School Newsletter 05.12.2018

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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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5th December 2018

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 School Calendar

Wednesday 5 DecemberD1 & D2 Reports published on Managebac
Thursday 6 & Friday 7 DecemberNational holiday  – school closed
Tuesday 11 DecemberD1 Parent consultations – Teacher rooms from 16:00
Wednesday 12 DecemberParent Workshop- Creating Teen social projects – 10:00 -12:00 in Boarding House (See Whole School News)
Wednesday 12 DecemberD2 Parent consultations – Teacher rooms from 16:00
Thursday 13 DecemberSIS Theatre Festival – 18:00 in theatre (see Whole School News)
Friday 14 DecemberNon-uniform day in exchange for a Tombola gift (see Whole School PTA News)
Saturday 15 DecemberPTA Christmas Market – Ribera del Marlin, Sotogrande – 12:00 – 16:00
Sunday 16 DecemberDuke of Edinburgh Bronze Award expedition
Sunday 16 DecemberDanii’s Charity Santa 5K Run & Walk (See Whole School News)
Monday 17 DecemberB Vocal Concert – Palmones cinema -19:30 – 21:00 (see Whole School News)
Tuesday 18 DecemberP2 Christmas Show in theatre – 11:30- 12:30 and 14:30 – 15:30
Tuesday 18 DecemberP1 Christmas Show in theatre – 13:00 – 14:00
Wednesday 19 DecemberP1 Christmas Show in theatre – 11:30 – 12:30
Friday 21 DecemberLast day of Autumn term – school closes 12:00
Friday 21 DecemberPrimary Reports available on Managebac from 16:00

Dear Parents and guardians,

With a long weekend to look forward to, this newsletter is purposely being kept short. This week has been such a delight with warmth and sunshine returning, there has been a much-needed addition of vitamin D for all.  Classes have taken place outside, trousers have been swapped for shorts again and the PTA has dressed our reception area ready for Christmas!

I would like to draw your attention to three events that are pending after the long-weekend. Firstly there will be a parent workshop on creating Teen projects, hosted by Antonia Behan at our Boarding house on Wednesday 12th. For more details, please see below.

Secondly the PTA Christmas Market will take place at Soto Blue on Saturday 15th December. Early whispers suggest there is a VIP parking space to be auctioned off!

Finally, we have a concert from B-Vocal on Monday 17th December from 7.30pm at the Odeon Multicines in the Bay Plaza Shopping Mall in Palmones. Tickets, price 5€, are available from the school reception.

I wish you a wonderful long weekend.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

BVocal music event

As members of the school community we have just been given the opportunity, sponsored by Land Rover, to experience an amazing concert. On Monday 17th December, BVocal, a world-renowned a cappella group, will be running a workshop for some of our secondary students. In the evening, BVocal will be performing a Christmas concert just for us at Odeon Multicines, in Palmones! The event will start at 7.30pm and end at 9pm. Tickets costing 5€ each are available from reception with all profits going to The Kindred Project.

Parent Workshop – Creating Teen Social Projects

Parents, please come along to a workshop to collaborate on initiating more social activities for teenagers in Sotogrande. Coaching Psychologist, Antonia Behan, has been working with our students and the local community to identify what teens want, through her social project:

In part one of this workshop, Antonia will present the research findings and invite you to further brainstorm ideas. In part two, Antonia will ask for your vote on 2-3 project ideas, and invite some of you to volunteer to help initiate the first projects.

By the end of this workshop, the intention is that we have a clear vision, and first action step on starting these projects. Come along and make a positive difference!

Date: Wednesday December 12th
Time: 10.00-12.00
Location: The Boarding House

This workshop is free. Your time donated to support growing any of the projects will be very much appreciated.

You can learn more about the free space from which to unite our community and foster collaborative care, support and social projects here:

La Reserva

It’s the most wonderful time of the year..

As November comes to an end, thoughts turn to Christmas, and La Reserva de Sotogrande is organising various activities for all the family. If you are looking for a charming and tranquil setting to enjoy Christmas with great food and good company, La Reserva can accommodate all of your wishes this festive season. More info here

We look forward to celebrating with you!



8th December – Switching on the Christmas lights, Sotogrande Marina

This lovely event will be sure to get you into the festive mood with the big switch on at 7pm and the collaboration of la Marina restaurants and Jugarnia, followed by carols and the opening of the Santa’s Grotto.



SIS Theatre Festival – Thursday 13th December at 6pm in theatre

On the 13th of December at 6pm the DP Theatre students will be presenting three 15 minute devised performances as part of their course. The performances will be thoroughly engaging and our students will yet again be demonstrating their considerable skill through these highly original and provocative pieces. These pieces will also be entered for LAMDA Bronze and Gold award examinations with the additional benefit of gaining extra UCAS points for UK university applications.  This is a DP Theatre exam performance and the production has been judged suitable for audiences of M4 age and older. Please do come along to both support and enjoy! (Free entrance)

PTA News

SIS PTA Christmas Market, 15th December 12-4pm, Ribera Del Marlin, Sotogrande

There are now over 20 stalls booked to showcase at the market with Christmas treats, gifts, unique products and much, much more.

Raffle tickets for our Grand Christmas Raffle will be on sale after the long weekend. As in previous years, there are some truly outstanding prizes.



This year’s spectacular is the V.I.P. Premier Parking Space Auction for exclusive use of a parking place, directly outside the school gates, until the end of the school year.

Register your bid between 9am on Monday 3rd December and 10pm on Friday 14th. After this, you will be able to make final bids at the Christmas Market, where the winner will be announced at the end of the festivities.

Lastly please remember Friday 14th December is a non-uniform day in exchange for a gift for the Tombola. There will be a collection point at the school gate in the morning. Please leave gifts unwrapped, so they can be properly sorted into those for adults and those for children.

Santa 5K Run & Walk  – 16th December

Santa suits will be on sale at the school gate from Monday 10th December


The Kindred Project News

Dreaming Dragons Christmas Gift List

Ready to make a real difference this Christmas? Dreaming Dragons has put together a wonderful list of gifts making the act of giving truly mindful and life shaping. Take a look at the Gift List LINK here and send us an email to to start shopping!



Ski Trip to Sierra Nevada

Click on poster for more information


Message from Emma Butler, Head of Primary

Reminder – After school use of the P1 & P2 playground

Please note that as from Monday 10th December, the P1 and P2 playground is only to be used by the children enrolled in Kids Club.

No smart watches

Please also note that Primary students are not allowed to wear ‘smart’ watches in school.

Fundamentals News

Christmas is coming, and we are starting to get into the festive spirit. Decorating our classrooms and rehearsing Christmas carols to sing with family and friends. A joyful time of the year for us all!

P5 Gibraltar trip

P5 children visited a Jewish synagogue, the Roman Catholic cathedral and the Hindu Temple as part of their Unit of Inquiry into different beliefs and cultures.

SIS Film Awards 2018

Thank you to Benesse Restaurant for hosting the event. Special thanks to Ella and Gabriele for their excellent hosting skills and Ella’s singing during the interval. Thank you also to Jackson Kubbernus for playing the violin so well.


Congratulations to the following SIS Film Awards Winners (LINK HERE)

Presentation to D1 Visual Arts students

On Monday Edward Burns, Commercial Director of “Collaborate” agency, London, gave a motivational, career focused presentation to our D1 visual arts students. Edward presented many possible career opportunities for creative thinkers and provided students with valuable advice on pathways to success in the multi million euro business world of design.

The talk was coordinated by Margaret O’Farrell.


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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