School Newsletter 24.03.2017

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School Newsletter – 24th March 2017

Message from the Head

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you have had a wonderful week!

Last weekend the PTA held a new event – Race Night! This fundraising event was held at the Almenara Hotel, where for 20€ we were wined and dined and thoroughly entertained by a series of horse races. Syndicates were formed on shared tables and the battle to generate the most cash began. I am delighted to say that the winning team was a partnership between teachers and parents, in true PTA style. Congratulations to Maddy Maclachlan for her vision and drive to create this wonderful evening!

This week has been immensely busy with the M5 students involved in an interdisciplinary unit with Languages and Individuals and Societies. Students worked together looking at society in the USA during the 1920s.

On Monday evening Mr. Luis hosted the first Play for Change semi final featuring P3 & P4 students. The second semi final for P5 & P6 students is due to take place tonight! Play for Change is a charity, which aims to connect schools across the globe to enable students in different countries to access music. SIS is the first school in Spain to take on this initiative and will be helping
a school in Rio! Congratulations to everyone who took part and thank-you everyone who supported. The finals are due to take place on 3rd May 2017.


Wednesday saw yet another football tournament hosted by SIS for schools along the coast. Our Under 13 boys and girls teams represented the school with great confidence. 
SIS created 2 teams for each of the sections to allow more students to participate; our girls teams came 3rd and 4th and the boys teams came 4th and 6th.

In the evening our D2 art students hosted an exhibition of their own art at the E-gallery in Sotogrande. I would like personally to congratulate the students on their vast array of work and to thank Daniel Maloney for his guidance, supporting and helping them to create this very special showing of work.


I would like to take this opportunity to announce that SIS has partnered with Atletico Madrid to offer some really exciting football camps, which will take place during the summer.  Please watch this space for more details about a taster session during the Easter break and details regarding pricing.  For more details on our other summer camps, please click here. Over the Easter break we have an exciting cooking camp, with a guest appearance (can you guess who?) and a really exciting tech camp.  For details of these, please click here.


With the end of term approaching, I would like to remind you that if you wish to leave and receive the return of your deposit, you must inform us by 31st March 2017 at 4pm.

Finally I would like to thank you for your support in voting for the new Advisory board parent members.  The top 4 candidates were
1st Silvia Segura Dominguez
2nd Nick Jefferson
3rd Andy Maclachlan
4th Pepa Lurchundi

The difference between the 2nd and 3rd place was quite significant.  We will now interview the 1st and 2nd place candidates to ensure the fit is right for the board, before announcing the final advisory board members.I would like to personally thank all of the candidates for stepping up to the plate and putting themselves forward for something new.  It involved great courage, trust and confidence.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the Play for Change event tonight!

Best wishes,
Jak Kearney



Whole School News

High School Musical  – 27th & 28th March

The M5 Drama group would love you to come and support their production of High School Musical. The students themselves have choreographed, directed, produced and designed every element of this dynamic and fun performance as part of their MYP course. We can pretty much guarantee you will enjoy this energetic and talented version of a musical classic!

2017 Diploma Art Exhibition

Congratulations to all our talented Diploma Artists! The Diploma Art Exhibition showcases the best of the IB Diploma students’ artwork at the E-Gallery in Sotogrande Marina. The exhibition runs until the 3rd of April. Well done!



Primary School News

Message From Emma Butler

Playing For Change

Well done to all the P3 and P4 performers who took part in Monday evening’s semifinal. Tonight the semifinal for the P5 and P6 performers will be taking place. In next week’s newsletter we will announce the finalists who will be performing on the 3rd of May.


P4 Engagement with their new unit of inquiry

Last Wednesday P4 spent an interesting afternoon engaging in their new unit of inquiry on forces.  The children investigated push and pull forces by using skateboards, roller skates, long boards,  scooters and kites.  They discussed what they were experiencing, and began to familiarise themselves with unit specific concepts such as air resistance, friction, gravity, also balanced & unbalanced.
Great fun was had by all! link


P2 on another unit based trip

This week in their unit of inquiry P2 started to make connections between different communities. To help with this on Tuesday they set off on their second trip. This time they went to Duquesa to look at how communities have changed over time and to find evidence of this. First they visited Duquesa castle. They looked at the fencing museum and all were lucky enough to be allowed to have a try. They then drew detailed drawings of the Roman artifacts in the museum.  To finish the morning they went up to the battlements to look out for invading pirates!

After lunch they focused on looking at the ruins of a Roman house. Then they walked into the new part of Duquesa Port to compare the newer buildings and discuss their usage. Finally, the students sketched the castle before returning to school. The trip provoked much discussion about how the community had changed over time and comparisons were made between Castellar and Duquesa. Both these recent trips have really brought the history of the local area alive for P2.

Visiting experts

On Monday P4 were visited by Dr. Eugene Marais from the Brilliant Dental Clinic in San Roque.  He was impressed by the amount of knowledge on teeth and dental hygiene that the children had acquired during their unit of inquiry on Healthy Living.  He showed an informative slideshow and told us some useful additional information about how important it is to wait for an hour after eating before brushing your teeth!

September 2017 M1 Flexible Pathway Options P6 Parent Information Meetings
On Tuesday at 9am and again on Thursday at 4pm there will be a presentation by the M1 teachers on the M1 2017 flexible pathway options. After the Thursday presentation an email will be sent to all parents asking them to choose the option for their child.


Secondary School News

Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition

The Silver Duke of Edinburgh participants spent an idyllic weekend in the Sierra de Grazalema. The students hiked from Gaucin across country to Estacion de Cortes. After cooking their dinner on camping stoves, and spending the night under canvas at the campsite, the following day they trekked to Estacion de Benojan. We are now looking forward to the next expedition in the Sierra de Ronda on May 18th.


M5 interdisciplinary unit

This week the M5 students have been involved in an interdisciplinary unit of inquiry involving Languages – English, Spanish & Russian – and Individuals and Societies. The theme was 1920´s USA and the task required students to combine skills and knowledge from both disciplines to write an authentic newspaper article investigating socio-economic or political events at this time.

Working in teams and led by our talented and persevering editors the teams created newspapers true to the format and style of the time. The best of these articles will be selected and published by El Periodico to be used for the programmes for the upcoming secondary school show “Bugsy Malone”. The highlights included a baseball tournament and a guest lecture from former Daily Telegraph Picture Editor Matt Morton. Thank you to a great team of staff and students for working on this new academic initiative.

Marbella Beauty Academy visit

On Monday we were visited by Marbella Beauty Academy, where one of our former students, Amber is currently studying. There was a range of interest from our students and also the possibility of linking up with the Academy for future CAS projects.





PTA News

Next general meeting this Tuesday 9am in the cantina, everyone welcome.

Thank you…
…to everyone who supported our race night at the Hotel Almenara last Friday. It was a great night, and lots of fun was had by all. Special thanks to Jon for providing our racing insights, Steve our bookie, and Maddy for organising the event.
Next up – Summer Party on 2nd June. Put it in your diary!

Don’t forget…
The PTA now has a Facebook page. Great place to get information about our events and activities plus to buy, sell or ask questions! Open to all current parents and staff.
Click here to join.

The Kindred Project News

An amazing SIS Secondary Choir Tour to the Red Cross and Hogar Betania filled everyone with joy on Friday afternoon last week! The choir was joined by our Uganda Expedition and KP students, who have been participating in volunteering activities aimed at the youngest residents of Hogar Betania every Friday afternoon for the past month and a half. On this occasion, we were joined by Spanish TV channel “Cuatro” who are currently filming a new format programme that will include the work carried out by our local partners. Thank you to everyone that took part; it truly was a fun afternoon!

Dreaming Dragons
On Friday 31st March, the Dreaming Dragons are holding a Second Hand Uniform Sale. Please come along, support the students and grab yourself a bargain!


More LAMDA Success!

The SI Stage School is proud to announce that our students passed their LAMDA examinations with Merits and Distinctions! Congratulations to all of our talented students. Special recognition goes to Jill O’Loughlin, Lucia Watson-Navarro, Libby Bunn, Sophie Withoeft, Kiri Masterson and Isla Chisholm who all were awarded Distinctions. Well Done!


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 asa force for good in the world.


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