School Newsletter 27.03.2015

Newsletter 27.03.2015

Friday, March 27, 2015


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Dates for your diary

Whole School



13th April Professional Development Day for staff – No school
14th April Start of Summer term
14th April PTA meeting
14th -17th AprilDiploma Visual Arts Exhibition 2015 in Main building
29th& 30th AprilEvening production of Moulin Rouge at San Roque theatre
9th MaySIS Film Festival
30th MaySotosol Walk


16th AprilP3 unit related trip
30th April Primary Student Led Conferences Day (No formal school, students and parents will be given an appointment time during the school day for their individual Student Led Conference.)
13th May P6 PYP Exhibition for parents and school community



19th April D2 students Maths Studies revision session 10am – 4pm with Mr. Kearney
26th April D2 students Environmental Systems revision session 10am – 4pm with Mrs. Kearney


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Whole School News

From the Head of Teaching and Learning

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last Thursday March 19th SIS hosted the Careers fair.  It was a wonderfully energetic event aimed at students from M3 – D2, allowing them the chance to talk to prospective employers, think about subject choices and university courses.  I would like to thank all parents and students who attended, the feedback from everyone was overwhelmingly positive.  The event was led by Mr. Mungles, our University and Careers coordinator, and Wendy Moody; congratulations to them both.  Mr. Mungles is now planning an even bigger and better event in December!

On Sunday March 22nd our D1 CAS students left for their trip to Asni.  On Tuesday we had an email saying that they had experienced a pleasant trip on the Marrakesh express and had arrived in Asni safe and well.  They were off shopping for items to allow them to complete their projects for the week.

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On Monday March 23rd, 30 M4 GCP students visited Hogar Betania in La Linea to meet the organisers of the facility and to see where our help can be used. Students worked at sorting clothes for families in need and arranging food parcels for distribution in the local community. Many thanks to Margaret O’Farrell, Gara Hernandez and volunteer Ingrid Knutson for accompanying the trip, which was coordinated by Valentina Stirling.
Also on Monday 3 MYP students and Miss Rocio headed off to Almeria for our yearly exchange visit with SEK students. Early reports indicate that they are having a wonderful time, making good friends and developing their Spanish.

The school theatre was the venue on Monday afternoon for a very well attended music concert by our budding primary performers. Many thanks to the peripatetic team for their hard work and continued commitment to our music programme.

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On Wednesday March 25th we hosted the last of our recent football tournaments, the boys U13 and U15 tournament.  The event was attended by schools from all across the coast and as always ran like clockwork, thanks to the organisation and dedication of our PE team.  In the afternoon 8 of our singers accompanied Miss Laura for a trip to Talk Radio, where the girls sang to help the station raise money for the Cudeca cancer hospice in Marbella.

So the day is upon us for letting the school know if your children are planning to stay for next academic year.  If you are moving to pastures new next year, I hope that your children’s education continues to allow them to blossom and grow.  If you are planning to stay, may I be the first to congratulate you on your excellent decision.  As ever our SIS community is committed to providing an outstanding holistic education for your children.  I believe that next year will be bigger and better!

I hope you all have a restful and enjoyable Easter holiday.  School starts back for students on Tuesday April 14th.

Best wishes,

Jak Kearney

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IB Examination Invigilators required

We require mature, responsible adults to act as invigilators (supervisors) during the IB Diploma Examinations in May. Duties will be whole or part days between Monday 4th and Friday 22nd May. If you are interested in one of these positions, please email the Diploma Coordinator, Jane Bannell ( in order to arrange a meeting.

New sailing competition

For all children on the Optimist course every Wednesday, we are planning to have a monthly championship to choose the SIS-champion of the month and once a year the champion of the year. A photo of the monthly winner will be posted in the school reception area, along with an updated order of merit list for SIS Sailing.

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Our championship dates will be as follows:

  • April 15th 2015 > March-trophy
  • May 6th 2015 > April-trophy
  • June 3rd 2015 > May-trophy
  • June 24th 2015 > June-trophy, and sailing champion of the year award

Departure from school will be at 3.30pm on those days and the championship events will finish at approximately at 6.00pm.
There will be drinks and sandwiches available for everyone for €1 each.
All parents are invited.

Parent Ambassador news

A big thank you to all of you who attended the brilliant workshop session on Brain Research & how it is applied to teaching and learning at SIS.

We are holding a Parent Ambassador Development session with Tracy Newton Blows, HR Consultant on Wednesday April 15th at 9.15am at San Roque Campus. The focus is to develop and build confidence in the role of Parent Ambassador.

The Parent Ambassador certificate ceremony will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 23rd April.

PTA meeting

The next PTA monthly meeting will be on Tuesday 14th of April at 9 o’clock in the cantina. All parents welcome!

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Primary News
Putting SIS on the Map

Last weekend I was invited to present a workshop on Transdisciplinary Learning, one of the nine workshops taking place at the 3-day International Baccalaureate Regional Conference in Frankfurt. Approximately 150 teachers from around Europe and the Middle East joined together to explore and learn about the IB programmes. Over the past six years I have facilitated many workshops for the IB; I always take these opportunities to find out what other schools are doing and to reflect where as a school we are. Once again I returned to SIS feeling very proud of our school, our IB programmes and the teaching and learning that takes place within them.

Emma Butler

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P2 Unit Related Trip

After having to postpone this trip twice due to rain, P2 finally had the perfect day on Wednesday to investigate the community of Duquesa. The students investigated how the community had changed over time and looked for evidence of the different people who have lived there.

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The coach arrived at Duquesa Castle where the students could see the fields from which many Roman artifacts have been recovered. As we walked into the Fort they were fascinated as they immediately saw cannons and fortifications. A tour guide welcomed us and took us up onto the battlements wherethe children tried to imagine what it would be like being a soldier watching the pirate ships coming over the horizon. The students enjoyed drawing some of the Roman artifacts that are in the Museo de Romano and learning about how the Romans lived. In the room celebrating fencing Miss Jo challenged Mr. Brown to a duel.

After lunch P2 walked down to Duquesa Port looking for evidence of this new community. They found many examples such as lamp posts with solar panels, ceramic benches, new apartment blocks, restaurants and many signs in English. By the end of the day they had decided that the new invaders in this part of Spain were the holidaymakers!

Information Session on Reading Eggs

On Wednesday morning, there was a successful ‘Primary Parent Information Session’ on the Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress Programme. Parents of children from EC1 to P6 attended to learn more about this excellent scheme which supports Primary students’ phonics, reading and spelling and can be used for optional home activities.

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As with all our parent information sessions, there will be another opportunity to attend this session at a future date.

PYP Unit Related Trip

On Thursday P1 had the opportunity to explore further the central idea for their unit of inquiry “Food From the Ground – plants are living things which can be grown and shared as source of food.” The students visited Eco Spirit, Tarifa, a farm set in the natural reserve, where they were able to learn about various planting techniques as they planted vegetables like peppers, courgettes, pumpkins, cucumbers and tomatoes.

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The students also got to experience outdoor yoga and they participated in Eco Art activities. This was a great day out and enjoyed by all!
P1 will be returning to Eco Spirit to harvest the vegetables before the end of the school year.

Interschool Orienteering Competition

On Tuesday a selected group of students from P6 had the opportunity to participate in an orienteering competition, hosted by Swans International.
During the competition students had to practise their map reading skills to find all the 15 control points around the Nagüeles Park in Marbella.
The SIS boys team were the only team out of 13 teams who managed to get all 15 control points correct. The SIS mixed team also achieved an amazing 2nd place out of 8 teams.

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Congratulations to all involved! Well done!

NEW Primary Spanish Club

This new club is an opportunity for Primary students to improve their Spanish language through participation in fun activities.
The class will be held on Tuesdays at 3.45pm in the old boarding housebuilding at a cost of 5 Euros per class; start date is Tuesday 5th May.
Please ask for an enrolment form at school reception.

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Magdalena García Merino
Coordinator of Sotogrande International Language Academy (SILA)

Primary 3-6 Fun day

Today P3-P6 enjoyed a fun afternoon filled with different sports activities.

image picAll the primary staff and myself would like to wish all of Primary a wonderful and well deserved Easter break!

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Secondary News

Career and University Convention
On Thursday19TH March over 40 organisations representing both careers and universities assembled in the cantina for the Career and University Convention. The aim of the convention is to bring the world of work and university study, into the school and stimulate thought and discussions amongst our students, as part of a process that will enable them to prepare for their future.

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All M3 to D2 Students were able to attend from 3-5pm, giving them an opportunity to connect to the wider world of work, and study. Concurrently with the convention a number of seminars took place in the theatre and adjacent rooms, giving a more in-depth look into particular career choices and the university application process. These seminars proved highly popular and informative, with a lot of very positive feedback from those who attended. There was also a lot of very valuable feedback from the presenters of participating organisationsin the cantina, who noted how inquisitive and prepared our students were. A large amount of the material that was available at the convention will be added to my website which is linked here University & Career Site.

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Thank-you again to all the staff, external guests, parent ambassadors, students and of course Wendy Moody for a great team effort in providing support for the Career & University Programme.

Jason Mungles
University & Careers Coordinator

Easter Exam Support

Our Life Coach, Antonia Behan. is providing exam support coaching sessions, in Sotogrande, over the Easter period. These are designed to help teenagers create a realistic and balanced study timetable, improve focus, manage stress and develop a positive mental attitude towards their own success.

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La Chasse aux trésor de Pâques

The M1 French students have been studying ‘Schools and subjects in different countries’ this term. On the 25th of March they had an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they had learned in class as they enjoyed a treasure hunt with many clues to solve around the school.
They also liked their chocolate Easter eggs…Joyeuses Pâques à tous!

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Student reflection for Hogar Betania

When we went to Hogar Betania we saw how much organisation the centre actually needs in terms of organising clothes. This was the task I was assigned and it was quite tough as a number of children/adults needed clothes and we needed to look through many boxes. We had to differentiate good clothing from bad ones so that what was given was appropriate for the people to wear. We saw different work being done in the centre, people organising clothes and a baby who is living there with her mother.

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The centre was in good condition after many hours of work fixing it up, with designated rooms etc. I think it was a really good opportunity to go to Hogar Betania as some of us are not used to this type of volunteering. I liked sorting out the clothes, as I knew that these clothes would then be given to the adults/children. Next time we can hopefully stay longer and help even more by doing not only one activity but a number of them.
Isabel Tate 

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