School Newsletter 11.11.2016

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School Newsletter 11th November 2016


Message from the Head


Dear Parents and guardians,

Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday and that the children managed to switch off, relax a little and unwind. This term is always a long one and rest is important to ensure our students succeed.
Academic success is something earned, students need to work hard to achieve this and require great support from their parents / guardians and school. One of our great strengths at SIS is the 3-way partnership that exists between the school, the parents and the students. In Diploma we have just completed the first wave of reports, which were followed by D2 Parent /Teacher conferences. The purposes of the conferences are for students and parents to meet with teachers to discuss growth, improvement and development in the pursuit of academic excellence.
On Tuesday 15th November M1 – M5 reports will be published to parents. On Friday 18th November formal lessons for secondary students will cease for the day, as we will hold Parent /Teacher conferences for students in M1 – D1. Primary lessons are as normal during this day and D2 will be in school finalising their Extended Essays and working on subject coursework. We hope you and your children will take full advantage of this day, using the meetings to enhance academic performance at all levels. To further boost and support student development we have a host of support mechanisms in place to enhance student learning, key to this is the student’s own independence at accessing these.  Teacher Google sites, exam style questions, planning time, online platforms and help sessions are all available to support students’ learning outside of the classroom.
Following the D2 reports, I am thrilled to announce the following students who earned a place on the Honour Roll for D2.

For Academic Excellence congratulations go to Mia Porral-Gibson and Scarlet Jenkins.

For Personal Growth (academic) congratulations go to Teresa Garcia Orrillo, Katerina Berezhna, Tia Rolph, Angelina Musayev, Maria Kostychenko, Carmen Pastor Escuin, Pablo Dubru Carrasco, Maria Isabel García Ortega, Lauren Hidalgo, Flora Ferrandis, Vittoria Morace and Bella Strauli.

For Personal Growth (CAS) congratulations go to Maria Kostychenko, Lucia Mier and Patricia de la Rocha for creating, organising and directing ‘The Moment’, raising over 3000 euros for Asni

Criteria for Honour Roll
Academic Excellence: outstanding report card grades across all subjects
Personal Growth (academic): high report card grades combined with excellent effort grades
Personal Growth (CAS): outstanding contribution to the school / wider community / chosen project

Over the half term, we hosted our very first family trip to Asni. 26 people from our community, aged between 5 and 50 plus, set off on a service learning experience. They took the ferry from Tarifa to Tangier, the Marrakesh Express from Tangier to Marrakech and finally a bus from Marrakesh to Asni. Whilst in Asni, they ran a number of workshops from mind-boggling maths to making sock puppets, worked with the community and completed a number of treks in the Atlas mountains. Congratulations to everyone involved in the trip and congratulations to the KP team for organising and leading our first family trip. If you are interested in joining the next adventure, please contact the KP team at

I am really looking forward to welcoming you to our PTA organized Autumn festival with fireworks.  I would like to remind you that children from M1 year group and younger need to be accompanied by at least 1 adult.

Best wishes
Jak Kearney

Whole School News

Comedy Night!

Starring Staff and Students
Wednesday 16th November
5:30pm in SIS theatre
Tickets €5
Supporting ‘Operation Smile’

Join the Parent Ambassador Programme! 

We are looking for positive parents and guardians, who would like to learn more about SIS and the educational path we have chosen for our children.
Throughout the year we organise a number of interesting talks and workshops in collaboration with the Leaders of Learning and other departments within the school.

We visit Fundamentals, our Early Childhood Centre, and the boarding facilities at San Roque Campus to find out more about how they work. We are treated to workshops on personal development and communication with the brilliant Colin Hiles.

If you would like to sign up or receive more information please email Sara Hägglöf

Primary School News

Message from Emma Butler, Head of Primary

Reflections from first Half Term
I would like to congratulate all our students and teachers for a wonderful first half term. I hope everyone had a relaxing and well-earned half term break.
Before the holiday I spent time visiting the primary classrooms. Each classroom was filled with wonderful work, which evidenced and celebrated our students’ learning and understandings.

Celebration Assembly for Unit One (P3-P6)
Congratulations to all the students who were recognised in our Celebration Assembly before the holiday. There were lots of smiling faces as the following students were congratulated for their effort and attitudes.

P3 Freya, Angela, Denis, Camille, Daniel, Isla, Kjella, Claudia, Manu
P4 Maria, Manolo, Ariel, Alba, Emelhyn, Yiftach, Gustav, Jonnie, Noah, Ella, Daniella, Claudia, Jasmine, Manuel
P5 Marek, Isabella B, Luna, Gabriela, Annabel, Savannah, James, Heidi, Tareq, Saskia, Hannah
P6 Alisa, Clara, Rafa, Aila, Ethan, Blanca, Aashika, Miki, Kim, Gerardo, Albina, Maisy, Arancha, Sofia, Jasmine, Rosie

Visiting experts enrich the learning of our students
In our Primary School we encourage and invite as many ‘experts’ as we can into our classrooms. At the end of last half term week EC2, P2, and P4 all had the chance to learn about and take part in Diwali celebrations. Thank you very much to Alpa for taking the time to join and lead these sessions


We would like to make a call to all parents or friends of our community. If you are an ‘expert’ or have a passion in any field or know somebody who is and would like to come into school to talk to or run an activity alongside our Primary Teachers please let us know (contact as such experiences help support learning in the classroom and link it to the world outside.

Learning Together
One of the great advantages of having an all-through school (3-18 years) is the chance our students get to share their knowledge and understanding and learn from each other. This week P4 had the opportunity to visit the secondary science labs where they worked with Mrs. Kearney.
Next week both P3 and P4 will join M2 students in the science labs where they will be conducting experiments connected to their units of inquiry.

P3 Unit Based Trip
P3 classes had a great experience on Thursday 10th November when they went with their Spanish teachers to the theatre in Algeciras. The watched the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood in Spanish and participated in other educational activities. They enjoyed and found it fun to practise their Spanish and now they can sing the Spanish songs they learned that day.



P6 Interschool Basketball Competition
Congratulations to our 19 P6 students who represented our Primary School on Wednesday in the annual interschool basketball competition at Swans in Marbella. All the students performed amazingly with Team 1 finishing in 5th place and Team 2 in second place, missing the first place position by just one point.

Team 1:  Yauni, Sofia, Ava, Erika, Pablo, Antonio, Rowan, Angelo, Ethan
Team 2:  Candela, Arancha, Jasmine, Marta, Ryan, Rodrigo, Yair, Shami, Gerardo, Jago


Congratulations to P5 Ms. Morrison’s class – winners of the ice-cream party for class that read the most minutes during October Readathon.

Any remaining sponsorship money should be sent/ brought to the library as soon as possible.

School ‘Sleepover’

On Friday November 18th P4, P5 and P6 will have their first sleepover of the year. All of the money raised will go to support the furnishing of a new classroom at the NCLC in Nabugabo, Uganda.

The price of the sleepover is 30 Euros, which includes dinner and breakfast

Secondary School News

M1-D1 Parent Teacher Consultations

On Friday 18th November, from 9am to 5pm, we have M1-D1 secondary school parent-teacher consultations.
During the day, there will be no secondary lessons for M1-D1 students. M1-D1 students should only attend school if accompanied by parents/guardians.
All M1-D1 secondary students should have already received a sign-up time sheet from their advisor. Students should personally see their subject teachers to arrange meeting times. Parents and guardians are advised to leave time gaps between appointments to allow for more detailed feedback if required and crossover time between appointments.
The venues for parent consultations will be available on maps, which will be displayed at the main entrance, at each of the meeting venues and the reception area.
NB. D2 students are expected to attend school as normal and will have individualised programmes for the day.

M2 Visual Arts

M2 Visual arts students have studied how artists are influenced by their cultures. Focusing on Pablo Picasso and the genre of cubism, the children explored collage and painting.  We invite you to view some of our work on this slideshow.


M5 Spanish Language Acquisition class – ‘TAPAS’

To conclude their Unit 1 ‘Spanish culture’, M5 Spanish 2nd language students were involved in various unconventional 
activities: some asked for and tasted delicious tapas in a traditional bar in Pueblo Nuevo; others cooked and participated 
in a culinary competition where the competition was fierce ... Finally a delicious rice pudding, cooked by Ella and Stephanie,
was the winning dish.

University and Careers news

Preparing for the University Convention on November 28th & a visit from HULT University.
This week in Universities and Careers we started the preparation for our University Convention on 28th November. This event will be open to all parents from 2.00 – 4.00pm (Note. universities will leave at 4pm) and all of our secondary students will have an opportunity to meet with the university admissions teams on the day.

On Tuesday morning, with M3 we moved the U&C process forward for students to develop their ideas for career and course options, and launched Unifrog and a number of other resources for the students to work through on the Google classroom platform.
During the lunch hour on Tuesday Hult university presented on their multiple campus options to a select group of Diploma students who are keen on looking at the business and multi-campus options. Thanks go to Alba Del Puerto for delivering such an interesting presentation. #hultundergrad #hultontheroad


NADFAS Lecture – Gerald Deslandes – ‘European and American Art since 1970’

The first NADFAS lecture for this school year will take place in Picasso Art room 2 at 2.00pm on November 15th. Parents are invited to join our Diploma Visual arts students for this lecture. Please email Margaret O’Farrell if you would like to attend.

The school is fortunate to benefit from our relationship with DFAS de la Frontera, the local member society of NADFAS, The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies, a UK non-profit organisation with over 340 member societies worldwide. DFAS de la Frontera is a vibrant and sociable society, holding monthly lectures on a broad range of topics given by world-class lecturers.

If you might be interested to know more or to join the society, here are the links to their website and lecture programme.


Your Assist membership card is at the back of your SIS security access card.

DARTE PILATES the new Pilates studio located in Mar Y Sol offers a 10% discount

HOTEL ALMENARA and ELYSIUM SPA offer special discounts and gifts

HOTEL CLUB MARITIMO in Puerto Sotogrande offers special discounts

SHANTI SOM wellbeing retreat in Marbella offers special weekend packages

Check all the exceptional offers from Assist partners at:

PTA News

TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT! Don’t miss it.

Autumn Festival with Fireworks – lots of fun and games for all ages. 6:30 until 9:30pm

A huge thank-you to La Reserva Sotogrande for sponsoring our main attractions.

We hope to have live streaming of the England v Scotland World Cup qualifier!

Tickets can be bought at the gate- 5€, under 3’s free. Students M1 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

The Kindred Project news

Asni Family Trip 2016

We want to thank and congratulate the amazing 26 pioneering family members, teachers, students who returned happy and safe last weekend from the first ever family expedition to Asni, Morocco. Ages ranging from 5 to 50’s experienced the magic of Asni by spending time with and getting involved in projects with our friends at Association Tiwizi.

This trip was also very special as we were able to pick the saffron grown at the association that we first planted with them and D2 student Lucia Mier Portillo who co-organised the amazing event ‘The Moment’ was able to hand over the funds she raised and sit with Hassan to decide on where financial support would be most beneficial.

A huge thanks to all the families and individuals who embraced the trip and to Association Tiwizi and the community of Asni for having us and being such wonderful people to partner with.

To see photos please go to:

Send a Child to School

Massive congratulations to everyone at SIS for Send a Child to School. You managed to raise €1,075,  a new record  for Send a Child to School Day!

A huge well done and thank you has to go to M1 for their fantastic Halloween initiative and to Mrs. Kearney’s M2 advisory group who raised a huge €252 from their one day Bake Sale; this will cover annual sponsorship for their sponsored child, Jane Namutebi seen below.

Charity Dinner

Christmas is coming! and again this year The Spanish Department is organising a charity dinner for parents and staff on Saturday 26th of November.
The dinner will be at Las Camelias Restaurant in Torreguadiaro and will consist of varied traditional ‘raciones’, dessert and drinks.
Our intention is to spend some quality time with parents and colleagues, to welcome Christmas and to raise funds for our NGO Kindred Project, we will all enjoy a fun evening, good food and music, a raffle and we will also have the opportunity to actively collaborate with our project in ‘Hogar Betania’.

For further information and to buy your tickets please contact any of the primary or secondary Spanish Department teachers.

We inspire learning and intercultural understanding,
enriqueciendo la vida de nuestros niños y nuestro mundo

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The Kindred Project

“To promote education as a force for good to help create a more peaceful world”.

Aims to offer young people opportunities to explore, discuss and work together to help sustain change both locally and globally by developing leadership and critical thinking skills through projects requiring intercultural understanding and community building.

Sistech Academy

Since SIS students are privileged to be members of an IT learning environment that is an official Apple School. Our IT staff are not only trained by Apple but are themselves certified Apple Trainers. So uncertainties about using Apples vast suite of applications and devices are becoming second-nature to your children and the same level of expertise and teaching can be put at the disposal of parents too, and even other adults not yet members of the SIS family…

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