School Newsletter 13.10.2017

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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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13th October 2017

Versión española 

 School Calendar

Monday – Friday 16-20 October10 year visit from IBO, CIS & NEASC (see Message from the Head)
Friday 20 OctoberP6 unit based trip

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week we have enjoyed hearing updates from our students who are playing in the paddle world finals in Málaga.  On Saturday I attended the GB team’s final training session at La Reserva and was able to chat to the students, share their nerves and see their team kit.  They looked really smart and ready for a week of competitive competition.

Over the weekend our M3 and M4 students took part in their first Duke of Edinburgh hike of the year.  These are students who will be building up to their first overnight trek.  I would like to thank the team for giving up their weekend to support our students.

Connected to their current unit on communication P2 had a fantastic trip on Tuesday when they visited Guadiaro Post Office. During their time there they were able to ask lots of questions about what happens when they post a letter.

Additionally, our Model United Nations (MUN) students returned from Malmo, the first MUN conference of this year.  For 11 of the group, this was their first MUN ever.  Miss Anne was very proud of the whole group, their attitude, behaviour and focus over the 3-day event.

On Thursday our students who completed their bronze D of E last year began their journey on the silver award.  Thanks to Mark Woolley and the team who gave up their holiday on Thursday to lead this expedition.

Today was a monumental day in the history of SIS. The swimming pool was finally complete and open for the first time.  To honour this wonderful day we hosted the SIS triathlon. Students from across our school took part as individuals or as part of a team.  I would like to thank and congratulate the PE team and the PTA for their help and support along with Liz Nisbet for coordinating the parent support, all of which enabled the event to happen.

Next week we will receive visitors from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Council of International Schools (CIS) and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), who are visiting us for our 10-year visit.  The visitors will be with us for the week looking into different aspects of our school, using our self-evaluation that we have been working on as a whole school team over the last academic year.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

Swimming Pool

Talented SIS students qualify for The Voice Kids 2018

Our pro music academy, SIMA, has organized this great opportunity: seven of our best under-14, British singers were accepted for the first round of internal video auditions at ITV, for The Voice Kids 2018. The lucky ones who pass this stage will go on to further auditions and eventually to the televised shows.

The internal audition process was based on the track record and top performances of students who attend any SIMA activities, most notably the Stage & Studio program.

So, who made the cut? Five girls – Chloe Barnett, Darcey Harrison, Eden Stone, Erika Rickert, Jill O’Loughlin, and two boys: George Jefferson and Jake Posner-Kane. Big congratulations to all of them! Without hard work and lots of talent, you wouldn’t have made it this far.

Have a look here:

SIMA is now also working on providing similar future opportunities for other TV shows such as The Voice, X-Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, as well as similar shows in Spain, Russia and a few other countries.

If you’d like to be considered for one of those shows in the future, and would like to be prepared well enough to actually stand a chance – contact SIMA on at your earliest convenience!

KP Clubs

SIS learners take personal responsibility for creating a more peaceful, inclusive and sustainable world.

This is one of SIS’ Educational Goals and at KP Primary and Secondary Clubs students find the perfect platform to become drivers of positive change within their communities and beyond by being encouraged, not only to embrace and adapt to change, but also to manage and influence it!

To find out more, get in touch with

Swimming Programmes

* Swimming Lessons by Club de Natación San Roque: Starting on the 23rd of October, there will be two swimming groups, Mondays & Wednesdays and Tuesdays & Fridays. Classes have been organised by year groups, EC2 to P3 will swim from 16:00-17:00 and P4 and above from 17:00-18:00. Please note that the classes will follow the school timetable and will not run during holidays.

Please contact for further information.

* Free secondary swimming sessions: Starting after half term and running until Christmas, our secondary students will have the opportunity to swim for free from 4,15 to 6 pm, Monday to Friday. These free sessions are for students who wish to swim lengths. They will not be supervised by any coaches and students must follow the pool safety guidelines. Please note there are only two lanes available and they are subject to availability.

* Free Recreational Swimming: Starting on the 23rd of October, they will take place on Thursdays from 4 to 4,45 pm, for pupils who have signed in during the activities fair.

* Early morning swimming: Starting on Wednesday 18th October from 7,45am to 8,30am for pupils who signed up during the activities fair.

If you require any further information or have any questions regarding the swimming programmes please do not hesitate to contact us.

Message From Emma Butler

Fundamentals’ students visit

On Monday it was lovely to welcome some of our youngest students from Fundamentals. During the morning they had the chance to explore our libraries, listen to stories and play in our playgrounds. Lots of fun was had by all!

P1 have been learning about the senses

P1 have been investigating how people with impaired senses connect with the world. The students showed a particular interest in investigating how you read if you cannot see.



After listening and discussing the life story of Louis Braille, they practised using play dough reading and writing their names in braille. After feeling their way along a sentence strip where they had written their name in play dough in braille their reflection was, “I’m so happy I can see! This is too difficult for me”.


P2 unit based trip

P2 had a fascinating trip ton Tuesday when they went to find out what happens to letters after they are posted.  They visited Guadiaro Post Office to post letters they had written as part of their Communication Unit.




They were able to expand their knowledge, as they discovered more about the journey that our letters and parcels take!


On Tuesday our Eco-school Club led our P2, P3 and P4 assembly.  They worked extremely hard to create a Google slide presentation to demonstrate how to use the colour coded recycling bins.  Over the next few weeks they will be supporting students in the playground to ensure that all snack time and classroom waste is being recycled.


Inter-school Maths Day

Last Friday the 6th of October we organised an inter-school Maths day for the following schools: Mayfair, St. George’s, Aloha, Laude, Swans and SIS, making a total of 72 students from M1 to M3. The event was a success and once more the students used their teamwork skills to work on fun, practical maths activities. Congratulations to the maths department team, Mr Lee, Ms Jordan, Ms Parkinson, Mr Allen, Ms Guest and Ms Díaz for making the experience possible, and congratulations to all who took part.



Diploma Programme Theatre trip 2017

Get an insight into the amazing experiences had by our DP Theatre students during their curriculum trip to London.


News from the Russian corner

On Monday, October 9th we had a visitor to our Russian class, where we are currently studying a novel and investigating how cultural differences and religious values may influence the interpretation of literary characters’ actions. On behalf of D2 Russian group, a big thank you goes to Mrs Borlakova, mother of 4 SIS students, who gave us a thought-provoking insight on Lermontov’s novel.


On a separate note, Russian (as a first language) Club for Secondary students is taking place on Thursdays from 4.15 to 5.15 p.m.

M1 Casares trip

On Wednesday 11th October, M1 went to Casares as part of their Individuals & Societies/Language studies. They began their investigation in the Blas Infante Museum in the town centre and then moved on to the Cultural Centre to view historical artefacts from long ago.

After lunch, the students settled down to write poetry inspired by the atmosphere of the place and the many stories that have been passed from one generation to the next.



The day gave the children an opportunity to study the geography, history and changing environment of this famous area, and to learn that we are all mutually responsible for a larger community and that Blas Infante’s legacy lives on.

Boarding House News

SIS boarding students zoomed off on a go-karting adventure this past Saturday. The races were neck and neck but our very own Viktor Kolodiazhnyi took first place in an amazing show of speed.

This high-speed day was followed by a slower Sunday, which saw a board game event for our younger students. Students can look forward to a holiday this Thursday where they have the chance to go paintballing and to the cinema and wakeboarding on Saturday.


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 asa force for good in the world.

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