School Newsletter 16.10.2015

School Newsletter

Friday, 16th October 2015


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Message from the head

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. Even though the weather was not wonderful, having the opportunity to spend a little extended time with our children is always a welcome addition to the week!

This week, like all others at SIS, was jam packed with lots of exciting learning opportunities. On Tuesday students from M1 – M3 represented SIS at an Aquathon at Swans school. Students were very busy preparing for this last week and the training event on Friday afternoon looked very intense.


Wednesday was a particularly busy day with the D1 Environmental Systems and Societies field trip taking place. Students had the opportunity to develop and refine their data collection skills working across 2 different environments, a river and a beach.
Wednesday also saw our P6 Under-11 boys leave for their Italian football tournament. This is another first for SIS with Mr. Gibson and Mr. Dennis taking 14 students to represent SIS against a number of international schools. The boys were feeling particularly excited about the trip as they left on Wednesday, with the only tears being from the parents. We wish them the best of luck over the weekend.

On Thursday our M5 students had their first day off timetable preparing for the Personal Project. Throughout the day, students had the opportunity to meet with their supervisors to plan and implement the research part of their project.

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On my weekly walkabout I spent time with P6 who were looking at converting fractions, decimals and percentages. They were discussing some of the reasons for doing this in real life. Other groups were starting to look at number patterns, finding and comparing similarities and differences in types of numbers and drawing conclusions. It was lovely to see our students engaging thoughtfully in maths and to see the range of innovative methods employed by staff in our school.

Next Friday, as well as being Send My Friend to School day, it is also United Nations Day, so as an option to other non-uniform clothes, we are inviting everyone to come to school dressed in their home nation national dress or colours.

I wish you a restful and enjoyable weekend.

Jak Kearney

Whole School News

SIS new bus routes for Sotogrande Costa and Sotogrande Alto

In response to the demand from our community and with the aim of improving our transport services, we have organised two new bus routes for morning pick up that we hope you will find of interest. Not only will the use of these buses by our students help to reduce the traffic jam and congestion near the school, but will at the same time contribute to helping the environment.


Both new buses would start after half term, the 3rd of October:

  • A 55 seater bus will be covering the area of La Marina and Sotogrande Costa on a 40 minute route, departing at 8:10 and arriving at school at 8:50. The price has been calculated to cover costs and works out at 2,70 € per student per day and will be payable monthly. A minimum of 37 children will be required to start and maintain this route. Please see the Map route and bus schedule.
  • A 25 seater bus will be covering the area of Sotogrande Alto, route Av. Los Cortijos – Av. Almenara – SIS, from 8:30 to 8:50, twenty minutes travel time, same cost. A minimum of 17 children will be required to start and maintain this route. Please see the map route and the bus schedule

Those Parents / Guardians who wish to sign up for this bus service should fill in the registration form linked here:

Submit Sotogrande CostaSubmit Sotogrande Alto

For further information about these new routes, please contact:
Érica del Manzano
Tel: +34 956 795 902

Traffic Update

Compared to urban schools our traffic problems are very small. However, with more students this year there has been an increase in traffic congestion. To help ease this, we would ask everyone to please show some patience and consideration to others and to follow these fairly simple rules.

In the mornings:

Please use the clearly indicated drop zone and follow the directions of our traffic controllers. Only very young children should be walked to class by parents, older children should make their own way. (If you are concerned about your child, ask the traffic controller to walk them in.) Do not wait, text, chat or use your mobile whilst in the drop off zone, and never leave your car unattended anywhere other than in a designated parking space.
Please be careful of others; never do U-Turns – they are very dangerous and can also cause traffic jams. Either go to the top La Reserva security gate and turn around there, or turn left into the car park then exit from there.
Please do not use the top gate area as a drop off zone or abandon your car there. This area needs to be kept clear for the school buses and their passengers.
If you wish to park, try to arrive early, and use the spaces below the pedestrian crossing, again following the directions of our traffic controller. Please park carefully, using only one space per car!


In the afternoons:

The school is aware of the shortage of parking spaces, however as school pickups are staggered some parking spaces should become free as younger children leave.
Be considerate to others by parking properly, using only one space.
Do not double park and then leave your car, or block other cars in. If you do need to wait in your car, please park so that children can walk past without having to go onto the road. No parking on or near the pedestrian crossing. It is essential that the school buses have easy access to their parking spaces, so please do not obstruct their designated areas – by the school gates, and at the top end of the car park. Also please do not block the exit to the car park, as this just adds to the congestion.

PTA News

The PTA would like to invite you all to an open coffee morning on Monday 19th of October at 9.15am at The Hairy Lemon in Sotogrande Port.
This is a great opportunity to tell us your thoughts on the PTA and what we do, to socialise, and also to let us know if there is anything else you would like to see us involved in.

Everybody welcome!

Half Term Football Training Camp

SIS is planning to offer a football training camp at the school during half term week. Main details as follows:

Days -Tuesday 27th, Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th October
Time -10am to 1pm – 3 hours
Venue – school pitch
Cost – 50 Euros

For more information or to register, please contact Kevin Dennis

Celebrating Dance Talent and Maths Talent

Congratulations to M4 student Mya Fudge, who has just returned from the UK after finishing 3rd out of 43 starting pairs in the under 16 section of a Freestyle dance competition.


Congratulations also to Daniil Pogiba of M2 who came 1st out of 2000 entrants in his age group in an online international Mathematics tournament organised by Russian organization “Foxforme”. Very well done, Daniil.

What talent we have here at SIS!

Commemorating United Nations Day

Next Friday 23rd October, as an international school that is deeply concerned and engaged with global matters, we will be commemorating UN Day, which marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being. To do so, we will be running an interesting array of activities throughout the week to raise awareness around the work done by the UN. On this same day, it is also Mufti Day for our Send My Friend to School program, so as an option to other non-uniform clothes, we are inviting everyone to come to school dressed in their home nation national dress or colours in exchange for €1.


The Kindred Project News

Supporting the Refugees

Last Thursday we ended the school day fully energised after the Zumbathon session organised in aid of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). In the midst of the unbearable living situation of so many people, SIS community members, led by Zumba instructor Lisa Greenwood, became one to add our heartfelt contribution to the work carried out by the UNHCR. UNHCR is on the ground, working around the clock to help refugees caught up in this humanitarian crisis. They are currently the only organization protecting refugees and providing lifesaving assistance at every point of the way, offering a 24-hour service in many locations, especially to children. Without a doubt, it was uplifting to see so many students, parents and staff joining in to extend their supporting hand to the thousands of people displaced from their home countries due to war. As winter approaches, the UNHCR urgently needs more support to continue to save lives and protect families. During the Zumbathon, we managed to raise €500, which will allow UNHCR to supply synthetic mats for 52 FAMILIES to protect them from sleeping on the ground. THANK YOU!! This is a most significant contribution! The Kindred Project would like to sincerely thank Lisa Greenwood for leading this activity and everyone who supported it.


Primary School News

Message from Emma Butler

How The World Works

This week P3 started a new unit of inquiry. The central idea is, ‘Water is a natural resource that has different scientific reactions and properties.’ Through team games the children observed some of the different properties of water. This was a great example of how P3 are actively engaging in their new unit of inquiry.


More photos here!

Celebrating The Successful Of Our ELD Students

Miss Fiona and I would like to say well done to the Primary ELD (English Language Development) students. In just 6 weeks, they have demonstrated many of our SIS values. They have shown courage and commitment and have proved to be great communicators. Not only have they been learning a new language, but also they have been accessing their curriculum through this language.
Since the start of term they have had great fun learning through diverse activities and it has been a great pleasure observing their progress and watching them grow in confidence.

Well done, just one more week and you will have a well-deserved holiday!


Primary Parent Consultation Meetings

Next week there is an opportunity to discuss your child’s start to the year with their class teacher at our Parent Consultations. Lists to sign up are located inside the front doors of Primary 3 – 6 building and on classroom doors for Primary First children. Meetings with class teachers will be held in classrooms, and with Spanish teachers in the cantina.

P3-P6 Fancy-dress Halloween Party

As in previous years, some D1 students are organizing a Halloween Party for P3- P6 students as one of their CAS activities. It will be held in the theatre on Thursday 22nd October from 6pm till 9pm. Tickets cost 3 euros and will be sold on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during primary break time and/or D1 students will come round classes during the school day. Food and drinks will be provided. It’s a costume party and the best one will win a prize!

Football Tour to Italy


The Under 11 Boys Football team flew to Milan on Wednesday afternoon. Before they departed all players and accompanying staff were delighted to receive their sponsored tour kit from Head of DeVere Finance, Mr. Andrew Oliver. SIS will be playing against the following teams:

• Istitut International Lancy ‘A’ (Switzerland)
• Istitut International Lancy ‘B’ (Switzerland)
• English International School Padua (Italy)
• International School Monaco (Monaco)
• International School Nice (France)
• Schutz American School Alexandria (Egypt)

We hope all their hard work and training leads to a successful tournament!

Readathon is drawing to a close

The last day for counting ‘reading minutes’ will be this Thursday, 22nd October. All students should please remember to bring their Reading Record cards to school on Friday morning so that class totals can be finalised. The winning class (ie the class which has read the most minutes, averaged out by the number of students in that class) will celebrate with an ice-cream party in the Cantina on Friday afternoon. As far as possible, children should also bring sponsorship money to school on Friday and hand it to their class teachers; sponsorship money collected later and brought in after half–term should be taken directly to Anne Adamson in the main library

Secondary School News

Student Council President Election

Next Monday October the 19th, we will have the election for the Student Council President and for other council positions. The candidates for President are Adam Wilson-Barnes, Sarah El Hidraoui, Veronica Malka, Angelina Musayev and Bella Strauli. The election will be during the advisory session and the candidates have been busy promoting their ideas by means of videos and by talking with fellow students. The results for all positions will be announced in our next newsletter, and we wish the best of luck to all candidates.

El Cañuelo Trip

From the 2nd-4th October, the M4 music class along with some M5s and D1s went on a three-day trip to El Cañuelo, a small village in the mountains just past Málaga. We had an open mic night on the first day there, which boosted the confidence of a lot of us. We took part in workshops by professionals such as Les Nemes (Haircut 100), teaching us how to write a song, and then we wrote one of our own and performed it just a few hours later. We got to have fun and get to know each other better, which as a new student I was very grateful for. The beautiful scenery and amazing food definitely helped us with our inspiration! We all performed at least once over the weekend, whether that was alone or in a group – with our own songs or other’s. I was amazed how everyone showed enormous talent, creativity and above all, courage. I enjoyed the trip so much and I hope I will be able to go back again next year.

Mya Fudge


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M1 Casares Trip

On Friday 9th October, M1 students, staff and Mr. Wickersham visited the nearby village of Casares. They visited the Blas Infante museum, wandered through the village and local market (where large amounts of sweets were bought), and clambered up the steep streets to the castle and visitor centre. The children were inspired by the stunning landscapes as well as Mr. Wickersham’s stories and wrote the beginnings of some sensitive pieces of poetry, which they will edit and present to others in their class. Henry Marais and Kerenza Mungles wrote particularly striking and memorable poems. On the way home, students stood underneath a wind turbine and were amazed at its size and sound.

The Casares trip is a great balance of action and learning, and forms the basis of a Humanities/Humanidades pictorial investigation into the history, geography and culture of this special part of Andalucia.


M5 Knowmads

Last Wednesday 7th October a group of M5 students had the opportunity to attend the first Knowmads Junior Day Camp, which took place at the Hotel DoubleTree by Hilton, Reserva del Higuerón, Fuengirola. This is a global initiative that seeks to bridge the gap between the needs of young people, their skills, and the work environment. The programme integrates personal, social and emotional skills that are necessary to balance personal and professional success. Leadership, motivation, social and emotional intelligence, public speaking, creativity and innovation, networking, digital e-commerce, and nutrition and health were some of the topics that were discussed during the course of a very fruitful day.

The M5 students felt “it was a very interesting, inspiring and thought-provoking experience”. They even made new friends from another international school along the coast! We hope that in the future we can continue being part of this valuable initiative.


DP Theatre Trip to London

The DP Theatre students have recently returned from a non-stop, 5 day, 8-11pm visit to London. Whilst there they saw 4 West End shows, including a phenomenal performance of Gypsy with Imelda Staunton. The days were jam packed with workshops offered by the International Schools Theatre Association where they worked with 10 other International schools and over 150 other IB Theatre students. Their explorations included Devising, Japanese Butoh & Kyogen, Artaud, Viewpoints and Boal; all of which will be invaluable in supporting their academic studies.


A great group of students and a great time had by all!

Duathlon Event at Swans

Congratulations to all students who represented SIS on Tuesday at the first ever duathlon event held at Swans International School. Some outstanding performances, particularly on the cross-country course, led to SIS finishing joint second.
A fantastic achievement for all involved, well done!


ESS Field Trip

On Wednesday the D1 Environmental Science students went on a local field trip to investigate ecosystems. They carried out fieldwork to investigate the macro invertebrate biodiversity in different sites along a local river and carried out further analysis to question the possible pollution of the river. In the afternoon they carried out an investigation at the beach looking at how biotic and abiotic factors change along an environmental gradient.



San Roque Boarding House News

The long weekend was a busy one for the boarders where we managed to mix together a bit of Spanish culture, some sporting activity and… a little shopping!  On Saturday, we went to the Spanish Feria del Rosario in Fuengirola where a spectacular number of flamenco dresses were on display.

On Sunday, we tried paddle boarding with mixed success – some of the boarders got significantly wetter than others and on the Monday, we sampled the delights of La Cañada.  All in all, it was a busy and fun three days.


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