School Newsletter 11.01.2019


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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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11th January 2019



Versión española 

 School Calendar

Thursday 17 January     

D1 & D2 Visual Arts trip

Thursday 17 January

LAMDA exams

Friday 18 January

M1- M5 Parent Teacher student consultations (See Secondary News)

Friday 18 January

D1 & D2 Home Study Day (See Secondary News)

Friday 18 January

P1 Culture Fair  in classrooms 14:30-15:30 – All P1 parents invited

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back and Happy 2019! I hope you have all had a peaceful break, spent some quality family time and have returned feeling refreshed and ready for another busy term.

Sadly over the break Michael Lee had some sad personal news and had to return to the UK. We are delighted to welcome Gary Davies who will be taking over all of Mr Lee’s classes until June 2019. Mr Davies is a highly qualified and very experienced international maths teacher and we are lucky to have found him and are delighted to welcome him to SIS.  I have asked Gary to introduce himself in the section below.

In the next few weeks we will be finalizing the school fees for the next academic year and as usual we will be asking for your intentions for the next academic year, however the process will be different. Following feedback from the Advisory Panel we will be asking you to make a down payment on next year’s fees in April. This is a payment that will be taken off next year’s school fees. It ensures that we have clarity over student numbers at a critical time in the year. Next year we will staff and purchase items for the known number of students. Sadly last year we did this and were let down when 30 students failed to show up in September. Clearly when space is at such a premium (we are already full in several year groups) and when we already know we will be turning potential students away, this is not a situation that can be repeated.

The process will take the following form.

  1. We will ask you all to complete a form titled ‘Your intentions for next academic year’. I politely request that everyone completes this form.
  2. Families intending to leave in June will need to give formal notice of departure by 31st March 2019.  This notice needs to be written to the admissions team, This notice will cancel your child’s place for next year and provide an opening for another family. Late notice of departure (ie. after 31st March) may mean you forfeit the right to the return of your original deposit.
  3. All families who are staying (ie have not formally given intentions to leave) will be asked to pay a 500€ per child down payment of next year’s school fees. This payment will need to be made by the 15thMay 2019. This amount will be deducted from the school fees for the new school year.
  4. All account balances will need to be cleared by 31st May 2019, this includes all extra curricular activities, music lessons, ELD lessons etc.

This is a process used in other international schools around the world. The intention is to ensure we have accurate data on student numbers so we can adequately plan and prepare for the new school year to help ensure an outstanding learning experience for your children.

I appreciate this is a change to the previous procedure, but value your support to embrace the change and help the school plan to the best of its abilities.

I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes,

Jak Kearney

A little bit about me – Gary Davies

During my teaching career, I have taught KS3, IGCSE mathematics and, since 2011 I have worked with the IBDP at international schools in Europe and South East Asia. In addition to this, I have taught in British state schools in Wales and Devon. Throughout my career I have become aware that Mathematics teachers seem to have developed a certain reputation for being rigid and a little linear. I am neither of these. Although, I must admit that I do like things to be ordered and a good puzzle. Mathematics lessons regularly need to consist of a large amount of practice and problem solving, but I believe they should not be boring. My motivation comes from the success of my students; therefore I set high expectations for learning. 

I have also been a form tutor for a variety of students and each group of students has come with its own set of characters. I feel that this part of my job often provides the greatest reward: to see tutees develop and overcome both personal and academic difficulties.

I am excited to be part of the Sotogrande Mathematics Department. I will endeavour to instill an enjoyment in the study of Mathematics for those who do not yet have it, and for those who already do, there is always another, more challenging, problem to solve.

Message from the PHE team

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Happy New Year from all of us in the PE team! 

Please see the following reminders regarding PE lessons in 2019. 



Sports Round-up by Mr Summers

Polar Bear Challenge

Well done to all staff and students who took part in the Polar Bear Challenge organised by the PHE team, and thanks to all parents who came and supported the event.

Swimming Gala

Boys and girls from M1 through M3 competed in a swimming gala v Swans during the last week of term. The event was a huge success with many students swimming in a competition for the first time. Lots of students got the opportunity to try out different strokes and record personal bests. Do not forget that there are free swimming sessions before school every Friday 8.10-8.40am and after school each Tuesday 4-5pm.

Cross country

The Costa del Sol Championship will take place at St Anthony’s on 7th February for P5 through D2. Students will be completing time trials at school during lessons and can attend training every Wednesday (boys) and Thursday (girls) from 4-4.30pm.


SIS will be hosting tournaments for U11, U13 and U15 during March. Training nights for secondary students are Monday for M4/M5 boys, Wednesday for M1/2/3 boys and Thursday for all girls.

Touch Rugby

Mr Cournane and Mr Pickup will continue to offer their touch rugby club after school every Tuesday.

b vocal

Thanks to B vocal and Land Rover Future for this fantastic performance, and to our students who joined them on stage for the finale!



Have you made New Year resolutions? Learn Spanish in a fun way with SILA. Courses for adults, young children and teenagers.

Registration for 2019 is now open!!! Contact us at for full details of our courses and activities.


Arts Society lecture


We start our second term continuing to  grow in all senses with our Fundamentals families.  We hope you enjoyed the holiday and we wish you a happy 2019!  For that reason we want to give an affectionate welcome to all, and particularly to those who are joining Fundamentals for the first time.  We have a second term ahead full of activities to enjoy as a family and continuing to grow as an Educational Community.

Message From Miss Emma Butler

On behalf of all the Primary teachers and myself, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

On Wednesday it was great to see students settle quickly and happily back into school. It was also lovely to welcome our new students who have joined Primary this week. On Thursday I had the pleasure to meet them all and to talk about their first day.

Message to M1-M5 Parents and Guardians

Friday 18th January 2018
Parent Teacher Consultations

There will be no school lessons for secondary students on this day.

During the PTC day, parents and guardians will be given the opportunity to discuss the progress of their child with their subject teachers. Students are also requested to be part of the meetings.

Instructions for the new online sign up are here in English and Spanish.

It is vital that parents use the spelling of their and their children’s names as displayed in Managebac.

This may even mean spelling the last name in CAPITALS.

Parents are requested to click on this link to sign up for meetings with subject teachers.

Please note that meeting times are limited and follow up meetings can be arranged if further discussion is required.

Parents, guardians and staff are requested to respect and adhere to times.

If you are initially unsuccessful please go here for troubleshooting.

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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