School Newsletter 18.05.2018

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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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18th May 2018

Versión española 

 School Calendar

Sunday 20 MayFamily Fun Day at Los Canos (See Whole School section)
Monday 21 MayLocal holiday, no school
Tuesday 22 MayP3, 4 & 5 Sports Day
Wednesday 23 MayEC1, EC2, P1 & P2 Sports Day
Wednesday 23Thursday 24 May – P4 trip
Wednesday 23Friday 25 May – P6 trip
Thursday 24 MaySIS student bands playing in Estepona (See Whole school section)
Friday 25 MayD2 Graduation Celebration
Tuesday 29 MayPTA Annual General Meeting – 09.15 in Cantina (see Whole school section)
Friday 1 JuneKP Celebration Event (see Whole School section)

Good afternoon Parents and Guardians,

This week has been dominated by 2 key events on the school calendar, firstly the secondary school show and secondly the PYP exhibition.

On Wednesday we held the P6 exhibition, the theme of which was environmental action. The students as always took some different approaches to explore this very wide and diverse topic. There were a number of very interesting reflections on how we through our own actions can have an impact on the environment at a local and global level. Thank you to all the P6 students who shared their thoughts and investigations and to the Primary team, who supported and guided the students along the way.

Our secondary show opened on Wednesday night, with the students feeling very excited about their first performance. The play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is based on the book by Mark Haddon. The main character Christopher John Francis Boone (changed to Christy Boone) knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. She relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions.  Students in M2 have studied the book in their literature classes and with Christine Barling’s creativity, it made a logical leap for it to be showcased as our secondary play. I was amazed by our students’ ability to cope maturely with this delicate topic of autism. I would like to publicly applaud our secondary actors and actresses and congratulate Christine Barling and Jamie Templeton for their inspired direction.  Feedback from each night was overwhelmingly positive. If you were unable to attend any performance but would like to watch the play, there will be DVDs available at reception. Please note all proceeds from the show will go to the Kindred Project.

I would like to draw your interest to the Kindred Project Charity Dinner on Friday 1st June at the Octogono Beach Club. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the positive impact our students have with our community partners in Ecuador, Morocco, Uganda and Spain. It promises to be an enjoyable evening with live music and entertainment, as well as a three-course meal including drinks. Tickets are 50€ adult, 25€ children, All proceeds from the evening and from the associated raffle will go towards the refurbishment and equipment for the health centre in Nabugabo in Uganda. Tickets can be purchased from Reception.

Our D2 students complete their exams this Friday, and as is traditional, they are rounding off their time here with a prank day next Tuesday. Please arrive mentally prepared that the entrance to school that day may NOT be as normal.

Finally, I would like to remind you that Monday, May 21st is a local public holiday, so there will be no school.  I will see you on Tuesday 22nd before 8.50am.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

On Thursday afternoon we hosted a parents meeting with the Inspired team. I would like to thank everyone who attended for your support, questions and trust. I really feel that with the support that Inspired can provide us, through facilities, professional development and opportunities to be more creative within the curriculum, the future of your children’s education will be more enriching, more varied and ultimately better.

Summercamp 2018

Sotogrande International School offers a fantastic range of Summer Camps, and as families of SIS  you receive an exclusive discount! Our specialist camps are designed to encourage children to develop their unique interests, gifts and talents. Providing opportunities to try new activities and learn in a fun, dynamic and safe environment. With such a wide range of activities on offer, from sports and languages to drama and volunteer programmes there really is a camp for everyone!

Please visit our website for more information, or email:

Permaculture at SIS

At a time when mankind is facing what is arguably an unprecedented challenge in its relationship with nature, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, helpless and powerless. Yet in April, Sotogrande students, in collaboration with the Danyadara permaculture project began an inspiring journey. It seems that saving the world might just be fun! Read our blog and find out how you can get involved.  Link    


Reducing our eco-footprint

We are delighted to announce that we have moved one step closer to being an Eco School by taking action on the distribution of our packed lunches for school trips. 

  • No small water bottles – Instead, students are asked to bring in their own reusable water bottle, which is filled up at home or at school before the trip.
  • Not “bagging” up the lunches – Instead, students collect their lunch before entering the bus and put it in their school bags. Students could bring lunch boxes/eco bags if they wish to.  

We hope that collectively we can all follow this system and together reduce over 3400 plastic bottles and bags a year entering our environment! 

Please support your children and this student-led initiative by ensuring they have a reusable water bottle, with their name on, for all school trips.

Many thanks,

Kerry Wickersham


SIS student bands playing in Estepona

Next week several school bands including – Radio Edit, The Big Funk Band, Antidote, Old School and others will playing at Louie Louie in Estepona Port on Thursday 24th May. The event will start around 7.30pm.

Do come along and support, if you can.


ACES Open Day

Don’t miss the ACES Virtual Open day on Friday, June 8th, find out about the ACES programme and meet the team.

Rock Camp

Don’t miss out on this year’s Rock Camp 2018!

Now in its fourth year, this unique music programme has been consistently and widely praised by all for its scope and impact on the participants. The kids – from 8 to 16 – not only receive pro-level vocal training, an introduction to an instrument, photo sessions, video shoots and exciting musical group activities, but they also get to record in a professional sound studio under the supervision of a real record producer – and in the end receive a beautifully produced CD of their recordings. Simply put, there’s no other summer camp quite like this one!

New this year! Rock Camp is thrilled to include for the first time, daily drum workshops with SIS drum teacher, Paul Skelton – and music from The Greatest Showman! It’s going to be the best summer camp ever!

PTA News

Next meeting

Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday 29th May at 9.15am in the Cantina; all are welcome.

Who are the PTA? 

We all are! Every SIS family or staff member belongs to the PTA and has the right to attend meetings and events, ask questions and put forward views.

Who are the PTA committee? 

The PTA committee is made up of 12 elected representatives of the parent and staff body who meet on a regular basis to discuss relevant issues, consider requests for PTA support and organise fundraising and social events.

How can I get involved?

It’s easy! You can attend meetings, help out at or come along to events; you can also join the PTA committee! Come along to the Annual General Meeting on 29th May to register your interest. There are many positions on the committee that are becoming vacant such as Chairperson, Vice Chair, Secretary, Events Coordinator, and lots of ways to get involved. Can’t make the meeting? Just email to sign up.

SIS White Summer Party

SAVE THE DATE!  Friday, June 15th for the SIS White Summer Party.

Tickets now available, see Henry in Reception.

The Kindred Project Primary (P3-P6) Sleepover is the same night See you there!

The Kindred Project News

Rice Day

This Wednesday, the 10th May, was the last Rice Day of this school year. Rice Day is when students choose to have a plate of rice instead of eating the normal cantina meal, and in so doing each student raises 2€These funds will go to Hogar Betania’s Summer Camp for local children in need. This Rice Day, with 94% of primary and secondary students pledging, we raised 957€.

In total this year we have raised 5,110€ which will fund over 5,000 meals. However this day is not only about raising funds, it is also about raising awareness of the malnutrition and hunger that exists across the world; even 15 minutes away, you will find families struggling to feed themselves and where malnutrition exists. Thank you to everyone for your support and participation in this worthwhile initiative!


The Kindred Project Celebration

Students are organising a large KP event on Friday 1st June to celebrate the achievements of The Kindred Project.


This week every student should have received a book of raffle tickets for The Kindred Project Celebration Grand Raffle. There are some fantastic prizes to be won! The draw will be held on Friday 1st June. Follow the instructions provided and please ensure you return the ticket stubs and money before Thursday 31st May. You can collect more books from Miss Anne in the library. There will be a prize for the student that sells the most tickets!

Family fun day

The Kindred Project is collaborating with two local charities Rifcom and the Dental Mavericks for a family fun day to raise funds for an orphanage in Lebanon housing 35 Syrian children affected by the war. Pop down for an afternoon of children’s activities, live music, food and drink in Los Canos, Pueblo Nuevo on Sunday 20th of May.



Two ‘drop off’ appeals to help Casares stray cats

P6 student Savannah Krier, as part of the action component of her Exhibition, has planned two ways to help improve the lives of stray cats in the Casares area.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Cat Food drop this week; next week until 25th May Savannah is asking families to drop off at the gate any unwanted toys for her other activity, a second hand toy sale on 5th June. The money raised from this sale will be going towards Casares Cats’ ongoing programme of neutering strays.


Message from Emma Butler

PYP Exhibition

In the final year of the PYP, students, carry out an extended, in-depth, collaborative project known as the PYP exhibition.

This involves students working collaboratively to conduct an in-depth inquiry into real life issues or problems.  Students collectively synthesise all of the essential elements of the PYP in ways that can be shared with the whole school community.

It also provides teachers with a powerful and authentic process for assessing student understanding.

The exhibition represents a unique and significant opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the IB Learner Profile and our SIS school values that are developed throughout their engagement with the PYP.

It also provides schools and students with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the transition of learners to the next phase of their education.

This year’s P6 exhibition had the theme “Eco-action”. The students chose to inquire into a range of issues including recycling, animal habitats, oceans, vehicle fuel, deforestation, climate change, plastic pollution, food waste and farming.  The resulting displays showed that a great deal of thought had gone into each individual piece and also their group action.  It was wonderful to see so much enthusiasm and confidence from our students as they talked about their area of interest and described the reasoning behind the choices they had made through the process.

Thank you to all the P6 Team and other primary teachers and Well Done to all P6 students!

P3 taking action

This week, P3 were exploring the coastline at the mouth of the River Guadiaro. In particular, the students had been thinking about pollution and that it is one of the reasons why certain animals are endangered.  They took action and cleaned the rubbish up!

EC1 taking their learning outside the classroom

Last Monday 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 children participated in many exciting activities. They went on a fun tractor ride. They had the opportunity to learn how to make and cook their own bread. They helped in the vegetable garden to pull up some of the vegetables that were ready. All in all they had a fabulous day, definitely a trip that will be remembered!

P4 Museum Walk

This week the P4 children were extremely excited to welcome their parents into their classrooms to take a Museum Walk.  The children had prepared a variety of different pieces of work; written, oral, visual and a timeline to show the progression of their chosen legacy from an Ancient Civilization. The parents were very interested and impressed both by the work that the children had produced and by their ability to articulate their understanding.


P6 Exhibition

Malaga Arts trip May 10th

M5 and D1 art students spent the day exploring the Pompidou Center exhibitions and visiting street art. The visits provided valuable primary sources for students’ research and project development. 

The trip was organised by the Arts team.


Four of our M2 students, Teresa Gutierrez, Teresa Aja, Cassius Joseph and Stella Barbera, members of the Club de Rugby del Estrecho, obtained an impressive 4th place at the Spanish Under 14 Championships, held in Valladolid this past weekend. Their effort, commitment, sportsmanship, courage and respect for the game and opponents have been their key elements. Our students’ success in any sport outside SIS is our own success!

University & Careers News

It was great to have Henry Shields drop in to give advice on applying to the Netherlands to some of our current DP2019 D1 students. Henry graduated from SIS in 2017 and achieved an excellent 37 IB points, with a L7 in History and an A in his Extended Essay. He is currently studying at Leiden, for a BSc in Security Studies.

Last Saturday boarders experienced the ride of a lifetime on the Mediterranean Sea. Originally scheduled as a fishing trip, the wind and waves prevented us from doing any deep-sea fishing. Instead, we trolled the surface of the waters.

On the bright side, we had the time of our lives battling sea spray as the boat charged through the waves. We all got a little soaked, caught some air, and laughed for hours. It was just the kind of adventure our students needed.


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