School Newsletter 13.11.2015

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

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Friday, 13th November 2015

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  • 13th November PTA Autumn Festival with Fireworks
  • 17th November Dreaming Dragons pop-up shop! (see below)
  • 17th November M1-M5 Interim Reports published on Managebac
  • 18th November D1 Interim Reports published on Managebac
  • 18th November M1-D2 Boys Regional Inter School Football at El Rio
  • 19th November Laude Maths Olympiad (5 selected M1-M5 students)
  • 21st November Benefit Dinner at Las Camelias (see below)
  • 23rd November No secondary lessons – M1-D1 Parent Student Teacher Consultations
  • 23rd November D2 Recuperation day (in school)
  • 24th November P4 Unit of Inquiry based trip to Recycling Plant
  • 24th November M5 Humanidades trip
  • 25th November Managebac session for primary Parent Ambassadors 9am
  • 26th-29th Nov M5-D2 Under 19 ISA Football Tournament, Portugal
  • 27th November ‘Send my Friend to School’ day – no school uniform (1€ donation)
  • 27th November ‘Funky Disco Non-Stop Dance-A-Thon’ (see below)
  • 28th-29th Nov ‘Amazing Vocal Weekend’ Course (see below)
  • 3rd December University Convention


Message from the Head

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have experienced another fantastic week at SIS. On Tuesday the P6 students went on a unit based trip focusing on Marketing. Students visited local shops to find examples of how different companies market products. On Wednesday we hosted the M1 – D2 girls regional football tournament. 14 schools from along the coast came to El Rio to take part in a day of football, with a total of 29 teams playing in the various competitions from Under 13s to under 19s. This is the largest single day International School event for girls in the world! . Many thanks to the PTA for providing refreshments and snacks for the students.

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On my walkabout last week I spent time with the GCP students on their day off timetable exploring social entrepreneurship and witnessed them generate some outstanding ideas for projects; I listened to a part of a discussion about gender stereotypes in D1 Geography; supported M3 students in preparation for their exam on waves in Science and chatted to our D2 students who were writing their written assignments for their IB final exams in Spanish. The differing range of learning experiences was refreshing and I love the continual challenge for our students to apply their knowledge and learning to real life experiences. The students were engaged and challenged, but they also were enjoying their learning experiences.

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I would like to remind you to sign up for the Sotogrande Bus here if you are interested: Sotogrande Costa Sotogrande Alto. I have received comments that the service is expensive for families with 2 or 3 children. We can appreciate this and if the service is used, we will look to reduce the charge as the publicised cost is based on 37 students on the 55 seater for Soto Costa and 17 for the 25 seater in Soto Alto.

We are really looking forward to our Autumn festival tonight and wish to remind you that NO M1 and primary students will be allowed to enter without parents. I look forward to seeing you tonight!

Kind regards

Jak Kearney


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Whole School News

Dreaming Dragons Pop-up!

Next Tuesday 17th November, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm in the school Cantina, you will have the chance to buy new & second-hand books, as well as school uniform at super prices direct from our student-led social entrepreneurship venture “Dreaming Dragons – Social Commerce For A Better World”. We have hundreds of new adult and children’s books to sell, so do come and browse.

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Dreaming Dragons is a student-led social entrepreneurship business created in 2014 by our Global Citizenship Program students; a process facilitated by The Kindred Project of which we feel very proud. Hope to see you all there!

Benefit Dinner

Christmas is coming!!! And again this year The Spanish Department is organising a charity dinner for parents and staff on Saturday 21st November.

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The dinner will be at Las Camelias Restaurant in Torreguadiaro and consists of varied starters, main course (choice), 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; together we will enjoy a fun evening, good food and music, a raffle and we will also have the opportunity to actively collaborate with our charity projects in “HogarBetania”.

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

Netball Invitation to Parents

The netball club for M1-D2 students trains every Thursday from 4-5 pm.
Parents are also invited to participate as we would like to try to form a staff / parent team. If interested, please contact Leanne or Sue

Beatbox Champion Coming To SIS!

We are thrilled to be able to offer students this fantastic opportunity: The ‘Amazing Vocal Weekend’ on November 28th & 29th at the San Roque Campus, with two world class and very different vocal experts!

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The reigning World Beatbox Champion (two times in a row) – Dharni from Singapore and Advanced Vocal Coach from the Institute of Vocal Advancement (providing the same vocal techniques as used by more than 150 international stars such as Stevie Wonder, Michael and Janet Jackson, Natalie Cole and many more) – Monique Thomas from Philadelphia.
The Vocal Weekend will include several interactive workshops such as:
· Beatboxing (for beginners)
· Vocal Styling (R&B, Hip Hop, Jazz, Opera, Runs & Riffs)
· Beatbox Masterclass: How to Beatbox Battle
· Gospel Choir (proper!)
· Beatbox Masterclass: Stage Performing
· Vocalist Masterclass: Stage Performing
· A very special workshop on “How To Be A Professional Singer” + much more!
· Added bonus – the new San Roque Campus Recording Studio will cut some tracks for event participants who get some cool material put together over the two days.
Pricing for Sotogrande International School students is reduced to just €70 for the whole weekend – if you book before Monday, 16 November.

· If you pay online for your tickets before Monday, 16th November, the cost is only €70 – for the whole weekend! (Normal price is €90)
· You may pick up your tickets from Henry at the SIS reception desk in the main building.
· Workshops will be held on Saturday from 2pm. A packed lunch will be provided each day. Sunday workshops will begin slightly earlier. (More information to come!)
If you have any questions, please just email or

Santa Fun Run

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An invitation to the whole community to take part a 5km Fun Run on Sunday 20th Novemberin aid of Danii Cancer Charity – The run will start at 11.30am at Puerto Sotogrande car park by security date and finish at The Lemon, Sotogrande. Christmas lunch and post event entertainment will be on offer at the Lemon.Santa suits will be on sale as entry fee. (price for Santa suits still to be confirmed)

PTA News

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Remember that it’s the Autumn Festival with Fireworks tonight! Live music, food, fancy dress competition, fireworks and more.
We are delighted to announce that thanks to Sotogrande SA we have a number of children’s activities and attractions for tonight’s event.

The children’s entry tickets will be exchanged at the gate for a ticket to ride each attraction.
May we remind you that young children must be accompanied at all times in the ride areas.
There will also be a “Lost childrens point” which will be clearly signposted.

Tickets 5€, on sale at the gate.
Please don’t forget that all students in M1 and below must be accompanied by an adult.

PTA subcommittees

Come along and discuss, volunteer or just simply to get some information
The Events subcommittee is meeting on Tuesday 17th of November at 4pm in the cantina. Join us and find out more about the upcoming Christmas Fayre.

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On the same day, Tuesday 17th, the Cantina subcommittee is having a meeting at 5pm in the school cantina.

SILA Flower arranging class

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Primary School News

Message from Emma Butler

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. Last week P4 were very lucky to have Gabriela and Fabiola´s aunt, Isabel Pintado, a renowned artist come in and work with them. Isabel linked the workshop to the P4’s new unit which focuses on sustaining the Earth’s resources. The children learnt how to reuse plastic packaging to create very impressive colourful, textured collages. This was a great session which has inspired the teachers to use the techniques in future artwork.

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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 ( as such experiences help support the learning in the classroom and link it to the world outside.

Learning Together

One of the great advantages of having a ‘through’ school i.e. 3-18 years is the chance our students get to share their knowledge and understanding and learn from each other. This week P2 had the opportunity to visit the secondary science labs and be taught about ‘circuits’ by M5 students.

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Experiencing the learning in EC1 and EC2

On Wednesday morning it was wonderful to see so many parents of our Early Childhood students taking up the opportunity to come into the classrooms and spend time exploring and experiencing some of the typical activities our students participate in.

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P6 Unit based trip

On Tuesday P6 went to six local supermarkets as part of their engagement activities at the beginning of their current unit about Marketing. In groups of ten they looked at aspects of persuasion that are used to convince us to buy different products. On their return to school the information was shared and discussed.

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P3 Unit Based Trip

On Thursday 12th November P3 students enjoyed a day at the theatre in Algeciras. The theatre company presentedfor us and for various Spanish schools, one of the most well known children’s stories, Tom Thumb. Our students enjoyed a fantastic day, full of laughs and fun and they had the opportunity to practice their Spanish.

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The Kindred Project – Supporting Phab Kids

The Kindred Project volunteers will be helping to organisea ‘Funky Disco Non-Stop Dance-A-Thon’ for P3 to P6 primary students on Friday 27th November, from 6:00pm to 8:30pm in the school gym.
All proceeds for this event will go to Phab Kids –
Three of our primary teachers, Eliza Cherry, Donna Morrison and Emma Butler, will be participating in two local half marathons and then the London Marathon 2016. By doing so, we intend to raise awareness and funds for this UK based charity that encourages and supports children and adults with and without disabilities to have a better life together.

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P3-P6 students will be given a sponsorship form this Friday so that those who wish to participate can start looking for sponsors. The form will also contain more information.

KP Primary Club

We had an amazing UN Day! All the KP Primary Club children were called up on stage during the whole school assembly to recognize the work we had done. We also did face painting during primary breaks. Our team of skilled artists delighted everyone with their dedication and creativity and we managed to raise€80,55. It was an amazing day. Thanks to everybody who joined in!

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Written by KP Primary Club members

Readathon Sponsorship Total

Continuing the charity/ KP linked news, we are delighted to announce that the total money raised from October’s Readathon was €1770.
Well done to all the students from P1 to P6 for the great commitment they showed to this reading initiative, and sincere thanks to everyone who sponsored and supported them in this challenge.

Secondary School News

M1 – Who am I?

On Thursday 5th November, M1 opened the doors to Timber for the first IDU show of the academic year – the “Who am I?” Inter-disciplinary unit, which is all about where we come from, where we are going and why we are as we are. The students researched the past 60 years to discover enormous changes in music, technology, politics, medicine. Throughout the M1 Memory Machine there were individual displays showing the students findings on preferred learning styles, personality types and possible career choices. They have realised their own unique place in the year group, heightened their self-awareness, and grown in their understanding of personal choices.

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Visit from Bard College, Berlin and M3 Career Investigator Pathways launch

This Monday saw the launch of Career Investigator with the M3 students, as part of their pathways programme preparing them for university and career choices. Students and advisors took part in the survey and this will be a key starting point for research into their future long-term goals and will give them an insight into the best pathways forward in their academic studies.

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We also had a visit from a representative of Bard College, Berlin. He was able to present the entrance requirements and course structure of Bard, as well as give an insight into studying in Berlin to a select number of interested students from M4 to D2.

San Roque Boarding House News

The San Roque Boarders have had another busy week participating in the activities provided. A record 16 students turned up to the Monday Running and Fitness Club, Tuesday night’s Indoor Football remains extremely popular and the competition on the Wednesday Quiz Nights is as intense as ever. On Thursdays, the boarders are looking forward to the new DJ and Dance workshop which is beginning from next week.

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As for the weekend, the Boarders are off to Ronda on Saturday and looking forward to playing tennis and padel on Sunday. Remember if you do want to participate in any of these activities, do contact to check for availability of places.

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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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The perfect start in life before moving to SIS. Situated in beautiful surroundings with views of the Santa Maria polo fields, Fundamentals has plenty of outdoor gardens for children to explore and discover their world. Well-equipped classrooms cater for small children of different ages, and there are lots of activities including cookery, painting, nature walks and play.

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