School Newsletter 14.12.2018

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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 December 2018

Versión española 

 School Calendar

Saturday 15 DecemberPTA Christmas Market – Ribera del Marlin, Sotogrande – 12:00 – 16:00
Sunday 16 DecemberDuke of Edinburgh Bronze Award expedition
Sunday 16 DecemberDanii’s Charity Santa 5K Run & Walk (See Whole School News)
Monday 17 DecemberB Vocal Concert – Palmones cinema -19:30 – 21:00 (see Whole School News)
Tuesday 18 DecemberP2 Christmas Show in theatre – 11:30- 12:30 and 14:30 – 15:30
Tuesday 18 DecemberP1 Christmas Show in theatre – 13:00 – 14:00
Tuesday 18 DecemberRobotics Workshop at SIS – 15:00 – 17:00 (See Whole School News)
Wednesday 19 DecemberWalk-to-School Day (See Whole School News)
Wednesday 19 DecemberP1 Christmas Show in theatre – 11:30 – 12:30
Friday 21 DecemberPolar Bear Challenge (See Whole School News)
Friday 21 DecemberLast day of Autumn term – school closes 12:00
Friday 21 DecemberPrimary Reports available on Managebac from 16:00


Dear Parents and guardians,

I hope you have enjoyed the long weekend and managed to spend some quality time as families in the glorious weather.  As the final two weeks of the term draw in, I would like to remind you that school shuts at 12pm on Friday 21st December. (School buses will depart at 12.30pm) Please ensure that you collect your children promptly.

I am delighted to share the annual report for last academic year (2017-2018) with you, our valued community. The annual report is now in its 3rd year and provides some key data for your reference. The report tells the story of our admissions growth, academic results, university successes, class sizes, arts, sports and overseas trips, as well as sharing feedback from our annual parent review and our recent CIS, NEASC and IBO visit. (LINK)

I hope you enjoy reading the document. I would like to give sincere thanks to everyone in our community who contributed to its creation and translation.

Today we held a non-uniform day in exchange for a donated gift for the PTA tombola. Thank you to everyone who supported the PTA today. We hope you will join us at the Christmas Market tomorrow afternoon at Soto Blue in the marina.  There will be a wonderful array of stalls and entertainment, not to mention an opportunity for children to visit Santa’s Grotto and of course our Grand Christmas Raffle – don’t forget your tickets!

Finally I would like to remind you that on Monday 17th December from 7.30pm we are lucky enough to be hosting a concert from B-Vocal at the Odean Multicines in the Bay Plaza Shopping Mall in Palmones. The event is sponsored by Land Rover and tickets are available from Henry in reception.

Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

Jak Kearney

This week was full of preparations for the primary Christmas performances, which will be happening on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.  Thank you to all the staff who are working hard to prepare these wonderful festive shows. In addition on Thursday evening we witnessed several performances from D1 and D2 theatre students. These devised performances make up part of their internal assessment pieces for the IB Diploma exams. In addition they will be entered for LAMDA assessments later this year.  Thank you to everyone who came to support the students.

I would like to remind you about the traffic flow in the morning. The right hand lane is for drop off only.  Please do not drop off students on the roundabout, or in the lower car park. This behaviour is slowing the traffic down and causing students to be exiting cars in dangerous places.  We politely request that you all stick with the rules to make the environment safer for everyone. Thanks in advance for your help and support.

Next Wednesday 19th December we are promoting another Walk to School day, please support this student initiative if you can.

BVocal music event

As members of the school community we have just been given the opportunity, sponsored by Land Rover, to experience an amazing concert. On Monday 17th December, BVocal, a world-renowned a cappella group, will be running a workshop for some of our secondary students. In the evening, BVocal will be performing a Christmas concert just for us at Odeon Multicines, in Palmones! The event will start at 7.30pm and end at 9pm. Tickets costing 5€ each are available from reception with all profits going to The Kindred Project.

Robotics Workshop

Richard Hatcher, a robotics teacher from Atlanta, Georgia, will be here at SIS on Tuesday, December 18th to provide 10 to 15 interested students with a hands-on introduction to robotics. The workshop will be held between 3 and 5pm. Because the available places are limited, interested students should contact Mr. Reichert at as soon as possible to get on the list.


Walk to School Day – Christmas edition

Last month’s ‘Walk to School’ event was a success, thank you to everyone that decided to participate. We will be having another Walk to School day next Wednesday 19th. Let’s make this one even more successful!

Diving lessons at SIS – Congratulations to Diego & Sean

Diego Yaldo & Sean Keating are the first two students to complete their PADI Open Water Diver course, congratulations and well done!

We are now signing up students for the second trimester course. If you missed us at the pool earlier this week, contact Daniela ( for more information.

Let’s go diving!

PTA News

SIS PTA Christmas Market, 15th December 12-4pm, Ribera Del Marlin, Sotogrande. 

The Sotogrande port Christmas tree has been lit and the decorations are twinkling in all the shops and restaurants. Now the SIS PTA Christmas Market is ready to sparkle. Experience the wonderland of over 45 stalls, festive treats, mulled wine and mince pies, the SIS choir, an extravagant raffle (it really is!), the virtual reality rides and the lucky tombola. Take a Selfie with Santa who will be there too – arriving at 1pm in a very special way…

Have you bought raffle tickets? – did you buy enough? €6,000 worth of prizes are to be won, including beauty and glamour gifts, adventure, pampering, luxury and the important technology super prizes of an iPhone XS and Nintendo Switch Mega Mario pack.



We’re really looking forward to seeing lots of you there. If you capture any nice photographs we’d be thrilled to see them; perhaps to use on our Facebook page or even to go in the SIS yearbook. Happy Christmas to you all!

Santa 5K Run & Walk  – 16th December

This Sunday sees the Santa Run for Danii’s Childrens Cancer Charity. We would love for you to join us!

Inspired Global Camps

Inspired Global Camps offer your children the chance to immerse themselves in a foreign language, form lifelong connections, and develop their skills in sports, performing arts and design. Make sure you’re following Inspired Education Group on both Facebook and Instagram to be part of our Global Camps competition, coming soon!

Choose your camp here:

ACES Programme

Congratulations to all ACES Jason Floyd Golf Academy students who are competing in Florida. A special mention to Tiger C and Claudia A, who were placed 1st and 3rd respectively in their groups – Well Done!

Polar Bear Challenge 

Next Friday 21 December, we will be hosting our annual Polar Bear Challenge. All those staff members and students (P5 and upwards) who are brave enough to live up to the challenge are invited to join the festivities. Feel free to wear any Christmas related outfits and make sure you bring your Santa hat!

If you are not familiar with the challenge, all participants are required to run a lap around the school premises before diving into the “ice” cold water of the swimming pool. After this, there will be a celebration by the poolside.

The challenge will start at 11.25am prompt on the pitch and will finish at 11.55am. Make sure you get changed beforehand during break time and don’t forget a towel and a change of clothes.



Message from Jose Miguel Ledesma, Catering Manager

As Christmas is coming the Cantina Team is going to prepare a very special menu for December 20th for all our students and staff with the following dishes:

The Cantina Team wishes all of you a Happy Christmas!!!


The Kindred Project News

Whole Lotta People release

We are so grateful to the Sotogrande International School Choir for this incredible support! Their song “Whole Lotta People” carries an empowerment message for anyone going through hard times, looking to generate uplifting and positive vibes; but not only that! It also gives us the wonderful opportunity to support our life-shaping scholarship programme at the Nabugabo Community Learning Centre in Uganda. Make a difference this Christmas by playing, commenting, downloading and sharing the song with everyone you know.

Add it to your playlists and hit repeat!


Rice Day

Rice Day is a long-standing and much-loved tradition at SIS, but have you
ever wondered how it started? Read our blog to find out. LINK


Dreaming Dragons Christmas Gift List

Ready to make a real difference this Christmas? Dreaming Dragons has put together a wonderful list of gifts making the act of giving truly mindful and life shaping. Take a look at the Gift List LINK here and send us an email to to start shopping!


La Reserva Activities
Tennis has been central to the Sotogrande Life since 1965 and La Reserva de Sotogrande has a full-service tennis facilities to be enjoyed. They have organized the following programs and activities designed for children and families to learn new skills and have fun in the fantastic sports facilities. For more info CLICK HERE

Fundamentals News

Ho! ho! ho! The children at Fundamentals have been creating lots of nice Christmas things to decorate the class. We are learning new Christmas songs and Fundamentals looks better than ever, colourful and joyful. We love the Christmas chaos on our tables!


Message from Emma Butler, Head of Primary

Return of all reading books next week

Please return ALL English language Primary ‘reading books’ and also library books (any language) that come from Primary First library before the holidays as teacher want to do a stocktake. Please note these are the library books borrowed by students from EC1- P2 only, not books borrowed from the main school library.

LOMCE, PYP and your child.  LINK

Recently our newsletter linked to a blog for Spanish families by Lourdes Villafranca and Belen Gonzalez explaining how all the LOMCE requirements are covered in our IB programmes. They have now written a second blog exploring the benefits of the PYP, and how the Programa de Primaria incorporates Spanish language and culture for native speakers.  (NB written in Spanish only).

EC1-EC2 Christmas performance


P1 Christmas performance

P2 Christmas performance


P5 learning STEM subjects

Programming, angles and physics all wrapped in a ball, well a Sphero! A fun and engaging way to learn STEM subjects.


Message from Secondary Leadership Team – Review of Cycle Testing Procedures

We have conducted a review of Cycle Test Procedures incorporating feedback from students, teachers and parents and as a result we have made the following main changes:

No test for MYP last week of this term. D1 and D2 will still have a test. After Christmas M1 to M5 Cycle Tests will all be on a Thursday. A selection of MYP criteria will now be assessed. No M5 Mid-Year Exams. Reduced number of Cycle Tests across all years.

We hope that these changes will benefit the whole community.

Inter-school Creative Writing Competition

On Wednesday 12 students from M1 – D1 travelled to Aloha College to participate in a writing competition. Swans and EIC also were present. It was a very enjoyable environment and all of us had a great deal of fun. We were given an hour and a half to complete a story based on one of two titles to work with. We were writing under pseudonyms to provide a sense of anonymity for the judging. The titles for M1, M2 and M3 were, “Today is the day” and “Why did you come?” The M5 – D1 titles were “Impossible” and “The Runaway Train.” The titles we were given were challenging as there were so many different variations of a story that could be could be created. We wrote the stories on computers where we will be assessed in the coming weeks. Following the competition we were invited to have lunch with the students of Aloha. We all enjoyed the day immensely and look forward to the results in January!

Sports Round-up Term 1



Manilva Netball club is looking for players. They train every Tuesday 6.30-8.30pm in Sabinillas Sports Centre. Some of our current students and teachers are already members. If you are in M3 or above and are interested, please contact Gay on or speak to Mr Summers in PE department.



Congratulations to Miss Heide and the U16 Girls basketball team who gained 3rd place in the recent tournament. Thanks also to Mr Holmes for his commitment to coaching the boys team who finished 5th at Aloha College last week.


Del Estrecho rugby club are going from strength to strength, lots of current students from P1 up to diploma are already part of their exciting programme. If you are interested in joining please contact Ade on

The U16s have their top of the table clash tomorrow, 1pm kick off. Please come along and support the boys.



During the upcoming holidays there will be a 3-day rugby clinic run by UK professionals from Northampton Saints. The clinic will run from 09.30-17.30 from Thursday 3rd January till Saturday 5th January. If you are interested, again contact Ade or speak to Mr Summers in PE.

Don’t forget, touch rugby every Tuesday after school at SIS with Mr Pickup and Mr Cournane. 


A reminder that there are free swimming sessions offered by PE staff every Tuesday after school and Friday morning. M1 to M3 students have a mini gala v Swans on Wednesday December 19th. 


Boys squads training Monday U14 & Wednesday U16, Girls squads Tuesday U16 and Thursday U14. The boys U14 teams have a game at SIS v Swans on Wednesday 12th December.


We now have a cross-country course at school, be prepared to run through mud and up/down hills in your PE lessons. Keep a look out for Cross Country Club after Christmas and the Costa del Sol championship on February 7th.


Paul Summers

Head of Sport

Pre-Christmas round-up

On Saturday 1st December we went on a trip to Puerto Banus; 27 boarders attended the trip and the weather was glorious. We had a great time on a Segway tour on the promenade, then spent some time getting a coffee and relaxing before heading back to boarding. We then had a Christmas themed evening after dinner where the boarders decorated the house whilst singing along to Christmas music.


Last week’s mini holiday saw various activities. On Thursday the boarders enjoyed a fantastic afternoon at Castellar Zoo, where they saw crocodiles, lions, monkeys and exotic birds, amongst others. They also got to hold a lemur, a desert fox and an Indian owl!

On Friday, they had the opportunity to shoot at each other during a mammoth paintballing session.   It was hugely competitive and great, great fun!

Saturday was an exciting day where the boarders went to Malaga to experience the famous Christmas lights show.  Though it was a late return, fun was had by all and helped the students get into the Christmas spirit before their Christmas Dinner and Show this week.

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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