School Newsletter 09.06.2017

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We facilitate self-discovery and the development of unique interests, gifts and talents, whilst promoting service learning as a force for good in the world.

School Newsletter – 9th June 2017


Message from the Head

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last weekend was a very busy, but fun packed weekend.  I would like to begin by thanking the PTA for their vision and creativity in holding the White Party.  The feedback I have had is immensely positive on a night thoroughly enjoyed by many parents.  It is lovely that we see the transition of the PTA through these community events, bringing together everyone to have fun, share stories and enjoy an evening.

The extremely well placed P3-P6 sleepover, which raised funds for various charities was massively appreciated by parents who I spoke to.  I would like to formally thank and congratulate the PTA (specially Maddy Maclachlan), the KP volunteers and the members of staff who facilitated both events to run simultaneously.


Sunday witnessed the Sotosol walk, the annual event to raise money for Danii’s charity; Danni is a former student who fought cancer whilst she attended our school.  I value you all turning up on a very hot Sunday to run, walk, ride and scooter to raise money for her charity which impacts the lives of so many children who are suffering with cancer.


On Monday this week the M4 students were off timetable for the launch of the Personal Project.  Mr. Sanders introduced the concept of the personal project, then split the year group into teams and set them the challenge to investigate a theme, to make a film and create a report linked to their chosen theme.  The day provided students with the opportunity to explore the demands of the personal project, understand the different processes, think about time management and have some fun.  Thank you to everyone who took part and supported the students on the day.

On Tuesday and Wednesday we witnessed the SI Stage School’s summer performance of the Wizard of Oz. Congratulations to everyone involved over the two performance nights.  It was a real collaboration and allowed students from across our school to come together and share their passions.


This week we received the results from the LAMDA exams that were taken earlier this year.  Everyone who took the exam passed with either a Merit or a Distinction.  This is a phenomenal achievement.  I would like to especially mention the following students who took individual awards and who achieved results that are above a grade A at A-Level.
Thomas De La Rosa 145 points
Carlota Sanchez Prieto 125 points
Nadina Castro Gavira 140 points


I would like to formally invite you to a memorial service for Peter Templeton, which will be held of Friday 16th June at 1pm in Sotogrande Church.
Finally tonight we have the M5 graduation dinner, they are inviting staff for a meal to celebrate the end of their exams, before they embark on their work experience.  Meanwhile our D1 students are hitting the books preparing for their second week of exams.

I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes
Jak Kearney


Whole School News

Message from the school nurses

As there have been several cases of head lice in school recently, the nurses would like to inform parents of our current protocols regarding treatment.
We do not inform all parents of a year group if a child is found to have head lice as this leads to over treatment of children who do not have an infection. This also leads to drug resistance in lice. We deal with any cases on an individual basis and then follow up to ensure that the treatment has been effective. We encourage parents to inform us directly if their child has head lice and we ensure that this information is treated confidentially.
Head lice can de detected using the wet combing technique, which uses conditioner to immobilise the lice. They cannot usually be detected by examining dry hair. Head lice only need to be treated if you find a living, moving louse. Head lice can be treated with a number of chemical treatments (dimeticone, phenothrin and malathion are all effective) or by the wet combing technique which is more time consuming but less expensive and chemical free. Shampoos, cream rinses and herbal treatments have not been shown to be clinically effective.
It may help to tie your child’s hair up to reduce the risk of catching head lice as they are spread by direct contact.
Please come and see the school nurses if you would like to talk about head lice or need more information on the wet combing technique. They are based in the Cervantes building or can be contacted on 956 795 992 ext 2405 or

Primary School News

Message From Emma Butler

EC1 farm visit

Last Friday EC1 went to El Dorado farm, where they were welcomed by Paco the farmer. As well as seeing and learning about different farm animals, the children participated in many exciting activities. They went on a fun tractor ride to the orange grove where they went orange picking. They had the opportunity to learn how to make and cook their own bread. They helped in the vegetable garden to pull out some of the vegetables that were ready. All in all they had a fabulous day; definitely a trip that will be remembered!

P3-P6 enjoy the biggest sleepover yet

Last Friday around 80 P3-P6 students enjoyed a fantastic sleepover. All the money raised was given to the charities Phab Kids, Children With Cancer UK and to The Kindred Project who will be using the money for their Ecuador project.  During the evening they enjoyed a bbq, pool games, activities on the pitch and of course the fun of putting up the tents. Thank you to all the students who attended and all the SIS colleagues and Kindred Project volunteers who gave up their time to make this such a successful event.

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, The Play

Don’t miss out. Tickets are on sale now.


Class Allocations for 2017 – 2018

Please see the following link for further details.

Primary Class Allocations

EC1 End of Year Celebration

EC2 End of Year Celebration


Secondary School News

Diploma Music trip

Last Friday evening, Mrs. Jones and Miss Parkinson accompanied a selection of D1 and prospective D1 DP Music students to a concert at the Echegaray Theatre in Malaga. The concert was part of the International Festival of Chamber Music and consisted of works by a wide variety of composers, all of who had been inspired by the traditional music of the Hungarian gypsies. This is all directly related to the study of the Hungarian composer Kódaly in the DP Music curriculum and so was very relevant for the students.
One of the most impressive performances of the evening was that of a string quartet by the contemporary American composer and jazz pianist, Dana Wilson.
This string quartet entitled Hungarian Folk Songs, used every way imaginable of playing the string instruments, including using them as percussion and creating special effects. This really gave the students an insight into contemporary music composition and hopefully some ideas and inspiration for their DP compositions!


The DP Theatre class were awarded Distinctions for both of their Group Acting Silver examinations.

This is great news and results in each student being been awarded 90 points as a result of their two LAMDA examinations this year. 100 points is the equivalent to a getting a B grade for an UK A-level!

Individual students chose to take solo Bronze and Silver examinations, also with great success:
Thomas de La Rosa (D1) Musical Theatre Silver Award
He now has a total of 145 UCAS points
Carlota Sanchez (D1) -Acting Solo Bronze Award
She now has a total of 125 UCAS points
Nadina Castro (D1) – Acting Solo Silver Award- Pass with Merit
She now has a total of 140 UCAS points
Ella McCormack (M5) – Musical Theatre Bronze Award- Pass with Merit
As an M5 student, she already has 35 UCAS points!

Congratulations to our LAMDA students!

Extreme Reading photo competition

Closing date for entries is this Wednesday.

Boarding House News

The Boarding House held an excellent Bubble Football Tournament last Saturday. It was a great success and it is good to report that there were no injuries!  Mr. Ash organised this fiercely competitive tournament and great fun was had by all.



SIS Alumni celebrationNext Friday June 16th, SIS will be hosting the 4th SIS Alumni celebration. This year we will be having guest speakers talking about the work of The Kindred Project and the highly anticipated sponsorship event of a clean-shaven Mr.Wickersham! The video and pictures will be posted in the following week. Current students, whilst not able to attend the event, have been asked to sponsor Mr.Wickersham through their advisor.

Please also note the graduating year of DP2017 are all invited, alongside all former SIS students and staff. The event will follow on from the Doug Stewart Memorial Staff vs Alumni football game and will begin with a cocktail reception at 7pm, followed by speeches and then the Mr. Wickersham event and a meal. The Alumni have a coach departing at 10pm from SIS to Chambao.

We look forward to seeing all SIS Alumni who are able to attend.

The Kindred Project News
Fashion Show

Wizard of Oz – thank-you!
A huge well done and thank you to SI Stage School for raising €1005 from their brilliant production of The Wizard of Oz. The money raised will go towards sponsoring the July and August Summer Camp run by Hogar Betania, our local partner in La Linea, for children from the local area who are at risk of social exclusion.

We are a learning community, passionate about providing an  International Education,which inspires and encourages learning and intercultural  understanding.
We facilitate self-discovery and the development of unique interests, gifts and talents, whilst promoting service learning asa force for good in the world.


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