School Newsletter 13.05.2016


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School Newsletter – 13th May 2016

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Message from the Head


Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope the weather has not dampened your spirits this week; it certainly has NOT at SIS!  Looking at the forecast, it seems to be a wonderful weekend ahead, which I hope you will be able to enjoy!

I would like to begin by thanking our D2 Maths students who attended Maths revision sessions on Saturday and give credit to the Maths Studies D1 students who were also in school working on their Internal Assessment.  The level of dedication and commitment shown by these students is inspiring.  Additionally I would like to publically thank and applaud the Maths teachers who also gave up their time to help our students during the weekend.

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The P6 students have been working incredibly hard over the last 4 weeks in preparation for their exhibition.  The theme this year was “Love where you live” and the students have taken some very interesting approaches to investigating this theme.  They generated some amazing enquiry questions that allowed them to delve into some really interesting areas.  On Wednesday the P6 exhibition was held in school.  I was really impressed by the diversity of topics that students showed interest in and the depth of the research that they did.  Students blended a love of Art, History, Language, Dance, Music, Science, Mathematics and Technology in their investigations. They covered areas of food, historical influence, oceanic differences, architectural design and art.  Congratulations and thank-you to ALL of the parents who supported this event, and a huge Well Done to the students for their dedication and commitment.

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I would like to announce that due to the new land purchase and the possible growth of new classrooms, we will be waiving the 500€ down payment on fees for next academic year.  Originally, this was put in place because we were likely to be running a school with waiting lists and we wanted to ensure numbers.  With the new land acquisition, and our 18th March deadline for non-return of the deposit, we will be able to keep expanding without having to turn people away.  Thank you for your understanding and support over this.

Finally, I hope you like the new entrance and fully functional security hut!  I would like to publically thank everyone for their help and support over the new security procedures.  I know that changing a behaviour is one of the toughest things to do, but you have all responded so positively to our new procedures.  The safety and well being of the children on our site is paramount and I feel we are better and safer because of it.

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I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Kind regards,
Jak Kearney

Endicott Survey

Thank you to everyone who has completed the Endicott survey.  If you have not already done so, please click on this link and enter this code CNP2016765 then select the language of your choice.  Unfortunately in this CIS evaluation tool it is slightly confusing which age groups some of our students are linked to.  Please refer to this table if you are unsure.

Our year groupsCIS questionnaire
EC1Pre K
P1Year 1
P2Year 2
P3Year 3
P4Year 4
P5Year 5
P6Year 6
M1Year 7
M2Year 8
M3Year 9
M4Year 10
M5Year 11
D1Year 12
D2Year 13

The questionnaire takes about 8 minutes to complete and will really help us move forward as we start our 18 months of self-study. Thank-you, we value you taking the time to give us your feedback

Link to instructions for Parent photos in Managebac 2016


Whole School News


Assist is a free service designed to help families from the SIS community to relocate, find useful contacts and negotiate discounts or privileges with local businesses and partners.

On the back of your new SIS access card, you will find your Assist membership card that will allow you to enjoy many exclusive benefits.

More partners are constantly joining Assist, so feel free to check the offers at

For more information, please contact:

Fred-Eric Avrilleaud
ASSIST Managing Director
T: 00 34 956 795 902
Fax: 00 34 956 794 816

NADFAS lecture

Tuesday 17 th May at 2.10pm in Picasso 2.

The Arts department is happy to present the last Art lecture for this academic year: Dr. Suzanne Fagence Cooper: Pop goes the Artist from Warhol to Dylan

These lectures are selected to support and enhance the art curriculum and to engage staff and parents in further learning; parents wishing to attend this lecture should please email Margaret O’Farrell. (

Author visit for P5 – D1 students

Former reporter, turned author Vanessa Altin will visit SIS on Tuesday 24th May.
Vanessa’s first book ‘The Pomegranate Tree’ is a child’s account of being caught up in the war in Syria. The book is written in a diary style as the account of a 13-year-old Kurdish girl desperate to reunite her family, which has been split up by the conflict.

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Vanessa will talk about her background as a journalist, and how she was inspired to write a story of the Syrian crisis, based on true events, after spending months in the refugee camps as a reporter. She will show pictures of the Kurdish children that inspired her story and hold an interactive discussion about how these children struggle to survive.  She will read from her book and talk about the differences between writing for a newspaper and writing a book, and will conclude each of her 4 sessions with an open Q&A and book signing.

Books will be available to purchase on the day, price 12€; however to ensure you are not disappointed please click here for a pre-order form.

Stop Press!  Sotosol Walk 2016

The shirts and vests have arrived for this year’s event being held on Saturday 28th May. Items will be sold after school from Monday 16th May. All shirts and vests cost 10.00 Euros and all proceeds go to Danii’s Chlidren Cancer Charity. Get your shirt/vest early so as not to be disappointed.

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Primary School News
P6 Celebrate

Wednesday 11th of May was the P6 Exhibition day. This was the culmination of weeks of work for P6 students.  The theme this year was “Love where you Live” which has included the exploration of history, food, sports, leisure, art, architecture, festivals, marine-life, wild-life, environment, population and language.   

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The whole process began in September when the theme was introduced through the first P6 unit “60 years of Change”. Through the following units of Marketing and Energy this theme was revisited.  In March activities were set-up to support students to explore possibilities and share ideas and choose an area to personally investigate. Since the Spring Break the students have been researching, organising data and developing ideas for how best to share what they have learnt.
All the Primary staff have been involved in mentoring groups of students. Although we have projects in other year groups to prepare our students and to develop their understanding of inquiry, for most students this is the first time they have been involved in such an extended independent project.

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The work presented was extremely varied and colourful with examples of newspaper articles, poetry, leaflets, comic strips, models, artwork, films, photographs, slideshow presentations, graphs and interactive activities for visitors to name but a few.  When speaking to students about the most important things they learnt, they spoke about how they have recognised the importance of organising their time, keeping focused, taking advice, revising work, being committed and choosing themes carefully.

The students and teachers would like to say thank you to all the parents who made time to visit the exhibition and show interest in all the work presented.

P2 Helping Day on Friday13th of May

Today as part of their current action for their ‘Helping Others’ Unit P2 organised and ran a “Helping Day” for all students in the Little Einsteins building (EC1-P2). The children decided to raise awareness for Hogar Betania, a centre in La Linea, which our school and the Kindred Project have supported for many years.

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Each child was invited to contribute a bottle of olive oil for the Hogar Betania soup kitchen that feeds over five hundred people every day. In return they came to school in home clothes. This afternoon the P2 children provided fun and games to finish off their special day.
The students will be taking the olive oil to Hogar Betania in person, when they visit next week.

P2 After School Helping Sale

P2 would like to invite all parents and students to come to their ‘helping sale’ in the courtyard at 3.30pm on Thursday the 19th of May. All the proceeds from this event will be going to the Yanapuma Foundation in Ecuador. Yanapuma Foundation is the not-for-profit organisation we work with in Ecuador. They work with marginalised communities in the Andes, Amazon and coastal regions on grassroots sustainable development projects.

We will be supporting the educational and agricultural development of the indigenous T’sachilla tribe.

EC1 getting excited about their trips next week

As part of their unit of inquiry on Animals, EC1 are preparing for trips to the El Dorado Farm on the 17th and the Castellar Zoo on the 24th of May. The students are really excited about their first school trip and are asking lots of questions about the animals they will see.
In the classroom they are enjoying time in the jungle and out on safari.  They are also learning about how to look after animals at our pretend veterinary clinic.

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Secondary School News

University & Careers News

Studying in Canada

Last Thursday we had a very informative series of sessions on applying to Canadian universities from Andrew Champagne from the University of British Columbia. Interest in studying in Canada was really high with our student body, with a lot of take up from D1, M5 and M4 students to the additional Q&A sessions. As the Canadian Dollar is relatively weak against the € the costs ranging between 9000-27000 Canadian $ proved to be competitive when considering the alternative options for study. The presentation will be shared with the students in their Google Classroom, but some key points to consider are that the IB Diploma is normally enough for entrance, but the importance of Maths SL/HL was raised over Maths Studies, and also the necessity of a Physics and Chemistry combination with regard to engineering courses. Scholarships and the importance of the personal profile questions were also stressed, and clarification over English language requirements. Our thanks go to Andrew for his flexibility, and we look forward to seeing the UBC at our University Convention on November the 28th.

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Student’s Report from recent university visit

Many of our students in the Diploma years are either visiting or planning on visiting universities in preparation for their future studies. Below is a write up of one of those visits, with the hope that more SIS Uni Reviews will follow.
Jason Mungles
U&C Coordinator

Last weekend from the 29th of April 2016, I went to visit Regents University, London which is set in the beautiful location of Regent’s Park. During their Open Day from 10am until 2pm I got to learn more about the different courses, met the current students, staff etc. Most importantly I got to experience the campus and received answers to my questions. The university has given me a great first impression, and the students and staff on campus were very friendly and open. I had a chance to experience a short lecture related to the course that I would like to study at Regents in the future (International Business with French and Mandarin Chinese); this gave me a more in depth picture of what happens in the classes. I also visited the different parts of the university and had a tour around campus. I liked the location of the campus being in one of the most beautiful parks in Europe, and this already makes the university very special and different. In general, the open day has helped me realise what I should expect from the university.

Sarah (D1)

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Graduation of the Class of 2016

The D2 students have now sent out all their invitations to family and friends to join them for their Graduation ceremony on the evening of Friday 27th May. Due to new security protocols, guests’ names are required to be registered beforehand at our gatehouse, so D2 students please email your advisor should you wish to add more invitees.

Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition

28 Duke of Edinburgh Award participants spent Friday and Saturday hiking over 20km in the countryside around Jimena during their qualifying adventurous journey, which is part of their Bronze award that they have been working towards since September. Despite some overnight rain, they slept soundly in their tents, and showed great tenacity in completing their expedition!
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Global Citizenship students visited the Algeciras Port

On Tuesday May 10th, our students were warmly welcomed at the Algeciras Port Authority office. They saw a video about the port industry. Royal VOPAK, the world´s leading independent storage company, gave an interactive presentation about what Global Citizenship means for the company. Mr. Dewien Jagmohan, commercial manager of VOPAK´s terminals in Algeciras, also shared what this means for him personally and emphasized the importance of it for our students. Global Citizenship does not stop after completing your school diploma. We also went on a boat and witnessed the impressive industry in the port.

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Our visit was also recorded by Europa Sur and on El Estrecho Digital; please click on links to see their reports.

Thank-you to Mr. Jagmohan and Royal VOPAK for hosting us on this experiential learning experience.

Boarding News
Unfortunately last weekend’s helicopter lessons had to be postponed until this Saturday due to the recent inclement weather.  It did though provide the chance for all of us to bounce down to CostaJump Trampoline Centre, where we all had a fantastic time.

The Sotogrande International Boarders really do have a packed upcoming weekend timetable and will be picking up new skills such as kite surfing, helicopter piloting, paddle boarding, fishing etc.  If any M1-D2 students would like to join in with these activities, please contact

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

Based at Alcaidesa Golf Club and boasting outstanding facilities, including 2 18 hole courses, floodlit driving range, swing analysis centre, 2 putting greens, 2 chipping greens and a magnificent clubhouse. Come and see what we have to offer; a chat with the coach Juan Antonio Marín Ramos will help place you at the right level and you can start playing straight away.

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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.

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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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