School Newsletter 18.01.2019


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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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18th January 2019


Versión española 

 School Calendar

Friday 25 JanuarySend a Child to School Day – non-uniform in exchange for a 1€ donation
Friday 25 JanuaryKP Enterprise Day – Dreaming Dragons popup shop (See Whole School News)
Friday the 25th of January, 9.15 to 9.45Google Sites Update
Monday 28 JanuaryP1 Unit based trip
Friday the 1st of February, 9.15 to 9.45Curriculum update

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last Friday we held the M5 Personal Project assessment day. The event was a wonderful day where students spent time presenting their products to teachers from across our school. The range and variety of products was really impressive and we look forward to inviting you to the Personal Project exhibition on March 29th. I would like to congratulate the students who really stepped up to the challenge, who used the feedback and advice of supervisors and who embraced this opportunity to its fullest. I would also like to thank all of the supervisors, who have supported our students so far on this journey. We wish our M5 students the best of luck as they make progress towards completing their final personal project reports.

This week on Tuesday we hosted our new parents coffee morning. This small event was a lovely way for new families to meet each other, make social connections and meet the school leadership team. Welcome to our new friends and thank you for attending this brief meeting.

Today we hosted the Middle Years parent teacher conferences. I would like to thank parents for attending this critical day. It is a wonderful way to get feedback, meet the people who inspire your children and discuss worries, concerns or to say thank you. I hope that this time has given you the opportunity to discuss new targets with students and staff and encourage a purposeful focus for the rest of the academic year.

Finally I would like to politely request that if you have not yet paid the second term’s fees that you do so immediately. We, like many companies, 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 time ensures that all our time can be focused on giving your children an exceptional educational experience. Thank you for working with us to enable this to happen.

I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Jak Kearney

Apple Distinguished School and SIS new iBook

We are pleased to announce our recent re-certification for a further 3 years as an Apple Distinguished School. Additionally we would like to share with the SIS community the publication of our latest iBook Sotogrande International School – The Next Chapter; this multi-touch iBook describes our educational journey around our Vision, Learning, Teaching, Learning Environment and Academic Results.

Message from the Catering Manager, José Miguel Ledesma

The school canteen is an opportunity for children to acquire healthy eating habits and develop optimal attitudes towards food and nutrition to last throughout their lives; lunch time is a privileged opportunity to develop this food education in coordination with the family, the school and the community. We are actively seeking the children’s participation, as far as possible, in selecting together with them the healthy foods that will be offered as part of our Cantina menus. To start this project, after receiving a nutrition talk by our nutritionist, the children were asked to suggest healthy menus according to their tastes. After a screening by the kitchen team, we have selected some different menus that will be offered throughout this term; the first day being this Thursday 17/01 with the dish provided by María Rato Vera and Álvaro Rey Gallego of P5 who gave us their recipe for noodles with clams.

Dreaming Dragons

Next week will be the first Dreaming Dragons pop up of 2019! Please come by and support the students’ social enterprise initiative and shop mindfully! Friday 25th January, 3.30-4.15pm in the patio behind the Cervantes and Picasso buildings.

SI Stage School

SI STAGE SCHOOL has kick started a new year and a new term with Mary Poppins. This term we will be performing the classic songs and dances from the original Mary Poppins musical. Our students will prepare for the next LAMDA examinations in Communication, Acting and Musical Theatre. If you would like to join the fun, please contact Daniel Maloney at

HFG Labeling Services

Every week sees an ever greater accumulation of unclaimed items in our lost property drawers; parents, please ensure your child’s clothing, particularly school uniform, is labeled  – personalised sew-on or iron-on name tapes are available to order online from or telephone 658 389 175. Check out the website for many more personalized items.


La Reserva & SILA

Join us on Saturday, January 26th, at La Reserva for a day of Spanish immersion. Classes and fun activities for adults and children will run throughout the morning organised by Sotogrande International Language Academy (SILA). For more information and to book your space contact


Have you made New Year resolutions? Learn Spanish in a fun way with SILA. Courses for adults, young children and teenagers.

Registration for 2019 is now open!!! Contact us at for full details of our courses and activities.


Updated extracurricular activities 

Please check the SIS website on Monday to see the updated extracurricular activities list.


Active learning through messy play!

We had great fun discovering new textures and consistencies while playing with foam on the light table as we continue exploring and learning more about winter.

Sensory play fosters the child’s curiosity and imagination, and practical experimentation practises good concentration skills.

Message From Miss Emma Butler

Sports clubs in Primary

As we start the new term I would like to thank all our teachers who ran extra curricular sporting activities last term and those who will be organising sports clubs this term.

This term the following clubs will be available again: basketball, swimming for beginners, swimming for intermediates, dance, cheerleading and touch rugby. In addition, we are delighted to announce some new clubs that will be starting.

  • P1/P2 boys and girls football, Mr Matt & Mr Brown, Tuesday 3.40-4-40pm on the pitch. (Parents are responsible for collecting the students from their classes, getting them changed, dropping them off and collecting them from the pitch.)
  • P3/P4 boys and girls football, Mr Romans & Mr Barme, Friday 3.40-4.40pm on the pitch. After an initial trial students will be selected to attend this club. The club will prepare students for an upcoming inter-school competition. Parents should collect students from the pitch.
  • P5/P6 boys and girls, Cross Country, Miss Lola, Tuesday 4.00-5.00pm.
  • P5/P6 boys and girls, Cross Country, Miss Stephanie & Miss Marre, Thursday 4.00-5.00pm.
  • P5/P6 Advanced swimming training. Mr Alvaro, Tuesday 4.00-5.00pm, Mr Summers, Friday 8.10-8.40am.

We also have other sport clubs that are run by external providers.

To check the schedule for all our clubs please refer to the Extra Curricular Programme which can be found on our school website.

We have various in-school and inter-school sporting events coming up. Please see the school calendar for these dates.

P1/P2 Lunchtime Activities

This week P1 and P2 students should have received the information and sign up sheets for this term’s lunchtime clubs. Please return completed form to your child’s homeroom teacher as soon as possible.

Golf success

Congratulations to P6 student Katrina who finished in 3rd place in the US Kids Holiday Classic tournament at PGA National Palm Gardens during the Christmas break. In a very strong field of international players Katrina came through as the best European player in her age group.


P2 Music

Music and movement lessons are a great opportunity for children to express themselves while learning about rhythm and tempo. Do our students enjoy the classes? These images speak for themselves!


Primary class sites: a reminder

As we start the new term I would like to remind parents about the importance of accessing the class Google sites. These are updated every week and are the main platform where weekly blogs are posted and important curriculum and school information will be shared.









P3/P4 Expressive Arts Production

This Spring Term P3 and P4 will be performing the play “Space Pirates.” This is the first time this play has been performed by a school in Spain!

Space Pirates is a Broadway inspired musical about accepting each other’s differences and singularities with lots of plot twists, solos, rich musical arrangements and child friendly speaking parts.

More than 40 students auditioned for the main cast. Thank you to all the students who did audition and well done to those who were selected.

The production will be held in the school theatre on the 1st and 2nd April.

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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