School Newsletter 24.06.2016

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School Newsletter – 24th June 2016

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Message from the Head


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last week, we held Rock School and Trinity music exams. We do not yet know the results from the Rock School exams, but I would like to congratulate all of our Trinity students, who all passed their exams!

Last Friday P1 held their end of year celebration. It was a beautiful demonstration of their learning and achievements. Students took part in an activity where they showed their parents their writing, reading, artwork and mathematics. They then went to retrieve their individual time capsules which included work from the start of the year. I was lucky enough to see the reactions of students and parents when the time capsules were opened; it was truly remarkable!

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Tuesday was an amazing day with the songs from Aladdin echoing through our playground all day and then culminating in an amazing show in the evening. The students really rose to the challenged and delivered!  It was a wonderful mix of singing, dancing, great acting and comedy! I would like to publically thank all of the parents who attended and supported the event, the teachers who put in so much time with the students, Emma Swords who dreamt up the idea and delivered it and finally the students who were truly outstanding!

On Wednesday the P2 students celebrated their end of year by turning their playground into a Market Place. They shared their recent learning about money by inviting parents to spend the SIS currency that they had created at the market stalls!

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It was also the M5 students’ induction day to Diploma. They attended a lesson from each of the subject groups that they decided to take, where they were given details of syllabi, set expectations and really inducted into the Diploma programme. They left with homework, shopping lists of material they will need and great excitement regarding the next chapter of their lives. In the evening they held an emotional graduation dinner with their teachers prior to their official graduation on Friday!

Wednesday morning witnessed Mr. Gibson hold a talk for parents on water safety and drowning prevention over the summer. He also ran a number of life saving classes for students during PE lessons.

As the next week is a short week I will write about Thursday’s and Friday’s events next week. I wish you a wonderful weekend and look forward to seeing you at the end of year assembly on Tuesday 28th June at 10am.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

Whole School News

Prize giving / Awards Clarification

On Monday there will be a Secondary Awards assembly, which is for students and teachers only; secondary prizes will be presented at the whole school assembly on Tuesday morning. All parents are invited to this assembly, at the close of which yearbooks will be distributed.

Lost property and labeling

As the school year draws to a close, we would like to bring to your attention that there are still many items of unclaimed uniform and other lost property in the Lost Property drawers at the entrance to the gymnasium and in both Primary and Primary First buildings. If your child has lost items this year, do please encourage them to check again in these areas or come and check yourself after school.

We would really appreciate your support next year in ensuring that all items of clothing are suitably marked with your child’s name, particularly all that lovely new uniform!

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Please note labels for uniform are available from HFG Labeling Services from only 12 euros.
The perfect solution to lost possessions – label them!

Water Safety

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As part of National Drowning Prevention week SIS parents and students were invited to attend a short presentation on water safety, accident prevention/risk assessment, concluding with safe procedures for rescuing a friend or family member. All students were invited to trial Reach rescues, Throw rescues, Wading rescues, Deep water object recovery whilst applying the principles of checking for HAZARDS, calling for HELP and making HELLO contact with a casualty.
Using these simple procedures the SIS PE Department would like to wish all SIS swimmers a healthy, enjoyable and most importantly, safe time in all aquatic environments over the summer.

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A farewell message from the Student Council of 2015-16

As we come to the end of our term in office we would just like to look back and remember the times we have shared and enjoyed…To start the year off as a Student Council we organized Pyjama Day which allowed all students to come into school dressed in their pyjamas/comfy clothes. We organised this in order to raise money to fund the future plans of the SC. This year the Student Council led by Adam (the President) organized a TV Games Night for the first time. Our TV Games Night primarily had 3 games; firstly a game between different teacher couples to see how well they knew each other, then a game played by one student being blindfolded and choosing the girl/boy that they most liked and finally a game between two families of 4, where they went head to head to answer trivia questions. This event was in order to raise money to fund our recycling plan, which we put into place towards the end of this year and hope the new council will continue. We ran a Tuck Shop at the TV Games Night and also on Tuesdays and Thursdays during school where we offered various snacks for 1€. At Christmas and Valentine’s Day we sold candy canes and roses, which we delivered throughout the school on those special days.

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Now that it is coming to the end of the year we would like to say a big ‘Thank-you’ to everyone who has helped us whilst we have been organising things for the school. It has been a pleasure to be the Student Council and we hope that next year the SC continues to hear the voices of the students and grows the school’s experience.

Fundamentals News

Taste sensations!

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An outdoor activity with a difference, designed to stimulate our children’s senses. Touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing were all used while tasting fruit sitting at a mirrored table. The children were captivated with their reflections, and the expressions they made while eating.

The Kindred Project News

During this week’s amazing primary production of Aladdin, The Kindred Project social entrepreneurship group of ‘Dreaming Dragons’ (P5) made 160€ from the sale of their hand-made Activity Packs, which sold out in just 15 minutes! They look forward to continuing with their business venture in the new school year; so please look out for them at future school events!

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Recent news from Eko Kitchen, Greece 

Josh Turner Hunt & his team are continuing their amazing work, feeding over 2000 refugees a day. The next step in the refugee camps is to set up a school, for which they now need donations of laptops and also teachers to volunteer over the summer.
If you have any old/ unused laptops or iphones (and chargers) that you wish to donate for a great cause, please do so by dropping them into the box in the security hut to be taken out to Greece by Josh’s mum Cheryl.

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Additionally, if you are or you know of a teacher who would be interested to volunteer, please contact Josh directly on
Thank you.

SIStage School

SIStage School is now enrolling students for September.

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Primary School News

P1 End Of Year Celebration

Last Friday P1 celebrated the end of another school year with an outdoor extravaganza of rhythm, movement and song. The Little Einsteins grounds were also a perfect setting for parents and children to compare the contents of their time capsules, sealed in early September with their present day achievements. We thank parents for taking the time to come and support their children’s education once again.

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P2 End Of Year Celebration

On Wednesday the P2 students turned their playground into a Market Place with music! We have been investigating money, different currencies and what money is used for. Not only did we make the goods for the parents to buy, we also designed and made our own currency called the SIS. This currency included drawings of important people in the school, as well as trees and buildings. As the parents entered they received their SIS money, bought a ticket to watch the children singing and then shopped at the market. Refreshments were on sale too! The children enjoyed taking money and giving change. The only complaints we heard were ” We should have provided bags for all they had bought!”

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EC2 End Of year Celebration

On Thursday our EC2 students impressed their parents by showing and celebrating some of their learning from this year.

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EC1 End Of Year Celebration

Today we saw our youngest students celebrating the end of their first year at SIS. It has been a real pleasure watching all of these students grow and develop. They entertained their parents with their favourite songs from this year. Well done EC1; you really did do well!

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SIS Primary Expressive Arts Extravaganza, Aladdin

On Tuesday evening an audience of over six hundred enjoyed an amazing and truly entertaining performance of Aladdin. It really was a wonderful show, one which will be remembered and talked about for many years to come.  Well done to Emma Swords and the Primary School teachers for all their time, energy and expertise!

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Primary Prize giving and P6 Graduation

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Secondary School News

Outside-in, Inside-out

Round-up of the Global Citizenship Programme 2015-16

The interconnection of our students with the outside world got specific attention in this academic year through our Global Citizenship Programme, bringing the outside world in and taking our students out for challenging learning opportunities. We note a high upward trend in our revenues. The number of additional learning opportunities in- and outside the school has much increased and will be increasing further in the next academic year.
49 MYP students have participated in the Global Citizenship elective this year and learnt more about our local and global communities. They organised events, worked in the garden project at Hogar Betania in La Linea and visited the Port Authority and Bay of Algeciras to be more aware of our environment. We invited guest lecturers on social entrepreneurship and arts; local and international business representatives shared their thoughts about global citizenship; we participated in mindfulness workshops; and on an ongoing basis we discussed local and international news items to be more aware of what occurs in our world. After Josh Turner Hunt’s lecture, the immigration issue came very close. The learning outcomes were positively visible during the end of the year assessment interviews by colleagues of the Kindred Project. The student evaluations enabled us to see that the variety of activities appealed greatly to our GCP students.

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With our Global Citizenship Programme we aim to create global awareness and intercultural understanding in our school. It is a big challenge to develop a unique program in a constantly changing local and global environment. The common goal is always to provide unique and high quality global citizenship education for our students and our ambition is to become an example for other schools. To gain this recognition, we have applied for the Intercultural Certification process of the Council of International Schools, who will be visiting us next year to assess our Global Citizenship Programme.

Reshma Jagmohan
Teacher and developer of the Global Citizenship elective


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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