School Newsletter 08.06.2018

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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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8th  June 2018

Versión española 

 School Calendar

Friday 8 JuneDream Factory Final – 18:30 in the marquee
Monday 11 – Friday 15 JuneM5 work experience continues
Monday 11 – Wednesday 13 JuneContinuation of D1 Examinations – gymnasium
Monday 11 – Friday 15 JuneM1 – M3 End of unit Assessments (classroom based)
Tuesday 12 JuneP1 & P2 Swimming gala – 10:00 – 12:00
Wednesday 13- Friday 15 JuneM4 End of year examinations – gymnasium
Wednesday 13 JuneP3 & P4 Swimming gala – 9:40 – 12:00
Thursday 14 JuneP5 & P6 Swimming gala – 9:15 – 12:30
Thursday 14 – Friday 15 JuneM4- D1 Silver Duke of Edinburgh expedition
Thursday 14 & Friday 15 JuneP3 & P4 performance ‘We are monsters’ – 19:00 – 20:30
Friday 15 JuneSummer White Party – La Cabaña – from 20:30
Thursday 21 JuneP2 end of year celebration – 14:00 – 15:00
Friday 22 JuneP1 End of year celebration – 11:15 – 12:45
Friday 22 JuneM5 Graduation – 19:15
Wednesday 20 JuneP5 & P6 Expressive Arts show ‘Shrek’
Thursday 21 & Friday 22 JuneLondon Trinity music exams
Monday 25 JuneEC1 End of year celebration – 09:15 – 10:45
Monday 25 JuneEC2 End of year celebration – 11:15 – 12:45
Tuesday 26 JuneP6 Graduation and Primary prize giving
Wednesday 27 JuneEnd of year assembly – 10:00 – 12:00
Wednesday 27 JuneLast day of school, finishes midday
Wednesday 27 JunePrimary reports available on Managebac – 16:00
Thursday 28 JuneD1 Full reports published
Thursday 28 JuneSIS Alumni Event (see Whole school section)
Saturday 30 JuneABSRM practical exams

Good afternoon Parents and Guardians,

Last Friday we celebrated The Kindred Project, by hosting a fundraising event at the Octogono. Partners from across Spain and Uganda came to celebrate the work of our student body, staff and parent community. With heart-warming speeches, songs and messages from afar, the event was a great success raising almost 4000€.  Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved in creating the celebration.

This week saw the start of the final assessments of the year for much of the MYP and Diploma. It is critical that students are aware of when their assessments are, so parents, please work with them over the next few weeks to help them plan their time and prepare effectively. Our M5 students completed their exams on Tuesday and set off for their work experience on Thursday. We wish them the best of luck as they experience the world of work for the next week. I would like to thank Mr. Moore and Mr. Mungles, along with our community in general, for helping them to arrange these placements.

On Monday we hosted our first event in the marquee, with a book fair. It was lovely to see so many students excited about reading. It makes you remember how lovely it is to hold and read a real book. We are so attached to digital text, with Kindles etc, it is great to pause and be able to purchase a real book. I hope our students were able to find some treats to indulge in over the summer.

On Tuesday evening we opened our doors to a small crowd to enjoy the M5 theatre performance. The show ‘30 reasons not to be in a play’ was a hilarious and hugely entertaining series of episodes, showcasing some great acting talent from within the M5 drama group.

This week we welcomed our newest member to the Advisory Board, Mr Dennis O’Connor, who is the new Head of the PTA. Mrs Silvia Segura will unfortunately be leaving the school this year and therefore there is an opening on the advisory board for a new parental representative. Interested parties must have been a parent within the school for at least 2 years, not been employed by the school and know they can gather support of at least 10 parents. 

All interested parties will be asked to submit a written statement of interest to by Wednesday 13th June at 4pm. The written expression of interest must include a small paragraph of text about what you would be able to bring to the community by being on the Advisory Board. This will be placed in the next newsletter to allow parents to vote.
If you would like to find out more about what the advisory board is, please email any of the following: – – –

I would like to update you on the success of Jake Valentine, one of our young golf students. Last week Jake took part in the US Kids Golf European Championships in Scotland. The event is the largest junior golf event in Europe and in Jake’s group of 10 year olds, there were 68 players from 17 different countries. Jake struggled in the first round (80), was even par for the second (72) and shot a course record (64) in the final round to move from 24th to 2nd. What a great achievement!

Finally tonight we will hold the Dream Factory finals. Good luck to all involved!

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

PTA News

Minutes of AGM on 29th May 

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

Thank you to all the students and parents who supported our Book Fair on Monday; as a result of your generosity the school has received over 800€ worth of free books for classrooms and libraries.

Books which were ordered on the day should arrive at school during this next week.

Return of library resources

The librarian would appreciate your support in assisting your children to find and return all library resources (books and DVDs) this coming week.

Unless they are about to leave SIS, students from P6 upwards and parents, on behalf of younger students, are welcome to borrow books over the summer, however these must be checked out properly at the library desk after returning any overdue items.

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:


SIS Alumni Celebration / Doug Stewart memorial football match & 1st SIS Alumni  vs Staff netball competition

On June 28th, SIS will be hosting the 5th Alumni Reunion on campus. The later date this year is in response to requests from alumni who were unable to make the May celebration last year. Also, we are trying something a little different and will hold the event around the SIS chiringuito and swimming pool.

Parents of SIS alumni, please let your daughter or son know about this event.

There will be a barbecue with drinks starting from 5.30pm, and a bus ready to take revelers on later in the evening.

We will also be hosting the Doug Stewart Memorial Staff vs Alumni football tournament, and our first Staff vs Alumni netball competition. Kick off at 4.30pm. (Players please arrive at 4pm)

This comes at the end of a staff training day, which of course also means there will be a full complement of staff present at the start of the event. Alumni only: Please sign up on the SIS Alumni FB page if you want to play in the football or netball events.

Alumni are also, of course, welcome and encouraged to come along and support the football and netball even if you don´t want to play. There have also been rumours of the staff band playing an impromptu set later in the evening!

More details will follow, but please confirm if you are planning to attend by clicking the FB event link. The event is open only to all former SIS students.

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!

The Kindred Project News

The Kindred Project Celebration

This sell-out event really was a magical evening and we were delighted so many students, parents and friends of KP were there to celebrate with us. Here are links to watch and listen to some of the beautiful messages sent from our friends and partners in Morocco, Uganda and Ecuador who were unable to attend in person.

Have a watch of some beautiful messages sent from our friends and partners in Morocco, Uganda and Ecuador

Hassan Video

Ecuador-Tsachila’s say hello

Henry King

Event video, created and edited by Dylan Bain M4

The Dreaming Dragons would like to say ‘Thank you’ to El Octogono Club de Playa and Quo Restaurante for their kindness and generosity.

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the event in any way, and most particularly to the very generous donors of prizes for our celebration raffle and for the auction. You can see the list of winning raffle ticket numbers here; we are still in the process of contacting some of the winners so. names are listed as they were written on ticket stubs.

Raffle prize winners

Floria Rustico Funky Fundraiser

The Floria fundraiser is back! Join us for live acoustic music, food and drink to raise funds for The Kindred Project partners in Asni Morocco and the Tsachilla community in Ecuador.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

“Touching, creative, mature and emotional!”

“Thank you for sharing with us this amazing masterpiece! It was touching and special! Congratulations to all the cast and the teachers that have put up such a brave and unique show!”

Hogar Betania residents, invited to the show, were absolutely amazed and in tears with the performance. Regardless of the language barrier, the residents were blown away by the level of acting of the students, the atmosphere created and the theme of the play. It was a very emotional experience for them and they were very grateful for being invited.

Thank you to Christine Barling, Jamie Templeton and the entire ensemble (students & staff) for touching so many hearts and making a huge difference towards Hogar Betania’s Summer Camp and residents. The play managed to raise €1.700 which will go towards buying the educational resources needed for the 2 month Summer Camp for 70 local children in need.


Beach Barbecue  – Tuesday 3rd July at Chambao Beach Bar

Some SIS students will be in performance line up at this exciting event in aid of Danii Children’s Cancer Charity.


Message from Emma Butler

Dream Factory 2018 Final

Good luck to all the finalists tonight. There are still tickets available which can be bought tonight on the gate.

Primary Eco Trip

On Tuesday the Primary Eco-School and some Learning Support students spent an idyllic day with a wonderful charity called APADIS (Asociación de Padres de Personas con Discapacidad Intelectual) in Algeciras. They were invited to the inauguration of their Green Classroom, a new project which they are running to employ the disabled users of the centre. We spent the day learning about the association, watching a play put on by the disabled adults using the centre, planting vegetables, playing games and we even each got to take home a lavender seedling in a pot which we had decorated ourselves with the support of our hosts.    

If you would like to learn more about the centre, here is the link.

We are Monsters!

Primary Expressive Arts Performance: 14th & 15th June at 7 pm.

2 free tickets for P3 & P4 families!

Our P3 and P4 students would like to invite you to come along and watch their performance of We are Monsters! With werewolves howling and vampires dancing, it’s definitely a show not to miss!

2 free tickets will be given to children in P3 & P4. More tickets are available, subject to availability, contact

A Spanish Experience for parents of P3 Miss Ana’s class

A fantastic week! The two weeks of visits by parents of P3 students in the Spanish Immersion course are now completed. Parents had the opportunity to see first-hand how we teach Spanish in our initial level classes. They felt a great emotion when receiving congratulations and were impressed, seeing how their children begin to express themselves in Spanish from the beginning of the class until the end. Thank you very much, parents.

Golfing success for Katrina and Jake

Well done to Jake and Katrina who took part in the US Kids Golf European Championships in Scotland. The event is the largest junior golf event in Europe. Both Jake and Katrina did tremendously well and enjoyed sharing their experience and showing their trophies.

Shrek – 20th June 

Boarding House News

This weekend the boarders enjoyed free time in Puerto Banus or La Cañada. Some chose to see Star Wars in the cinema, whilst others went for Sushi. A lovely time was had by all, even though we got caught by a sudden downpour of rain on the way back to the bus! On Sunday many students chose to spend some time in Sotogrande port, whilst others went to play padel.


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