School Newsletter 15.09.2017

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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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15th September 2017

  Versión española 

 School Calendar

Monday 18 September – Friday 29 September Individual school photographs taken
Tuesday 19 SeptemberPTA meeting – 09:00 in Cantina (See Community section)
Tuesday 19 SeptemberD1 Parents presentation – 16:15-17:15 in IB common room
Thursday 21 SeptemberD2 Parents presentation – 16:15-17:15 in IB common room
Friday 22 SeptemberBack to School Party – 19:30 at school (See Community section)

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week began with a Secondary assembly, which allowed our students who visited Ecuador this summer to share their story. To catch up on these student experiences please click here. If your child is M3 and above and is interested in joining the trip in July 2018, please contact the Kindred Project.

Of possible interest to all of our families within the SIS community is the family trip to Asni, Morocco.  This will take place during half term.  For more information about this amazing experience please click here.

Tuesday allowed parents and students to sign up for activities at the yearly activities fair.  I would like to publicly congratulate Mr. Luis on his creativity and ability to connect with different activities providers from across our community.  The range and scope was truly remarkable, thank you also to all the members of staff who give their time to run engaging clubs and activities for all to enjoy.

SIS Mannequin Challenge

This week I really enjoyed my walkabouts. I visited M5 in their science lessons, where I spoke to some students in the Chemistry group who were studying ionic bonding.  The Biology group were looking at the purpose of different cells, whilst the Physics group were looking at different methods to do calculations and finding out the difference in accuracy between speedy calculation methods and longer slower methods. Meanwhile M2 students were getting to know their environment in the newly created learning spaces in Da Vinci, where Mr. Mark Barling and Mr. David Green are putting into practice their research on different furniture and learning environments. The M2 Individuals & Societies students I visited were working in teams to research the history of Spain. While at the Da Vinci building I also dropped into the classroom of our new film teacher, Mr. Mortimer. To engage and captivate students last week, he created a blended mannequin challenge for all of his film students from M1 – M4.  

This Thursday and Friday our secondary students set off for their bonding trips. Students were dispersed around Andalucia, from Seville and Cordoba to Granada. We look forward to their safe return today.

Traffic remains an issue for our community and I request that, if you have already not done so, you spend 3 minutes to watch the traffic safety video. On a different note, one parent came to me with the fact that on Monday she set off to SIS behind another parent.  She decided to take the route through La Reserva, she dropped her child at school and saw the car that was in front of her when she turned through La Reserva was still in the queue for the drop off zone. Please use the alternate route through La Reserva to make your journey faster, more relaxing and safer.

Please may I also remind you, do not park on the roundabout or on the road leading to the school as this causes congestion and potentially an accident. The police have told me that they will start ticketing these areas shortly.

Starting on Monday, official school photographs will be taken over the next two weeks; you should already have received notification of the relevant dates for your child’s year group.

Next Friday we will host the Back to School party.  Please take note that students in M2 and below are not allowed to enter unless accompanied by a parent.

I wish you a restful weekend.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

Traffic Safety

Labeling of possessions

Already this term we have accumulated numerous articles of lost property; parents, please ensure all articles of clothing, particularly school uniform, are suitably marked with your child’s name.

For all your labeling requirements, SIS is happy to recommend HFG Labeling Services


 Message from Emma Butler, Head of Primary

Meet the Teaching Teams

Thank you to all parents who joined their child’s ‘Meet the Teaching Team’ sessions this week. At SIS we strongly believe in the three-way relationship between student, teacher and parent.

I would like to remind all parents that is important they access their child’s class Google site each week to keep up to date with what is going on and needed in their child’s learning.


Links to the Primary Class Sites










Volunteer reading support  (English, Spanish and Mother Tongue)

We are looking for adult volunteers to support reading in our Primary School on a regular basis. This would involve supporting a particular year group, class or group of students.

We would very much like to encourage support, not only for English and Spanish, but also for other mother tongue languages. If you are interested in becoming a reading support volunteer for this term, please click on this link and complete the form.

First unit based trip of the year

Last Thursday, P5 took part in a painting marathon in Sotogrande Port. “The Footprint”, is a mural, 70m2 with the largest number of participants possible adding their artwork. People of all ages from 2 to 99, professionals and amateurs took part. We also signed our names in a visitors book.

Eventually, the mural will be divided up, due to its size and will be exhibited in pieces, in different parts of Sotogrande.

P5 had a great deal of fun, expressing themselves by splashing paint and adding collage materials. They can’t wait to see their talents displayed around the area.

Meeting for D1 parents about access to Spanish universities

As you know, your children have chosen their International Baccalaureate Diploma subjects for this D1 year. On September 19th after the presentation in the common room, we will hold an information meeting in P23 on entrance requirements for students wishing to access Spanish universities in the 2019 academic year. At this meeting our intention is to give information and to resolve any doubts you may have on this subject.

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PTA General Meeting – everyone welcome

Are you an avid supporter of SIS? Do you enjoy the PTA–organised community events? Are you new to our school? Would you like to know more about the PTA and/ or to be more involved in what we do?  We would love you to attend the next PTA meeting on Tuesday 19th September at 9am in the Cantina… to share ideas and thoughts about fundraising events and activities during the academic year 2017- 2018.


Back to School Party

Don’t forget our Back to School Party next Friday, 22nd September at school.  Join us from 7.30pm for a fun night of music and games, food and drink. All ages welcome – students M2 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.


Helicopteros Sanitarios is a very efficient and affordable home doctor service available 24/7 all year round.


Assist has negotiated an exceptional 10% discount for new members only.

Contact Frederic to sign up:

Asni Family Trip 2017

Following on from last year’s success, this half-term The Kindred Project is offering SIS families with children between P1 and M3 an unforgettable experience in Asni, Morocco; a life-shaping experience that promises to strengthen the skills, values and attitudes which enable your family to contribute to a more inclusive, sustainable and peaceful world.

Join us on this unforgettable family experience! For further information, please contact the KP Team on

Asni Family Trip 2017

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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