School Newsletter 22.01.2016

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

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Friday, 22nd January

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Message from the Head

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On Thursday last week our D2 students began their intensive mock exams.  Throughout this week they have been studying hard and sitting up to 2 exams a day.  We are eagerly awaiting their results to allow teachers to give feedback and help them progress towards their final exams in May.  I wish to applaud their determination, commitment and attendance.

This week we are proud to announce the success of several of our students in various creative writing competitions. SIS secondary students secured 3 first places and 2 second places in a local inter-school contest and P4 student Milo Smith won a runner-up prize in an online ‘Small but Mighty Writers’ competition.

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Monday morning was the 4th Parent Ambassador training workshop. Mr. Paul Templeton ran the session to educate our Parent Ambassadors on the history of the school, the founding vision, purpose and values.  The next training event will be on January 26th.  If you are interested in joining the Parent Ambassador programme next academic year, please email Sara Hagglof at

On Tuesday this week we hosted Swans school as a pre cross-country friendly practice.  Students from P5 -D1 competed against the best from Swans and performed well.  This event is a wonderful example of unity within our school, with pupils from Primary and secondary supporting each other, experiencing a shared activity and celebrating as one.  We wish the team luck when they compete against a large number of other international schools next week.

On Tuesday afternoon we hosted an art lecture on Goya, facilitated by the local branch of The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS). This is a leading arts charity which opens up the world of the arts through a network of local societies and national events.
Thank you to people within our community who attended the lecture and supported our arts progamme.

On Thursday our M3 Humanidades students were on a trip to Malaga where they were investigating how societies overcome the challenges of cities.  Students will be comparing and contrasting Malaga in Roman times with Malaga in the year 2016.

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Finally you will have received a mail shot about the fee structure for next academic year.  If you have not received this, please let Henry, our receptionist, know ASAP by emailing  May I remind you that if you choose not to return next year, you need to inform the admissions team in writing by 4pm on March 18th to ensure the satisfactory return of your deposit. To assist in our planning for next year, we would very much value your completing this questionnaire regarding your intentions.  Please note this questionnaire is not legally binding.

I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney


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Whole School News

Sotorox is coming!

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Summercamps 2016, Join now!

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NADFAS Art lecture on Goya

Tuesday’s art lecture on Goya, by renowned artist Ghislaine Howard, gave the students of D1 and M5 along with other members of the school community, a chance to experience how artists draw inspiration from studying the great artists from the past and to observe at first hand the results of Ms. Howard’s own work, which she shared with us.
This excellent lecture, which supported the Art curriculum on many levels, was facilitated by our close working relationship with NADFAS and Mrs. Felicity Navarro.
The next SIS NADFAS lecture, ‘Pop goes the Artist from Warhol to Dylan’ by Dr. Suzanne Fagence Cooper, will take place in May.
Margaret O’Farrellimage picSIS La Concha Challenge

I would like to invite (challenge) you to take part in the “SIS La Concha Challenge”.  This will take place, under guided supervision, on Saturday 6th February. We will be leaving from the El Refugio de Juanar car park at 9:00am. We would hope that students from P6 upwards and of course wider family members, will join us in our ascent to the top, (M1 and younger students should be accompanied by a family member), followed by a well deserved lunch and our journey down. The whole event should take around 6-7 hours so it is certainly not for the faint-hearted. We anticipate returning to the El Refugio car park for around 4pm. The cost for guided supervision is 20 euros per person and students are asked to collect a sponsorship form from the PE Department.

Alastair Gibson 

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PTA News

The PTA will be holding an open coffee morning in English for all parents and guardians in Pasteleria OK in Pueblo Nuevo on Monday 1st February at 09.00. Please come along and meet other parents from school and have a chat.
This event will be repeated  – same venue, same time – on Wednesday 17th February and on this occasion our conversation will be In Spanish
Everyone welcome!

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Primary School News

Celebrating writing success!   Well done, Milo in P4.Recently Milo Vivian Smith wrote a story and entered it into the Small but Mighty Writers competition. His story “The box” was awarded a runners-up prize. Normally runners-up stories don’t get published but the organisers were very interested in the techniques Milo used to write it. He used the story mountain structure he learned here at school and actually made the box he wrote about and used it in a role-play to develop his story.  Well-done Milo! Great to see you applying your skills.

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And skiing success!

Well done also to P6 student, Mihail Budilova who came second in a Giant-slalom and third in a Super-giant in Sierra-Nevada last weekend.

Myrtle visits Primary 1

This week Kelly Lewis-Cole, our School Psychologist had the pleasure of joining some of our P1 students for a lively discussion about friendship skills. With the help of her little friend, Myrtle, the students thought about how to help our friends and classmates to meet personal targets (being a good friend, respecting other people’s personal space, sticking to the playground Golden Rules, etc.) and how to be assertive in telling our friends how we like to be treated. They also talked about how important it is at the start of a new school term to turn over a new leaf.  Myrtle and Kelly are going to be coming back to chat with the P1 students about friendship for the next few weeks.

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Visitors to Primary 3

On Wednesday morning P3 welcomed a group of visitors connected with a new local charity, Soto Cats Rescue.  Guillermo Paez Rueda, who founded the charity introduced the talk with some photos of rescued cats; the mayor of Guadiaro spoke to the children about compassion towards animals and then local vet, Annabel Marín Garcia, introduced the concept of animals having a conscience.  The presentation concluded with Sotogrande author Amanda Farrow Wise (Adelaide Godwin) who talked to us about her two cat novels and about her involvement with the charity.  To the children’s great excitement, they brought along two rescue cats to show the children.

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Secondary School News


Málaga University Fair
As part of the University & Career Programme at Sotogrande, a number of interested D1 students will be visiting the University fair in Málaga on 2nd February. During the visit, our students will have the opportunity to learn about the different options offered by universities, both private and public, in Spain and abroad.

You can visit the Unitour website at the following link:

If you are interested in attending as well, it will take place at the following address:
Hotel NH Málaga, C / San Jacinto 2 (Old Avda. Río Guadalmedina, s/n)

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We will be leaving the school at 09:00 and will return by 15:45.
The accompanying teacher will be Miss Lourdes and all students attending the fair are expected to wear school uniform.

Please fill in the form authorising the visit before January 27th.

The Community Project is here!

This week M3 students have started their Community Project with enthusiasm and commitment. This started with a presentation led by Ms. Hernández and the M3 supervisors Ms. Díaz, Miss Sánchez, Mr. Kennedy and Ms. Wiltshire. 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.

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The Community Project gives students an opportunity to develop awareness of needs and address those needs through service learning. As a consolidation of learning, the community project engages in a sustained, in‐depth inquiry leading to service as action in either the school, local or global community. The community project emphasises experiential learning. Students 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 study.

Gara Hernandez

Writing Success for SIS

The results of this year’s Inter-school Creative Writing Contest involving Aloha, Swans and SIS, have now been announced and we have had one of our most successful years ever. We won three of the six prizes on offer and two of our students secured second places.
In the competition for writers in English, Madeline Peacock (M1-M3) and Alexander Stiles (M4-M5) secured first places in their age groups. Carmen Perez De La Blanca Echevarria was second in the latter category.

In the contest for writers in Spanish, Elena Antolin Merino (M4-M5) won her age group prize and Enola Gavira Gavira (M1-M3) was second in her section.
We congratulate all the above students for their wonderful achievements.

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Maria Jesus Alvarez Diaz, a participating teacher from Swans, commented: “Once again we have enjoyed this fantastic competition and we congratulate Aloha for the excellent organization. We think that such contests are necessary, not only for our students to demonstrate their writing potential but also to offer them the opportunity to interact with students from other schools and share experiences. We hope that next year all participants enjoy the experience again at Swans and wish to continue the contest for many years to come.”

Richard Tong & Lourdes Villafranca

Sporting Success

Congratulations to SIS M3 Boys and M4 Girls for their excellent performances in Wednesday’s sports fixtures!

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The boys football team triumphed 6 – 4 against Laude in their opening game and quickly followed on with another great 4- 1 victory over Swans. Our ladies did not let us down either with SIS drawing their first basketball match with Swans 25 – 25 and then a thrilling encounter with Laude which ended in a 10 – 10 draw.

Well-done SIS!

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Boarding House News

Boarding House News

On Saturday, the boarders turned up en masse to support Nele who had her very own photo exhibition in Estepona.  It was a great event and it was evident from her response questionnaires that her fellow boarders took a lot from it. Even though it is only January, the temperate climate also allowed a number of selfies on the beach to take place. On Sunday the boarders went to the cinema in Puerto Banus.

We will be springing into action this weekend with a visit to the trampoline centre in San Pedro.  If you would like to come along and join us, please do email to check if there will be any spaces available.

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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