School Newsletter 23.11.2018

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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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23th November 2018

Versión española 

 School Calendar

Friday 23 NovemberSoto Sessions at Trocadero Beach Club, Sotogrande – 19:00 -21:00
Saturday 24 NovemberSpanish department Christmas Benefit Dinner
Sunday 25 NovemberSotosol Walk and Fun Run (see Whole School news)
Monday 26 NovemberUniversity Convention – 14:00 – 16:00 in gymnasium – All parents welcome to attend
Tuesday 27 NovemberPYP Parent Workshop  ‘Learning and the brain’ – Mondrian 14:30- 15:30
Wednesday 28 NovemberWalk-to-School Day (postponed from last week)
Thursday 29 NovemberP5 Unit based trip
Friday 30 NovemberSend a Child to School Day – non-uniform in exchange for a 1€ donation
Friday 30 NovemberAuthor visit for P1- P3 students (see Primary News)
Friday 30 NovemberKP Enterprise Day – Dreaming Dragons Pop-up Shop 15:30 – 16:15
Saturday 15 DecemberPTA Christmas Market – Ribiera del Mar, Sotogrande – 12:00 – 16:00

Dear Parents and guardians,

This week we began preparing our M5 students and parents of M5 students for the move from MYP to Diploma.  On Thursday we hosted a parents meeting to share details of the process and expectations associated with the move. Thank you to parents who attended the event; it is critical that both parents and students are fully away of the different pathways we offer for education for those aged 16+. With this in mind, we invite all parents who are interested to join us at the University Convention on Monday from 2pm to 4pm. It will be an opportunity to meet admissions teams from different universities around the world and explore different pathways into higher education.

This week on my walk around I focused on P2 – P4. Once again the variety of different approaches to teaching and learning is really refreshing. The P2 students were focused on their reading time, with some reading their chosen books, others exploring the Reading Eggs programme. I was invited by a couple of P2 students to see how Reading Eggs works; their level of confidence and openness to share their learning is a real credit to them.  In P3 we were exploring bar graphs and I had a number of interesting discussions about the use of scale, challenging students about how to cope with really big and really small numbers. In P4 I walked into several Spanish lessons, with our students exploring past tense and the intonation used when speaking particular words. I really enjoyed walking into rooms that had classical music playing, which created a very calm and focused environment.

This week our M5 Individuals and Societies students experienced a day with Danyadara. Members of the team came to school to lead workshops around sustainability and focused on architecture, art and permaculture. Meanwhile the LOMCE students had a trip to look at the workings of the Coca Cola factory in Malaga. These experiences really act to cement learning in class, lead to new questions and opportunities to wonder.

We will try again this coming Wednesday with our Walk-to-School Day, hopefully in drier weather. Please support this student initiative if you can.

As members of the school community we have just been given the opportunity, sponsored by Land Rover, to experience an amazing concert. On Monday 17th December, BVocal, a world-renowned a cappella group, will be running a workshop for some of our secondary students. In the evening, BVocal will be performing a Christmas concert just for us at Odeon Multicines, in Palmones! The event will start at 7.30pm and end at 9pm. Tickets are 5€ each and will be available from reception from Monday with all profits going to The Kindred Project.  Please be aware that there are limited tickets available, so tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

This week marks the end of a big chapter in the life of Miss Kini.  Kini De Vargas has been teaching at Sotogrande International School for 36 years and Monday 26th November will be her final day. Over the years Kini has been a driving force within the school, a key supporter of the transition from the old school (ISS) to the new campus (SIS). In addition she has been the Directora Technica, representing the school with the Spanish education ministry and ensuring that the LOMCE curriculum satisfies all the legislation requirements.  Kini has formed deep, meaningful and lasting relationships with numerous students over the years. We wish her a successful, enjoyable and relaxing retirement!

Finally I would like to remind you of the busy community weekend we have coming up. Tomorrow there is charity Christmas dinner at the Almenara to raise money for Hogar Betania, and on Sunday an opportunity to exercise off the delicious food consumed at the dinner, with the Sotosol walk.

We hope to see you at one or both of these events!

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

Sotosessions – TODAY!

Sotosol Walk and Fun Run

The 14th annual Sotosol Walk and Fun Run will take place this Sunday to raise funds for the Danii Children’s Cancer Charity, which supports very sick children and their families in an incredible number of ways.

Remember, you can donate even if you cannot make the event by contributing via the website

 Walk to School Day


Conveniently located in Los Barrios shopping area close to Carrefour, (Los Cortijillos, exit 113A), the nursery LOS ROSALES is offering a 10% discount to Assist card holders, on plants, Christmas trees and decorations, landscaping, creating and maintaining gardens.

Rugby Success

No pitch = No problem

Despite there not being a field at school several of our students have achieved success on the rugby pitch by joining our local club CR Del Estrecho based in Pueblo Nuevo. The club plays in the Andalucia championship. The last two results for the U16 team have included a 63-0 victory over Ciencias followed by a 50-7 victory over Huelva, where tries were scored by SIS students Alex Starkey, Billy Sullivan, Ben Burgess, and captain Felix Petersen. Also in the U16 team are Ben Holmes, Oscar Stoneham, Robbie Smith and Edwin Lyckoskold. The next game in Pueblo Nuevo is a top of the table clash v. Jerez on 15th December .

The club not only has U16 and U18 squads but also goes all the way down to U8s where several P1, P2, and P3 students from SIS are involved.

If you are interested in finding out more about rugby, then please contact Mr Summers in the PE office.

Diving Course

A new PADI Open Water Diver Course is starting soon!

We will be waiting to sign you up on December 11th & 12th from 3:00 to 5:30 pm. We will be at the chiringuito near the pool ready to meet interested students (from age 10 years) and adults.  Any questions, please contact us by email

Let`s go diving!

M2 GCP trying to find homes for abandoned dogs

Luna is a beautiful Mastin Cross, who was found abandoned in Jimena in July this year when she was approximately 6 months old. She is now around 10 months old. She is a very sweet, friendly and playful girl. She is also great at relaxing and can control her energy. She is very gentle to play with and loves all dogs and people. She is currently in a foster home in Jimena after an adoption sadly fell though. She is still hoping to find a forever home.

If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to ask. If you feel Luna is the pet your family needs, please email   Luna is waiting for you!

Jen Liptrot

(GCP Coordinator on behalf of M2 GCP Students)



Primary students this week have taken home Scholastic/Baker Books catalogues with a wonderful selection of books for all ages.  For M1 through to D2 catalogues/order forms will be available in the Link.

If you would like to place an order please complete the order form in the middle of the catalogue and return to Mrs Lin Campbell in PYP1, with the correct cash in Euros.   There is also an option to place orders online by connecting to:

This method allows you to pay online but books will be delivered to and distributed from school.  The cost of the books is the price shown in Euros as this includes a delivery charge.  By placing an order, not only will you be receiving beautiful books for your child, but the school libraries will be entitled to free books from the commission accrued.  The last day for returning orders is Wednesday 28th November.   Books normally arrive within two weeks from the order being placed.  If you have any queries please email


PTA News

November 1st was the first deadline for funding requests and we were happily overwhelmed with the response. There have been some truly fantastic ways in which we can invest for the growing needs of the children at school and we’re delighted to tell you that since September, we have awarded €24,595! The money has gone towards sports, culture, science, music and play across all year groups.

A massive thank you to primary students for their wonderful notes (example here) thanking us for supporting their call for another table tennis table. It is important that the children can play and clear their minds between classes, as well giving them the chance to socialise with their peers.

We’re all now in ‘go, go, go’ mode for the last fundraiser of the year. Are you, or do you know of anyone who may be interested in setting up a stall at the Christmas Market?

Are you able to donate a prize to the spectacular raffle? It is has been the biggest fundraising success in previous years, so let’s do it again.

Please get in touch as soon as you can! or


The Kindred Project News


The Kindred Project would like to sincerely thank everyone who actively took part in this years Readathon, through which we have raised a staggering €2.764, €1.000 of which was generously donated by Mansion Gibraltar!

These funds will be directly invested to refurbish and purchase some much-needed equipment for the Ssunga Health Clinic, the only medical facility in the Nabugabo area (Uganda); serving a population of over 10.000 people dealing with problems associated with malaria, pneumonia, malnutrition, birth complications, STDs, TB, influenza, burns, “soft wounds”, snake bites, amongst others.

This substantial amount, together with other fundraising efforts towards the Health Centre rehabilitation, will allow us to create a significant difference to the centre.

Thank you so, so much!


Primary Sleepover

Last Friday KP held the first Sleepover of the year. 119 enthusiastic P3-P6 students enjoyed fun activities like Just Dance, capture the flag, British Bulldog, and much more, all organised and led by KP Secondary volunteers. Students feasted on delicious cheeseburgers, carrot sticks and cherry tomatoes for dinner and fresh melon for dessert. Later, depending on their preferences and mood, some watched Sing! and ate popcorn in the theatre, while others continued to play games in the gym. To complete the eventful night, the children pitched their own tents and camped out in the gym. Waking up with hungry stomachs, primary students gathered themselves together, spending their morning enjoying a breakfast with a variety of pastries, fruits, juice and milk. With the invaluable support of secondary students and members of staff, we managed to raise an incredible €2.692,80! 100% of these funds will go towards the iPad roll-out programme for the Nabugabo Community Learning Centre (NCLC) in Uganda, as well as other essential resources to support the Primary Educational activities at the school. These iPads and resources will be taken to NCLC by our 16 committed students that have joined the 2019 Expedition to Uganda in July. Thank you!

Rebecca Capra (M5), Manon Schacke (M5) & Marta Jimenez (D1) – Sleepover organisers.


November Rice Day

We are proud to announce that with this month’s Rice Day we managed to raise MORE than last month with an amazing 788,00 € with the participation of over 420 Secondary students!!! This month there were only 26 students that didn’t choose to pledge, meaning that there were 8 more students that pledged compared to last month.

As well as raising awareness around UN Development Goal nº2 – Zero Hunger – this month we wanted to shine a light on “MOvember” worldwide celebrations and support all the men that surround us by raising awareness about what MOvember actually is about – men’s health issues.

The money raised from Rice Day will go to support 2019 Summer Camps at Hogar Betania for children in need to provide breakfast, lunch & snack to more than 70 children in the months of July and August.

Thank you all for your commitment and collaboration, it is great to see that the number of students participating is increasing as it is a wonderful way of supporting communities in need and it wouldn’t be possible without your help!

Lucía Gil Aycart (M5) – Rice Day Team


Ski Trip to Sierra Nevada

Click on poster for more info.



Dear families,

As we slowly begin to prepare for the festive season, and as part of sharing the Christmas spirit, the Fundamentals team would like to call upon your generosity to bring a little Christmas cheer to some of the disadvantaged families in La Linea supported by Hogar Betania. ( )


We kindly ask you to join us in this cause by filling up a box or hamper with typical Christmas goodies for these families.

A few suggestions of what you might include in the box/hamper are:

Nougat / Chocolates / Polvorones & mantecados /Nuts and dried fruit

There will be a drop off point at the entrance of Fundamentals from the 1st to the 15th December. Boxes/hampers will then be collected by The Kindred Project and delivered to Hogar Betania ready for Christmas!

As always, we sincerely thank you for your continuous support.

Fundamentals Team


Message from Emma Butler, Head of Primary

 P4 visit the science labs

To engage the students in their new unit of inquiry on Sharing the Planet;  Earth’s resources and the 5Rs, P4 were invited to the secondary science labs by Mrs Kearney, Leader of Learning for Science.  Their first task was to sort a number of household objects into natural and manufactured, they then had to guess how long the objects took to biodegrade.  The students then had the opportunity to be scientists and create their own polymer worms by mixing chemicals together, an activity which they thoroughly enjoyed.


P6 Unit based trip

As part of the Unit of Inquiry on Marketing, P6 visited various supermarkets in the local area.  They researched marketing strategies used by the shops. They then reflected on and used findings from the supermarket survey results to inform their own market research questions.

P1-P3 Author visit, Friday 30th November

P1 – P3 classes will have a visit from illustrator and author Andréa Prior, who will be reading a selection of poems from her latest book ‘A Piddle of Puppies’ which is a collection of hilarious rhymes about unusual names for animals in groups.

Children have taken home an information sheet and order form, should you wish to buy a copy of the book which Andrea will sign and give to your child during the visit.

M5 Interdisciplinary Unit 

Making Meaningful Curricular Connections, facilitated by The Kindred Project

There is nothing more enriching than coming together; sharing conversations and diverse perspectives with people from different backgrounds and life journeys to our own is a wonderful learning opportunity! When you challenge ideas in a safe environment and listen respectfully, dialogue will take over and its phenomenal power will bridge all the differences and bring us together. Thank you to the very brave and exemplary Hogar Betania residents for sharing their personal stories with our M5 students. We are sure they will come up with creative ways of transmitting their stories and amplifying their voice through their Unit assignment.

University & Careers News

University  Convention – Monday 26 November  from 2.00 -4.00pm in gymnasium

All interested parents are invited to attend.


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