Weekly Head’s Update 15.11.2019

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15th November 2019

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School Calendar: Dates for your Diary

Friday 22nd November

SotoSessions 7pm-10pm Foodisiac, Marina de Sotogrande

Saturday 23rd November

Early Years Open Day event for non-SIS families with children 2-6 years old

Monday 25th November 2 pm-4 pm

SIS University Convention

Thursday 28th November

Rice day

Friday 29th November

Climate Change Awareness Day & Travel to School in a Green Way Day

Friday 29th November

Send a Child to School Day

Saturday 30th November

Christmas Charity Dinner 8.30 pm Cortijo los Canos

Tuesday 3rd – Wednesday 4th

Usborne Books Bookfair

Friday 6th – Monday 9th December   

Long weekend – school closed

Saturday 14th December

SIS PTA Annual Christmas Market

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for your support at the Fireworks Party last week. It was an amazing night with some fantastic performances from our talented students. Mr Wix, Mr Luis and the peripatetic team really do inspire our musicians to create magic. I would also like to thank the PTA for their hard work and dedication in organising such a wonderful event for our community. A few unlucky staff members, myself included, found themselves in the stocks taking a huge number of sponges to the face, all in the name of charity!   

The next PTA event will be the ever-popular Christmas Market, taking place on Saturday the 14th of December. Raffle tickets will be sent home with students next week.

Whilst we were all enjoying ourselves on Friday evening, our PE team, along with two teams of students, were in the UK taking part in the International Schools Athletic Association (ISAA) first meeting of the year. This group is made up of top flight International Schools, including TASIS UK, The British School in the Netherlands, International School of Geneva, International School Basel, ACS Cobham and Cairo American College.

Our two U18 teams took part in the football tournament and performed brilliantly. The girl’s team received recognition for their teamwork, dedication and sportsmanship, both on and off the pitch,  while the boy’s team finished as champions, beating IS Geneva in the final. Two of our students were named ‘Positional Player of the Tournament’, Bradley C received the trophy for the ‘Defender of the Tournament’ and Xavier M took the trophy for ‘Goalkeeper of the Tournament’. Please join me in congratulating the teams, we are really proud of their achievement. I would also like to thank the staff who have worked tirelessly with the footballers to support their growth and the team who travelled to the UK with the students making this opportunity possible.

Continuing with sports news and successes, I would like to congratulate Jason Floyd Golf Junior Elite Golf student, Carl S, on his impressive performance at the recent Triple A European Masters competition. Despite being only 15 years old, he entered and won the U21 category! Read a full review here

We will be entering an SIS team in the ISAA golf tournament later this year, buoyed by the outcome of these events, and have high hopes for our golf squad.

Creating experiences such as these form part of our strategic plan for competitive sports. We will be further developing exciting opportunities for students of all ages so that more students have the chance to represent SIS at big events. This drive will take time to develop, however, the teams are fuelled by this recent victory and are already looking for more tours and hosting opportunities.

I would like to offer our most sincere congratulations to Begoña Arana, Director of Hogar Betania, for receiving the prestigious Princesa de Girona Award in the Social Category from the King and Queen of Spain. The Kindred Project has partnered with Hogar Betania since 2013 and we feel extremely proud of this notable public recognition for the extraordinary work carried out by our local partners.
On Wednesday we hosted a representative from San Roque Town Hall and Sotogrande SA to finalise and announce the plans for our new secondary building. We held a small ceremony for an intimate gathering of people who have played a part in the creation of this dream, and those who are helping make this dream a reality, including representatives from Inspired and the architects leading the project. The commencement of work on the new building is an amazing achievement and will provide many opportunities for our students to learn in quality, state of the art environments.

Finally, this week the students voted for the Mo that the staff should grow. Several trusting teachers and support staff have put themselves at the mercy of the students to vote for the style of moustache that each of them should grow. This weekend, we will be sharpening the razor blades to create our facial masterpieces. To donate to the team, please click on this LINK.

 Best wishes, 

Jak Kearney

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