Message from the Head
Congratulations to Mr. Woolley who completed the Ultra marathon last weekend! He managed to run 215 kms in 39 hours. This is an event of real endurance and determination.
This week we launched our F1 in schools project! The M2 students began to investigate car designs in their Design lessons. In their next Design unit M1 will also start to explore computer-aided design leading to computer aided manufacturing. The primary students will begin exploring cardboard designs and the super enthusiastic students in secondary can join the F1 club on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes. This is a great initiative and one to light the fires within our budding engineers.
On Monday we welcomed Sarah Lando from Powerful Youth, a Canadian–based company with a focus on Service Leadership programmes. Sarah conducted a half-day Leadership workshop for 50 students in M4- D1. The event was a great success and I would like to thank Henry Reyes for leading and organizing it.
Also on Monday P6 went on a unit-based trip to Hogar Betania. They painted, gardened, cooked and helped to work as part of a team. The purpose of the trip was take part in service learning and to spark thoughts and ideas around conflict resolution.
In their unit of inquiry P1 have been learning about different cultures. On Wednesday they visited Miss Jo’s finca where they took part in a typical seasonal activity of picking oranges and making orange juice.
On Wednesday and Thursday we hosted visitors from CIS who were here to guide us on our application for their new International Certificate. More information about the certificate can be found here http://www.cois.org/page.cfm?p=2298
Also on Wednesday and Thursday we hosted our D2 parent teacher consultations. I would like to thank parents who attended at this crucial point in time to develop and enhance the 3-way partnership as we move towards the final exams in May.
Finally the KP student body re-launched Rice Day on Wednesday, with secondary students given the option to opt out of Cantina food and opt in to having a bowl of rice at lunchtime. I would like to thank students and staff who supported this event.
I wish you a wonderful weekend.
Whole School News
Olympic Taekwondo achievements among SIS studentsWe would like to congratulate one of our P5 students, Noa Snir, for her well-deserved third place in the Andalusian Olympic Taekwondo championships held last week in Jaén. Her teacher Cristóbal Bernal, recognized national master, sports technician and black belt 3rd Dan, who conducts classses here at school, highlights our student’s great sporting progress.
We also wish to recognize the achievement of the rest of the students who successfully passed their specific tests to amove on to higher belts in this discipline! Good work!
Primary School News
Message From Emma ButlerThis week both P1 and P6 enjoyed experiential out of school unit based trips.
With the focus on Spanish culture, P1 headed off on Wednesday to the countryside to visit one of our teacher’s orchards. Orange picking, juice making, sketching and a picnic were on the agenda. The weather was perfect. The students enjoyed a sunny and warm day, which made their outdoors adventure a very pleasant experience. The students came back to school laden with juicy oranges, plant cuttings and lots of stories to share with their family and friends. Once again P1 experienced a successful trip that complemented the learning that has been taking place in school.
Connected with their upcoming unit on Conflict Resolution, P6 students headed down to Hogar Betania in La Línea on Monday to engage and take part in some service learning activities. Split in 2 groups, morning & afternoon, the students were able to get involved in activities organised by Hogar Betania and its residents. These included helping in the daily cleaning chores, baking cakes for the Soup Kitchen Programme, checking expiry dates, cleaning and organising the kitchen and Food Drop storage rooms, organising all the toys left over from the Christmas Campaigns, painting the play area fence and serving & delivering the food bags to the beneficiaries of the Soup Kitchen Programme. During this time the students also had the chance to learn about Hogar Betania’s work. They were able to make connections with Human Rights and conflict resolution.
From this experience the children have thought about differences between residents at Hogar Betania that can cause conflict. The students immediately began to see and record parallels between that and their experience with peers at school. This experience will go a long way to support the P6 students to develop their empathy and tolerance as they are guided in their exploration of the Central Idea; “Finding peaceful solutions to conflicts in our immediate environment improves quality of life.”
Yesterday children in P1-P3 classes enjoyed a visit from illustrator and author Andrea Prior, whose first children’s book A Parcel of Pigs and other funny ‘tails’ is published later this month.
Secondary School News
Student Leadership Workshop
Last Monday, we had a visit from Sarah Lando, invited to the school by the Student Council, to give us a leadership workshop. Sarah is part of the Canada-based Powerful Youth Academy – http://powerfulyouth.com/ – which aims to build confidence and leadership skills in youth to generate impact throughout their lives.
University and Careers news
On the 1st of February Sra.Lourdes and Mr.Mungles took a group of Diploma students to the Malaga University convention. This convention hosts a number of the most prestigious Spanish universities, such as Complutense Madrid http://www.ucm.es/ and Carlos III Madrid http://www.uc3m.es/Home, and it provided an excellent opportunity for our students to find out more information about the variety of courses on offer.
On Monday we had a presentation by our student language teacher who is in her third year of study at Sheffield University, on preparation for life at a UK university. This was then followed by a presentation from Glion on the Hospitality industry and their campus. Thanks go to Abby Robinson and Ana Macarena.
Learn Hip Hop Dancing
This new lunchtime activity for secondary students will start next Wednesday, 15th February.
Well done to both basketball teams. Boys got a 4th place and the girls achieved 2nd place in what was their first time playing together as a team and first time this year they have played a basketball tournament.
Heidi Moyano Stradmann
Kiss the Casbah – Friday 17th February, 7-10pm
Kiss the Casbah, an evening filled with great musical performances and traditional Moroccan food is fast approaching. Only 7 days to go!
Tickets are now on sale at the gate every day from 3:40pm. Ticket prices are as follows:
** Our school policy is to be nut free, however for this event please be aware the authentic tagine dish on the menu will contain nuts (almonds); a small quantity of another option will be available for anyone with a nut allergy.
Thank you for your support,
NADFAS Lecture – ‘More Russian then the Russians: Catherine the Great’ by Marie-Anne Mancio
Our final NADFAS lecture for this school year will take place in Picasso Art room 2 at 2.00pm on Tuesday 14th February. Parents are invited to join our Visual arts students for this lecture. Please email Margaret O’Farrell email@example.com if you would like to attend.
Next PTA meetingFebruaryst21
9am in Cantina
All parents and staff welcome
The Kindred Project News
Service Learning at Hogar Betania
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