School Newsletter 22.06.2018

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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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22nd  June 2018

Versión española 

 School Calendar

Friday 22 June

M5 Graduation

Monday 25 June

EC1 End of Year Celebration – 09:15 – 10:45

Monday 25 June

EC2 End of Year Celebration – 11:15 – 12:45

Tuesday 26 June

P6 Graduation and Primary prize giving – 09:30

Wednesday 27 June

End of Year Assembly – 10:00 – 12:00

Wednesday 27 June

Last day of term, school finishes midday – Busses leave 12:30 

Wednesday 27 June

Primary reports available on Managebac – 16:00

Thursday 28 June              

D1 Full reports published

Thursday 28 June

SIS Alumni Event (see Whole school section)

Saturday 30 June

ABSRM practical exams

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We started this week with a Teacher Appreciation day hosted by the PTA. This recent addition to the calendar of events is one that is not good for teachers who are trying to diet ahead of the summer, but it is much appreciated. The PTA prepared a huge feast of treats and goodies as a way of saying thank you to staff.  Students from the primary school came to say a few touching words of thanks. The events culminated with a small raffle. On behalf of the teachers, I would like to send a huge thank you to everyone who gave their time to cook, prepare and support the event.

Meanwhile, some of our M4 colleagues and all the M4 students were off timetable at the San Roque campus starting their Personal Project. Having spent the year following the experiences of our M5 students, they have now taken up the gauntlet and started to firm up some of their ideas.

The week has been dominated by a few main events. The first was the visit from two international rugby players Josh van der Flier and Sean O´Brien on Monday. Josh and Sean held a rugby coaching session and talk from 3.00-4.00pm at SIS. Both men play for European Rugby Champions Leinster, as well as Six Nations Champions Ireland. Sean has also represented the British & Irish Lions on two tours in 2013 & 2017. The event was a great opportunity for students, staff, parents and our sports academy partners to speak to top athletes and gain from their wisdom.

The next big event was secondary sports day! On Tuesday M1 and M2 students spent the day competing in their houses in all areas of sports and on Wednesday it was the turn of the M3 and M4 students with a final tug-of –war event on Wednesday afternoon involving all four year groups. I am delighted to announce that, following 2 days of great sport, the winning house from secondary this year is the Greeks.

The third event that dominated our week was the musical Shrek. The yellow T-shirts that have been worn to advertise the event drew many people to see the one night performance. I would like to thank and congratulate everyone involved as we enjoyed the P5 and P6 students’ enthralling rendition of this popular animated film.  Wednesday evening brought great delight to all who came to support our students.

The final event to dominate this week will take place tonight. Our M5 students have come to the end of their journey at SIS and will graduate tonight. We are very much looking forward to the event, which will allow them to receive their MYP certificates, share some reflections on the year and some performances.

This weekend our team of budding engineers will be in Burgos to take part in the final of the Hiperbaric Challenge, a competition for schools in which each team has to “design, prototype and construct a real inertia car.” The SIS team is comprised of Eduardo de Luque (P6), Pablo Partal & Dante García (M1), Fernando Romero (M2), Benjamin Looyens (M3), David Partal  and Javier Rando (M5); accompanied by the following staff: David Álvarez, Carmelo Sánchez, Peter Reichert and Javier Cerezo (Maintenance Support).

The team has worked tirelessly to satisfy the entry requirements, including producing a team portfolio and an engineering portfolio. The final part of the challenge will be the much anticipated 3.5km downhill race! We wish them luck! 

This project would not be possible without the great support the team has received from the Maintenace team, with special thanks to  “The Master” Javier Cerezo and to our sponsors: Goldenmac and Nunsys.

As we move towards the end of the year, it is time for us to reflect in order to help our planning and make possible changes for the next academic year. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to fill in our questionnaire so far. If you haven’t yet done so, here is the link to complete this very quick, 10 question survey. Your participation is voluntary, but we can’t emphasize enough how important it is that we hear from you.

Thanks in advance and I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

MUN conference at SIS – sponsorship request

SIS will hold its first Model United Nations (MUN) conference here in the school next September 20th – 23rd 2018. During this conference around 80 students from different schools from the Costa del Sol will debate on current major world issues.

By sponsoring or advertising SotoMUN you’ll be helping us create opportunities that students won’t find in the classroom, while bringing your brand to bright, curious and engaged young people – the world’s leaders of tomorrow. Our administrative team is ready to work with you to figure out how we can best achieve your organization’s promotional goals at SotoMUN, and to tell you more about our conference and our mission. Please contact us at before the end of June for more details of our sponsorship package.

SIS hosts international rugby players

This week we were delighted to host two Ireland international rugby players, Josh van der Flier and Sean O´Brien. These two rugby stars held a training session with over 50 students participating from EC1 to M5, giving our students the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the sport. This was followed by a Q&A session, which helped the children glean an insight into what it takes to be an elite sportsperson. Our students embraced this amazing opportunity and we can´t thank Josh and Sean enough for inspiring our students.


Message from the Archery Club instructor

As we arrive at the end of another year we finish the classes with the presentation of medals and diplomas to our students. As always it has been a pleasure to be able to count on such dedicated students. I wish you a happy and assuredly deserved vacation, and I hope to continue clases with you next year.

Swimming Camp

Only a few spaces left in our Swimming Camp – book your place now on the following link


Summer is approaching and thinking about fun for the smallest ones in the house, we have designed a fantastic programme with creative activities, music and trips. In this enchanting space they can develop their imagination and enjoy time with friends and a team of highly qualified teachers. If you would like to learn more about our camp, please contact

SIS Alumni Celebration / Doug Stewart memorial football match & 1st SIS Alumni  vs Staff netball competition

On June 28th, SIS will be hosting the 5th Alumni Reunion based around the chiringuito. There will be a barbecue with drinks starting from 5.30pm, and a bus ready to take revelers on later in the evening.

We will also be hosting the Doug Stewart Memorial Staff vs Alumni football tournament, and our first Staff vs Alumni netball competition. Kick off at 4.30pm. (Players please arrive at 4pm)

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!


The School Uniform

El Corte Ingles has the SIS uniform in stock now, and would like to share with you some special offers. Learn more here

Please click on our new brochure below in which you will find information about the uniform items for each year group

After you’ve bought any new uniform, please remember to label it.

Labels and other personalized items can be ordered online from


The Kindred Project News

Primary Sleepover

Yet again, another great Primary Sleepover! With just under 90 P3-P6 students, the night was bound to be exciting. Fun games on the sports pitch, a refreshing dip in the pool, Spain vs Portugal match for the fans, and a delicious burger & veg BBQ, set the kids ready to pitch up their tents in the gym. Of course there was some sleep in there too! With this M3-D2 student-led event we have managed to raise €2.064 towards our supported projects in Ecuador; specifically for the development of the Tsáchila eco-tourism initiatives. Thank you to all the staff and students who volunteered and for enabling our younger students to create memories for life! The kids had such good fun.

Thank you for supporting us!


Beach Barbecue  – Tuesday 3rd July at Chambao Beach Bar

Some SIS students will be in the performance line up at this exciting event in aid of Danii Children’s Cancer Charity.


Message from Emma Butler

Shrek The Musical JR

On Wednesday 20th June, Primary 5 and 6 performed their expressive arts extravaganza. This year we decided on the musical Shrek. After extensive auditions the main parts were chosen and the rehearsals began. Every child in P5 and P6 was involved whether it be in the singing, dancing, backstage or technicians. 

On the night, excitement was in the air! The atmosphere was fantastic, the stage setting set the scene perfectly and the costumes were amazing. Every child gave their all to make this one of the best shows ever! Well done to all our P5 and P6 students.

A special thanks to Mr. Luis and Miss Maureen for coordinating this event and all the Primary staff who helped make this night one to remember.


Thank You

I would like to thank our Parent Ambassadors for all their help during various events throughout this year and for helping new families integrate into the SIS community. 

I’d also like to give a special thank you to our Class Parent Representatives in each year in Primary. They are in charge of the official school Whatsapp groups used to send out urgent messages that have not made it into the newsletter.  Thank you Louise, Ana, Begoña, Tracey, Macarena, Veronica, Silva, Carolina, Liz, Ruth, Carolina, Viktoria, Michaela and Liz for your help and commitment. 

P1 Camping Challenge

P1’s current unit of inquiry has a focus around the planning involved before setting off on a journey. Although they camped in the school grounds and therefore had not far to go, the preparations, decisions and commitments they made with their team members impressed staff and parents alike. 


P2 End Of Year Celebration

This Thursday was P2’s end of year celebration.  To mark the end of their unit of inquiry into how money is used globally as a system of exchange, their parents were invited to a money market to show what they had learnt.  They introduced their ‘Sotosee’ currency and it was lovely to see the children putting into practice the skills they have learnt and confidently selling their handicrafts.  The money market was followed by a celebration assembly where the children sang in both Spanish and English and were presented with certificates for the values they have shown this year. 


P1 End Of Year Celebration

Today P1 celebrated the end of another school year with an outdoor extravaganza of music and learning. The Little Einstein play area was a perfect setting for parents and children to compare the contents of their time capsules, sealed in early September with their present day achievements. Thank you to all the parents who came and supported their children’s education once again.


As we come to the end of this academic year I would like to remind parents of our policy and procedures for allocating classes for the next academic year. Please see Class Allocations 

With the admission of new students being completed over the summer break and the need for us to balance classes the 2018/2019 classes will be shared with parents via email at the end of August. 

Tell me a story   

M3 Spanish Language Acquisition students have participated in a fun creative activity that has allowed them to interact with the smallest in the community. As part of the “Tell me a story” unit, the students have created original stories where they have applied their knowledge to the subject becoming authentic “storytellers”. This educational experience has allowed our students to “learn by doing” and to reflect on how stories are a useful and fun tool in children’s learning.


M4 Personal Project day

This past Monday, students in M4 participated in a Personal Project ‘Boot Camp’. Students were taken off campus to the SIS Boarding House where they participated in workshops to help their understanding of the Personal Project as they begin to prepare for next year.

Students worked together to create mock versions of personal projects and develop criteria as they learned what would be needed to create a top project. There were presentations and prizes throughout the day. A special thanks goes out to Mr. Green, Mr. Reichert, Ms. Eva, Ms. Heide, Ms. Juani and Mr. Holmes for their help in guiding the students through this day.


Language and Literature News

We are delighted to announce that the two winners of the Inter Schools Creative Writing Competition are: 

Madeline Peacock writing in English, with her story ‘Tomorrow Never Comes’ and

Maria Romero writing in Spanish, with her story ‘Un Día Para Olvidar’.

The students will be presented with Amazon Vouchers to enjoy.


D1 Theatre production

On Tuesday afternoon our five D1 Theatre students Anna Betteley, Hannah Coventry, Katie Holmes, Ella McCormack and Gabriele Morace entertained a small yet appreciative audience with their performance of “Unnecessary Farce”. In true farce tradition, the larger-than-life characters interchanged constantly on a set with 7 doors, 2 bedrooms and lots of dressing and undressing, some of which took place on stage! A standing ovation needs to go to guest star Anne Adamson who joined the cast in Act Two, revealing herself to be the arch criminal Mary Meekly- Big Mac. It is always the quiet librarians you have to watch! 



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