School Newsletter 17.04.2015

Newsletter 17.04.2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

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Dates for your diary

Whole School

29th & 30th AprilEvening production of Moulin Rouge at San Roque theatre. 6.00 PM
29th April‘Send a friend to school’ day – 1€ donation in exchange for wearing home clothes
1st MayNational holiday – no school
9th MaySIS Film Festival
30th MaySotosol Walk










20th AprilP3 PE end of unit trip
21st AprilEC1 unit related trip to Granja El Dorado
23rd AprilP4 unit related trip to Baelo Claudia
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










19th April  D2 students Maths Studies revision session 10am – 4pm with Mr. Kearney
26th AprilD2 students Environmental Systems revision session 10am – 4pm with Mrs. Kearney
27th AprilInformation meeting for parents of M3 & M4 students about new MYP elective choices







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Whole School News

From the Head of Teaching and Learning

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back from the Easter break.  I hope you have all had a wonderfully relaxing and restful time.

We are delighted to welcome a new member of staff to the secondary school, Reshma Jagmohan, who will join the teaching team for our Global Citizenship Programme. You can learn more about her in her introduction below.

As ever SIS has experienced a very busy week.

On Tuesday we experienced a number of arts themed events.  Firstly Val Woodgate, who is a lecturer and guide in Tate Britain and Tate Modern, visited SIS to give a lecture on the way Picasso’s emotional life influenced what he painted and how he painted it. Secondly the D2 students previewed their final arts pieces for their D2 IB exams. I wish to thank Margaret O’Farrell and Paul Harris for their hard work, support and dedication towards both these events.

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Wednesday was the final event for our new cohort of Parent Ambassadors.  Tracy Newton-Blows led a session focusing ontheir roles and responsibilities. Congratulations to the 2015 Parent Ambassador graduates!

On Thursday P3 visited Castellar to expand their work for their unit on endangered animals.  In addition our D1 Geographers took part on a 2-day field trip to Tarifa, with the aim of collecting data for their diploma Geography coursework.

I wish you a relaxing and enjoyable weekend,

Jak Kearney

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A little bit about me …

image picMy name is Reshma Jagmohan and I have lived in Spain for over a year now with my husband and two sons. I completed a bachelor degree in Social Studies and a masters in Sociology in The Netherlands. It has been a pleasure to share my skills, knowledge and vision with very diverse groups of students for seven years.

I see it as my priority to inspire the SIS students and to touch their hearts by sharing with them my passion for social science, news, debating and interpersonal communication skills. A great opportunity to do this is with SIS´ Global Citizenship Programme, which I find an enrichment to the school curriculum. Students get the opportunity to work on meaningful projects in- and outside the school and will be supported in building their own global networks.
I promise and I am committed to supporting our students in their process of personal growth and development of a global attitude.


Moulin Rouge – 29th& 30th April at 6.30pm

We are on the count down until show time and what a show it is shaping up to be!
With 60 talented SIS secondary students both performing and backstage this performance is sure to be ´Spectacular´! This adaptation of Moulin Rouge tells of a tragic love story set in turn of the century Paris. We intend to leave you wowed by the soaring vocals, snappy choreography and superb characterisations. Our version of Moulin Rouge will be thoroughly engaging for adults and students of both Primary and Secondary age.

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Tickets (Adults 10€; students 5€) are now on sale from our Box Office.

Telephone 956795902 (payment by Visa or Mastercard) or buy in person (cash payments) at SIS reception from 11.00 till 11.20am every day (morning break).

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With thanks to Marbella International University Centre, which is kindly sponsoring the event programme. MIUC offers Bologna accredited BA and MA programmes in the field of Media, Communications, Politics and Business, with a strong focus on international and global aspects of knowledge, skills and competencies.

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Initiation courses for tennis champions

SotoTennis Academy is a professional training centre located in Sotogrande, which is exclusively dedicated to training young tennis players to become professional players.The school has convinced Dan Kiernan, the founder of SotoTennis to offer our young students an opportunity to get a taste of and develop an interest in, or even a passion for, this fun and challenging sport, supported by his great team of professional coaches.
Tennis helps to develop life skills such as resilience, independence, discipline and humility to name but a few.

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Initiation courses will be held in San Roque for children aged 8 to 12 years on Mondays from 5:00 – 6:00pm and on Thursdays in San Roque from 5:00 – 6:00pm for students over 12 years old. Lessons will start after the Easter break on April 20th and will finish at the end of the summer term. The cost will be €225 for the term including transport from the school to the activity. Students will have to bring their own racquet and wear tennis shoes.

Take advantage of this great opportunity before the summer at the reception or

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Primary School News

A Message From Emma Butler

I would like to welcome back all our Primary students, parents and teachers and to welcome our new students and their families, to what promises to be an exciting final term of this academic year. Term has started well and has been as busy as usual with certified professional development courses running for our teachers, P3 ‘tuning in’ and enjoying a unit related trip to Castellar Zoo, rehearsals for our Primary production of Oliver getting fully underway and our oldest students in P6 officially starting their PYP Exhibition and being introduced to their mentors.

Professional Development For Our Primary Team

Starting last weekend our Primary staff took part in a two and a half day in-service training course. Two of the days were dedicated to an official International Baccalaureate ‘Inquiry Based Curriculum’ workshop led by two experienced IB trainers, Emma Butler, our own Primary Head and Caroline Callaghan, Primary Head of Frankfurt International School.

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Half a day was also given over to a Mathematics workshop where teachers explored inquiry based strategies using maths manipulatives.

Sporting success

We would like to congratulate Misha Budilov (P5) who finished in third place in alpine skiing in Andalusia this season.

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We would also like to congratulate Alexander Amey (P5) and Thomas Butler (P6) who competed in the CircuitoJuvenil y Benjamin, organised by the Andalucian Golf Federation, which took place at Almenara Golf Course last weekend. Thomas won the Alevin (10-11 yrs) handicap category with a nett score of 64 and Alexander  won the Benjamin (8-9 yrs) scratch category with a 9 holes gross score of 41.

P3 ‘Tuning In’ trip to Castellar Zoo

This week P3 enjoyed a fantastic day at Castellar Zoo.  The purpose of the trip was to engage the children and actively involve them in their new Unit of Inquiry about Endangered Animals.  The children were able to have hands on contact with many of the rescued animals at the zoo. The trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all!

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Send a friend to school

Congratulations, Primary. On the final day of last term, which was also one of our ‘Send a friend to school’ days, you raised over 480€ for the Kindred Project.

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Secondary School News

SIS MYP Flexible Pathways 2015-16

M4-M5 Electives

The MYP’s holistic philosophy of education provides the basis for a broad and balanced curriculum. SIS believes in providing opportunities for students to find their unique talent, be this in sports, arts, languages, sciences or beyond.

Hence, next Monday 20th April, Mrs.Belén Gonzalez (MYP coordinator) and Mr. Kevin Stone (Head of Middle School) will introduce M3 and M4 students to our exciting new MYP flexible pathways, options and electives courses, which will begin in September 2015.

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After the M3 and M4 students have received their introduction, parents / guardians are formally invited to attend a brief MYP Electives Information meeting on Monday 27th April to help families make informed choices.

Students’ subject choices should reflect their plans for further study, including adequate preparation for the Diploma Programme and beyond, where appropriate.

The deadline for students to hand in their MYP 2015-16 electives is Monday 4th May 2015.

Key date summary:

9:00am Monday 20th April – Student Introduction, venue Timber Building
9:10am Monday 27th April – Parent Information Meeting, venue Theatre
9:00am Monday 4th May – Deadline for students to return ‘MYP Electives Form 2015-16’ to their advisors.

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Arts news

San Roque Young Artists’ Competition 20th -24th April 2015

SIS is proud to show the following young artists’ work in the upcoming competition in San Roque.

Isabel Tate. M4.”Conflict and resolution”. Media: Print and aquarelle.

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Luka Jocite. D1. “Portrait”. Media: Pencil.

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Luna Sobrino. D1.“Trumpet”. Media: Acrylic.

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Maria Isabel Garcia Ortega. M5. “Landscape”. Media: Acrylic

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Harrison Ellis. P4.Wolf’s Imagination”. Media: Pencil

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Maria Fernández García de Guadiana. M4.“Stop Racism”.Media: Collograph print and aquarelle.
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Visiting Lecturer
On the 14th of April Valerie Woodward of the Tate Modern gave an illustrated art lecture to students and staff in the theatre. The lecture focused on Picasso and his women and helped to support Art History curriculum development for MYP and IB students.

The next in our series of lectures will be an introduction to Islamic art through its three most widely appreciated strands- calligraphy, geometry and the arabesque. This will be held on May 19th at 2.45pm.
James Allan, curator of the Islamic collection and keeper of Eastern Art at the Ashmolean Museum will deliver the lecture, which will be available to M5 and D1 students; any parents wishing to attend should contact

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University and Careers Programme news

SIS gets a mention …

This recent article on the website, a site dedicated to the highest professional qualifications and standards in the development and management of land, real estate and construction, exemplifies the concerted approach of building a more holistic relationship for our students, with the business world through the University & Career Programme.
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Brighton University presentation

On Wednesday I was delighted to welcome Sue Perry from Brighton University, who presented and took questions from M5 and DP students on the process of applying to UK universities, and in particular Brighton University. She also gave an overview of the study programmes and life at Brighton University, and the new methods that they have developed to support students through their degree and into their future careers. I was impressed with the modern methods that Brighton University uses, that are very much in line with our educational practice at SIS. For example the plagiarism checker is at the heart of the university’s academic rigour, mirroring our use of Turnitin with Managebac.

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The move to online support sites in their VLE with the resources for each course, also mirrors our teachers’ work in developing Google sites. Finally the support for their students to establish internships and work placements whilst still at University, in part through their Ambassador programme, is in line with our programme of Conventions that allow students to make connections for M5 work experience. Thanks go to Sarah Burgess for making this link, and we look forward to seeing Brighton University return for seminars in the future.

Jason Mungles U&C Coordinator

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The Kindred Project News


The D1 trip to Asni, Morocco, was a total success! All 26 students were outstanding, our objectives were met and the relationship with the Association Tiwizi and community members is only getting stronger and stronger as the years go by! For more details about this unique intercultural exchange and experience, click on the links.
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We hope you enjoy reading about and watching our students in action and thank you for your continuous support!

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Santa María Polo Club

Santa María Polo Club invites all  students, parents and staff of  Sotogrande International School to an international polo day on 24th & 26th April at Los Pinos, Santa María Polo Club.

The Spanish national polo team will be facing Ireland in two attractive test matches during the weekend.

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The first match will be held on Friday, 24th april and the great final will be held on Sunday, 26th April from 12 pm. Both matches at Los Pinos fields. Santa María Polo Club and the Real Federación Española will be happy to welcome Sotogrande International School to watch these great polo test matches.

Madhatters Film Camp this weekend!

If any students would like help creating their film, Mad Hatter’s Film Camp will run two weekends of intensive movie making courses where students will learn how to write, act and direct their own movie, which will then be ready to enter into the 2015 film festival.

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Students can sign up by emailing: or facebook MadHattersFilmCamp

Weekend dates are April 18th/19th and April 25th/ 26th

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