School Newsletter 28.04.2017

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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.

School Newsletter – 28th April 2017

Message from the Head


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last weekend Emma Butler and Eliza Cherry, along with a number of enthusiastic runners within our community took part in the London Marathon. I would like to publicly congratulate everyone involved, but especially mention Eliza and Emma. They are a great source of inspiration for the students at our school. Also over the weekend our D2 Maths teachers gave up their Saturday to run a revision day with our students. I would like to thank them for their time, dedication and commitment.

Last week the San Roque police sports team took part in the annual police sports tournament in Granada.  I am pleased to announce that over the course of the week, the San Roque team came out on top!  Please congratulate them when you see them at the gate.

One of our D2 students Veronica Malka was talent spotted last week and will be performing with Michael Bolton in Puente Romano in August this year!

This week Laura Griffin from the IB visited us. Laura is in charge of the curriculum review for PYP and saw our presentation at the IB conference last year. She was inspired by our message and wanted to come and see our school for herself. She has been totally blown away by her experience, the students’ love of the school and how embedded service learning is in our school.

On Wednesday we ran our Walk to School day!  I would like to thank the families who decided to leave the car at home and spend some time walking. It provides a wonderful opportunity to take in your surroundings, have a chat with your children and do some exercise. We are looking to making this a monthly event and hope you will continue to support us as we drive towards this.

This week has been heavily overshadowed by Bugsy and rightly so. Earlier in the week, our students spent time rehearing at the San Roque theatre. With over 90 students involved, this is by no means a small task.  Wednesday afternoon saw a matinee performance to local schools around the San Roque area and students from Aloha college. Wednesday and Thursday evening were the main events.  I would like to thank you for supporting the show and for giving so generously to the KP led project.  Personally I was completely blown away by the level of the performance, the live music and the skills of our students. None of it would have been possible without the dedication of the parents, hard work of the students and the support and leadership given by our wonderful staff.

Finally today was the Parent Teacher Conferences in secondary, the Student Led Conferences in primary and the first of the IB Diploma exams.  Thank you to everyone who came in and met with staff, or spent time with their children listening to their learning journeys.  It is such a crucial part of our children’s education.  Finally I hope the first exam for our diploma students went well.  Our thoughts are with them as they begin a mammoth exam period over the next few weeks.

I wish you a wonderful long weekend and look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday morning before 8.50am; for those of you who wish to attend there will be a PTA meeting at 9am in the Cantina.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney


Whole School News

D2 students’ examinationsWe would like to inform you that due to D2 students’ examinations, all the school buses will leave 5 minutes earlier in the morning and 5 minutes later in the afternoon from 2nd until 19th of May.

Teaching on Cultivating Courageous Compassion

SIS and The Kindred Project are delighted to invite you to a powerful teaching on Cultivating Courageous Compassion led by world renown Buddhist nun Ven. Robina Courtin, on Tuesday 2nd May from 10:10am to 11:20am in the school Theatre.

Ven Robina became a student of Lama Yeshe and was ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun at Kopan Monastery in 1978. Well-known for her intense energy and no-nonsense manner of expressing her profound understanding of Buddhist philosophy, Ven Robina is the subject of an award-winning documentary, “Chasing Buddha” and a film by Christine Lundberg called “On the Road Home”. Her teaching will touch upon how our lives are more meaningful when we act with the motivation to develop loving kindness, generosity, and other positive qualities for the benefit of all sentient beings.

We are extremely lucky to have her at SIS and believe it is an opportunity not to be missed! Her talk goes hand-in-hand with SIS’ mission statement and links to perfection with our global citizenship and KP values. Ven. Robina came to school 2 years ago and her session was one of the highlights of our academic year.

If you’re interested in participating, please fill in the following form: or email us on:

Limited spaces available!!

Primary School News

FundamentalsDear Parents,

We invite you to participate on Saturday 6th May from 11:00 to 13:00 in a family workshop at Fundamentals to ‘Create your own “Urban Vegetable Garden”; given by two educators from “HUERTUM”, a movement whose main purpose is to develop agriculture and promote healthy eating in urban areas.

The cost of the workshop is 30 euros per family with all materials included.
This family activity lets you create and cultivate a vegetable garden together which you can then take home! Reserve your place on

Message From Emma Butler

EC1 Unit ‘Our World’

Once again we had fantastic support from parents who came in and shared their culture and traditions with EC1, thank-you. The children develop their understanding of the concept of form, which involves describing what things are like, as they talk about the activities they have been involved in.  Bringing the outside world into the classrooms so that the children explore through shared experiences supports the understanding of the connections between culture, food, music and celebrations and encourages them to value their differences. It was a fantastic unit for the children to be immersed in so many wonderful rich traditions

P3 Unit based trip

On Tuesday, P3 took part in their second experiential trip for this unit and visited Tarifa. This trip enabled the children to undertake an authentic investigation of the connection between physical geography and a settlement’s location. The photo shows the classes at the southernmost point in Europe!

P4 Unit based trip

Yesterday P4 spent an informative day at Baelo Claudia, the Roman remains in Bolonia.  The students took their iPads so that they could research the many questions that they had composed prior to the trip.  They were able to see the remains of the temple, the basilica, the forum and the large fish salting factory there.  A great day was had by all.

London Marathon

Both Eliza Cherry and I would like to thank parents and teachers for their support and encouragement whilst preparing for and running the London Marathon. Along with other SIS parents Angus Nisbet, Lisa Greenwood, Sally Brider and Mark Brider, we all successfully finished the 42km course.

Secondary School News

D1 Parent Teacher Consultations

D1 Parent teacher consultations will be held on Tuesday 2nd and Thursday 4th May between 4:00pm and 6:00pm.

This is an important opportunity for students and parents to speak to subject teachers about their academic performance and targets for the remainder of the year, including effective exam revision techniques.

M3 Community Project service week

Last week the M3 students undertook the second service week as part of their community project. There were assemblies for secondary and primary students where M3 students raised awareness about the importance of recycling, helping our community around us, animal rights and more. Students were also involved in a dyslexia workshop led by Laura De Lathauwer and Olivia Wang.

Bake sales, games for children in Fundamentals, a food-drop inside and outside school, were other activities organised by M3 students, all with maximum effort and motivation. Without a doubt, these experiences have given the students the opportunity to grow as people and as learners. Our congratulations to them all.


Advertise your business in the SIS 2017 Year Book

As we enter the final term of the academic year we have the pleasure of putting together the 2017 Year Book. Our Year Book celebrates some of the best moments, trips and activities for each year group as well as focusing on the D2 graduating class. Parents, we would like to offer you the opportunity to advertise in this much-anticipated keepsake. For further information please contact

 PTA News

The next PTA meeting will take place in the Cantina at 9.00am on Tuesday 2 May – everyone welcome!

The Kindred Project News

Little Suns

One of the main projects we focused on during The Uganda 2017 Expedition was the Little Suns; a project discovered by Max, Albert & Pablo (M4) from last year’s M3 Community Project to bring light to the community of Nabugabo, Uganda. The project was a huge success, reaching over 100 families in Nabugabo area! Please see the link here for the article written about the collaboration between The Kindred Project and Little Suns. This initiative is a powerful example of how SIS students through The Kindred Project are using education as a force for good!

Send a Child to School

Last week saw another amazing total of €682.50 from Send a Child to School day for our sponsored children at NCLC, Uganda! Here is a photo, taken during the expedition, of all the children sponsored by KP and the SIS community! Thank you all for your support.

Bugsy Malone

The Kindred Project would also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who organised, ran and was part of the Bugsy Malone production, as well as to everyone who attended on Wednesday and Thursday evening. The proceeds of all ticket sales will be going towards Hogar Betania’s educational resources for their summer camps! Thank you!

‘Discover the Differences’ Benefit Dinner
We have been given a gift that we would like to share with you! On Friday May 5th, M3 students, Olivia Wang, Natasha Bacarese-Hamilton and Laura De Lathauwer will be hosting a dinner at El Octogono restaurant from 7pm to raise awareness and money for children with special needs and dyslexia. The evening is called, “Discover the Differences.” 

El Octogono restaurant is very generously donating 80 three-course meals (including a welcome drink and beverage), to support our initiative. There will be a silent auction, a dance performance and an engaging presentation about dyslexia and special needs children. Also there will be a fashion show featuring special needs children, modeling clothes generously donated by Martina Babies and Kids, and Manapany Kids. ALL proceeds will be donated to our respective charities.  Tickets are available for 30 euros for adults and 15 euros for children, age 12 and under. Please join us for an enjoyable evening out and help us “Discover the Differences.”
Please contact or (+34) 619 765 990 to reserve your tickets today.

Indie Night

Indie Night will be held in the theatre on Friday May 19th. The idea is similar to last year’s Soul Night, but with Indie style music. We will be performing as a full band from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, with a short 15-minute interval. We will be performing a set of quality music, with the intention of raising money for the Tiwizi Association, The Kindred Project’s partner in Asni. Many of us have just been there personally, and it means a lot to be able to make a difference. Tickets cost will be 5 euros.

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 asa force for good in the world.


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