School Newsletter 19.10.2018

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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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19th October 2018

Versión española 

 School Calendar

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
Tuesday 23 OctoberP6 trip (half of year group)
Wednesday 24 OctoberP6 trip (half of year group)
Friday 25 OctoberSend a Child to School Day – non uniform day in exchange for 1€ donation
Friday 25 OctoberIce Cream Party for winning Readathon class

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am delighted to introduce you to 2 parents from within our community who have shown interest for the elected position on the Advisory Panel. I invited you to read carefully their information and cast your vote for 1 person.  Each person offers a unique and different experience, which will add value to the Advisory Panel.

To remind you of the members who we have on the board so far:

  • Nick Jefferson is from the UK and has 2 children, both of whom are in secondary.
  • Sara Hagloff is from Sweden and has 2 children both of whom are in primary.
  • Dennis O’Connor is from the USA and has 1 child in secondary.

To find out more about each candidate, please click here. To vote, please click here.  Voting will close on Wednesday 24th October at 4pm and result will be announced in next week’s newsletter.

As the weather changes, I invite you to consider others when deciding to send your child to school. I am all in favour of ensuring that our children are not missing school, however we need to be mindful of our community. There have been a number of cases recently, where students have come to school and clearly they are too ill to attend. This puts deep pressure on the nurse and the service we can give other students. Moreover, it means that germs spread, which actually causes a longer, wider issue for more people. Thank you for your support.

Starting on Tuesday 23rd, the following changes will be applied to allow us to test some changes to traffic flow:

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**. Drivers can then turn right into the car park as they come back down the hill.

** New Amendment: During the trial period it will not be necessary to pass the Security gate at the entrance to La Reserva to turn; cones and signage will be placed to enable vehicles to make a safe U turn at the top of the hill before entrance to La Reserva.

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.

I know that initially this change may seem difficult. We urge you to approach the change with an open mind to allow us to effectively test the impact on the traffic flow. Thank you in advance for your help and support.

I wish you a wonderful weekend

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

Andalucian Valderrama Masters

Some of our students were lucky enough to meet and share experiences and dreams with students from the rural school of Brea de Tajo at The Andalucian Valderrama Masters. The Clinic, organised by the European Tour, was cancelled due to the rain and storms, but all the students still got to enjoy a fantastic day of golf,  meeting with players including  Sergio Garcia, Nacho Elvira, Pedro Oriol and Sebastian Garcia. Thanks go to the Madrid Federation, The European Tour and, of course, Maria Acacia for the wonderful treatment we received.


Three important reminders:

No Nuts policy

The school has a NO NUTS policy and we request parents to ensure that all snacks or other food their children bring to school is nut free. We have several children in the school who are very allergic and, for some of them, even just the smell of nuts can trigger a dangerous reaction.


Treatment for head lice

The nurses would like to inform parents of our current protocols regarding treatment. We do not always inform parents of a year group if a child is found to have head lice as this leads to over treatment of children who do not have an infection. This also leads to drug resistance in lice. We deal with any cases on an individual basis and then follow up to ensure that the treatment has been effective. We encourage parents to inform us directly if their child has head lice and we ensure that this information is treated confidentially. Head lice can de detected using the wet combing technique which uses conditioner to immobilise the lice. They cannot usually be detected by examining dry hair. Head lice only need to be treated if you find a living moving louse. Headlice can be treated with a number of chemical treatments (dimeticone, phenothrin and malathion are all effective) or by the wet combing technique which is more time consuming but less expensive and chemical free. Shampoos, cream rinses and herbal treatments have not been shown to be clinically effective.

It may help to tie your child’s hair up to reduce the risk of catching head lice as they are spread by direct contact.

Please come and see the school nurses if you would like to talk about head lice or need information on the wet combing technique. They are based in the Cervantes building or can be contacted on 9567 959 92 ext 2405 or at

Labeling of clothing and equipment

Please ensure all items of clothing, particularly school uniform, are marked with your child’s name. Every day more and more unnamed jumpers and PE clothes are left lying around the school. These eventually end up in lost property, from which very few are ever reclaimed.

Labels and other personalized items can be ordered online from


Parent Ambassador Programme

This year’s Parent Ambassador Programme kicked off on Thursday morning at our boarding facilities at San Roque Campus.

A group of enthusiastic parents learned about what it means to be a parent ambassador and then took part in a fun interactive workshop with headmaster Jak Kearney.


‘Fashion dresses in green’ reminder: unwanted clothes collection next week

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 do not 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.


Mad Hatters Film Camp

We (Mad Hatters Film Camp) were delighted to have been in to run film workshops with the super talented M1-M3 film and drama students and the SIS Stage School students. If students are interested in taking their filmmaking and acting further, Mad Hatters Film Camp offer fun-filled film making weekend courses for students 7-17 years of age. We are also running a 2night 3day Film Adventure Camp during this half term holiday – October 29th-31st at LakeWakana! For more information, contact


New Russian after school club

Русский образовательный центр Ольги Пахомовой и Sotogrande International School

приглашает детей разного возраста в группы по изучению русского языка как родного. Обучение в соответствии с российскими образовательными стандартами с установкой на билингвизм. Сертификат лингводидактического диагностирования детей – билингвов с 1 – 8 класс. Подготовка к ОГЭ и ЕГЭ. Российский аттестат об образовании. Занятия по понедельникам и пятницам с 16.00 часов. Запись по телефону +34 634 892 780.

Other new activities

The Kindred Project News

Reddam House Berkshire UK & The Kindred Project

Super excited to share with you great news about our brand new partnership with Reddam House Berkshire in the UK, member of the Inspired Group! This collaboration materialised itself through a challenging and inspiring 24h charity swim held on the 15th-16th October in their newly refurbished swimming pool. Reddam House Berkshire students, staff and parents took on the phenomenal challenge of swimming 10.343 laps, an equivalent of 258575 metres, to raise funds for the refurbishment and re-equipment of the local Health Centre in the Nabugabo Community; a significantly important project we are currently concentrating part of our efforts in. We are delighted with the opportunities which lie ahead as a result of being part of the Inspired Group! If you are interested in finding out a little bit more about Reddam’s charity swim and wish to contribute towards this project, please click on the following Go Fund Me link:


Look forward to sharing more updates regarding future collaborations with Reddam House Berkshire soon!

Indonesia Emergency Appeal

KP Secondary and KP Primary came together last week to bring delicious ice cream treats to our school community making €170 profit to donate towards the Emergency Indonesia Appeal.



Customers picked up yummy frozen treats, the Indonesia Appeal fund was topped up and the students picked up small business skills along the way. Win, win for everyone!

Thank you to all that supported.


Med Steps Challenge

Ms. Jade Tattersall is organising a charity hike up the iconic Mediterranean Steps in Gibraltar on Saturday 27th October to support our Indonesia Emergency Appeal. Participants are kindly requested to contribute €10 towards the Appeal, payable to. Jade on the day. Meeting point is at 10am, after passport control on the Gibraltar side of the frontier. For more information, please email:

Hope to see you there!



Lisa Greenwood, school parent and amazing Zumba fitness instructor, has generously offered her services to lead a whole-school Zumbathon next Friday 26th October to raise money towards the Indonesia Emergency Appeal. This activity will take place on the sports pitch from 11am to 11:20am, during our morning break. Primary and Secondary students who wish to participate are kindly asked to bring an extra €1 on Send a Child to School Day (26.10.2018) and hand it in to their teacher/advisor.

Thank you for your support and collaboration!

Dreaming Dragons

Next Friday is Send a Child to School Day where the Dreaming Dragons will Pop Up on 26th October at 3.30pm – 4.15pm in the area behind Cervantes. Please come along to grab a bargain and support our student led social enterprise.


PTA News

A huge thank you to everyone who attended our open meetings on Tuesday; we came away very well informed and feeling greatly supported. The key themes taken away were:

  • The wish to develop the support network of the SIS parents and to offer informed discussions about key issues affecting our children.
  • Clarifying the new funding request system – please don’t forget that the children need to apply by November 1st to be considered this term.
  • Developing fundraising opportunities. We’re aiming sky high with the next event on November 9th. The big launch and ticket sales will start next week.

The full minutes will soon be available and the volunteer list is always open for additions –






 The Club continues its frenetic activity with an attractive and dynamic program of sports and water activities. At the Holiday Camp at La Reserva Club, between 22 October and 4 November, the children aged 7-16 yrs will have the opportunity to master new skills on the water with 2 hours of group classes.


WATERSPORTS CAMP Games, Fitness and Padel Board Instruction.

13:30 PM – 15:30 PM

 Price: €30 €/ 2 hours

Children can choose the day option for €55 that includes the lunch.

 Water sports equipment rental is also available:

Hobbies 18 € (½ h)
Water Bikes 23 € (½ h)
Electric Padel 15€ (½ h)
Large Electric Padel 50€  (½ h)


Mertek 100€
Carver 150€

 SUP YOGA (1h) 25 €

Reservation required before hand.

For more information or reservations, please contact the La Reserva Club team at +34 663 020 792


Fundamentals News

We spent time listening to the sound of the rain, catching the drops on our tongues and jumping in puddles on our walk today! Playing outside gives children the opportunity to connect with, and learn about nature.

Message from Emma Butler, Head of Primary

Reading workshop for parents

On Thursday last week and Tuesday this week we held a Parents Reading Workshop for parents from P2 to P6.  The focus was on supporting children at home with their reading and getting the most out of our Reading Eggs programme. It was also explained how reading is taught in Primary.  Thank you to all the parents who attended.

P6 reflecting on our learning in Unit One

On Thursday afternoon, P6 presented their personal inquiry work to parents and their peers. This experience allowed them to share the inquiry process and their developing research skills. P6 will continue to reflect on their work and extend their learning further.


The Readathon challenge finishes next Wednesday, 24th October. Children from P1-P6 should bring their individual Reading Record (smiley face) sheets to school on Thursday 25th so that class totals can be finalised. The class that has read the most (ie total number of minutes averaged out by number of students in the class) will celebrate with an ice cream party on Friday afternoon.

Readathon sponsorship money should be handed in to class teacher, ideally also on Thursday, or as soon as possible after that date.


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.

DP London theatre trip

The DP Theatre group recently went on a 5-day curriculum trip to London. This was an amazing experience where they saw 5 West End theatrical productions. This was hugely beneficial as being able to see and critique professional theatre is a compulsory part of the course. This experience was offered in conjunction with ISTA (International Schools Theatre Association) where professional theatre practitioners led DP related workshops, bringing together 200 international school students from around the globe. Having our students work alongside other students equally motivated and passionate about their Theatre studies is a unique and inspiring experience. Watch this space for some of the performance work that this very talented year group is going to produce over the year!

 M4 Individuals and Societies trip

Last Wednesday the M4 Individuals and Societies students went to Marbella to visit “Planta Desaladora de la Manconunidad de Municipios de la Costa del Sol”, within the unit “The physical space in which we live”. Later, we moved to San Pedro de Alcántara, where through a research project they studied the impact on society of this kind of public works.




M1 Casares trip

On Tuesday 16th October, M1 went to Casares as part of their Humanities/Language studies. They began their investigation in the Blas Infante museum in the town centre. Then moved on to the cultural centre to see historical artifacts from long ago.

After lunch, the atmosphere of the place inspired them to write poetry, their creative writing connected to the environment.

The day gave the students an opportunity to put into practice their researching skills in a historical and very traditional Spanish village. Blas Infante’s legacy lives on!


University & Careers News

Yesterday we had two university visits, Alexandra Schaffner from Ecole Hospitality Lausanne and Caitlyn Gillespie from the University of Cincinnati.

We are really proud to have a growing tradition of our graduates studying at EHL, one of the top two universities in the world for Hospitality, with one of our recent graduates Zeyna Bennani, taking up her place with them this year.

Our students were also very impressed with Cincinnati and the potential for study in the USA. This is also true for our Director of the ACES programme, Chris French, who was able to establish links for potential sport scholarships with them, as they are an NCAA Division 1 College.

Thanks to Caitlyn and Alexandra for visiting us.

Boarding House News

The Boarding House had a very busy weekend! With the National Holiday on Friday it meant even more fun activities!

We spent Friday afternoon at La Reserva Beach Club getting the hang of E-Surfing, which allowed us to whizz around the lake at speeds of 22km per hour! Saturday was a beautiful day and we were lucky enough to spend the day in Malaga, firstly visiting the castle at the top of the city to absorb some stunning views then having some time to explore the city.



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