School Newsletter 19.01.2018

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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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19th January 2017

Versión española 

 School Calendar

Monday 22 – Wednesday 31 JanuaryM5 Pre Diploma timed assessments
Wednesday 24 JanuaryP5 /P6 Under 11 Handball tournament at Aloha
Wednesday 24 JanuaryD1 Physics trip
Friday 26 JanuarySend a Child to School day – non-uniform, in exchange for a 1€ donation

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On February 1st until February 4th we are hosting over 60 students from 5 different International Schools around Europe for an ISTA theatre festival. This festival is very high profile and we are honoured to also be hosting 2 ISTA board members who wish to come and see our community.

We are however in need of your help!  We are looking for families who can reach out and host a student or two for these few days.  If you have a spare bed (or two) in your house and can support the school in this way, please contact Barbara Peacock at

Last Friday we took part in the first SIS ‘Day without digital’. Staff and students engaged in a day without technology, with some staff even dressing for the part.  Mr. Wickersham brought in his record player and students spent lunchtime listening to vinyl – something that many had never seen before!  Thank you to everyone who supported this event and to those who continued it into the evening at home.

Traffic Safety

This week I am thrilled to announce that we have completed the much-anticipated walkways to help all of our community travel to school in a safer way.  I value your patience as we worked with different associations to achieve this task.  Please make sure your children cross only at zebra crossings and use the traffic lights (the only ones in Sotogrande I believe) to safely cross the road.

Whilst we are starting a new term, I feel it important to remind you about our collective responsibility around traffic safety.  Please take 5 minutes to watch the traffic video.

This week on Monday we hosted visitors from Gibraltar, the Minister and Director for Education came to school to see how we use Apple technology to enhance learning. Following deep discussions with the Gibraltar representatives, I have to say they left amazed, inspired and energized.

Tuesday was a day off timetable for students in M5 as they worked on their Personal Project. It was a lovely opportunity to see the innovative ideas and ingenuity that our students dream up.  This day acted as a point of reflection for them as they move towards the completion of this huge project.

Today we hosted the M1 – M5 Parent Teacher conferences.  I would like to thank all the parents for their time meeting teachers to discuss the academic development of their children.  The experience is so important as we move towards the 2nd half of the academic year.  Primary 1 hosted their Intercultural fair, with P1 parents coming to school to share pockets of information about their own countries with the students. Thank you to you all, as without your support, events such as this would not be possible.

Finally I would like to remind you to complete the intentions form to help us adequately plan for next academic year.

Please note the intentions form is not legally binding, but it does help us to get an indication of potential student numbers for next year. It will help us know how and where we need to invest in staffing.

The official deadline for notifying us of a departure is 4pm 31st March 2018.  Any notification after this date will result in a non-return of deposit.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is comprised of representatives of all SIS stakeholders: parents, students, Board members, staff and Senior Leadership Team. The board meets

monthly to give advice on operational issues related to the growth and direction of the school. Currently the 2 elected parent representatives are Silvia Segura Dominguez ( and Nick Jefferson ( PTA chair Barbara Peacock (, is also a member of the Advisory Board.

Silvia, Nick  and Barbara invite you to contact them by email at any time should you wish to comment, ask questions or pass on any feedback on strategic operational matters. The next board meeting will be on 31st January.

Art Lecture

M5 and D1 arts students were delighted to attend the lecture by Lars Tharp on Chinese Porcelain.

Lars made the history of porcelain come alive through an animated lecture.  He explained the place that porcelain has had in history and the routes that were taken to deliver the precious ware to Europe. Students now know the reason that these works are highly regarded and how they played a part in Western culture.

Special thanks also go to Frederic Avrillaud who arranged for a friend to bring a unique collection of Chinese porcelain bowls and jars to the lecture. Students experienced holding a 1,000 year-old bowl and discussed the question, “Does knowledge about an object make it more valuable?”

This learning experience will support D1 VA development and provide primary research from an expert, for M5’s next unit of investigation in Visual Arts.

The lecture was organised by Margaret O’Farrell.

Stage School schedule change

Dear Parents,

We are always looking at ways to improve the Stage School experience and to enable greater opportunities and access to our Sunday workshops.

Instead of as previously 11am – 2pm, we have decided to deliver 2 hours of LAMDA Acting and Musical Theatre from 12noon until 2pm.  (Maybe you can now get an extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning!)


The term dates remain the same, however there is a significant reduction on the fees.

Term 2 Fees

One child 180 euros (instead of 270 euros)
Two Siblings 288 euros (instead of 432 euros)
Three Siblings 432 euros (instead of 648 euros)

For further information contact Daniel at

The Kindred Project

Uganda 2018 Expedition

Only 4 places left on the Uganda Expedition! We have a wonderful group of students signed up. If your child is in M4-D1 and interested in joining this extraordinary experience, please send us an email to to find out all about it. Don’t miss out!

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 M4-D1 and interested in joining this extraordinary experience, please send us an email to to find out all about it. Don’t miss out!



The Kindred Project is organising a baby product drop at the school
entrance for Hogar Betania on the 29th, 30th and 31st of January. Hogar
Betania is a nonprofit organisation that supports people at risk of social
exclusion. Kindly collaborate to support Hogar Betania’s social projects
for families in need and make a real difference.

We kindly request each year group brings:

Fundamentals: Baby food (jars and pouches)

EC1-P1: Nappies
P2-P4: Baby gel and shampoo
P5-P6: Baby rice + cereals
M1-M3: Baby wipes
M4-M5: Baby Yogurts (non refrigerated)
D1-D2: Cooking oil (sunflower/vegetable)

Thank you


Primary News

Message from Miss Emma Butler

Connecting with our Early Years, Fundamentals

On Wednesday morning Miss Lucia, our Early Childhood Coordinator and I hosted a a coffee morning for parents of children at Fundamentals. Accompanied by Ana Gauni, who coordinates the Fundamentals team, the parents were able to visit the Little Einsteins building, meet our EC1 team and learn about our curriculum.


P3-P6 celebration assembly

Last Thursday and this Tuesday I had the pleasure of leading our second celebration assemblies of this academic year for P3-P6.


Congratulations to all the students who were recognised for their work and efforts during the last half term. Students were recognised for working hard and for modeling our school values.

Well done to all.

P3 Unit of Inquiry – Emmerson, Gala, Jude
P4 Unit of Inquiry – Florence, Alvaro, Manuel
P3 Language – Chiara, Eva, Zack
P4 Language – Camille, Ruairi, Milo
P3 Maths – Elisa, Jasmine, Lilly
P4 Maths – Connor, Marlene, Denis
P3 Spanish – Lola, Gino, Feng-Li
P4 Spanish – Mikella, Ruairi, Elsie
P3 PE – Wences
P4 PE – Andrés
P3 Music – Phoebe
P4 Music – Camille

Sporting success

Congratulations to Teiva from P5 and Carla from P2 who both had success on the slopes last weekend. Both achieved first place in their events. Congratulations to them both and we wish them all the luck in their next events.

Musical Talent Competition

Dear Parents,

This year SIS Primary will be hosting its second annual benefit musical talent competition. All the funds raised will go to the Fabrica dos Sonhos / Dream Factory in Portugal.

The Dream Factory is part of a non-profit organisation called Cova do Mar. Its aim is to create positive change through Education and Social Intervention.

The Dream Factory is established just outside Lisbon in one of the most underprivileged areas in the whole of Europe. It currently supports more than 30 children providing them food and clothes from donations and extra curricular activities that can help them have a different understanding of the world.


For more information please follow this link:

Having children with such a strong consciousness of their role as global citizens, we thought that this would be a wonderful cause to embrace and support.

Please feel more than welcome to join us on the 13th and the 20th of March for the beginning of this great journey.

Luis Saraiva

PYP Music Teacher

Community Project is here!

This week M3 students have started their Community Project with enthusiasm and commitment. The presentation was led by Ms. Gara Hernández and the Community Project supervisors Ms. Díaz, Mr. Smith, Mr. Alejandro, Ms. Kearney, Ms. Wiltshire and Ms. Shuttleworth. This project will run until the middle of the summer term (May) and, although it is an independent research project, it will also involve The Kindred Project and whole school collaboration.

The community project gives students an opportunity to develop awareness of needs and address those needs through service learning. As a consolidation of learning, students engage in a sustained, in‐depth inquiry leading to service as action in either the school, local or global community. The community project emphasizes experiential learning. M3 students will experience the responsibility of completing a significant piece of work over an extended period of time, as well as the need to reflect on their learning and the outcomes of their work, key skills that prepare students for success in further studies.


Boarding House News

This week the boarders were busy getting back into school life, starting with yoga, Boxercise and supermarket trips for those all-important supplies! On Saturday we took a trip to La Cañada where the students all enjoyed some free time to catch up with their friends. We’re looking forward to an exciting weekend, which will include going to see a basketball match and going for a beach walk!


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 asa force for good in the world.

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