School Newsletter 05.04.2019


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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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5th April

 School Calendar

Friday 5 April

Last day of spring term

Friday 5 April

Primary reports available on Managebac

Monday 22 April

First day of summer term

Thursday 25 & Friday 26 April

Usborne Book Fair – 12:00- 16:30 (see Whole School News)

Thursday 25 & Friday 26 April

D1 Geography field trip

Friday 26 April

‘Send a Child to School’ day & KP Enterprise Day  (see Primary School news)

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I would like to begin by thanking you all for your attendance at the memorial for Paul last Saturday. It was a lovely service, which managed to capture his loves and passions. I thought the student choirs brought such a wonderful dynamic to this celebration of his life. The after gathering at the house allowed us all to recant stories, memories and laughs.

This week has seen a very busy week for the primary team with 2 performances of Space Pirates and sports days galore!  The idea of having a P3 and P4 performance was created a few years ago to give our younger students the chance to shine on stage and shine they did!  I would like to congratulate Mr Luis and the primary team on a remarkable two nights of entrainment. Our two sports days on Wednesday and Thursday enabled our younger athletes to compete for their houses in a range of wonderful activities.  The sportsmanship and positive mindset displayed was fabulous.  Unfortunately the forecast bad weather meant the postponement of today’s EC1- P1 sports day, however this has now been rescheduled for Friday 3rd May. Congratulations to the PE team for their great organization of these back-to-back sports days! Thank you for your support at all of the primary events this week!

This week is World Autism Awareness Week and our Learning Support Team, along with parents and students have been working together to help deepen our knowledge and understanding. From personal stories to advice and guidance, we would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the blog, helping us to meet our aim of increasing understanding and creating a more inclusive world.  Please do take the time to check out this fascinating and inspiring blog.

The PTA has released the tickets for the SIS 40th Anniversary Cocktail party on Saturday 25th May. Join us for a wonderful evening packed full of memories. Tickets are on sale now at and if you book before the end of April there is a 5% discount! Thank you to all the sponsors for working with us on this exciting event.

I would like to thank Charmaine Arbouin, the British Consul for Andalucía, who visited on Wednesday to update interested parents and staff on the Brexit negotiations and to detail how this will impact UK nationals living or working in Spain. Handouts with a brief summary of the British Consulate information are available from the school reception desk and Charmaine advises British nationals to visit and register for email alerts at

As you know the 3rd term invoices have now been sent out. We would deeply appreciate it if you can make an urgent effort to clear .

Finally I would like to thank you all for sending through your intentions for next year. The deadline was 4pm on Sunday 31st March. We are sad to see those of you who are leaving depart and wish you well in your next adventure!  If you did not make contact, then it means you are staying!  Congratulations!! In the school year 2019-2020 we will have another fun year, jam packed with even more opportunities for your students to explore, be inspired and grow.  Additionally, we hope to get started on some serious building projects!  By now you should have received your advanced payment request. Please settle this as soon as possible, as admissions are filling up fast.  Space is at a premium and we already have over 60 new students signed up for September, including 13 new boarders!

This week La Reserva has launched its Beach Pass! As valued customers of SIS, please click here to gain access to the hottest deals to access the beach this spring. More information in whole school news. 

I wish you all a wonderful Easter break and hope that you all get a chance to disconnect from work, relax and spend some time bonding as a family.  I look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 22nd April, which will be a week 2 for secondary students.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

Usborne Book Fair

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Book Fair at school on Thursday 25th & Friday 26th April. This will be located in the marquee (being erected next week) and will be open to parents and friends from 12 noon till 4.30 pm both days. Usborne specialises in publishing books for children and young people, though unfortunately only English language titles. The majority of the books on display will be most suited to primary age children, although there will also be a good 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 for the youngest children (EC1- P3 classes) to identify titles they would like for possible purchase by parents after school.

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!

Inspired Global Camps

Would you like to become the next Versace, or Ralph Lauren? 
Come to Milan this summer and learn from leading fashion designers and experience the industry first hand. ISM summer camp taking place 1st– 28th July – Reserve your place now! 


The Kindred Project News

D1 CAS trip to Asni, Morocco

It’d been a few years since I was last involved in a D1 Asni trip, and I’d quite forgotten how powerfully and vividly it showcases our students’ skills, talents, qualities and abilities.

CAS outcomes were met as a matter of course; overcoming new challenges, acquiring new skills, showing commitment and perseverance, engaging with issues of global significance and reflecting on ethical decisions. However our students demonstrated so much more beyond the expected; empathy, compassion, bravery, initiative, kindness, humility and love. A fantastic group of students!

Uniquely and more importantly than our self congratulation is the mutual loyalty, love and respect shared by ourselves and the community of Asni; the Tiwizi Association, Atlas High School, Tigmi N’Isti (the girls boarding house), Fouad´s English classes, and countless young Asni village kids. The hearts of a remarkable amount of people touched in four days! Smiles more tangible than outcomes met, and recorded extensively in many photos.

This was our 11th trip to Asni, and it has never been more pertinent or important, or the connection stronger. Following the recent tragic events in New Zealand, the trip demonstrates once again our stand against bigotry, racism and hatred, by choosing to stand firmly together in solidarity with our Muslim friends and extended family in Asni, Morocco.

Pete Lawrence

Teacher of English

Sports Round up

Under 11 Futsal

The P5/P6 boys and girls travelled to Atalaya to compete in a Futsal tournament. 

The boys won their first 3 games and narrowly lost out to Laude to win Silver medals

The girls team drew 2 and won 1 of their first 3 games to make the semi finals. They then beat Laude 1-0 to make the final where they came up against the hosts Atalaya. A fantastic defensive performance was rewarded with a 2-1 win to claim Gold medals.

U18 Football

Our U18 girls and boys football squad played their first 11-a-side fixtures this week against a team from the US military base in Rota, Cadiz. The game was kindly hosted by our local club Union Deportivo San Enrique where many of our students play.

The girls team played against strong male competition and the game was very even until the last few minutes when the US team scored a couple of late goals to secure a 4-0 win. The boys team had a very competitive game v the senior boys from the US military, after going behind 1-0 our boys showed great determination and eventually ran out 5-3 winners.

Thank you to Miss Steph and Mr Ash for giving up their evening as well as UDSE for allowing us to use their 11-a-side pitch. We hope this is the start of a good relationship with our American friends and are keen to arrange a return fixture.

Individual students sporting successes

This week we say Congratulations to Carla M.(P3) who achieved First Place in the Snowboard Cross championship in Sierra Nevada.

Congratulations to Mariana F. (P4) who took part in a dressage competition in Benagalbon and won First Place.

Congratulations to Ines H. (M5) who took part in a big dance competition “Gran Final Nacional Vive tu Sueño” last Sunday (March 31st) in Lienzo Norte, Avila. As it was a juried, selective competition among all the autonomous communities in Spain, she had to qualify her way to the national final with wins, first through preliminaries in Álora and then Andalucian finals in Marbella last autumn, to be able to represent Andalucia in the competition. In the final, Ines was awarded First Place in her category contemporary dance 15-17 year olds with her self-created choreography ”Pearls made of rain”.

Well done to Alex Z. in P6 for his two recent dance competitions where he increased his points and ranking.

Well done also to Mali B.(M3) for her brilliant participation in the London mini-marathon. Here is Mali’s own reflection on the experience,

 “I was quite nervous about this race, my first one, especially when I realized there were about 7000 people taking part in the mini marathon event. I was determined to run the whole way. The atmosphere at the start on the suspension bridge was just amazing and really fired me up. I just loved the whole experience and felt very proud of myself when I crossed the finish line. There were people everywhere cheering. I felt that I had accomplished something – a nice feeling.”

PTA News

40th Anniversary Cocktail Party – Saturday 25th May

We’ve released the tickets for the 40th Anniversary Cocktail party on Saturday 25th May. – don’t forget that until the end of April there is a 5% discount and that on the night there will be free drinks until 10:30pm!

CALLING ALL MUSICIANS – can you sing or play?

Help us give the party ‘an extra something’ by putting in your own performance. We already have one parent/teacher band committed but would love to have more. We know you’re all hidden gems… Contact Eamonn:

Bohemian Rhapsody Rock & Video Camp 

The Sotogrande Music Academy is super excited to announce their first ever Easter music camp!

By popular demand, it’s a Bohemian Rhapsody Rock & Video Camp with our famous SIS video producer, Mr Darren Mortimer!

If you have any questions, please contact Miss Laura on

It’s going to be AMAZING to re-create this iconic song with such AMAZING musicians and singers.  We hope to see you all there!

La Reserva Club News

The Magic Begins Under The Palm Trees

On the 12th of April, The Beach once again opens its doors to the public with a packed calendar of events and activities for all the family during the Easter break and beyond.


In order to help Sotogrande residents make the most of all of the activities and services at The Beach, La Reserva Club has launched a BEACH PASS. This offers a number of great benefits and access to exclusive events between the 12th of April and the 30th of June and from the 1st of September to the 30th October 2019.

Click here to find out more and purchase your BEACH Pass.


Easter Intensive Spanish Course


Átletico de Madrid extracurricular activity 

We are delighted to communicate you that Atlético de Madrid will be back at Sotogrande International School after Easter Break.

From the 22nd of April, ATM will offer extra curricular football activities at school.

Players will improve their skill levels with the technical expertise of the Atlético Academy and learn about the key factors in the Club´s success; teamwork, humility, effort and fighting spirit all of which have brought La Liga titles and two Champions League finals in the last years.

The group ages and schedules will be as follows:

Thursdays from 3,45 to 4,45 pm P5-P6 students

Fridays from 3,45 to 4,45 pm P3 – P4 students

On Thursday 25th April and on Friday 26th April they will hold free trial days at the school pitch. Contact to sign up or for further information.

Primary School News


A child’s first year is a very important time for the development of their senses. On this occasion our team organised an activity with the youngest ones to stimulate their vision. It was a fantastic experience for everyone!

Message From Miss Emma Butler

What a very busy week!

I wish everyone a lovely Easter break and look forward to seeing you again on the 22nd of April.

Space Pirates

On Monday and Tuesday our P3 and P4 students entertained us with their excellent performance of the award winning musical “Space Pirates”.  This was the first time this production has been staged in Spain or indeed in Europe.

Thank you to all the parents who came to watch. Over the two nights we had the pleasure of watching great singing, energetic dancing and emotional acting from all of our students.  I am sure you will all agree that the confidence of our students is truly amazing.

I would like to thank all the P3 and P4 teachers who helped put on this show. Special thanks must also go to Miss Maureen and Mr Luis for leading and coordinating.  However the biggest thank you and well done has to go to the students themselves.


Sports Days

On Wednesday and Thursday P2-P6 took part in their sports day. Over the two days it was lovely to see all the students enjoying and competing in a range of sporting activities. Thank you to all the parents who came to support. Unfortunately the weather today looked to be too unpredictable, so on Wednesday afternoon the decision was made to reschedule the EC1- P1 sports day to Friday the 3rd of May.

Celebrating books!

April 23rd is recognized internationally as the official date for World Book Day, and during the first week after the holiday there will be various book related activities and competitions throughout Primary, including of course our two day Book Fair on Thursday and Friday. Friday is also Send a Child to School day and this month we invite Primary students to come to school that day dressed as a book character.


Dream Factory

After more than 70 auditions involving around 120 children from P3 to P6, our semi-finalists for this year´s Dream Factory have been identified.

The musical competition will be divided into 4 different categories: singing, dancing, playing and mixed which is a combination of two or more of the previous.

If your child is a semi-finalist, he or she will soon bring home a letter with all the details about meetings and the dates for the performances.

Key dates for parents and the public are the following:

  • P3/P4 Semi-Finals – 10th of May at 6pm in the school marquee.
  • P5/P6 semi-finals – 24th of May at 6pm in the school marquee.

This year all money raised will go to support The Kindred Project.

The organisation of this event is being undertaken by the student council under the supervision of Miss Maureen.

Message from Mr Luis… Let´s keep the Dream Alive!


Unit based trip

Last Tuesday P1 visited the Okay bakery. The children have been learning about food from the ground and lately focusing on wheat. They now know what wheat looks like and how it is turned into flour. At the bakery they were able to see how flour is used to bake food they are very familiar with, like croissants, bread and cakes. Once again we thank Tamara and the Okay staff for hosting this very informative experiential visit.

P5 Science

As part of their unit of inquiry on materials, P5 have been studying the difference between chemical and physical changes. The students have also been looking at the different states of matter. P5 visited the secondary science lab and Mr Moore demonstrated and explained how and why different materials react when energy is added or taken away.

Primary sporting success

Congratulations to our P5/P6 Futsal teams who on Wednesday represented the school in a tournament at Atalaya. The girls team won their group and the boys team came second. Well done to all who took part.

Well done Mariana in P4 for her recent horse riding competition.

Well done to Carla in P3 for last weekend’s skiing and snowboarding events.


Secondary School News

Individuals and societies

Cortuguay General Election 2019

On Monday 1st April the M5 students took part in a simulation of a political election. The 6 political parties presented their campaign videos and speeches to a M4 audience in the theatre and the event was streamed live to other classes in the school. The election was for a fictional Central American country called Cortuguay. Students were informed that this country had been led by a corrupt dictatorship for decades and was now finally holding democratic elections. Each of the 6 political parties represented different political perspectives and ideologies from the political compass including far left and far right parties, some authoritarian and others more liberal. The election was the culmination of 3 weeks hard work in which the groups researched their philosophies and values, created party manifestos and logos, planned and filmed a campaign video, developed propaganda campaigns and wrote election speeches using techniques such as pathos, logos and ethos.

The final election saw some passionate, persuasive and articulate speeches from the party leaders, in particular from Florence Webber the speaker for the far left IWC party. After the speeches, there was time for questions from the audience directed at the party leaders followed by the final vote using Google forms so the results could be instantly displayed. Interestingly the LCP (Leading Christian Party), a far right religious group had the majority of votes at 48% and so became the first democratically elected leaders of Cortuguay. It will be interesting to see how the students reflect on their role and strategies in this campaign and the factors that really influence the voting population.

Mark Barling


Boarding House News

On Saturday the Boarding House went to Cadiz. We had a Segway tour of the city and the boarders enjoyed seeing some of the locations used for scenes in the James Bond movie “Die another Day”. After the Segway tour students enjoyed having some free time to wander the narrow streets of the city before heading back to Boarding where we had great fun in a baking evening with Mr. Dan. 

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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