School Newsletter 14.09.2018

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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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14th  September 2018

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 School Calendar

Wednesday 19 SeptemberMeet the Primary Leadership Team Coffee Morning – 09:00- 10:00
Thursday 20  & Friday 21 SeptemberM1 – M5 Bonding trips & D1 CAS trip
Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 SeptemberSotoMUN Conference

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you to all parents who have supported out settling in “meet the teacher” events in Primary and Secondary over the last 2 weeks. It is invaluable for us to learn about you and your children. Having some time to meet, share expectations and build the 3-way partnership is critical to your child’s success.

In my walk around this week, I have been visiting our new staff and seeing how the are settling in, talking to students and getting a flavour for the learning that has happened. The M3 students have launched straight into an interdisciplinary unit in Science looking at the science of a crime scene in a murder mystery.  In M2 our film students have been given the task of creating a small 1 minute clip about themselves, to help people in their year group  (and the members of staff) learn about them. It is also a wonderful way to learn how to use the professional video-editing package – Final Cut Pro! The P2 students were having their first lesson using Reading Eggs, getting out ipads, logging in and opening their eyes to the world of possibilities that comes with the Reading Eggs programme.  Meanwhile our P3 students, with the use of lots of equipment, were spending time recapping number place value, and our M4 students were looking at writing their own research questions in Individuals and Societies, focusing on health and wellbeing. Being able to see such variety in learning opportunities in a 1-hour walk around is really exciting.

On Wednesday we hosted an evening event to meet the Inspired team. Once again, I would like to thank you for your attendance. The evening allowed myself and Inspired colleagues to share the strategic plans for the next year, along with some wishes for the future that are currently in process with the town hall. If you were unable to attend, please click here to see the slides. LINK

Today we hosted the annual activities fair! It was bigger, louder and more varied than ever. Congratulations to Mr. Luis and Miss Lola on the launch of this event and thanks to everyone who came along to sign up to an activity.

Finally I would like to politely request that if you have not yet paid this term’s fees, that you do so immediately. Like many companies, we function on income; when we do not have income we struggle to educate your children to the highest level. Your support to settle fees at the agreed point ensures that our complete attention can be given to the education of your children and giving them a better experience. Thank you for working with us to enable this to happen.

I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

School buses

SIS offers daily bus routes from Marbella, Tarifa, Algeciras, La Linea, Gibraltar and Sotogrande. Find out more here. LINK


Message from the nurses – Head lice

The nurses would like to inform parents of our current protocols regarding treatment. We do not always inform parents of a year group if a child is found to have head lice as this leads to over treatment of children who do not have an infection. This also leads to drug resistance in lice. We deal with any cases on an individual basis and then follow up to ensure that the treatment has been effective. We encourage parents to inform us directly if their child has head lice and we ensure that this information is treated confidentially. Head lice can de detected using the wet combing technique which uses conditioner to immobilise the lice. They cannot usually be detected by examining dry hair. Head lice only need to be treated if you find a living moving louse. Headlice can be treated with a number of chemical treatments (dimeticone, phenothrin and malathion are all effective) or by the wet combing technique which is more time consuming but less expensive and chemical free. Shampoos, cream rinses and herbal treatments have not been shown to be clinically effective.

It may help to tie your child’s hair up to reduce the risk of catching head lice as they are spread by direct contact.

Please come and see the school nurses if you would like to talk about head lice or need information on the wet combing technique. They are based in the Cervantes building or can be contacted on 9567 959 92 ext 2405 or at



Next week, from 20th to 23th of September, SIS will be hosting SotoMUN, its first ever MUN conference involving other schools. MUN is the abbreviation for Model United Nations; at school this is a club where secondary students take the role of diplomats to debate on current world issues. During our conference as a culmination to their debate each committee will produce a final resolution paper proposing solutions to the problem, this will then be debated again in the General Assembly. If the majority votes in favour of it, the resolution passes.

Apart from SIS, delegates from 4 other schools, Aloha, Swans, St. George and Laude will be present, representing the viewpoints of different countries. We are looking forward to an exciting 4 days of international partnership and close cooperation!

A wonderful team of D2 students will take part in SotoMUN as committee chairs. I wish them and all the delegates good luck as they try to solve some very difficult real world issues.

Alexandra Eleferenko

Conference Organiser

The Kindred Project – Ecuador 2018 Expedition

23 days was all it took for our hearts to be stolen, friendships to be sealed and to have a completely new outlook on the world we live in. Experiences like these do transform us and bring every fibre of us to life.

Click on the following link to see the stunning photos of the expedition:

And watch the expedition video here:

Click here  for more detail and a breakdown of financial investments associated with this trip.

Sotosol 2018

PTA News – Back to School Party


SILA is the language academy endorsed by Sotogrande International School and our aim is to provide the best experience in foreign language learning, through our team of native speaking, qualified teachers. Whether you are just beginning your language studies or looking to advance to the next level we have classes to suit everyone. Our lessons are specifically planned and tailored to meet the specific needs of the class and individuals. At SILA we include sessions for young learners, teenagers and adults. Language levels are assessed prior to joining to ensure students enter at the correct level and get the most out of every lesson



We are back! We started on Monday 3rd September with another fantastic learning journey with our little ones. We create exciting, fun educational activities so our little ones can enjoy every day at Fundamentals.

At Fundamentals we cultivate different environments that allow children to think, play, explore, create and wonder.



Message from Emma Butler, Head of Primary

First full week of school

We really have had a fantastic start to the new school year. The first week and a half has flown! It was wonderful welcoming back all the returning students and seeing their smiling faces as they met their friends and new teachers. It was equally as wonderful welcoming all our new students. Whilst walking around the three primary buildings this week, it was great to see the children engaged and enjoying their learning and new learning spaces.

Over the summer improvements and changes have been made to our Primary school, all of which will improve the teaching and learning opportunities and experiences for students. We have opened two new classes, one in P3 and the other in P6, so Primary now has two new homeroom classrooms. Our IT and music specialist rooms have also moved and been redesigned. Having new classes has also meant increasing the number of Primary Teachers and Primary Teaching Specialists and we welcome our new colleagues.


A wonderful start for our youngest students!

Last Friday was the first day of school for our youngest students in EC1. It was a delight to watch the children settle, make friends and play together so quickly!

Our Early Childhood team of teachers forms a dynamic, effective and highly motivated group of practitioners who implement the school’s philosophy and educational objectives through play-based learning.

Meeting the Year Group Teaching Teams

For any parents who did not manage to join in these meetings this week, please take a look at the information which has been shared on each class Google site.

We encourage parents to look at their child’s class Google site each week. Here you will find the information you need to know. If you have any questions please ask directly to the teachers.

EC1      (Note. EC1 will updated for the end of next week)









Parent Workshops / Parent Meetings

Next week our P1 Team will run a ‘Reading And Writing’ session for P1 parents. This will take place in English and Spanish.

We also have a Primary Coffee Morning. This is an informal session where parents will have the opportunity to meet and chat informally to our Primary Leadership Team and myself.

Please check the school calendar for dates and locations of these events.


Meet the new Primary School Council (PSC)

This week our PSC for this term was formed. Once again Miss Maureen will be coordinating and guiding them.  On Thursday they had chance to introduce themselves and discuss school matters with our visitors and colleagues from Inspired.

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

Many congratulations to our very successful ABRSM candidates from last term!

Special congratulations to:

Constance Davies – Grade 7 Clarinet – Distinction

Olivia Wang- Grade 4 Theory – Distinction (100% mark!)

Savannah Krier-Sedkowski – Grade 2 Acoustic Guitar – Distinction


Message from Mr. Summers, Head of Sport

Football training and upcoming tournaments

Training for M1- M5 will be on Tuesdays, starting Tuesday 18th September.

U15 boys Tuesdays 4.00 – 5.15pm (Tournament 17th October)

U19 boys Mondays 4.00 – 5.15pm (Tournaments 3rd  & 24th October)

U19 girls Thursdays 4.00 -5.15pm (Tournaments 3rd  & 24th October)


SIS Triathlon

The SIS Triathlon will take place on 11th October.

Sign up for the event at the sports hall or speak with your PE teacher.

Enter as an individual or as a team (1 x bike, 1 x swim or 1 x run), €5 per person.


University & Careers News

ALUMNI UPDATE: It was great to catch up with Charlotte Vystavel who graduated from SIS in 2013 and went on to study at Boston University, where she recently completed her Master’s degree focusing on English & Journalism. Charlotte is now based in Los Angelas “living and working in Hollywood in media production/entertainment” and remains a valuable link for our students bound for northeastern USA.

Jason Mungles

Head of University & Careers Counseling


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