an incredible day and enjoy the many cultures that form our community.

Sports Round-up

Cross Country

The SIS X-Country team competed in the annual event in Malaga hosted by St Anthony’s. The squad which had been in training, were hoping to do better than the 5th place achieved last year.



The course this year was very difficult with lots of steep inclines and uneven surfaces underfoot. There were some excellent individual performances with many students placed in the top 10. The squad was very young and with diploma exams at the same time the senior student team comprised mainly M5s, so 2 years younger than other competitors. The whole squad represented the school well and made the PHE team proud to finish in an excellent 3rd place overall; this bodes well for next year with the school competing in a cross country event in the UK during November.

The highest placed SIS boy and girl in each age group are listed below.

Under 11 – Tobias R. 7th/Vanessa K. 6th
Under 13 – Charlie G. 4th/Lucia W. 10th
Under 15 – Edwin L. 17th/Tia K. 3rd
Under 19 – Felipe P. 3rd/Judd V.4th

Inter-house activities

Over the last week the PHE team have taken advantage of losing the sports hall by hosting inter-house activities. The sports covered were X-country, football, dodgeball and handball. Current standings are as follows:

1st  Romans 1725
2nd  Egyptians 1650
3rd  Phoenicians 1550
4th  Greeks 1500

There will be more events and more information on the house activities in coming weeks.


The next big event for schools on the Costa-Del-Sol is the athletics meet hosted by Laude at Cártama Stadium on May 9th. The school is investigating the opportunity to rent a local facility to train our students , however In the meantime there will be athletics clubs for M1-M4 students every Monday and Tuesday. Monday will concentrate on the jumping events and Tuesday the throwing. Students, please come to the pitch at 4pm if you are interested.

Primary Football 

The primary football teams are preparing for upcoming tournaments. There is training for the P5/P6 squads on Tuesdays at 3.45pm, P3/4 on Fridays at 3.45pm. In addition P1/P2 have a football club also on Tuesday from 3.45pm.

Many of the younger students are representing Union Deportivo San Enrique who are looking for players. The team trains every Tuesday and Thursday and would welcome players aged 5 to 11 years. Please speak to Mr Summers in PHE office for more details or email

Sports clubs

These are the sports clubs being offered for free by the PHE team and other staff members; please speak to the person leading the club if you are interested.

MondayAthletics – JumpingM1-M5PITCHMiss Marre
Football (Boys)M4-D2PITCHMr Ash & Mr Summers
BasketballM1-D2GYMMr Holmes
TuesdaySwimming (Intermediate)M1-M5POOLMr Alvaro
Touch RugbyP6-M5PITCHMr Cournane & Mr Glen
Football (Squad training)P5-P6PITCHMr Summers + Miss Lola
BasketballP1-P6PRIMARY COURTMr Orozco
FootballP1-P2PITCHMiss Miren & Mr Brown
WednesdayFootball (Boys)M1-M3PITCHMr Summers
Athletics – Throwing & SprintingM1-M5PITCHMiss Stephanie
BasketballM1-D2GYMMr Holmes
ThursdayFootballM1-D2PITCHMiss Stephanie & Miss Marre
Swimming (All levels)P1-P6POOLMiss Lola & Miss Reynolds
FridaySwimming (Advanced)P5-D2POOLMr Summers
FootballP3-P4PITCHMr Romans & Mr Barme


The Kindred Project News

Asni Family Trip 2019

We are delighted to launch our 3rd Family Trip to Asni (Morocco), open to families with children in P1 to M5. If you would like to find out all about this unique family experience, please send us an email to  to receive the trip brochure with full information.

Application deadline is the 22nd February. Spaces are limited, so make sure not to miss out!

We would love to have you join this year’s team.

Mad Hatters Film Camp

This week saw Mad Hatters Film Camp talk to students about unique hands on filmmaking and acting to screen opportunities…

For more information on courses and camps contact: or tel.+34 682 15 96 88

Half term Artistic Gymnastics Camps

Deb’s Artistic Gymnastics is proud to offer 2 camps with top international coaches.

Venue: SIS gymnasium; Beginners, Advanced and Elite sessions.

Day Camp –Saturday 23rd February
3 day camp – Monday 25th – Wednesday 27th February

For more information/ to book, contact Deborah tel. +34 651071121


 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.


 Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, also known as the day of Love and Friendship, has been used to foster love, respect and solidarity among the Fundamentals children.  Each class has decorated in a very creative way a gift to take home.  Using and awakening all the senses, the children have cooked heart-shaped biscuits, manipulated mud to create a big heart, painted stones and written words related to Saint Valentine; we also read stories and sang songs. Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!



Message From Miss Emma Butler

EC1 Unit based trip

This week our EC1 students had their first unit-based trip. The students were all very excited as they went on their bus ride together and their trip to the local castle.

The students, dressed up in costumes, were treated to a treasure hunt and a storytelling session. They also had the opportunity explore the castle’s antique museum, fencing museum and library. At the end of all the activities the students had a well deserved picnic and play in the park.

The students had a great day and the trip was a great opportunity for the children to make connections with their unit ‘Let’s Pretend’ and the real world.

Andalucia Day, Embracing Cultures

On Friday the 22nd of February we are celebrating Andalucia Day, Embracing Cultures. On this day students may come to school dressed in traditional clothes from their own culture (not football kit). They can also wear traditional Spanish dress.

P1 Parent Session: Focus Learning Spanish

Thank you to the parents who attended this week’s parent session.

Snowboarding success, congratulations Carla!

Last weekend saw the first phase of the Andalucian Snowboard Cup with a Big Air in which Carla achieved, in addition to a first place in her category, the highest score of all the girls in the competition.


Parent Teacher Student Consultations – Target setting

Parents and guardians will be given the opportunity to discuss the progress and current targets of their child with their teacher. Students are also requested to be part of the meetings.

Instructions for the new online sign up are here in English and Spanish.

It is vital that parents use the spelling of their and their children’s names as displayed in Managebac.

This may even mean spelling the last name in CAPITALS.

Parents are requested to click on this link to sign up for meetings with homeroom teachers.

Parents, guardians and staff are requested to respect and adhere to times, follow up meetings can be arranged if further discussion is required.

If you are initially unsuccessful please go here for troubleshooting.


Maths Challenge competition

Last Thursday the 7th of February, 20 students from M3, M4 and M5 participated in the UKMT Intermediate Mathematical Challenge competition organised by the University of Leeds. Congratulations to all participants!

M2 Film

Cinema is a powerful tool of art and communication. In the study of film, students discover their creative skills and techniques ranging from recording, editing and construction of scripts. In these photos M2 students investigate the treatment of light.

University and Careers News

 M3 Pathways

On Monday the University & Careers department, supported by the M3 Pastoral team, led a session on students initial pathways starting with a careers session, then working backwards to potential university courses, and finally back into the Upper School (last 4 years) of SIS requirements.

Universities & Careers

M3 parents can read about this in more detail here.

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The Boarders had a fantastic day in Malaga on Saturday. Students enjoyed some free time to explore the city, shops and culture as the town prepares for carnival. The weekend was finished off with a trip to Sotogrande Port and the Six Nations rugby was shown in the TV room.

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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