School Newsletter 16.12.2016

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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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School Newsletter – 16th December 2016

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Message from the Head

 

Dear Parents and guardians,

Thank you for supporting the Christmas fair last weekend. It was a real community event, bringing local businesses, Sotogrande SA and the school together to share some festive spirit. The songs from the choirs and snow machine at the end really topped the afternoon off. I would like to publicly thank Maddy Maclachlan and the PTA for their vision and determination to make the event happen.

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The Christmas fair launched the start of our choir tour. The students toured bringing festive joy to 6 venues in 2 days, singing on live radio, in the old people’s home in San Enrique and in La Cañada to name a few places. 

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On Monday we invited prospective parents from Fundamentals to SIS to experience the school.  They spent the morning with the staff and students learning all about SIS.  This was further supported on Tuesday, by our P3 students visiting Fundamentals to lead some Christmas activities for all!

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Tuesday evening saw the start of the Theatre Festival with an M4 extravaganza which was centered on a failing circus. There was a wealth of talent on display as students bravely performed this thought provoking play, written jointly by Mr. Maloney and the MYP drama students themselves. Wednesday evening’s theatre audience was treated to four short, ‘dark’ and immensely powerful plays by D1 and D2 students. These experimental pieces, which as part of the Diploma Theatre course are devised and directed totally by the students, showcased some impressive physical theatre demonstrating the high level of trust that has been engendered within each ensemble.

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On my walkabout this week, I visited P1 who were investigating 2D and 3D shapes.  We had some lovely discussions about the differences including how to define prisms. The students showed a really good understanding of shapes and how to classify them.  I also went into EC1 to read them some Santa stories.  We sat next to the log fires and read Bless you Santa. It was lovely to spend some time chatting to the students about what Christmas means to them and comparing foot sizes!

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The 2nd Polar Bear Challenge, which was due to have taken place this morning, has been postponed till next Tuesday morning when hopefully weather conditions will be more favourable.

Good luck to our students Marta Romero, Sebastian Collins, Christian Collins, Leonie Schifler, Beau Coenraad and Sancho Rodríguez who will be playing the Doral Junior Golf Classic in Miami from the 17th to the 23th December.

Finally I would like to remind you that term ends at 12pm on Wednesday 21st December.

Best wishes,

Jak Kearney

 


Whole School News

SIS Superstars Netball Team

Just before half term the Superstars jumped into action with their first match of the year against a touring team from the UK. British teams start playing netball from early primary; some of our players have only been playing for three months!  Our players are committed, hardworking and outstanding at team work and we are immensely proud of their achievement; they were a real credit to our school.

Players of the match (voted for by the touring team): Lupita Harrington and Matt Cronin.

The Superstars have since put their newfound skills into action in an away match at Swans this week. Our teams get stronger and more skillful every time they play, now with a great 4 out of 6 game victory.

Players of the match (voted for by Swans): Libby Bunn and Connie Davies

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Primary School News

Dates for your Diary

  • Monday 19 December – P1 & P2 Expressive Arts performance – 09:30 – 10:30 in the theatre
  • Monday 19 December – EC1 & EC2 Expressive Arts performance – 11:15 – 12:15 in the theatre
  • Tuesday 20 December – P1 & P2 Expressive Arts performance – 09:30 – 10:30 in the theatre
  • Tuesday 20 December – EC1 & EC2 Expressive Arts performance – 11:15 – 12:15 in the theatre
  • Tuesday 20 December – Re-scheduled Polar Bear Challenge – 08:00
  • Wednesday 21 December – EC1 – P6 reports available to parents on Managebac from 14:00 onwards
  • Wednesday 21 December – School finishes 12:00
  • Thursday 22 December – Friday 6 January – Christmas Holidays
  • Monday 9 January 2017 – Term begins


Message from Emma Butler, Head of Primary

As we come to the end of our first term. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our students and teachers for all their hard work this term.
Next week we are looking forward to the two winter expressive arts performances from our EC1/EC2 and P1/P2 students.
I hope everyone enjoys a relaxing and well-earned winter break. Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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EC1 parents supporting their children’s learning

This year we have been very lucky to have many parents who have come into EC1 to share how their families and home countries celebrate Christmas. So far we have had Nikolai’s mum talking about UK, Candela’s mum about Spain, Lochlan’s mum about Ireland, Lucas’s dad about Holland, Matthew’s mum about France, Lihi’s mum about Israel and Noah’s mum about Denmark. Thank you to all these parents who have really enriched the learning for our EC1 students. And, we have more to come!

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Connecting with Fundamentals, our Early Years centre

On Monday Miss Lucia, our Early Childhood Coordinator and myself held a coffee morning for parents of children at Fundamentals. Accompanied by Ana Gauni who coordinates our Fundamentals’ team the parents were able to visit the Einstein building, learn about our curriculum and talk with our EC1 teachers.
On Wednesday we had children from Fundamentals come and visit the school where they enjoyed exploring the classroom and listening to stories and talking part in activities led by our Primary Student Council.

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P3 Español

On Tuesday 13thDecember the Primary Spanish teachers and P3 students spent a morning at Fundamentals, sharing songs, 
stories and Christmas games in Spanish with our youngest children. We all enjoyed it very much and celebrated the 
beginning of Christmas together.
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Pants and Socks

After a visit by Miss Judy from Nabugabo, we found out that the children at the Nabugabo School had no socks or underwear. Primary students decided to change this and set about organising a pants and socks collection.
For one of our Effective Person strategies, we set ourselves a target. Our first target was to reach 100 pairs of socks and 100 pants, with a possibility of reaching 150 so that every child in Nabugabo could have a pair of pants and socks each.
We have collected 292 pairs of socks and 213 pairs of pants and counting…
What Effective people we have in Primary!

Reverse Advent Calendar Initiative

The Primary Student Council have this week completed their reverse Advent calendar initiative. The idea was for each child to bring a package of food instead of receiving an advent chocolate.
On Thursday all the food that was collected (and there is an awful lot) was delivered to Hogar Betania in La Linea. The Primary School Council were extremely proud of their initiative and hope that it will help some less fortunate families enjoy Christmas just a little bit more.

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Christmas activities in Russian

On Wednesday this week a group of our younger Russian-speaking students met with secondary Russian teacher Mrs. Sokolova to listen to a story about a kind little robin and his deeds round Christmas time. We had a good turn-out of students from P1 – P4, some fun activities organised by some of our Russian D1 students and plenty of Russian books kindly donated for the SIS library by Russian parents (many thanks to them). There will be more get-togethers for Russian primary students next year.

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Secondary School News

Dates for your Diary

  • Tuesday 20 December – Re-scheduled Polar Bear Challenge – 08:00
  • Wednesday 21 December – School finishes 12:00
  • Thursday 22 December – Friday 6 January – Christmas Holidays
  • Monday 9 January 2017 – Term begins
  • Wednesday 11 January – Start of D2 students’ Mock Examinations

Global Citizenship Project Update

Fundraising
Huge congratulations to M1 GCP students who raised over 300 Euros for The Kindred Project on Wednesday 14th December. The students planned activities such as a penalty shoot out against Santa, cake and drink sales and other fun activities for both primary and secondary students. These activities were enjoyed by students during break and lunch times. Congratulations to all involved!

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Alma Natura Workshop
On Thursday, 8th December, working in collaboration with The Kindred Project, M3 GCP students attended a workshop hosted by Alma Natura to learn about social entrepreneurship. The students developed their social entrepreneurship activities using ‘The B Canvas Model’.  The students who wish to further develop these plans to make their social entrepreneurship ideas a reality have the opportunity to do so by attending school’s social entrepreneurship groups on Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes and after school clubs (held in The Kindred Project Room).

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M2 Spanish Language Acquisition – Service as Action

S.O.S. Help the Los Barrios dog shelter!
As part of Spanish Unit 2 “El cuidado de los animales”, M2 Spanish Language Acquisition students will offer our service to the local community by collaborating with Los Barrios animal shelter. This is very important because the shelter was flooded recently and now the animals need your help. On Monday and Tuesday next week from 8:45 a.m. to 9:00  in the morning and from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m, M2 students will be at the main doors of the school and next to Ms. Jane’s van to collect food and other items for the animals like blankets, towels, beds and many more things like cleaning products. Some children of the choir will be there singing carols, from 3:30 to 4:00 in the afternoon. Please bring some of these things and collaborate! It’s for a good cause.

by Asker Dolkhov (on behalf of M2 Ms. Gara and Ms.Rocío Classes)

 Visit to University Engineering Department

On December 2nd, the D1 Chemistry and Physics students, together with Dr Kievit and Dr Woolley, visited the Escuela Politécnica Superior de Algeciras for a closer look at various types of Engineering. We were shown around by Professor David Sales Lérida. The students visited laboratories dealing with concrete and soil (“The Concrete Lab”) as well as Materials Science. After lunch we still visited the machine shop and the welding shop. This visit gave the students an excellent opportunity to see science at a university level, and was well received.

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English and Spanish Language and Literature News

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to represent SIS at the 5th annual Inter-school Creative Writing Competition at Swans School last Friday:
María Romero, Ben Byrne,  Chloe Barnett, Ana Rivera, Gabriele Morace, Maddie Peacock, Emanuelle Benzaquen, Michelle Ernstsen-Schmidt, Guido Castro, Carmen Perez de la Blanca Echevarria and  Samantha Rogerson.

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The students, writing under pseudonyms, were given an hour and a half to create a story with a randomly selected title. The winners of the competition will be announced by Swans School in the new year.

Secondary Student Council
This week has been a very busy one for the SC. On Saturday at the fair we held a ´Guess the name of the bear´ competition, this was revealed today and the lucky winner is….
The Student Council box appeal came to a close this week with a fabulous trip to Hogar Betania. The secondary school alone collected 79 boxes (Mrs Kearney´s advisory collecting the most) filled with Christmas goodies to give to those less fortunate to brighten up their Christmas.
On behalf of the Secondary Student Council we wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

‘Me and my shadow’ – Jason Mungles and former SIS student Anna Triay

“This week I’ve been shadowed by a former student of mine who is on her way to joining the noble profession of History Teacher.
It has been really great to have Anna around, as she has got really involved with my History classes, giving excellent support also to my EE students amongst other things. It has also been fascinating to find out about her experiences studying History at Kings College, London, and what else she has been up to.
She has written a little blog on her experiences, linked here for anyone who is interested.”
https://docs.google.com/…/1o3WR5cg6UkmHh9aTeI-_2Lr77Jx…/edit>”

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Community


PTA News

THANK YOU!

…to everyone who helped make our Christmas Fair such an incredible experience.
It was a real community event, and was a fitting climax to a hectic term. The grand finale, with the choir singing, the lights on the tree and the snow falling, was truly magical and got everyone in the Christmas Spirit.
Thank you to every one of our staff, support staff, maintenance team and parents who have helped us this term. We look forward to next term!
May we wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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ASSIST NEWS

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A special Thank you to SOTOGRANDE SA for its continuous and dedicated support and its generous sponsorship of SIS events and KP.


Many Thanks to our partners who prepared such exclusive offers for Assist card members:

  ADHOC WEB services agency offers free web hosting for 1 year
  AMI Peugeot offers discounts and VIP services
  Blevins Franks tax and wealth management offers a free consultation with an adviser
  CATSAKIA, MINI, BMW, etc. offers discounts and VIP services
  Charlotte Poole Graham tax and wealth management offers a free consultation with an adviser
  Clinica Alfabara offers 10% discount on beauty treatments
  CONTASULT offers special discounts on tax and legal services in Spanish and English
  Costa del Sol sports electro fitness offers a personalized diet when buying a pack of 8 sessions
  DARTE PILATES the new studio located in Mar Y Sol offers a 10% discount
  EL MOTOR 2 offers 10% on any purchase
  FRANCISCO MERELLO offers special discounts on portraits
  German Kitchen offers 50% on appliances when buying a new kitchen
  GP abogados offers 10% discount on legal fees
  HELIAIR, helicopter services offers donations to KP
  HOTEL ALMENARA and ELYSIUM SPA offers special discounts and gifts
  ITSOMI, fashion store offers an additional 10% discount
  LA CANCHA TAPAS offers a 10% discount on your bill
  Manuel Oliva Osteopathy offers a discount on first treatment
  MERIDIANA, decoration and furniture offers 10% discount
  PIXCANDY marketing and advertising agency, offers a free Initial brand audit
  SAFAMOTORAUDI, VW, NISSAN etc. offers discounts and VIP services
  SANITAS health policy offers a full coverage health policy for 55€ per month
  SERVICE 4 FOREIGNERS immigration services offers discount on services
  SHANTI SOM wellbeing retreat in Marbella offers special discounted weekend packages 
  SIGA golf academy offers 10% discount on private lessons
  SOTOGRANDE LEGAL SERVICES offers discounts on legal services in Spanish and English
  SUNBORN GIBRALTAR offers A CHILDREN STAY FREE package
  TOTUS tax and wealth management offers a free consultation with an adviser

 

Other discounts and privileges from our seasonal partners: TROCADERO beach club, Hotel Club MARITIMO, ECCOLO ice creams, CAÏ chiringuito.


More offers to come with the new year!!

Check all the exceptional offers from Assist partners at: http://assist.guide/#offers or contact Frederic at: frederic@assist.guide

*Your Assist membership card is at the back of the SIS security access card.

The Kindred Project news

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On Monday, The Kindred Project held its first student led Christmas party at Hogar Betania in La Linea, with food & games for over 100 children with their families who benefit from the daily soup kitchen programme run by Hogar Betania. The evening ended with the wonderful voices of SIS Secondary Choir and a visit from Santa and Olaf from ‘Frozen’! It was a heart-warming evening enjoyed by everyone.
In the name of Hogar Betania, The Kindred Project would like to thank the Primary and Secondary Student Councils, Fundamentals Ludoteca, all the students that took part and parents for your kind donations for this year’s Christmas campaign for families that use the daily soup kitchen service provided by Hogar Betania. The hampers of Christmas goodies were taken down on Thursday by the Student Council reps.

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Show cooking by Petit Bistro & CO

Next 17th December at 5 pm you have a date with gastronomy and the owner of the Petit Bistro & CO restaurant at El Mercado de Levante. A unique opportunity to discover and enjoy a gastronomic experience consisting of a fusion of international and Mediterranean influences by Violeta Arenas Molina, owner of the restaurant Petit Bistro. With its Parisian touch, it brings a corner of the great French capital to Plaza Blanca, Sotogrande.
Included in the 15€ set price are a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate, a piece of cake and the show cooking given by Violeta where you will learn to cook a variety of healthy recipes using local natural produce from the area to surprise your guests during this festive period. Places are limited so book your tickets for the show cooking at La Reserva Golf Club or even on the event day, 17th December, at L’Olive Xmas Café located in El Mercado de Levante along La Marina de Sotogrande.

For more information please visit www.sotogrande.com or contact:  609 67 12 13

Show cooking de Petit Bistro & CO

Next 17th December at 5 pm you have a date with gastronomy and the owner of the Petit Bistro & CO restaurant at El Mercado de Levante. A unique opportunity to discover and enjoy a gastronomic experience consisting of a fusion of international and Mediterranean influences by Violeta Arenas Molina, owner of the restaurant Petit Bistro. With its Parisian touch, it brings a corner of the great French capital to Plaza Blanca, Sotogrande.
Included in the 15€ set price are a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate, a piece of cake and the show cooking given by Violeta where you will learn to cook a variety of healthy recipes using local natural produce from the area to surprise your guests during this festive period. Places are limited so book your tickets for the show cooking at La Reserva Golf Club or even on the event day, 17th December, at L’Olive Xmas Café located in El Mercado de Levante along La Marina de Sotogrande.

For more information please visit www.sotogrande.com or contact:  609 67 12 13

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Santa Fun Run – Sunday 18th December

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An invitation to the whole community to take part a 5km Fun Run in aid of Danii’s Children’s Cancer Charity – www.daniicharity.com.
All proceeds will go to fund the Christmas Party for the Children’s Oncology Ward in Sevilla. Danii’s Charity will provide clowns, magicians, food for 40-50 children and their families; something that will definitely bring fun and a smile for the kids while they undergo treatment during the festive period. We also provide presents for Three Kings as well.
Hope to see you there!

Supporting S. O. S. Perrera 

Jane Cameron’s van will be open in the car park next Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday to continue with our monthly collection and delivery of donations of dog food to the Los Barrios Dog Rescue Centre.

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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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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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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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