School Newsletter 24.05.2019


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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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24th May 2019

 School Calendar

Friday 24 May

Dream Factory P5 &6 Semi-final – Marquee at 18:00

Saturday 25 May

PTA SIS 40th Anniversary Cocktail Party – Finca Monasterio (See Whole School News)

Monday 27 & Tuesday 28 May

Inter school golf tournament at Almenara

Tuesday 28 May

Dominica trip meeting with Operation Wallacea representatives (See Secondary News)

Wednesday 29 May

P6 PYP Exhibition

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please join me in congratulating all students, staff and sponsors for the Secondary show, “The Kids from Fame”. I hope you all managed to get tickets to see the event. It really was a spectacular event that delivered far beyond my highest expectations.  The professionalism shown by our students, the ability to adapt and respond was honestly breath taking.  For those of you who were unable to see this, or who wish to have a lasting memory of the show, we will be sharing a link to a YouTube video in the next week or so.

Next week, those of you who have not confirmed your place at school through the payment of 500€ will be receiving a reminder letter.  We are very close to being full now in EC2, M4, M5 and D1.  Your support for this is valued and appreciated.

I would like to remind you that the PTA 40th celebration will take place tomorrow night, along with the Primary sleepover. This will enable you to drop off your children for a fun evening at school and join us in Finca Monasterio to celebrate 40 years of Sotogrande International School. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

On Wednesday 29th May we will host 2 events for parents. The first is the P6 Exhibition. This will be open to all parents of the school from 10am – 12 pm and will take place in the Timber Building. The second is the M3 Community Project Showcase, from 2pm – 4pm, which will take place on the Marquee.

I would like to inform you that the IB exams finished today. Congratulations to our D2 students for their energy, effort and dedication. We are looking forward to celebrating their graduation on Friday. In the meantime, we wish to warn you that our yearly prank day will take place on Tuesday 28th May 2019. This is the day when graduating students are allowed to “play pranks” on the community. We would like you to be prepared for this upon arrival to school on Tuesday.

I wish you a wonderful weekend,

Best wishes

 Jak Kearney


On Monday this week Mr. Mark Woolley led the 3rd annual skydive trip to explore physics in real life. 21 staff and students headed up to Jerez for a day of adventure and fear facing.

Review by Lev M.

Skydiving is one of the most intriguing sports. To descend with a parachute, you need to have no small courage. The most adrenaline part comes when they open the door of the plane and the person is preparing to jump. At an altitude of 4600 metres you feel quite different. For me, and most likely for everyone, the best part was the seconds before the jump and the jump itself. You do not think about anything, you just enjoy the free fall and the supreme feeling of freedom.

Sports Roundup

Rugby Sevens

Congratulations to M3 students, Teresa G., Stella B. and Teresa A., all of whom received a call back to the 2nd phase of the Andalucian U16 Rugby Sevens girls team selection. They passed the 17th, 18th and 19th May with the Selection Team in La Cartuja, Seville, together with the 35 best players of Andalucia. Our girls were the youngest there, demonstrating their courage, strength, companionship and technique and fighting like warriors. All the hard work has paid off, as they have been called again, together with a final 19. This is the culmination of a fantastic season with their Club Estrecho of Pueblo Nuevo. Well done, girls!!! and let’s see you make the final Andalusian Selection Team!!!


On May 19th M4 student Gonzalo Á took part in the Super Sprint XXIII Seville Triathlon, finishing in an impressive 9th place after coming out from the water in second place. In the cycling section he was able to stay near the top, however he lost positions during the running. This is a very impressive result as Gonzalo was one of the youngest in the event, competing against adults.

PTA news

40th Anniversary Party

BUY NOW! (Note. NO ticket sales possible tomorrow) 


Notice of PTA Annual General Meeting

This year’s Annual General Meeting, which is open to all parents, will take place in the school cantina on Tuesday June 4th at 9am. This is an important meeting and we hope as many parents as possible will attend.



Expanding the library Mother Tongue collections

Numerous studies have shown the educational value of sustaining mother tongue languages in promoting learning in all subjects; with this goal in mind and because we want children to be able to read and enjoy books in their first language, the school library would like to increase the number and range of books available in the mother tongue section ie books in languages other than in English or Spanish. 

As it is very difficult to purchase children’s books in these other languages here in Spain, any donations of unwanted books or books your children may have outgrown will be gratefully received. There will be a collection box at the main gate next Friday 31st May, and every Friday till the end of term; please drop off donations there or contact the librarian Anne Adamson

Thank you in advance for your support.

Primary School News


Thank you to all the families who took part in our workshop “Connecting with nature”. This was an opportunity to enjoy traditional games with family and friends while learning to integrate with nature in our lives. If you are interested to learn more about this programme, we invite you to visit our website La Traviesa 

Message From Miss Emma Butler

PYP6 Exhibition

This year our PYP6 Exhibition is on the theme of “Live Life the Real Way”.  The students in P6 have been working on a chosen area of interest within this theme for several weeks, applying skills and knowledge learnt during their Primary Years.  On Wednesday 29th the doors are open to the community from 10.00 till 12.00 and then again from 1.15pm  – 3.15pm Having the opportunity to speak about their individual inquiries and group actions is always of huge value to students and parents of younger children get an insight into an important aspect of the IB PYP. We hope to see parents not only from P6, but also from other year groups to support our P6 students this year.  

P2 Action: Triathlon

Wednesday was a fantastic culmination to P2’s unit of inquiry, ‘Helping’.  As the action component of the unit, the students arranged a sponsored mini-triathlon, to raise money for The Kindred Project.  Each student decided whether to run, scoot or swim, then they worked as teams to complete the course.

Well-done P2! Through your idea and teamwork you have raised lots of money, which will go towards helping others.

EC2 Unit based trip

EC2 had a wonderful trip to the Roman ruins of Carteia, San Roque. While venturing around the fields they came across old roads, houses, Roman baths, a theatre and a water catchment to name but a few. This excursion has enabled EC2 children to expand their knowledge of past civilizations and contrast it with modern day living.  It has tied in beautifully with our current unit “Back to the future”.  This was then followed by a relaxing picnic in a nearby field with wonderful views of the beach.


As we approaching 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.

Class Allocations Criteria

With the admission of new students being completed over the summer break and the need for us to balance classes the 2019/2020 classes will be shared with parents via email at the end of August.

Dream Factory P5 and P6 Semi-Final

Good luck to all our P5 and P6 students who are performing tonight.


The Kids from Fame

As well as two evening performances, on Friday afternoon there was a special matinee performance for the local San Roque schools, the community from Hogar Betania and the students from the Official Language School.  In the following blog, one of the language school students shares his experience and admiration for the work of the performers and directors. Thank you Fernando for your kind words.

Science research expedition to Dominica – June 2020

An amazing opportunity for current M4, M5 and D1 students to participate in a 2-week research expedition in Dominica in early summer 2020. The Science Department plans to take 16 students. If you wish to participate, please contact Lisa Kearney:

There will be a meeting with Operation Wallacea representatives to sign up on Tuesday 28th May at 4pm.

Dominica is known as the nature island of the Caribbean. We will stay for 1 week in a tropical forest ecolodge camp and then in week 2 we will go to the Cabrits National Park for a marine site.  

Sampling activities include mangrove sampling and coral reef diving or snorkeling projects including the champagne reef (where CO2 is released from vents), reptile sampling, bird identification using mist sampling, bat surveys, invertebrate sampling, a day of volcanology (9 volcanoes), catamaran research using hydrophone to locate whales (possibly sperm whales), as well as an optional extra canyoning experience in the tropical forest.

This expedition also incorporates the PADI qualification if you do not already have one. It is a unique offer with lots of opportunity for interesting data gathering for top grade Diploma IAs and EEs as well as a great thing to add to your CV for university and beyond. The total price estimate from Operation Wallacea is 3300 to 3500 Euros per person.

Boarding House News

The SIS Boarders enjoyed an action packed long weekend

Amazonia Adventures

On Saturday the boarders enjoyed a day “monkey-ing around” at Amazonia Adventures in Marbella – a tree top adventure park. They returned exhausted but having had a great time on zip lines, high ropes and Tarzan swings.

Isla Magica

On Sunday we had a wonderful trip to Isla Magica.  The weather was great and everyone got thoroughly soaked on the Anaconda log flume!


On Monday some of our older boarders took part in a once in a lifetime experience of jumping out of a plane at 15000 ft. (the highest possible altitude without oxygen!). All the students loved the experience of 1 minute free fall reaching speeds of 200 km p h as they hurtled towards the ground then a further 6 minutes drifting down with parachute open.

River Kayak

On Tuesday boarders took to the Guadiaro river in kayaks and completed a two hour route ending at the sea. It was a beautiful day with fish leaping out the water over the kayaks, herons fishing and kayaks racing towards the ocean.

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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