School Newsletter 28.10.2016

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School Newsletter 28th October

Message from the Head


Dear Parents and Guardians,

I would like to begin the newsletter with a key point about Uniform to allow you use the half term to address any uniform errors that might exist.

There are a number of students who are not wearing black shoes or plain black trainers. There are a number of students who are wearing hoodies as coats. Neither of these is allowed according to our uniform regulations. Students need to wear 100% black shoes or black trainers. In addition P2 – M5 students should be wearing grey trousers or skirt, a polo shirt with the school logo, blue V-neck jumper with school logo.  If students require an additional item of clothing due to wet or cold weather, a coat or may be worn to school, not a hoodie. Can we also remind parents that after half term the optional summer dress for girls in Primary should no longer be worn. Thank you for your support in helping our students to dress appropriately for school.

Our week began on Sunday with a student led imitative at the boarding house.  Ellie Gonzalvez in M5 has planned to open a Kindred Project shop for her Personal Project in M5.  On Sunday she enlisted the help of students and parents to clear and begin organizing the shop. On Sunday afternoon 3 D2 students launched an amazing arts event called The Moment.  Music, poetry and artwork were shared. This event was the creation of Lucia Mier, Patricia De la Rocha and Maria Kostychenko.  They managed to raise over 3000€ for the Asni project. Lucia will be attending the family trip to Asni later this year to donate the money to the community.

We began Monday with a whole school assembly to celebrate United Nations Day. The event was a lovely gathering, celebrating our International student body.  Students, who used the assembly to formally open the SIS Model United Nations Conference, ran the assembly.  M5 students spent the day dressed to impress, taking on the role of leaders from different countries around the world, tackling critical current issues such as the Syrian conflict, the death penalty and promoting the rights of the LGBT community. Thank you to the PTA who were onsite to provide refreshments for our delegates during the day.

On Thursday, we held a Discovery Day for parents to find out a little more about our school.  Over 20 parents attended the event, touring the Primary and Secondary school, able to take their time to see some of the learning experiences, speak to students and ask questions.  I would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who attended. Following the Discovery Day we will be launching our Parent Ambassador training programme. If you would like to find out more about this programme, please contact Sarah Hagglof, email address

Today we celebrated Halloween with an energetic and frightening Send a Child to School event.  Thank you to everyone who dressed up, donated hard and fund raised to help send children to school in Uganda.  The KP team will send information about the final amounts raised in the next newsletter.

This weekend two of our students will be taking part in the Sotogrande International Young Talents Trophy at La Reserva. We wish Alex Amey and Nathalie Armbrüster the best of luck!

I wish you a wonderful half term and hope you are able to relax and connect with your children. I look forward to welcoming you back on Tuesday November 8th at 8.50am.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

Primary School News

Dates for your Diary

  • Monday 31 October – Monday 7 November – Half Term holiday – The school will remain closed
  • Wednesday 9 November – P6 Under 11 basketball tournament
  • Friday 11 November – PTA Autumn Festival with Fireworks

Secondary School News

Dates for your Diary

  • Monday 31 October – Monday 7 November – Half Term holiday – The school will remain closed
  • Thursday 10 November – D1 Spanish A trip to Tarifa
  • Friday 11 November – PTA Autumn Festival with Fireworks

Student Council

The election for the Secondary Student Council finished this week. We want to congratulate new members and wish them a great year, also we want to say thank-you to all students involved in the process. Congratulations to Pablo Rodriguez, President; Pippa Smith, Vice President; Abdullah Gashlan Secretary; Harry Nicholls Treasurer; Airton Palacio, Assistant Treasurer, Grace Colley Boarding House representative, Isabel Tate & Pepe Bernal, Social Media Coordinators, Grace Colley, Boarding House representative, Leila Modirzadeh, New Students representative, Úrsula Rowley, Kindred Project representative, and various representatives of the different secondary year groups.

Debating Club

Last week, the SIS debating team held their first public debate in the theatre arguing the highly controversial motion ‘This house believes that it was a mistake for Britain to vote to leave the EU’. Both teams impressed with their skills of persuasion, and even though the Proposition team won, the Opposition team fought hard with a convincing counter argument. Thank you to all staff and students who came and supported the teams. Debating Club will continue to run each week and there will be a public debate each half term. Please come and watch the next one!


On Wednesday teams from SIS, competed against Swans, Aloha and EIC at the now annual Aquathon event held at Swans College in Nagueles.

Students from M1 to M3 were challenged to complete a 12 lengths (300m) swim and a 1.2 km run in as fast a time as possible. However, the event had a twist, with the 4th placed time being the crucial component in both the water and on land.

Congratulations to event winners: Antonio Salama and Judd Vanlier



PTA News

Autumn Festival with Fireworks

Our annual Autumn Festival, with fireworks, will be on Friday 11th November, from 6:30 until 9:30pm.
Lots of fun for everyone, including prizes for the best fancy dress, face painting, children’s activities, live music and a great selection of food and drinks.
Tickets will be on sale at the school gate after half term- 5 euros each.
All SIS families and their guests are welcome; students in M1 and below MUST be accompanied by an adult.
Want to help? Please email
See you there!

The Kindred Project

‘The Moment’

The Moment. The moment we decided we wanted to be the change. The moment one idea became a reality… The moment three girls exposed fragments of their hearts for the community of SIS to see. We have collected €3,000 in a couple of hours, thanks to YOU. This money will change people’s lives, and as clichéd as that sounds, it’s the purest truth you will read for a while.

It was not until we popped our little pink bubble, and took a sneak peek at the world…the real world, that we realised how important it is that we do not lose faith in humanity; that we are all just the same, that the only barrier that prevents us from becoming a whole, is the one created in our own minds.
The Moment was an opportunity to unify the talents of the SIS community. Art, music and theatre became a peaceful weapon during those hours where we were able to connect.

We want to send a HUGE thank you, to everyone that was involved, to everyone that helped, to everyone that came, to everyone that couldn’t come but kept us vividly in their thoughts… to everyone who has accepted that the barriers and kilometres separating one world from another are imaginary, and that WE have the power to destroy them.

Lucía Mier Portillo, D2 Student

Alumni News

Alex Badalyan,  a former SIS Student has recently launched an investment business  out of Kings College University in London. He is the CEO of this company and he is continuing the drive and ambition that he demonstrated as a student at SIS. He is also one of the University Student Ambassadors and we look forward to him  potentially visiting us at the  upcoming University convention on November the 28th

“Founded in 2016, King’s Capital is the first and only investment fund run by students from multiple backgrounds at King’s College London. Our aim is to deliver professional quality of research and focus on high returns, while offering unique experience to the students involved, investors and those interested in the world of financial markets.”

Comedy night – 16th November

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

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.

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.

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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