School Newsletter Friday 06.11.2015

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Friday, 6th November 2015

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Dates for your diary

10th November          P6 Unit based trip to local supermarket
11th November          Early Childhood Programme parent workshop 09:00 –10:00
11th November          M1-D2 Girls Regional Inter-school Football at El Rio

12th November          P3 Spanish trip to Algeciras theatre
12th November          Meet the Universities & Careers Coordinator for M5-D2 Parents
12th November          Parent Ambassador training session
13th November          PTA Autumn Festival with Fireworks
17th November          M1-M5 Interim Reports published on Managebac

17th November          Free Flower arranging class for parents (see below)
18th November          D1 Interim Reports published on Managebac
3rd   December          University Convention

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Message from the Head

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I trust you have all experienced a restful and relaxing break.  As always we have started with a very busy week.  Our student teachers from Gustavus Adolphus College arrived over the holiday and this week they have been meeting their mentors and some of our students.  Initial feedback from them is really positive and they are delighted with the behaviour, attitude and politeness of our students.

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On Wednesday the new extension to the cantina opened – El Chiringuito. This is a keenly anticipated and very welcome addition to our facilities.  It will be open in the mornings to the whole community for breakfast and coffee and in the afternoons for ‘merienda’.  During lunchtime it will be a space for diploma students to eat, where they can choose from a selection of light bites at reasonable prices.

On Thursday the M1 students and the team put on a wonderful morning of smoke filled fun as the culmination of their ‘Who am I? unit. The students performed some outstanding research integrating their own love of learning into their presentations, from posters, to food, to video and of course song and dance!

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In our drive to reduce the traffic and elevate the parking difficulties we are investigating the possible viability of 2 bus routes around Sotogrande.  If this is of interest to you, please read the section in the newsletter below and complete the Google form.  In our last email regarding this we received only 4 responses.

Security on our campus has improved, but I would request that everyone takes responsibility and helps to improve our campus security by signing in at reception if you decide to stay for coffee after dropping students in the morning, or collecting students in the afternoon.  Upon signing in visitors and parents will be given a lanyard, which we would appreciate your wearing.

We have two big events on our horizon that I would like to bring to your attention.  The first is the Autumn Festival with Fireworks that will take place next Friday at 6.30pm.  The evening will be a blend of musical entertainment, food and fireworks!  As ever the fireworks will be weather dependent. The second event is the University Fair.  Building on the success of last year’s University and Career Convention, this year there will be two distinct events. The first will be the University Convention on December 3rd and the second will be the Career Convention on April 15th. The University Convention will take place on December 3rd in the School Gym. All secondary students will have an opportunity to visit the convention over the course of the day, with specific application seminars for Diploma students in the afternoon. All secondary parents are welcome to attend from 3pm to 5pm, as this will be a great opportunity for parents to learn about the different options from different countries and speak directly with those university admission teams. We currently have in excess of 30 universities from all over the world going to be present. More details will be forthcoming nearer the dates, however we hope to see you at both events!

I wish you a peaceful weekend,

Jak Kearney

Whole School

Physical Education uniform update

The new Physical Education uniform for P3-M5 students is already on sale at El Corte Ingles.
The uniform can be purchased in the El Corte Ingles stores at Puerto Banus and at Algeciras, and from next week it will also be on sale online.
There will be a phase out period of old kit until the end of this term and the new PE uniform will be compulsory for all P3-M5 students from January 2016.
Please note that the ‘Samurai’ PE kit will continue to be part of the new PE uniform.
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Label your kit!

A gentle reminder to parents that all school uniform clothing should be clearly labeled with your child’s name.
Should you wish to purchase printed tags, please see for online ordering of name tapes/labels and other personalized items.

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SIS new bus routes for Sotogrande Costa and Sotogrande Alto

Reminder: The period to register your children for the new school bus routes is still open due to a lack of interest. This is only for morning pick up and we hope this is of your interest.


In order to be able to operate this service, we need confirmation from a minimum number of students using the buses. We would like to encourage those families who live near the bus stops to use the morning school bus, not only will this help to reduce the traffic jam and congestion near the school, but will at the same time contribute to helping the environment.
Please see details about these routes bellow:

  • A 55 seater bus will be covering the area of La Marina and Sotogrande Costa on a forty minutes route, departing at 8:10 and arriving at school at 8:50. The price has been calculated to cover costs and works out at 2,70 € per student per day and will be payable monthly. A minimum of 37 children will be required to start and maintain this route. Please see Map route route and bus schedule.
  • A 25 seater bus will be covering the area of Sotogrande Alto, route Av. Los Cortijos – Av. Almenara – SIS, from 8:30 to 8:50, twenty minutes travel time, same cost. A minimum of 17 children will be required to start and maintain this route. Please see the map route and the bus schedule

Those Parents / Guardians who wish to sign up for this bus service should fill in the registration form linked here:

  Submit Sotogrande Costa          Submit Sotogrande Alto 

For further information about these new routes, please contact:
Érica del Manzano
Tel: +34 956 795 902

PTA News

The next general PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday 10th of November at 09.00 in the school cantina. Everyone welcome!

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Autum Festival

Bring your friends and come and enjoy an evening of fireworks, food, drinks, dressing up competition for the children and live music.

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Tickets for the Autumn Festival with Fireworks will be on sale next week from beside the main reception desk at the following times:
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 
Mornings: 8.30am to 9.15am
Afternoons: 3.30pm to 4.15pm
Tickets will also be on sale at the gate on the night of the event.

Bring your friends and come and enjoy an evening of fireworks, food, drinks, dressing up competition for the children and live music.

The PTA is asking for more volunteers to help out with the festivities. If you are able to assist, even for just part of the evening, please contact the events committee on .

Benefit Dinner

Christmas is coming!!! and again this year The Spanish Department is organizing a charity dinner for parents and staff on Saturday 21th November.

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The dinner will be at Las Camelias Restaurant in Torreguadiaro and consists of varied starters, main course (choice), dessert and drinks.
Our intention is to spend some quality time with parents and colleagues, to welcome Christmas and to raise funds for our NGO The Kindred Project; together we will enjoy a fun evening, good food and music, a raffle and we will also have the opportunity to actively collaborate with our charity projects in “Hogar Betania”.

For further information and to buy your tickets please contact any of the primary or secondary Spanish Department teachers. 

SILA Flower arranging class

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The Kindred Project News

Driving social entrepreneurship forward

On Thursday, over 40 M2 & M3 GCP students actively participated in a social entrepreneurship workshop organised by KP & SIS’ GCP department, and led by our colleagues from Alma Natura (Huelva), Juanjo Manzano and Rocío Molina. It has been a real treat to benefit from Alma Natura’s expertise around social entrepreneurship and how to turn ideas into reality. They are the first certified B Corporation in Spain and part of the Seforïs programme. During the 4 hour workshop GCP students learnt about different aspects of social entrepreneurship and what it takes to become a good social entrepreneur. They were introduced to the new “B Canvas” business model as a way to spot problems in our community and how to transform these into opportunities through a social entrepreneurship venture. Students’ participation was outstanding and generated some very interesting ideas. We look forward to our second workshop in which students will turn the best ideas into reality. This workshop will also be used to continue with the development of our Dreaming Dragons social entrepreneurship pop-up shop created by GCP students last year. A very promising and exciting stage, without shadow of a doubt! Thank you Alma Natura!

Click here to see the photos

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 Primary School News

Message from Emma Butler

Welcome back everyone. I hope you all had a great break and have come back all energised and ready for the new half term.

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Catch up from the end of last half term…

P2 Trip

On Friday 16th October P2 visited San Roque Radio and TV studios.

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They had lots of questions for the broadcasters and presenters about these mediums of communication that they were visiting. They enjoyed a fantastic day and we hope to repeat this visit next year.
The following links to a local news report about this visit.


Spanish Drama Club

On Wednesday 14th October the drama club students put on a short play for the P3 classes. They interacted with each other talking in Spanish about the history of the values they were interpreting.

P1 Senses Workshop

On Wednesday 21st October P1 Spanish class students took part in a workshop about the 5 senses.

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P3 & P4 Inter-school Team Games Day

On Thursday we celebrated the first ever Team Games Day! As part of the PE programme, students from P3 & P4 from SIS and Swans International School learned about team spirit and sportsmanship. They played together and made new friends while doing lots of exercise! Well done everyone!

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Reading Programme Parent Volunteers

The primary teachers would like to say a huge thank you to our parent volunteers who come weekly to support the reading development of our primary students.

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New Macs For P3 Pod

P3 students are enjoying the new Macs and revamped pod area.

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.

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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.

Baker Books

Primary students will be bringing home Baker Book catalogues this week, with a wonderful selection of books for all ages.  For secondary students catalogues/order forms will be available in The Link.    If you would like to place an order please complete the order form on the back page of the catalogue and return it to Mrs. Lin Campbell in P1, with the correct cash in Euros. There is also an option to place orders online by connecting to: 
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This method allows you to pay online but books will be delivered to and distributed from school.  The cost of the books is the price as given in Euros as this includes a delivery charge.  By placing an order, not only will you be receiving beautiful books for your child to enjoy in time for Christmas but the school libraries will be entitled to free books from the commission accrued.  The last date for orders is 16th November; books normally arrive within two weeks of sending the order.

Secondary School


Some students’ reflections on the Paris Trip

La dernière semaine avant half-term, nous sommes allés en voyage a Paris. A Paris, nous avons pratiqué notre français et appris sur la vie dans la capitale française. On a visité les liens touristiques les plus connus; Le musée D’Orsay, le Louvre, la Cathédrale de Notre Dame, Le Sacré Coeur et le quartier de Montmartre, les jardins de Tuilleries, les Champs Elysées, et naturellement, la Tour Eiffel. On est aussi allé sur les bateaux mouches et un tour en bus; le Open Tour. On est allés voir le musical de Cats, au theatre Mogador, ou on était très impressionnés, et finalement, la dernière soirée du voyage, on a goûté un diner typique français au restaurant Chez Clément.
On s’est beaucoup amusé pendant ce voyage, et on a beaucoup appris et pratiqué la langue francaise.
Carmen Pérez de la Blanca

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J’ai vraiment aimé le voyage. Principalement parce que je ne suis pas allé avec les gens avec qui je suis ami avec donc ca m’a obligé à me lier avec d’autres personnes. En général, j’ai aimé tout le voyage et l’hospitalité !
Alex Kinds

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The Paris trip for me has been the highlight of the year so far. I truly enjoyed it and I thought it was a great experience. We visited places like the Basilica of Sacre Coeur, the Eiffel Tower, the Cathedral of Notre Dame and had a tour around Paris on the bateaux mouches. The atmosphere in Paris was so different to the one here and it was great to get a feel of what its like to live in a place with different cultures and languages. I absolutely adored the Cats musical and could easily say that was one of my favourite parts of the trip along with the delicious food in Chez Clement. Something I doubt many of us would agree on, but I still enjoyed was the time we got to spend together in the rooms. You don’t get to spend very many nights with 6 of your friends being in a room. Although at times it was tiring I must say it was good fun and I can take some great memories from it. The Paris trip was organised excellently, and if it was to take place again next year I’m sure the future M5s would enjoy it greatly.
Elena Antolin Merino

Final Cut Pro in the M1 curriculum

A fun and dynamic class in advanced video editing with this powerful Apple application. The program aims to train students to be able to capture footage from a camera, mount it with advanced editing techniques (video and audio) and finally export the project into a movie. Through this personalized process students will achieve the necessary tools to be able to apply them in various fields.

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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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The perfect start in life before moving to SIS. Situated in beautiful surroundings with views of the Santa Maria polo fields, Fundamentals has plenty of outdoor gardens for children to explore and discover their world. Well-equipped classrooms cater for small children of different ages, and there are lots of activities including cookery, painting, nature walks and play.


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