School Newsletter 18.12.2015

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Friday, 18th December

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Dates for your diary
  • 11th January 2016            First day of term, welcome back!
  • 13th January                     M5 Deadline for completion of Personal Project product
  • 14th-22nd January           D2 Mock Examinations 
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.


Message from the Head

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for your support at the Christmas fair, next year I will try and avoid the beard getting stuck whilst abseiling!!

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We have had a busy week as always at SIS; with numerous performances from the SIS stage show extravaganza on Monday evening to the staff Pantomime today.

Thank you to all the staff who have worked so hard to create some magic on the run up to Christmas.  The EC1 and 2 children certainly stepped up to the stage and shone!  It was lovely being able to see them take the spotlight!  The P1and P2 show, Christmas Around the World, was a lovely display of international mindedness and very educational!  The P3 alternative Christmas play, which was delivered 100% in Spanish, was equally entertaining.  These shows displayed our students’ confidence to perform in both English and Spanish.

Our D1 students have now completed their group 4 science projects, which were themed around “the science behind Christmas”.  Students displayed their efforts on Tuesday afternoon.  The primary students who were attending when I visited were really engaged in the interactive science investigations that our students had created.  Wednesday saw Guinness world record holder and 2 time World Memory Champion David Thomas return to run a 1day intensive revision day for students in D2.  They should now be fully geared up for the run up to the mock exams in January.

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I would like to extend my congratulations to the Student council for their shoebox initiative.  We delivered over 100 boxes to Hogar Betania on Wednesday night.

This morning 60 keen and determined athletes (students, parents & staff) braved the chilly waters of the swimming pool to complete the first SIS Polar Bear challenge. Never has a cup of hot chocolate been so welcome!

I would also like to express my sincerest thanks for your ongoing support and wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas, full of fun and festive cheer.  I look forward to welcoming you back in 2016 for another wonderful year at SIS.

Happy Christmas,

Jak Kearney


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Whole School News
Sharing Christmas Campaign
A massive thank you to all the staff, students and parents who have helped and contributed to this year’s shoe box appeal. On Tuesday our Student Council took a huge 130 boxes to Hogar Betania to make some very special people feel very important this Christmas. What a wonderful Chirstmas and community spirit was shown.
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Thank you from the Student Council, KP and Fundamentals.

Santa Fun Run

An invitation to the whole community to take part a 5km Fun Run on Sunday 20th December in aid of Danii Cancer Charity – The run will start at 11.30am at Puerto Sotogrande car park by security date and finish at The Lemon, Sotogrande. Christmas lunch and post event entertainment will be on offer at the Lemon. Santa suits will be on sale as entry fee.

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SIS Lucky Dip Competition Spot our advert in the Easy Jet inflight magazine during the month of December!
Take a photo of the advert with you (selfie) ​and send it together with your flight
​dates and ​destination to
You might be the lucky person to win a free entrance and T-shirt to the SOTOROX festival, which will take place on Thursday 18th February!
Have a safe flight!​

The Marketing Team

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PTA News

Please find minutes from the 1st December meeting linked here.
Date of next meeting: Tuesday 19th January 9.15am in the Cantina.
All parents welcome!
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Primary School News

Christmas Theatre at Fundamentals

On Thursday 10th December P3 students performed a play in Spanish, ‘The Star of Bethlehem’ for the children at Fundamentals. Everyone enjoyed a fun morning; laughing, dancing and singing altogether.
Bravo, P3!

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Link to get some photos:

Opera in the courtyard

On Tuesday morning Primary students were treated to a short and spine-tingling performance in the courtyard by famous Russian opera star Maria Gulik. Ms Gulik is in Sotogrande to visit some old friends who happen to have children at our school.

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Message from Emma Butler

I would like to thank all the teachers and students who helped prepare and who performed in the three wonderful Christmas performances from this week. In total over 170 students from EC1 to P3 took part.

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On behalf of the primary school teachers and myself, I would like to wish all the students, their families and friends a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Secondary School News


Theatre Festival Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th December

Last week we spent two evenings celebrating the work of our D1 Theatre Arts group with a devised piece called “Cinders, the M4 Elective group performing a scripted piece “The Audition”, a variety of LAMDA monologues and showcase work from the M2 drama groups who performed two mime and movement works based on the theme of The Elements. Our very own Anne Adamson performed a monologue by Alan Bennett from the Talking Heads series, which was very poignant and moving. Over 45 students were involved supported by our wonderful lighting technicians and of course a packed audience of staff and parents for both performances. Comments such as “Fantastic performances” and “I was so delighted and impressed with the high standard of acting and producing” were ringing in our ears on the Thursday when we all finally landed on our feet!
Helen Warrick

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GCP December Update

It has been a very exciting term for our curious and enterprising GCP students as from the beginning of the year they have been exposed to different service learning opportunities.  They have organised 4 Mufti Days and activities for the International Human Rights Day, participated actively in 2 workshops about Social Entrepreneurship by Alma Natura, and have done great volunteering at Hogar Betania during the Garden Project.  They are even starting up their own student-led business by themselves, which you will hear more about soon!

Our students make a difference and are changing the world!
We are also happy to announce that with the money raised by their events, they have achieved their goal to send Sadaam, Sharon and Raymond to school in Uganda! The Kindred Project feels strengthened and supported by the student-led GCP activities.
Reshma Jagmohan

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San Roque Boarding House News

Merry Christmas!

The SIS Boarders would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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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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