School Newsletter 09.12.2016

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

School Newsletter – 9th December 2016


Message from the Head

Dear Parents and Guardians,As a response to the local devastation caused by the weather the KP team have launched an assistance project. Thank you to everyone who has already donated blankets and clothes to support families in our area.  It is a time when community spirit and generosity is essential. We were lucky in school and managed to survive with minimal damage. I would like to thank our maintenance and operations teams, who worked hard over the weekend to ensure we could open safely on Wednesday.Last week our second football tournament of the year took place, our students performed very well and came 2nd in two competitions, the Under 15 boys and the Under 18 girls teams.  They both missed out on the first place spot due to penalties!Huge congratulations to golfer Natalie Ambruester, one of our ACES (Academic Centres for Excellence in Sport) students, who last week won the European Junior Open Championship.


On Friday afternoon the PTA came into school to decorate the reception area and Cantina bringing some festive spirit to SIS. I would like to thank everyone who helped to transform our shared spaces.  It was real treat to arrive on Wednesday morning, brightening our day.


This week I went for a visit to EC1 and EC2.  The feeling of Christmas has certainly arrived, with log fires, Santa and Christmas trees starting to appear. I have been invited back nearer to Christmas to read some Christmas stories to the students.  I spent time chatting with children about their Lego creations, ‘being x-rayed’ and talking about the excitement of Christmas.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Bella Strauli, who was accepted to Warwick University a few weeks ago. Last week The Warwick University admissions team contacted her to ask her if they could use her letter of application as an exemplar!  They will share this with future students as a model letter! Congratulations Bella!

Next Friday we are thrilled to be hosting the Polar bear challenge again! It starts with a 1.6km run and finishes with a one-length swim in our pool.  Mr. Gibson has been chilling the pool nicely to ensure we all get a real shock as we leap and bound in.  The event is open to students and parents, with a 5€ entry fee.

We are deeply excited about the Christmas fair tomorrow and look forward to seeing you from 2pm at the Marina Blue in Sotogrande!

Best wishes,

Jak Kearney


Whole School News

Theatre Festival

Please come and support our students at the December Theatre Festival.

On Tuesday 13th of December the M4 drama group will perform a play written by Daniel Maloney.
On Wednesday 14th of December it is the turn of the Diploma Theatre students who will perform four 15 minute plays of devised, experimental work for their final assessments.

Tickets (3 euros) can be bought on the door and all proceeds will go towards subsiding the students on their Theatre related curriculum trips. Performances both evenings are suitable for students M1 and older.

The Polar Bear Challenge

This will take place NEXT FRIDAY starting at 8:10am!

There is a 5 euros entry fee with all funds raised going to The Kindred Project.
Entry is open to students from P5 to D2, staff and parents.
Anyone younger than P5 wishing to take part MUST be accompanied by an adult on land AND in the pool!


Saturday 10th December


El Mercado de Levante/Blue Marina

Calling all bakers – Could you bake a cake? Make some muffins? Produce a pie? Please contact Sarah Stiles

Come and join us for lots of fun:
Santa’s Grotto, Face Painting, Grand Raffle with fantastic prizes, Tombola, local vendors selling perfect Christmas Gifts, festive food, drinks and cakes, great entertainment and much more. Bring lots of change!
See you all there!

If you have not already handed in your Raffle Tickets, please remember to bring them along with you tomorrow. This is the list of our fantastic prizes!


Primary School News

Message from Emma Butler, Head of Primary

Christmas in Primary First is coming……not long now!

As always our Early Childhood classrooms are looking fabulous and festive.

The preparations for EC1/ EC2 and P1/P2 winter productions are well underway. When walking around the classrooms and music room it has been wonderful to hear the children practising their lines and songs. The students should feel very proud of the hard work they are putting in. All students should now have taken home their tickets inviting their parents to come and watch.  On Friday on the Class Sites we will share information on how to reserve and pay for your DVD of your child’s performance.


Einstein Christmas Open Afternoon (EC1-P1)

Next Friday, December the 16th our Einstein building (EC1-P1) will open its doors. From 2.15 to 3.40 pm parents are invited to come and join their children and take part in some Christmas activities.

Unit based trips

Last week we saw three Primary unit based trips take place.

On Tuesday the 29th of November P6 visited El Corte Ingles, Algeciras as part of their unit on Marketing.  They made connections between what they have been learning about colour, positioning and emotive language and how it looks in a real store. They were taken on a tour to see the techniques used to display products effectively. As they moved round the store they collected useful ideas for packaging styles that catch the attention.  They will be applying techniques and strategies they have learnt about to sell their own products at the Early Childhood Christmas shows at the end of this unit.

On Thursday P4 spent an informative day at the Casares rubbish dump, learning what happens to our rubbish once it has been collected. We also learnt about how earth’s natural resources, such as water, are limited as well as learning about the impact that all of the plastic waste has on the environment.  A thought provoking and interesting trip!

On Friday we saw the last of our trips go out. This is what EC2 had to say…

Come rain or shine we shall protect our kingdom!

Our Kings, Queens, knights, princes and princesses were able to protect the kingdom from thieves and giants. We found a map that led us to treasure. It was an amazing adventure where the children were able to take on a character and pretend to be someone else for the day.

Christmas story session in Russian for P1 – P4 students


Secondary School News


Dates for your Diary


  • Saturday 10 December – SIS PTA Christmas Fair 14:00 – 18:00 (See Community section)
  • Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 December – Theatre Festival 18:00 -20:00 in SIS theatre
  • Tuesday 13 December – NADFAS Lecture ‘How to look at Art’ – 14:00 in Picasso 2 (see Community section)
  • Wednesday 21 December – School finishes 12:00
  • Thursday 22 December – Friday 6 January – Christmas Holidays
  • Monday 9 January 2017 – Term begins
  • Wednesday 11 January – Start of D2 students’ Mock Examinations

Student Council Box Appeal

Our appeal is now well underway. We are collecting a variety of foods and Christmas treats to take to Hogar Betania to brighten up Christmas for a range of families.
The deadline is for donations Monday 12th December.


University & Careers News

This week in U&C we had an interesting presentation from Alexandra Jones from the Savannah College of Art and Design® The event was attended by Mr. Maloney as well as a number of DP students who were very impressed with the College, the virtual tours of the campus and the variety of courses on offer. Additional resources have been added to our U&C library and the Art Department.
Jason Mungles


‘How to look at Art’ – Tuesday 13th December

Parents are invited to join our Diploma Visual Arts students for what promises to be a fascinating lecture by visiting NADFAS lecturer Lynne Gibson. The lecture will take place in Picasso Art room 2 at 2.00pm on Tuessday 13th December; not as previously advertised Wednesday 14th.

Please email Margaret O’Farrell if you would like to attend.

The Kindred Project News

Launch of the sponsorship programme to sponsor 4 Tsa’chilla Secondary Students in Ecuador

The Kindred Project are delighted to be partnering with Yanapuma (partners since 2008) to increase access to secondary education for the Tsa’chila community. The idea to expand this with Yanapuma came from SIS students who spent their summer living and working with the Tsa’chila community during The Kindred Project’s Ecuador Expedition in 2016.

How can you help sponsor a child? Buy Chocolate!


This week the Dreaming Dragons prepared their artisan chocolate gifts for the Christmas Bazaar. They have teamed up with Eccolo to develop a Christmas product packed full of artisanal chocolates to sell to the SIS Community. By purchasing a pack of artisanal goodies, the proceeds will go towards supporting the secondary education for 4 Tsa’chila students in rural Ecuador.

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Santa Fun Run – 18th December

It’s that time of year again!!!

Nice easy 5km flat course in your bright red Santa suit!!!

Followed by Sunday lunch in Lemon with Christmas Carols and raffle for big Christmas hamper (you need to book Hairy Lemon, last 2 years this has been sold out)

All proceeds will go to fund the Christmas Party for the Children’s Oncology Ward in Sevilla. Danii’s Children Cancer Charity will provide clowns, magicians , food for 40-50 children and their families; something that will definitely bring fun and a smile for the kids while they undergo treatment during the festive period. We also provide presents for Three Kings as well.

Hope you can all make it, plenty of Santa suits as this year we got major sponsorship from Sotogrande SA who have added the event to their Christmas Calendar.

We will be selling Santa suits at SIS and at the Hairy Lemon plus at the Marina on December 10th.

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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