School Newsletter 25.01.2019


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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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25th January 2019


Versión española 

 School Calendar

Monday 28 JanuaryP1 Unit based trip
Friday 1 FebruaryMeeting for EC1 Parents ‘Curriculum Information Update and Supporting Your Child at Home’ – 09.15 – 09.45 in EC1 classrooms
Friday 1 FebruarySoul Night (see Whole School News)
Wednesday 6  – Wednesday 13 FebruaryD2 Mock examinations

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The latter part of this week has been clouded by the sad news of Paul Templeton’s passing.

Over the last 22 years the school has grown, developed and blossomed under Paul’s ownership. Never wishing to be known as the “owner”, he was the Chairman of the Board for over 17 years.  The introduction of the IB Diploma, the move from tiny, cramped buildings in Paniagua to a purpose built school on this site, the growth and improvement of facilities, the expansion of staff and courses offered and development of our own personal style of learning, “Connected Learning” were all down to his beliefs and commitment to education. The volume of students who have been impacted by his desire for teachers to “inspire students”, to “create magic in classrooms and beyond” and to “change the world” is remarkable.

Paul was the creator of The Kindred Project, his desire to use Education as a force for good in the world and a commitment to the belief that all children should learn about others, (the journey from Me to We). Over the last few years the impact that The Kindred Project has had on the lives of people all around the world is totally amazing. Students in Sotogrande, people in La Linea, our community of learners in Uganda, our community in the jungles of Ecuador and in the community in the southern Atlas Mountains, Morocco have all been impacted greatly from the hand ups, rather than from handouts.   We continue to be committed to sustainable development within these projects.  Just today we celebrated the first Send a Child to School day of 2019, held in a spirit of celebration of Paul. Thank you to everyone who supported the day, with non-uniform and Enterprise projects run by our GCP students. Today we raised a record amount of money. The funds raised will go towards supporting the schooling of pupils in Nabugabo. The access to school that you provide makes a real difference to the lives of the children in this wonderful community

I wish you a wonderful weekend and will be in touch in the near future with times for Paul’s memorial, once the family have come to terms with their loss.

Best wishes
Jak Kearney

Soul Night – Friday 1st February



Both professional and student musicians are coming together to create this two-hour soul concert. Music comes from artists such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson, Jocelyn Brown and Chaka Khan. There’ll be drinks, food, dancing and amazing music!

Tickets, price 5€, will be available from Wednesday at the gate and from reception!

Cyber security competition

On Friday January 11th students from SIS competed in a cyber security competition in Gibraltar.  CyberCenturion is a UK based competition and is run by the American Air Force Association.  It involves competitors securing vulnerable operating systems. The type of vulnerabilities can range from setting security policies, to finding and removing backdoors. They deal with both Windows and Linux operating systems.  It’s done over three online qualifying rounds, with the best teams going to London to compete in the Grand Finals.


Diego  M4, Mason  M1, Milo P6 and Sebastian P4 were excited to meet and have Lieutenant General Ed Davis the Governor of Gibraltar attend the competition and discuss cyber security with them and their teacher Stewart Harrison from Bayside School in Gibraltar.
Also pictured alongside Mr Harrison is Dr John Cortes, Gibraltar Minister for Education.

 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 come along to our launch meeting on Thursday 7th February, at 4pm in the IB Common Room (Main Building), or simply 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.

Parent Ambassador training

Our parent ambassadors were treated to a very special session on Monday. Firstly M5 student Millie did a fantastic presentation of her personal project on the benefits of eco-friendly houses compared to the average house on the Costa del Sol. We are all very much looking forward to Millie building real houses in the future! The session continued with information on Universities and Careers with Mr Jason Mungles and was nicely rounded off by Mr Chris French teaching us more about the Aces programme and how it works at SIS. Thank you to Millie, Mr Mungles, Mr French and all the ambassadors who came to this session.

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:

*Children must be aged 8-18 at time of entry. Parents must enter on behalf of students under 13.


ACES European Championship

This February the first ever ACES European Championship kicks off a new venture for the Jason Floyd Golf Academy (JFG) Junior Golf Tour.

Hosted at the incredible San Roque New Course, host to Spanish Opens and European Tour Q-School from 1st-3rd February, the tournament will act as the ceremonial launch of the brand new ACES Series due to commence September 2019.

Read all about the ACES series in our blog


The children love to be outside, regardless of the weather. Running, jumping, breathing the fresh air and being in contact with nature while strengthening their immune systems.


Collecting oranges, a whole family activity. If you would like to join us email to

Message From Miss Emma Butler

P1 Cultural Fair

Last Friday P1 celebrated the diversity of cultures around the world. Our parent community joined us to share fun facts and information about their home countries, making this a real community event.

 P6 Science

Last week and this week P6 have enjoyed and have learnt a lot when visiting the science laboratory with Mrs Kearney. They carried out their own investigations to find out about the energy content of different foods.

P4 Yoga

This week P4 welcomed Jasmine’s mum, Estelle, who kindly joined our PE class to give us a yoga lesson connected with our unit of inquiry on Healthy Lifestyles.  The children really enjoyed the sessions and we discussed the benefits of yoga for both our physical and mental wellbeing.


EC1 parent session 

Today our EC1 Team led a parent session on our school communications and especially our EC1 Class Google Site. Thank you to the parents who joined. At the end of the session parents commented on how informative, useful and simple our school app and EC1 Google Site was. If there are any parents who have not managed to access the Google Site and would like help please let the EC1 Team know.

Skiing success

The Andalusian Alpine ski circuit started with two giant slalom runs. As has already become a tradition, our primary school student Carla (P3) again reached the podium, this time in third place and the first in Andalucia.



Personal Project – “You decide who you are”

Elizaveta M. – M5


“Initially, my idea was to draw a mural in the boarding house that would encourage other students to create something they like. In this mural you can see how a person takes off his mask and inside it is a void, so I would like people to fill this white space with what they are or what represents them. You can also see that the body is made up of roads, which means that every person in life has their own way and their obstacles. And also one of the main details is an inspiring quote, “You decide who you are”, so the meaning of this quote is clear to anyone. I decided to paint my mural with professional acrylic paints and brushes to do everything in good quality (you can see in the video how I did everything step by step).

Nevertheless, I am very glad that many people liked my work and that my goal was realised in real life.”


 DP1 Theatre students were asked to create a visual artistic response in the form of a mood board. This was an exploratory exercise for the 20% course requirement of the Director´s Notebook.


University Fair

Last Tuesday D1 students had the opportunity to attend the UNITOUR University fair in Málaga, where the best public and private universities in Spain meet annually. The students were able to find answers to all their questions about the different courses and exchange impressions with peers from other international schools in the area.


Inter Schools Creative Writing competition results

Congratulations to our accomplished winners of the Inter Schools Creative Writing Competition. Writing against the clock and competing against students in their age categories from Aloha, Swans and EIC, our team of writers produced engaging and creative narratives.


We are exceptionally proud to announce the winning students:

First Place M1-M3 – Jill

Second Place M4-M5 – Olivia

Third Place DP – Leonie

Click here to enjoy short excerpts from their stories.

Boarding House News

Our Boarders had a fantastic outing to Bunker Beach where they practised their photography skills!

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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