School Newsletter 04.12.2015

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Friday, 4th December 2015

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Dates for your diary
  • 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           Non-uniform day in exchange for Tombola donation
  • 12th December           Christmas Bazaar 13:00 – 16:00
  • 14th December           SI Stage School ‘Christmas Celebration’ 18:30 – 20:00
  • 15th December           P1/P2 Christmas performance 14:00 – 15:00
  • 16th December           P1/P2 Christmas performance 10:00 – 11:00
  • 16th December           P3 Expressive Arts performance in Spanish 11:30 – 12:15
  • 16th December           Parent Ambassadors training session 18:30
  • 17th December           EC1/EC2 Christmas performance 11:00 – 12:00
  • 18th December           ‘Send my friend to school’ day
  • 18th December           Last day of term, school finishes 12:00

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,

We have experienced a fantastic week at SIS.  Last weekend SIMA hosted its first weekend experience with visiting artists Monique and Dharni running a 2 day vocal event at the San Roque campus.  50 students from SIS spent their weekend learning from the pros.  Over the border in Portugal our Under 19 football team took part in the International Schools Algarve cup.  After a tight semi final, they won their final game to be crowned Champions! In other sporting news I would like to acknowledge the achievements of Jasmine Bateman and Alisa Soirev who have been chosen as the best fencers in their age group in Andalucía last season!

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In my walkabout this week I was bowled over by the transformation of the reception and EC1 classrooms. Thanks to the PTA members for their hard work in transforming the reception area into a winter wonderland!  Miss Veronica has turned her classroom into a beautiful Christmas set.  With warming log fire, snow flakes and a rocking chair.  Today I spent some time reading Christmas stories to our EC1 students.

On Wednesday Miss Kini hosted a display of M3 students’ work in Humanidades on the refugee crisis.  Students planned refugee camps as part of their unit of work.  After school we witnessed our winter Peri concert in the theatre with students from across our school performing pieces that they have been learning.  It was a lovely opportunity for our students to perform in front of a small audience.  Many thanks to parents who attended these events to support their children.

On Thursday we hosted the SIS University Convention.  Jason Mungles has worked tirelessly to build relationships with universities from across the world.  Not only did SIS parents and students benefit from the event, but also 300 students from along the coast joined us to help plan their next steps.

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Last night our fabulous primary choir sang at the turning –on of the Christmas lights in Sotogrande.  It was a beautifully festive evening, which brought together members of the Sotogrande community and school.  If you enjoyed listening to the Christmas Carols, please come along to hear them again next Friday 11th December at 7pm at the Sotogrande church.

I continue to applaud your support over the security changes that we have made in recent weeks.  We are working hard to further improve the process.

I wish you an enjoyable and restful extended weekend and remind you that school begins again on Wednesday 9th December!

Best wishes

Jak Kearney


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Whole School News
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Arts News

LAMDA Examinations

Congratulations to all our hard working LAMDA students who took their examinations this week. The visiting examiner was treated to a full day of wonderful performance work ranging from musical theatre, a group devised play and a wide selection of acting monologues and duologues.

We would like to extend out heartfelt thanks to John Foulkes-Jones who came in to work with us this week on preparing our students for this challenging and much acclaimed examination.

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If you would like to see some of these accomplished pieces please join us on the 9th at the Theatre festival

 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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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

Congratulations to top fencers

Jasmine Bateman and Alisa Soiref  awarded top prize in the II Fencing Merit Gala.

Last weekend Cádiz celebrated the second fencing merit Gala, attended by athletes, family members, teachers, clubs and authorities in Andalusia. This initiative represents a recognition of the best athletes of all categories and weapons of last season. Jasmine Bateman and Alisa Soiref were recognised as best athletes in Andalusia in the under 10 category with the top regional ranking of the season.
These awards recognize their hard work, perseverance and fair play and predict a great season for Jasmine and Alisa competing at international level.

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We are the Champions!

Congratulations to the Sotogrande Under 19 Boys Football team who triumphed
2 – 1 over St Stephens (Rome), in the European International Schools Final on Sunday.

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Captain Callum fired in a bullet header, with Pepe continuing his fine goal scoring form, adding another smart finish. We are the champions!  Congratulations to the whole squad from Mr. Ash, Mr. Dennis & Mr. Gibson.

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)
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SIS 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 Team

Ski Trip 2016

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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 limited

Christmas Bazaar

The Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, December 12th from 1pm to 4pm

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Tombola collection

Please remember it’s Mufti (non uniform) day on Friday the 11th of December: all students are invited to come to school dressed in their own clothes in exchange for a small gift for the Christmas Tombola. Gifts can be for adults or children and should be new and unused. The PTA will collect the gifts at the school gate on Friday morning from 8.30am.

Grand Christmas Raffle

Every student in the school has been given a book of 5 raffle tickets to try to sell, so hopefully you know about this already.  Your help to sell tickets would also be greatly appreciated; books of tickets may be collected from the library at any time. Tickets will also be available at the gate on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 3.30-4.15pm. A cash price will be awarded to the student who sells the most tickets!

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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.SILA NewsAt SILA we have interactive classes designed to help you learn in a fun and relaxing environment.
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Every month we put on special events helping you to learn more about the language and culture of Spain. In November we combined a Spanish lesson with finding out about typical Christmas customs and how to arrange flowers by Flowers Areka, Pueblo Nuevo. This week we enjoyed learning how to create a typical paella with help from our Chef and Spanish staff accompanied by a ¨copa de vino¨ in the Chiringuito. ASSIST

Launching a new service for the SIS community.

Following numerous requests from new families arriving at the school and also at the behest of the PTA, SIS has created a new service, called Assist, to support both relocating families and those within the school community.
Assist is a free service, designed as a membership club, to help families in managing their life in Sotogrande. , Its aim is to offer a substantial network of contacts with local partners featuring a wide range of services from immigration and legal issues, to home search or improvements, insurance, health and beauty, sports, transportation, food and accommodation, personal development, etc.

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Most of Assist´s partners offer significant discounts and/or privileges to our members which are outlined in the website.

To become member of Assist, each new parent of the school has to enrol on the website and they will receive a privilege Assist card to then benefit from Assist services.

The website also offers useful information on relocation, tax and legal issues at
The list of Assist affiliated partners is increasing and many very interesting offers can regularly be found on

For more detailed information, please contact Frederic Avrilleaud at

Primary School News

Message from Emma Butler


On Friday 28th of November, P3 to P6 students had the great opportunity to participate in the Dance-a-thon organised by us, The Kindred Project volunteers and D1 CAS students. It was an original way of spending a Friday night at school with classmates and teachers with non-stop dance and fun games. It was also a successful way to raise money for Phab Kids, a UK based organization that supports children and adults with disabilities. The total raised was €873,00, a brilliant amount! Thank you Mr. Felton, Vittoria Morace & Bella Sträuli – D1 students, Valentina and KP volunteers and everyone that participated to make this event a great success!

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P1 Help the PTA prepare for the Christmas Bazaar

On Wednesday P1 helped the PTA “present wrapping team” by offering their services as thanks for all the PTA support with the Primary First playground. As P1 has recently been studying 2D and 3D shapes, this fitted in beautifully! One of our PTA parents brought us the paper and P1 provided the boxes. Some of the finished presents have been placed around the Christmas tree in Reception and others will be used in Father Christmas´ grotto. This has given the children a chance to collaborate on a wider scale with the school.

The Spanish Club Perform for EC2

As our final activity for this term, students from the Spanish Drama Club performed one of Aesop’s fables, The Tortoise and the Hare, for the EC2 classes. The children were enchanted and enjoyed an afternoon of great fun watching this interpretation of the story by children from P3 to P6.

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P4 Action

On Tuesday I received the following message from Oscar Jefferson, James Butler and Fabiola Sanchez Pintado.

“P4 have started their action for their unit on ‘Sharing the Planet’ and are trying to reduce our waste. They have been working collaboratively. On day one we all chose ourr groups and made a plan of action. Some have been working hard on creating their very own recycling bins for indoor areas. Others are making large banners and posters to persuade people to reduce, reuse and recycle and stop wasting precious, rare resources and polluting the planet. We will keep you posted on our progress.”

P4 ha empezado la acción para esta unidad “Sharing the Planet”. Hemos intentando de reducir lo que gastamos. Hemos estado colaborando en diferentes grupos. Hoy en dia hemos estado repartiendo la tarea: unos han hecho pósteres, otros están haciendo contenedores de reciclaje,un grupo mirando los precios de contenedores reales, otros recogiendo los restos orgánicos para comida de animales.

Christmas Celebration by the SI Stage School

The Primary Kindred Project (KP) Group will be selling tickets next week at the main gate. We hope you will be able to come and watch the SI Stage School performance.

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Peri Concert

I would like to thank all the students who performed in the peri concert on Wednesday evening. It was lovely to see new studes up on stage and returning students who demonstrated great progress.

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P5 Unit based trip to Gibraltar

On Tuesday morning, P5 students set off on an educational visit to Gibraltar. Forty students took part in this exciting experience which links to their current unit, How we express ourselves.

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First, they visited the peaceful atmosphere of the Hindu Temple and later went on to the Synagogue and Cathedral.
Students learned a lot about the way in which many cultures have both similarities and differences in their belief systems. They also discovered how people in Gibraltar from many various cultural and religious backgrounds all live and work together, enjoying a peaceful life.

Assessment In PYP –  Parent Workshop, Wednesday 9th of December

This has been postponed until the New Year.

Christmas Performances EC1/EC2 and P1/P2

EC1/EC2  – Thursday 17th of December at 11am in the theatre.
P1/P2  – Tuesday 15th of December at 2pm in the theatre.  (Students will be given tickets for a particular performance)
P1/P2  – Wednesday 16th of December at 10am in the theatre.   (Students will be given tickets for a particular performance)

SHARING CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN  – Request from the Primary Student Council

As we slowly prepare for the festive season and as part of showing the Christmas spirit, KP and the Student Council would like to call upon your generosity to support our friends from Hogar Betania in La Linea.

As well as running numerous specific projects, Hogar Betania is currently supporting over 250 families in our local area. One of the smaller but definitely heart warming initiatives they organise is the Christmas present campaign, which aims to help these families to provide Christmas presents, joy and magic for the younger ones in the family.

Our objective is therefore simple. We are arranging for each class to fill boxes for certain age groups:

P3  Newborn to 12 months
P4  1-4 years
P5  4-7 years
P6  7-10 years

A few suggestions of what we will include are small clothing items, personal hygiene products, story or colouring books, arts and crafts resources, small toys. Please do not include second hand goods, war toys, money, sharp objects or perishable goods.

Boxes will be made in class (more shoe boxes and wrapping paper please!) and then distributed by Student Council and The Kindred Project and delivered to Hogar Betania ready for Christmas!

Thank you for your support.

Secondary School News


Well done, M3!

I just wanted to say a massive “well done” to all M3 LOMCE Humanities students for the amazing Refugees camps you produced for the end of our Interdisciplinary Unit, LA POBLACIÓN MUNDIAL.  It was lovely to hear the students’ creative and innovative ideas. I value and appreciate your hard work, continued efforts and drive.

The quality of your presentations and the creativity you showed in your presentation skill and the high standard of using technology you achieved were outstanding.
I know that all the parents, staff and students who were lucky enough to attend this morning were immensely impressed by your confidence, preparedness and hard work.
Also a big thank you to the M3 parents, and specially Araceli, one of our Parent Ambassadors, who worked incredibly hard in her visit to class to help all the students achieve such success!

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Congratulations M3!

Kini De Vargas & Javier Orozco

San Roque Boarding House News

Boarding House News

The San Roque Boarding House visited a local Christmas market over the weekend and what with having decorated the Boarding House, Christmas has truly arrived at the San Roque Campus.  Later on Saturday, the Boarders consumed mountains of popcorn whilst watching The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 at the cinema and from the feedback received, it certainly seemed a very popular and exciting film. On the Sunday, just as much fun and excitement was had when wild animal spotting at Selwo Aventura.

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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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