School Newsletter 15.01.2016

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Friday, 15th January

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Message from the Head


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year and welcome back to school.  Monday morning was a delightful time for me welcoming back everyone on the gate. As we start the new term we are delighted to welcome some new families and to welcome back several families who left for various reasons in the last few years and who are now returning to SIS, excited and stimulated by our inspiring and child-centred education.

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Last term we finished with a first for me… the Polar Bear challenge.  This was a very invigorating way of starting the day with a 1 mile run followed by a length of our rather chilly swimming pool.  Many thanks to everyone who assisted in any way with this event, and to all the people who took part.  Mr. Gibson is now organizing a new challenge for February, please check out his invitation in whole school news section.

On February 18th we are very proud to announce the return of SotoRox!  This huge music extravaganza will be a great community event. We hope that you will support this wonderful evening by buying tickets, which will be on sale from February 1st.  All proceeds will go to Kindred Project to support our partners in Morocco.

Finally I would like to introduce you to Mr. Daniel Maloney who will be teaching Diploma Art, MYP Drama and English.  Below you will be able to read a little more about him.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

Daniel Maloney

 Hello! Please let me introduce myself, I am Mr. Maloney, the new Visual Arts, Drama and English teacher.  I am very excited to be joining this great and truly inspirational school at Sotogrande. I moved to Spain two and a half years ago from North Yorkshire, England, with my wife and three children aged 5, 8 and 15. I have been teaching for nearly 20 years in many different areas of education. I have taught in University, Primary and Secondary schools.  I have several years experience in educational management, as Head of a School of Art and as Head of Higher Education. I taught in a highly successful Independent IB school in the UK, where I directed large-scale performances such as Les Miserables and I am currently an IB examiner for Theatre Studies.

When I first arrived in Spain, I became aware of the incredible reputation Sotogrande has for the arts, and it has always been an aim to join such a great community of teachers and students. I have a passion for teaching and for creating exciting new challenges for my students to be creatively inspired. I look forward to meeting you.



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Whole School News

Personal Project Photography Exhibition

M5 student Nele Winkleman will be exhibiting her photographs this Saturday in Estepona from 11am. Her goal is to raise awareness for the plight of rescue dogs and the Adana shelter. If you are able to offer your support by visiting the exhibition that would be much appreciated.

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NADFAS Art lecture on Goya

The Arts department is delighted to offer our students and wider school community the opportunity to listen to a lecture on Goya by Ghislaine Howard, a renowned British artist & an associate lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.
The lecture, sponsored by the local branch of the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies, will take place in Picasso 2 (top Art room) on Tuesday 19th January from 3.15-4.00pm.
Please email if you would like to attend, as seating is limited.

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The first PTA meeting of 2016 will be held on Tuesday the 19th at 09.15 in the school cantina. Everyone welcome!

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SIS La Concha Challenge

Dear Parents, Students and Staff,
I would like to invite (challenge) you to take part in the “SIS La Concha Challenge”.  This will take place, under guided supervision, on Saturday 6th February. We will be leaving from the El Refugio de Juanar car park at 9:00am. We would hope that students from P6 upwards and of course wider family members, will join us in our ascent to the top, (M1 and younger students should be accompanied by a family member), followed by a well deserved lunch and our journey down. The whole event should take around 6-7 hours so it is certainly not for the faint-hearted. We anticipate returning to the El Refugio car park for around 4pm. The cost for guided supervision is 20 euros per person and students are asked to collect a sponsorship form from the PE Department.

Best wishes for the New Year from the P.E. Department.

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Primary School News
Message From Miss Emma ButlerOn 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.image picStudent Council

Congratulations to the following the following students who have been selected by their peers to be members of the Primary Student Council this term. The Student Council will meet with Miss Maureen and Miss Emma every Monday to discuss school, local and global concerns.

This term’s Student Council Class Representatives are:
P3 Indiana Stone & River Moore
P4 James Butler & Heidi Kay
P5 Rowan Kearney & George Jefferson
P6 Eden Stone, Joshua Kearney & Pilar Anton Bermudez De Castro

We would also like to say thank you very much to last term’s Primary Student Council who did a fantastic job.

 Date for your diary

This year all Primary 3-6 students will be involved in an expressive arts extravaganza ‘Aladdin’ during the last week of the school year. Auditions for the main character parts will begin next week and will take place during lunch times.

Christmas Shows

The DVDs from the Early Childhood and P1/P2 Christmas Shows are still on sale. If you haven’t collected yours or would like to purchase one, please go the Mondrian Building. The price is 10 euros and all profits go to the Kindred Project.

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P3 students on first Primary experiential trip of 2016

Today, as part of the unit, Maps and Mapping Skills, P3 visited Pueblo Nuevo. The students were practising map reading, following a specified route around Pueblo in small groups. As they did so, they also looked out for different amenities and kept a tally of them. Next week, the children will be using the tallies to create bar charts of the different amenities and will be creating their own maps using symbols and a key.

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Secondary School News


First part of the Personal Project journey completed!

On Wednesday 13th M5 students had the opportunity to demonstrate their truly creative and personal talents. It was such a successful and intensive day for all students and supervisors alike. The scope and quality of their Personal Project products was incredible and they should all be very proud of their achievements.
You will be invited to witness the end of their journey at the Personal Project Fair in March.

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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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