School Newsletter 05.02.2016

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”We inspire learning and intercultural understanding, enriqueciendo la vida de nuestros niños y nuestro mundo”

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Friday, 5th February

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Message from the Head

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last Friday Miss Emma, Miss Morrison and Miss Eliza along with the KP team and Mr. Sanchez held a sleepover at school for students in P5 and P6.  The aim of the event was to raise funds for Phab kids, a charity working with physically handicapped children.  Over 70 students joined in the sleepover and camped in tents in the sports hall whilst the thunder and lightening roared!
Please congratulate the students and the team who managed to raise over 1900€!  On Sunday Mr. Mungles left Spain with his D1 History students for their trip to London.  Please read below to find out more about their adventures.

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On Tuesday morning we ran a Parent Ambassador session to induct our new PAs in the MYP, Middle school, Diploma Programme and connected learning.  Connected learning is the glue that ties us together at SIS and is one of our key strategic drivers, which aims to create effective people, effective learning, empathetic global citizens who have choice over what and how they learn and who have the IT tools to support their learning.  Feedback from the PA group was that the session was very informative.  Thank you to Sara Hagglof for organising the event and Belen Gonzalez, Kevin Stone and Jane Bannell for presenting.  Next week the PAs will have a session informing them about the Kindred Project, Boarding, IT, GCP and University & Careers.

This week we also ran a trip to Malaga for D1 students who attended a University Fair to meet representatives from Spanish universities. P3 students had an adventurous day in Pinar del Rey as they started their new unit of inquiry. Thank you to the teams of staff who supported our students through this experiential learning.

Mr. Gibson is busy making final preparations for the La Concha experience this weekend.  If you get the chance to, please try and sponsor Marcus Ryser in D2, who will be taking on the challenge, dressed in a dog suit and carrying an additional 25kg on his back, to raise money for the Adana dogs home.

Finally I would like to make mention of one of our Golf students Sebastian Collins, who won the US children’s competition at West Orange Country Club in Orlando last weekend!  He is pictured (red shirt) with 2 times US Open winner Retief Goosen.

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I look forward to seeing you on Saturday morning ready to take on La Concha!

Best wishes

Jak Kearney 


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Whole School News
Summercamps 2016, Join now!
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SotoROX the CASbah

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To commemorate and celebrate the 10th anniversary of Kiss the CASbah, another SOTOROX is being held on the 18th of February. SotoROX the CASbah will of course be bigger, better and bolder than ever before; an amazing experience, right from your first step into the school gates. The energy this year is booming, and we have a team of both current students and alumni that will be on stage to blow you all away. We are drawing inspiration and performing rock songs ranging from Led Zeppelin to Pink Floyd to Dr Dre and many more! This year will be revolutionary and unforgetable as the passion being put into rehearsals, planning and organising is explosive.

Tickets and Sotorox merchandise will be on sale after school at the gate from next week. Please buy your tickets early!
For more information visit our official Sotorox Facebook page!

Fencing Club
We are delighted to announce successful sports results from our SIS fencers at the VI San Roque International Fencing tournament, celebrated in Pueblo Nuevo de Guadiaro, where Nicolás Porras Orozco (P1), Juan Manuel Casasola Pérez (P1), Henry Shields (D1) and Anastasia Pantina (D1) were recognised for their outstanding performance. 
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More than 80 participants from different Costa del Sol Schools and Campo de Gibraltar took part on this event. Sportsmanship, commitment and a great technique assisted our students to achieve success.  These results keep SIS fencing club part of the Andalucia fencing elite.
Special thanks to our SIS fencing teacher, Alberto Cerrada, for his great commitment.  
You can join the Fencing Club, which meets every Tuesday from 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm in SIS theatre.
PTA News

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Drop-in Coffee Mornings

On Monday we held a drop-in coffee mornings in Pasteleria OK in Pueblo Nuevo in order to facilitate parents and guardians getting to know other SIS families, to share information and make informal suggestions about anything to do with PTA or the school generally. On 17th February, we will be repeating this event, again at Pasteleria OK from 9am onwards, however this time all the conversation will be in Spanish.
We are always open to suggestions, so os invitamos a venir el próximo miércoles or send a note to our email address

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Workshops and Talks for Parents of Teens and Pre-Teens

Sotogrande International School PTA invite you to an informative session for parents of teens and pre-teens to launch our exciting new programme of workshops for SIS parents.

Why do our teens and pre-teens behave the way they do? And how can an understanding of their grey matter help us to keep them on the right track?  On February 8th, our school psychologist, Dr. Kelly Lewis-Cole will be taking a close look at what really is going on inside the adolescent brain …

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The session will be held at the San Roque Campus, with welcome coffee from 9am and the secrets being divulged from 9:30am! This talk is open to all parents and guardians, and will be of particular interest to those with children in Primary 6 and above.If you would like to attend, would like more information, and/or have any questions, please click here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The SIS PTA Committee

Next PTA meeting

The next monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, 16th February at 9am in the canteen.
Everyone welcome.


Chinese teacher Minlin Lee recites an ancient Tang Dynasty poem 枫桥夜泊 (fēng qiáo yè bó) by 张继 (Zhāng Jì, 768-830). The following is the translation of this poem.

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The Lonely Soul of Autumn” 《 枫桥夜泊 》
Moon sets, crows cry and frost fills all the sky;
By maples and boat lights, I sleepless lie.
Outside Suzhou Hanshan Temple is in sight;
Its ringing bells reach my boat at midnight.

SILA student making a presentation on his favourite chess player in Chinese.

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SILA students preparing the Youth Chinese Test (YCT) exam.

The Kindred Project News

Last Friday evening saw the first ever sleepover organised by KP Students for SIS P5 & P6s. The stormy night was filled with yummy food, fun activities, a movie, a massive tent-pitching master class and midnight snacks. It was inspiring to see how well the children overcame their challenges working resiliently together as a team. This event was an absolute success in many ways, raising just over €1.700 that will go towards Phab Kids, a UK based charity that inspires and supports children and adults with and without disabilities to make more of life together. Thank you for your support! You can see the Sleepover photos by clicking on this link

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SIGA player Maria Parra, after winning the Andalucia Cup, the first tournament of the 2016 World Amateur Ranking, swept to victory in the Portuguese International with a tournament record score of -17 and rounds of 66,68,69 and 68, beating the second place finisher by 9 points. Simply incredible. Two World Amateur Ranking tournaments, two victories.

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Primary School News

Message from Emma ButlerP1 Unit related trip

P1’s current unit, ‘Who we are’, has a strong focus on culture and our host country’s culture plays a strong part. Last Friday P1 were invited to Miss Jo´s finca. At the finca they picked the oranges, weighed them, made juice and sketched the orchard trees. All the children had a chance to participate in the four activities. A great day out in the countryside with fresh air and fun activities was enjoyed by all. The children came back laden with bags of juicy oranges; the parents were invited to donate a little something in exchange for some oranges and all the profits went to the Kindred Project. Thank you very much for your contributions!
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P4 had a wonderful, hands on experience – thanks to the M4s fascinating, informative presentations. During the session in the science labs, P4 were able to expand on their knowledge by discovering how different body systems work.
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P3 starts a new Unit of Inquiry
On Tuesday P3 spent an idyllic day in the woods at Pinar Del Rey.  The aim of the trip was to engage the students in their new Unit of Inquiry, Physical Geography and Settlements.  The children’s task was to work in groups to build a new settlement, choosing a suitable location and using natural materials found in the woods.  The teachers were impressed with their collaboration during the day.

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After School Reminder
All students who are not in an after school club should be picked up at 3.40pm. Any student who is staying later on campus must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Mobile Phones Reminder
Primary school students should not bring mobile phones to school. If needed, teachers will organise with reception so that they can use the school phone.

Secondary School News

D2 Student-Teacher-Parent Consultations
Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th February from 4:00pm
D2 parents and students are cordially invited to consultations with subject teachers to discuss the mock exams, holistic achievement, progress, targets and strategies in preparation for the May exams. This will be the last scheduled opportunity for discussions to take place.image picAt this crucially important time I strongly encourage students to arrange meetings with their teachers. Sign up forms were distributed to students today.

Jane Bannell

D1 London History trip bulletin

“An excellent first two days on the London history trip started with a busy day at the Imperial War Museum, then the Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum. Following this we also visited the Natural History Museum. We also met up with a number of former SIS students, now studying at Kings, Reading, Leeds and Essex universities. Finally we made our traditional visit to Won Keys!  Monday was a full day of lectures on the Cold War from 3 eminent historians from Oxford, Oxford Brookes and Nottingham universities. Our students distinguished themselves leading the q&a sessions before a visit to the academic bookshop and the finale of the day, the WW1 play ‘Warhorse’. Tuesday was a fascinating visit to HMS Belfast, followed by a visit to the Tower of London and then a visit to King’s College University, courtesy of Alexander Badalyan. Then a brief hello to another ex SIS history student Paulina Musayev. Only Wednesday left, when we will be visiting the British Museum before making our way home to Spain.”

Jason Mungles

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D1 students visit Spanish Universities Fair

On Tuesday 12 students, accompanied by Ms. Lourdes, attended this fair in Málaga; the students thought the presentations were very useful in helping them to make informed decisions about future university and course options.

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Boarding House News

Boarding House News

The San Roque Boarders had a thrilling time shooting paintballs at each other on Saturday!  For some it was a new experience and all returned thoroughly exhilarated.  Later that day, Andrei Mikus and Kristina Navoian came out on top of their respective lanes in the Tenpin Bowling competition in Palmones.

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This weekend a large cohort from the Boarding House are taking part in La Concha Challenge, including one dressed as a dog… yes… a dog!!!

We inspire learning and intercultural understanding,
enriqueciendo la vida de nuestros niños y nuestro mundo
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SIGA Golf Academy

Based at Alcaidesa Golf Club and boasting outstanding facilities, including 2 18 hole courses, floodlit driving range, swing analysis centre, 2 putting greens, 2 chipping greens and a magnificent clubhouse. Come and see what we have to offer; a chat with the coach Juan Antonio Marín Ramos will help place you at the right level and you can start playing straight away.

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The Kindred Project

“To promote education as a force for good to help create a more peaceful world”.

Aims to offer young people opportunities to explore, discuss and work together to help sustain change both locally and globally by developing leadership and critical thinking skills through projects requiring intercultural understanding and community building.

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Sistech Academy

Since SIS students are privileged to be members of an IT learning environment that is an official Apple School. Our IT staff are not only trained by Apple but are themselves certified Apple Trainers. So uncertainties about using Apples vast suite of applications and devices are becoming second-nature to your children and the same level of expertise and teaching can be put at the disposal of parents too, and even other adults not yet members of the SIS family…

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