School Newsletter 6.10.2017

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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 as a force for good in the world.

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6th October 2017

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Tuesday 10 October P2 unit based trip
Thursday 12 October National holiday – school closed
Friday 13 October SIS Triathlon

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Over the weekend Mr. Wickersham took 23 students to El Cañuelo for the annual music-writing weekend.  The weather was perfect and the students used the surroundings and support from Paul Skelton, Mark Fea and Ravi Amruth to create some beautiful songs. I would like to thank all staff for giving up their weekend to allow our students the time and space to learn.  I loved some the following quotes from students about how special the trip was.

“I feel like I could connect with my feelings and friends more than ever”

“El Cañuelo, my favourite trip, so inspiring, fun and so many new experiences”

“I feel I have become much more confident and comfortable in performing”

“This trip has made me a new person. It was amazing!”

This week began with a meeting with M5 students about the move to Diploma.  The meeting framed the expectations of the Diploma programme as well as other options for students.  Midway through Monday we held our first fire alarm, I would like to thank all students for their mature manner when exiting the school.

On Tuesday our D2 students took part in their Group 4 project day. The teachers posed a topic about advertising, namely ‘Advertising, Fact or Fiction?’ Students worked as part of mixed teams across the science classes to investigate various brands. Meanwhile, the Environmental Systems students took part in their fieldwork. Tuesday also saw a meeting of the Advisory Board, for details of what was discussed please see the section below from the Advisory Board.

On Wednesday Mr. Sanchez, Mr. Wickersham and I flew to the UK to present at the Apple Distinguished Schools Summit.  This annual event is the only opportunity for all the Apple Distinguished schools to network and share. We were one of only 4 schools worldwide invited to present. We told the story of Sotorox and the journey to help our global community through fundraising.  The presentation was met with great support and enjoyment from the other schools.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday the D1 theatre students departed for their annual trip to London and on Thursday a group of our MUN students departed for their trip to Arnhem. We look forward to their safe return.

On Thursday afternoon we launched a new initiative, Meet the Subject Teacher. The event allowed parents to meet their children’s subject teachers, gain a flavour of the curriculum that will be followed over the year and put a face to a name.  Thank you to everyone who supported the event.

Friday was the SIS Maths Day.  12 students from M1 – M3 took part in our annual Maths day, along with students from 5 other schools along the coast. The feedback from students and staff was very positive and I would like to thank and congratulate the Maths team for their innovation and creativity.

This weekend our M3 and M4 students will set off on their first Bronze Duke of Edinburgh hike in Sierra de Las Nieves national park near Ronda.

I am in the process of creating the annual report and one of the areas from last year’s parental feedback which received lower than expected figures was parental understanding of sanctions for particular behaviours.  For further information on this subject I would like to guide you all to the parent and student handbook in the download section of our website. http://sis.ac/admissions/download/

Next week four students from SIS will be representing Team GB in the World Junior Padel Championship 2017 in Malaga. We wish them all luck as they represent their country and SIS. You can read more about their training and preparation in their blog.

 

Finally I would like to remind you, firstly if you have not already done so, please complete the linked form to update your contact details; and secondly a reminder that Thursday 12th October is a public holiday, so there will be no school. Friday is a normal school day.

I wish you a wonderful weekend

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

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Updates from the Advisory Board meeting 3rd October

On Tuesday 3rd October the Advisory Board met to discuss the following items.

  1. The Board was updated on the development of traffic plans; the proposals have been logged with the local council and we are awaiting their approval. This will allow the extension of the orange (safe) walkways towards the roundabout. In addition, the school has requested 2 zebra crossings, one across the main road and one across the entrance to Sotogrande.
  2. The provision of transport (more specifically, is there a need for more school buses?) was discussed as an investigation area for the board.
  3. Expansion plans were discussed.  The Board has suggested that a clear vision for the sustainable growth of the school is shared with the community to allow clarity; so that everyone knows what the end goals are regarding growth.
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Dyslexia Awareness Week

This week in school we have been celebrating Dyslexia Awareness Week, with students taking part in activities to raise awareness. The British Dyslexia Association are encouraging participants in the week’s events to be Positive about Dyslexia something we strongly support and believe in at SIS.

Students have been expressing themselves through poetry, short stories, film and artwork. Activities have provided opportunities for students to experience some of the challenges faced by their peers who have dyslexia. Next week we will be sharing some of the students’ work and videos, so please look out for these.

For now, click on  in this link to find out more about Dyslexia.

For more information please contact Sue Davies sdavies@sis.gl  

Triathlon 2017

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The Kindred Project News

The Kindred Project’s goal is to enable and empower students to use education as a force for good in the world. One of the ways in which we do this is by celebrating our Send a Child to School Day (SCS), in which all SIS students are welcome to come to school in home clothes in exchange for €1. This €1 goes towards sponsoring a designated student at the Nabugabo Community Learning Centre (NCLC) in Uganda. KP & SIS have been supporting NCLC since 2012 and, amongst other initiatives; up to date we sponsor 52 primary children at NCLC, 17 of them through SCS day! Last Friday we celebrated our first SCS Day  of the school year and the result was phenomenal. Thanks to your €1 donation we have managed to raise €826.75 towards this life-shaping initiative.

 

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We leave you with Ronald and Ben’s photos, students sponsored by our EC1 & EC2 classes. Thank you all so much for your support!

 

The dreaming Dragons

The Dreaming Dragons concept was born in a Global Citizenship Programme class. The Students created the brand and logo themselves and decided to use ´social commerce for a better world´ as their mini mission statement. It is a constantly evolving group of students who generate funds for The Kindred Project’s partners. They run pop up shops that sells second-hand uniform the last Friday of every month alongside products that have been sourced from around the world through The Kindred Project´s Partners. An example is the saffron that is brought back bi-annually from Asni in Morocco which comes from a social enterprise set up by the Association Tiwizi and is supported by The Kindred Project. It´s purpose is to provide the Students with an opportunity to run their own social enterprise offering them the chance to develop valuable skills for learning, life and work.

 

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They attend workshops and are educated by different professionals in order to provide a thorough background and understanding of the world of business. If you feel that you or your Company can offer a connection to support the Dreaming Dragons, please do not hesitate to contact us via: dreamingdragons@sis.gl Please look out for their online sales and presence at school events. To learn more about, please use the following link: https://www.facebook.com/dreamingdragonsonlineoutlet Your support is warmly appreciated.

Updates from the Advisory Board meeting 3rd October

On Tuesday 3rd October the Advisory Board met to discuss the following items.

  1. The Board was updated on the development of traffic plans; the proposals have been logged with the local council and we are awaiting their approval. This will allow the extension of the orange (safe) walkways towards the roundabout. In addition, the school has requested 2 zebra crossings, one across the main road and one across the entrance to Sotogrande.
  2. The provision of transport (more specifically, is there a need for more school buses?) was discussed as an investigation area for the board.
  3. Expansion plans were discussed.  The Board has suggested that a clear vision for the sustainable growth of the school is shared with the community to allow clarity; so that everyone knows what the end goals are regarding growth.

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Message From Emma Butler

Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Albania to lead a two-day IB PYP teacher workshop. It is always interesting visiting other schools, sharing practices and participating in in depth educational discussions.

New students

During this week I have spent time talking to many of our students who joined the school at the start of September. It was lovely to hear how they found their first month at SIS. We talked about how they have settled in, been welcomed by teachers and other students and have made friends. For me, the important part was listening to how they are enjoying their learning. In the photo we have some of our new students from P2-P6.

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Student Council

This week we have seen the start of our Primary Student Council for 2017 / 2018. On Friday they took part in their first meeting and they have already started with their first two projects. In next week’s newsletter you will hear more from them.

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Spanish extracurricular event

Last Friday, September 29th, P5 and P6 students had a great opportunity to practise their Spanish outside the school environment. They spent a great afternoon talking and preparing one of their favourite dishes. All this in a nice place, with sunny weather and good friends. What a fun way to learn Spanish!

Learning and enjoying Maths

Currently in Maths P2 have been focusing on data handling. They have been looking at and reading graphs. They then used the skills they had learned and had fun taking tallies of each other’s birthdays and using the information to make their own bar charts.    

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Extra Curricular Activities

Extracurricular activities play an important role in the education of our students. Well done to Daniella in P5 who last week won her first archery trophy.

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Coffee Morning

Last week our PYP Coordinator, Maths and Language Coordinators, Early Childhood Coordinator and lead teachers for the Effective Person and Effective Learner held an open coffee morning for our parents.

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EIC Swimming Gala

SIS was represented exceedingly well at the English International College’s Swimming Gala last Thursday. Our students posted some fantastic times, came home with lots of medals and their behaviour was great too. They showed good sportsmanship, whether they won or lost, and teachers, parents and students alike should be very proud. We would like to especially congratulate Jef on setting a new course record, completing 24metres freestyle in 25.99 seconds.

 

Diploma Visual Arts visit to Philippe Starck exhibition

On Thursday 28th September 22 students from D1 and D2 Visual Arts course investigated exhibition curating during a day trip to the Pompidou Centre in Málaga. The focus of the study was analyzing the curatorial methods used in the Philippe Starck exhibition.

The students were guided by Mr. Daniel Maloney and Mrs. Margaret O’Farrell. 

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 El Cañuelo music trip

23 SIS music students dedicated their weekend to songwriting as they spent time in El Cañuelo, a picturesque mountainside village in Velez Málaga. After open mic night and 6 intensive and varied workshops, students were given the challenge to write a song. The evening was shared together listening to new songs created that afternoon. They will now develop these songs, take them to the studio and will be putting them online soon.  Some student reflections:

“I feel like I could connect with my feelings and friends more than ever”

“El Cañuelo, my favourite trip, so inspiring, fun and so many new experiences”

“I feel I have become much more confident and comfortable in performing”

“This trip has made me a new person. It was amazing!”

“I feel like this trip made me wanna learn and do more music”

“Not only has this trip inspired me to write my own songs but it has also inspired me to live life with a little more confidence. Thank you!!”

“I saw my inner self come out

 

 

M5 Spanish as a second language students “LEARNING BY DOING” TAPAS

“Learning by doing” is the basis of our learning. So as part of Unit 1 “Spanish Culture”, M5 Spanish as a second language students carried out several lighthearted educational experiences where the focus has been leading their own learning in a real and practical environment.

In this way, we have carried out two parallel tasks related to the traditional gastronomy of Spanish culture:

Some students have participated in a tapas competition where they had to investigate native recipes which they later cooked and presented to the rest of their classmates in a fun contest, the competition was very close!

The others visited a traditional tapas bar in Pueblo Nuevo where they were able to order and taste various typical dishes, participating in very pleasant exchanges with the waiters and the restaurant owner.

The students have demonstrated a good knowledge of Spanish culture and have enjoyed it immensely.

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D1 Group 4 Project

This week, the D1s carried out the Group 4 Project. This is a compulsory activity based on the Group 4 subjects in the Diploma Program, which are the sciences. It requires the understanding and application of skills from biology, physics and chemistry; the exercise was interdisciplinary, as well as a collaborative experience, as students worked in groups of three or four.

The aim of this project was to use science to test the truth behind claims made in the marketing of popular products. Each group focused on a different type of product, with the emphasis being on the variety of investigations planned and carried out, analysis of the findings and conclusions drawn. Culminating in the dissemination of the whole process through a showcase to the M4 Extended Science students.

My group tested different brands of deodorants. We compared the varieties based on different factors including duration, force of spray, accuracy of spray, and whether or not they stained clothing. This activity has further developed our critical thinking by teaching us to challenge what is usually believed to be true in the world around us.

By Eduardo Parra Garrido

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University & Careers news

This week in University & Careers, we have had two university visits to SIS. The first visit was from HULT business school http://www.hult.edu/ who were with us on Tuesday and then on Thursday it was the turn of the University of Navarra https://www.unav.edu/ During their visit they ran a session for the Economics and Business students, with topics related to Adam Smith and the invisible hand, inflation and its impact on current world economies and price discrimination.

 

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Thanks go to Andrea Pereira from Hult and Matthias Huehn from Navarra and of course the flexibility of our Economics and Business Studies teachers to accommodate the session. Our Diploma students have also been signing up for new conference calls through 100 Mentors, with a session with a Stanford graduate planned for next week, and more to follow. D2 students are now focusing on their personal statements and application letters, whilst D1s having been using Unifrog tools https://www.unifrog.org/ to develop exceptional work orientated CVs.

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Week ending 29th September

As September rolls into the past, SIS boarding students at San Roque Campus can be proud of what they’ve accomplished over the past four weeks. An international community of differing ages and languages has come together in mutual respect and individuals have flourished.

Weekday activities continue to care for students of varied interests. From sports and weight training to arts and crafts, our boarding students have been busy when not studying as the school year swings into full gear.

This past weekend students had the opportunity to go paddle boarding at Sotogrande Port, as well as go geocaching on a three-hour hike in the hills around Castellar de la Frontera. Two of three geocaches were found, with a special mention to Georgi Tsekov for finding the first one!

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Week ending 6th October

Boarding students at San Roque Campus continue to enjoy a variety of activities. Yoga started up last Wednesday evening as a great way for students to de-stress and stretch out midweek. Yogi Anna will be leading weekly yoga sessions with our M1-D2 boarders. Encourage your sons and daughters to come out and experience yoga next Wednesday for free!

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Over the weekend 13 students travelled to el rio Guadalmino between Benahavis and Estepona for some adventurous canyoning. Guided by the professionals at TUUR Canyoning, students experienced low cliff jumping and ancient scenery as they floated down the beautiful river.

 

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Until next week! Boarding Management Team

 

 

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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