School Newsletter 15.04.2016

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School Newsletter – 15th April 2016

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Dates for your diary

Further information about some of these events may be found by clicking on the relevant date on the school website calendar, and/or if relevant your child’s primary class


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Message from the Head


Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you have experienced a fantastic week.  Last week we hosted a visit from the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  Along with the IBO, these two awarding bodies accredit our school on a 5-year basis.  Last week we had our pre-inspection visit.  They met the School Leadership team, the Board, the staff, the students and some parents.  The feedback from the visitors was one of immense joy and delight!  They praised the school for the amount that we had achieved since our last visit in 2013, the students for their energy, outlook on life, confidence and behaviour.  They praised you for your support, and your contribution. Our staff for their unswerving dedication to the students, our care and guidance and our drive on connected learning.  In preparation for our visit in 18 months we will be asking for your help in completing a survey, which is conducted by an external body called Endicott.  We will need a 70% completion rate for the survey to be useful, so your help in completing this will be key. I will be sending out information in the near future.

I would like to welcome back our 8 delegates from the MUN trip to Budapest.  The students had a wonderful time and met students from over 31 other schools.  Special mention to Carmen Pastor Escuin and Maria Kostychenko, who both gave impassioned speeches to the full conference.

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Thank you to all parents and partners who helped at today’s Careers fair.  Students from M3 – D2 were able to meet with prospective employees, attend workshops and talks to help them hone their future decisions about work experience, internships, subject choices, university courses and ultimately employment.  Congratulations to Mr. Jason Mungles for his coordination and leadership of this event.

I would like to remind you that next week we have the launch of our secondary play Red Red Shoes.  The play is suitable for students from P5 and older, during the Wednesday show there will be a crèche facility, with proceeds going to the Kindred Project.

In line with this we will be setting up a collection point at SIS on the days of the performance as the demand for specific donations is more pressing than ever. Please drop donations (donation list can be found in newsletter) at the main school gate between Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st April from 3:30-5:30pm.

Finally I would like to remind you that once the new security hut opens we will be operating a card entrance system.  Parents without cards will need to provide photo ID to get into school.   With this in mind, I would like to remind you to upload your photos to Managebac.  If you have difficulties please contact the IT department at

I wish you a fantastic weekend.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

Link to instructions for Parent photos in Managebac 2016


Whole School News

 Arts News

NADFAS Art Competition for schools

The following students have been selected to represent the school in the annual NADFAS art competition. The exhibition will run in San Roque on the week starting the 18th of April and the Prize-giving reception will take place on Friday 22nd in San Roque in the evening. Students will be expected to attend on this evening with their parents.
Margaret O’Farrell

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Maria  Kharchenko  (8 years old.)
“The Feeling Soul”.    Pencil colour

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Angelina Musayev (16 years old)
“Trees”.  Pastel and pencil

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Sam Watts (15 years old)
“Spray what you want”.  Spray paint street-art

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 Alexandra Eleferenko 14 years old.
“Migrants at the station”.  Lino-cut.

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 Matvey Bondarev (15 years old)
“The Migrant route”. Intaglio print

Red Red Shoes

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Get your tickets now! We are selling out for the upcoming Secondary School production of Red Red Shoes. The cast are in the midst of final dress and technical rehearsals and it is going to be a performance to remember. Exhibitions from P5, M3, M4 and D1 are being mounted to accompany the performance and we can guarantee you will never have had a theatrical experience like it!

Please remember we are running a creche facility for students under P5 on the Wednesday ( and we are organising a clothes drop on the performance evenings for the refugees coming into Greece.

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The Kindred Project news

Refugee Appeal

The ongoing refugee crisis in Greece remains a current and critical issue. We at SIS are desperate to help and are supporting former SIS student Josh Turner Hunt as he travels with his team and his Big Red Van Project providing food, chai tea, warmth and a smile to refugees across the country. The crisis ties in with next week’s school production of Red Red Shoes, which will include a performance as well as a documentary, artwork and photos produced by different year groups. The money fundraised from the Crèche (available Wednesday 20th), Bar and Food will be donated to the Big Red Van Project and sending donations out to Greece.

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Having promoted a  ´Spring Clearout´  before the Easter Holidays, we will be setting up a collection point at SIS as the demand for specific donations is more pressing than ever. Please follow this link for the list of items specifically requested from our contacts in Greece.

Please drop off donations from specific list at SIS main gate during the evenings of Red Red Shoes Tuesday 19th – Thursday 21st April between 3:30pm- 5:30pm.There will be D1 volunteers on hand to help. Thank you for your time, effort and support in helping Josh and the refugee crisis. Keep an eye on The Kindred Project facebook for updates.

Mindfulness Session

On Wednesday, M4 students were very lucky to participate in an inspiring session on the benefits of Mindfulness led by world renowned Tibetan Buddhist Monk Geshe Tenzin Zopa. His powerful, yet simple and humble message on the importance of being happy, being compassionate to those in need, and realising how fortunate we are captivated and inspired our students and staff. The Kindred Project would like to sincerely thank Geshe Tenzin Zopa and the Osel Ling Buddhist Centre in Sotogrande for offering SIS this unique opportunity.

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Save the date

The 12th Annual Sotosol Walk and Fun Run will be on Saturday 28th May.  Start 10.00 am at The Trocadero, Sotogrande in aid of Danii’s Children Cancer Charity.  More information to follow.

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PTA News

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Please click here for Minutes of PTA meeting on 15th March

We are now accepting enrolment enquires for the coming academic year, for children aged 4 months to 3 years. Fundamentals nursery aims to put the fun in childcare with its core focus on creativity, imagination and mental development. The stunning location at Santa Maria Rio Polo Club, puts children in contact with nature and provides an inspiring space, both inside and out, for them to explore, play and learn within the nurturing and safe environment of RioGrande.
For further information please contact:

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Primary School News

Primary School News

Message from Emma Butler

On Monday our Primary School took part in our annual IB PYP Student Led Conference Day. It was wonderful to see so many parents taking part.  This year it was particularly noticeable how many children had more than one parent/guardian attending. This emphasized how important the three-way relationship between students, parents and teachers is within the culture of our school.  During the day I had the pleasure of visiting all the classrooms and observing how confident our students are and how they were able to ‘teach’ and ‘explain’ to their parents what they are doing at school and where they are on their learning journey.

Over the day teachers collected parents reflections. Thank you all for sharing…

“I love how independent they are whilst learning and how they look for the answers around the classroom.”
“I’m very impressed to see what our son can do, and with such confidence.”
“Today has really given me an insight into where my children are at, and what they need.”
“It is lovely to see the different activities and learning styles that engage our children.  Makes me happy.”
“We have enjoyed seeing how our son works at school and spending time with him in his school day.”
“Great experience! I enjoyed learning with my son. I can understand the way children can work in the classroom everyday and the way they can share their learning with other children and the teachers! “
“Lovely to see your child in their working/school environment (-as it’s quite different from home!)  Their time – their moment!”
“We both loved hearing our children chatting in English. We are both so proud of their progress, quite emotional!”

SIS Primary students have success on the slopes

Last weekend was the Andalucia Junior Snowboard Championship organised by the F.A.D.I and where this season’s champions were announced.

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Three of the young children in team NITRO Snowboards GROMS are in our Primary School and we would like to congratulate Carla from EC2, Kai from P1 and Teiva from P3.

Carla Morera de la Vall, Andalucia Champion in category Girls U6 (under 6)
Kai Hamaini, Andalucia Champion in category Boys U6 (under 6)
Teiva Hamaini, Andalucia Champion in category Boys U10 (under 10)

P6 Social Groups

Last week we started a series of sessions to support the students of P6 with issues that they want help with.  Our school psychologist, Kelly, came along to talk to and, more importantly, to listen to the whole year group.  The students thought about the benefits and challenges of some of the big things that lay ahead for them, such as the Exhibition, M1 and Puberty!

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So, why the Orang-utans? The students had to choose how the prospect of each of these three things made them feel.  Lots of mixed feelings but, funnily enough, almost all of them agreed on how the last one made their parents feel!

The students had fun with a “reverse psychology” activity to increase group cohesion: saving each other from a mock P6 expulsion by reflecting on what made the P6 year group special. They also thought about some of the things that got in the way of sticking together and supporting one another.  They were all asked to spend up to a week seeing three people in their year group through different eyes (someone they knew well, someone they hadn’t gotten to know yet and someone they hadn’t managed to get along with in the past). The task was to notice something great about each of the “Magic Three” that they had never noticed before.  Students were also invited to complete a confidential questionnaire about the pastoral issues they want help with over the next term.  Their requests will guide the planning for the rest of the sessions.

Primary Interschool Orienteering Competition 2016

On Thursday a selected group of students from P6 had the opportunity to participate in an orienteering competition, hosted by Swans International School, Marbella.

During the competition students had to practise their map reading skills to find the 21 control points around the Nagüeles Park.
SIS competed against other 12 teams. They competed with passion and sportsmanship, managing to achieve really good results.
Congratulations to all involved!  A great day enjoyed by all!

Secondary School News

MUN trip

Congratulations to our 8 delegates from M4 –D1 who travelled to Hungary last week to take part in a Model United Nations conference in Budapest. The students were required to research their committees’ issues beforehand in order to submit position papers outlining the views of their allocated country, in this case either Afghanistan or Sudan.

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Particular congratulations to Ambassador Carmen Pastor Escuin (Afghanistan) who gave an excellent speech at the conference opening ceremony and to Maria Kostychenko who, was invited as a guest speaker to The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Special Workgroup (UNHCR), where she gave an impassioned speech and answered questions for over 30 minutes.

It was impressive to see students growing in so many ways through lobbying, debating and developing resolutions about extremely complex issues in an entirely student-led environment. Our students also greatly enjoyed meeting and socialising with students from 31 other schools, and both students and their accompanying teachers have fallen in love with beautiful Budapest.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

This weekend the Duke of Edinburgh International Award Bronze Certificate participants spent two days trekking in the mountains and along the beach in Tarifa.  Out in the campo the students had first hand practice of navigating using a 1:2500 map of the local area and a compass.  They also learnt how to find North by using an analogue watch and the sun.  We are looking forward to our Qualifying Adventurous Journey on 6th May in the Campo de Jimena de la Frontera!

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Stickystudying  maths ap

Dear parents,

We are pleased to announce that we have access to the sticky studying application which will allow your son/daughter to revise maths by recalling facts and having some fun at the same time. Students will be receiving a token by email from their teachers to validate the application in whichever device they choose to have it.
If you wish to have more information and examples about it, please click on the link:

Best wishes,
The maths team

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Saludos cordiales,
El equipo de matemáticas

M1 global friendship

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On Wednesday 13th April, Jess Shaw Roberts set off to Uganda for a three-week trip. She took with her a collection of friendship bracelets, pictures, photos and letters that our M1 students had written to the children at the Nabugabo Community School.
The M1 students had been inspired to write to as many children as possible after a visit from Pete Lawrence, Kerry Wickersham, Bella Strauli and Franco de Martino who described the highs and lows of life in Nabugabo, the children’s resilience, determination and love for the school.
The M1 students hope to start a regular communication with students at the NCS. Who knows? Maybe the “pen-pals” will meet one day and become the next generation to promote and empower the voice of youth.

Boarding News

The Boarders had a thoroughly exhilarating time jetboating at the weekend.  If you have not seen jetboating before, the Boarder’s video for this can be found by typing ‘jetboat sotogrande’ into YouTube.  Everyone had a fantastic time and got thoroughly drenched!

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We are off discovering Malaga by bike this Saturday.  If you want to join us for this or for football at 15:00 on Sunday, contact Mr Debenham at

Fechas para su diario


  • Red Red Shoes (ver abajo)19-21 de Abril  
  • 22 de Abril          Excursión en relación a la Unidad de investigación de P4

Podrán encontrar más información sobre estos eventos en el calendario de la página web del colegio haciendo click en la fecha, y/o si es el caso en el Googlesite de la clase de los alumnos de primaria.


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Mensaje del director


Estimados padres y tutores:

Espero que hayan tenido una semana estupenda. La semana pasada recibimos la visita de las organizaciones Council of International Schools (CIS) y New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Junto al IBO, estas dos instituciones son las encargadas de acreditar a nuestro colegio cada cinco años. La semana pasada tuvo lugar la visita previa a la inspección. Los inspectores se reunieron con el equipo directivo del colegio, el consejo de administración, el personal, los alumnos y algunos padres. Los comentarios de nuestros visitantes han sido muy halagadores y entusiastas. Elogiaron al colegio por todo lo que se ha conseguido desde su última visita en 2013, a los alumnos por su energía, su visión de la vida, su confianza y su comportamiento. Les elogiaron a ustedes por su apoyo, y su compromiso. A nuestro personal por su dedicación a los estudiantes, su atención y orientación y por impulsar el aprendizaje personalizado. Para preparar la visita que tendrá lugar dentro de 18 meses les pediremos que por favor participen en una encuesta, que llevará a cabo un organismo externo llamado Endicott. Necesitamos una participación del 70% para que la encuesta sea de utilidad, por lo que su colaboración es esencial. Les enviaré información próximamente.

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Aprovecho para dar la bienvenida a los ocho delegados que han viajado a Budapest para participar en la conferencia MUN. Los alumnos lo pasaron muy bien y han conocido a alumnos de otros 31 colegios. Debemos mencionar especialmente a Carmen Pastor Escuín y a Maria Kostychenko por sus apasionados discursos ante una nutrida concurrencia.

Gracias a todos los padres y colaboradores que ayudaron hoy en la Convención de Carreras. Los alumnos de M3 a D2 tuvieron la oportunidad de conocer a posibles empleadores, de asistir a talleres y a charlas que les ayudarán a perfilar sus decisiones acerca de las experiencias de trabajo, las prácticas, la elección de asignaturas, los cursos universitarios y en última instancia el empleo. Felicitaciones a Mr. Jason Mungles por coordinar y dirigir este evento.

Me gustaría recordarles que la próxima semana presentaremos la obra de teatro de secundaria titulada `Red Red Shoes´. Esta obra es adecuada para alumnos de P5 en adelante y durante la representación del miércoles habrá una guardería, cuya recaudación se destinará al Kindred Project.

Para finalizar, les recuerdo que tras la inauguración de la caseta de seguridad, entrará en funcionamiento el sistema de acceso mediante tarjeta. Los padres que no tengan sus tarjetas deberán identificarse con un documento provisto de fotografía para poder acceder al colegio. Por ello les recordamos que suban sus fotos a Managebac.  Les rogamos se pongan en contacto con el departamento de informática si tienen algún problema.

Les deseo que pasen un fantástico fin de semana.


Jak Kearney

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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