Dear Parents and Guardians,
I would like to start this newsletter with a request that parents do not park in the pedestrian walkway in the morning. Many parents, especially those with push chairs and small children are struggling to walk safely to school due to illegal parking. I would really value everyone taking a collective approach to solving this problem.
Last week our M1 – D1 students left SIS for a variety of experiential learning trips around Andalucía. So many schools around the world have stopped running such trips due to health and safety barriers and the impact of the organization of such trips on teachers’ time. This is not the case at SIS, I would like to thank all of our teachers and Adventure Bug for giving their time and energy last week to make the trips memorable and allow our year groups to bond. Details of each trip can be found below in the secondary section.
Over the weekend the Andalusian Triathlon Tournament was held in La Barrosa, Chiclana, with more than one hundred children participating in different categories. Gonzalo Alvarez-Rendueles, who is an M2 student at our school finished second in the Andalusian Championship after swimming 200 metres, cycling 4kms and running 1km. Congratulations to Gonzalo!
Congratulations also to M3 student Thomas Wigley who came second last weekend in a Got Talent España competition in aid of Los Niños charity. The competition judges were the Jersey Boys, and as well as a cash prize of 100€, Thomas also won the opportunity to sing in one of their shows.
Throughout the week we have held swimming galas for our Primary students. The events have been amazing well coordinated by Lola Villa and the Primary PE and teaching team. Many parents throughout the days have commented on how wonderful the events have been. Undoubtedly the people who gained the most from these events were the wonderful students who really stepped up to the plate. They overcame fears, tried their best and left the pool with delight on their faces.
On Monday, David Thomas (world record breaking memory champion) came to school to work with M1 students. He helped them to unlock the power of their brain, teaching them how to use their memory effectively, how to access speed-reading and how to complete mind maps to help organize their thoughts and revise. On Tuesday he worked with our Diploma students on similar skills at a deeper level. We hope that by teaching students these skills early, they will be able to apply these throughout their time at SIS and make their learning experience deeper and stronger.
On Tuesday afternoon we welcomed students from St Anthony’s in Malaga and Benalmadena International College for a Tri schools sports competition. Students took part in a football competition on Tuesday afternoon, a footgolf tournament Tuesday night. They spent the evening at the boarding house and then proceeded to have a swimming tournament on Wednesday morning and finished with a softball competition on Wednesday afternoon. The students from SIS really enjoyed the event, as did the students I spoke to from the other schools along the coast. Congratulations and thanks to Mr. Gibson, Mr. Debenham and the PE and boarding teams for making the event happen.
Wednesday was UN World Peace Day; thank you for your support of our student led peace initiative, which produced a lovely sense of togetherness and mutual respect. By the end of the day, the front gate was covered in messages of Peace that will be sent off to the UN.
Friday was another busy day with the SIS Inter schools Maths day. 72 students from Aloha, Swans, Mayfair, St George’s Malaga and Laude joined students from SIS to take part in an interactive day of mathematics. Students took part in physical maths, they used the pool and also took part in more traditional methods. It was really special to see our students interact with students from other schools at an academic level and have fun. Feedback from the visiting schools was very positive.
Finally we are really looking forward to the Back to School Party tonight! I would like to remind you that no children of M1 and under are allowed to attend without an adult. This is for the safety and security of all concerned. I wish you a wonderful weekend.
Get ready … 7th October!
Primary School News
Dates for your Diary
Please note due to scheduling of official school photographs, children from EC1, EC2 & P1 should come to school in uniform on Friday; they will have their own ‘Send a Child to School’ day on Monday.
Message from Emma Butler, Head of Primary
Primary P1-P6 celebrate the end of their Swimming Unit
This week we had the spectacular performances of our students in our three Swimming Galas. Each gala showed excellent examples of student improvement, commitment and enjoyment. The smiling faces on our students faces clearly showed what a great experience they had and how proud they were to take part. Thank you to all the teachers for their collaboration and a special thank you to Miss Lola for organising and to Miss Lin and Mr. James for helping in the pool with the less confident students.
Parent PYP Workshop and Parent Coffee Morning
Thank you to all the parents who attended our PYP workshop on Wednesday. This week’s focus was on the framework of the PYP curriculum. During the session the parents explored how the PYP provides an extensive framework for designing and achieving trans disciplinary teaching and learning.
On Thursday morning we also had a coffee morning. During this time parents had the chance to meet our Primary Years Programme Coordinator, Leaders of Learning for Language, Maths and lead teachers from our Spanish and Effective Person and Effective Learner teams.
Student Council Poster Competition
A new year In Primary – a new Primary Student Council – and a new Student Council Poster needed!
Our new primary student council representatives have now been selected for this term. Each new academic year we hold a ‘design a poster’ competition for Primary 3 to Primary 6 students. Posters should reflect the school values that the students think are most needed when representing their peers.
A4 or A3 size posters only please. Students should give finished posters to their class teacher by Monday 26th of September. Our Student Council Coordinator, Maureen Smith, the new Student Council and I will be the judges for the competition. The winning designs will be printed and displayed around the school and will be used when communicating any primary student council news this year. Good luck, everyone!
Spanish Second Language Activities
Our Spanish classes are already underway and we are putting into practice, some of the expectations students have expressed as a priority, that is learning to speak the language in authentic and motivating situations.
On Friday 30th of Septembeer, P4-P6 students, can practise Spanish in a different environment after school. We have scheduled a “masterchef class” where children will learn how to cook using the Spanish vocabulary and finish by eating their prepared dishes.
Secondary School News
Dates for your Diary
M1 trip to Ardales and La Sierrecilla at Mollina Humilladero
On Thursday 15th September Parque Ardales was ready and waiting for 59 M1 students and 7 teachers, all keen to sample the delights of kayaking, hiking and orienteering. However, on arrival there was a mad dash for the water; not because it was particularly hot, but because Mr. Allen had challenged them to a race. Not surprisingly, Mr. Allen won!
The children thoroughly enjoyed their time at the park and at the end of the day they made their way to La Sierrecilla campsite where they stayed the night.
M2 trip to Sevilla
M2 went on a bonding trip to the stunning city of Sevilla. After eating our packed lunch in a beautiful park, we visited the Alcazar Palace, the jewel of Sevilla. Our guide told us interesting facts and stories about the palace; Peter the Cruel who had lived there, used to snip off the noses of the men in the cities that he conquered!
Day two we travelled to Punta Paloma, Tarifa, to take part in rock climbing, zip lining, an assault course, archery and water balloon games.
Written by M2 students Isabella, Kerenza, Sayen and Lelia.
M3 trip to Granada
M3 students and teachers enjoyed the charm of Granada with one cultural day and one multi-adventure day.
M4 bonding trip in Malaga province
The M4 students enjoyed a varied and exciting trip including a guided tour of the Picasso Museum in Malaga, a fascinating stop at Lobo Park and an adventurous time at Camping Benameji with whitewater rafting, paintballing and tackling the tree-top trails! A great time was had by all.
M5 trip to Tarifa
M5 headed to Tarifa for an activity packed bonding trip including Windsurfing, Paddle Boarding and Olympic sports. All students enjoyed several team building exercises, including a 3hr ‘trek’ along the beautiful coastline. With thanks to Adventure Bug and the M5 Advisors for providing an excellent and safe experience for all students.
D1 trip to Los Caños de Meca
68 of our D1 students headed out to Los Caños de Meca for the CAS bonding trip, the first chance for our new students to really get stuck in and make friends, and that they did. Our 2-hour bus journey was aided by the boys singing away at full volume to some 80s’ classics.
Our fantastic trip began with a trek along the beach with various team games along the way (including a battle with blow-up sharks). We then headed off to the campsite to observe some ‘ínteresting’ tent building skills before dinner and a midnight beach walk. Spending the night out under the stars was beautiful, and a fantastic reminder of how lucky we are.
On day two the students chose between a variety of team building activities, from cooking paella, creative arts and crafts to meditation on the beautiful Cadiz beaches. Students had chance to interact with new friends and new staff in the glowing sunshine and engage with the CAS theme. We learnt a great deal about ourselves, each other and the opportunities that we have in store for us with CAS. (We also learnt that a Mr Wicks’ 10 minute walk can sometimes turn into 30 minutes!).
During the last Friday of every month, starting Friday 30th September we will be running ´Send A Child to School day´. Every student can attend in their own clothes and in return, must bring €1 to donate to Send A Child to School at our partner school, Nabugabo Community Learning Centre (NCLC), Uganda. This school year, each year group will be taking on the responsibility of raising €250 per year group to sponsor a child at NCLC!
Dreaming Dragons (the students’ social commerce enterprise) would love to receive any school uniform that your children have outgrown, particularly the current sports kit. As always, your support is greatly appreciated by the students.
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Supporting S. O. S. Perrera
Jane Cameron will be continuing the initiative, started last year by the Primary KP club, to collect and deliver donations of dog food to the Los Barrios Dog Rescue Centre. The collection point for this monthly Dog Food Drop van will be the back of Jane’s van, which will parked unlocked near the main school gate on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday of next week and may be identified by streamers.
Many thanks to those parents who attended the PTA meeting on Tuesday, and for your input into how to best solve problems such as traffic and parking.
Our next meeting will be the AGM on Thursday 13th October, which everyone is welcome to attend. More details to follow.
Tonight is the Back to School Party – this promises to be a great night for all, including some amazing surprises! Please remember that students younger than M2 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
SI Stage School
This is your last chance to sign up to the Sotogrande International Stage School starting this Sunday 25th September, 11am-2pm. All applications must be completed and sent to Mr.Maloney this week to ensure a place. Places are limited and nearly full. Fees are payable directly to the Stage School prior to starting. Please contact Mr.Maloney for any information at firstname.lastname@example.org
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