School Newsletter 08.04.2016

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

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School Newsletter – 8th April 2016

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Message from the Head


Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope your children have had a great first week back.  It was lovely to see everyone on the gate on Tuesday morning.  The students seemed sleepy, but very happy to be back.  The changes to the entrance brought much excitement.  We are very much looking forward to the completion of this work.  I would like to remind you to upload your photos to Managebac, to assist with the development of the new security system.  If you have difficulties, please contact the IT department at

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On Tuesday P3 students enjoyed a unit-based trip to Castellar Zoo, looking at and discussing endangered animals. In the afternoon, it was lovely to pop into the P3 – P6 assembly and hear them learning some of the songs from Aladdin.  We are feeling very excited about the Primary show this year and looking forward to the primary students taking centre stage!

On Thursday 8 students from M4 – D1 left for a Model United National conference in Budapest.   They will learn to work as part of a team, negotiate, influence and debate key global issues. We are looking forward to hearing all about their experiences and challenges when we welcome them back next week.

This year, after a gap of a few years, we re-launched the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Today students left on their first expedition for their Bronze award.  We wish them a wonderful weekend of hiking!

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I would like to draw your attention to a couple of events that will be occurring next week. Firstly on Monday there will be no “normal” school for Primary students.  Instead we will have a Student Led Conferences Day; this is an International Baccalaureate based initiative, to allow students to talk to their parents about their learning, experiences and development.  Secondly on Friday I would like to remind you that the SIS Careers Fair will take place from 3pm.  Parents are welcome to attend with their children to meet local businesses and discuss future careers.

If your children are like mine, the first week back is always an exhausting experience for them.  I hope all are able to recuperate this weekend.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

Link to instructions for Parent photos in Managebac 2016



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Whole School News
Arts News

Thank you to the PTA for sponsoring our Secondary School Show T shirts. The cast and crew will soon be sporting these around school in the run-up to the production of Red Red Shoes on the 19th April of April. (image)

And congratulations to Thebez Jimenez (M3) and Anastasia Pantina (M4) for their winning design, which you will be able to see on the t shirts and the show publicity.

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Photography Competition results

Thank-you to all students who entered photographs for this competition, ‘Every child has a right to safety’. An exhibition of their work will form part of the Red Red Shoes theatrical experience.

Congratulations to the three winners:
Harley Moore P6 (winner of P5- M1 age group)
Ramón Corrales Sanchez del Aguila M4 (winner of M2-M4 age group) and
Alejandra De La Rocha Llop D2 (winner of M5-D2 age group)

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Red Red Shoes

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This year’s performance of Red Red Shoes (for a P5+ audience) is not just a play but a complete theatrical experience. The play itself is supported by exhibition work from years P5-D1. The thematic focus is the current refugee crisis and as a community we aim to explore ways in which we can both understand it better and provide help.

The play tells the story of Franvera who lives in a country ‘so very near so very far away’ who on her birthday is given a pair of red dancing shoes.  Franvera’s country collapses into war and ethnic cleansing, the shoes become both her link with her old life and also a symbol of the trauma she suffers.

With the current refugee crisis, sadly, tales such as that of Franvera’s are becoming the norm in our daily news.

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All funds raised through this theatre experience will go to support two KP projects, Hogar Betania & The Big Red Van Project that address these issues.

In line with the directorial aims of this play we are running a clothes/tent/blanket drop off for refugees. This drop off facility will be available when you come to the evening performance as well as during the week of the show.

Tickets for this year´s secondary school show will be on sale in reception at break time from Monday 11th of April. Tickets cost 5 euros each

On Wednesday 20th April The Kindred Project secondary students are offering an on site creche facility, as this challenging theatrical experience is only suitable for P5+. The cost for the creche will be 15 euros per child/25 euros for siblings for the duration of the evening 5:30-9pm. There will fun activities, educational games, a meal and drinks included. Please contact if you require more information or would like to reserve places for this day.


We are now accepting enrolment enquires for the coming academic year, for children aged 4 months to 3 years. Fundamentals nursery aims to put the fun in childcare with its core focus on creativity, imagination and mental development. The stunning location at Santa Maria Rio Polo Club, puts children in contact with nature and provides an inspiring space, both inside and out, for them to explore, play and learn within the nurturing and safe environment of RioGrande.
For further information please contact:
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PTA News

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The next general PTA meeting will be on April 12th at 09.00 in the Cantina, all parents and guardians welcome!
And on Wednesday April 13th at 09.00 in the school Chiringuito, there will be a Coffee Morning to welcome new parents to our community.

The Kindred Project News


As every year since 2008, D1 CAS students travelled down to the small Berber village of Asni, in Morocco, to work hand-in-hand with Association Tiwizi; a local community based organisation that aims to improve the livelihoods of the local Berber population by addressing social, economic, cultural and environmental matters. The 32 determined students that embarked on this journey were simply phenomenal! They immediately bonded with the community members, faced every challenge laid in front of them and tirelessly engaged in community action activities including: visit to the Maternity House, garden project, mock traditional wedding led by Fatima and the girls at the Boarding House, 12km Trek into the High Atlas mountains, educational games with the local children, intercultural exchange at the local High School, football match, designing and building a small library, installing colour printer & delivered female hygiene talk at Girls Boarding House, mapped 3 treks, community art project, swimming in waterfalls, camel rides, henna tattooing, hammam, preparing and cooking a goat, drumming & dancing! Funds raised from SotoRox were invested in resources to accomplish these activities, as well as to purchase 100g of organic saffron, pay for capacity building workshops in English and IT for the Association’s Staff members and Educational Development at the High School. A total of €4.440 were donated to Association Tiwizi! We would like to extend our most sincere gratitude to all the members of Association Tiwizi for warmly welcoming us into their home and making the trip to Asni, yet again, an unforgettable experience. We hope that the following Report and photos transmit part of the essence of our journey and that you enjoy them. Thank you for your continuous support!

D1 CAS Trip here

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Primary School News

Message from Emma Butler

Reminder. On Monday the 11th of April our Primary School will holding its annual Student-Led conference Day. Student-led conferences are an expectation of all International Baccalaureate schools. These days are designed to enable students to focus on learning processes and develop awareness of their learning journey through shared activities with parents.  At SIS we also consider it to be an essential part of building the three-way relationship between students, teachers and parents. This day is not a normal school day and students should come to school with their parents only for the time slot they have signed up for. Students are not expected to wear school uniform.

During the time parents and students are participating in their session supervision of siblings has been organized and will take place in the Primary Spanish room and Primary ELD room in the Cervantes building. Parents are responsible for dropping off and collecting their children.

I look forward to seeing you on Monday.

P3 Engaging into their new Unit of Inquiry

On Tuesday P3 students spent an idyllic day at Castellar Zoo as part of our engagement with ‘Sharing the Planet, Endangered Animals’.  Highlights of the trip included handling a small eagle, stroking a penguin, feeding the ring-tailed lemurs, and watching the lions and the 250kg tiger.  The children began to gain an understanding of which animals are endangered and which are vulnerable to becoming endangered.  A fabulous day out was had by all!

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Update from the Primary Student Council

Over the last half term the Primary Student Council have been very busy with Miss Maureen looking at the Before and After school traffic issues. On the last day of term they sent me this report.

We were very pleased with the response as over 150 parents replied to our survey.

We had an equal number of people who drop off as park, however over 50% admitted not using the drop off zone.
Surprisingly, a majority said they were never in a rush, and were here before 8:45. However, school does start at 8.50 so timing could be better.

More people park in the afternoon, this accounts for more traffic and parking problems at the end of school (over 100).
The most surprising result was only 20 people said they have ever car shared. In this community we could surely improve this!

U-turns!!! 50 people were honest and said they have done U-turns.
60 answered they always reverse into parking bays, which is a lot safer.
Hopefully this survey will make people think a little more about safety. The school itself is continuously planning on improving the traffic situation.

NEXT STEPS: As a Student Council we are planning in the near future to be at the entrance gates to see first hand these bad habits and we will be taking photographs!

Secondary School News

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Parents are welcome to attend with their children from 3pm onwards.

Regional Athletics Meet

Next Friday, 15th of April, SIS will compete at the regional Athletics Finals against 10 other International Schools in Cartama, Malaga. The team has been training hard in lessons and at extra curricular clubs. Best wishes to all students representing SIS! ¡Vamos!

Personal Projects websites

Following the M5 Personal Project Fair, we are pleased to inform you that you can find out more about some of these amazing ideas via a link on our school website.

To highlight just one student’s work,
The following is from Harry Nicholl’s website, with some words from him:

“When starting this business I had a clear goal, problem and solution in mind.
My goal: To develop fair trade fitness branded clothing, which my customers will be proud to wear, due to both quality of garment and source of labour and materials.
My problem: The exploitation, by major fashion brands, of workers and materials in the developing world.
My Solution: Bring a fashionable fair trade brand to the western market to give consumers an ethical option when shopping.

I have recently become interested in gym fashion. When researching some clothing for myself I wanted to see what fair trade options some of the retailing giants had on offer and was disappointed when I realised that they didn’t have any. So I decided to create my own.”

You can find out more information on Harry’s website, at

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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