School Newsletter Friday, 23th October 2015

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600Friday, 23th October 2015 


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Message from the Head

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we approach the end of the first half term, I would like to thank you for your continued support.  We are a school with a special heart; your commitment and dedication to our values, to your students education and to our mission is key in moving forward.  This half term has been a very busy and fulfilling one, and I hope the school continues to improve as we move into the later stage of the first term.

Last weekend SIS won the Under 11 Mediterranean cup in Verona, Italy.  The team captained by Elias Charif Repole and coached by Mr. Kevin Dennis and Mr. Ali Gibson performed well throughout the whole competition and snatched victory in the finals through a penalty shoot out!  They have been complimented on their sportsmanship and behaviour throughout the tournament and in the hotel.  Thank you to our P6 students who have been such great ambassadors for SIS.  To add to our students’ sporting achievements, Todd Gouldborne in M5 has also been selected to represent the UK in the under 18-World Padel Championship.

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Huge congratulations also to Angelina Popelynkh, one of last year’s graduates who has had one of her Diploma exhibition art pieces chosen by the Royal Society of British Artists to be displayed next year in two prominent London exhibitions.

On Monday our student body elected their Student Council President, congratulations to Adam Wilson-Barnes.  Adam will work as part of a team this year to be the voice of the students.  Additionally a number of our top music students who are practising exam pieces performed in front of a small audience.  Well done to all who performed and thanks to Miss Laura for creating the opportunity for these students to shine before their big day!

Parent consultations have been at the heart of our focus this week.   Sincerest thanks to our Primary and Diploma 2 parents who attended these valuable and informative meetings.

Thursday saw a series of end of unit assessments in Primary.  The P6 unit – entitled ‘How have changes in the last 60 years affected our families’ bore witness to a series of individual projects and displays of personal research.  The event began in the theatre with a performance by the students of a myriad of songs from the 60s to the present day. This is the first step in the journey towards the P6 exhibition. The P5 students completed their ‘Being me’ unit, with some key debates. It was a lovely opportunity to see the diverse nature of the students’ work.

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Today is United Nations Day.  A day created in 1948 to raise awareness of the great work that the UN does across the world.  As a truly International school, we celebrated today with a whole school assembly with a national flag parade and a number of key events throughout the day to celebrate this key day in our calendar.

I hope over half term your children are given the opportunity to relax and unwind from an intense and busy start to the year, and that as a family you are able to find time to connect and share some new experiences.

Finally I wish to remind you that Monday November 2nd is a national holiday, so I will see you bright and early on Tuesday November 3rd!

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

Whole School News

Mediterranean Cup Winners 2015

Sotogrande International School made history last weekend with a sensational victory at the International Schools U11 Football Tournament held in Verona, Italy. The team would like to thank DeVere Finance and the SIS PTA for their support of the tour. The SIS U11 Boys played teams from Geneva, Monaco, Milan, Nice, Lancy, Padua and Alexandria. After 8 matches over 3 days, with the score tied at 2 -2, SIS triumphed in the final over Lancy (Switzerland) on penalties. Daniel Sanchez striking home the decisive kick after goalkeeper Felix Jones had made an outstanding top corner save for SIS. Massive congratulations to Captain Elias Charif and all Sotogrande International School players from Mr. Dennis & Mr. Gibson.

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SIS student artwork recognized by the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA)

“The Secret of Branches”
Angelina Popelnykh.  2015.   Pencil on paper.

This work by Angelina featured in her Diploma Exhibition in May 2015. It was submitted for consideration by the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) for their annual show through our connections with DFAS de la Frontera.

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This year 55 Societies submitted 348 works from 89 schools to the RBA. Of these only 22 works were chosen for exhibition. Angelina’s work is the only piece chosen from mainland Europe and she becomes an official NADFAS  “RBA Scholar”

Angelina was able to return to Spain this week to attend a special presentation ceremony at the DFAS 10th Anniversary meeting at the San Roque Club attended by the CEO of NADFAS, Florian Schweizer.

The 22 chosen works will be exhibited firstly at Lloyds Register Gallery (London) in February and March 2016 and then at the RBA annual show at The Mall Galleries in March and April.

Half Term Football Training Camp

SIS is planning to offer a football training camp at the school during half term week. Main details as follows:

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Days -Tuesday 27th, Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th October
For more information or to register, please contact Kevin Dennis

PTA News

At the PTA AGM earlier this month, we elected a new committee, and I would now like to introduce them to you.

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There are 13 parents, and 3 teachers who will be working hard to support the school and students in as many ways as possible, through organising events and other activities, both to raise money and to enhance the three way partnership between teachers, parents and students.
There will be regular opportunities for you to get involved, and we welcome your feedback and suggestions. We have several subcommittees, each of which will hold its own meetings, plus there are monthly PTA Open meetings and regular drop in coffee discussion mornings, all advertised in the newsletter and on the website.
We look forward to a fun year, and have lots of exciting things planned- see you at the Autumn Festival with Fireworks on 13th November!
Barbara Peacock – Chair

Your PTA Committee:
Sarah Burgess – Vice chair and Infrastructure (uniform, traffic etc.)
Natasha Gold-Sacker, Maddy Maclachlan, Lidia Benitez & Zoe Weal – Events
Nikki Ritchie – Treasurer
Tracey Stoneham – Secretary
José Miguel Ledesma – Cantina
Sara Hagglof – Communications
Yovanka Grileso 
Samantha Beehan 
Sarah Stiles 
Emma Flynn, Donna Morrison & Maureen Smith – teacher representatives

The Kindred Project news

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KP Primary Club

Following the success of our sweet sale at the Back-to-School Party, we decided to provide healthy snacks for the Zumbathon. During our lunchtime club we peeled and chopped to make fruit smoothies and fruit kebabs, then we sold these for €1 and successfully raised €123.61! Thanks to all the people who helped us raise it. We are going to donate the money we made on the fruity snacks to the United Nations High Commission for the Refugees (UNHCR).

Written by KP Primary Club members

 Primary School News

 Message from Emma Butler

As we come to the end of our first half term. I would like to congratulate all our students and teachers for a wonderful start to the new school year. In the last seven weeks we truly have seen how our programme and mode of delivery really produce results. Whilst on my weekly ‘safari’ walk, as they have come to be named, it was great to see the classrooms filled with wonderful work which celebrated students’ learning and understanding.
I hope everyone has a relaxing and well-earned half term break and am looking forward for the next half term!

Celebrating United Nations Day In Primary
On Friday primary students joined in the whole school UN Day. Children from across Primary enjoyed the activities and celebrations.

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Lego playtime

The Psychology Team at SIS have started a Lego playtime activity for the P1s and P2s.  It is a popular activity with a growing group of Lego designers.  Not only do the students have an opportunity to show off some fantastic Lego designs but are also able to participate in some positive social play. The students have demonstrated how to communicate nicely, share, work in teams, and respect each other’s workstations. It is clear that the Lego playtime activity is a good example of how important learning can take place outside the classroom.

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Readathon Celebration

Congratulations to all the children from P1–P6 who have been reading very enthusiastically over the last month, and in particular to P4 Miss Laura’s Class who celebrated their reading success this afternoon with an ice-cream party in the Cantina.

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Please help your children to collect any outstanding sponsorship money, which they should bring directly to the library after the holiday. Thank-you all for your amazing support for this project.

Anne Adamson


Secondary School News


Visit from Carroll College (USA) and University of Navarra

On Wednesday we had two presentations from two very distinct and respected universities from Spain and the USA. The University of Navarra presented their programmes of study to a number of Diploma students, concurrently with Carroll College who are also now offering a 3+1 course; the first year being a year of study in Seville before completing a degree at Carroll in Montana, USA. Our students were able to ask a number of useful questions and be provided with up-to-date information on these specific courses, as well as the wider application processes for the US and Spain.

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San Roque Boarding House News

The San Roque Boarding House had a yummy time at the Chocolate Factory, Mijas.  The boarders learnt about how chocolate is made, created their own chocolate bars and designed their own chocolate lollies.  It was a thoroughly salivating experience and not many bars survived the journey back!

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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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The perfect start in life before moving to SIS. Situated in beautiful surroundings with views of the Santa Maria polo fields, Fundamentals has plenty of outdoor gardens for children to explore and discover their world. Well-equipped classrooms cater for small children of different ages, and there are lots of activities including cookery, painting, nature walks and play.

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