School Newsletter 17.05.2019


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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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17th May 2019

 School Calendar

Friday 3 – Friday 24 May

  D2 IB examination period

Thursday 16 & Friday 17 May

  “The Kids from Fame”- Teatro Juan Luis Galiardo, San Roque at 18:30

Monday 20 & Tuesday 21 May

  Local holiday, school closed

Thursday 23 May

 Parent workshop on Growth Mindsets – 09:00 in Mondrian building (See Primary School News)

Thursday 23 May

 EC2 Unit based trip

Thursday 23- Saturday 25 May

 Duke of Edinburgh expedition training

Friday 24 May

 Dream Factory P5 &6 Semi-final – Marquee at 18:00

Saturday 25 May

 PTA SIS 40th Anniversary Cocktail Party – Finca Monasterio (See Whole School News)

Tuesday 28 May

Dominica trip parents meeting (See Secondary News)

Wednesday 29 May

 P6 PYP Exhibition

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you had the chance to see Fame last night, if not, you have one last chance this evening. The show was unbelievable, I was blown away by the professionalism, energy and talent. Every aspect of the show was led by students, lighting, sound, live music, great acting and fabulous dancing. Seeing students from M1 – D1 work together sharing their passions, supporting each other and celebrating was a delight. The team has worked tremendously hard to prepare this 2-day event. I would like to thank and congratulate wholeheartedly the students, parents of the students and staff for their dedication, courage and support to enable the secondary show to happen and our sponsors and the San Roque Theatre for their generosity and support to enable the proceeds from the event to be used to help fund The Kindred Project.

We are very excited about the return of our partnership with Atlético de Madrid.  Your children have the opportunity to experience the coaching philosophy and techniques that have produced world-class players like Sauúl, Koke and Fernando Torres. In addition to essential skills, conditioning and tactics, our highly qualified Atlético de Madrid academy coach will teach students the core values of the club which mirror our own values: respect, effort, humility and teamwork.

The timings for the sessions are:
P5-P6 Thursdays 3:45pm-5:00pm
P2-P4 Fridays 3:45pm-5:00pm

The cost of the session includes a kit! For more details, please contact 

Congratulations to colleagues Mark Barling and David Green, whose article on concept based inquiry learning, was published in last month’s Global Insights, a professional publication for international schools. Link here (pg 34)

Last week we hosted an Inspired Health and Safety executive for 3 days. Greg de Villers spent time with us learning about our school, our boarding house, Fundamentals and auditing our provision in terms of Health and Safety. I have to inform you that he was deeply impressed with what he saw, the professionalism of the systems and processes that we have in place and with the team.  He concluded that we have a very safe and secure environment for our community.

I would like to remind you that the deadline for securing a place next year has now passed. If you intend to stay, but have not yet made a down payment of 500€ per child, it is critical that you make this payment immediately.  As you know we are currently very busy in admissions and we require you to take this active step to enroll your children.  Secondary on the whole is looking very busy, with M4, M5 and D1 year groups close to waiting lists. We value your continued support to help us effectively meet the learning needs of your children by being proactive.

 Finally, the school will be closed on Monday and Tuesday due to San Roque Day. We look forward to welcoming you back to school on Wednesday 22nd May.

 Best wishes

 Jak Kearney

Sports Roundup


SIS will be hosting The American School Surrey (TASIS) in a golf tournament at Almenara on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th May. Interested students must email Mr. Summers with their handicap, the cost will be around €40 per round.

Touch Rugby

SIS was represented in a touch rugby festival by 3 teams with students from P6 up to M5. The U16 team won 3 out 3 games, the U14 team won 1, drew 1 and lost 1 game and the U12 team won both of their games.


Students from M1-M4 represented the school in the annual athletics tournament at Cartama Stadium, Malaga. The team performed well on the day to finish 3rd overall. A number of students achieved new school records and finished in medal positions.

  • 100m – Isabella R., Darcey H.
  • 400m – Julieta G., Tia K.
  • 800m – Charlie G., Tia K.
  • Triple Jump – Luca C.,, Noa S., Amine H.
  • High Jump – Julieta G.
  • Shot Put – Marina C., Rebecca C.
  • Javelin – Pol C., Ellie M., Stella P., Georgi T,

Congratulations also to the Primary Athletics Squad who finished 3rd in the tournament hosted by St. Anthony’s.



The Y3/4 football squads will be competing in the final tournament of the year on Friday 24th May at La Menacha.

In June the boys and girls football squads from M1-M3 will be touring Porto, Portugal and playing against local opposition. All parents of students on the tour are invited to an information evening at SIS on Wednesday 22nd May at 17.30.

8-9th November next academic year our Varsity girls and boys football squads will be flying to London to represent SIS in the International Schools Athletics Association (ISAA) against teams from UK, Germany, Switzerland, Egypt, Netherlands and Israel.

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!

PTA news

40th Anniversary party

There are only a few more days left to get your tickets – buy online, at the gate or from reception before it’s too late!

The Kindred Project team has kindly arranged a sleepover and a babysitting list is available (contact:

Come along with friends, to make friends or with your other half. We can’t wait to meet you all!

What is the party about?

SIS has reached the huge 4-0 milestone and it deserves a party – and so do we! After a hectic year and before a long summer break it will be great to celebrate in style. There will be a live band, DJ, 2 hours of FREE drinks, delicious food, special entertainment and a FREE prize draw.

Getting there and home couldn’t be easier – book the transport ticket and hop on at various points around Sotogrande. If you’d prefer to really make a night of it, Finca Monasterio has reserved 23 rooms for the SIS party-goers (contact: to book).


Notice of PTA Annual General Meeting

This year’s Annual General Meeting, which is open to all parents, will take place in the school cantina on Tuesday June 4th at 9am. This is an important meeting and we hope as many parents as possible will attend.



Professional collaboration and resource development

Recently some of our Primary Spanish department teachers attended a presentation by Santillana of a new project to improve and update the contents of their textbooks, specifically with regard to language and knowledge of the environment. The presentation which took place at the Guadacorte Hotel, was also attended by teachers from Campo de Gibraltar, with whom we share concerns and experiences.


Med Steps Family Fun Day for Cancer Relief

On Sunday 19th May from 10:00 – 14:00 there will be a Med Steps Family Fun Day at Jews Gate in Gibraltar. There will be a fete with stalls such as Tombola, Pick the Nose, Lollipop Tree, Disc Drop, along with food, music and face painters. We will be joined by several Comicon superheroes for photos. The Rope of Hope will give you a chance to tie a ribbon for anyone you know that is fighting or has fought cancer and will be mounted around a tree.  If you choose to do the Med Steps, each child will be issued with a Med Steps Passport, to be stamped by our marshals at various stations as you walk up. You may also find some clues en route, decipher the clues at the end to get your medal.

A free bus service to Jews Gate will leave from Casemates bus station from 10:00 and every 30 minutes after. It promises to be a fun day for all with proceeds going to the Cancer Relief Centre in Gibraltar.

La Reserva News

SIS offer at The Beach

We would like to remind you that until the 30th of May, SIS families can take advantage of a very special offer at The Beach @La Reserva Club. For each sunbed you take for the day, get a second one for free for the next visit so that you can bring the whole family and relax in style at a very special price. Simply mention that you are parents of the school when booking to receive your special offer.


And as Sundays are made for brunch, The Beach offers an incredible brunch experience in a beautiful setting. They combine a relaxed, family friendly ambience, with excellent service and the best quality, seasonal ingredients and live music.

Join La Reserva Club for a lazy day at its beach club in the hills every Sunday. They serve a delicious buffet brunch from 12.30-16.00 with a selection of yummy dishes that offers something for all the family.

Price: 75€ per person including an unlimited buffet and drinks (water, soft drinks, beer and house wine)
+34 956 791 006


Working on the concept of family is of great importance for children; helping to develop affective bonds, a sense of belonging and being aware of the diversity of families we find in our current society.

Message From Miss Emma Butler

Parent Workshop on Growth Mindsets

Next week, on Thursday the 23rd May at 9am in the Mondrian building, Mr Romans will host a parental workshop, lasting about 40 minutes, on helping students to achieve their potential through the development of growth mindsets. This is essential knowledge for modern parents to ensure the positive development of their kids. We look forward to seeing you there.

The P6 Exhibition is well under way!

Over the last few weeks P6 have been working hard on their PYP Exhibition.

For her exhibition, Claudia M. collaborated with Tilly, a 13-year-old girl who uses bionic arms as a result of a serious illness when she was only a few months old, to produce this powerful and uplifting video.  

Tilly is a great example of strength and determination and her life was the inspiration for the movie “Alita”. Congratulations to both Claudia and Tilly!

P1 working hard!

P1 have started their new unit on homes around the world.  They began with an initial discussion to find out what the children already knew and what they would like to discover during the unit.  The students have been enjoying researching the different materials houses are made from and how this can depend on the natural resources available in different parts of the world.  Next the students collected the building materials available around our school and practised different building techniques.  After discussing the purpose of a house they decided to test the strength and sturdiness of the different materials they found.   Well done, P1

P3 Unit based trip

On Monday P3 visited the coastal town of Tarifa to explore further the connection between physical geography and settlements. They used their map reading skills to navigate the old town and took photos at each checkpoint on the map. They recorded the different amenities and observed the surrounding physical geography.


P2 Action

If you can, please come and support P2 in their end of unit action. The children have chosen to organize a mini triathlon to raise money for The Kindred Project!

By Isabel P2 – who has only been at SIS since September and English is her second language. Great work, Isabel!   


Dream Factory

Last Friday we had our first evening of Dream Factory performances from P3/4. We had 26 performances involving singing, dancing and playing instruments. Our students were absolutely fantastic, showing confidence and an outstanding professional attitude throughout the whole evening. Finalists or not, we as a learning community feel very proud of all of them!

Thank you to all the parents and audience that came and supported our children! Music only makes sense when shared with others, and you are a very important part of everything we do!

All the profits of the evening will go to support KP and the Asni community in Morocco.

Please mark on your diary the following dates:

  • 24th of May at 6pm in the school marquee – P5 and P6 Dream Factory semi-finals.
  • 7th of June at 6pm in the school marquee – Dream Factory Finals.

Let´s keep the Dream Alive!!






Anna K.



Harry / Finn / Louis / Theo / Evan /Donnacha

Esteban / Ana

Phoebe / Maeve


Elena/ Maeve/ Emmerson

Miranda / Yael


Teo B.



Ugne / Mia F.

Natalia / Vivien / Annabelle

Chiara / Milena


Tickets are on sale now for Dream Factory P5 & 6 Semi finals on Friday 24th May.  

Tickets prices: 5 Euros for adults and 3 Euros for children, with all the proceeds going to The Kindred Project.


National Theatre Live Trip to see All My Sons by Arthur Miller

This week, a keen set of English Literature and Drama students went to Kings Bastion Leisure Centre, Gibraltar to see All My Sons, broadcast live from The Old Vic in London. Academy award-winner Sally Field, Bill Pullman and Jenna Coleman star in Arthur Miller’s thought provoking drama.

Students said: “This is an incredible way to see live theatre, and it really helped me visualise and appreciate the play on a different level.”

” The show was amazing. I feel as if I understand the ideas and messages so much more now.”

Jane McCann

Science research expedition to Dominica – June 2020

An amazing opportunity fro current M4, M5 and D1 students to participate in a 2 week research expedition in Dominica in early summer 2020. The Science Department plans to take 16 students. If you wish to participate, please contact Lisa Kearney:

There will be a meeting with Operation Wallacea representatives to sign up on Tuesday 28th May at 4pm.

Dominica is known as the nature island of the Caribbean. We will stay for 1 week in a tropical forest ecolodge camp and then in week 2 we will go to the Cabrits National Park for a marine site.  

Sampling activities include mangrove sampling and coral reef diving or snorkeling projects including the champagne reef (where CO2 is released from vents), reptile sampling, bird identification using mist sampling, bat surveys, invertebrate sampling, a day of volcanology (9 volcanoes), catamaran research using hydrophone to locate whales (possibly sperm whales), as well as an optional extra canyoning experience in the tropical forest.

This expedition also incorporates the PADI qualification if you do not already have one. It is a unique offer with lots of opportunity for interesting data gathering for top grade Diploma IAs and EEs as well as a great thing to add to your CV for university and beyond. The total price estimate from Operation Wallacea is 3300 to 3500 Euros per person.

Boarding House News

The students had a lovely weekend at the Boarding House! They enjoyed some free time in La Cañada on Saturday during the day ,before a games evening by the pool in the warm summer evening. On Sunday the students enjoyed relaxing at the port and consuming lots of ice creams! 

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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