School Newsletter 30.04.2015

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Newsletter 30.04.2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Dates for your diary

Whole School

1st MayNational holiday – no school
9th MaySIS Film Festival
16th MayPrimary Spring Fair / Family fun day
19th May PTA meeting
30th MaySotosol Walk


4th-5th MayP5 Overnight unit related trip
5th MayEC1 unit related trip
13th MayP6 PYP Exhibition for parents and school community
15th MayDanii Bandana day (see in Primary news)


4th May M3 & M4 Electives choices deadline
5th May D2 Physics revision session 4pm-6pm with Dr Kievit (email questions any time as well)
11th May D2 Chemistry revision session 10am-12pm with Dr Kievit (email questions any time as well)


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Whole School News

From the Head of Teaching and Learning

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On Friday student artwork was displayed in San Roque at a competition for local schools.  All six pieces entered from SIS can now be seen in the school reception area.  Congratulations to Harrison Ellis in P4 who was awarded a special judges’ prize for his entry. Thank you to Margaret O’Farrell for collating the pieces of work for the competition.

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On Sunday Mrs. Kearney and Mrs. Wiltshire ran Sunday revision classes for their Diploma students.  These were immensely well attended and helped to give an extra boost for our oldest year group.

On Monday Mr. Stone and Dr Gonzalez launched our flexible pathways programme with M3 and M4 parents.  We are looking forward to reviewing the electives students have chosen for their studies on Monday 4th May.  Many thanks to all parents who attended the presentation.

The biggest piece of news this week has been of course the Moulin Rouge show. The matinée performance for students from secondary schools in San Roque was very successful.  I would like to congratulate the students and staff on a truly amazing opening night and I am looking forward to an even bigger and better performance tonight. Thank you to Christine Barling and the directorial team; Kerry Wickersham and the music team; Andrea Bennett and the costume team; Maria Pinnock, Lisa Stone and the choreography team; Mr. Allen, Mrs. O’Farrell and Mr. Harris for the set and props and all supporting teams from marketing and graphic design.  And of course a massive thank-you and well done to the students!  This is a real demonstration of collaboration in action.  We will be donating all of the money from the ticket sales to the Kindred Project to help us continue our mission of using education as a force for good.

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Wednesday saw the final day for our D2 classes.  It was an emotional day for all concerned and we wish them the very best as they begin their exam period.

Today we ran our student led conferences in Primary and our Parent teacher meetings in Secondary.  Thank you for your support in this crucial part of our year.  The students in Primary demonstrated the story of their learning by taking on the role of teacher.  On a personal level I greatly enjoyed seeing and hearing my two boys teaching me maths!  In secondary we were able to hold deep and meaningful learning conversations with students and parents.

I hope you enjoy our long weekend.

Best wishes,

Jak Kearney

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San Roque Young Artists Competition 2015

Nadfas de la Frontera’s art competition for schoolchildren in the area of San Roque, saw 6 entries from SIS. All six of our students were awarded certificates of merit and a special judges’ prize was awarded to Harrison Ellis for his drawing “The Wolf’s Imagination”. Eight-year-old Harrison is a student in Primary 4 Miss Reynolds’ class. It was a very proud moment for Harrison, his family and his teacher. Many local schools participated in the event and judges recognised and awarded the excellent work of many children.
Thank you to Mr. Steven Sanders who photographed the event and captured our proud students at this prestigious annual event in the local community.

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Yearbook Advertisement Opportunities

We have started work on the 2015 Yearbook and would like to offer to SIS parents first, the opportunity to promote their business by advertising in this year’s yearbook.
As you know, it is a very important keepsake for students who are leaving us and for everyone a supremely enjoyable summary of the school year. It is created by SIS students with the guidance of their teachers and is a very attractive and valued souvenir, which is distributed free to all SIS families.

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To give more visibility to the advertisers and make the Yearbook a useful reference source for parents, this year we are creating a guide at the end of the book where all advertisers will be grouped by sector and easy to find with a user-friendly contents table. Please email for prices and information.

Family fun day

SIS Primary School and the PTA would like to invite all family and friends of SIS to a
Family Day / Spring Fair on Saturday May 16th from 1.00 – 4.00pm.

During the afternoon there will be an opportunity to take part in many different organised activities and games, socialise and catch up with friends, listen to some performances from our Primary Students and enjoy a barbecue and drinks.

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The Primary Student Council will be selling tickets at the school gate before and after school from Monday the 4th of May onwards. Tickets will also be on sale on the day.

Ticket price is 5 euros for children aged 2-10. This will include an ice cream, session on a bouncy castle, face painting, a cupcake decoration competition and many more activities and games.
Entrance is free for adults and children over 10.

This really does promise to be a family fun day and we hope very much you will all be able to join us.

Sotogrande International School Film Festival

Our first ever Film Festival, hosted by Mad Hatter’s Film Camp, takes place here next Saturday starting at 4pm, with movies showing in the theatre from 6pm.
We have games, live bands and drinks to enjoy. Tickets costing 2€ each will be on sale in school during next week and they are also available to purchase at the door.

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Now a little bit more about the event from Sam Reynard …

“We have created our very own local film festival for students up and down the coast of Spain. This is not only to give students the chance to create and show off their work, but also to network and celebrate all forms of art!

The event takes place at Sotogrande International School and features live bands such as K:miss & the Soulbelle and will run into the late evening. The gates open at 4pm and films start showing at 6pm. We have guest judges, a panel of 5 who will choose the best 3 films and give out the awards. There will be a red carpet and press, so dress accordingly. There will be games, art works, drinks & food for all to enjoy.

If you are interested in submitting a short film, music video or personal project, please contact me at

Please come and support our young stars, I hope to see you there! “

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Primary School News

Supporting learning through experiential trips

Last Thursday P4 went on their trip to Baelo Claudio as part of their inquiry on past civilizations and their legacies. They went prepared with questions to investigate whilst also learning how the Romans lived.

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EC2 have been inquiring about what we can be when we grow up. On Wednesday they went off to question and find out some more information. They visited a Mango shop and an optomitrist in La Línea where they got hands on experience in both occupations. Not only did they gain a greater understanding but also enjoyed themselves!

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Celebrating the excellent language work by our 5 and 6 year olds

This week Emma Butler has enjoyed looking at the work and talking to the P1 students about all the wonderful work they have being doing in language lessons. The standard and neatness of the handwriting was especially impressive. Well-done Primary 1, keep it up! This beautiful work is by Raul and Jaime.

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Jasmine Bateman in P4 is an inspiration to us all

After many influences/experiences and readings, Jasmine Bateman in P4 has decided to have her beautiful long, thick hair cut off and wants to raise money to pay for it to be made into a wig for the charity ‘Little Princess Trust’.
This is totally her own idea. For more information and if you would like to support her aims, please follow this link:

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Young Artist Competition in San Roque

Well done to Harrison Ellis of P4 whose artwork entitled ‘Wolf’s Imagination’ (created during unit 1 – How we express ourselves) was selected to represent SIS at the Nadfas de la Frontera’s Young Artist Competition in San Roque last Friday.

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The judges were so impressed with his creativity that they awarded him a special cash prize.

Party Table

On Wednesday this week Emma Butler joined Ella, Carlota, Andres, Liam, Angela (guest), Paula, Mikella and Angel from primary first to celebrate being chosen for the party table.

Danii Bandana Day

As always, SiS will be supporting Danii’s Charity Sotosol Walk which takes place on 30th May. Danii, a former Sotogrande student, has already raised over 90,000 euros to help extrememly sick children and she herself has beaten cancer on two occasions.  In preparation for Sotosol walk, on Friday 15th May we will be having our Danii Bandana Day where children will be invited to support Danii’s charity by wearing their Danii Bandana and any other Danii’s Charity merchandise which will be on sale at the School gates from Monday 11th May.

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This is Domingo, he is only 7 years old and suffers from leukaemia. Danii’s Charity helped him to fulfil his dream by meeting Messi!

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Secondary School News

United Kingdom Mathematics Trust Competition

Last week 20 students from M1 and M2 participated in the UKMT Junior Individual Challenge. Congratulations to all participants and thank you to, Mrs. Birkbeck, Mr. Allen and Ms. Diaz for organising the event.

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Fundamentals News


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We are delighted to introduce our activities programme for the summer; fun, fresh and creative! It is an opportunity for children up to 5 years old to develop their imagination, experience with their senses and share with their friends a space that invites happy feelings. If you are interested in receiving further and detailed information, please email us at

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The Kindred Project News

The teaching on “Cultivating Courageous Compassion” led by Buddhist nun, Ven. Robina Courtin, was without a doubt, a highlight and a unique opportunity for students and parents. This is what M4 students thought about the session:

“It was a very good experience and a great way of sharing thoughts and knowledge about something perhaps different. I think that it was positive that there were M4, M5 and D1 students since it made it more interesting as there were different types of questions AND humour by the D1’s. The meditation exercise was a great start and finish, and the fact that she showed that she respects all kinds of religions but yet she did want us to know some more about Buddhism”. (Martina Torino)

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“I liked how Ven. Robina spoke clearly and her responses to our questions were direct and quick. She expressed herself really well and she transmitted us what she believed without trying to make us believe in it as well. Thank you for the opportunity! (Guido Castro)

“The meditation part was really interesting as well, because I’ve never done it before and I’ve realised that the thoughts that pop up in my head are, most of the time, the ones I need to get rid off!” (Polina Kovalevskaya)

SIS and The Kindred Project would like to sincerely thank Ven. Robina for her generous visit and wish her all the best!

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