School Newsletter 07.10.2016

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School Newsletter 7th October

Message from the Head


Dear Parents and guardians,

We have experienced another wonderful week at SIS. Last weekend students from M1 to D1 attended the annual trip to El Cañelo for music and song writing. Supported by staff, the students under Mr. Wickersham’s guidance worked together to create some wonderful new masterpieces in the hills between Malaga and Granada.

On my walk around last week I spent some lovely time with EC1.  We did some writing, colouring, printing and played with some play dough. It was really exciting to sit with them, to hear their stories and build towers with them. The new improved play space for EC1 and EC2 enables students to move around more freely, exploring different areas of play. I also spent time with P3, where they were learning about portioning large numbers in Maths.  I spent time working with students to understand place value in a fun and creative way. We finished the lesson with a round of ‘chicken eggs’, a lovely online game helping students to order numbers, thus recapping their understanding from the lesson.

On Thursday we celebrated Poetry with the Sotogrande International School Poetry Day. Students from across the school spent the day learning about different poets, creating new poems and reciting poetry to different year groups of students. I would like to thank everyone involved in making this event a great success, most notably Lisa Stone for taking the initiative to create the event.

Today Friday we witnessed the return of the SIS Triathlon. I would like to congratulate Ali Gibson for another great event, which allowed students across our school to test their levels of endurance in this rather grueling event.

I also wish to remind you that Wednesday 12th October is a National holiday in Spain and the school will be closed.

I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Jak Kearney

Whole School News

Half Term Football Camp

Dear Parent,

We are excited to be to offer our new Football Camps over the October Half-Term. We have two Camps running from the 29th Oct to 1st of November and another from the 2nd to the 5th of November. The Camp hours are from 10:00-13:00 and they will take place here at SIS or El Rio.
The Camps are designed to work on skills and tactics for both Boys & Girls who love football.

For more information on the Football Camps please go to our new website

Sistech Academy

Always wanted to know how to set up the perfect photo or make your own video? Then join us on a Tuesday night from 4.30 – 6 and let us show you how! Suitable for children 8-12 years old, delivered in English or Spanish. 120€ per term contact for more information.

Download the info here

Primary School News

Dates for your Diary

  • Wednesday 12 October – No school due to national holiday

Message from Emma Butler, Head of Primary

This last week has been incredibly busy in Primary.

Triathlon Challenge

Very well done to the students who took part in today’s triathlon event,

Student Council Poster Competition

Well done to Alexandra P3, Paula P3, Aashika P6, Rafa P6, Jose Fernando and Pablo P6 whose posters will be used this year to advertise and communicate Student Council Information.

Primary Spanish Club (Master Chef session)

The first meeting of the Primary Spanish Club (Club de Español de Primaria) took place last Friday.
The P3 students enjoyed a special afternoon in the company of their P6 friends. This session was attended by 15 students, of whom half were foreigners. We had a stupendous afternoon, speaking in Spanish, which included playing games before and after the Master Chef session.

At 5.30pm a kitchen professional, with an assistant, taught them how to prepare a delicious pizza, each child adding their own favourite ingredients. Then while the pizzas were in the oven, the students were able to prepare a desert and enjoy a small snack.

This experience was so much fun that we have a waiting list for the end of October, when it will be repeated, but this time with the P4 and P5 groups.

Readathon is fully underway!

Over the past week it has been a great pleasure to watch the children enjoy reading and collect their stickers as they complete the reading ‘smiley faces’.

Visiting Speakers

Over the past week P6 have had the pleasure of having two visiting speakers who came to share their personal experiences of significant political events.  This is part of their unit inquiring into ‘Changes over the last 60 years have affected our families.’  P6 are beginning to explore the aspect of social and political change. On Monday Mr. Ali Gibson came and spoke about life in Belfast, Northern Ireland and the peace process that happened there.  On Tuesday Mr. Maurice Gache, who taught at our school over 25 years ago, came and spoke about the reopening of the frontier between Gibraltar and Spain.

P4 Unit based Trip

P4 spent a lovely morning at the Stoa Art Gallery in Estepona in connection with their unit of inquiry on Symbolism.  The children had the opportunity to meet the artist, Conchi Álvarez  sketch the paintings, look around the studio and visit the four storey mural that the artist had recently completed in Estepona.

Secondary School News

Dates for your Diary

  • Wednesday 12 October – No school due to national holiday
  • Friday 14 Sunday 16 October – Wakeboard Trip for M3- D2 students
  • Monday 17 October – D1 Environmental Systems and Societies Field Trip

Message for parents of students in the M3 year group

On Friday October 14th your child is participating in the “Power Day” event in the Boarding School. A letter was sent out regarding this event. There has been a small change in the program. Your child will return back to SIS by school bus between 16:45 – 17:00. Please pick up your child in a timely manner.

El Cañuelo Music Trip 2016

Twenty-four of our fabulous music students ranging from M1 all the way to D2 were whisked away last weekend on the journey of a lifetime. In the astonishing mountains of El Cañuelo, Velez, Malaga our students had the opportunity to take a trip away from all distractions, disconnect and just be surrounded by inspiration for 3 days. Throughout these 3 days they partook in several workshops including Rhythm & Groove, Riffology, Structure & Arrangement, Using fiction, Beating writers block, and 4 zones. They then wrote and performed original songs in an evening concert under the stars. Although independent, our students were not limited to their own knowledge of song writing, as our dedicated team of musicians and highly trained and professional music staff were eager to help out their students on this special journey.

Spanish Language Acquisition – Consulting the doctor

As part of a unit on Health, the students in the M4 second language class have recorded video dialogues
that might take place when consulting a doctor. In this way they have been able to practise the vocabulary and sentence structures learnt in class, in a fun way in a real context. We can see an example of this on the school Youtube page.



In light of the school preparing for the CIS inspection, this is allowing everyone to stop and take time to review their purpose and mission. The School Board is currently reviewing its constitution and we feel it is essential that the PTA does the same.  With this in mind the PTA AGM has been postponed to allow us to be clear about our purpose moving forward.

Also, in the excitement of the Back to School Party, we forgot to draw the raffle!
Thank you to Fred-Eric and ASSIST for donating the prize and for pulling the winning ticket, and congratulations to Tracey Stoneham, the lucky winner of a meal for two at Trocadero.

The Kindred Project News

Send a Child to School raises €766.85!

Huge congratulations to all the students at SIS who raised a total of €766.85 on Friday towards their sponsored child at our partner school, Nabugabo Community Learning Centre (NCLC), Uganda.

Thank you!

For only €250 per year, families can also privately sponsor a child at NCLC.
If you would be interested to sponsor a child, please email

Link to video



The exceptional 10% discount granted by Home doctors Helicopteros Sanitarios to Assist card members for new sign ups has been extended until the end of October.


Itsomi fashion store is organizing an all day Brunch-Cocktail on Friday 7th of October, starting at 11am, to present their autumn collection and to offer super discounted sales from the past season. The Assist membership gives you an extra 10% discount.

Check all the exceptional offers from Assist partners at:

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

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.

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.

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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