School Newsletter 14.06.2019


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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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14th June 2019

 School Calendar

Saturday 15 June

ABRSM Theory examinations

Monday 17 – Friday 21 June

Secondary examinations continue

Monday 17 – Wednesday 19 June    

M5 Post exam leave, except for Graduation performers

Wednesday 19 June

P3 & P4 Swimming Gala – 09:40 – 10:40

Wednesday 19 June

P1 End of Year Celebration – 10:30 – 12:00

Wednesday 19 June

IDU showcase for M1 parents – 12:15 – 13:15 (See Secondary News)

Wednesday 19 June

Alice In Wonderland, Expressive Arts Extravaganza – 19:00 – 20:30 (See Primary News) 

Thursday 20 – Friday 21 June

P4 Overnight trip

Thursday 20 – Friday 21 June

Trinity London music exams

Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 June

Hiperbaric Challenge Competition

Thursday 20 June

P5 & P6 Swimming Gala – 09:15 – 10:45

Thursday 20 June

EC1 End of Year Celebration – 11:00 – 12:30

Thursday 20 June

P2 End of Year Celebration ‘Money Market’ – 14:00 – 15:00

Friday 21 June

M5 Graduation – 18:00 – 21:00

Monday 24 June

M5 to D1 Induction Day

Monday 24 June

Primary Prize Giving and P6 Graduation – 9:15 – 11:00 

Tuesday 25 June

End of Year Celebration Assembly – 10:00 – 12:00 (See Message from the Head)

Tuesday 25 June

Last day of Summer Term for students, school closes 12:00 (buses leave 12:30)

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I would like to begin this newsletter by congratulating our Primary students, staff and parents for supporting the Dream Factory final! Mr. Luis’s drive was tremendous, with student led tech support and some awesome acts!  Well done to all the students who performed on stage and particular congratulations to those who were awarded 1st place in each of the categories.

This week the exam period has truly kicked in in the secondary school with the end of year exams for M1 – D1.  We wish them the best of luck, as the exams extend into next week also. This weekend will be one of revision and careful preparation! The M5 students departed this week for their work experience. Thank you to all parents who have support this wonderful real life experience. It provides our students with an idea of the world of work, for some an opening to possible opportunities in the future and for others gaining a deeper understanding about what they need to work towards.

I have the pleasure of inviting you to the End of Year celebration assembly on Tuesday 25th June. The assembly will start promptly at 10am and will finish at 12pm. It is an assembly, which celebrates the achievements of our students over the year and is open to parents and students. There will be school buses running, which will depart at 12.30pm, though please note there will be a change of collection time. Our bus coordinator, Erica will be in touch shortly about timings of collections.

As the end of the academic year approaches, we are asking all SIS families to fill out a brief, anonymous survey. This survey is designed to gather information on some of the most important topics for our school and will help us when planning for next year. You will receive the survey tomorrow by email and we would very much appreciate your spending 10 minutes responding to the questions. 

I would like to finish the newsletter this week by sharing the specially created 40th anniversary video that was shared at the PTA 40th party. The video features a huge number of people from the school community, past and present, who were invited to share their thoughts and reflections on SIS. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to collaborate and create this, with a special mention to Jamie Templeton and the Mad Hatters, who produced and edited the video. It is a wonderful summary of 40 years of SIS – Here’s to 40 more! LINK

Have a wonderful weekend,

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

P3 & M4 Creating and sharing stories in Spanish

Previously the M4 students visited P3 classes to share stories they had written in Spanish, this week it was the turn of P3 students to visit the M4 classrooms to read out their stories.


Library News

Expanding Mother Tongue collections

There has been a good response to this appeal and we would like to say thank you to all the families who have donated books over the last week. The collection box for donations will be at the main gate for a final time next Friday 21st June.

Return of library resources and summer borrowing

Students have previously been asked to return all library resources, however there are still lots of overdue items. Parents, please remind and if necessary assist 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.

Sports Round up

Porto Football Tour

Last week a group of 39 students from P6-M3, accompanied by Mr Summers, Mr Ash, Mr Alvaro and Miss Stephanie, took part in a football tour to Porto, Portugal. We flew from Malaga on Wednesday and arrived at Porto airport to be greeted by lots of security as the England football team had also just touched down. There was no police escort for SIS as we headed to our hostel in Esposende. On the first evening the students mingled in the common area and played pool, table tennis, volleyball or watched the Portugal v. Switzerland football match. The students were very excited the first night, which resulted in lots of tired eyes on Thursday.

On Thursday the students trained at a local football stadium in preparation for their matches later that day. Unfortunately our afternoon on the beach was cancelled due to the wind and rain, which also put our fixtures in doubt. However after travelling 1 hour to our game, it was decided to go ahead with the fixture. Both teams played well with our boys holding their own against a much older, bigger and stronger team. Our second mixed boys and girls team came up against a very strong boys academy team and suffered a defeat. Ryan B. our goalkeeper was fantastic and produced one magnificent save but unfortunately injured his wrist. After a quick trip to hospital with Mr Alvaro, thankfully the x-ray was clear and Ryan was the happiest boy on tour as he watched Holland defeat England later that night.

Friday was an excellent day with a visit to the beautiful city of Porto where we toured the Porto FC museum and then spent the afternoon by the river. In the evening we again faced strong opposition where we won one and lost one of our two games. Then it was back to the hostel and an early night as we had games at 9am and 10am the next morning, as well as having to pack for our return to Spain.

An early start on Saturday resulted in a sluggish performance by our mixed team who despite scoring a goal lost out to another strong team. The all boys team also lost out in 3-5 thriller which could have gone either way. Then came a quick dash to the airport only to find out that our flight was delayed, however we managed to get home safe and sound.

Mr Summers would like to thank Mr Alavro, Mr Ash and Miss Stephanie for giving up their time and 3 nights lack of sleep to make this trip possible. Thanks also to Erica del Manzano who helped to organise the biggest trip abroad in the history of SIS. Final thanks go to the students of 10 different nationalities who were a credit to the school and to Spain in the way they conducted themselves over the 4 days.


M3 student Mali took part in the XII Carrera Popular in Tesorillo on Saturday 1st June. Mali finished in 3rd place in a 1600 metre race for the under 15s. A nice medal (and trophy) to add to her recent two from the Lisbon Mini 7.2km Marathon and the Mijas 3km earlier this year.


Our M3 student Julia finished 2nd on the national scoring in Chiclana this past weekend with two incredible rounds of 78 and 74. She has reduced her handicap again by one point to 6.7. On top of that, the list of entrants for the Spanish Championship Infantil Golf has just been published; only 50 girls have made it and Julia is one of them in the 32nd position. The competition will take place during the last week of June. From SIS we send big congratulations to our young champion and Good luck, Julia!

The Kindred Project News

Next week, the Dreaming Dragons will be holding their final pop up sale in the playground (outside the marquee) – don’t miss this opportunity to pick up uniform for the new year ahead at very low prices along with a great range of books and other products from The Kindred Project’s partners. See you there!

SotoMUN Conference – Sponsorship opportunity   

Our second Model United Nations conference as host school will take place here from 26th– 29th September 2019. Delegates from different secondary schools, both here on the Costa del Sol and also from other countries, will come together to debate some current and global real world issues.

Arrangements are already well in hand, and the organizing team would be delighted to hear from any companies or organisations who might be interested to become sponsors.

Please contact for more details.

PTA News

Staff Appreciation Day 

It is that time of year again when we show our great appreciation for all staff and teachers at school. Throughout the morning of Friday 21st June staff are invited to celebrate the last academic year and all their
hard work. We’d be very grateful for any donations (cakes, savoury snacks, cultural treats), homemade or Lidl’s finest. Please take contributions straight to the school Chiringuito on Friday morning.

The 40th Anniversary Cocktail Party may be behind us but the wonderful photos are now available for everyone to enjoy on the Facebook SIS PTA Message Board.

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!


UPCOMING Sotogrande International Music Academy Summer Rock Camps

Do you want to learn how to sing in a capella group, beatbox, play in a band or audition in for The Voice?  Sotogrande International Music Academy offers three music camps this summer that cover topics such as these. Our music camps are perfect for musicians at any level who want to increase their skills and gain valuable music experience. Book now before places run out!  


Inspired Global Summer Camps

Embrace this unique experience to learn about arts like fashion, design, music and breakdance, in the vibrant and stylish city of Milan. Meeting people from around the world and learning through new challenges is a crucial part of a well-rounded education and helps to build global citizens of tomorrow. For more information, visit Inspired Global Camps


La Reserva News

Enjoy a Full Day at The Beach at a Special Price

The Beach is a paradise where families, adults and children can relax and have fun 7 days a week. But don’t just take our word for it, come and experience it for yourself with our exclusive The Beach 360º Experience. We’ve created this special package to allow you to enjoy a full day at our exclusive beach club at a very special price. Your incredible beach day will include a massage or water sport activity, a delicious lunch and a sunbed.

If you live the 360º experience, you will never forget it!

Contact us for further information and prices via the link  or by calling us on +34 956 791 006.

More info

Primary School News


We had a great morning at Sotogrande International School exploring the learning spaces and having fun! Thank you SIS for inviting us and spending time with our little ones and teachers.

Message From Miss Emma Butler

Alice in Wonderland – Wednesday 19th June

‘Alice in Wonderland’ has been inspiring the imaginations of generations of children since its publication more than 150 years ago. This year our primary students will take us on our very own journey to Wonderland, tickets for the show are now on sale at the school gates!

This performance is definitely one not to be missed. It is a family show that can be enjoyed by all ages from EC1 to adults. If you haven’t already bought a ticket, please come and enjoy this great musical.

EC1 Unit based trip

On Wednesday EC1 went to El Dorado farm, where they were welcomed by Paco the farmer. As well as seeing and learning about different farm animals, the students participated in many exciting activities. They had the opportunity to cook their own bread, they helped out in the vegetable garden harvesting some of the vegetables that were ready and they all enjoyed the ride on a tractor,

Both students and teachers had a fabulous day. This will definitely be a trip that will be remembered!

Primary Class Parent Representatives

As we are into our last month of this year I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Olivia Hornung, Louise Koefoed, Ana Guani, Veronica Orozco, Maaike Jacobs, Macarena Lluch, Veronica Orozco, Cova Basagoiti, Shari Ellis, Sara Hagglof, Carolina Anderson and Deborah Vivían Smith for being our Class Reps for this year. All your help, your contributions and communications throughout this year have been greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Primary Prize Giving and P6 Graduation 2019


Secondary School News

SIS becomes an official IELTS testing centre!

Many of our students need to provide evidence of their level of English as part of the university application process. This year, we have been working with the British Council to become a testing centre and host the IELTS Academic tests in-house. This has been a great initiative and one that we hope to expand in coming years by opening up to other schools along the coast. On 1st June, over twenty of our Diploma students gathered in the main building to register for their IELTS Academic exam. Although nervous, the students were much more confident in their own environment and grateful to have their teachers on hand to give last minute guidance, advice and practice. We were delighted with the way the day went and are quietly confident that we will be able to share some excellent grades when the results arrive in the next couple of weeks!

M1 Interdisciplinary unit trip to Pinar del Rey

On Wednesday the 11th of June M1 students visited Piñar del Rey in support of their interdisciplinary studies for the Arts, LOMCE and Individuals and Societies. The students are currently exploring the connections between humanity and nature and have looked at a breadth of related aspects; the use of medicinal plants, the collective culture of enjoying the peace of the woods as families or individuals, the use of the trees as an economic source in the form of timber or cork, the folklore and stories that have been generated over time. 

Through the investigative and conceptual lens of Wilber´s model (see below) the students responded to the forested environment through their preferred artistic medium of film, music, drama or visual arts. These initial artistic explorations will be further developed by the students in the next few Arts classes.

We would like to invite parents to a showcase of their presentation work on Wednesday 19th of June at 12.15pm. (Please note the corrected date and time from Thursday 20th.)  Finally, we would like to commend the M1 students on their authentic and positive engagement when involved in this exploratory excursion. We are looking forward to seeing the work they will produce!

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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