School Newsletter 16.09.2016

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School Newsletter 16th September 2016

Message from the Head


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I would like to start by informing you about our Family trip to Asni this year.  Following the magical experiences our Diploma students have had in Asni over the years, we wish to open this up to our community, to allow parents and children to share the experiences and help make a difference.  The great news is that we still have some places to fill!  The cost (all inclusive – travel, food, accommodation, etc.) is 330€ for adults and 255€ for children.  If you are interested, please email KP team at

In January 2017 we have been invited (one of only 4 schools from Europe, Middle East and Africa) to attend the Apple Summit in London.  Last week Apple sent us a challenge and on Friday 9th September we hosted two visitors from Apple who are leading the summit.  Members of our young engineers club presented their proposal and wowed the Apple visitors.  I will inform you more about this exciting initiative as the year goes on. Suffice to say, the visitors were amazed by our school, how we use Apple technology and of course by the warmth and confidence of the students.

On Monday the PTA hosted the new parents coffee morning.  It was a relaxed way to be introduced to the PTA, some of its members and of course meet some other new families.  Thank you to everyone who attended. Monday also saw the D2 Science Internal Assessment day, where students from all Science subjects gathered to work on their assessments in preparation for their final exams in May 2017.  Many thanks to the Science team for their energy, drive and creative use of time.

Tuesday saw the launch of our Activities Fair.  It was lovely to see the wealth of activities being offered this year by our community.  I would like to point out the number of help clubs that exist, with an aim of supporting students to fill gaps in their learning.  The road to mastery is a difficult one, as children need opportunities to seek additional help, input or advice on areas or topics that they have not understood in the first interactions.  The help sessions are one way to access this, however we also have our D1 mentoring programme, our digital platforms (Myimaths, Mathletics, Spellzone, Reading Eggs, Duolingo) and our Google sites in many Diploma classes which are set up for students to work independently to develop their learning and work towards mastery of difficult areas.


On Thursday and Friday this week we held our year group bonding trips for students from M1 to D1.  I will write more about these next week.

I wish you a wonderful weekend, best wishes

Jak Kearney


Primary School News

Message from Emma Butler, Head of Primary

First Primary Workshop of this academic year

On Tuesday and Wednesday 13th and 14th of September, Andrea Bennett, PYP coordinator led workshops in Spanish and English for parents of Early Childhood students.  The focus of the workshop was ‘The Brain’; providing an opportunity for parents to learn a little about recent brain research and its impact on our approach to teaching and learning at SIS. The structure of the brain and some key features about the nature of neurons were explored using fun, interactive activities.   By applying the approaches that we believe work well for students, an atmosphere was created that allowed for parents to ask questions, make connections with their previous knowledge and to consider the expectations they have as parents.

Feedback gathered from parents after the workshop included…

Approach to the workshop was very entertaining and enjoyable.

She knows how to explain something very complicated in a simple and visual way.

It makes me feel safe and satisfied the fact that my children are enrolled in the school

The importance of respecting the ability of each child, not forcing knowledge and encourage learning from experience.

Next week there will be another workshop with the focus on ‘The Structure of the PYP’ and this is primarily for new parents or parents who have not been able to attend this workshop before.

Primary Swimming Galas

Next week our Primary School will celebrate their swimming unit by participating in swimming galas. Parents are welcome to come and watch their children and see the improvements they have made in swimming.


P1 & P2 – Monday 19th September from 10 am to 12 pm
P3 & P4 – Tuesday 20th September from 10 am to 12 pm
P5 & P6 – Thursday 22th September from 10 am to 12:20 pm
For more information, please open the following link.


Secondary School News

Maths & English SAT workshops at the Boarding House

New for this year, the Boarding House is providing SIS members with SAT workshops as a gateway for those wanting to study in the USA. The Maths SAT workshop will be held on Mondays at 20:15 and the English SAT workshops on Wednesday at 20:15 every week. M5-D2 students are very welcome to come along and join in with the boarders, free of charge- email  to confirm your place.

Boarding House News

The Sotogrande International Boarding House has welcomed over 30 new international students to our brigade after the summer and each and every one of them is bringing a great enthusiasm and positivity to the house.

At the weekends, the boarders are taking advantage of the weather and spending most of their time in the water!  Last weekend, we went kitesurfing in Tarifa on Saturday, followed by scuba diving at Torreguadiaro and Tarifa on the Sunday.  These are exceptional experiences, with which the boarders are thriving.

Next up is Aqualand, Torremolinos on Saturday.  If you are in M5-D2 and would like to join us for this please contact:


SIFA (Sotogrande International Football Academy)

Click here to see 2016/17 Schedule



Many thanks to all the new parents who joined us for coffee on Monday. We had a great turnout, and look forward to continuing to getting to know you all.
Our first PTA open meeting of the year will be on Tuesday 20th September at 9:15am in the Cantina. Everyone is welcome.
You may have noticed the lovely people in yellow jackets helping with traffic flow in the mornings. We have a shortage of volunteers, so if you can help, please email Sarah Burgess
The Back to School Party is next week! Come along and enjoy an evening of fun, food and amazing entertainment. We still need more help. Interested?

Starting at 6.30pm.  There will be fantastic music, food, drinks and some surprises in store.  We look forward to welcoming you!


Assist will be present at the Back to School Party and 2 of the partners have prepared special offers for families of the school.
Helicopteros Sanitarios is offering an exceptional 10% discount until the end of September on new sign ups for home doctor services.
Blevins Franks will be offering free the new edition of its ‘Guide for Expats living in Spain’.
Both partners will be present at the event.

We inspire learning and intercultural understanding,
enriqueciendo la vida de nuestros niños y nuestro mundo

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.

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.

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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