Dear Parents and Guardians,
To help with traffic we have 2 buses running on a trial basis within Sotogrande (Costa and Alto) throughout September. The service is available in the mornings only. Not only will the use of these buses help to reduce the traffic jams and congestion near the school, but will at the same time contribute to helping the environment. We hope you will find these of interest.
– Sotogrande Costa (link to the route map)
– Sotogrande Alto (Avda. Los Cortijos) (link to the route map)
For further information and bookings parents should contact Erica del Manzano firstname.lastname@example.org
Prices are for mornings only:
– Sotogrande Costa 2 € (third child travels free)
– Sotogrande Alto (Avda. Los Cortijos) 1 € (third child travels free)
Next Friday 16th September we are pleased to be hosting a presentation here at SIS by Athletes USA, the world’s leading sports scholarship agency. If your child is passionate about playing sport at the highest level, join us at 3pm on 16th September to learn more about gaining sporting scholarships and entry to USA universities.
We have had another busy week at SIS. Last Thursday we began the year with an assembly where we introduced the students to all our new staff. It was a lovely way of connecting our whole student and teacher community.
On Monday we welcomed our EC1 students for their first day at school. Although there were some tears at the start of the day, students gained in confidence and left with smiles and happiness. Meanwhile, Mr. Sanchez hosted a training session for secondary parents on the use of Managebac. Additionally on Monday we hosted Meet the Advisor sessions for M1 – M3 parents and the D2 parents and students attended a meeting to share expectations for the upcoming year.
On Wednesday we hosted our Meet the MYP Coordinator, M4 and M5 Advisor sessions, our D1 parent and student meeting and the first of our primary Meet the Teacher sessions, which continued throughout the week. I would like to publically thank all of the parents who attended these meetings. It is a wonderful way of building relationships, sharing expectations and ensuring that the communication channels are open.
Thursday saw the first unit-based trip of the year with P4 students heading off to Jimena for the morning to make connections for their unit on Symbolism and to bond as a year group.
I wish you a wonderful weekend.
Whole School News
Parents, you are welcome to come along as well; this is your opportunity to meet the activity leaders and very young children particularly would probably appreciate your help as they sign up for activities.Parent bandAre you a parent and would like to form a band with other parents? Do you play a musical instrument and would like to play with others? Please contact email@example.com
Labeling of possessionsAlready this term we have accumulated numerous articles of lost property; parents, please ensure all articles of clothing, particularly school uniform, are suitably marked with your child’s name.
For all your labeling requirements, SIS is happy to recommend HFG Labeling Services www.hfglabelingservices.com
Global Citizenship at Sotogrande International SchoolThank-you to everyone in the community, parents and students, who shared their thoughts this week on our Global Citizenship ‘Wonder Wall’. This will be very helpful input as we move forward and continue to develop our programme.
Primary School News
Message from Emma Butler, Head of Primary
I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful summer break!
Over the summer there have been many improvements and changes to our Primary School, all of which will improve the teaching and learning opportunities and experiences for our students. These changes have included acquiring new teaching classrooms, increasing in the number of Teachers and Teaching Assistants, expanding to three form entry in four year groups, redesigning a number of teaching areas, decorating in all buildings, expanding and improving recreation areas and acquiring new teaching resources and equipment.
First full week of school
We really have had a fantastic start to the new school year. It was wonderful welcoming back all the returning students and seeing their smiling faces as they met their friends and new teachers. It was equally as wonderful welcoming all our new students. Walking around the three primary buildings this week, children were enjoying their learning and enjoying their new learning spaces.
What a Wonderful Start for our Youngest Students!
Monday was the first day of school for our youngest students in EC1. It was a delight to watch the children settle, make friends and play so quickly!
For any parents who did not manage to join in these meetings, please make contact with the class teachers to get the information you may need.
Next week on Tuesday (in Spanish) and Wednesday (in English) we have our first parent workshops for this year. The focus next week is:
Volunteer Reading Support Primary (English, Spanish and Mother Tongue)
We are looking for adult volunteers to support reading in our Primary School on a regular basis. This would involve supporting a particular year group, class or group of students. We would very much like to encourage support, not only for English and Spanish, but also for other mother tongue languages. If you are interested in becoming a reading support volunteer for this term, please click on this link and complete the form.
Links to the Primary Class Google Sites
Important message from the Maths Team to Diploma parents
The use of a graphical display calculator (GDC) is a requirement of the Diploma programme and it is compulsory that every student has his/her own in D1.
Calling all secondary parents
Parents who are interested in joining the social Whatsapp groups of Secondary please contact below person relevant to your child’s year group:
M1 Sophie Tilley – 663565660
Presentation by Athletes USA – the world’s leading sports scholarship agency
Ecuador; an unknown place on the map to all but one of us that embarked on this journey. In collaboration with The Kindred Project and the Yanapuma Foundation, we hope that this adventure is the first of many. Arrival to Quito enabled us to become acclimatised to the altitude and the vibrant city, giving us a quick taste of Ecuadorian culture. However, it was our venture into the jungle, taking us far away from the creature comforts we know, which gave us a real sense of purpose. Our intention was to integrate with the Tsáchila indigenous community, and having done so we left with an abundance of new experiences, values and memories that we will forever hold dear to us.
by Lauren Hidalgo, D2 student.
Parent Teacher Association
New Parents’ Coffee Monday 12th September – come along and find out a bit more about what we do, and meet some new friends. In the Chiringuito, at 9am. Everyone welcome.
PTA meeting-Tuesday 20th September 9:15 in the Cantina. Your chance to find out about and discuss school issues.
Back to School Party-Friday 23rd September. Mark your calendars for a night of great food, drink and entertainment. We need lots of volunteers! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help.
Need more information? Please email us on email@example.com
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