School Newsletter 26.06.2015

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Newsletter 26.06.2015

Friday, June 26, 2015

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Whole School News

From the Head of Teaching and Learning

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I cannot believe that a whole year has now passed.  This week has been another amazing week at SIS with some outstanding displays of talent, commitment and creativity. There are not many schools that towards the end of the year step up the level of activity, but I feel this is one of the aspects that make us so very special.

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On Tuesday night we experienced our Oliver extravaganza and what an extravaganza it was!  Deepest congratulations to all the students who were involved in the performance.  You really stepped up to the challenge.  The confidence you have on stage is truly remarkable.  Sincerest thanks to all the staff who were involved in the creation of Oliver; your coaching, support and creativity were second to none!

On Wednesday morning EC1 held their end of year celebration. On Wednesday evening we hosted our M5 Graduation, which was an intimate evening, with great performances, tear jerking speeches, celebrations and farewells.

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Thursday witnessed our P6 graduation and Primary awards assembly, followed by our Secondary awards assembly. Congratulations to all students who earned an award.

We have experienced a thoroughly demanding, but enjoyable year.  To help us make it even better next academic year, we would value your feedback and ask you please to complete one of the following questionnaires.

For families who are returning next academic year, click here.

For families who are departing, click here.

I wish you a truly enjoyable, relaxing and restful summer.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

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Yearbook 2014/2015 Available now!

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School uniform 2015-16

All school uniform will be supplied by El Corte Inglés.

To help guide you over the summer break with all of your uniform purchasing, please find below a clear list of the uniform required for each year group. Please note also that Corte Ingles will open a new shop area on the top floor of both Puerto Banus and Algeciras stores to sell only school uniforms. The Algeciras one is already open and the Puerto Banus one will open on 6th July.

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We would also like to remind you of the importance of labeling. Please ensure all items of school uniform (new and old) are clearly marked with your child’s name, ready for the new school year.

If wished, labels and personalized items can be ordered online from

Parent Ambassador programme

We’re delighted to welcome Sara Hagglof and Irantzu Alcaraz as the new team leaders for the Parent Ambassador programme.

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Sara and Irantzu will continue to develop and evolve the programme taking it to new heights as a positive force for good within SIS.

Exciting times ahead!

Summer Musical Evening

SIS, The Kindred Project and the Kijani Kenya Trust, have the pleasure to announce, for the first time ever, a “Summer Musical Evening” to be held at SIS on July 12th, 9pm, featuring celebrity performances from Africa and Europe.

We have taken a unique opportunity to unite international and local music masters to bring our intercultural values to life and offer priceless opportunities for our students to develop mastery around their passions. And all for a good cause, supporting health, education and conservation in Kenya!

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The line up is simply exceptional, starring The Nairobi Chamber Chorus (NCC), Pippa Dames-Longworth – international Opera singer – performing with The Bridge Quartet from London and members of Malaga’s Symphonic Orchestra, Salvador Andrades flamenco group and our school’s finest soloists and musicians.

The headline act will be the Nairobi Chamber Chorus, the leading choral group in Kenya today. Its vision is a strong, well-trained musical community, which can use music to promote peace and cross-cultural understanding through quality performance of choral music. NCC, as seen representing Kenya at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in Windsor Castle, have travelled extensively in East Africa, the United States of America, and have performed with world-renowned musical companies.

A truly recommended concert for all, with performers that are bound to send our audience asking for more!

Tickets are now on sale at the school, prices ranging from €5 to €20. For more information contact us on

International music exam success

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Last week 21 SIS students from P4 to M3 (and 4 brass players from Swans School) were tested by a visiting examiner from Trinity College London. I am delighted to report SIS had 20 passes, 11 of which were with Merit.

Congratulations to the following students:

Initial piano grade: Johnny McDougall, Kevin Kemeny, Lucy Strong, Esperanza Gallego Puig& Laurence Allen

Grade 1 piano: Alisa Soiref, Isobel Chisholm, Harrison Ellis, Noah Jones & Stella Paloluoma

Grade 3 piano: Shannon Quintana Panlilio

Grade 1 trumpet: Jim Dougan Cherry, Daniel Sanchez-MoyanoTingleff, Lola Martín Cupido & Alisa Soiref

Grade 1 trombone: Charlie Dougan Cherry

Grade 3 trumpet: Franciszek Dabrowski

Grade 3 trombone: Aniss Brachmi

Grade 5 trumpet: Bertie Visick

Grade 5 cornet: Madeline Peacock

Karen Blakemore

Enjoy and improve your football this summer – 2015 Marbella football camp

Congratulations to Charlie Dougan Cherry, the second SIS student to be awarded a scholarship to the 2015 Marbella football camp. We know his passion for this sport and we are convinced this will be an excellent opportunity for him to improve his skills and to make new friends.

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In partnership with Fútbol Marbella and led by former Real Madrid and Spanish national player Adolfo Adana, boys and girls will live an outstanding experience.

A free shuttle bus leaving from Algeciras and stopping at San Roque, Sotogrande, Estepona and Sabinillas, will provide transportation to the fantastic facilities of Marbella Football Centre. The full course costs €550, with a possibility of weekly bookings (230€ per week).

For further information, please contact the school reception or visit the website, where you can make your reservation quickly and simply.

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Primary School News

P3 Physical Geography Trip to Marchenilla

P3 had a wonderful end of unit celebratory trip to Marchenilla.  They enjoyed a ramble in the countryside looking at the physical geography.  They planted some seedlings in the vegetable patch and had lots of fun playing at the water party!

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Secondary School News

VOPAK guest lecture to Global Citizenship Programme (GCP) students

SIS invited Mr. DewienJagmohan (Commercial Manager of VOPAK Terminal Algeciras) to give a lecture about his company and to share his experiences and thoughts regarding global citizenship. This was a great success, with over 50 students attending the interactive presentation. They, amongst others, learnt about the impact oil has in today’s world, and what oil transport looks like worldwide. Mr. Jagmohan emphasized that he missed GCP education during his study years, and that our students are lucky that SIS offers them the chance to learn about global themes. He gave interesting examples, where knowledge of other cultures, values and habits helped him closing business deals.

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Some students’ comments:

Ellie Gonzalvez (M3): I’m actually interested in another talk, because he has a fantastic job, travels across the world and meets different people. The company also cares for the environment and helps other people in water projects.

Harry Nicholls (M4): Although you don´t get a grade for GCP, it can certainly be used in real life situations at all times.

Rufus Lewis (M4): It made me realise that global citizenship is more important than I thought it was, because the way he explained how it could affect my future and the way it could affect closing business deals.

Mr. Jagmohan has been invited to give more guest lectures at SIS next academic year.

Carlota Sánchez, M4 student, was chosen to present #TwitterArt to Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo

On June 22nd Carlota Sánchez presented the project #TwitterART to Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo at Pabellón de las Artes of Jun (Granada). Some members of Twitter US attended the presentation. #Twitter ART is a project that makes use of Twitter to give voice to art pieces.

Carlota was congratulated by Twitter’s staff because of her “great capacity to communicate” and the “empathy generated with the audience” throughout the 30 minute event. More than 5,000 students pitched in the previous selection process. Congratulations Carlota!

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Arts News

We would like to finish the year by sending a huge thank you to all the students, parents and staff who have supported the numerous Arts events this academic year.  Amongst these have been school shows, lectures, exhibitions, international and local trips, concerts, showcases and fundraising events. Parents have shuttled our ‘rising stars’ back and forth and helped to juggle other commitments, homework deadlines and pre-performance nerves. Our students have shown fantastic motivation and skill in refining, rehearsing and displaying their work. As an SIS community, we have been privileged to be witness to a whole wealth of new talent.

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Congratulations also to Enola Gavira Gaviraand Leo Jaudel Melian,our MYP & DP Arts winners, who have surpassed all expectations with their sheer ability, professionalism and unstinting enthusiasm. They have both shone this year and we know they are destined for great things!

Thank you again for your support as we look forward to the next vibrant and inspiring year!

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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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