School Newsletter 10.02.2017

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School Newsletter – 10th February 2017

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Message from the Head


Dear parents and guardians,

Congratulations to Mr. Woolley who completed the Ultra marathon last weekend!  He managed to run 215 kms in 39 hours. This is an event of real endurance and determination.

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This week we launched our F1 in schools project! The M2 students began to investigate car designs in their Design lessons. In their next Design unit M1 will also start to explore computer-aided design leading to computer aided manufacturing. The primary students will begin exploring cardboard designs and the super enthusiastic students in secondary can join the F1 club on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes. This is a great initiative and one to light the fires within our budding engineers.

On Monday we welcomed Sarah Lando from Powerful Youth, a Canadian–based company with a focus on Service Leadership programmes. Sarah conducted a half-day Leadership workshop for 50 students in M4- D1. The event was a great success and I would like to thank Henry Reyes for leading and organizing it.

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Also on Monday P6 went on a unit-based trip to Hogar Betania. They painted, gardened, cooked and helped to work as part of a team.  The purpose of the trip was take part in service learning and to spark thoughts and ideas around conflict resolution.

In their unit of inquiry P1 have been learning about different cultures. On Wednesday they visited Miss Jo’s finca where they took part in a typical seasonal activity of picking oranges and making orange juice.

On Wednesday and Thursday we hosted visitors from CIS who were here to guide us on our application for their new International Certificate. More information about the certificate can be found here http://www.cois.org/page.cfm?p=2298
The visitors were encouraging and gave us great advice for the range of projects we are undertaking to increase our understanding and awareness of how to be global citizens.

Also on Wednesday and Thursday we hosted our D2 parent teacher consultations. I would like to thank parents who attended at this crucial point in time to develop and enhance the 3-way partnership as we move towards the final exams in May.

Finally the KP student body re-launched Rice Day on Wednesday, with secondary students given the option to opt out of Cantina food and opt in to having a bowl of rice at lunchtime.  I would like to thank students and staff who supported this event.

I wish you a wonderful weekend.


 

Whole School News

Olympic Taekwondo achievements among SIS studentsWe would like to congratulate one of our P5 students, Noa Snir, for her well-deserved third place in the Andalusian Olympic Taekwondo championships held last week in Jaén. Her teacher Cristóbal Bernal, recognized national master, sports technician and black belt 3rd Dan, who conducts classses here at school, highlights our student’s great sporting progress.

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We also wish to recognize the achievement of the rest of the students who successfully passed their specific tests to amove on to higher belts in this discipline! Good work!
We remind anyone interested that these classes take place in classroom 3 of the new building, Da Vinci, every Monday and Wednesday from 16.15 to 17.15.


Primary School News

Message From Emma ButlerThis week both P1 and P6 enjoyed experiential out of school unit based trips.

With the focus on Spanish culture, P1 headed off on Wednesday to the countryside to visit one of our teacher’s orchards. Orange picking, juice making, sketching and a picnic were on the agenda. The weather was perfect. The students enjoyed a sunny and warm day, which made their outdoors adventure a very pleasant experience. The students came back to school laden with juicy oranges, plant cuttings and lots of stories to share with their family and friends. Once again P1 experienced a successful trip that complemented the learning that has been taking place in school.

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Connected with their upcoming unit on Conflict Resolution, P6 students headed down to Hogar Betania in La Línea on Monday to engage and take part in some service learning activities. Split in 2 groups, morning & afternoon, the students were able to get involved in activities organised by Hogar Betania and its residents. These included helping in the daily cleaning chores, baking cakes for the Soup Kitchen Programme, checking expiry dates, cleaning and organising the kitchen and Food Drop storage rooms, organising all the toys left over from the Christmas Campaigns, painting the play area fence and serving & delivering the food bags to the beneficiaries of the Soup Kitchen Programme. During this time the students also had the chance to learn about Hogar Betania’s work. They were able to make connections with Human Rights and conflict resolution.

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From this experience the children have thought about differences between residents at Hogar Betania that can cause conflict. The students immediately began to see and record parallels between that and their experience with peers at school.  This experience will go a long way to support the P6 students to develop their empathy and tolerance as they are guided in their exploration of the Central Idea; “Finding peaceful solutions to conflicts in our immediate environment improves quality of life.”
Well done P6 and thank you to Hogar Betania for welcoming us!

Yesterday children in P1-P3 classes enjoyed a visit from illustrator and author Andrea Prior, whose first children’s book A Parcel of Pigs and other funny ‘tails’ is published later this month.
Andrea read some of her poems and talked with the children generally both about the rhymes themselves and about creating her book.

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Secondary School News

Student Leadership Workshop

Last Monday, we had a visit from Sarah Lando, invited to the school by the Student Council, to give us a leadership workshop. Sarah is part of the Canada-based Powerful Youth Academy – http://powerfulyouth.com/ – which aims to build confidence and leadership skills in youth to generate impact throughout their lives.
Around 40 selected students from M4 to D1, mostly from the Student Council and the Kindred Project, took part in this workshop that brought us to a global idea of leadership, through practical games and day-to-day examples.

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University and Careers news

On the 1st of February Sra.Lourdes and Mr.Mungles took a group of Diploma students to the Malaga University convention. This convention hosts a number of the most prestigious Spanish universities, such as Complutense Madrid http://www.ucm.es/ and Carlos III Madrid http://www.uc3m.es/Home, and it provided an excellent opportunity for our students to find out more information about the variety of courses on offer.

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On Monday we had a presentation by our student language teacher who is in her third year of study at Sheffield University, on preparation for life at a UK university. This was then followed by a presentation from Glion on the Hospitality industry and their campus. Thanks go to Abby Robinson and Ana Macarena.

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Learn Hip Hop Dancing

This new lunchtime activity for secondary students will start next Wednesday, 15th February.

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M3 & M4 Interschool basketball tournament at Aloha

Well done to both basketball teams. Boys got a 4th place and the girls achieved 2nd place in what was their first time playing together as a team and first time this year they have played a basketball tournament.

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I am personally very proud of both teams, but specially my girls that have made a big effort to put together a team at the last minute and gave so much effort to represent SIS so well.

Heidi Moyano Stradmann


 

Community

Kiss the Casbah – Friday 17th February, 7-10pm

Kiss the Casbah, an evening filled with great musical performances and traditional Moroccan food is fast approaching. Only 7 days to go!
This is one of the major whole year group CAS activities for D1 students, who are presently hard at work organising this amazing event where all funds raised will be taken to Asni with us in March.

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Tickets are now on sale at the gate every day from 3:40pm. Ticket prices are as follows:
Adults 15€
Children/ Students 10€
Performers 5€
This is always a very popular event and we suggest you buy your tickets early, as places are limited.

** Our school policy is to be nut free, however for this event please be aware the authentic tagine dish on the menu will contain nuts (almonds); a small quantity of another option will be available for anyone with a nut allergy.

Thank you for your support,
D1 students

NADFAS Lecture – ‘More Russian then the Russians: Catherine the Great’ by Marie-Anne Mancio 

Our final NADFAS lecture for this school year will take place in Picasso Art room 2 at 2.00pm on Tuesday 14th February. Parents are invited to join our Visual arts students for this lecture. Please email Margaret O’Farrell mofarrell@sis.gl if you would like to attend.

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PTA News

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Next PTA meetingFebruaryst21
9am in Cantina
All parents and staff welcome

 

The Kindred Project News

Service Learning at Hogar Betania
Connected with their unit on Conflict Resolution, P6 students headed down to Hogar Betania in La Línea for a full day of service learning activities. Split in 2 groups, morning & afternoon, the 51 students were able to get involved in the day to day activities carried out by Hogar Betania and its residents, such as: helping in the daily cleaning chores, baking cakes for the Soup Kitchen Programme, checking expiry dates, cleaning and organising the kitchen and Food Drop storage rooms, organising all the toys left over from the Christmas Campaigns, painting the play area fence and serving & delivering the food bags to the beneficiaries of the Soup Kitchen Programme. As well as this, students learnt about Hogar Betania’s work and were able to make connections with Human Rights and conflict resolution. Well done P6 and thank you to Hogar Betania for always welcoming us!

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Rice Day
Yesterday saw the relaunch of Rice Day led by KP students! It was a great success, with a fantastic 95% of secondary students opting to eat rice! Money saved by the cantina will go towards supporting the Early Childhood Development programme launched by the NGO Help Refugees in Greece that provides essential and much needed access to early developmental learning for children from 0-6 years. Thank you for supporting this student led initiative. It wouldn’t be possible without you!

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We are a learning community, passionate about providing an  International Education,which inspires and encourages learning and intercultural  understanding.
We facilitate self-discovery and the development of unique interests, gifts and talents, whilst promoting service learning asa force for good in the world.
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Assist

ASSIST is a free service offered by Sotogrande International School (SIS) to help and support newly arrived families to quickly find solutions to their relocation issues, their domestic and personal needs by using the buying power of the SIS community to negotiate discounts, deals and/or privileges from local suppliers.

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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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