School Newsletter 12.06.2015

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School Newsletter 12.06.2015

Friday, June 12, 2015

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Dates for your diary

Whole School


14th JuneFirst SIS Children’s Polo Tournament
17th June‘The Love of the Nightingale’ – drama performance
18th JuneTrinity College musical instrument exams
26th JuneEnd Of Year Celebration


16th JuneP6 Parent Information Session/Meet the M1 Teachers (see below)
17th June EC2 End of Year Celebration
18th June P1 End of Year Celebration
23rd JuneOliver Production
24th JuneEC1 End of Unit Celebration – children go home with parents afterwards
25th JuneEC1 Unit related trip
25th JuneLast day of school for EC1- P2 children
25th JunePrimary Celebration, Prize Giving and P6 Graduation
All Primary Parents (EC1 –P6) are warmly invited to attend this celebration.
25th JuneP6 Graduation Party at San Roque campus
25th JunePrimary Reports Dispatched



16th-17thJuneM1- M4 Soto Sports Festival (see below)
17th June M1 end-of year event (see below)
18th JuneM2 & M3 student led conferences
19th JuneM1, M2 & M3 school trips


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Whole School News

From the Head of Teaching and Learning

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have experienced another very busy but exciting week at SIS.  Our M4 – D1 exams came to a close on Wednesday.  I would like to congratulate the students on their hard work and commitment to the last few assessments and the staff, who have worked incredibly hard to organize, write and now mark all of the exams.  Reports will be live on June 26th, following our end of year assembly, where the yearbook will be officially released!

On Thursday 11th the P1 students took part in their incredible journey.  In one day they managed to travel on a bus, a train and a boat!  Their journey helped them develop their planning and organisation skills and enhanced their skills in coordinating and timekeeping.

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The P4 students left for their first overnight school trip to Finca Alcaidesa.  They walked to the finca and stopped for lunch.  There they took part in climbing, swimming and archery.  Today they arrived back happy, but rather tired!

On my walk around this week, I managed to drop into several maths lessons.  I had a really interesting discussion about combined outcomes with P3 and set them a task looking at the number of outcomes from flipping 3 coins.  In P5 I had a lovely discussion with Carol Hartland’s maths group about integers, square and cube numbers.  I set them challenges to find out the symbol used for integers and gave them some problems to solve involving numbers to different powers.  I am looking forward to returning to discuss their findings.

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Often I speak about just how wonderful our staff are.  I truly believe that we have an amazing group of teachers who go above and beyond their job descriptions to make the learning experiences for our children special and unique.  This week I came across the Global Teacher award.  I would appreciate it if you would take 5 minutes to nominate a teacher whom your child admires or values or whom you feel has made a real difference to the learning experience of your child.  Please click here if you wish to make a nomination. Once you have nominated a teacher, please then send them an email to let them know.

The next few weeks are extremely busy, but we would like to remind you that all school days are important and your child’s attendance at school is crucial.

I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Jak Kearney

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Activities Programme 2015/2016

As part of our commitment to promoting students discovering their individual passion and creating flexible pathways to learning – we are expanding our Activities Programme for both After School on the main SIS Campus and for our Boarders at the San Roque Campus.

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In early September we will start our new activities programme and are therefore asking now for those interested parents, other members of the community, Clubs and professionals in Sport and other accredited hobbies or activities to join us and be part of our programme.

If you have a skill, interest or hobby or know someone who does – please get in touch and tell us more about what you can offer. You just need to fill in the application form that you will receive automatically after sending an email to

We will then gather the information and work with you to develop this further.

From Primary to Secondary

The M1 teachers are pleased to invite all parents of current P6 students to an introductory meeting in room T1 of the Timber Building on 16th June from 9am to 10am.

The M1 core team will give a brief presentation on what to expect and how to help your children prepare for the transition from PYP to MYP.

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We look forward to meeting you on Tuesday.

M1 team

First Sotogrande International Polo Tournament

We are pleased to invite all parents to a family day on Sunday 14th of June from 10:00 am. There will be more that 30 stalls with nice food, music (played by school students led by Laura Krier) and the celebration of the First Sotogrande International Polo Tournament. The event will take place at Los Pinos, Santa María Polo. You can find further information in the poster below..

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Primary School News

Important safety reminder

We wish to remind parents that all primary age children on campus after 3.40pm must be supervised.  If you are enjoying a social chat in the cantina after school, perhaps while waiting for an older student or an extra-curricular activity, any other children waiting with you must be supervised.

Another Exciting Experiential Learning Experience for P1

P1 returned to Eco Spirit to harvest their vegetables a couple of months after their first visit. This trip also included the opportunity to plan and carry out a camping experience.

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Both activities have involved a significant amount of planning and organizing, skills these six year olds have developed with pleasure.

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P3 Spanish class cheese tasting

Last Thursday we went to the cantina to try and to learn about different types of cheese. The students worked with informative texts describing the traditional methods of cheese-making. Sodexo staff kindly cooperated by allowing the children to taste a wide range of cheese.

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The professional cantina staff very kindly provided a lovely fruit salad for our lactose intolerant students.

P4 at Gibraltar Airport

P4 students had the opportunity to visit the bus station in La Linea and the Gibraltar airport in connection with the new unit “Transport”.

We had the opportunity to experience, watch and discover the world of airports, air transport and aviation. In addition to a great day practising Spanish.

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Oliver T-Shirts arrived this week

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Rehearsals are now getting fully underway!

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Call to all P6 Parents & Guardians

The M1 teachers would like to invite you to an MYP1 induction meeting on the 16th June from 9am to 10am In T1 of the Timber building. There will be a brief presentation by the M1 core teachers on what to expect and how best to support your child through the transition from PYP to MYP.

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Secondary School News

Soto Sports Festival – M1, M2, M3, M4

On Tuesday the 16th and Wednesday the 17th of June an event that we have all been waiting for: the 2015 Soto Sports Festival!

All activities will take place on and around SIS grounds.

For both days M1-M4 students are expected to come to school in sports clothes, preferably in the house colours and with swimming kit.

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On day one, we will kick off with a massive fitness session led by Mr. Ash and Mr. Alvaro. Lisa Greenwood ( will facilitate a fun and inspiring session to start day two.

Both days will be filled with sporting events from basketball, swimming and team-games to triathlon.

At the end of both days we will finish all together (M1-M4) for a final event in house teams.

All parents are invited to come and support students on Wednesday at 3:00pm for the tug-of-war and the winners ceremony.

We cannot wait to enjoy two days full of Energy, Competition, Team spirit and Sportsmanship!

Marre Nieman

Soto Sound – Radio Show

The students in M3 have been controlling the school radio Soto Sound for the past few weeks. They interviewed the DJ and P.E. teacher Ash, as well as presenting approximately 10 other segments, including local and global news, top three songs of the week, and tips.

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Click on the link to listen to the radio show:

M1 End-of-year event on Wednesday 17th of June

M1 will be rounding off their year with a fantastic, combination event to celebrate both the Garden Project and the Movie project. From 11.30 (until lunch) there will be a showing of M1’s short films in our cinema, a market with handmade produce, country fair games and examples of this year’s work.

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This event will take place between the pool and the cantina, and will be signposted from the main gate.

We really hope as many of you as possible, including family and friends will be available to come and witness our final learning display.

M1 Team

‘The Love of the Nightingale’

The D1 Theatre group will be performing ‘The Love of the Nightingale’ by Timberlake Wertenbaker on the 17th of June at 6.30pm.

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This is a challenging piece of theatre directed by the students and based on Greek theatre technique. Due to its explicit content it is recommended for M4 and older audience. Tickets are free and we would welcome your support!

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PTA News

PTA Monthly meeting

The next PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday 16th of June at 9.00am in the school cantina. All parents and guardians welcome.

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Local events

Summer Football Camp

Enjoy and improve your football this summer – Summer Football Camp Marbella 2015

We know that passion drives this sport and therefore we want our students and friends who share this passion to have the opportunity to improve their skills this summer, devote some time to practice a sporting activity and to meet new friends. In partnership with Fútbol Marbella and led by former Real Madrid and Spanish national player Adolfo Adana, boys and girls will live an outstanding experience. A free bus departing from Algeciras and stopping in San Roque, Sotogrande, Sabinillas and Estepona, will help to transport the students to and from the great facilities of the Marbella Football Centre. The price for the full course is 550€, but there is the possibility of weekly bookings (230€ per week).

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We are currently holding tryout sessions at school to identify students with great footballing potential in order  to be able to offer scholarships to this summer camp.

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For more and detailed information, you can ask at the reception desk or visit the web link, where you can do your online booking in a fast and easy way.

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