School Newsletter 09.11.2018

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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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9th November 2018

Versión española 

 School Calendar

Tuesday 13 NovemberM1-M5 Interim grades published on Managebac
Wednesday 14th NovemberP2 Unit Based Trip
Wednesday 14th NovemberP3 Unit Based Trip
Wednesday 14 NovemberM1 &M2 U13 basketball tournament at Swans
Thursday 15 NovemberKP Rice Day
Tuesday 20 NovemberArt lecture (see Whole school news)
Sunday 25 NovemberSotosol walk and fun run

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you have had a wonderful half term break and that your children have returned happy, rested and ready for another great half term at Sotogrande! It was lovely to welcome you back from the holidays on Tuesday morning.

I would like to remind you of 2 upcoming events, firstly tonight’s Firework extravaganza, organised by the PTA. This is a community event and open to the whole of Sotogrande, however please remember that students in M2 and below must be accompanied by an adult.

Secondly I would like to remind you that the next Advisory Panel meeting will take place on November 13th.  Please share your thoughts and ideas with panel members on the following areas:

  1. New changes to traffic
  2. As we work with Inspired to strategically build new additions to our school, what are the needs, wants and desires of the parent community?

Finally, being part of the inspired community allows us to provide an even greater offering for parents and students. With this in mind, I am delighted to announce the launch of the Inspired summer camps. Click on this link to find out more. LINK

I look forward to seeing you tonight.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

PTA News

This year’s Autumn and Fireworks party is finally TODAY! There is great interest from within school and from as far afield as Estepona – it’s shaping up to be a popular event for the whole community.

Tickets are available now from the school reception, Benesse restaurant (next to Mercadona) and on the gate from 6:30pm.



Live music, bungee trampolines, virtual reality, food stalls & bar, photo booth and much more.

Tickets are just 5€ and children under 6 are free

(children aged 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult)

Please come and support the performers, the kind volunteers and ultimately, the school. All profits raised are given back to the pupils by way of grants to worthwhile projects that would otherwise not be funded. YOU ARE ALL NEEDED TONIGHT!


Spanish department Benefit Christmas Dinner

Christmas is coming!!! And for one more year the Spanish Department is organising the fourth edition of our traditional Christmas charity dinner for parents and staff on Saturday 24th of November.

This year we are pleased to inform you that the dinner will be hosted in the Almenara Hotel, Sotogrande.


This event is a platform to unite the community and most importantly, to gather funds for our NGO The Kindred Project and our local community; improving Hogar Betania facilities and with that, the life of local families and children without resources.

For further information and to buy your tickets please contact the Spanish Department/ parent ambassador Sara Hägglöf or Estrella as a representative of the PTA. /  /


M2 Global Citizenship in action

HOW COULD YOU RESIST SWEET BELLA? Bella is waiting for her future family to pick her up and cuddle her forever. Bella was adopted from the pound when she arrived as a tiny pup, but sadly the couple got divorced 9 months later and couldn’t keep Bella. With the threat of returning to the pound, Bella was placed in foster care. Going back to the pound would be devastating for Bella after being used to living in a home.

Bella is now 1 year old and currently in a foster home with another dog. Her foster Mum says “Bella would be perfect for a family. She is such a lovely little dog, such a beautiful soul, playful and a bundle of energy”. Ideally, it would be great to re-home her in a home that already has a dog, she is better with company.” Bella can travel to the UK, under the Traces scheme. She will be spayed, microchipped, fully vaccinated, and have a passport to comply fully with DEFRA regulations, and we’ll also screen for 3 Mediterranean diseases. Adoption costs per dog are: Spain (with no transport) 150E, UK £395 (including all transport – please note that there may be a surcharge to remote areas) – please enquire for other countries. Homecheck, adoption contract and post-adoption support as standard. If you feel Bella is what your family needs please email: Jen Liptrot (GCP Coordinator on behalf of M2 GCP Students) Bella is waiting for you!


The Kindred Project News

Service Learning At SIS

Service Learning is embedded in the whole-school curriculum in order to develop deep awareness and care for global issues.

In the past weeks, The Kindred Project team has led sessions on Microfinance with M3, Social Entrepreneurship with the Global Citizenship Program (GCP) students, Children’s Rights & Privileges with P5 and Water Scarcity with P3.



We have a great curriculum plan outlined for this academic year and are excited to share it with our students.

We invite you to follow us on social media to keep up to date with all our latest news.

instagram: thekindredprojectsis / Facebook: The Kindred Project / Linkedin: The Kindred


Uganda & Ecuador Expeditions

We are delighted with the positive response towards our Uganda and Ecuador Expeditions!

If your child is interested in joining one of these extraordinary experiences, please e-mail us  to find out all about it! We would like to remind you that these expeditions are open to M3-D2 students. Application deadline is the 15th November. Limited spaces available, don’t miss out!


Send a Child to School Day

The Kindred Project’s goal is to enable and empower students to use education as a force for good in the world. One of the ways in which we do this is by celebrating our Send a Child to School Day (SCS), in which all SIS students are welcome to come to school in home clothes in exchange for €1. This €1 goes towards sponsoring a designated student at the Nabugabo Community Learning Centre (NCLC) in Uganda. KP & SIS have been supporting NCLC since 2012 and, amongst other initiatives, up to date we sponsor 60 primary children at NCLC, 16 of them through SCS day!



The Friday before half term we celebrated our second SCS Day and the result was phenomenal. Thanks to your €1 donation we have managed to raise €718.05 towards this life-shaping initiative.

We leave you with Ben and Flavia, NCLC students sponsored by our P1 & P2 classes. Thank you all so much for your support!


Sotogrande International Young Talents Trophy 2018

Almenara Golf Club in Sotogrande once again played host to the JFGA Junior Tour Major, the Sotogrande International Young Talents Trophy from the 25th-28th October 2018. Competitors playing in the U25 categories were playing for World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) points, drawing in some of the best young amateurs from all around Europe to participate. Read on to see how our ACES students performed.




Arts Society lecture – ‘A Galaxy of Starchitects’

Tuesday 20th November at 2.00 pm in Picasso 2 Art room

Visual arts and other interested students will have the opportunity to listen to this lecture, kindly sponsored by the Arts Society de la Frontera. Parents are also invited to attend, please email if interested.



The lecturer Binfield Clyde, Professor Emeritus in History at the University of Sheffield, will be returning to some of his first and last loves – buildings, their creators and their settings. He says,

“Santiago Calatrava, Terry Farrell, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Jean Nouvel, I.M.Pei, Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers: all these are starchitects. Starchitects are stratospheric. Their buildings straddle the world, if not as yet the universe. Their practices are vast and vastly cosmopolitan. Their creations are hailed as iconic and cutting-edge. Cities have been energised by them. Design has been stamped by them. Perhaps ….but what about the quality? And whence came they? Who was the first starchitect? Le Corbusier? Frank Lloyd Wright? And are we about to see the last of them as personality implodes into team anonymity and explodes into a mass of initials? Who knows? Here I offer an opportunity for due reflection on a Galaxy of Starchitects.”





Visiting the school library: EVERYDAY READING!

October was “International School Library Month” so we went to visit the school library.

We think that trips to the library are an important part of the reading process.

At the library we read lots of books, learnt about the classification of books in a library and also we had to be quiet and respect the other people at the library who were reading!

One of the questions we asked was “how do you find good books at the library?”

For some children, this was their first experience in a bus!


Message from Emma Butler, Head of Primary

Welcome back and welcome to our new families who have joined us after the half term break.


Professional Development

On Monday our teachers were engaged in different professional development workshops focused on either developing concept driven curriculums, positive psychology or Reggio Emilia methodology. Miss Andrea, Mr Matt and Miss Reynolds joined a group of visiting teachers who were participating in a five-day course.



This week I have been in Zambia at the American International School of Lusaka leading the IB PYP Inquiry workshop. As always it was great to work with other international teachers and visit another international school.


Autumn Festival

I look forward to seeing you all and watching our Primary Choir perform at tonight’s Autumn Festival.

Paris trip

From the 24th to the 28th of October, 11 students from M4 and M5 went on a cultural trip to discover the beautiful city of Paris as well as to practise their French speaking skills. Here are some of their comments.

Miss Bosson and Miss Ruiz



Aurély Van Leeuwen M5

Our trip to Paris has been an amazing experience, from going to museums to shows, the highest building in Paris to the most important streets. I enjoyed every single moment of the trip but my favourite part was the open top tour bus where we got to see all the famous monuments and the amazing views as we were going around. We also had the chance to try traditional food and find our own ways around Paris.


Marta Lopez Liñan M5

For me, being able to go with my friends to Paris for five days has been a unique experience, one that I will never forget. It has been a super fun and unforgettable trip in which I have also met new people who came with us from the M4 course. I have discovered new places in Paris that I have never been to, such as the Luxembourg gardens, the Musée d’Orsay … etc. One of the nights we went to see the musical Chicago in French, the next day we had dinner at the restaurant where part of the movie ‘Les petits mouchoirs’ was filmed. In short it has been an incredible experience and without Miss Bosson and Miss Ruiz we could not have made this trip, so thank you very much to you both for joining us in this fantastic adventure



Maria Romero Martin M5

Our trip to Paris has been an incredible experience for me. We have had the opportunity to understand French culture and develop our French skills. I have truly enjoyed visiting the city and observing the Parisian monuments; bonding with our classmates and walking around the breathtaking streets. My favourite memory of this trip has to be ascending the Eiffel Tower and being able to observe the magnificent views of the city. It will certainly be a memory that I will cherish forever.


Double Success at U19 Football Tournament

Just before half term Sotogrande hosted a U19 football tournament for all the schools on the Costa del Sol. This year SIS was represented by two teams in both the girls and boys tournaments which was staged in Algeciras.

The SIS teams achieved fantastic results with  Miss Stephanie and Mr Ash guiding the A teams to 1st place by staying undefeated throughout the girls and boys tournaments. The strength of football talent at SIS was cemented by both our B teams gaining third place in the competition. The girls B team only lost once all day, ironically that was to the SIS A team.

Further success was achieved by two individuals, Boris Delev and Stella Paloluoma, who were named Player of the tournament, voted for by our official referees. They each received a Nike La Liga football as a prize.

As well as winning the tournament our students demonstrated excellent behaviour and sportsmanship and I was extremely pleased with the way they represented our school community. Thanks to our sponsors Take 5 Homes for providing football kits for our teams.

Mr Summers

Head of Sport



We have cast this year´s Secondary School Show FAME and rehearsals are up and running. We would like to send some of the more important communications to parents as well as cast members. If you know your son/daughter is in the show and you have NOT received an email already, please could you contact Mrs Barling at Thank you in advance for your support.


M3 CEPAIM visit

Last Tuesday, M3 Individuals & Societies students received a visit from the CEPAIM Foundation. The Foundation seeks to promote an inclusive and intercultural model of society that facilitates full access to the citizenship rights of the most vulnerable people in our society.


Fátima and Ana, technicians from the Foundation, told us about the difficulties they have in managing the needs of immigrants and how their Foundation provides them with training, accommodation and food through funding received from the European Social Fund. Later on Moussa, Gerard and Abu shared with us the reasons that led them to leave their country and emigrate to Spain. This visit is part of the “Refugee Camp” project, in which students must design facilities to receive immigrants. Within the MYP, it is intended that through “service as action”, students become active in the real world, exploring the community in its complexity while gaining personal vision and becoming more confident and responsible.

Mr. Orozco & Mr. Vélez


University & Careers News 

Boston, USA

Over the half term break, I was invited by the Hult International Business School to visit their new undergraduate campus in Boston. We currently have a number of SIS graduates studying at the London campus. It was a great opportunity for me to get to know Hult a little better, and extend my time slightly so that I could visit some of our Boston alumni and other universities in the city of Boston. Whilst I was there I was also able to visit Boston University, where recent graduates such as Charlotte Vystavel and Flora Strauli studied, and where Hugo Gastone is currently studying on his pre-Med course. I was also able to have a fantastic tour of Boston College, from Carlota Sanchez, a recent graduate from Sotogrande and also visit MIT and Harvard before I left. It was also great to catch up with Sancho Rodriguez Corrales for a couple of hours. Sancho is studying for a Computer Science Degree at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.

If you are an SIS student or parent reading this, the question is would Hult and/or Boston suit your daughter/son for study after SIS? If the USA is on your shortlist, then Boston is definitely worth considering, and if a Business degree is your focus then the option to attend a multi campus experience means that Hult is definitely worth looking at. For a more detailed blog of my visit please click on this link.

Jason Mungles

Head of University & Career Counselling


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