Message from the Head
I hope you all had a wonderful half term break. We saw the safe return of 20 students from the MUN trip to Copenhagen. Both teachers commended all the students on their dedication and enthusiasm for the experience. Particular congratulations to Carmen Perez De La Blanca Echevarria who was recognised in the conference closing ceremony as Best Delegate in her committee. Thank you to Mark Barling and Anne Adamson for giving up their time to run the trip.
On Friday of the half term break 52 students from P6 – D1 retuned safely from the ski trip at Sierra Nevada. Matt Butler from Adventure Bug made contact with me directly congratulating our students on their behaviour, friendship and honesty. Thank you to the Adventure Bug company, Christian Duran and Mr.Wickersham for their energy in running the trip.
On Saturday Mr. Lawrence coordinated a musical event with the Kindred Project at the Bunker beach bar in Sotogrande. The event was a fundraiser for the pending trip to Uganda. During the event Mr. Lawrence stoically endured a very public haircut and the loss of his rather long locks!
Over the break our D2 students worked hard revising for their final IB exams in May. The next step is a revision week that we have created for them later this half term, working with the Oxford Studies Centre, who specialise in revision courses for IB schools.
This term we are thrilled to welcome our new P4 teacher Mr. Matt Morton. Here is a little bit about him!
“I am really excited to be joining the PYP team at SIS as a P4 teacher. After studying Primary Education at Bishop Grosseteste University, I have been teaching at a primary school in Lincoln, England for four years. Before teaching, I was a press photographer and a picture editor at the Sunday Telegraph in London. I have moved to Spain with my wife and son and am really looking forward to the new challenges that will come our way. In my spare time I am still an enthusiastic photographer and enjoy participating and watching almost any sport.”
On Wednesday we hosted another football tournament in Algeciras, this time for M3 and M4 students. Congratulations to our boys team who took second place after a runaway goal in the semifinals and to our victorious girls team who won the tournament without conceding a goal!
Also on Wednesday our P2 students went on a trip to Castellar connected
Thursday was a monumental day as we officially launched the start of the advisory board process with parents. Thank you to everyone who expressed an interest in the parent positions for the advisory board. The process has now begun. All interested parties will submit a photo and a summary statement of their intentions for the role. This will be sent out to you on Thursday 16th March. Following this email, there will be a parent vote starting on Friday 17th march, where you will get the chance to vote for your top two parental choices for the positions.
Thursday also saw the Personal Project Fair held in the Sports hall, an opportunity for parents and the rest of our school community to share in celebrating the learning journey of our M5 students. The range and variety of products on display was amazing; I loved hearing the students talk passionately about their products and was blown away by some of the creativity – truly inspirational! Congratulations to the M5 students, Mr. Sanders and all the PP supervisors for all their hard work and for a great Personal Project Fair.
Meanwhile our D1 students departed for their annual History and Geography trips. We look forward to hearing more about these next week.
I would like to announce the next Wakeboarding trip, which is due to take place during the weekend 5th -7th May. This trip is open to all students in M2 – D1. All interested parties should send an email to email@example.com as soon as possible. The trip payment system can be found here.
Finally I wish to take this opportunity to remind you that if you intend your child/children to leave this year, you must inform us by 4pm on March 31st to ensure the return of your deposit, however we sincerely hope that you choose to remain with us for the next year 2017-2018.
Whole School News
M3 Community service week
Next week will be the M3 Community Project Service week. This is a key element of the MYP curriculum and I would like to thank in advance you for your collaboration.
The activities include bake sales, face painting, assemblies , food-drop, games in EC1 and Fundamentals, a presentation for P4 students and more. There will also be activities outside school working with Apoyo Mutuo, Colegio Los Pinos, Comedor del Carmen, SOS perrera Los Barrios, Ayuntamiento de San Roque, Hogar Betania and other non-profit organisations. These activities encourage students to develop social, communicative, research and self-management skills. They allow them to apply their knowledge in real contexts and to take actions that last for a long period of time in order to improve the world around us.
We are a group of M3 that we are doing a community project and our purpose is to collect resources and food for Hogar Betania. Hogar Betania is a non-profit organization that help people at risk of social exclusion.
Collecting signatures for recycling bins
This week is the M3 service week, as you should know if you have already done the Community Project. Our group is helping the environment by putting recycling bins in our community, Sotogrande.
Helping Apoyo Mutuo
The week before half term was a busy one for our new Parent Ambassadors. It started with an interactive workshop on the Tuesday morning where they learned a bit more about MYP, Diploma, IT and A-levels.
The school has a continuous ongoing situation of students ‘losing’ clothing and equipment, running in parallel with an ever-growing collection of Lost Property that is not being claimed! This is only likely to get worse as the weather gets warmer and jumpers are discarded throughout the day.
Primary School News
I would like to formally welcome Mr. Matt Morton who is joining the P4 team. Matt joins Sotogrande after working for several years in the UK.
Links to the Primary Class Sites
Whatsapp The school, through the Parent Ambassador Programme, led by Sara Hagglof, has created year group Whatsapp groups. These groups should only be used to communicate urgent messages from school that did not make the newsletter or class sites. Please could we ask that these groups are only used for this and that separate groups or ways of communicating are used for sharing of information such as social events.
Newsletter Each Friday a newsletter is sent to all parents my email. This newsletter includes important upcoming calendar dates and news on what has been happening within the school.
Calendar All the important calendar dates are published on the school calendar, which can be found on the school website www.sis.ac, the SIS app or on the class Google site.
P2 enjoyed the first experiential learning trip of this new half term
Playing For Change
Baker Book & Scholastic Book Clubs
Taking Action – supporting SOS Perera
Last term P6 did a unit on Marketing, researching product, publicity, budget, advertising etc and at the end of the unit sold chocolate cookies they had made. After a vote it was decided they would like to donate the money to SOS Perrera in Los Barrios. We asked the centre what they needed most and they asked for preventative collars as the dogs are vulnerable to diseases from bites. The vet sold them to us at cost price as it was school children who had raised the money and on the first Saturday of the holiday the collars were delivered. Jago, Carlotta, Irene and Candela (P6) spent another couple of hours walking and cuddling the dogs. Fantastic Action!
Secondary School News
Congratulations to our 20 delegates from M5 & D1 who travelled to Denmark before the half term holiday to take part in a 5 day Model United Nations conference in Birkerod, a small town to the north of Copenhagen. The students were required to research their committees’ issues beforehand in order to submit position papers outlining the views of their allocated countries, in this case Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.
From Oppression comes Light
M5 drama students
Acting duologue Bronze award- Both Pass with Merit
Finally, please also congratulate our two further candidates who independently chose to enter for these highly regarded examinations.
Musical Theatre Bronze award- Pass
M4 Service and Action in Spanish
On Wednesday, 22nd February M4 Spanish language acquisition students paid a visit to Hogar Betania in La linea de la Concepción. The visit forms part of the unit on “Inequalities in Spain and Hispanic America” and aimed to put into practice oral communication skills in Spanish within a real context. As part of their service, the students interviewed the centre’s users and employees, who kindly shared their experiences with the students. This activity gives students the opportunity to create bonds and empathize with people from different cultures as well as reflect on content previously seen in class.
University & Careers news
Visit to US Ivy League Colleges by Carlota Sanchez Prieto
Trip reflection: “During the half-term break I had the amazing opportunity to travel to the US and visit Boston College, Yale University, Brown University and Harvard. It was an incredible experience. I was able to meet the golf coaches and the teams; I also attended several lectures, which gave me a great sense of the university. The golf coaches showed me their golf facilities; I was positively impressed by these. I also had the pleasure to have lunch in the dining halls, which helped to enhance my view on the social environment at each university. This experience truly served as a motivation for me to work my hardest and have the opportunity to continue my education in one of these unique places whilst I continue my golf career.”
CALLING ALL RACE FANS!
Our first ever Race Night will be at the Hotel Almenara next Friday, 17th March at 7:30pm. A great night of fun as you try to guess the winners of the races shown, maybe win a prize or two and enjoy the wonderful setting of the Veinteeocho Restaurant.
Minutes from PTA General Meeting 21st February 2017 LINK
The Kindred Project News
Link to the photos: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheKindredProject/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1427904920561999
Location: San Roque Boarding House
Come along and support D1 Nele & M5 Ellie’s initiative to raise money for Nabugabo Community Learning Centre, Uganda by paying for a pitch to sell your own unwanted items or come along to grab a bargain!
Pitches will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis so please fill in this form as soon as possible if you wish to reserve a space:
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