School Newsletter 17.06.2016

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

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School Newsletter – 17th June 2016

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Dates for your diary

Further information about some of these events may be found by clicking on the relevant date on the school website calendar, and/or if relevant your child’s primary class Googlesite.

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Message from the Head


Dear Parents and Guardians,

As the European football fever hit SIS, the weather and number of events increased! Congratulations to our P6 band who played 2 events last weekend. Firstly a fundraiser at Floria on Friday evening for an orphanage project in Uganda and secondly the end of year football celebrations at San Enrique. 25 of our singers performed at an event at the Spanish stray dogs home in Estepona on Saturday.

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Also over the weekend, 13 year old Thomas Wigley came 2nd in The Voice (Costa del Sol) adult
singing competition; well done Thomas!

Congratulations also to P6 student Jacob Posner-Kane, who came first in the aged 9-13 category at the Show Jumping Andalucia Championship in Cordoba on Friday.

On Monday the winner of the House Sportsday competition was finally announced: the Egyptians! Congratulations to all students who participated in a total of 20 events over 3 weeks to complete this secondary sports Olympiad.

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Tuesday was the final PTA meeting of the year. Sincerest thanks to everyone who has contributed to the year through the PTA. The number and size of the events this year were a real WOW! The support for the walk to school in October, volume of parent coffee mornings and the recent first aid and life saving initiatives have really been fantastic. I am looking forward to further developing links with the PTA next year.

The PTA teacher appreciation day occurred on Thursday.  Members of the PTA kindly baked cakes to recognise and celebrate the work that teachers do.  The event culminated with some words written from students.  A bouquet of flowers was donated by Florium and a small raffle was held to win it.  The lucky winner was Steven Sanders! On behalf of all the teachers, thank-you parents!

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This week the Aladdin rehearsals have taken over the playground. I have really enjoyed seeing the show come together, with increased presence from our performers on the big stage. The singing, drama and choreography promises to be fantastic. I would like to remind you that there are only a limited number of tickets on offer, so please make sure you buy early to avoid disappointment.

On Thursday The Kindred Project held a charity jumble sale and awareness afternoon.  Students took part selling uniform, cakes and books that have been donated.  They also took the opportunity to educate parents and other students about the projects that have been supported over the year, indicating the money raised for each project.  The students displayed project work, Julian in M2 showed the video he had created about Hogar Betania that was shown before the Red Red Shoes performance, and Ramon in M3 exhibited a beautiful photographic book he had made about Hogar Betania for his M3 community project.

This week the M5 students have been on work experience, many thanks to the numerous members of our community who have offered placements. If you feel you could offer a placement for our students next year, please do make contact with us through Our M1– M3 students and our D1 students have been focusing on their end of year exams, which next week will also include M4 students.  These important assessments will help our teachers complete the end of year reports and generate final grades for the year. We wish our students well on this journey.

Throughout this week our music students have been appraised by examiners from the Rock School and Trinity College London. We eagerly await the results from both these prestigious music exam boards.

As we move towards the end of the term and thinking about school uniform for next year, I would like to inform you that, as always each summer, El Corte Ingles will be setting up a special school uniform ‘shop within a shop’ in both stores. In Algeciras store this will be opening on 20th June and in Puerto Banus store from 27th June, exact locations within each store are still to be confirmed. The start of the academic year is always very busy, so if you choose to purchase early and find that your child has outgrown the uniform, El Corte Ingles will offer a free returns policy. Also with regard to uniform, I would like to remind you that only 100% black shoes and trainers will be allowed from September, and trousers in a jeans or chino style cotton should be avoided.

I wish you a wonderful weekend,

Jak Kearney


Whole School News

A message from the librarian

Parents, your help is requested to ensure your children return all outstanding library resources by Thursday 23rd June.
Students (and parents) are welcome to borrow books to read over the summer period, assuming of course they are returning to SIS in September, however these need to be processed from today onwards as new loans.

The Kindred Project news

Sponsor a child to go to school in Uganda

Through the teachers, students and parents at SIS we sponsor a total of 35 children to go to our partner school in Uganda. Through the Kindred Project you can also be part of promoting education as a force for good and giving a child a good start in life.

If you would like to find out more about this program, and/or sponsor a child right now, speak to Jess at:

Thank you!

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PTA News

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Water/Pool Safety Demonstration

Wednesday 22nd June
09:30 – 10:30
Venue to be confirmed

Now that swimming season is upon us, we would like to invite you to a demonstration on basic safety around pools and open water, and what to do if something does go wrong. The demonstration will include water safety, accident prevention, casualty management and basic CPR. Please note that this is ONLY a demonstration, and not a first aid course.
There are a maximum of 16 places available, and the session will be free. Please contact to reserve your place!
A big thank you to Ali Gibson for organising this.

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Coincidentally in the UK, the 18th– 26th June is National Drowning Prevention Week!
SILA’s end of year SPANISH CLUB and KIDZ CLUB PARTY Come and join us for biscuits, juice, games and balloons to help us celebrate at our end of year party!  Tuesday 21st June, 4pm in the P1- P2 porch-patio – everyone welcome!

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SIMA Rock Camp 2016

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By all accounts, last year’s SIMA “Rock Camp 2015” was a smash hit. The participants not only spent a week singing and performing music, they also recorded themselves in the SIMA studio and wrote original songs, which sound like something you might hear on the radio! (Don’t believe us? Check out
This year SIMA (The Sotogrande International Music Academy) is back with Rock Camp 2016 and they are offering two alternative schedules, one in July and one in August. Anyone between 8 and 18 years of age can apply.  If you’re interested in signing up for this unique and unforgettable experience, please contact SIMA sooner rather than later as places are limited to only 14 per camp. To find out more, please see’t miss it! Email Paul on or call 645-13-13-76 to reserve your place.


Primary School News

Tickets for this performance and for reserving a DVD will be on sale before and after school at the school gate on Monday and on Tuesday morning, if there are any left! Don’t leave it too late, buy your tickets as soon as possible!

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Invitation to Primary Prize giving and P6 Graduation

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End of year checking

Please help your child by checking round everywhere  (house, car, locker, bottom of school bag, etc.) to locate and return all school resources, particularly primary Spanish or English reading books and library books or DVDs.

End of year Sleepover

On Saturday 25th June there will be an End of Year Sleepover for P4-P6 in the gym.  The cost will be 30 euros and the money raised will go to two charities:  Phab kids and our KP partners the Yanapuma Foundation in Ecuador.

Secondary School News

Message from Kevin Stone

Dear Middle School parents,

Please note forthcoming important dates for your diary. Pastoral leaders have distributed or will be sending out full details very shortly.

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Wednesday 22nd June
M5 into D1 Diploma Induction Day

Thursday 23rd June
M1 Inter disciplinary unit celebration – parents welcome
M2 and M3 Student led conferences – parents will need to arrange meeting times
M4 Personal Project Launch
M5 Celebratory day trip to Marbella

Friday 24th June
M1 to M4 Pastoral celebration trips
M5 Graduation preparation and Graduation

Message from MYP Coordinator to M4 parents

Dear Parents,

It is that time of the year again! M4 examinations start next week.
From Monday 20th to Wednesday 22nd exams will take place in the examination hall/gym.
All M4 students MUST arrive by 8:45 am and wait outside the gym where they will be registered.

In order to avoid traffic queues, may I please ask parents to leave with plenty of time so that your children arrive promptly. This will help with the smooth running of the exams.
Many thanks for your support.
Good luck to all our M4 students!

Belén Gonzalez

Invitation to M5 Graduation

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Boarding News

The Sotogrande International Boarders took full advantage of the incredible local amenities over the weekend. On the Saturday, we went paddleboarding out to sea and down the Guadiaro River. On the Sunday, we practised scuba diving in the Boarding House pool before taking all the equipment over to Torreguadiaro Beach in search of fish along the coast.  It was a tremendous weekend where new skills were learnt and memories created.

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

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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.

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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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