School Newsletter 06.02.2015

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Dates for your diary

Whole School

9th FebruaryParent workshop – Understanding Your Teen
10th FebruaryPTA Meeting
13th FebruaryKiss the Casbah
2nd MarchProfessional Development day – No school


16th-20th February After school, Primary Parent Teacher Consultations (EC1-P6)
30th AprilPrimary 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 MayP6 PYP Exhibition for parents and school community


11th FebruaryM4 Spanish Language A Trip to Malaga – Diario Sur
19th MarchCareers & University Convention at SIS

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From the Head of Teaching and Learning

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I would like to begin this week’s newsletter by praising an individual student.  Henry Shields in M5 has produced a truly outstanding product for his personal project, which he has donated to the school.  Upon launching the personal project Henry considered what the students of the school needed at lunchtime.  Through interviews and questionnaires he established that a seating area was needed so that students could congregate, chat and socialise.  Henry set about creating a recycled seating area made from wooden palates.  If you get the chance please take a walk down to the timber building and see his amazing creation.

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On a different matter, I would like to ask for your help on two items.  Firstly I would like to remind you that school starts at 8.50am.  I understand that the traffic is busy in the mornings, however we would value students being in class ready for the day.  Secondly there are a couple of instances where students have been trying to leave school without adequate permission.  I would request that if a student has a doctor / dental appointment that you as parents / guardians do two things.  Firstly write a note in their diary and sign it.  Secondly, that you email the student’s class teacher / advisor.  When it comes to the time of collection, please can you come into school and meet the student either at the classroom in Primary, or in reception, where the student will the need to sign out.  This way we are clear about who is on the school site and we also know that the absences are authorised.  We value your help and support over these two key areas, which allow us to ensure the safety and well being of your children.

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Finally, thank you to all parents who have confirmed their places for next year.  If you were unable to complete the form, please write a note / email to your child’s class teacher / advisor to confirm your place.  If you are planning to leave, may I remind you that you will need to notify admissions before March 27th 2015 to ensure the return of your deposit.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Jak Kearney

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Kiss the Casbah

Fancy a night being treated like Moroccan royalty?
Make sure you are a part of this year’s D1 Kiss the Casbah. Join the Diploma students on Friday 13th to experience a Moroccan feast with live entertainment.

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The Diploma CAS team will prepare, cook and serve delicious authentic homemade cuisine whist entertaining you with a range of Sotogrande´s finest musicians. Please support our project.

All money raised will be invested in projects that will take place on our Asni trip in March. What could be better than eating to your heart’s content and being treated like royalty? The event will take place in the cantina at 7.00pm on Friday 13th February. Tickets, price 15€ for adults, 10€ for students and 5€ for performers, are on sale at the school’s main gate Monday – Friday from 8.30am – 9.05am and after school 3.30pm – 4.20pm. Tickets are already selling well, so make sure to get yours now before they sell out!  Support the D1 students and our partners in Morocco.

Sports Results

As promised last week, we are proud to present the team and individual results of the 2015 Regional Inter School Cross Country Championships, hosted by Nova-Sunland International School on 28th January.

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Due to the incredible effort, strength and and great determination of our 68 runners, SIS achieved 4th place out of 12 other international schools.

Most races consisted of between 60 – 80 runners and 80% of SIS runners managed to finish in the top 30 of their race.

SIS Individual Top 10 Performances:

Taicha Kloska (P6) – 5th, Under 11 Girls
Joseph Mann (P6) – 3rd, Under 11 Boys
Shauna Mann (M2) – 3rd, Under 13 Girls
Rufus Lewis (M4) – 9th, Under 15 Boys
Saskia Norum (M5) – 6th, Under 19 Girls
Katie Kassim (M5) – 10th, Under 19 Girls
Marvin Frick (M5) – 7th, Under 19 Boys
Dementi Taradin (M5) – 8th, Under 19 Boys

And special congratulations go to Jade Ellery (M5) who won the tournament in the category Under 19 Girls!

Well done, runners!

Parent Ambassadors – Google sites and Managebac workshop

Many parents attended an excellent hands-on workshop on Google class sites and Managebac headed by Carmelo Sanchez

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What a great communication tool these sites are for students, teachers and parents – especially when your child says they’ve done “nothing” at school, you can find out what the real story actually is!

PTA meeting
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The next PTA monthly meeting will be on Tuesday 10th of February at 9 o’clock in the cantina.  All parents welcome!

Parent Workshop Monday February 9th: Understanding Your Teen

Often families get caught in habitual reactive patterns of communication, projecting our negative feelings, through negative statements, onto those we love. In this one hour workshop, you will be given a simple and effective tool to help you communicate with your teenager in a positive way that encourages you both to listen, respect, demonstrate understanding of each other, and to allow feelings behind reactions and negative statements to be heard. When we understand and accept our feelings, the negative reactions are no longer necessary and we can create a more positive and peaceful home environment.

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There are only 8 places on this workshop, offered on a first booking basis.

Open Questions: If you would like to learn more about how coaching can help your child, this Monday, after the parent workshop, Antonia will hold an informal coffee meeting in the canteen, from 10.15am, for parents to ask any questions, to hear your suggestions for teen and parent workshops and awareness projects.

Please notify if you will be attending:

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Primary News

Connecting classroom learning to the outside world

On Wednesday our EC2 students spent the day out of school. Through several planned activities the students made sense of what they had been learning about in class. At Torreguadiaro beach they discussed the sea and how clouds are formed. They then went to the Guadiaro River where they observed how full and fast it was flowing after the recent rain. They next visited Miss Hiria’s house where they had the opportunity to investigate the different ways we use water in our homes and find our where the water goes after we have used it. After having a picnic and short break they headed to the water treatment plant in La Linea and finally before returning to school, they stopped at Santa Margarita beach to see the clean water flowing back into the sea.

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These experiential opportunities play such an important part in our learning programmes, enabling students to make connections between what they explore and learn about in the classroom and the real world around them.

EC1 Learning together with friends

On Tuesday our EC1 students enjoyed spending time with our friends from Fundamentals. Together the children explored and participated in different language, expressive arts, visual arts and math activities, based on the fairytale ‘The three little pigs.’ It was great to see so many happy faces playing and learning together in stimulating environments created by our teachers.

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P5/6 Handball Workshop

Congratulations to the P5 & P6 SIS Handball team for their outstanding performances during the handball workshop hosted by Aloha College, Marbella on Tuesday 3rd February.

Students from 5 different schools mixed together to learn and practise the basic handball skills. This was a very enriching experience for the team.

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P4 Guest speaker

Our students, not only have to connect with the subjects integrated in the curriculum, but hace to connect with different ways of learning. Bringing to school knowledge and contributions from experts is another way of learning.
In the unit “Healthy Lifestyles” we have enjoyed the cooperation of Mr. Álvaro Sánchez, parent of students in the school, who has made a series of recommendations to P4 children through Sportacus (cartoon character) in order for them to learn how to have healthy habits in their daily routines.
It was fun to learn everyday actions through listening, dancing, eating, talking…

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Magdalena García Merino
Profesora del Departamento Español PYP
Coordinadora de Sotogrande International Language Academy, SILA.
Sotogrande International School

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Secondary News

M5 university and careers introductory session

Monday morning saw the beginning of the process to raise awareness amongst our current M5 students of the university application process as part of the university & careers programme.

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The students were guided through Mr.Mungles´ Google classroom and site dedicated to supporting the students’ application process, given information about what they need to do and were asked to start researching and making some informed choices with support regarding their future courses and IB Diploma selections. This will be a precursor to the visit by Inspiring Futures in two weeks time, when each M5 student will have a 1-1 interview focusing on their skills set, Diploma Options and future Career and University Choices. The M5 Team led by Mr. Moore and supported by Mr. Mungles will follow this up in forthcoming weeks.
Jason Mungles, University & Careers Coordinator

M2 EBO Charity Bake Sale

On Thursday 29th January Miss Bosson’s M2 Advisory Group organized a Bake Sale in support of ‘Help for Heroes’, a charity that helps injured war personnel. This was inspired by Andy Denton, the father of one of the group, who is climbing Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in aid of this charity. The students undertook all the organization, advertising and baking themselves and raised an amazing 210€ from their break time sale to primary students. They then wrote about the process in English, French, Russian and Spanish. Photographs of the event and their reflections in their various home languages are currently on display in the Reception area.

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MUN Trip to Dortmund

Congratulations to our 10 delegates from M4 –D1 who travelled to Germany last week to take part in a Model United Nations conference hosted by Leibniz Gymnasium in Dortmund. Our students, who had all worked incredibly hard preparing for this conference, did a superb job of representing France, Israel and Lithuania in their various committees. These ranged through three General Assembly committees (Disarmament and International Security, Financial and Economic, Legal), the Human Rights Council, the Security Council and the Historical Security Council, a purely Model UN committee, which debated the issues facing the real Security Council during the time of the Korean War.

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It was impressive to see students growing in so many ways through lobbying, debating and developing resolutions about extremely complex issues in an entirely student-led environment. Our students also greatly enjoyed meeting and socialising with students from 12 other schools from Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and Turkey.

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We are pleased to share the wonderful news confirming the grant of a four-year college scholarship to our player Calvin Greschner, current winner of the 2014 Ranking Boys (U18). We are convinced of the promising future of this student, who in recent years has demonstrated talent and tenacity in combining his dedication to his academic grounding and his passion for golf. Thanks to this opportunity Calvin may pursue his studies at Old Dominion University (Virginia, USA), while developing his career in the world of golf. We thank Juan Antonio Marin Ramos, director of SIGA, for his work and dedication over the years and help in achieving this scholarship.

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