School Newsletter 19.12.2014

Dates for your diary 

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Whole School


7th January 2015  First day of Spring Term (Secondary Week 2 timetable)


7th JanuaryUnder 13 Boys Football & Under 13 Girls Basketball at Laude
12th-16th January D2 Mock examination week
12th January M5 Personal Project Product Deadline 
14th January Under 13 Girls Football & Under 13 Boys Basketball at Laude


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Whole School News

From the Head of Teaching and Learning

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Wow, what an eventful week to finish off an amazing term!  Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our wonderful school.  I have really enjoyed my first term as the Head of Teaching and Learning.

Friday evening saw the last of the choir tour performances.  Deepest congratulations go to all of the students who took part and committed to the performances and thanks are extended to Mr. Wickersham and Miss Laura for their support and dedication.

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On Saturday night Las Camelias Hotel hosted a well-attended charity dinner organized by Miss Kini and Miss Rocio, where they managed to raise over €1000 for Hogar Betania.  Sunday witnessed the largest ever Santa fun run in aid of Danii’s charity.  Thanks to all who participated in any way on the day and particular congratulations to the runners who showed wonderful commitment in the rain and cold!

Our festive events began on Monday with our Primary students performing in the playground.  There were festive carols, dance performances and an interesting rendition by the P6 boys of Feliz Navidad!

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Tuesday witnessed the M1 Invention Convention.  It was a wonderful event with some fantastic ideas aimed at helping our communities across the globe from water purification to head lice treatment!  Well done to all of the pupils for their energy and ideas.  In the afternoon we hosted the primary celebration assembly.  My sincerest congratulations go to all of the students who have worked hard this term.  I hope they remember to challenge themselves with their New Year’s resolutions!

On Wednesday and Thursday we saw the P1 and P2 and EC1 and EC2 Christmas performances.  These were very special events, which allowed our youngest students to perform on stage and spread the Christmas spirit. A big thank-you to everyone who collaborated to make this happen.

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Today was the final assembly of the year with a staff pantomime and the children’s Christmas raffle.  It was a wonderful way to celebrate the end of the term with the whole school.

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I wish you all a restful and peaceful Christmas and look forward to welcoming you back in the New Year.

Merry Christmas

Jak Kearney

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Cantina / Catering update

On Wednesday the 3rd of December a delegation from SIS was invited by Sodexo to visit schools in Madrid where Sodexo also provides the catering. Ulrich Schöene (Board member), Enrique del Viso (SIS) and Malene Bjorlow (Parent Ambassador) went to see different cantina models at the French International School, the Universidad Europea de Madrid and IE Business School to see if any of these models can be implemented into SIS.

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Labeling Reminder & Lost Property

Please ensure your child’s clothes, particularly all items of school uniform, are marked with his or her name. Some of the new uniform items e.g. the jumpers come with a sewn-in label especially for this purpose, and when ordering the new sports kit there is an option for kit to be personalized with embroidered initials if wished.

SIS is also happy to endorse HFG Labeling Services whose customized nametapes can be used for all items of clothing and kit.

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Parents please note items of clothing and footwear are regularly left lying around in all areas of the school. Generally these items will remain in the room where they have been left till the next day in the hope that students concerned will come back to look for /collect their property. If not collected after a day or two, items will then be removed to the lost property drawers located in the sports hall entrance area. These drawers are constantly full of unnamed and unclaimed clothing and other lost property e.g. pencil cases.

SIS participation in International Fencing Tournament

Great success of our shooters in the 5th San Roque International Fencing

Alisa Soerev, Jordan Campbell, Ricardo Gamero, Anastasia Pantina, Jasmine Batemann and Itziar Tabares were granted with trophies and medals for her great performance.

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Over 80 athletes coming from the main international schools from all over Costa del Sol and Gibraltar, fenced in this international contest held in San Roque. The students gave a great performance, some of them on their first appearance in a fencing contest, and showed  great sportsmanship and self-respect.

These results keep our athletes and SIS as members of the  Andalucian fencing elite.

An invitation to join the 1st Sotogrande Scout Group

The 1st Sotogrande Scout Group meets from 18.30 – 20.30 every Wednesday during term time in the Timber Building. Our first meeting of 2015 will be on Wednesday 14th January.All young people living in the Sotogrande area and between the ages of 7 and 15 years are most welcome to join us.

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Scouting is all about fun, challenges and adventure. We have weekly meetings, go camping and follow programmes proscribed by the British Scout Association. The group is part of British Scouting Overseas and has active links with scout groups in Spain, Gibraltar, France, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg. Scouts helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment.

Being part of Scouts can help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world.

For more information contact:

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Primary School News

Message from Emma Butler, Head of Primary

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!

Celebration Assembly – Second Half Term 2014

On Tuesday P3-P6 took part in their celebration assembly for this half term and their second unit of inquiry.

Over the last six weeks it has been a great pleasure to talk to all the teachers and observe some of the amazing work that has been going on across P3 to P6. The following students were delighted to be congratulated for their effort and attitudes. Mr. Kearney and I presented them with their ‘value celebration’ certificates. Link to names here

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P6 End Of Unit Presentation

As part of their second unit ‘How We Organize Ourselves’, P6 students had the opportunity to put into practice what they had learnt about marketing.  The focus of the unit was to create a company, make cakes, and using our marketing techniques of influence and persuasion to make sales.  The students displayed their cakes in the reception area on Wednesday and Thursday with the aim of selling them to Primary First parents as they exited the two Christmas shows.  On Wednesday afternoon each of our specially formed companies performed a short marketing presentation to P6 parents.
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There were a lot of nerves, not just about decorating the cakes, but also about pulling together all the preparations they had made.  There were some interesting costumes and marketing ideas on display.  By the end of the unit the students realized that marketing is not as simple as it sounds; requiring not only a recognition of perspectives, but also a lot of organization and teamwork to ensure it functions as it should.

Parent visitors helping student learning in EC1

As part of their unit of inquiry our youngest students have been finding out how Christmas is celebrated in different parts of the world. Thank you to all the parents who joined EC1 to share their home country and festive Christmas traditions.

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Christmas Shows

It was wonderful to watch our younger students this week perform in two Christmas shows.

On Wednesday morning the children from P1 and P2 performed ‘Christmas With The Aliens’ in the theatre for their families and friends. This musical play showed strange visitors to planet Earth, who then learned all about the traditional Christmas story.

The production was a huge success and all the children looked fabulous, sounded great and had a wonderful time.

This was very much a team effort and I would like to thank the P1 and P2 teachers and assistants, the Spanish department, Miss Swords our music specialist, the technical team of P6 students and support staff who controlled the lighting and sound. However, the greatest thanks and congratulations go to the P1 and P2 students themselves who worked very hard to learn their lines, songs and dances and created the decorations and props for the stage and theatre.

Well done P1 and P2; our teachers, families and friends are very proud of you!

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On Thursday morning it was the turn of EC1 and EC2 to spread a little Christmas magic.

We are so proud of our early childhood children, who once again have given us the true feeling of the spirit of Christmas. Four Primary 5 students very ably and professionally supported the children throughout the performance and after practising their lines, songs and dances for the last month; the children came up with their own unique talented show. Parents were delighted, and in many cases astonished to learn that the correct version for this show really was indeed ‘Kanga the Red Nosed Reindeer’!

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Santa Fun Run

Well done to all the students from Primary (listed below) who joined in the Santa Fun Run last Sunday. They helped raise money for Danii’s charity and they all enjoyed a great day despite having to run in the rain!

From P2 Sam & Indie; from P3 James, Oscar & Timor; from P4 George, Jago & Rowan; from P5 Josh, Chloe, Jim, Charlie & Mali and from P6 Harrison.

(Jago was 1st, James 2nd and Jim 3rd in the under 10s section).

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Carol Service, Sotogrande Church

Last Friday our school choirs performed in the carol service at Sotogrande Church.

The event was a great success and we have received many compliments on the standard of our choirs who sang beautifully and the lovely boy soloists who opened the service.

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Secondary News

The M1 Invention Convention 2014 

On Tuesday 16th December, M1 students opened the doors of the Timber building to the 2014 Invention Convention.  This year the convention was student-led and based on their study of the needs of people we try to help via The Kindred Project. The M1 students researched the type of materials they would be able to access in Uganda, interviewed SIS students from previous expeditions and tried to create sustainable inventions that could be self-generating.

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As the visitors walked from room to room, they were dazzled by the many innovations which included new ways to filter water, drone quad-copters that could drop valuable supplies across different terrain, new ways to prepare and cook food, solar charged transportation methods, and plasters that heal as they protect against infection. It was truly an inspiration to see such empathy for others and showed M1 students to be the next generation in our “force for good in the world”.

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Coffee with the Head of Middle School and MYP Coordinator

Many thanks to those parents who met with Mr. Kevin Stone and Mrs. Belén Gonzalez last Wednesday morning.

Feedback from the term was very positive and a number of interesting areas were discussed. Support for initiatives and positive suggestions for further progress were much appreciated.

Forthcoming Sports Fixtures

Wednesday 7th January 2pm-5pm

Under 13 Boys Football vs. Laude at San Pedro (Mr. Kevin Dennis & Ash Thomas)

Under 13 Girls Basketball vs. Laude at San Pedro (Miss Marre)

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Wednesday 14th January 2pm-5pm

Under 13 Girls Football vs. Laude at San Pedro (Miss Marre)

Under 13 Boys Basketball vs. Laude at San Pedro (Mr. Alvaro Fernandez)

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