School Newsletter 22.05.2015

Newsletter 22.05.2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

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Dates for your diary


Whole School


28th MayBook Fair in the Sports Hall, 10:30 – 17:00
29th MayNon-uniform day, supporting ‘Send a friend to school’
30th May Sotosol Walk


26th MayPrimary First Sports Day, parents welcome to support, 10:00-12:00
26th MayP3 unit related trip
27th MayPrimary Sports Day, parents welcome to support, 10:15–12:15
28th MayP3 unit related trip
Week beginning 1st JuneLanguage & Maths assessments P3-P6
4th JuneP1 unit related trip
11th JuneP1 unit related trip
11th-12th June P4 unit related overnight trip



25th MayPersonal Project introduction for parents of M4 students 9.00-10.00 am in the theatre
29th MayGraduation of DP class 2015, 7.15pm SIS courtyard
18th JuneM2 & M3 student led conferences
19th JuneM1, M2 & M3 school trips


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Whole School News

From the Head of Teaching and Learning

Dear Parents and Guardians,

What a wonderful week we have had at SIS.  The feedback that we have received on the newsletter is overwhelmingly positive and we hope that you are enjoying accessing all your up-to-date information in one format.

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Last weekend was immensely busy with the SIS Spring Fair / Family Fun Day.  Attendance was even better than anticipated and the variety of activities on offer allowed the children to be engrossed and entertained all Saturday afternoon.  Special thanks for the great teamwork and collaboration between the PTA, Fundamentals staff, primary staff, the primary student council and secondary student volunteers.  It is great to see our community modeling our ideals around collaborative decision-making and leadership.

Also last weekend the wakeboard trip was a great success with students from M3  – M5 exceeding their own personal wake-boarding goals. The environment in Almodóvar del Campo is very peaceful and with limited signal and wifi available, it allowed the students to switch off from the digital world for a while. As always our students were wonderful ambassadors for the school.  I am already planning the September trip!

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Following the excellent P6 exhibition, on Monday our P6 students began their transition work to M1.  P6 students went to the timber building to spend the day bonding with the M1 team.  On Tuesday they left for their trip to Huerta Grande where they took part in more bonding exercises including kayaking and climbing. They arrived back rather exhausted on Wednesday.  Many thanks to the P6 and M1 team for a great trip.

On Tuesday we were lucky enough to host an art lecture by James Allan, an Oxford graduate whos spoke about the main characteristics of Islamic art.  The lecture was well attended by our budding art students. Many thanks to Margaret O’Farrell for organizing this talk.

On Wednesday eight SIGA students represented SIS in the prestigious Annual Regional International Schools Tournament at Alcaidesa Golf Club.

This week sees the end of the IB Diploma examination period and I look forward to celebrating with all D2 students, parents and guests at their graduation ceremony next Friday.

I hope you enjoyed your Thursday holiday and wish you a wonderful weekend.

Jak Kearney


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Book Fair – Thursday 28th May

We are pleased to announce there will be a Book Fair in the Sports Hall next Thursday from 10.30am – 5.00pm. A local company “The Book People” will be here offering some very competitively priced books. The majority of the books on display will be most suited to primary age and younger children; however there will also be some non-fiction for older readers and a fairly wide selection of Young Adult & Adult fiction, including some recent best sellers.

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Students will have the opportunity to browse the displays (primary children with their class teachers) and make purchases during the school day (or to reserve books for parents to pay at the end of the school day); parents and friends are invited to visit at any time.

Hope to see you there!

Parent Ambassador news

The Celebration and Accreditation ceremony was held at La Quinta, Sotogrande this week where we celebrated the end of the course for the 2015 cohort of Parent Ambassadors.

After a fun yet rigorous programme over the past school year, we had a lovely social evening to formally welcome the new Parent Ambassadors to the SIS community.

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These enthusiastic, positive & informed parents form the backbone of Sotogrande International School & support the learning experience of our students.

Please check the webpage over the forthcoming weeks for more details.

Huge thanks go to Jak Kearney, Paul Templeton, all SIS teachers and administrative staff who made it a highly informative and worthwhile journey!

Sotosol Walk

Help us make this year a record-breaker for participation and fund-raising, see you there!

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Manilva Music Festival

SIS students to perform on the biggest and most professional stage to date!

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Selected music students will be a part of the huge “Manilva Festival” on Sunday 31st May 5pm – 6pm. This will be an incredible experience for them and hopefully to be enjoyed by many.

This festival promises to be a landmark event bringing some amazing bands from around the world.

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Primary School News

Spring Fair

On Saturday we celebrated our first Spring Fair, Family Fun Day. This was a huge success with around 400 people attending. We would like to thank the Primary Teachers, PTA, Fundamentals Colleagues, MYP student volunteers and the Primary Student Council for preparing, and organizing such a fantastic community event.

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We are already looking forward to organizing a similar event next year.

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The activities on offer included:

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P4 summative assessment task celebration

On Monday P4 parents were invited to the classrooms to experience a museum walk of past civilizations and their legacies. The students shared their knowledge and understanding of a chosen contribution from the past through a variety of media.

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All of the work was completed independently from the research through to the creation of visual pieces, written work and the speeches.

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Early Childhood (Fundamentals and EC1/2)

In conjunction with our early years colleagues at Fundamentals we would like to invite parents of EC1 –P1 to a  workshop that may be of use in education and childcare. We encourage you to participate in this workshop “Management of limits and rules at home -positive reinforcement”.

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by Dr. Adriana Beccalli, to be held in Fundamentals on Tuesday the 26th of May at 5:00 pm. To set the limits and create rules in daily life is good for the children; we just need to learn the best techniques to do so. The session will be held in English and will be priced at 15€ per person and will last one and a half hours. If you are interested in joining, please book your place at


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Secondary School News


DP2016 Dutch application launch meeting

On Monday 18th May DP2016 applicants to Dutch Universities met to start the process of application. They all made studielink accounts and prepared cloud folders, and started the process of collating information for their applications with me.

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They have been set a deadline of June 10th to update their transcript, provide M4 and M5 academic evidence and identify 5 Dutch courses, with deadlines for our follow up meeting. Parents may find this link on studying in the Netherlands very informative. Going Dutch Link

Jason Mungles

University & Careers Coordinator

Islamic art lecture

On Tuesday 19th May MYP and D1 art and humanities students attended a lecture on Islamic Art. The lecture focused on the use of geometry, calligraphy and figures in Islamic art and architecture.

The lecturer was James Allan who read Arabic at Oxford, and is curator of the Islamic collection and keeper of Eastern art at the Ashmolean Museum.

This was the last in a series of lectures which included “Picasso and his Women ” and ” David Hockney: Art as Biography”.

We are planning a series of visiting lecturers for the coming school year and will post details in September.

M2 Spanish humanities

M2 Spanish humanities students have completed the study about Greece with a performance class of its investigations. Demonstrating their artistic talents

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The Kindred Project News

P2 students support our Nepal Emergency Appeal

It’s been already 28 days since the first devastating earthquake struck Nepal! Student-led awareness and fundraising activities continue to pop-up around our school community to support our Kopan Monastery School partners as much as possible to help alleviate a little of their suffering.

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Last Wednesday, our committed P2 students held a charity market, linked to their “Helping” Unit of Inquiry, to raise funds for our Nepal Emergency Appeal. The kids planned and organised the entire activity and did a fabulous job. We sincerely thank them and the teachers for their “hand-up”.

If you’re interested in keeping up-to-date with the activities carried forward by Kopan Monastery School, simply click on the following link: Nepal Emergency Appeal

M4 Dreaming Dragons respond to Nepal

As part of their GCP social entrepreneurship initiative, M4 students will support our Nepal Emergency Appeal through their Dreaming Dragons pop-up business during the up-coming Mufti Day on Friday 29th May. Primary and Secondary students will have the chance to participate in fun and creative games during breaks, as well as buying yummy home-made cakes. Please support our M4 students in their learning journey as well as our Nepalese partners. Thank you!

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PTA News

The PTA has generously contributed to the celebratory dinners for M5 and for D2, the graduating class of 2015.

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