School Newsletter 21.09.2018

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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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21st  September 2018

Versión española 

 School Calendar

Wednesday 26 SeptemberPrimary P1 Open Door Swimming Demonstration – 10:00 – 11:00
Wednesday 26 SeptemberPrimary P2 Open Door Swimming Demonstration – 11:00 – 12:00
Thursday 27 SeptemberPrimary P5 Open Door Swimming Demonstration – 09:15 – 10:45
Thursday 27 SeptemberPrimary P6 Open Door Swimming Demostration – 10:45 – 12:10
Friday 28 SeptemberPrimary P3 Open Door Swimming Demonstration – 09:40 – 11:00
Friday 28 SeptemberPrimary P4 Open Door Swimming Demonstration – 11:00 – 12:10
Friday 28 SeptemberSend a Child to School Day  (See Whole School News)
Friday 28 SeptemberBack to School Party – 19:00 – 22:00

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I would like to thank all parents who attended our P1 reading and writing workshop on Tuesday and the “meet the primary leadership team” on Wednesday. These opportunities help you to get to know our approach to education and learn about our structure to enhance the communications process.

Our D2 students have spend the second half of this week focusing on their internal assessment work. On Wednesday they spent the day focusing on their Science internal assessments with a day off timetable. Thursday was a specific focus on TOK and Friday on Language and Literature. These opportunities allow students the time and space to focus on key components of particular subjects and are very powerful.  Thank you to staff firstly for arranging these events and secondly for their planning and coordination.

This week has been dominated by the MYP and Diploma 1 bonding trips which started yesterday. The students and staff have been busy preparing and planning for the first overnight trip of the year. The purpose of which is for students, advisors and pastoral leaders to spend time together, to learn from each other, to understand each others’ strengths and skill sets as they embark on a series of challenges and cultural experiences around Andalucía. We look forward to welcoming them back today.  I would like to express my thanks to all staff who have given their time freely to take part in this experience.

On Thursday we had the opening ceremony for SOTO MUN, the very first model United Nations conference held at our school that was organized, planned and run by students.  Students from schools along the coast spent time Thursday and Friday in our school and will continue to work over the weekend.  An official write up will follow next week.

Finally I would like to draw your attention to our first community event next Friday, the Back to School party, organized and coordinated by the PTA! This year’s musical performers are already practising in anticipation of the event. I am very much looking forward to seeing you all on Friday 28th September. The event runs from 7pm until 10pm. I would like to remind you that students aged M1 and below MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times. Thanks in advance for your help and support.

I wish you a wonderful weekend, best wishes.

Jak Kearney

Music and Mindfulness Workshop

 Sotogrande International School is pleased to announce that we are now able to open up the Music and Mindfulness Workshop to the whole school community.  The workshop is being held on Monday 24th October at 11:15 – 13:15 in the school’s gymnasium.

The workshop is being hosted by Terry Oldfield (brother of Tubular Bells Mike) and his wife Soraya who are world experts in their field and have travelled from Australia and are on the final leg of their European tour.

Terry Oldfield and Sorya Saraswati music

The cost for the two-hour workshop is 6 euros.  If you or your child (P3 to M4) would like to attend the workshop, please pay using the paypal/credit card system on the school website at

The Kindred Project News

 Send a Child to School Day (SCS Day)

Every last Friday of the month, your child is welcome to come to school wearing home clothes in exchange for €1. This €1 goes towards sponsoring a designated student at the Nabugabo Community Learning Centre (NCLC), in Uganda. The Kindred Project and SIS have been supporting NCLC since 2012, and amongst other initiatives up to date we sponsor 60 primary children at NCLC, 16 of them through SCS Day.

Thank you for your support!

Dreaming Dragons

The Dreaming Dragons would like to thank all parents for their support last year and are delighted to announce that their first sales will take place next Friday 28th September. Please come along to see the great products on offer and support social enterprise. Details on the poster below/above.



The Kindred Project would like to sincerely thank everyone who contributed with donations throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. Thanks to your generous contributions, we have been able to support the following local and international organisations with their campaigns and programmes:

This year we will only be taking school uniform and books. As last year, there will be a big brown box by the security office, where you will be able to drop your donations off. We kindly request you bring the above items on the last Friday of every month, during Send a Child to School days.

However, if you have other items you wish to donate, such as: – Clothes & shoes – Toys & games – Furniture & household items – Baby items and products – Sports equipment – Educational and school resources – Sheets, towels, blankets… you can take them to our supported local association in San Roque Apoyo Mutuo –  Telephone: +34 685 243 472 – Address: Calle Velázquez, 11360 San Roque, super easy to find!

Should you require further information or assistance, please feel free to contact us on

Thank you!.




Elysium Spa at the Almenara Hotel is Andalucía’s most luxurious day spa; its peaceful hillside location, close to SIS is the perfect setting for this oasis of calm. As well as a lavish hydrothermal circuit with Finnish sauna and Turkish baths, Elysium offers floor and reformer pilates, spinning classes, massages and beauty treatments.


Elysium Spa at the Almenara Hotel is delighted to offer all Assist members, a 20% discount on monthly, quarterly or annual full gym packages. You will be able to enjoy use of the gym, classes and the luxury spa.

Call: 956 582 029 to enroll. You will be required to bring your SIS/Assist photo ID card to activate.

This offer has been brought to you by Assist, for more information regarding the complimentary services available to staff and families of SIS, please contact

Cyber Club

Is your child talented with computers? Is she/he interested in learning actual cyber security techniques and how to stop cybercrime? Learn penetration testing, writing scripts? There is a Cyber Club in Gibraltar taught at Bayside School, Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 pm. It is hands-on and the kids, if they qualify, may be eligible for competition. To find out more, Whatsapp your interest to Laura (SIS mother) on +34 699 14 8282


Sotosol 2018


La Reserva de Sotogrande offers new exclusive rates only available for Sotogrande school!

We are pleased to announce some great new activities at La Reserva de Sotogrande from September. These activities are designed for children and families to learn new skills and have fun in our fantastic sports facilities.

Cross-fit on the water from 16:30 – 18:00: (Mondays: 12-18yrs, Thursdays: 8-12 years)

  • 1-month pack, includes 1 class per week: €60
  • Individual session: €20

Children´s Sports Programs and the Beach:

  • Free entry to the beach for the parents / siblings of any child participating in the above programs
  • Special kids after-school snack menu available at the beach restaurant.

Special offers exclusively for parents of SIS:

Yoga / SUP yoga:

  • Yoga: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 09:00 – 10:30, €12 per adult
  • SUP Yoga: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 – 12:30, €20 per adult

And for all the family: Jetboards Event, Sunday 7th October:

  • Special discounts for parents and children of SIS.
  • Watch out for the sign-up list at the school…limited availability.

Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy these activities!

For further information and reservations please contact us on: +34 663 020 792



This week saw a fantastic activity outside the classroom, where the children were able to paint on an unusual surface, a transparent sheet; this allowed them to appreciate the different colours from the effect, caused by the light passing through the film. This in turn led them to explore other textures, temperatures and colours, while sharing their sensations with the group.


Message from Emma Butler, Head of Primary

 New Parents Coffee Morning

Thank you to the parents who joined the Primary Leadership Team and me on Wednesday morning.

P1 Parent Reading Workshop

On Tuesday there was a great turnout for this annual presentation to parents. Thank you to the P1 Teaching Team for organising and leading.

Primary Class Sites: A Reminder

The class Google sites should be accessed by parents and students on a weekly basis. This is the main platform where all important information for the class will be shared.











P3 Engaging into their Unit of Inquiry: How the world works

As part of the PYP inquiry cycle, Engage, P3 took part in water team relays. The purpose of the game was to work out which was the best container for transporting water and to learn about the properties of water, including that water takes the shape of the container it is in. P3 also linked this activity to Maths as they began to think about capacity and scales.



P1 Swimming lessons started

This week P1 students were excited to start their swimming lessons. For many of the students this was the first time in our school pool.

P3/P4 and P5/P6 enjoying their wooded area at break and lunch times

Over the last two weeks it has been lovely to watch the students play so nicely and creatively in their wooded areas.


Primary Open Door Swimming Demonstration


Don’t forget to sign up for the triathlon outside the PE office; €5 per person.

Teams of 3 or individual if M4 and above.

University & Careers News 

 Applications in Spain

Yesterday D1 parents had a briefing on how to access Spanish universities and the process that students need to follow in order for them to take up places in Spain after passing the IB and also all the process for entrance examinations.

Thanks to Lourdes Villafranca and Javier Orozco for leading this session.


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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