School Newsletter 23.02.2018

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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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23rd February 2018

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 School Calendar

Friday 23 February – Friday 2 March D2 Oxford Study Courses at SRC
Monday 5 March First day of school after holiday
Tuesday 6 March P6 unit based trip

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we enter the halfway point of the academic year, I would like to begin with a reflection on the year so far.  We have been visited by 4 different accreditation bodies: The Council of International Schools (CIS) (twice), New England Association of Schools and Colleges  (NEASC) and the International Baccalaureate (IBO).  Students have represented SIS in many different countries including the F1 in Schools tournament in Malaysia, the Algarve football cup in Portugal and MUN conferences in Holland and Sweden. We have hosted our very first ISTA theatre festival, hosted students from 6 different countries, led a family trip to Asni, Morocco and raised over 6000€ for our community partners around the globe.  Just think what we can achieve in the second half of the year!

Last Friday EC1 had a trip to Duquesa Castle and after school we held the Primary Valentines disco, my office was bombarded by a number of young students dressed to impress.  I would like to thank the KP team and all the staff who helped to make the event a real success for our younger students.

This week we celebrated Book Week, with a wonderful display in the central entrance hall and numerous interactive activities for students to investigate.  Thanks to Anne Adamson for leading this event.

On Tuesday EC2 had an interesting day trip seeing first hand various stages of the water cycle and Tuesday also saw the end of the Personal Project for our M5 students. They have worked tirelessly for half a year to create, record, adapt and redesign their projects.  We are eagerly looking forward to seeing their creations on 15th March 2018.

Also on Tuesday SIS was fortunate to benefit from several visiting ‘experts’: an author visit for primary Spanish students by Andalusian writer Joaquina Cañadas; a fascinating lecture ‘Andalucia and its Golden Age for M5 & D1 Visual Art students by Arts Society lecturer Tom Duncan and two lectures on Greek mythology and its relation to the present for Russian-speaking primary and secondary students by teachers from Olga Pakhomova’s Russian centre. Thank-you to Irene Jimenez, Margaret O’Farrell and Viktoria Sokolova for organizing these valuable experiences.

Yesterday we held a joint celebration of both Mother Tongue Day and Dia de Andalucia, with the overarching theme of ‘Andalucia embracing cultures’. There were so many interesting activities on offer, engaging culture, tradition and a celebration of diversity amongst our community.  Thank you to everyone who helped, supported and participated to make today a real celebration at SIS.

Over the break many of our D2 students will be attending revision and exam preparation sessions provided by Oxford Study Courses at our San Roque campus.

Also over the break, a number of students who have joined the Atletico de Madrid training will be going for a trial in Madrid, where they will have the opportunity to be seen by some of the top scouts in Europe.  We wish them luck!

We will see you all bright and early on March 5th for our usual 8.50am start.   If you need to be reminded of the uniform policy, please click here  as we will be ensuring our students are dressed appropriately on our return.

Wishing you all a wonderful break.

Jak Kearney

Visiting author

During Book Week we had the pleasure of a visit  from Joaquina Cañadas, who in addition to being a great Andalusian writer, has shown herself to be the fun grandmother of two of our students (Juan in P2 and Adriana in P5).

Together with our P5 students, Joaquina has shared readings from her latest book, ‘Las Huellas de mis Pisadas’, and recitations of poems by Andalusian authors. The students showed themselves to be active participants and were encouraged to read together with our author. In P2, we have been able to enjoy this in the guise of “storytelling”. Our school is proud to to have had this collaboration!

Russian news

On Tuesday, February 20th, two lectures on Greek mythology and its relation to present were given to SIS Russian-speaking primary and secondary students by teachers of Olga Pakhomova’s Russian centre. Our external guests were charmed with enthusiasm and curiosity of SIS students who were highly engaged and responsive.

More joint educational activities in cooperation with Olga’s team are planned for the nearest future.

The Kindred Project News

Valentines Disco

Last Friday saw over 100 P1-P4’s boogie away at their first ever Valentines party, organised and led by KP secondary students. The children all had a lovely time playing games, dancing away and enjoying the array of snacks! The event was also a fundraiser and we raised an incredible 765€! We could not have done it without the support of the parents and teachers, thank you. I cannot wait for my trip to Asni to see the projects that the money from events like these goes towards and see the difference the staff and students at Sotogrande are making with Association Tiwizi in Asni, Morocco.

Ella McCormack (D1) Event Organiser

Send a Child to School day

Last Friday was also Send a Child to School day where students can come in home clothes in exchange for 1€ that goes towards their year group’s sponsored child at Nabugabo Community Learning Centre (NCLC) in Uganda. All 15 year groups at SIS (EC1-D2) are now close to hitting their target of securing a primary education for 16 children at NCLC. Thank you for your support of this life-shaping initiative.

Maria, sponsored by M1

Football boots for Asni

We are looking to take football boots and kits with us to Asni on our D1 trip.

If you have any spare or used boots or kit/tracksuits in good condition please can you donate them at the school gate before the 8th of March. We would be very grateful for your support!

Sebastian and Martin (D1 students)

 

Ecuador 2018 Expedition

We are still taking applications for the Ecuador Expedition; a life shaping experience that will help our students become effective interdependent global citizens and leaders. If your child is in M3-D1 and interested in joining this extraordinary experience, please send us an email to info@thekindredproject.gl to find out all about it, or simply pick up an expedition brochure from Reception. Don’t miss out!

 PTA News

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Race NightFriday 16th March, 7:30pm at Hotel Almenara 

 

After the success of our very first Race Night last year, we are happy to announce this year’s event. Come and enjoy the fun, bet on the races, win some money, beat your friends!

Bet with Sotobucks, included in your ticket cost and win some great prizes.      (Please note no real money changes hands and no horses are ridden, except by professionals on the video!)

Tickets cost 25 euros per person, which includes dinner and a welcome drink.

We have a limited number of tickets (last year we sold out), so book now to guarantee your place. Tickets can be preordered by emailing pta@sis.gl.

Come as a group, or come on your own- just come!

(Event is for adults only.)

La Reserva Sotogrande- Kids’ Camps

 

Message from Miss Emma Butler

 

As we head to the weekend I would like to wish everyone a wonderful half term break.

Early Childhood enjoy some fabulous experiential trips

Last Friday EC1 visited Duquesa Castle. This was a magical trip where the students were able to use what they had learned about stories and fairy tales and connect them to the real world. At the castle they were able to look and find dragons, gruffalos, treasures, princes and princesses! They were not disappointed as they found them all.

On Tuesday it was the time for an EC2 trip. During the day they followed the water cycle, visiting many places where we see and use water.  They began at the beach before heading to Miss Hiria’s home to see how water is used in domestic situations.  The teachers showed the children where water is cleaned before heading to the river to see the final course of the water cycle.  As the river met the sea they were able to identify an estuary, which had proved a popular choice when the children were creating their own landforms.   Before heading back to school the children were introduced to their next unit of inquiry which is called Care of the Earth.

M2 Science

During their Science lessons M2 students have been studying the Respiratory and Circulatory systems. They looked at lungs, filling them with air and also dissected the heart to see the different parts. The students liked the fact that they could touch and see the parts close up.

 

Under 13 Girls Basketball

Following a successful U15 girls second place two weeks ago, our U13 girls have also come back with an amazing second place from the Aloha Basketball tournament. Our girls Marina C M2, Teresa G M2, Teresa A M2, Stella M2, Tia M2, Connie M2, Maddi M2 and Serafima M2, played with determination, commitment and never gave up. Well done girls!!

 


Boarding House News

SIS boarders went to Puerto Banus again last Saturday, enjoying the beautiful February weather of the Costa del Sol. Students explored the town, went shopping, and soaked up the sun before heading to Cinema Goya to watch Black Panther.

 

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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