School Newsletter 01.06.2018

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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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1st  June 2018

Versión española 

 School Calendar

Friday 1 JuneKP Celebration Event
Monday 4 – Tuesday 5 JuneContinuation of M5 Examination period
Monday 4 JuneUsborne Book Fair – 10:00 – 17:00 in the marquee
Tuesday 5 JuneM5 Drama production – 17:00 in school theatre (see Whole School section)
Wednesday 6 JuneP6-M3 Open water swimming competition at EIC
Wednesday 6 – Wednesday 13 JuneD1 Examination period
Thursday 7 JuneEC2 unit based trip
Thursday 7 – Friday 15 JuneM5 work experience
Friday 8 JuneP1 unit based trip
Friday 8 JuneACES Open day (see Whole School section)
Friday 8 JuneDream Factory Final – 18:30 in the marquee (see Primary News)
Tuesday 12 JuneP1 & P2 Swimming gala – 10:00 – 12:00
Wednesday 13 JuneP3 & P4 Swimming gala – 10:00 – 12:00
Thursday 14 JuneP5 & P6 Swimming gala – 10:00 – 12:00
Thursday 14 & Friday 15 JuneP3 & P4 performance ‘We are monsters’ – 19:00 – 20:30
Friday 15 JuneSummer White Party (see Whole School section)
Wednesday 20 JuneP5 & P6 Expressive Arts show ‘Shrek’

Good afternoon Parents and Guardians,

Last Friday we witnessed the D2 graduation, under the stars. The event this year was crafted with the ideas of the students and therefore the marquee was not in place. What followed was a wonderful evening with touching speeches, sensational music, awards and recognitions. I would like to publicly thank Jane Bannell and the team for putting together this amazing event and to acknowledge Chez Vous, under the guidance of Nigel Davis, for setting up the sound, light and staging which allowed us to give our D2 students the evening they deserved.

This week we hosted some school groups from across the UK. This afforded our students the opportunity to take part in numerous sporting events; increasing the opportunities our students have to access competitive sports and growing their friendship network at the same time.

On Tuesday we hosted the PTA AGM. I would like to thank everyone who came along to support the event and to introduce the new Head of the PTA, Mr. Dennis O’Connor.  I am looking forward to working alongside him as the school transitions through the next few years. As we welcome one new Head, I would like to acknowledge the energy and commitment of the outgoing Head of the PTA, Mrs. Barbara Peacock.  Barbara has served for 3 years as the Head of the PTA, over this time she has not been afraid of change and has guided the association to reflect on its practices, adapt new ideas and host some of the biggest and most popular events that the school has ever seen. On behalf of the school and personally, I would like to thank Barbara for her support, vision, determination and energy.  We wish Barbara and her family the very best as they move to the UK.

The Community Project Showcase on Wednesday afternoon was an opportunity for M3 students to share their experiences and learning with the community. I would like to congratulate the students on their wonderful achievements and importantly the impact that their projects have had on our community.

Tonight is the big KP event.  I look forward to seeing you at the Octogono, where we will share in celebrating the wonderful success of The Kindred Project and the impact that our hard work has had in all our global communities.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

Theatre for all

Come and enjoy some lighthearted fun with the M5 Drama group´s performance of ‘30 Reasons NOT to be in a Play’. Appropriate for all ages, this self-directed play is sure to make you smile!

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Reminder to parents about the Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is comprised of representatives of all SIS stakeholders: parents, students, Board members, staff and Senior Leadership Team. The board meets monthly to give advice on operational issues related to the growth and direction of the school. Currently the 2 elected parent representatives are Silvia Segura Dominguez ( and Nick Jefferson ( The new PTA chair Dennis O’Connor ( is also a member of the Advisory Board.

Silvia, Nick and Dennis invite you to contact them by email at any time should you wish to comment, ask questions or pass on any feedback on strategic operational matters.


Summercamp 2018

Sotogrande International School offers a fantastic range of Summer Camps, and as families of SIS  you receive an exclusive discount! Our specialist camps are designed to encourage children to develop their unique interests, gifts and talents. Providing opportunities to try new activities and learn in a fun, dynamic and safe environment. With such a wide range of activities on offer, from sports and languages to drama and volunteer programmes there really is a camp for everyone!

Please visit our website for more information, or email:


ACES Programme Open Day 

Scholarship to the U.S.? Joining the Pro Tour? A business career? A degree in Europe? On the ACES programme, we will support you whatever your pathway, providing you with the opportunity to carry out a full time sport programme (tennis and golf) without compromising on your education.
Watch our introductory ACES video below and, if you like what you see, join us for our ACES Virtual Open Day on our social media on Friday 8th June. Sign up here for exclusive access for an insight into this unique programme:

Rock Camp

Don’t miss out on this year’s Rock Camp 2018!
Now in its fourth year, this unique music programme has been consistently and widely praised by all for its scope and impact on the participants. The kids – from 8 to 16 – not only receive pro-level vocal training, an introduction to an instrument, photo sessions, video shoots and exciting musical group activities, but they also get to record in a professional sound studio under the supervision of a real record producer – and in the end receive a beautifully produced CD of their recordings. Simply put, there’s no other summer camp quite like this one!

New this year! Rock Camp is thrilled to include for the first time, daily drum workshops with SIS drum teacher, Paul Skelton – and music from The Greatest Showman! It’s going to be the best summer camp ever!

PTA News

SIS Summer White Party – Friday 15th June


Tickets now available, see Henry in Reception.

The Kindred Project Primary (P3-P6) Sleepover is the same night See you there!

Usborne Book Fair

We are pleased to announce there will be a Book Fair in the marquee on Monday 4th June from 10.00am – 5.00pm. Usborne Books will be here offering some very competitively priced books (most costing between 4 – 9 Euros), though unfortunately only English language titles. The majority of the books on display will be most suited to primary age children; however there will also be a selection of teen & young adult fiction.

Students will have the opportunity to browse the displays (primary children with their class teachers) and buy books during the school day or to reserve items for purchase by parents after school. Parents and friends are invited to visit at any time. 

The school benefits from a percentage of total sales in the form of free books; please support if you can. Hope to see you there!

Baker Books

Primary students this week have brought home Baker Books catalogues with a wonderful selection of books for all ages.  For M1 through to D2, catalogues/order forms will be available in The Link.    

If you would like to place an order please complete the order form at the back of the catalogue and return to Mrs. Lin Campbell in P1, with the correct cash in Euros.   

There is also an option to place orders online by connecting to:  This method allows you to pay online but books will be delivered to and distributed from school.  The cost of the books is the price shown in Euros as this includes a delivery charge.  By placing an order, not only will you be receiving beautiful books for your child, but the school libraries will be entitled to free books from the commission accrued. 

The last day for returning orders is Wednesday 6th June.  Books normally arrive within two weeks from the order being placed.  If you have any queries please email

The Kindred Project News

Send a Child to School Programme

The Kindred Project “Enabling and empowering students to use education as a force for good in the world”

Last Friday we celebrated our 9th and final Send a Child to School Day. Thanks to your €1 donation we have managed to raise €416,21 towards this life-shaping sponsorship programme.

Throughout this academic year we have raised an incredible total of €6.059,21, managing to secure a whole year’s education for 16 children at the Nabugabo Community Learning Centre (NCLC). The €250 annual sponsorship fee covers: school fees, breakfast, lunch, school uniform, clothes, shoes, homework club and basic health care. The remaining funds from this year, €2.059,21, will go towards the NCLC Secondary Fund to guarantee access to secondary education for our sponsored students!

We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for your continuous and generous support!

Book launch for charity at the KP Celebration Dinner

Dan Maloney (Art and Drama teacher) will be launching his latest book, ‘The Tale of Prince Don’ a children’s book for all ages, tomorrow evening at the Kindred Project Celebration. He will be signing and selling his book to help raise money for Hogar Betania. If you can’t make the celebration, books are available directly from school, priced 3 euros, with 1 euro donated to a great cause!


Message from Emma Butler

A reflection on the P6 two night trip from four of our students:

The P6 2 night overnight trip to Pueblo Blanco Camping in Olvera was a once in a lifetime experience. On the trip, we all faced a range of challenges from bungee jumping, zip lining, long walks and sharing cabins. We laughed, we cried but most importantly, we bonded. We want to thank everyone who took part: teachers, monitors and all those who made the trip possible. We are truly grateful for this opportunity.

By Oli N, James, Noa and Kiri

EC1 visit Castellar Zoo

Once again EC1 had another exciting excursion. On Wednesday they went to visit Castellar Zoo as part of their unit of inquiry under the theme of Sharing The Planet. The children had a great day learning more about the different animals that live in the zoo and also had the opportunity to pet and feed many different animals.


Dream Factory Final, Friday 8th of June at 6.30pm in the school marquee.

It promises to be an evening packed with lots of entertainment and talent. This year we have 30 high quality performances across the four categories of Singing, Dancing, Playing and Band. Also performing will be a surprise guests from the Rock Factory School in San Pedro de Alcantara.

Drinks and food will be available all evening.

All the profits will go to Cova do Mar in Portugal. This money will help support a community of more than 100 children in one of the most deprived areas in Europe. We hope you will be able to come and support our talented Primary Students who through their passions and gifts are helping make a difference. Tickets can be bought from our Primary Student Council from Monday the 28th May at the school gate. Tickets cost 5 euros for adults and 3 euros for children. 

Let’s keep the Dream alive! It promises to be a fun evening for all the family.

M3 Community project showcase

On Wednesday the M3 students presented their community project work to the SIS students and parents.  They showed their knowledge and contributions to society and how they were responsible of their own learning journey.  It was amazing seeing them speaking with such confidence and enthusiasm about global issues and their experiences as volunteers.

Careers & Courses

Over the long weekend, I was invited to visit IE university to gain insights into the courses that they offer and visit both the Segovia and Madrid campuses.

We currently have students at both, with another student placed for this coming year. Adam Wilson-Barnes and Vittoria Morace both told me how much they are enjoying life in their respective cities.  I’m also wishing Adam good luck with his upcoming internship with a Madrid law firm this summer.

With a range of courses on offer including Architecture, Design, Business courses, Law and the newly launched Data Science course, IE is a good fit for our students who want to stay in Spain, study in English and gain a respected degree.

An access requirement of IB 30 points plus makes it accessible to the majority of our students and with a population of about 50,000, Segovia is not too big and would suit our students who are less keen on big city life. Many of the degree programmes allowing the opportunity to study for 2 years in Segovia and then study in Madrid.

The law programme may also be of interest as a stepping-stone to our EU students who have an eye on future study in the USA, as it is linked with Northeastern University in Boston.

All in all, it was a busy, informative and well organized weekend.

2 alumni visits

It was great to have SIS Alumni Adam Newton drop in to give some advice to one of our D1 students who is applying to Canada next year. Adam is currently studying at UBC ( in western Canada and is really enjoying his course. He shared some great advice and tips, and also the value of IB courses, with regard to university credits in Canada. Thanks Adam!

It was also good to see Hugo Gastone who called in for a scheduled meeting with one of our potential USA medical students. Hugo who is currently on a pre-Med course at Boston University was able to offer valuable insights into the course and the importance of Biology and Chemistry in his studies.


Cinema Trip!

Last weekend Boarders got to see Deadpool 2 and the incredible new Spielberg film, Ready Player One. Both were great films and students enjoyed a more relaxing trip this weekend. 


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