School Newsletter 12.01.2018

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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 as a force for good in the world.

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12th January 2017

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 School Calendar

Tuesday 16 JanuaryArt Lecture open to parents (See Whole school section)
Friday 19 JanuaryM1-M5 Parent teacher conferences
Friday 19 JanuaryDiploma students Home Study day
Monday 22 – Wednesday 31 JanuaryM5 Pre Diploma timed assessments

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year and welcome back to SIS.

It is with deep excitement that I share a newly created video with you. The video shares some of the development ideas that we have been exploring.  The aim is to keep expanding our facilities to enable more opportunities for your children to explore their gifts and talents.

It is also the time of year, when we will start the recruitment drive for the academic year 2018 – 2019.  With this in mind, today you will receive an email confirming the school fees for next academic year, and a link to complete an intentions form.

Please note the intentions form is not legally binding, but it will help us to get an indication of potential student numbers for next year, which in turn will help us know how and where we need to invest in staffing.

The official deadline for notifying us of a departure is 4pm on 31st March 2018.  Any notification after this date will result in the non-return of your deposit.

Finally Jose Antonio Parra has decided to reduce his daily involvement at SIS and follow other ventures. He will remain an active board member and I will be taking over his role as Chair of the school Executive Committee.

Jose Antonio has made significant contributions to the development of the school and I would personally like to publicly thank him for his guidance, mentorship and support over the last 30 months.

We wish him the very best of luck in his new ventures.

Best wishes


Arts Society de La Frontera lecture

Tuesday 16th Jan at 2pm sharp in Picasso 2 Art room

Lars Tharp (Antiques Road Show presenter): The gate of Heroes: On the China Trail

From the mountains of Jiangxi province in far-off China, down river, over lake and mountain, and finally across oceans, nearly all the Chinese ceramics on display in European museums, stately homes, palaces and personal collections are survivors of an epic journey and of monumental human labour – Luxury created in the labour of millions. Each year in the 1600s and 1700s millions of pieces – services, vases and ornamental wares – were portered over the mountain border into Guangdong province, passing through the aptly-named ‘Gate of Heroes’. Lars will take us on the same journey, the one you may have seen in his 2011 BBC film Treasures of Chinese Porcelain. And knowing the great human labour involved, you will never again pass or look at a piece of Chinese porcelain without this journey coming to mind.

The lecture is open to D1 and M5 Art students, staff and parents.

Please email if you would like to attend.

Margaret O’Farrell


Labeling of possessions

A reminder to parents: please ensure all articles of clothing, particularly school uniform, are suitably marked with your child’s name.

For all your labeling requirements, SIS is happy to recommend HFG Labeling Services



New club – Touch Rugby

A fun sport for everyone, based on the running and passing skills involved in rugby, without the contact. Great for fitness, speed, endurance, agility and hand-eye coordination. Come and give it a go.  Starting on 16th January – Tuesdays on the football pitch, 4.30pm till 5.30pm. Open to students from P6 upwards.

Please email Mr. Cournane if you are interested.


Yoga and Mindfulness club

The Yoga and Mindfulness club is going to run every Wednesday in the Primary Music Room from 4pm until 5pm.

For more information please enquire with Ms Rocio,


Stage School

We start back on Sunday 14th January 2018 at the usual time of 11 am to 2pm in the School Theatre. Please remember to bring a snack and water for the three-hour sessions. You need to wear practical clothes and shoes for free movement and of course your Stage School T-shirt! Contact Dan Maloney for more information.


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Following the success of the last promotion, Elysium Spa at the Almenara Hotel is once again delighted to offer all parents a complimentary week’s experience. You will be able to enjoy use of the gym, classes and the luxury spa. This is a limited offer and must start by Wednesday 31st January.

Call 956 582 029 to arrange an appointment to activate your complimentary one week experience. You will be required to bring your SIS/Assist photo ID card to activate.

* For Terms & conditions of this offer and further information regarding the complimentary services offered by Assist, please contact


For all parents who would like to promote their business and network within the SIS community, we are in the process of compiling a Business Network Directory. The directory will be exclusive to SIS parents and the listing is complimentary. To include your business please complete the form on this link.

Alumni Updates

At the end of last term during the pre-Christmas period several of our alumni popped into school to say Hello. Several photos to be added

Jake Beaumont is one of our DP2017 alumni currently studying Music Production at BIMM Brighton. In his own words, “I absolutely love it!” He also stated how well the IB Diploma programme prepared him for the course, and that his professors were impressed with his referencing skills, and breadth of knowledge, to the extent that when he showed them his Extended Essay, they recognised that he already had the skills they were trying to teach for that unit. Also at BIMM with Jake is Fleur Webber, another ex SIS student, and both are great alumni contacts for our students looking to study at BIMM and /or music production.

Katerina Berezhna is currently in her first year studying Media, Communication and Cultural Studies at Newcastle University Katerina told me how she is really enjoying the course, and has become part of a growing number of SIS alumni who have studied or are studying in Newcastle. I was fortunate enough to visit the university last month, set in the heart of Newcastle, and was deeply impressed with the facilities and location. Some of the other former SIS students in Newcastle are Angelina Musavey studying English Literature, also Jonny Flynn and Sam Swindley studying Computer Science degrees in their second and third years. We look forward to a number of our current cohort who have applied to Newcastle, continuing our links.

Tia Rolph is currently studying biomedical sciences at Kings College, London and has found that learning how to complete a detailed lab report, as part of her IB DP sciences at SIS, has proven invaluable. She is really enjoying the course at Kings, and is enjoying London life and her “part time” modelling career.…/undergraduate/courses/biomedical-sc… .

Victor Jimenez and Sancho Rodriguez are both successful golfers in the USA with Victor at Nova College, playing division 1 Golf and Sancho at Johnson & Wales Both are enjoying their studies and the competitive golfing and weather!

Finally, Jack Burgess and Franco de Martino also popped in to say hello. Jack is currently studying at Manchester and Franco is studying in Italy .

More alumni updates to follow!

Jason Mungles

Primary News

Message From Emma Butler

On behalf of all the Primary Teachers and myself, I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.

We are all prepared and ready for what promises to be another exciting and fully packed term of learning. We have had a very good first week back; it was a great pleasure seeing students settle happily back into school and also welcoming new students who have joined Primary this week.


Student Council helping Make a Difference!

On 19th December, the Primary Student Council delivered over 80 bags of ‘Christmas Goodies’ to Hogar Betania in La Linea.

These bags were filled with turron, biscuits, sweets, cakes and various luxuries. The bags were distributed on Christmas Eve to families in La Linea and the surrounding areas who could never normally afford such treats.

The Student Council would like to thank all of the SIS families who contributed and helped make this happen.

Secondary News


Friday 19th January 2018  – Parent Teacher Consultations

There will be no school lessons for secondary students on this day. During the PTC day, parents and guardians will have the opportunity to discuss the progress of their child with their subject teachers. Students are also requested to be part of the meetings.

Instructions for the new online sign up are here in English and Spanish. Parents are requested to click on this link to sign up for meetings with subject teachers.

Please note that meeting times are limited, and follow up meetings can be arranged if further discussion is required.

Parents, guardians and staff are requested to respect and adhere to times If you have any difficulties, please contact us at



M5 Pre-Diploma Mid-year Timed Assessments

These formal examinations will take place in class during the period Mon 22 January to Wed 31 January 2018.

This is a new initiative to help prepare students for the rigours of Diploma. We are also hoping that the assessments will provide students, teachers and parents with a good indication of students’ current levels of attainment and further feedback on their current suitability for Diploma choices.

Music Successes!

Congratulations to the following candidates who achieved these results in last term’s ABRSM music exams:

Music Theory –

Loreto Bordas Diaz – Grade 1 Distinction

Mya Fudge – Grade 3 – Distinction

Practical Exams –

Manuel Santaella Jiménez – Piano Grade 1 – Distinction

Grace Davies – Trumpet Grade 6 – Merit

Connie Davies – Clarinet Grade 6 – Merit

Paul Davies (parent) – Trombone Grade 8 – Merit


Secondary Student Council election results

In December we had the process to elect the President of the Secondary Student Council. Three candidates presented their ideas through a video that was distributed to the students, and later they made an election speech in the assembly at the end of the year. Huge congratulations go to Hannah Coventry, finally chosen as President, Paloma Jaudel and Gabriele Morace, for their professionalism, courage and leadership shown throughout the process, and thank you to all the students who participated in the election. The student council will start working as soon as possible, as a link between students and the school. If you would like more information, please contact




Boarding House News

Welcome back and Happy New Year from the SIS boarding community. It’s been a warm atmosphere in the house the past few days as students arrive and reconnect with their friends – in spite of the cool temperatures outside!

The term has begun promisingly, with students setting new year goals in academic and extra-curricular areas. A few new faces have even joined the boarding house this year!

We also have various interesting activities already planned out for the coming months. Next Friday we will be going to Malaga to watch the Malaga vs. Madrid basketball match!

Until next week!


SRC Boarding House Team

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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.

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