School Newsletter 11.05.2018

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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 May 2018

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 School Calendar

Saturday 12 MayFamily gardening workshop at Fundamentals (see Whole School section)
Monday 14 – Friday 18 MayD2 exams continue
Monday 14 MayEC1 trip
Wednesday 16 MayP5 Indoor athletics workshop
Wednesday 16 MayP6 Exhibition (see Primary section)
Wednesday 16 – Friday 18 MaySecondary show (See Whole School section)
Thursday 17 MayParents Meeting with ‘Inspired’ team – 16:15 in Cantina
Monday 21 MayLocal holiday, no school
Tuesday 22 MayP3, 4 & 5 Sports Day
Tuesday 29 MayPTA Annual General Meeting – 09.15 in Cantina (see Whole school section)
Friday 1 JuneKP Celebration Event (see Whole School section)

Good afternoon Parents and Guardians,

Last weekend we held the Soto Sessions music event at BellaNotte. I would like to congratulate our peripatetic teachers for their hard work, the students for their perseverance and confidence and of course the owners of BellaNotte for allowing us to use their venue for our event.

 On Tuesday we welcomed back Mr. Sanchez and Mr. Wickersham from their conference in Chicago. They arrived back exhausted, but energized after spending 5 days around other Apple Distinguished Schools at the Apple Distinguished Global Summit. I would like to thank them for their energy in presenting the Sotogrande story, which went down very well and created lots of attention.

On Wednesday we held a remembrance assembly to reflect on lives lost through war. This secondary school assembly was a wonderful collaboration from students and staff, which ended with a one-minute silence and a mural created by the community.

This week has been extremely busy and very exciting with the release of the news about our new partnership with Inspired. On Wednesday we sent out a mailshot with the lots of information about Inspired. To read this information again, please click here

We invite you to a meeting on Thursday 17th May at 4.15pm in the cantina to meet the Inspired team.  We very much look forward to you joining us.

We wish you a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

Force for Good Camp

We are really excited about our new volunteer program! Join us this summer and be part of the change. Learn more about these incredible experiences and inspiring opportunities here


Surf leopards & snow leopards

On Saturday the 5th May a group of Sotogrande students took part in the Surf Leopard Invitational Competition. The conditions were far from perfect but the young surfers showed their abilities. Carlos Ramirez (D1) is this year´s winner riding the longest wave. The event was organised by Isabella Barling in P6 to raise money for the Snow Leopard Trust.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – 16th, 17th & 18th May

A talented and committed cast of M1-D1 students has been working hard rehearsing for the upcoming Secondary School show of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Based on a much-loved novel, this dramatic performance takes us on journey through the eyes of the autistic protagonist Christy Boone.

Recommended for audiences of P5 – adult. (Parents, please be aware the play does include some mild swearing.)

Tickets, costing 5 Euros, will be on sale at the gate both before and after school. All proceeds will go to support Hogar Betania´s Summer Camp programme.

So at this point in rehearsing a play it is pretty much panic stations as we wonder how we will ever put on the unforgettable play we promised. With this particular cast there is no doubt in our minds that they are going to absolutely nail the demands of this challenging and dynamic performance. There are already some touching and highly impactful moments. The students have worked tirelessly until late after school on Monday and Tuesday this week. Taking apart what we have been working on for the last few months to put it all back together bigger and better ready for our first audience next Wednesday, the16th!

We have also been joined by a fantastic backstage and tech crew without whom this play would not have the edge it needs… angling the lights, sorting the head torches, building some fantastic soundscapes, painting the door, hanging costumes etc etc etc.

Get your tickets quick before we sell out!  (If you can´t get your tickets at the gate, Henry will have them on sale at reception.)

PTA News

Next meeting

Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday 29th May at 9.15am in the Cantina; all are welcome.

SIS White Summer Party

SAVE THE DATE!  Friday, June 15th for the SIS White Summer Party.

Tickets now available, see Henry in Reception.

The Kindred Project Primary (P3-P6) Sleepover is the same night See you there!

The Kindred Project News

 The Kindred Project Celebration

Students are organising a large KP event on Friday 1 June to celebrate the achievements of The Kindred Project. Watch this space!


P2 visit to Hogar Betania

In connection with their “Helping” Unit, 39 P2 students spent the day at Nuevo Hogar Betania La Línea, learning about the work the centre does to support people at risk of social exclusion & getting involved in some of the programmes they run. Split in 3 groups, students prepared a fresh mixed salad for the “Soup Kitchen” service, baked delicious cakes for the centre’s residents, packed bags with basic food items and handed them out to the beneficiares of the “Campaign” programme, and made beautiful fabric bunting for the outside patio area, ready for summer! Thank you Hogar Betania for welcoming us and well done to all the students for your commitment, organisation skills and great team work. Thank you!


Family fun day

The Kindred Project is collaborating with two local charities Rifcom and the Dental Mavericks for a family fun day to raise funds for an orphanage in Lebanon housing 35 Syrian children affected by the war. Pop down for an afternoon of children’s activities, live music, food and drink in Los Canos, Pueblo Nuevo on Sunday 20th of May.


Family workshop – Create your own aromatic herb garden

We would like to invite you all to participate in a family workshop on Saturday 12th May from 10:00 to 12:00 at Fundamentals to create your own “Aromatic herb garden“.

To fill our home with smells and flavours this spring, we are going to make a beautiful and original vertical garden of aromatic plants so that you can have them always to hand and enjoy them. The workshop will be given by visitors from “HUERTUM”, a Málaga group whose main purpose is to develop agriculture and promote healthy eating in urban areas. This family activity lets us create and cultivate an aromatic herb garden together, which we can then take home! The cost of this activity with materials included is € 35 per family.

If you have any questions and to reserve your place, please contact

Two ‘drop off’ appeals to help Casares stray cats


P6 student Savannah Krier, as part of the action component of her Exhibition, has planned two ways to help improve the lives of stray cats in the Casares area.

The first is a Cat Food Drop, where on any day next week, you are invited to drop off any cat food in the bin at the school entrance gate.

Then from 17th -25th May, please drop off any unwanted toys for Savannah’s other activity, a second hand toy sale on 5th June.  The money raised from this sale will be going towards Casares Cats’ ongoing programme of neutering strays.


Message from Emma Butler

P6 Exhibition – the culminating event of the PYP journey

Next Wednesday is a big day for all our P6 students as the day of the P6 Exhibition finally arrives; they have been working extremely hard towards this over this last month and are now excitedly looking forward to sharing the results of their activity with their parents, the other PYP classes and the wider SIS community. The exhibition will take place in the P6 classrooms in Timber Building from 10 am-12 noon; if you can, do please visit to show your support for our students.

First overnight trip of the year

Last week, P5 students embarked on an overnight trip to Doñana, to discover and expand their understanding in their final unit of inquiry, which focuses on ecosystems.

They 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 interesting stops were made: the first to walk on the shifting sand dunes and the second at the village of “La Plancha”, where in ancient times they made charcoal.

The National Park of Doñana is the most important wetland in Europe, being regarded as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, due to its ecological diversity and wealth of fauna. It has more than 250 species and it is the last refuge of some important species in danger of extinction, like the Iberian Lynx, the Imperial Eagle and the Horned Coot. Travelling in 4×4 trucks, the students saw many habitats: beach, grassland, forest, shifting dunes, salt marsh and marshland. Each of these habitats showed very definite biological and ecological characteristics.

After visiting the park they sailed on the steamboat, “Real Fernando”, from Bajo de Guía up the Guadalquivir River to Sanlúcar de Barrameda.

P2 helping unit

This week P2 have been focusing on the Act and Change component of the Inquiry Cycle.  The unit looks at how people help each other and this week has been very busy with the children taking action to help in a number of ways.  

The children asked how they could help Hogar Betania and in response collected olive oil to take on their trip to the centre.  At Hogar Betania they had a tour of the centre  and were told about the different initiatives the centre runs to help the local community in La Linea. They then all took part in a number of activities to help directly; sorting food parcels and distributing them; preparing delicious salad to be distributed by the soup kitchen; making cakes for the residents and creating a beautiful bunting decoration for the garden.

As their own self initiated action the children chose to run a bake sale to help the Kindred Project’s summer camp in Ecuador.  They had fun making lots of delicious cakes at home and at school and enjoyed organising the event. 


P3 unit based trip

As part of P3’s engaging with their new unit of enquiry “Endangered Animals” they went on a trip to Castellar zoo to find out about why the animals had had to be rescued and why they were endangered. The guides told the stories behind the animals and helped the students to interact with and therefore appreciate them more. The children learnt how to treat them with respect and consideration.​

Sporting success on the slopes

Congratulations to Carla (P2) Teiva (P5) and Kai (P3) for an excellent performance in the Andalucian Snowboarding and Sky Cup. There were three separate disciplines that made up the Snowboard Copa de Andalucia, 2018. Both Carla and Teiva came 1st in the final overall for the category and Kai came 2nd.

Sports Report – Rugby

Sotogrande excelled in the U12 and U17 tag rugby tournament organised by Club de Rugby del Estrecho held at Los Pinos polo fields on Wednesday the 2nd of May. Both teams remained undefeated in the competition. The pupils were a credit to the school.

Sports Report – Netball

Brilliant netball matches were played by the U13 girls netball team last Friday against two visiting schools from the UK. The girls had outstanding energy and worked well together to win 2 out of 4 games!

University & Careers News

DP2021 (M4) This term for M4 the focus in U&C, has been on the students developing their skills and targets for the world of work and higher education. Using Google Classroom and the students have developed the work they started during Career Week and have been adding to their competencies, which they started at the career convention. This, in turn, will be used to build up the basics of their 3C portfolios for M5.

On Wednesday, M5 students participated in a university orientation session, offered by the European University of Madrid to raise awareness of all the existing academic and professional possibilities, to help our students to follow a methodical process, based on self-knowledge and the environment, in order to make a decision about their future and carry it out.

The past week has been full of activity as the warm weather returns to Sotogrande.

Starting with watching the Avengers in the cinema on Saturday, boarders have played football, basketball, and trained with our Boxing specialist in residence, Jean. 

The atmosphere lately has been in tune with the fine weather but also ongoing examinations for our Diploma students. 

This Saturday a group of lucky students will get to experience deep-sea fishing off the coast of Marbella! If we are lucky, our resident Chef Luciano will have something fishy to cook for us on Saturday night. 



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