Dear Parents and guardians,
Since the CIS and NEASC visit in April, we have been working on reflecting on our School Mission. Missions are critical for organisations as they give a clear sense of direction and purpose. As I wrote to you last year in May, we wanted to reflect to see if our mission aligned with who we were. We asked you to complete a simple Google form to get your feedback on how you see us as a school, what we do well and what we should aspire to be.
We asked for feedback in a similar way from students and staff at SIS during the summer term. Over the summer the SLT met to look at the data and began to put together key words to help align the thoughts and feelings of all stakeholders. It was felt that our mission needed to reflect more clearly who we now are as a school.
The whole process has been deeply collaborative, with lots of time spent reflecting on what it means to be part of the Sotogrande International School.
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.
This Mission statement will act as our guiding star as we move forward. It will help us to make decisions when we are unclear and help to bond our community.
Internationalism at SIS means enabling and encouraging open mindedness, appreciation and respect for our culturally diverse community.
I would like to thank each and every one of you who helped to contribute to the development of our new mission and definition of Internationalism. I feel excited about leading the school on its journey with a mission that has been created collaboratively and now truly reflects who we are.
Whole School News
SIS DISCOVERY DAY – Get to know your school
On Thursday October 27th 09.30-14.00 we are organising a special event to allow parents to come and get a snapshot of what their children are experiencing every day.
SIS has talent!
The 3 weeks of auditions are finally over and the cast list has been finalised. It was tough selecting the right student for the right role. There seemed to be even more talent than usual this year and at one point we were seriously considering the possibilities of having 4 Blousy Brown´s and a couple of Bugsy´s! Rehearsals are now in full swing and our 70+ cast and crew will be sweating blood and tears to prepare yet another SIS ‘knock ‘em dead’ show. It may seem like many months away but we are aiming for performance perfection and we have a lot of work to do.
Exciting news for all SIS footballers! Adolfo Aldana’s coaching team will be running the football camp from the 2nd – 5th November, and Adolfo himself will be running the training session on Thursday 3rd November. Adolfo Aldana played for many top Spanish teams including Real Madrid and
Primary School News
Next week on Monday to Thursday we have our Primary Parent Consultations. Sign up sheets can be found outside the Primary buildings.
Next week’s Primary after school clubs
Please note that clubs run after school by teachers will not be happening next week. Please contact directly for clubs run by external providers who use the primary classes as these clubs may not be happening or may be based in a different location.
Reading to our youngest students at Fundamentals
First edition of the ‘Primary News’
Congratulations to Miss Lisa and her Primary News club who this week published their first edition of the Primary News. It is the club’s intention to publish a newsletter once a month. Copies of this first one have been displayed around the Primary buildings. Next month it will also be accessible via a link on the newsletter.ReadathonReadathon finishes on Thursday 27th October; students should ensure they bring their Record Sheet to school on Friday 28th so that all final reading minutes can be added to their class totals. The winning class will then be notified and invited to an ice-cream party in the Cantina during afternoon school.
Students should also hand in sponsorship money to class teachers on Friday morning (or after half term holiday if extra time needed to collect it).
Secondary School News
We are presently offering Mathematics and English preparation support for Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) for boarding students planning to apply for American Universities. After half term (week beginning 7th November), these preparation lessons will be opened to non-boarding SIS students at a small charge of 10 euros per session. These evening classes will take place in the San Roque boarding house. Mathematics SAT support begins at 20.15 on Monday and English support at 20.15 on Wednesday.
Model United Nations (MUN) is an activity in which students typically role-play delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. This is usually an extra-curricular activity that takes place at MUN conferences, which are generally organised by a high school or university/college MUN club.
Benefits of participation for students include:
This activity also fulfills many of the Learning Outcomes for an MYP Service Activity, a compulsory requirement of our MYP Programme; so although not specifically aligned with any one subject, it is very much an integral part of our M5 students’ educational experience. We hope the students will find it to be an interesting learning experience and, although they are dealing with serious issues, a very different yet fun day.
Thank-you in advance to all the parents who have very kindly responded to a PTA request to help with catering; if you would like to contribute and could supply some snacks for our delegates to enjoy during their busy day, please whattsapp Barbara on 645428083 or email@example.com
The Power Day Impact
The Power Day last Friday was a great success. We had fun, worked on trust, shared personal stories, and comforted each other when needed. At times it was confrontational, it demanded a lot of vulnerability and courage, yet resulted in greater understanding of each other.
The impact of this unique project results not only from the method which breaks down barriers like age, cultural background and gender, but also from its inclusive approach. Increasing mutual respect and reducing the chances of judgmental behaviour is something you work on together, as a community. M3 students, teachers, parents, all were involved. A very important element was the international collaboration with the Dutch University of Applied Science Inholland, which gave the Dutch Social Work students a chance to practise their coaching skills abroad.
Teacher: “Our school needed this years ago”
On behalf of the Global Citzenship team, thank you to all students, teachers, parents and to the Dutch delegation for making this Power Day part of our school community!
For more information, contact Reshma Jagmohan: firstname.lastname@example.org
M1 Casares trip
M4 Spanish language acquisition
“Kids can save lives!” – CPR session with school nurse
As part of the European Day to raise awareness of cardiac arrest (Oct. 16) M4 Spanish language acquisition students attended a practice session with the school nurse about how to respond to a cardiac arrest. Students put into practice their oral communication skills in Spanish, and learnt techniques that even a child can perform, such as cardiac massage. Many thanks to the school nurse, Lynette Hillman, for her collaboration with the Spanish department to carry out this efficient, interesting and motivating session with the students and making an effort to do so in Spanish.
University & Careers
This week we have had a report from student Jack Burgess´visit to Herriot-Watt University in Scotland. The full review will be posted on my website. SIS Universities & Careers
University Center EUSA
Mrs. Maite Bureau informed our students about the different degrees in Journalism and Audiovisual Communication, Advertising and Public Relations.
Boarding House Music Room Redecoration
Psychology Drop In Sessions at Boarding
Two members of the SIS Psychology / Student Support department, Ruth and Ravi, are running these drop-in sessions for boarders to talk about any concerns in a confidential environment. Whether it is issues surrounding homesickness, family life, or challenges in the school environment, at least one of our two Assistant Psychologists will be available between 5pm and 6pm every Monday and Friday during term time to discuss any concerns that boarders may have in a supportive and non-judgmental setting.
ASSIST NEWS – DISCOUNTS AND PRIVILEGES
Reminder: Your Assist membership card is at the back of your SIS security access card.
SUNBORN GIBRALTAR offers a “Children Stay free” on board their 5 star floating hotel
ALFABARA BEAUTY CLINIC en Los Barrios offers a 10% discount on all body and beauty treatments
EL MOTOR 2, the hardware store located in Pueblo Nuevo offers a 10% discount on any purchase
MANUEL O GUEVARA Osteopathy offers a 20€ off, on a session at your home
Check all the exceptional offers from Assist partners at: http://assist.guide/#offers
The Kindred Project – Upcoming student led events:
‘Send a Child to School Day’
Thank you for your continued support.
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