School Newsletter 29.01.2016

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Friday, 29th January

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Message from the Head

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On my walkabout this week I spent time with some Primary classes.  The EC1 students have been learning about fairy tales, how they are created and how they cross cultures.  It is a lovely way of sharing stories in their home language and really highlights our internationalism at such a young age.  The EC2 students were in their language groups working on a blend of phonics, shared reading and writing.  It was lovely to sit and hear some of the students read the words they had written.  The P2 students were in language groups, working on different sounds of words in questions.  Their enthusiasm for the language was really outstanding.   In P3 I chatted with students who were looking at re-designing the map of the school from a bird’s eye view.  This notoriously difficult concept was mostly well understood by the students and they were really excited by the maps and areas they had designed.  P4 students were working on their healthy lifestyles unit and creating collages of different food groups.  I loved questioning them on the differences between healthy and unhealthy fats, the difference between vitamins and minerals.  Being able to walk around and witness the different learning that occurs in our school is incredibly rewarding and reminds me on a daily basis of just how special a learning environment SIS is.

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Wednesday witnessed the annual cross country run at Nova School Sunland International in Estación de Cártama, Malaga. We sent a very enthusiastic team of 50 students from P5 to D1 and we are very proud of how well they all performed.

Mr Wickersham has been particularly busy this week.  On Thursday he took some M1 students to the SRC to record their newly written song called ‘Peace is the way’.  On Friday he took his M4 music students to record an album from the songs they have created in their current unit.

Tonight the KP team, supported by Miss Emma, Ms. Morrison and Miss Eliza, have arranged to hold a sleepover for P5 and P6 students to raise money for Phabkids. ( This promises to be a fun-filled sleepless night for the students, with lots of activities, food and a film.

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Finally just to remind you about the mail shot regarding the fee structure for next academic year.  If you have not received this, please let Henry, our receptionist know ASAP by emailing  May I remind you that if you choose not to return next year, you need to inform the admissions team in writing by 4pm on March 18th to ensure the satisfactory return of your deposit. To assist in our planning for next year, we would very much value you completing this questionnaire regarding your intentions.  Please note this questionnaire is not legally binding.

I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Jak Kearney


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Whole School News

Summercamps 2016, Join now!image pic

SIS La Concha Challenge

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I would like to invite (challenge) you to take part in the “SIS La Concha Challenge”.  This will take place, under guided supervision, on Saturday 6th February. We will be leaving from the El Refugio de Juanar car park at 9:00am. We would hope that students from p6 upwards and of course wider family members, will join us in our ascent to the top, (M1 and younger students should be accompanied by a family member), followed by a well deserved lunch and our journey down. The whole event should take around 6-7 hours so it is certainly not for the faint-hearted. We anticipate returning to the El Refugio car park for around 4pm. The cost for guided supervision is 20 euros per person and students are asked to collect a sponsorship form from the PE Department.

Alistair Gibson

SotoROX the CASbah

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To commemorate and celebrate the 10th anniversary of Kiss the CASbah, another SOTOROX is being held on the 18th of February. SotoROX the CASbah will of course be bigger, better and bolder than ever before; an amazing experience, right from your first step into the school gates. The energy this year is booming, and we have a team of both current students and alumni that will be on stage to blow you all away. We are drawing inspiration and performing rock songs ranging from Led Zeppelin to Pink Floyd to Dr Dre and many more! This year will be revolutionary and unforgetable as the passion being put into rehearsals, planning and organising is explosive.

Tickets will be on sale after school from 1st February onwards at the gate. No doubt this will be something you do NOT want to miss, so remember to buy your ticket as early as possible!

PTA News

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In response to several requests, the PTA committee is organising several events for parents this term. As well as the drop-in coffee mornings and the sessions on parenting teens explained below, we will also be launching an SIS PTA Networking Event. More news to follow soon!
We are always open to suggestions, so please join us at our coffee morning this Monday (1st February in English) or on Wednesday 17th February (in Spanish) or send a note to our email address

Workshops and Talks for Parents of Teens and Pre-Teens

Sotogrande International School PTA invite you to an informative session for parents of teens and pre-teens to launch our exciting new programme of workshops for SIS parents.

Why do our teens and pre-teens behave the way they do? And how can an understanding of their grey matter help us to keep them on the right track?  On February 8th, our school psychologist, Dr. Kelly Lewis-Cole will be taking a close look at what really is going on inside the adolescent brain …

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The session will be held at the San Roque Campus, with welcome coffee from 9am and the secrets being divulged from 9:30am! This talk is open to all parents and guardians, and will be of particular interest to those with children in Primary 6 and above.If you would like to attend, would like more information, and/or have any questions, please click here.

Open coffee mornings 

The PTA will be holding an open coffee morning in English for all parents and guardians in Pasteleria OK in Pueblo Nuevo on Monday 1st February at 09.00. Please come along and meet other parents from school and have a chat.
This event will be repeated  – same venue, same time – on Wednesday 17th February and on this occasion our conversation will be In Spanish

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Everyone welcome!

PTA Committee Minutes 

Please find minutes from the 19th January meeting linked here.

Primary School News

Message from Emma ButlerSporting Success

Congratulations to the SIS Primary School athletes of 2016 whose performance was excellent at the International Schools Cross Country Championships on Wednesday.

Blanca Valdés, Eden Stone, Marina Corrales, Sofia Villegas, Ekaterina Sycheva, Jago Wickersham, Felix Bernal, Hampus Orsing, Roberto Cozar, Dante Hazewindus and  Alexander Amey all took part and did extremely well. We also had some outstanding individual results from Blanca Valdés, Eden Stone and Jago Wickersham who managed to come in the Top 10 out of more than 60 runners!
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Another Sporting Success

Well done to Lola Martín in P6. Last weekend she took part in a competition at Dos Lunas Dressage and Polo Club in San Martin del Tesorillo. Lola competed with her horse D’Artagnan in the category of Alevines Preliminar and came first with a final score of 66,900. Well done, Lola!

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Primary School And PYP Parent Ambassador Workshop

On Tuesday morning around a dozen new parent ambassadors joined Eli Halter, Head of Admissions and Marketing, Andrea Bennett, PYP Coordinator, and me, Head of Primary, to participate in an informative and hands on workshop. During the session they had a chance to learn more about what our Primary School is about, how our International Baccalaureate Curriculum works and how our teachers work and plan together in order to provide the best learning opportunities for all our students.

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Reminder From The School Nurse

There are a number of children within the school with severe nut allergies that can result in serious allergic reactions if they are exposed to nuts.
To support these children there is a No Nuts policy within primary school and the school lunches are also nut free.
We would like to remind parents that any snacks or birthday cakes brought into school should not contain any nuts or nut products such as chocolate and hazelnut spread.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

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Secondary School News


Interschool Cross Country Report

Congratulations to all Cross Country runners from SIS. Out of 10 schools we came 3rd. The table below is clear evidence of all your hard work! If you keep training you will keep improving!  

                                 Last year                            This year 
TOP 10 Finishes                8                                     16
TOP 3 Finishes                  1                                      3
Total Points                     47                                     69

Well done to all of you. Special mention to Carmen Perez De La Blanca (M5) (Silver); Alejandro Nestares (M3) and Mae Greenwood (M4) (Golds) for their outstanding podium finishes!

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On Thursday 28th January M1 students went to San Roque studio and recorded our song about peace. It’s in 5 different languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, French and Russian) and it’s called ‘Peace is the way’. The M1 students wrote the lyrics and music themselves. We hope to release the song for you to listen to and enjoy.

By Kerenza Mungles

Boarding House News

Boarding House News

The San Roque Boarding House had an excellent time at the trampoline centre in San Pedro where high jumping, somersaulting, slam dunking, foam plunging and dodgeballing were the order of the day!  All the boarders found the experience surprisingly tiring but great, great fun and entertainment – especially witnessing Mr. Ash’s attempts at an alley-oop!  This weekend brings more exciting active entertainment with paintballing followed by bowling.

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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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