Parent Newsletter March 2023

Dear parents,

Easter has finally arrived after another successful Spring term.

Your children appear to be happy, but “pleasantly tired”.

Enjoy reading about some of our events from the last month.

On Tuesday and Thursday, some of the parents from Nursery joined their children in an official “Stay and Play”. It was wonderful watching them show off to their moms and dads some of their newly acquired skills.

Our oldest students, Year 13 the school celebrated an outstanding evening of Art, where there was an opportunity for their parents and the Aloha College Marbella community to enjoy an array of works that could match anything displayed in the Louvre in Paris or The Tate Modern in London.

Congratulations to all our students involved – your talents are exceptional.

Thank you to Mrs Wain and her department for their efforts and Rebecca Octave (Secondary music teacher) for accompanying the evening playing the flute and piano.

It was so nice yesterday to wear my Spring Bonnet and share the celebration with the Primary school, just like old times!!!

Ms Julia from Nursery also invited the Easter Bunny to visit our beautiful school and participate in organising the egg hunt -enjoy the video.

Crazy Hair Day also saw some very interesting sights and raised some money for our school Charity – thank you for your generosity.

We were very proud of Mrs Saunders this week as she was asked by Cobis (Council of British International Schools) to chair a seminar with two other Heads of school, addressing 70 participants from schools worldwide  – Well done Miss Emma.

Please remember that all students need to be in their summer uniform, which if you have not purchased can be ordered online and can be collected the second week during the Easter holidays from 9:30 to 13:00 h.

Finally, I had my annual medical check from Jose in Reception class, who gave me the thumbs up for another year. Thank you, Jose!

Now, continue to enjoy more primary and secondary news.


Spring has finally sprung and with it we have seen learning opportunities across the primary school venture outside to utilise all of our wonderful outdoor spaces. We watched children participate in, and enjoy, our Spring Bonnet Parade. This was closely followed by enormous excitement as children in our Foundation Stage and KS1 took part in an Easter Egg hunt in the gardens. We would like to thank our Aloha Parents Society for their excellent contributions towards the organisation of the Easter Egg hunt, it was loved by all. 

On Monday 13 March, Year 3 treated us to an excellent showcase of their IPC learning as we watched their assembly about Ancient Egypt. We thank the children and teachers for their hard work in preparing the show and also thank all of the Year 3 parents for supporting the children to learn their lines and provide them with outstanding costumes. 

‘Aloha has talent’! Could be heard echoing around the corridors last week as selected children in the primary school participated in our long awaited Talent Show. The audience was left speechless as they admired performances such as magicians, dancers, pianists, gymnasts to name but a few. 

In Year 2 we have been busy learning about mass, capacity and temperature in maths. We have had lots of fun, practical lessons having a go at measuring all of these ourselves. In English we have loved writing fantasy dragon stories, letting our imaginations run wild! As scientists in IPC, we have been carrying out various experiments learning all about push and pull forces and how they affect motion.

As part of our International Primary Curriculum (IPC), Year 5 took on quite a complex but effective art challenge – Foam Block printing. Using our What A Wonderful World theme, the process started with planning and sketching a design which we then etched onto a foam tile. We decided to print a pattern using two colours. Rolling the lighter colour ink onto the tile first, we printed 3 tiles by placing it face down onto the paper and rolling over it carefully with a clean roller before lifting it very carefully off the paper.  After that we used the same tile but this time printing the darker colour in exactly the same way as before. As you can see from the results, we are very proud of the beautiful patterns we made.


Maths Competitions 2022-23

At the beginning of March Yassamin Ghassemi from year 13, William Flores Qu and Danil Gulyaev from year 12 travelled to Warsaw with Ms Turner to represent Aloha at the ISMTF Senior Maths competition. The standard of the questions was incredibly high, with Ms Turner reporting that even a room full of maths teachers with the help of technology struggled with some problems! Our team worked with energy and enthusiasm throughout the weekend, with William’s fast feet helping him to a gold medal in the Sunday Chase! After the competition the team enjoyed a stroll around the old town in the snow, sampling local delights such as pierogi dumplings, an excellent science museum and a cosy evening in the IMAX.

It was a wonderful experience for our KS4 team at the Maths competition. When we arrived at the university there was a mix of excitement and nerves from the students. Thomas, Ella and Sebastian worked really well as a team. They wanted to finish in a good position and they did Aloha proud. They were all incredibly well behaved and respectful towards the other students and teachers. There was fierce competition between the international schools and everyone was trying to get into the podium. The Sunday chase brought us around the city solving problems while visiting the beautiful monuments and cathedrals of Vienna. It was a wonderful opportunity and the students enjoyed every minute of it.

We are exceedingly proud of our young mathematicians who spent a weekend in Munich competing against some of the best international schools in the world. As well as seeing some success in the competition, they also had a workshop from record-holding speedcuber and Youtuber Tanish Dhiman and a session on thinking strategically to win games by renowned mathematician James Grime. Students also enjoyed the cultural aspect of the trip, practising their German language skills, tasting the local cuisine and navigating the Underground Deutsche Bahn.

Our Maths Learning Leader William has started a competition training club on a Wednesday lunchtime, open to any student who is interested in being considered for a competition team next year.

Sports Round-Up

Aloha College Marbella were once again the International Schools Cross Country champions for the 3rd year in a row! All pupils who made the final selection had been training intensely over the previous two and a half months, pushed all the way by a very competitive extensive squad.

All pupils gave 100% to the cause and were individually brilliant and collectively amazing. However some standout performances were:

Y10 Kayla Griffiths GOLD

Y9 Kiril Lytovchenko SILVER

Y7 Danila Belekov BRONZE

Y12Michelle Lundteppen BRONZE

March saw ACM host the very first international schools’ volleyball tournament for U19. There were 8 visiting schools from all across the Costa del Sol which made it a superb experience. The focus was on play and participation and the result was an outstanding tournament enjoyed by all. ACM boys finished first and the girls finished second in their respective groups. Behaviour was amazing and great sportsmanship was shown throughout the day. We are already looking forward to hosting again next year!

The U13 football teams travelled to Sotogrande to compete in their international schools’ tournament in early March and played superbly well. Girls’ football is really taking off in the school and this team played their hearts out all day. The boys team also represented our school really well and all teams had a fabulous day.

Theatre trips

Year 9 French students enjoyed a day out to the French theatre in Malaga where they saw a theatrical version of ‘Le Chef’ 

So that the German students did not feel left out they had their very own German cinema event, complete with popcorn, in our school hall!

All students enjoyed learning the target language in this way and their teachers appreciated that their behaviour was exemplary during both events.

Mrs Batchelor, Miss Kate, Mr Smith and Mr Escobar wish you a wonderful Easter break and look forward to seeing you all on 17 April.