School Newsletter 15.12.2017

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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 December 2017

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 School Calendar

Sunday 17 DecemberSanta Fun Run (see Whole school news)
Monday 18 DecemberSIS Polar Bear challenge – starts 07:50
Monday 18  & Tuesday 19 DecemberP1/P2 Winter performance – 09:30 – 10:30 in school theatre – parents will receive invitations to one of the performances
Monday 18  & Tuesday 19 DecemberEC1/EC2 Winter performance – 11:30 – 12:30 in school theatre – parents will receive invitations to one of the performances
Tuesday 19 DecemberPeri/SIMA Winter term concert – 16:00 – 17:30 in theatre
Wednesday 20 DecemberLast day of term. School finishes at 12:00
Wednesday 20 DecemberEC1-M5 Reports available on Managebac – from 14:00
Tuesday 9 January 2018First day of new term
Friday 19 JanuaryM1- M5 Parent teacher conferences

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend and had some time to switch off. Over the break we heard news from one of our Alumni students Pablo Polzer, who has just been accepted to complete an MBA at Harvard!  Pablo graduated in 2015 and was one of our exceptional students. When he arrived in D1 he was only 14! We are really proud of Pablo’s achievement and wish him the best as he embarks on the next chapter of his life.

Meanwhile Marta Romero Crespo who is one of our M1 students has worked hard in recent golf events to become one of the top players for her age category in Andalucia! Congratulations, Marta.

This week we hosted two teachers from Lusaka International School in Zambia.  Our visitors came to look at two aspects of our school which they have heard great things about. Teresa came to see our use of IT in the classroom, she spent most of her time in Primary, but was also able to see how the learning journey continues into Secondary.  Laurence came to see our second language (language acquisition) team, she spent time with our teachers of English, Spanish, French and German. Both teachers also came to find out more about our Global Citizenship programme and The Kindred Project.  Their feedback was immensely positive and they wish to thank all of our students and staff for making them feels very welcome.

On Tuesday Jen Liptrot held a session on Intercultural competence.  Over this session she taught student teachers and Parent Ambassadors about different levels of intercultural competence and how these views can shape our own behaviours.

On Wednesday and Thursday we had our Theatre Festival. Wednesday saw four different and very powerful devised theatre performances by our Diploma students; their analyses of these 15-minute performances including feedback from the audience will form part of their written coursework requirement. On Thursday M4 theatre students put on a dark and highly engaging performance of ‘Extra Curricular Activity’, written by our own very talented Mr Maloney.

Both evenings were well received; congratulations to Christine Barling, Dan Maloney and the students for their confidence and energy.

During our final assembly next Wednesday morning, we will have our Students’ Christmas Raffle. Raffle tickets, price 1€ will be on sale in the library and in the classes from Monday onwards and lucky winners are limited to those students present on the last morning.

I would like to end this newsletter by alerting you to Monday morning and the Polar Bear Challenge! The event starts at 7.50am on Monday morning with a 1 km run followed by a dip in the pool.  The event is open to students in P6 and above and parents! We look forward to seeing you for this extravaganza!

I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

School buses arrangements

School buses arrangements

Please be informed that the school bus timetable for last day of the winter term is as follows:

Wednesday 20th December

The buses will pick up the students at their bus stops at the normal time.

The buses will leave the school at 12:30 pm. Please be at the bus stop to collect your children at the appropriate time.



Christmas lunch – Tuesday 19th December

As Christmas is coming the Cantina Team is going to prepare a very special menu for all our students and staff on Tuesday.

It will be a typical Christmas menu consisting of Stuffed Turkey and the following dishes:

– Consommé with ham
– VEG: Tomato soup
– Tudela Buds, anchovies and piquillo peppers
– Endive with seafood cocktail
– Stuffed turkey
– Beef round
(with gravy and cranberry sauce)

– VEG: Gratin vegetables in puff pastry

Side dishes:
– Brussels sprouts
– Potato rösti
– Fried sweet potato
– Nougat flan
– Rice pudding

The Cantina Team wishes all of you Happy Christmas!!!



Complimentary One Week Experience at the Elysium Spa !

The Elysium Spa at the Almenara Hotel is delighted to offer all parents a complimentary week´s experience.



You will be able to enjoy use of the gym, classes and the luxury spa. This is a limited offer valid until 31st of December.

Call: 956 582 029, to arrange an appointment to activate your complimentary one week experience.

This offer has been brought to you by Assist, for more information regarding the complimentary services available to families of SIS, please contact

Terms & Conditions

– The one-week experience is for a period of 7 consecutive days
– The one-week experience is non transferable
– You use the club at your own risk
– No individual trials for under 18 years of age
– Standard rules & membership regulations apply
– Elysium Spa retains the right to withdraw temporary membership at anytime. The decision of the manager is final and the manager reserves the right to refuse admission.
– Certain activities like massages and beauty treatments incur additional charges
– You must ensure you book at the spa reception before beginning the trial
– You will be required to bring your SIS/Assist photo ID card to activate your temporary membership

Intercultural Competence

On Tuesday 12th December, Gastavus students, along with visiting teachers (from Lusaka International Community School, Zambia) and Parent Ambassadors were invited to join Jen Liptrot, Kerry Wickersham and James McCann at SRC to participate in our school´s exciting new Intercultural Competence Training, developed by our Global Citizenship Coordinator Jen Liptrot as part of school’s ongoing commitment to developing global citizens.

Arts News

Train set needed

Do you have an electric train track (and train if possible) that we can borrow for our Secondary School show of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’? One character needs to build it during one of the scenes and it is not used for any other purpose. An 0 gauge train set would be ideal, but we will happily take what we can get! We would look after it!

With thanks, Christine Barling

The Kindred Project News

Delighted to share this lovely video from our friends Asociación Trafalgar, in Barbate, where we take all the second-hand toys you donate throughout the year. As you can see, your generous donations have a great impact in our community.

Thank you!

Another fantastic Rice Day organised and led by KP students. 87% of secondary students pledged, thereby raising almost 700€ to support Hogar Betania’s Summer Camp which will provide essential and much needed nutritious food for more than 60 local children in need, as well as raising awareness about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 2 to transform our world: Ending Hunger and Improve Nutrition. Thank you to the cantina for your continuous support and to all those who pledged!


SIS Stage School


Start the New Year by joining the SIS Stage School!

We are seeking more talented members to join us each Sunday 11-2pm.

Mr. Maloney will be holding scholarship auditions after school in January 2018. We train our students in Acting and Musical Theatre. Suitable for ages 6 to 16 years, we prepare students for the LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) examinations as well as to perform in shows.

For further information visit our web page  or send an e-mail to

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a fun New Year!

Exciting news from Sotobox …

Due to popular demand, as from January 2018, Sotobox are introducing two extra sessions per week! Starting the first week of term, Sotobox sessions will run on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Registration will be from 4-4.10pm with each 1-hour training session starting promptly at 4.10pm. This allows students in the senior years time to finish their school day and get changed ready for the important warm up part of each session.

The sessions include lots of fitness, learning boxing skills and having fun.


For prices and more information please inquire directly to: Gene Chapman –

Please note there is no Sotobox during the week of the 18th December. We look forward to seeing you next year and thank you for your support. Keep skipping!!

Gene and the team

Santa Fun Run in aid of Danii Children’s Cancer Charity

An invitation to the whole community to take part a 5km Run or Walk in aid of Danii’s Children’s Cancer Charity – All proceeds from this event will go to fund a special Christmas Party for the Children’s Oncology Ward in Sevilla, hopefully bringing fun and a smile to the children and their families as they undergo treatment during the festive period.

Hope to see you there!

Message From Emma Butler

As we come to the end of our first term. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our students and teachers for all their hard work this term.

Next week we are looking forward to the two winter expressive arts performances from our EC1/EC2 and P1/P2 students.









I hope everyone has a relaxing and well-earned winter break. Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Reports, targets and badges

As we come to the end of the term teachers have been assessing the progress students have made towards their targets that were set at the end of last term.  When teachers click to mark a target as achieved, Managebac automatically emails parents. Unfortunately this email does not indicate which of your children it refers to.

However, it does provide a link to the Managebac login page which allows parents to access and see these under the “Portfolio” heading on the menu.  Targets for next term will be included in the report, which will accessible on Managebac on Wednesday 20th December.

 Permaculture Expert
On Monday permaculture expert Sacha Bernal Coates came to P4  to tell them about the sustainable farming systems that he uses at his finca in Medina Sedonia.  This is to support their unit of inquiry entitled Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

On Wednesday our Early Childhood ‘Open Door Christmas Afternoon’ was a huge success. Parents were able to join their children for some Christmas activities. Lots of fun was had by all as both parents and children spent time engaged in a variety of Christmas crafts. Thank you to all the parents and children for expressing your artistic flair.

Also on Wednesday we saw the first performance ever of our Infant Choir. This our youngest choir began singing together in September. They all did really well as they entertained their parents with the song ‘Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer’.  The Infant Choir was followed by the EC2 Ukulele group who shone with confidence as they filled the cantina playing three songs they have been practising

M1-M5 Mid-Year Parent Teacher ConsultationsFriday 19th January 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you may already have noticed from the school calendar, we have M1-M5 Parent Teacher Consultations (PTCs) planned for Friday 19th January 2018.

During the PTC day, parents and guardians will be given the opportunity to discuss the progress of their child with their subject teachers, based on information provided by recent reports. Students are also requested to be part of the meetings.

There will be no secondary school lessons on that day.

This year, we are moving to an online signup system, which we anticipate will improve efficiency and organisation.

During the week beginning Monday 8th January, all M1-M5 parents will receive a mailshot with instructions on how to sign up for the PTCs. Further reminders will be available in the Friday 12th January weekly newsletter.

Although individual meetings are limited to 5-minute sessions, parents and guardians are welcome to arrange follow-up meetings with specific teachers the following week if required.

Please note that this year the next set of M1-M5 reports, which are due to be published on Wednesday 20th December, will not include individual subject teachers comments. In an attempt to improve communication between students, parents and teachers, we encourage parents to check Managebac to obtain detailed feedback on specific formative and summative assessments.

Kind regards,

Kevin Stone, Head of Middle School

Belén González, MYP Coordinator

It’s Expedition time at The Kindred Project!

Don’t miss out on these 2 unique opportunities; only 14 spaces available for M4 to D1 students on each Expedition!

Application deadline for Uganda Expedition is the 20th December.Application deadline for Ecuador Expedition is the 15th January.

For full information, send us an email to info@thekindred

SIS Strategic Games Club

We Need You! We are recruiting new members to join the SIS Strategic Games Club. Open to Secondary students, we meet every Thursday in the Picasso Art room at 4pm. We play a range of miniature figure strategic games from Fantasy, Warhammer, 40K, Exodus Wild West, to Historical battles, from Romans to the Second World War.

The club has some figures, but members are encouraged to bring their own. We will also provide miniature model making and painting workshops to develop your hobby. So come and join us, new players welcome! Link to our webpage for more details

M3 World Population unit

On Thursday M3 Individuals and Societies Spanish students had the opportunity to present their projects about refugees at the conclusion of their unit, “The world population”.


The students enjoyed this exhibition involving the participation of their parents in their learning. These students had previously enjoyed the opportunity to receive a fun and dynamic architecture lesson, by parent ambassador Araceli Gavira, as part of their preparation for “Construction of a refugee camp”.

The objective of this lesson was to train students so that were able to make a scale plan and finally convert the plan into a model.

From here we would like to say thank you to all the parents for their assistance,  as well as to everyone else who got involved in this project.

M4 Spanish Language & Literature work & presentation on Medieval Literature

Don Juan Manuel y el Conde Lucanor

The classics must be in education, because they are part of our cultural heritage. In order to make reading more of a pleasure and not to feel it as something obligatory, we have developed some skills in learning approaches. One of these strategies is to use the story composition “El Conde Lucanor” style.

Communication in the mother tongue: ability to express and interpret concepts, thoughts, feelings, facts and opinions orally and in writing. Learning to learn: consider what requirements are necessary to undertake an activity and be able to amend the process to reach the end. We work in groups on Cultural awareness and expression, the creative expression of ideas through literature and images. Link to photos and stories


Boarding House News

Last week’s five day holiday gave our boarding students some time to relax, catch up on school work, and go on many trips around the area. On Wednesday boarders went go-karting in Malaga before seeing a traditional Spanish equestrian show.

Thursday saw a small but hearty contingent of paintballers have fun, followed by a night out in Puerto Banus and Cinema Goya.

On Friday a lucky group of students were able to complete a two-hour sushi-making workshop at a well-respected local restaurant.

And on Saturday boarders went to Malaga again, but this time to see the famous light show on Calle Larios. The show uses about 1.7 million LED lights and had an estimated audience of 6,000 people!

Just a few more days until Christmas Break. Let’s finish strong!

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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