School Newsletter 16.03.2018

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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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16th March 2018

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 School Calendar

Monday 19 – Friday 23 MarchM3 Community Service Week (See Secondary News)
Monday 19 MarchM3-M4 Electives meeting for parents, guardians & students – 16:00 – 17:00 in Cantina
Tuesday 20 MarchPrimary (EC1- P6) Student-led Conference Day (See Primary News)
Tuesday 20 MarchArts Society lecture (See Whole School News)
Tuesday 20 MarchP5/P6 Dream Factory Dream Factory semi-final – 18:30- 20:30 in school theatre
Wednesday 21 MarchInternational Poetry Day
Thursday 22 MarchPrimary Football Festival (postponed from last week)
Thursday 22 MarchPYP6 Exhibition Parents Meeting -16:00-16:30
Friday 23 March‘Send a Child to School’ Day – non-uniform in exchange for 1€ donation
Friday 23 MarchLast day of spring term
Friday 23 MarchEC1-P6 Reports available on Managebac – 16:00
Monday 9 AprilFirst day of summer term
Monday 9 AprilP3 Unit based trip

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I can’t believe that we are only 1 week away from the Easter holiday! This week like many at SIS has been very busy and fun packed.

Last Friday our D1 students departed for the Asni trip. The crossing was a little rough, but after an enjoyable overnight train journey they arrived safely in Marrakesh.  Following a long bus journey, the group arrived in the Atlas Mountains where they were greeted by the local community. A huge number of activities followed throughout the 5 days including hiking, camel rides, designing and delivering arts and crafts activities for 91 local children and experiencing a relaxing hammam. This trip is always one of the life changing experiences that alumni quote.  It is such a privilege to be able to keep offering this experience. If you are keen to experience the trip to Asni please email the kindred project team to find out about the family trip in October.

On the same day we received notification from the Council of International Schools that we have successfully achieved the Global Citizenship award. We have now joined a small handful of schools around the world to have this recognition. Congratulations to the GC team, led by Jenifer Liptrot for an amazing achievement.

On Tuesday we held the first of the semi finals of the primary Dream Factory competition with students from P3 and P4 taking part and showing their talent.  Next week we will be holding the semi finals for our P5 and P6 students.  The event aims to raise funds for Cova do Mar Association ( I would like to thank Mr. Luis and the primary team for creating and supporting this wonderful event.

On Wednesday representatives from this year’s Formula 1 team hosted a fund raising event to begin the preparation for the world finals in Singapore in September.  Students were offered the opportunity to take part in different sports activities in PE lessons for a small fee.  They managed to raise 260€. If you are interested in sponsoring our F1 team please contact Mark Allen (

Thursday witnessed the annual Personal Project fair, displaying the efforts of our M5 students following 6 months of dedication and hard work. This is always an event that allows our students to shine. The range of products has been impressive and being part of the supervisory team, I know the effort that has gone into the process from both the students and the staff.  Thank you to everyone who came to support the students.

This week Sur in English produced its annual Educational supplement, a mix of advertising and creative work submitted by schools along the coast. There were several entries made from SIS and I would like to congratulate Carl Augrell from primary and Emeka Okonkwo and Julieta Gallardo from secondary whose entries all received a Special Mention.

During the last couple of weeks our D2 students have been working tirelessly towards their final exams. Over the February half term we ran a series of revision workshops at the boarding house. These sessions were run by the Oxford Study Courses and provided an opportunity for students to focus in a different environment.  Over the last 2 weekends staff have been giving up time to help prepare students in Art, Drama and Maths, through a combination of one-off specialist coaching and additional teacher support. I would like to recognize the hard work of both the staff and students. If you would like to see the final exhibition of the D2 art students work, it will be on display tonight at the Club Maritimo hotel in Sotogrande port.

Tonight we have a number of events happening; A Gymnastics show and the D2 art exhibition, I hope you are able to attend one or both of these.

Returning yet again to the subject of safety on our roads and following a recent report of some ‘near misses’ at the roundabout as cars approach the turn into school, I would like to remind drivers that the rules of the road state you should give way to vehicles coming from the left i.e. vehicles already on the roundabout.

Finally I would like to remind you that next Tuesday will not be a normal day of school for primary students. Student led conferences will replace normal timetabled lessons. MYP and Diploma students will follow a normal school day.

I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Jak Kearney

Arts Society lecture – Picasso 2 Art Room at 2pm on 20th March

Hidden Canvases: Street Art and the City’, lecture by Doug Gillen.

There’s more to the world of street art than Banksy. Hidden Canvases is a beginner’s guide to the biggest art movement since pop art.  From train writing in New York to interactive technology that brings murals to life, the concept of un-commissioned public art is a very different beast to that which it once was.  Hidden Canvases explores the key stages in street art’s growth examining the different elements and styles that comprise the scene with no rules.

From the international superstars to the local underground heroes, you’re guaranteed to leave knowing your Invader from you Aryz and who knows you might even start looking at the world a little differently.

The lecture will support the learning of D1 and M5 Arts students.

All parents and staff welcome.

The Kindred Project News

Ecuador 2018 Expedition

We are still taking applications for the Ecuador Expedition; a life shaping experience that will help our students become effective interdependent global citizens and leaders. If your child is in M3-D1 and interested in joining this extraordinary experience, please send us an email to to find out all about it, or simply pick up an expedition brochure from Reception. Don’t miss out!

PTA News

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Minutes from the general meeting held on 20th February. LINK


Message from Miss Emma Butler

 Reminder: Student Led Conference Day. Not a normal school day.

Have you booked the time slot for you and your child?

Next Tuesday our Primary School is holding its annual Student-Led Conference Day. Student-led conferences are an expectation of all International Baccalaureate schools. These days are designed to enable students to focus on learning processes and develop awareness of their learning journey through shared activities with parents. At SIS we also consider it to be an essential part of building the three-way relationship between students, teachers and parents. This day is not a normal school day and students should only come to school with their parents for the time slot they have signed up for. Students are not expected to wear school uniform.

During the day, supervision of siblings will be organized for the times when parents and students are taking part in their conference. This supervision will take place in the Primary IT room. Parents are responsible for dropping off and collecting their children.

Dream Factory Semi-Finals

Well done to all the P3/P4 Dream Factory Semi-Finalists who performed on Tuesday evening.

The P5/6 Dream Factory Semi-Finals will be held next Tuesday 20th March in the school theatre at 6.30 pm. Tickets costing 5 euros for adults and 3 euros for children are on sale now and can be bought at the gate from the student council.

Snacks and drinks will be available during the show.

Celebrations Assembly



This week P3-P6 celebrated the end of their third unit of inquiry with a celebration assembly. Well done to all the following students who were recognised for their work and effort.

M3 Community Project Service week is here!

Community project service events will take place next week from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd March.

M3 students are working very hard in order to organise their activities in and out of school. Some events include; assemblies for raising awareness about global issues, bake sales & milkshakes, food-drop for Hogar Betania, games for developing social skills in Primary students, stalls to spread the word about new charity organisations, surveys around the school, interviews and visits to certain places as part of their research in a real context. In addition to this, M3 are also planning a “Pink Day” next Wednesday to raise awareness about breast cancer.

Pink Day

On the 21st of March, Carlota Machuca and Clara Gavira and Ghalia Arbai will be organizing the first ‘Pink Day’ in school as part of their Community Project. Their goal is to raise awareness about breast cancer, and spread the word about the organization that two of the girls are working with –  ‘Bandera Rosa’ in Algeciras.

For this day, we would like everyone (including staff members) to wear something pink to complement the normal uniform. (e.g. a  bandana, bracelet …)
They will be selling products from Bandera Rosa, from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd at the gate from 3:30pm – 4:00pm.


Recycling plastic

Oscar Stoneham and Faisal Khreis are leading a service event based on tackling plastic recycling using a method that puts our school, our environment, and the Sotogrande community in a win-win-win scenario by simply using these 2 Do-It-Yourself machines that take plastic waste, shred it, and shape it into 3D printer filament. This project is planning to use this filament for printing useful items and tools that could be sold from the Dreaming Dragons social enterprise.
This way it creates a win for our school as it can be used by us or sold and a win for our environment reducing plastic pollution!

Food-drop for Hogar Betania

As part of their Community project Vida Maio  and Laura Le Peuch are collecting food products for Hogar Betania. They have organised the dropping off items in year groups. Students should take the food to their advisory rooms.

Thank you so much for your collaboration.


Boarding House News

Last week boarders travelled to Malaga for the match of the season against Barcelona. Although Barcelona’s number 10 couldn’t make the match due to the birth of his third son, the team was still able to pull of a 2-0 victory over the home side. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and one of them even managed to secure Malaga’s keeper’s jersey at the end of the match!


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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