School Newsletter 24.11.2017

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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 as a force for good in the world.

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24th November 2017

Versión española 

 School Calendar

Monday 27 NovemberUniversities Convention at SIS
Saturday 2 DecemberSIS Christmas Fair – 12:30 -16:00 at Octogono Beach Club
Saturday 2 DecemberCharity dinner at Octógono Beach Club

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for your support regarding the traffic and no parking zones. Whilst I completely understand that the changes cause delays to your day, the safety aspect is critical. Over the next few weeks we will begin the second phase on the traffic safety with a zebra crossing across the main road and new walkways positioned either side, allowing students to walk safely from Avenida Almenara to the school.

Last week our first football festival kicked off for the Under 13 girls and boys teams. In total 4 teams represented SIS and were great ambassadors for our school. Congratulations to the girls A team who won their tournament.  This Wednesday our Under 19 teams took to the pitch with an outstanding display.  The A teams took 1st place and the B teams took 3rd place in each competition. Yesterday our Under 19 boys team departed for Portugal to play in the Algarve Cup; we wish them the best of luck.

During my walk around last week, I spent time with the English department, looking at their unit on science fiction. I enjoyed listening to parts of their creative stories, as well a discussing the development of technology. Reflecting back with the M4 students on the history of the computer and the developments we have made was really eye opening.  In Science the M1 students were investigating the different aspects of distance time groups, whilst the M5 students explored magnetism.  The level of discussion and style of idea generation was truly outstanding.

On Wednesday we were lucky enough to host a visit from BMW, who came to talk to students in M3 and above about how the developments in science have affected their use of technology in the design of cars and engine types.  Students from across the school were able to interact with the new hybrid and plugin models that they brought to school as part of the interactive discussion.

I would like to take this opportunity to flag 3 events, which will be coming up fast onto the horizon.  The first event is the University Convention on Monday 27th November. Parents are invited to attend the event at one of two times; between 10.30am and 1pm or between 2pm  and 3.30pm.  This is a wonderful event, which allows students from SIS and neighbouring schools to meet university representatives face to face and ask the questions that are key to getting access.  There will also be break-out seminars for students to attend.

The second event is the PTA Christmas Fair, which will be held at the Octogono this year from 12.30pm on Saturday December 2nd.  This event is a wonderful opportunity to do some shopping for Christmas goodies, listen to our students perform, nibble a mince pie and take part in the raffle to win the iPhone X.  We look forward to welcoming you on Saturday.

The third event begins the week of 11th December with another Atletico Madrid taster week with several opportunities for students to sample the training sessions with an opportunity to join the full training sessions from January.  If you are keen for your child to join in please email Watch this space for dates and times of training sessions for different ages of students.

Finally in preparation for the Christmas Fair, Friday December 1st will be a non-uniform day, on this day students will be asked to bring a prize for the tombola, either a bottle for the adult stand or a gift for the children’s one.

I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

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PTA News

Click here to read the minutes from PTA meeting on 14th November.


 Saturday 2nd December 2018

12:30 until 4 pm

 El Octogono Beach Club, Sotogrande

(location map here)

Come and join the fun- Santa’s Grotto, live music, craft market, tombola, raffle, children’s activities, food, drink and much more!

Preparations for the Christmas Fair are in full swing, and we look forward to seeing you all next Saturday. We are still looking for extra helpers on the day- could you help? We promise you a fun-filled afternoon!

Please email


Books of raffle tickets went home earlier this week. We have some amazing prizes, including the much sought after iPhone X, a stay at the Sunborn Hotel, Gibraltar and a day’s membership of La Reserva Club.



Extra tickets are available from Anne Adamson in the library.


Friday 1st December is Tombola Donation Day!

In exchange for wearing their own clothes, all children are asked to bring a donation for the tombola – a toy, book, box of chocolates, or other NEW item that can be used as a prize. Everything welcome, big or small. (Please do not wrap the items.)

Santa’s elves will be collecting at the gate!


The Kindred Project News

The Asni Family Trip Report is out! Read all about our wonderful trip here:

Our sincere and heartfelt thanks to all the families that took part and to Association Tiwizi for making us feel at home. Bring on Asni Family Trip 2018!


Spanish Lessons with Hogar Betania

Our Spanish lessons programme for Hogar Betania residents kicked-off yesterday! Extremely happy to see this activity happening for the 2nd year and grateful to all the SIS teachers that volunteer to make it happen. Lessons will go on until the end of May; if you would like to join our Spanish team, please get in touch with the KP team on Thank


Cross-Country Club 

For students P5 -D2, now with afternoon sessions as well.

Santa Fun Run in aid of Danii Children’s Cancer Charity

Primary News

Message From Emma Butler

Parent Workshops

This week Andrea Bennett, Primary Years Programme coordinator and Lucia Stagnetto, Early Childhood Coordinator led the first parent workshop of this academic year.  The focus of the session was the brain; providing an opportunity for parents to learn a little about recent brain research and its impact on our approach to teaching at SIS.

P4 unit based trip

On Monday P4 had an interesting trip exploring the recycling plant in Casares.  They deepened their understanding of our transdisciplinary theme Sharing the Planet.  They were surprised to find out that most of the rubbish collected is buried in landfill mountains on site and they learnt the importance of reducing waste, reusing objects and recycling their own rubbish, both at home and at school.

Bursting balloons

Last week P3 students worked on Spanish objectives with a fun activity. They had a team competition. They had to burst balloons to get the questions and answer them. They had a great time. They practised Spanish, developing reading, comprehension and oral expression. Congratulations to everyone for good work.


Skype conversations with our sponsored children

Ex-students, Chloe Lawrence and Caroline Bock, are currently working on a volunteer basis at the Nabugabo Community Learning Centre in Uganda. To raise awareness of the impact ‘Send a Child to School’ day has on the children our community sponsors, we decided it would be lovely for our students to have the opportunity to chat with the child they support, via Skype calls. Everyone was so excited! Internet connection slightly affected the success of these plans but generally the delight and happiness felt by all involved was tangible! Children from our SIS community and those from Nabugabo waved, laughed and exchanged questions to find out a little bit more about each other. P6 even got to watch some Ugandan dancing by the children.

It’s hard to overestimate how much the children in Nabugabo value the opportunity to go to school and it was fantastic to show what a difference coming in non-uniform, and the inevitable bake sales, makes. Thank you for your continued support of ‘Send a Child to School’ day.

Secondary News

Extra Curricular Activities – New Club  

E-sports – League of Legends club

Video games are normally associated with a no-brainer activity that brings no good to the players. That has now changed with the development of the industry and the competitive scene.

Children spend countless hours playing alone and with no profound objective. This club intends to use video games as a tool to develop teamwork and camaraderie, leadership, respect, social interaction skills and a sense of belonging… as well as learning how to use video games in a responsible manner.

Time will be organized similarly to traditional sports; having time for training skills, time for a game and reflection.

The club will run every Thursday at 4pm.

Please contact Mr. Cabello for more details –

Diploma Programme Music

Thank you very much to Paul Davies and his daughters Connie and Grace who came in to our lessons last week to play the trombone, clarinet and trumpet respectively for the D1 and D2 students.

We enjoyed a varied programme, which included compositions by Mozart, Ferdinand David and Saint-Saëns through to Souza-style waltzes and modern jazz. The students greatly benefited from seeing these instruments played live and up close. It has also inspired some of them to take up playing wind and brass instruments themselves!

Universities & Careers News

On Monday 27th of November, SIS will be hosting over 30 universities from around the world, and 7 international schools from along the coast for our annual University Convention.

There will be distinct sessions for our students on the application process to the UK, Australia and the Netherlands. If space allows, parents will be welcome once rooms have been confirmed. Seminar details as follows:

11:30 – 11:50  University Life in the UK

11:30 – 11:50  Study in Australia

11:55 – 12:15  Study in The Netherlands

SIS Diploma and M4/M5 students will be attending in the afternoon, but I would like to extend an invitation to all interested parents to attend, either between 10:30am and 1pm or 2.30 – 3.30pm in the Gym.

This flyer shows a list of the current universities confirmed at the time of writing.


Boarding House News

Last Saturday’s activity was to Wakana Lake, an outdoor experiential centre in Alcornocales Natural Park.

There that our brave students took to the trees alternating between zip-lining and scrambling through obstacles 12 metres off the ground. Battling the increasingly chilly wind, all the students successfully completed the circuit, with some going on to do it twice or even three times.

In the end, however, only the boldest of the brave attempted to complete the centre’s Spartan obstacle course. With knee high mud and barriers of every shape and size, the group successfully completed the 1.25 km circuit – with mud from head to toe!

Until next week,

SRC Boarding House Team

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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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