School Newsletter 23.01.2015

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Dates for your diary

Please note Friday 6th February is not a Professional development day (now on 2nd March)

Whole School

26th January Parents Workshop: How to help your teenager build self-esteem
28th January

P5-D1 Interschool cross-country, selected pupils

30th January 

Send a friend to school’ Mufti day, 1 Euro in exchange for wearing home clothes

6th FebruarySIS Great Bake-Off Competition 2015
2nd MarchProfessional Development day – No school


28th JanuaryP5-D1 Interschool cross country, selected pupils
29th January P1 Unit related trip to San Pablo
29th January Parent Workshop: Supporting Primary Reading
3rd FebruaryP5/P6 Interschool handball competition, selected pupils
4th FebruaryEC2 Unit related trip: Sabinillas, Manilva and Sotogrande
30th April Primary Student Led Conferences Day (no school)
13th MayP6 PYP Exhibition for parents and school community


19th March Careers & University Convention at SIS


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Whole School News

From the Head of Teaching and Learning

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I would like to begin by reminding you to please either return the reply slip regarding your intentions for next year to your child’s class teacher / advisor, or submit your response by clicking here.  The deadline is Monday, 23rd January.  Meeting this deadline would help us to effectively plan for your child’s education next year.

Our week of uniform clampdown at the gate last week was very positive.  We really value your support in helping to make the students at our school look smart, a factor which helps to change our image for the better.

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I would like to welcome and introduce Mitzi Ingram and Hugo Chittenden, both of whom will be working with the English Language Development students. Next week I will ask them to write a little bit about themselves and get a photo taken so you can put a face to a name.

Congratulations to our D2s for completing their mock exams.  The week was very intense, but a great experience which hopefully will help them to boost their revision programme ahead of the exams in May.  D2 reports will be available next Monday, 26th January.

On my weekly walk around I witnessed some of the deep debrief Science staff were giving our D2 students following the mock exams.  In addition I spent some time with the individuals and societies team.  I listened to some big picture thinking about the causes of World War 2 with the D1 History students, learnt about the effects of methane on our world with D1 Geography students and taught some maths to the D1 Business and management students, discussing how companies can warp statistics through diagrams.  As I walked out of the Secondary building I was nearly run down by the ever-enthusiastic P5 students who were all practising for the Inter School Cross Country event which will take place next Wednesday.

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On Thursday our M2, M3 and M4 GCP students were lucky enough to take part in a workshop on “Communication” led by Miguel Ángel Guisado, a communication expert and CEO of Habilor. Also in this session students met “Fearless John” who spoke about his inspiring single-handed bike journey; he is the first person ever to ride a bicycle to the South Pole!!

Finally I wish all students who enter the best of luck in the SIS great bakeoff competition that was launched this week.  The event will take place in school on Friday February 6th, but I know students will be practising at home.

I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Jak Kearney

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SIS Great Bake-Off Competition 2015

Do you like beautiful big cakes? Are you a cupcake connoisseur? Or are you captivated by cookies?

SIS welcomes the launch of its first school bake-off open to all students from P6 to Diploma.

The competition will take place on Friday 6th February 2015. Application forms are available online or at reception.

Closing date for applications is Friday 6th February.

Competition details and terms and conditions are available from the school reception.

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Future Happenings

Careers & University Convention on Thursday March 19th from 3pm – 5pm at SIS

The SIS Careers & University Convention is focused on offering our students an insight into the world of work, business and professions, to help them with their future plans.

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We are inviting a range of professions and businesses to give our students a comprehensive introduction to potential careers.

Would your company be interested in sharing your knowledge and experiences with students & parents?

There will be short presentations where professionals will give a more focused view to small groups of students and parents.

As a modern, sophisticated establishment at the cutting edge of international education, SIS offers a pool of high calibre, well-qualified international students who are interested in careers as well as university.

Students attending will be from year groups M3 to D2 (age 13 to 18).

All participants are invited to an informal networking and thank you reception from 5 to 6pm.  

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Primary News

Guest speakers enrich learning for our Primary School students

Within our Primary School we acknowledge the importance of inviting guest speakers into our classrooms. Throughout the year all year groups benefit from the many voluntary ‘experts’ who offer their time to come in and enrich the students’ learning.

Guest speakers, or ‘experts’ as we like to call them, can provide extra opportunities when raising issues, imparting real-life experiences, consolidating understandings and allowing the children to make connections between what they ‘learn’ in school and the world around them.

This week P1 students from Miss Gabi’s class thoroughly enjoyed finding out and asking questions about India as parents from our community very kindly led the children on a magical journey to experience another culture first-hand.  Dressed in traditional costumes, the children danced their way to Bollywood, visited the Taj Mahal, sampled the local cuisine and played cricket with great enthusiasm.

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We would like to thank all the ‘experts’ who have supported us in the past and look forward to seeing you all again in the future.

If you could be interested in sharing your expertise or interests, please contact Emma Butler on

Workshops For Parents

On Thursday Emma Butler, Head of Primary and Andrea Bennett, PYP Coordinator, led a ‘hands on’ Primary School Parent Workshop. The parents and parent ambassadors who attended took part in a variety of activities, which enabled them to explore and find out more about the basic framework and philosophy of the IB Primary Years Programme.

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Our next workshop will be held on Thursday 29th January. This session will be led by Lisa Clegg, PYP Language Coordinator and will focus on how parent volunteers can help support reading within our school. Once again we look forward to seeing you there.

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Secondary News

Parent Workshop: How to help your teenager build self-esteem

09.00 – 10.00 January 26th in the canteen.

In this one-hour workshop, you will be given the tools to help your teenager love and care more about themselves, to believe in who they are, who they can be, and their capacity for self-management and life management.

Please reserve you place:

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Student Coaching Studio:

Monday January 26th  – held in a room beside the nurse’s room.

Spaces available at 12.45 and 13.30. Please reserve with Antonia.

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The kindred project news

Global Citizenship Programme

As we envisioned, the “Communication” workshop led by Miguel Ángel Guisado for our GCP students on Thursday was a total success. For just over an hour, students were given specific tips and key information on how to speak in public and deliver effective presentations, an essential skill for so many areas of their present and future lives. The morning ended on a high note with an amazing talk given by Juan Menéndez Granados, also know as “Fearless John”, and his unique bike expedition to the South Polo. A talk filled with inspiring messages around the power of making our dreams come true through hard work, commitment, determination, and, of course, passion! It has been a real treat to have both these speakers at SIS and to see our students participate in such great manner.

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The Kindred Project would like to thank the Málaga Business & Marketing School “ESIC”, The Knowmads Hub in Marbella, Mr. Guisado, “Fearless John” and all members of the SIS staff that made this inspiring seminar happen. We look forward to continuing to bring opportunities like these to all our students!

Uganda 2015 expedition

Find out more by joining us in SIS theatre on 2nd february at 4.00 PM!
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Find out more by joining us in SIS theatre on 2nd february at 4.00 PM!


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