School Newsletter 27.11.2015


”We inspire learning and intercultural understanding, enriqueciendo la vida de nuestros niños y nuestro mundo”

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Friday, 27th November 2015

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Dates for your diary
  • 27th November              ‘Funky Disco Non-Stop Dance-A-Thon’
  • 28th-29th November     ‘Amazing Vocal Weekend’ Course
  • 1st December                 M1-D2 LAMDA exams in Marbella
  • 1st December                PTA meeting 09:15
  • 1st December                Primary Managebac Induction 09:00-10:00 & 15:00- 15:30
  • 2nd December               Primary Managebac Induction 09:00-10:00, 15:00-15:30 & 16:00–16:30
  • 2nd December               P5 Unit based trip to Gibraltar
  • 2nd December               Peri music concert 17:00 in school theatre
  • 3rd December               University Convention (3-5 PM for parents, see below)
  • 4th December               M1- D2 Annual inter-school creative writing contest
  • 4th December               M1 trip to Castillo de Castellar
  • 5th-8th December        Long weekend – no school Monday or Tuesday
  • 9th & 10th December    SIS Theatre Festival (see below)
  • 10th December             P6 Football tournament against Swans School, 10:00 -12:30
  • 11th December             Flamenco Event with Antonio Canales 19:00- 20:30
  • 12th December             Christmas Bazaar

Further information about some of these events may be found by clicking on the relevant date on the school website calendar, and/or if relevant your child’s primary class Googlesite.

Message from the Head

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for you patience over the new security protocol.  I appreciate it does add a little extra time onto your busy schedules, but the added awareness of who is on site brings great peace of mind.  We are reviewing processes and will look to improve this in the future.

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 We have experienced a busy week at SIS.  The secondary school on Monday took part in parent/student/teacher conferences.  I would like to thank all parents, guardians, and students who attended that day.  It allows opportunity for some deep and meaningful conversations to occur and the giving and receiving of feedback, which is so crucial in the learning process.

We had a number of experiential learning trips occurring this week.  On Tuesday EC2 came to school dressed as princes and princesses as they went on a trip to Duquesa Castle, P4 launched the start of a whole school-wide student council focus on recycling with a trip to the recycling centre and M5 were on a Humanidades trip to Tarifa.  On Wednesday and Thursday M5 students took part in a service learning experience at Hogar Betania and GCP students were off timetable learning about social entrepreneurship.  We really have a huge range of interactive, authentic learning experiences that challenge our pupils and provide opportunities for growth.  We wish our under-18 football team the best of luck as they head off to Portugal to represent SIS.

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Last weekend 3 teachers (Mr. Allen, Ms. Bennett and Ms. Gonzalez) and I presented at the European Council of International Schools Conference in Barcelona.  We led 2 sessions, one on Mathematical Resilience and the other on Learning to Learn skills.  The experience was a great way to share the good practice that occurs in our school.  From the feedback we received, we are at the cutting edge of education within Europe. Our initiatives, processes and ideas amazed people.  The experience also allowed us to launch a social entrepreneurship idea that will lead to some revenue gain for the Kindred Project.

I would like to remind you of the upcoming University Convention that will take place on December 3rd. Please see below for more details.

Finally I would like to congratulate Frankie Batt and Todd Gouldbourne, who you will remember were selected to represent Great Britain in the under-18 padel championship in Mexico.   I am delighted to report that not only did they qualify for this tournament, but also they finished in 3rd place and achieved a Bronze medal!

I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney


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Whole School News
SI Flamenco – Antonio Canales
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Sistech Academy New Courses

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Arts News

LAMDA Examinations

Lamda acting exams will be held this week for selected students from M2-D2.

LAMDA (The London Academy of Dramatic Arts) began offering speech examinations to the public in 1880s. Since then, these examinations have been refined and developed into a comprehensive system of performance evaluation by experts in education, acting and communication.

We would like to wish ALL of our students luck with their exams and have loved working with them as they have developed their characterisations in our lunchtime LAMDA club.

SIS December Theatre Festival

The December Theatre Festival will take place on the 9th & 10th of December at 18:00. On the 9th there will be an evening of mime, movement and monologues. The monologues will involve some of our LAMDA students showcasing their examination entries and also a full-length (1/2 hour) Alan Bennett monologue performed by our very own Anne Adamson!
On the 10th D1 will perform a devised piece entitled Cinders and M4 the script of The Audition. All are welcome. Tickets cost 5 euros (drink included) and can be bought on the door from 17:30.

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Music class activities

Hola, my name is Daniel Felton or Mr. Felton to my students and I am from the United States of America, studying teacher practice with 6 of my classmates from our university in Minnesota called Gustavus Adolphus. I have been placed to work with Mr. Wickersham for 7 weeks to finish the term and have very much enjoyed working with children of all ages with music and instruction. At the beginning of class we often do a warm-up activity and I decided to have the students work on rhythms from creation of patterns that I came up with for this activity. There the students played the rhythms toward each other and we had fun while learning about rhythms, steady beats, and patterns.

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SI Stage School


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‘Christmas Celebration’
An adaptation of Charles Dickens’
‘A Christmas Carol’
Monday 14th December
School theatre 6.30pm
Tickets 2€
All proceeds to the Kindred Project

‘SI Stage School’ 

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Enrolling now for January Term!!
Providing quality Musical Theatre training for students aged 7-13yrs. Our aim is to nurture and develop young potential through singing, acting and dance classes.
For more information please email:
Miss E Swords
 Santa Fun Run       

An invitation to the whole community to take part a 5km Fun Run on Sunday 20th December in aid of Danii Cancer Charity – The run will start at 11.30am at Puerto Sotogrande car park by security date and finish at The Lemon, Sotogrande. Christmas lunch and post event entertainment will be on offer at the Lemon. Santa suits will be on sale as entry fee. (price for Santa suits still to be confirmed)
image picSIS Lucky Dip Competition Spot our advert in the Easy Jet inflight magazine during the month of December!
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Take a photo of the advert with you (selfie) ​and send it together with your flight
​dates and ​destination to
You might be the lucky person to win a free entrance and T-shirt to the SOTOROX festival, which will take place on Thursday 18th February!
Have a safe flight!​The Marketing TeamSki Trip 2016image pic
22-26 February 2016 (Monday am to Friday pm)
Open to all students from P6 – D2
Price: €600 (same price since 2012!)
We are once again pleased to offer our annual ski trip to Sierra Nevada, taking place during the February half term. This trip is offered by Adventurebug S.L. who have been taking SIS students skiing every winter season for the last 13 years. Sign up forms and trip information is available from the main reception.  Deadline for registration is 15 December 2015 and spaces are limitedPTA NewsMeetingThe next general PTA meeting is being held on Tuesday December 1st at 09.15 in the school cantina. Everyone welcome!
Click here for the minutes from last month’s meeting.image picChristmas Bazaar

The Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, December 12th from 1pm to 4pm.
Something for everyone with a Christmas market, festive food & drink, Raffle, Tombola, Santa’s Grotto and much more!
If you would like a table selling your merchandise at the Christmas market, please contact Barbara Peacock  as soon as possible on

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Call for VolunteersWe are looking for volunteers for Christmas Decorating on Monday 30th November at 9am. Together we will be decorating the Main Reception and Cantina.

We are also looking for Volunteers to help sell Raffle tickets from next Wednesday 2nd December onwards every school day at 3.30pm until 4.15pm until Friday 11th December.
(Note. This could be on different people on different days; you don’t have to commit to being available every day.)

Anyone is interested in helping out, please contact the Events committee at
Thank you in advance for your help and support.

The Kindred Project News

Dreaming Dragons – Social commerce for a better world

Dreaming Dragons is a social entrepreneurship pop-up business promoted by The Kindred Project through the M2 & M3 Global Citizenship Program. It was created in 2014 not only to offer solutions to different social and environmental problems identified by The Kindred Project’s local and international partners, but also to teach students about social entrepreneurship, how to create, brand and maintain a company, control its funds, budget, profit, and most importantly how to work as a team.

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Last Tuesday from 15:30h-17:00h in the school cantina we set up our pop-up shop where we sold second-hand books, clothes, shoes and school uniform in order to keep our business growing and support Hogar Betania develop its own social entrepreneurship venture.

We will make sure to keep you up-dated about our next pop-up dates and developments.

Charity dinner for Hogar Betania

The Spanish Department would like to thank you for joining us and sharing what was a fantastic evening last Saturday at the charity dinner for The Kindred Project. We couldn’t have felt more at home! 100% of the profits, €1.700, will go towards Hogar Betania in La Línea to help with the final electrical wiring of the future night shelter.

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We sincerely want to thank Las Camelias Restaurant, all the sponsors, parents, teachers, the IT, marketing and maintenance teams, SIS and KP for always being there to support good causes.

Primary School News

Message from Emma Butler

Experiential Learning: Tuesday was a busy day In Primary

P4 visit to Recycling plant

P4 had a fun and educational trip to Casares Recycling Plant on Tuesday. They spent the morning looking at the amount of rubbish and waste that humans make and understanding what happens to it. By the end of the session they began to realize how important it is to reduce, reuse and recycle in order to save our planet. In the afternoon they enjoyed social time with their peers at a nearby park.

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EC2 – A Fairy Tale Day

On a cold but beautifully sunny Tuesday morning, not far from SIS a group of young princesses and knights were seen exploring a local Castle. Dressed in beautiful costumes these EC2 children spent the day engaged in a variety of unit related activities,  “A Starring Role.”

Can you imagine the scene……..   As the smell of chicken drumsticks drifted to where the dragon slept, the Dragon woke and roared which led to a hasty retreat by all. The princesses and knights regrouped and Miss Jo (the handsome prince) drew her sword and delivered the final blow. Now it was safe to venture forward, find the treasure and return to their kingdom!

What, you missed it? Keep your eyes wide open. You never know when you’ll see them out again. Experiential learning is what we do and making learning as real as possible is what makes us special!

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Managebac Roll Out In Primary

This week a group of Primary Parent Ambassadors joined Mr. Sanchez, Miss Andrea and me to learn about and test how parents will be using the Managbac platform to access their students’ reports. Over the next few weeks there are several ‘open invitation sessions’ where all parents can drop in and find out more.

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The open invitation sessions will run in the Primary IT room on December the 1st and 2nd at 9am, 3pm and 4pm.

Visit of Prospective Parents

 It was a great pleasure showing a group of parents from Fundamentals, our Early Years Campus, around on Wednesday morning. As always the classrooms and surrounding areas we visited looked amazing, our students were engaged, on task and enjoying school.

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Secondary School News

University Convention
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On December the 3rd SIS will be welcoming over 30 universities from around the world. This will be the second University Convention following on from last year’s successful combined University & Careers Convention.

Key Information:
·  11:00 – 12:30 Sotogrande M4-D2 students will be able to visit the convention
·  15:00 – 17:00 All Sotogrande parents and M1-M3 students will have the opportunity to visit. Please note that the convention will end promptly at 5pm.
·  15:00 – 16:00 There will be a number of application seminars for different countries, primarily for DP students to attend, with limited spaces for parents and other students.

Any queries please email Jason Mungles  –

Jason Mungles
University & Careers Coordinator

Maths Olympiad

Last Thursday five of our budding mathematicians spent the day at Laude San Pedro school working and competing in the 6th Maths Olympiad; from M1 Faisal Khreis, M2 Laura De Lathauwer, M3 Amy Denton, M4 Hannah Coventry and M5 Daria Bogatyreva.

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Our five students competed in mixed teams working with students from 5 other schools, Amy went on to say ” I liked being mixed up with other schools and meeting new people”.
The students participated in charades, puzzles, buzzer rounds and a poster competition, Faisal commented,”how hard the puzzles were” and Laura mentioned how she had stayed up late revising in preparation.
Faisal (possibly our most competitive member) and Hannah really stood out in the buzzer round.
All 5 students worked exceptionally hard and were a real credit to the school.
“It was a wonderful experience and one I will never forget.” – Faisal Khreis.

San Roque Boarding House News

Boarding House News

The San Roque Boarding House students have had another eventful week where Tommaso Giancaterino came out top of all the students in the House Table Tennis competition and the rather camera-shy Nele Winkelmann won the House Pool Competition.  A new electronic darts board was also added to the Games Room this week, so the range of community building in-House competitions will only continue to grow.

This Saturday, the Boarders are looking forward to seeing the animals at Selwo Aventura Park and visiting Estepona, whilst on Sunday we’ll be paying a visit to the cinema to see the new James Bond film.

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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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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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