School Newsletter 09.01.2015

Dates for your diary

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Whole School

 13th January  PTA monthly meeting


12th-16th January D2 Mock examination week
12th January M5 Personal Project Product Deadline 
14th January Under 13 Girls Football & Under 13 Boys Basketball at Laude


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Whole School News

From the Head of Teaching and Learning

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope that you have all managed to have a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. 2015 will be a great year for SIS and we are delighted to welcome to our team the following new members of staff:

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Stephanie Birkbeck will be joining the Maths department and Theory of Knowledge team.  Stephanie has been working in the UK for many years and this is her first appointment overseas.

Mariana Nae will be joining the IT team as a Computer Science and Design teacher.  Mariana has been working in Romania for many years as a teacher of computers and Computer Science.

Helen Warrick will be joining our Drama and English B team.  Helen has been working along the coast and in the UK for a number of years as a Drama and English teacher.

Karen Guest will be joining Anne in the library and also supporting the learning support team with maths.  Karen has just finished her maths PGCE in Sussex.

Next week I will ask the new staff to write and introduce themselves to you, explaining their background a little.

Best wishes,

Jak Kearney

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Parent Ambassador Catch up Session

If you were unable to attend the first of the Parent Ambassador sessions in December, then you are most welcome to attend a catch up session next Wednesday, January 14th 2015, at 09.30 am in the meeting room, which is in the old boarding house at SIS – close to the Mondrian building.

It should last approximately one hour and coffee will be served.
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Paul Templeton will lead this summary and catch up session on “What sort of Communicator are you?” for those parents who were unable to attend the original workshop with Colin Hiles.

Please RSVP to if you would like to attend.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

PTA Monthly meeting

The first PTA meeting of 2015 will be on Tuesday 13th January at 9.00am in the school cantina.

All parents welcome!

An invitation to join the 1st Sotogrande Scout Group

The 1st Sotogrande Scout Group meets from 18.30 – 20.30 every Wednesday during term time in the Timber Building. Our first meeting of 2015 will be on Wednesday 14th January.

All young people living in the Sotogrande area and between the ages of 7 and 15 years are most welcome to join us.

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Scouting is all about fun, challenges and adventure. We have weekly meetings, go camping and follow programmes proscribed by the British Scout Association. The group is part of British Scouting Overseas and has active links with scout groups in Spain, Gibraltar, France, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg.

Scouts helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment.

Being part of Scouts can help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world.

For more information contact:

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Secondary News

Creative Writing Contest Results

The results of the most recent coastal creative writing contest, held on our school campus and featuring SIS, Aloha and Swans, have just been announced. Swans were this year´s overall winners, taking first place in 3 of the 6 categories. SIS however performed extremely well in both English and Spanish Key Stage 5/IB Diploma categories. In English Katrina Moody won second place and narrowly missed winning her age group prize for the second year in succession. In Spanish we provided both winner (Daniel Garrigo Garcia) and runner up (Danielle Ernsten Schmidt).
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These two finished well clear of their opponents and received exceptional marks from all the judges. We congratulate these three writers in particular but also applaud the efforts of all 12 of our competitors. They produced some very memorable efforts and will have learned much from the experience.

Richard Tong and Lourdes Villafranca (Competition Coordinators)

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Doral-Publix in Miami

Congratulations to Claudia Alnajim, who finished 3rd in the first round of Doral Publix Junior Classic 2014, the most important tournament in the world for Juniors with 740 participants  from 44 countries!

Tommaso Giancanterino with 16 years old came 8th in the category 16-18 years! Carlota Bascuas 10th! Gil Laurentide 11th! and Anastasia Bakal 15th!.
SIGA has participated in this amazing tournament for  three years and each time we have had a podium finish! We have made history! Ritchie Callum, another of our players, just missed the cut by 3 strokes to the final 28 players. Carlos Pérez and Alejandro Nestares have also added to their  experience for next year.
Congratulations to all our students!
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