School Newsletter 22.02.2019


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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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22nd February

 School Calendar

Monday 25 February – Monday 4 MarchHalf term holiday
Tuesday 5 MarchD1 reports published on Managebac
Wednesday 6 MarchD1 parent teacher consultations
Friday 8 – Sunday 10 MarchMUN conference in The Hague
Friday 8 MarchM3 & M4 reports published on Managebac

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Wow, another half term complete! I really can’t believe that we are now halfway through the academic year!

This week we hosted our Inspired Board members, who came to observe lessons, meet the Advisory Panel and speak to students about their experiences. They commented on how impressed they were by our teaching and learning and commented on how diverse our style of teaching is, and that it really enables all students to excel. They also enjoyed our commitment to experiential learning through trips and interactive “hands-on” lessons. Today was another example of this with a whole day dedicated to ‘embracing cultures’.

As a leadership team, we have been discussing areas for improvement and one area that we would like to ask for your help with is enforcing the uniform policy. We have decided that we, as a school, wish to remove the inconsistencies that currently exist within the uniform students are wearing to school. I have attached the updated uniform handbook here so that everyone is clear on the correct and acceptable uniform. I would very much value you spending some time with your child/children going through this document and explaining what is acceptable and what is not. After half term we will be having a whole school clampdown, using Managebac to inform you of uniform misdemeanours. Your support through this process will be greatly appreciated and valued.

I would like to finish this half term by sharing an update that we have been working on to help you understand the final destinations that our students decide to go to when they graduate from SIS. By clicking on this map you can navigate around the world to investigate the range of universities and courses that our students go on to attend.

This process of transition from school to university starts well before the IB Diploma years. This link, takes you to an article written by Mr Mungles, who has been introducing our M3 students to Uni Frog (an online programme dedicated to helping students select the right university courses), ahead of their subject choices which they made last week and which will start in M4.

The final university destinations continue to be a great measure of our students’ successes, the education we offer, and the work we do as a partnership with parents and students.  With this in mind, I wish to remind you that places are at a premium for next year and our current admissions team is experiencing a high level of interest. According to the data, we will be full in the following year groups, EC2, P2, P4, P5, M1, M4, M5 and D1.  With this in mind it is critical that if you know you are leaving, or are unsure, you advise the admissions team as soon as possible by emailing

As we start our half term holiday, I wish you a wonderful, relaxing break and look forward to welcoming your children back to school, in full, complete and beautiful uniform on Tuesday, March 5th before 8.50am.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

Andalucía Embracing Cultures

 Kiss the Casbah

Each year, as a part of CAS (Creativity, Action, Service), 1st-year Diploma students run an event to raise funds for our service learning projects. This involves teams taking responsibility and being accountable for the menu, cooking, bar, decoration, publicity, marketing, ticket sales, entertainment and music.

This year’s result? – 250 tickets sold, 78 secondary students performing, 3hrs live music, 30 songs, €2500 raised!

D1 students commented;

“This experience taught me what happens behind the scenes of event management”

“To see our ideas actually become real was amazing”

“Having fun, playing music and making a difference, I´ll never forget this experience”

Sports News

School Sports Kit

The PE team would like to thank the PTA for their support in making SIS the best-dressed sports teams on the coast.

We now have home and away football kits for P5 through M2 as well as a basketball kit for the older students. As you can see from the pictures it is not only the school teams but also the staff that qualify for best dressed on the Coast del Sol!

Netherlands Tour

Can all parents of students in M1-M3 participating in the Netherlands football tour please ensure that they pay their deposit as soon as possible. This will secure the best price for flights and accommodation.

Football Tournaments

After half-term SIS will be hosting football tournaments for students from P3 right through to M4. The first tournament will be for M3-M4 on Wednesday 6th March at La Menacha in Algeciras, please come along and support the teams from 9am until 2pm.


Last Friday P5 and P6 students participated in a fantastic Handball workshop in Aloha School in Marbella where they showed great talent in the skills required in this sport. The aim of this event was to meet students from other schools, spend time in a sporty atmosphere and learn and practise different handball skills, however, our students scored many points in a tournament after the workshop. Congratulations to all of them!


Percy Cup International

We are delighted to inform you that we are now a part of the PERCY CUP INTERNATIONAL. This is a new sports competition, developed to allow all students to compete with children around the world from England, America, New Zealand, Spain & the Dominican Republic. Children from the ages of 7-11 are able to compete in a range of competitive sporting challenges. Every three weeks a new challenge will be set. On these challenges they are required to use a variety of skills, jumping, running, throwing, catching and kicking. The top five results from each school will be used to work out the points. There will be a certificate for the school with the best time/score and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place certificates for the top three performers in each school per event. At the end of the school year, the winner from all the schools around the world will be announced.

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 today, the 22nd of February. Spaces are limited, so make sure not to miss out!

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

Dreaming Dragons

On Valentine’s Day, the Dreaming Dragons offered a gift service to both the Primary and Secondary school. Items such as roses, chocolate covered strawberries, and lollipops were available for students to purchase for others with the option of writing a small message to that person. Over 330 orders were placed and the gifts were passed out during the second period to the secondary students with primary students receiving their gifts during the sixth period. By running this enterprise, income was made, business skills were developed and love was spread around the school!

Mad Hatters Film Camp

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


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



Enjoy a Sunday roast at La Reserva

Until the 31st of March and each Sunday, L’Olive restaurant will be serving a traditional Sunday Roast. Cristina and her team have prepared a three-course menu, offering several options for each of the courses. SEE MENU 

You can book your table by emailing

or by calling +34 956 78 52 52


Never a dull moment at La Reserva, from now until the 1st March …

Tennis and Golf Kids Camp at La Reserva
We are launching a brand new kids camp program! Children of all ages will have the opportunity to master new skills as part of our golf and tennis camp between 10:00-12:00 each day from Monday to Friday. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, we will focus on tennis while on Tuesdays and Thursdays they will enjoy various golf activities.

Tennis & Spanish Camp – from 25th February till 1st March

In small groups, children will enjoy expert tennis coaching to help take their game to the next level, then have the opportunity to boost their Spanish skills with a fun and interactive learning experience in the outdoors between 10:00-13:00 from Monday to Friday.



Limited availability!

Reserve by emailing or call +34 663 020 792

Yoga every Monday, Wednesday and Friday

On those days and from 9-10:30am, learn Integral Hatha Yoga with qualified instructor Tanya Stagnetto. Each class includes breathing techniques, physical poses known as asanas, deep relaxation and a short meditation session.
The class fee is 15€ per class and takes place in the yoga studio in our Clubhouse.

Reserve your place by emailing or call +34 663 020 792



Inspired Summer Global Camps Competition

Have you submitted your video entry yet?  Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to win 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 the time of entry. Parents must enter on behalf of students under 13.


First Aid Course for parents 

Thinking about the health of our students and their families, Fundamentals has organised a first aid course taught by the SIS nurse. The workshop will focus on how to deal with emergency situations with young children.

The course will take place on Wednesday 27th  February at Fundamentals and cost € 5 per participant. A minimum registration of 10 people is required for the course to take place.

Contact for more information.


Message From Miss Emma Butler

P4 Science

Last week P4 had an interesting trip to the science labs to see the results of the M2 investigations into the human body.  Some of the experiments included the mammalian dive reflex, the effect of exercise on the heart rate, measuring volume of lung capacity, also pig’s heart and lung dissection which the P4s found fascinating.



Beginners Russian club for children in P1 and P2, every Wednesday from 3.40-4.00 pm

Sporting Success

P4 student Kai had a very successful event last weekend winning the Andalucian Snowboarding Championship. His brother, Teiva (P6) took part in the Spanish Snowboarding World Cup in the Pyrenees, where he was the youngest participant among more than  140 other athletes.


Uniform Update

Following on from Mr Kearney’s message. I would like to share with you a change in policy regarding the uniform policy in Primary.

  • 1st step: Uniform breach is recorded in Managebac by the homeroom teacher/subject specialist teacher and parents receive an email.
  • 2nd step: If the same uniform breach is recorded three times in the space of two weeks the homeroom teacher passes the information to the Head of Primary and/or Deputy Head, Pastoral who will call the parents. Parents will be given a set time (approximately 1 week) to purchase the correct uniform.
  • 3rd step: Parents are contacted and asked to collect their child from school.

*NB: The Kindred Protect runs a second-hand uniform sale on the last Friday of each month.



Art Society Annual Competition for Young Artists

 The closing date for this year’s art competition for local schools is 8th of March; all entries should be handed in to Margaret O’Farrell by 5th of March so that the art department can make a final selection.

Any student at SIS between the ages of 11 and 18 can enter; you do not have to be an art student. There are two age groups for judging: 12 to 14 years and 15 to 18 years.

Any medium of visual art is acceptable: painting, drawing, photography, collage, sculpture, ceramics etc. There is no set theme or criteria.

Each entry should be accompanied by a printed note listing: artist’s full name, age and short resumé/ exhibition note of the work, ideally in English and Spanish.

LAMDA Results

Dedicated Drama students entered for a range of LAMDA awards in our first set of examinations for this academic year. Our talented students duly impressed the visiting examiner and all of our performers passed with flying colours. For more information read our blog.

Visit to Hogar Betania – La Linea

M4 Spanish Language Acquisition students had the opportunity to visit the Hogar Betania centre last Wednesday. As part of a unit focused on the global problems suffered by our current society, the students working in groups and had written questions for interviews with the users and workers at Hogar Betania in order to carry out an investigation within a real context. Everything was done in Spanish so the language becomes a working tool, where skills are developed both verbally and written.


SIS represented among the best Under 16 golfers in Spain

Last weekend, February 16th and 17th, the National Youth Scoring Championship was held at El Valle Golf Resort (Murcia) organised by the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, where the 90 best Under 16 players from Spain competed. M3 student, aged only 13 years, Julia S. was present representing the Andalusian Golf Federation.



Careers and Courses

On Tuesday we had a really useful insight into the courses available at the  Marbella Design Academy. The sessions were open to our Diploma and MYP students from M3 to Diploma. In the morning presentations were held in the sun at our chiringuito, and then sessions continued over lunchtime in the library for the younger students.

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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