Weekly Head’s Update 05.12.2019

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5th December 2019

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School Calendar: Dates for your Diary

Friday 6th – Monday 9th December Long weekend – school closed
Saturday 14th December SIS PTA Annual Christmas Market
Monday, 16 December⋅9:30 – 10:30am EC1 EC2 End Of Term Expressive Arts Performance (show 1)
Monday, 16 December⋅11:30am – 12:30pm P1 End Of Term Expressive Arts Performance (show 1)
Monday, 16 December⋅2:15 – 3:15pm P1 End Of Term Expressive Arts Performance (show 2)
Tuesday, 17 December⋅9:30 – 10:30am EC1 EC2 End Of Term Expressive Arts Performance (show 2)
Tuesday, 17 December⋅11:30am – 12:30pm P2 End Of Term Expressive Arts Performance (show 1)
Tuesday, 17 December⋅2:15 – 3:00pm P2 End Of Term Expressive Arts Performance (show 2)
Wednesday, 18 December Rice Day
Friday, 20 December Last day of Autumn term – school closes at midday, 12:00
Friday, 20 December Send a Child to School Day – Primary only
Friday, 20 December M1-M5 Parent Teacher Consultations 9am-1pm
Friday, 20 December D1 & D2 Home Study Day

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Christmas has arrived at SIS! On Monday morning our CAS students decorated the reception area,  welcoming the start of all the festive events that will take place in the coming weeks.

Earlier this week secondary parents received a mailshot from Inspired,  regarding our new connection with Crimson Education.  Crimson provides university guidance and, in the coming weeks, we will be exploring how they can further add value to our current Universities and Careers programme. This week we also launched the Diploma application process for our current M5 students. This exciting time in their lives allows a point of reflection, coupled with excitement as they begin to select possible courses of study.

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, we hosted the popular Usborne Books book fair, where students and parents had the opportunity to browse for books and gifts before Christmas. Thank you to the teaching staff for their flexibility in planning lessons to allow students to attend, and of course, Miss Sara for organising the event. For those of you still looking for stocking fillers, Usborne Books will have a stall at the PTA Christmas Fair.

As many of you are aware, we have developed a Permaculture Project on campus with the generous support of the PTA. Last year this initiative was led by David Green and this year has been taken over and enhanced by Peter Reichert. Peter has used this opportunity to connect a variety of M3 Community Projects and M5 Personal Projects to sustainable gardening and living. On Wednesday, M3 students Erika and Mai harvested the first radishes and rocket they planted just 5 weeks ago. Thank you to Peter, the eco-club and all students who have embraced the Permaculture Project. Stay tuned for more exciting eco-developments from Peter Permaculture!

I would like to inform you that due to a change in policy the Paypal option featured on our website for payment for trips and additional activities will be removed. You will still be able to pay via bank transfer and card/debit cards. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

On Friday the 13th there will be a non-uniform day to raise prizes for the always popular ‘Christmas Fair Tombola’. Students can come to school in home clothes in exchange for prizes for the stall, for example, bottles of wine, chocolates, candles, toys and books. Thank you for helping to make this stall a success. 

The PTA Christmas Fair will take place next Saturday 14th December, in Sotogrande Port from 12 pm-4 pm. As well as stalls with festive gifts, delicious food, the tombola and a visit from a very special man, there is also a raffle with some outstanding prizes. You can buy your tickets from reception or on the day. All the money raised at these events is reinvested into student projects.

And finally, tonight the lights will be switched on in Sotogrande Port with activities starting at 4.30 pm. At 5.30 pm SIS students will be performing a few Christmas carols to help get everyone in the festive mood. If you can make it, please head down!

I wish you a wonderful long weekend and look forward to welcoming you back on Tuesday!

Best wishes,

Jak Kearney

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