School Newsletter 10.05.2019


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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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10th May 2019

 School Calendar

Friday 3 – Friday 24 MayD2 IB examination period
Tuesday 14 MayArt Society Lecture – Open to parents – Picasso 2 at 14:00 (See Whole School News)
Wednesday 15 MayUnder 18 Girls and Boys Football Teams
to DGF High, Rota
Thursday 16 & Friday 17 May“The Kids from Fame”- Teatro Juan Luis Galiardo, San Roque at 18:30
Monday 20 & Tuesday 21 MayLocal holiday, school closed
Saturday 25 May – PTA SIS 40th Anniversary Cocktail PartyFinca Monasterio (See Whole School news)

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In light of a recent summary of the 2018 IB Diploma exams, I want to communicate with you just how impressive our 2018 Diploma results were.  The 2 students who achieved an incredible 45 points joined only 259 other students around the world that also achieved 45 points, out of over 163,000 students worldwide who took IB Diploma exams. The chance of achieving 45 points last year was just over 0.1% and 2 of the successful candidates were both at our school!  I would like to yet again extend deep congratulations to Carmen Perez who is studying at ICADE in Madrid and Patrick Kobriger who is at the Technical University of Munich for this amazing achievement, as well as the wonderful staff of SIS, who worked tirelessly to help these students achieve this incredible feat.

I would now like to continue with 2 requests.

Request 1

With the deadline looming (May 15th) for the 500€ down payment of next year’s school fees, I would like to thank those who have paid it ahead of time. Your places are guaranteed. To help us plan and ensure spaces for all children, it is critical that we all actively re-enroll our children. The movement from passive re-enrolment to active is a change to the previous protocol, but it is critical to ensure we have enough teachers for next year and equally importantly that we do not over admit new students.

The situation with admissions is very busy and we will be moving to waiting lists in M4, M5 and D1 very soon. Primary is looking very busy across the board. I strongly request that this down payment is made very soon to enable us to plan effectively.

There are several families who have made the 500€ payment, but have an outstanding balance; this needs to be cleared in full to ensure the down payment has been registered.

Request 2

Following a recent surge in last minute requests to collect children from school without prior warning, I also request that you please follow protocol for the safety of all students and families. The protocol is to inform the child’s advisor or class teacher in advance (24 hours ideally), that you need to collect them early. We also need the name of person who will be collecting them.

I thank you in advance for your help in both these areas.

This week we had a Science extravaganza with the Primary Science Festival. I would like to thank the Science team, headed up by Mrs Kearney and the secondary students for running the event that raised over 800€ for the ‘Send a science kit to Uganda’ project. The fair spanned 3 days, allowing our younger students to take part in some “hands on science” and watch some amazing demonstrations!  Thank you to all the parents and students who supported this.

On Monday, our excited P5 students left for their overnight trip to Doñana, and the opportunity to see for themselves the varied habitats and ecosystems in this world famous wetland reserve.

Tonight we will see the first semi final of the Dream Factory for our P3 and P4 students. If you would like to join us, the event starts at 6pm and will be the first on stage event in our marquee!

Finally, I would like to remind you about the secondary show ‘The Kids from Fame’; this will take place in San Roque Theatre on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th May. The show starts at 6.30pm. Tickets can be purchased at reception throughout the day.

Best wishes,

Jak Kearney

Summer Swimming Camp

Looking for swimming lessons for your children this summer? Let them join our Summer Swimming Camp! Running throughout July for 5 to 7-year-olds, the camp offers a perfect solution for beginners right through to advanced swimmers.

For information and to book your place visit the Swimming Camp site and don’t forget to tick the SIS Student box to receive your 5% discount!

Take the 168-Hour No Plastic Challenge!

We’ve all heard about the 8 million tonnes of plastic that get dumped into the oceans every year. Are you aware of just how much plastic in the ocean has your name on it?

Hiya! We are 2 girls from M3 completing the community project by changing people’s perspective on plastic. We are sharing our favourite products and ways everyone can make a difference in their everyday lives. We have completed the 7- day plastic challenge to widen our visions on the amount of plastic that we use daily and we are hoping for more people to join our movement of making the world a better place to live for the ones coming after us.


We have created a Facebook page, Instagram account, email and website in which we help the environment to the best of our abilities. We have also sold cotton bags to parents in order for a possible difference. Find more information on these sites, we have published posts on our favourite products that can make the world just a little bit more plastic free.

The 168 Hour No Plastic Challenge is

  • 7 days without any single-use plastic products.
  • You are allowed to use reusable plastic products that you already own.
  • You cannot buy any plastic products (single or multi-use).
  • Any plastic or other waste products must be recycled.

Facebook Page: no168plastic

Instagram: @no168plastic



Will YOU take up the challenge?

Art Society lecture on Velazquez – Tuesday 14th May

On Tuesday May 14th as part of our scheduled Arts Society Lectures, linguist and art historian Jacqueline Cockburn will give a talk on Velazquez*. The lecture, which is also open to any interested parents and friends, will begin promptly at 2.00pm in the upstairs art room, Picasso 2.

Please let Mrs O’Farrell ( know if you would like to attend.


When Velázquez moves to Madrid his life changes and so does his art. This lecture will consider his time at court, his subjects and his development as a great artist. It will end with a discussion of his work Las Meninas. This painting with its extraordinary use of perspective will be unravelled in terms of the artist’s own life and wishes and his relationship with the monarchy at the time.

PTA News

ONline & ME

Last week, the first of the PTA Speaker Series, ONline & ME, by The ParentZone was very well received. For all those who were able to attend we hope it was informative and the start of a learning journey on an ever evolving subject. For those who could not attend, please see taped version of ParentZone’s parent presentation by playing video below.

In addition, all parents and educators of SIS have access to ParentZone’s “DIGITAL SCHOOLS MEMBERSHIP”. Please see login instructions to The Parent Lounge, a resource to help you with tools, apps, systems and issues impacting our lives in the digital world.


40th Anniversary party

Only one week left to get your tickets for the amazing 40th Anniversary Cocktail Party, don’t forget they are easy to buy – so grab some friends and get booking:

  •       online:
  •       from Henry at reception
  •       catch the PTA friendly faces after school at the gate

Apart from great music from the band and DJ, delicious food, 2 hours of FREE drinks and entertainment there will also be a FREE prize giveaway with generous donations from The Sunborn, The Jolly Mile and Foodisiac – to name only a few!

Need a lift? For only 5 for a return coach ticket will get you there and back without any fuss.

Prefer a night away? Finca Monasterio are offering room + breakfast for only 100!



Whether you are coming along as a group or enjoying a much-deserved night out by yourself, we know you will
have a fab time. Join friends and make friends by booking a seat on the bus and get the party started as early
as you can!

La Reserva News

SIS offer at The Beach

We would like to remind you that until the 30th of May, SIS families can take advantage of a very special offer at The Beach @La Reserva Club. For each sunbed you take for the day, get a second one for free for the next visit so that you can bring the whole family and relax in style at a very special price. Simply mention that you are parents of the school when booking to receive your special offer.


And as Sundays are made for brunch, The Beach offers an incredible brunch experience in a beautiful setting. They combine a relaxed, family friendly ambience, with excellent service and the best quality, seasonal ingredients and live music.

Join La Reserva Club for a lazy day at its beach club in the hills every Sunday. They serve a delicious buffet brunch from 12.30-16.00 with a selection of yummy dishes that offers something for all the family.

Price: 75€ per person including an unlimited buffet and drinks (water, soft drinks, beer and house wine)
+34 956 791 006

See the world’s best female golfers at La Reserva Club

You are invited to an amazing tournament at La Reserva Club from the 16th to the 19th of May. They will be hosting a four-day Ladies European Tour event, featuring 126 professional players competing for the top spot.


If you would like to enjoy the tournament, please sign up at the tournament website and get your free tickets today. We look forward to seeing you at La Reserva Club!

Get your Ticket


Sharing nature workshop

We have invited Paqui Godino editor and environmental educator of La Travis Ediciones, to come to Fundamentals to share a day connected with nature, with activities and games from the book “Compartir la naturaleza”.

This family workshop will he held on Saturday 18th May at 11:00 and will be exclusively in Spanish. Open to all families, please note children 5 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent.

The activities are presented in an easy and practical way, so even if you are not a specialist, you can practise them with your children whenever you want. We will follow the stages of Fluid Learning: Awakening enthusiasm, Focusing attention, Offering a direct experience and Sharing inspiration, to help us reconnect with nature in a fun way.

Reserve your place at

We will have a fun time; do not miss it!

Message From Miss Emma Butler

Summer term reminder

As we are moving more and more into  summer weather, please can we ask that students apply sun cream before coming to school, bring a sun hat or cap to wear at break times and in PE lessons and also bring a water bottle to school.

P4 Unit based trip

On Friday P4 spent an idyllic day at the Roman village of Baelo Claudia.  The children enjoyed exploring the museum and photographing the impressive collection of artifacts discovered at the site.  They then walked around the ruins, learning about Roman culture and their fishing and fish processing industries.

P5 Unit based trip

At the start of this week, P5 students embarked on an overnight trip to Doñana to discover all about the habitats which will form part of our last inquiry unit; Ecosystems.

The students had the opportunity to enjoy a trip in which they learned about the history and geomorphology of the Guadalquivir River (or big river in Arabic), the most important river in Andalucía. In the course of the trip, two stops were made: the first to walk on the shifting sand dunes and secondly at the village of “La Plancha”, where charcoal was made in ancient times.

The National Park of Doñana is the most important wetland in Europe, being regarded as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. The importance of the National Park is due to its ecological diversity and wealth of fauna. It has more than 250 species and it is the last refuge of some important animals in danger of extinction, like the Iberian Lynx, the Imperial Eagle and the Horned Coot. The students travelled in fun 4X4 trucks across the sands to view several types of habitats such as beach, grassland, forest, shifting dunes, salt marsh and marshland.  They even spotted a few deer and wild boar.

During the visit to the park P5 also sailed on the steamboat, “Real Fernando”, from Bajo de Guía up the Guadalquivir River to Sanlúcar de Barrameda.

Visiting experts

P2 have had lots of visitors in the past two weeks who have come to talk about ‘Helping’. On Tuesday Miss Eliza Cherry and Miss Emma Butler spoke to P2 about running the London Marathon. Having taken part in this event for three years now, they have raised a significant amount to help their chosen charities. They spoke to the children about how, as well as raising money to help others, helping others can make you feel good too. The children were excited to see the medals that they bought to show them.

P3 Unit based trip

On Monday P3 walked from school towards Finca Alcaidesa exploring the surrounding physical geography, in particular the local flora and fauna. They made comparisons with their previous trip along the coast.

Science Festival

189 primary students over the 3 sessions, hands-on science and WOW teacher demonstrations, raising over 800 € towards Send a Science kit to Uganda project.

A very big thank-you to all the Science teachers and secondary students involved in making this initiative such a success.

Dream Factory

Good luck to all the P3 and P4 students who are taking part in the Dream Factory semi-finals this evening.


Secondary show – 16th & 17th May

Tickets are on sale in reception for The Kids from Fame! This sparkling, dynamic show will be great for all ages – both Primary and Secondary. You will sing-a-long to the songs, want to be up on your feet during the dances and love our crazy and touching characterisations for this nostalgic flashback. All delivered with the unforgettable talent of our SIS Secondary school students.


This weekend the Boarders very much enjoyed a wonderful game of Footgolf! For many it was their first time and they enjoyed trying out a new sport. Congratulations to Oleg who came joint first (with Mr Berry!). The sunshine continued into Sunday when many of the students went to the beach or into Sotogrande port for an ice-cream!

The Boarding Photography Club and Boarding Volleyball Club also started up this week.  These were enthusiastically attended and are a great additional provision on our weekly activity programme.


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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