School Newsletter 05.12.2014

Dates for your diary

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Whole School

8th DecemberPublic Holiday, No School
9th-11th DecemberBook Recycling Project
9th-10th DecemberSIS Theatre Festival
10th DecemberCoffee Morning for new parents
14th December Santa Fun Run/Walk  
19th December‘Send a Child to School’ Mufti Day / End of Term


11th December Selected P3 students performing for Fundamental’s Nursery children
15th DecemberP3-P6 singers and band performing Christmas songs in the patio 3pm-4pm.  Student council will be selling drinks and Christmas snacks.
17th DecemberP6 parents invited to ‘marketing’ end of unit presentation
17th DecemberP1 and P2 Christmas Performance, 10.15am in the theatre
18th DecemberEC1 and EC2 Christmas Performance, 12.00pm in the theatre
18th DecemberPrimary (EC1-P6) term one reports dispatched


10th-12th  & 14th DecemberSIS Christmas Choir Tour
16th DecemberLAMDA exams
17th DecemberCoffee morning with MYP Coordinator & Head of Middle School

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Whole School News


From the Head of Teaching and Learning

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you have received a mail hit from me regarding intentions for your children’s education for the academic year 2015 – 2016.  We are currently full in a number of year groups and are looking to plan effectively for your children’s education from September 2015.  Can I please request that if you have not already done so, you complete the form ‘Intentions for September 2015’ by clicking here

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On Thursday 27th November, we hosted the creative writing contest in English and Spanish for schools along the coast; students from Swans and Aloha attended.  The contest allowed our students the opportunity to display their creative writing skills.

Our representatives this year were

Writing in Spanish
M1-M3: Ana Aycart and Mireya Palacios
M4-M5: Nadina Castro and Isabel Garcia
D1-D2: Danielle Ernsten and Daniel Garrigo

Writing in English:
M1-M3: Max Guerrero and Paloma Jaudel
M4-M5: Angelina Musayev and Jane Clancy
D1-D2: Julian Santiago and Katrina Moody

We are awaiting the results from the contest.

Friday 28th November was our Mufti day, the focus of which was to collect items for the Tombola.  Thank you for your generosity.  The two Tombola stalls were immensely popular during our Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 29th November.  I wish to deeply thank the PTA, parents, staff and students who all helped to create a wonderful event on Saturday.  I had the pleasure to sample goods from all around the world in our food extravaganza and worked on the tombola and the turkey roll stalls.  A large number of parents commented on how great the event was this year.

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Monday 1st December we hosted the winter concert.  It was so lovely to see our primary pupils displaying their musical talents.  So many of the participants only began learning their instruments this year.  They displayed great courage and strength to stand up on stage and perform.  Thanks again go to Mr. Kerry Wickersham, the Peripatetic team and to the parents who came along to support it.

Next week we host the SIS theatre festival from Tuesday 9th December to Thursday 11th December. If you are able to make it we look forward to welcoming you from 6pm onwards each evening.

I wish you a wonderfully restful long weekend.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

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Calling all parents whose children started September 2014!

I hope you and your children have enjoyed your first term at SIS.
We are constantly striving to improve and enhance our service to Parents as well as to students and in the spirit of this would like to explore the experiences of new parents here at SIS.

We would like to welcome you to a coffee morning on Wednesday Dec 10th at 9am
we value your input, both positive and negative, so we can continue to welcome new parents in a way that will make them feel comfortable.
In order that we can continue to gather as much feedback as possible, you will also shortly receive a survey that we are sending to all new parents. Please look out for it!

School Photos

The School Photos will be on sale from Tuesday 9th December at the school reception. 8.30 AM – 10.00 AM & 3.00 PM-4.30 PM

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SIS December Theatre Festival

Student led performances will be showcased on the 9th and 10th of December in the SIS Theatre at 6pm. These will all be original works that have been directed or devised by the students themselves.

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Several of the pieces are D2 IB Theatre exam performances created for their independent project. We will also have some great physical and stylized work from both D1 and M4. Both evenings yet again reveal the notable degree of talent that SIS always seems to have on offer! Please do come and support the students and their hard work. Tickets will be available on the door.

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Benefit Dinner

The Spanish Department is organizing a charity dinner for parents and staff on Saturday 13 December.

The dinner will be at Las Camelias Restaurant in Torreguadiaro and consists of varied starters, main course (choice), dessert and drinks.
Our intention is to spend some quality time with parents and colleagues, to welcome Christmas and to raise funds for our NGO Kindred Project, we will all enjoy a fun evening, good food and music, a raffle and we will also have the opportunity to actively collaborate with our charity projects.

For further information and to buy your tickets please contact any of the primary or secondary Spanish Department teachers.

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Next week, samples of the kit will be available in P.E. lessons for students to try on so that they will be able to help you decide the appropriate sizes to order. Please refer to the online sizing chart to confirm their selection.The deadline for orders to be placed by all PYP3 – MYP5 students is Monday 15th December. 

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Primary School

Christmas Is Coming

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This week the festive season has definitely started in the Primary First building as our EC1/ EC2 and P1/P2 teams have begun preparing for their end of year productions, Christmas Around The World and Christmas With The Aliens.

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Book Recycling Project = Money for the Kindred Project

Next week we will see the second collection of the initiative organized by the Primary Student Council in conjunction with the school library, The Link. The primary student council will be on duty at the main gate both mornings and afternoons on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8th, 9th and 10th of December to receive your donations.

Primary First Party Table

Congratulations to EC2- Isabella and Nell, P1- Florence, Victoria, Carl and Marina and P2- Gustav, Alex, Luella and Emellyn.

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Last Friday these students were guests at the second of this year’s end-of-the-month party table. They merited an invite as they always finish their food and model excellent behaviour in the cantina. Emma Butler, Head of Primary also joined them for this celebration! Children, remember your manners and try to eat all your food. Let´s see who joins the table at the end of this month!

Primary 3-6 Assembly

This week Danii’s dad Andy joined our assembly to talk about a great community event coming up. For more information see below, the Santa suits will be on sale on Tuesday after school at the gate or you can preorder with Miss Eliza (

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Santa Fun Run/Walk 

A festive and fun day out for families! All proceeds go to Dani’s charity which will be funding a Christmas party, including presents and entertainment, for children in the oncology unit, who will all be in hospital during Christmas.
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Guest speaker in P6

A great opportunity
As part of their Spanish project, P6 students will have the opportunity to learn all about Marketing with Mr Raúl Sánchez Jiménez, who is a parent of the school and joint author of the book `Experiential Marketing´.
P6 is conducting an inquiry on Marketing and how persuasion has an economic function.

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The Action Component

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P4 have been taking action on their unit ‘Sharing the Planet – Earth’s Resources’ and have been thinking of ways to reduce rubbish. During the Christmas Bazaar they set up recycling bins and have now focused on limiting the use of plastic cups, starting in the staffroom!

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Look how much plastic we have saved from the staffroom in just three days!

A message from P4: Please remember to reduce, reuse and recycle, and bring in your own cups and bottles so we don’t use and waste plastic!

Sporting Success: Golf Pequecircuito 2014  

Pequecircuito 2014 is a series of 7 competitions run by the Andalucian Golf Federation and held over various par 3 courses throughout the year. Last weekend Real Sotogrande hosted the final stage.

Going into the final event Thomas Butler (P6) was leading the 9-10 year old section.  He came first on the day with a gross score of 35 and became the  “2014 Campeon Benjamines 9-10”. He also achieved the fourth best position across all categories.

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Christmas Showcase! 

A group of students from P3-P6 will be performing a selection of Christmas songs on Monday the 15th of December, 3pm-4pm on the patio outside the Primary buildings. The student council will also be selling mince pies and decorations. Come and join in with the Christmas cheer and celebrate the best time of the year!

We finally made it to “La Duquesa Castle!”

On Wednesday our EC2 students enjoyed a fabulous time at La Duquesa Castle. Despite the rain they were determined to go and a great time was had by all.


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Come rain or shine we shall protect our kingdom!
Our Kings, Queens, knights, princes and princesses were able to protect the kingdom from pirates, thieves, and baddies.

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 Music Winter Concert

Last Monday welcomed another opportunity for our musicians to take to the stage showing enormous courage and bravery as for the majority of students, this was their debut performance. Children as young as 5 performed solo pieces to a delighted audience of parents and peers. The concert was packed with exciting solo pieces, duets, ensembles from the P5 “Rolling Tones” and the Primary Brass Band Christmas songs which helped us all get into the festive spirit.
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Secondary School News

Writers Contest

On Thursday 27th November, SIS hosted the third annual Creative Writing Contest against Swans and Aloha College. Our visitors braved the horrendous weather and arrived on time, enabling the contest to run to schedule. All the students seemed to enjoy the experience and could not wait to get started on their stories.

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Fiona del Aguila, Head of English at Aloha, commented: “Thank you for an enjoyable afternoon out. Everything went very smoothly. I am glad that this event has “taken off”. There aren’t many opportunities for our students to see each other working and it feels much fairer for them to experience another school´s environment rather than submitting their stories from their own school.  It also provides great practice in writing under timed conditions.  We look forward to hosting again next year.”
We hope to announce this year´s results before the end of term.

Richard Tong and Lourdes Villafranca
Competition Co-ordinators
Global Citizenship Programme

Since the beginning of the term, M2, M3 and M4 GCP students have been working hard to develop their own student-led social entrepreneurship business with the aim of supporting The Kindred Project’s local and global partners, as well as developing their knowledge and skills around business. The process has been challenging, creative and worthwhile, as our unique Dreaming Dragons has been born! Dreaming Dragons is a pop-up shop offering high quality second-hand items, fair trade products from Morocco, Spain and Uganda, student hand-made goods, merchandising and much more! Our Dreaming Dragons Marketing & Communication team will make sure to keep you up-dated with all our developments and offers! Should you be interested in collaborating with this exciting business by sharing your experience in our GCP class, please get in touch with Ms. Valentina Stirling (GCP teacher) on
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Rag & Bucket

Our M2 and M3 GCP students organized and led a very exciting and successful Rag & Bucket event last Wednesday and Thursday to support The Kindred Project’s Send my Friend to School programme, which supports students at the Nabugabo Community Learning Centre in Uganda. SIS’ M3 students have been sponsoring Raymond (8), Sharon (7) and Sadaam (6) for a year now, and this years M3s needed to raise €750 (€250 per child) for the up-coming 2015 academic year starting in February. To do so, and under their brand new social entrepreneurship business Dreaming Dragons, they planned a fun array of activities such as: beat the keeper, face painting, cup cake decoration, lucky dip and the students’ favourite, sponge the teacher! Delicious food stalls were set up in the school cantina and reception hall where hundreds of milkshakes, toasties, popcorn, candyfloss and cakes were sold. Students not only managed to surpass the costs of their 3 sponsorships by raising a total of €999, but were also able to have great fun and put into practice the business skills acquired in their GCP class. The GCP teachers would like to thank all the people that supported our M2-M3 students, especially Rocío Lozano, Ingrid Knutson and the SODEXO crew who were simply amazing, flexible and patient!

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Valentina Stirling
The Kindred Project
Under 19 Football Tour to Portugal –  26th to 29th November

The  SIS Under 19 football team comprised of D1, D2 & M5 boys had 4 fantastic days in Villamoura  on the Portuguese Algarve competing in the 5th ISA International Cup at Browns Sports Club.
The boys played against teams from Italy, Portugal and Morocco and advanced to the quarterfinals in second place in their group.

A 2-0 win over Casablanca American International School meant they moved through to the semi-finals to play an old adversary St. Stephens High School from Rome, the team that beat us on penalties in last year’s final.
Another tight match involving 2 excellent teams resulted yet again in the dreaded penalty shoot out after a 0-0 draw and again SIS were beaten, so the cup will have to wait another year for our name to be engraved upon it.
As always the boys were a credit to the school with their attitude and behaviour both on and off the pitch and made many new friends and admirers with the exciting football they played.

Huge thanks go to Kevin Dennis & Ashley Thomas who facilitated and managed this wonderful experience for the boys. Well done to all concerned and roll on the 2015 event!

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Back Row – Henry Miller, Jack Burgess  Joseph Troman-Jones , Matthew Bedford, Joaquin Mier Portillo, Nick Francois
Front Row – Oliver Weal, Callum Ritchie, James Francois, Marvin Frick

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PTA news

The Christmas Bazaar was a huge success and all raffle winners have now been notified and have collected their prizes.

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The PTA wishes to thank everyone who was involved or who contributed in any way before, during or after the event and thanks also to everyone who attended.

P2 student Alejandro Calle Pintado receiving the €20 prize, awarded each year to the student who sells the most raffle tickets. Alejandro sold 30 books of tickets ie 150 tickets!

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Golf for adults:

Do you want to live an unforgettable experience? All parents are welcome to our new courses!

Classes for groups for 4 to 6 people

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There will be classes between 9.30 am and 1.30 pm from Tuesday to Friday. Each group will have one hour a week of class with balls included.  Swing Analyzer V1, Sam Putt Lab and Kvest will be used whenever necessary in class. Groups may choose the time and day most suitable for them.

For more information, please contact us.

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