School Newsletter 25.05.2018

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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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25th May 2018

Versión española 

 School Calendar

Monday 28 MayM5 Music recital – in theatre 16:30 – 18:00
Tuesday 29 MayPTA Annual General Meeting – 09:15 in Cantina (see Whole School section)
Wednesday 30 MayEC1 trip
Wednesday 30 MayCommunity Project & GCP Showcase – 15:00-16:00 in Cantina
Thursday 31 MayM4- D1 IELTS tests
Thursday 31 May – Tuesday 5 JuneM5 Examination period
Friday 1 JuneKP Celebration Event (see Whole School section)
Monday 4 JuneUsborne Book Fair – 10:00 – 17:00 in the marquee
Tuesday 5 JuneM5 Drama production – 17:00 in school theatre
Wednesday 6 – Wednesday 13 JuneD1 Examination period
Friday 8 JuneACES Open day
Friday 8 JuneDream Factory Final – 18:30 in the marquee (See Primary News)
Friday 15 JuneSummer White Party (see Whole School section)

Good afternoon Parents and Guardians,

Last weekend I was lucky enough to represent Sotogrande at the British Ambassador’s residence in Madrid, where he was hosting a gathering to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Harry and Meghan. Whilst we were in attendance, the ambassador Simon Manley presented some awards for people and institutions that have done work to benefit their local community. I was delighted to accept an award on behalf of Sotogrande International School and wish to applaud the staff, students and parent community for their support and hard work to achieve such an accolade.

On Monday, while many people were taking a trip to the beach, or spending family time, Mr. Mark Woolley led the 2nd 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. I am delighted to announce that everyone landed safely! The event was also a fundraiser, so if you would like to donate, please click on this link.

This week was dominated by sports days in primary, with an amazing 2 days of creative, fun, engaging and competitive events. I would like to thank the primary team and the M3 students who helped organize these 2 days of sport and acknowledge Lola Villa for her leadership and the PE team for their skill specific support.  The winners of the P3 – P6 sports day were the Phoenicians and the winners of the EC1  – P2 sports day were the Greeks.

Tonight we will host the D2 graduation, a real milestone in our students’ education and a step towards the next chapter of their lives. I would like to publicly recognize the added value that our D2 students have brought to this community, through service learning work, music, drama, art, sports and beyond.  They will be missed and we wish them the very best of luck as they depart Sotogrande to start a new phase of their lives.

We wish you a wonderful weekend,

Jak Kearney

On Thursday we all arrived to school to be exposed to the D2 prank day. This is the day where the graduates arrive to celebrate their departure from the school by playing pranks on staff and other students.  I would like to thank you for your patience and support over this rather raucous morning.

GRUPO D2 2017

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:

Apple Lighthouse events

We were privileged to host two events as an Apple Distinguished School. Visitors from across Spain and EUSA University in Seville had the opportunity to see how we use technology to support learning. 

On Wednesday and Thursday, we hosted two Apple Lighthouse events.  Over 70 educators from EUSA on Wednesday 16th May and schools around Spain on Thursday 17th came to SIS to see how we use technology vertically and horizontally enhancing teaching and learning across the PYP and MYP curricula. 

A selected group of student and parents ambassadors toured our visitors around the school, answering questions and talking about their own learning. Our visitors were very impressed not only by our IT provision and use of IT in the classroom, but by the behaviour, confidence, and knowledge of our students and student ambassadors.

P3 Marcos Álvarez Ruiz – P3 Alfonso Tovar Lopéz – P3 Lola Cozar Collado – P3 Zack Barling – P4 Paula Sánchez Lara – P4 Raúl Sánchez Pintado – P4 Paloma Arevalo García – P4 Claudia Marín Gil – P4 Maria Rato Vera – P5 Claudia Mateo Benitez – P5 Manuel Sánchez Moral – P5 Valeria Merida Villa – P5 Alba Maria Mellado Garcia – M1 Rodrigo García Orrillo – M1 Sofia Villegas Maestro – M3 Pelayo Pérez Crespo – M4 Maria Romero Martín – M5 David Partal Gomez

During both days, the visitors also had the opportunity to hear from 3 groups of students who showcased their projects:

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.

We can help you achieve your goals…whether a scholarship to the U.S., joining the pro tour, a business career or a degree in Europe.

From the age of 11 upwards, you’ll attend a top class international school whilst maintaining full time tennis or golf with the ACES programme.

 Join us for our ACES Virtual Open Day on our social media on Friday 8th June. Sign up here for exclusive access for an insight into this unique programme:

Usborne Book Fair

We are pleased to announce there will be a Book Fair in the marquee on Monday 4th June from 10.00am – 5.00pm. Usborne Books will be here offering some very competitively priced books (most costing between 4 – 9 Euros), though unfortunately only English language titles. The majority of the books on display will be most suited to primary age children; however there will also be a selection of teen & young adult fiction.

Students will have the opportunity to browse the displays (primary children with their class teachers) and buy books during the school day or to reserve items for purchase by parents after school. Parents and friends are invited to visit at any time. 

The school benefits from a percentage of total sales in the form of free books; please support if you can. Hope to see you there!

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

Parent Teacher Association Annual General Meeting
Tuesday 29th May 2018 9.15am in the Cantina

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 Celebration

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

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!

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Being a part of this show has been absolutely incredible in itself, but being able to raise money for The Kindred Project, a cause I am passionate about, has made acting in this performance even more fulfilling. Not only did we put on an incredible performance, and get to do what we love, we also raised awareness of autism and raised money for Hogar Betania. We raised 1430€ towards funding the children’s summer camp run by Hogar Betania in La Linea, and are so proud to have helped them so significantly. 


Message from Emma Butler

This week we celebrated two Primary Sports Days

On Tuesday and Friday all our primary students celebrated their annual Sports Days!  SIS sports days are team events and all our students participate. This year we had more activities than ever before.  It was wonderful to see the students enjoying themselves and showing off the many skills and sporting activities they have been practising in class.

Our proud athletes excelled themselves and on both days all watching were able to observe sportsmanship, perseverance, determination, passion and lots of smiles. Everyone had a great time!

Well done to all the students who took part and a special thank you to Miss Lola and all our PE Team for organising and coordinating this event. 


P1- P6 swimming resumes next week

Next week we return to our swimming lessons. In preparation for the swimming gala students will be swimming in both their PE lessons.
Swimming kit: Swimming costume, swimming hat, towel, flip-flops and goggles.
It is compulsory that all students bring their own swimming hat; they will not be allowed to swim without one.

P4 experience their first overnight trip

As part of their unit of inquiry on travel, P4 have been busy preparing for their overnight trip to Finca La Alcaidesa.  They researched where to go, what to bring, and wrote a letter to their parents informing them of the trip.  On Wednesday they hiked through Los Alcornocales National Park to get to their destination.   On arrival they played water games and had obstacle races.  In the afternoon they did archery and scaled the climbing wall.  The next day they hiked to the top of Sierra Del Arca  and went kayaking on the lake.  A fabulous time was had by all!

Well Done to Ruben in P5

Last weekend Ruben won a gold medal for Sub 12 Walking Race in San Fernando and was first in his heat for the 60metres sprint. A few weeks back he also won an Athletics triathlon for Sub 12 in Malaga.
Well done Ruben and good luck next month when you will be competing in the Andalucian Championship in Sevilla and at the Juegos del Estrecho in Tarifa.


Great fun day at Aloha College

On 16th of May our P5 students attended Aloha college for the day to experience an indoor athletics workshop. They were given the opportunity to experience new activities and to test themselves both individually and as a team, all within the gymnasium. It was a real pleasure to witness our students making new friendships with children from other schools and conducting themselves with real sporting grace. When asked to produce their best effort in the competitive element of the day,they were brilliant, supporting and encouraging each other as well as applauding their rivals.
I will always carry the looks of determination and desire on their faces as they performed.

Fantastic Fun!


Dream Factory Final, Friday 8th of June at 6.30pm in the school marquee.

It promises to be an evening packed with lots of entertainment and talent. This year we have 30 high quality performances across the four categories of Singing, Dancing, Playing and Band.Also performing will be a surprise guests from the Rock Factory School in San Pedro de Alcantara.

Drinks and food will be available all evening.

All the profits will go to Cova do Mar in Portugal. This money will help support a community of more than 100 children in one of the most deprived areas in Europe. We hope you will be able to come and support our talented Primary Students who through their passions and gifts are helping make a difference. Tickets can be bought from our Primary Student Council from Monday the 28th May at the school gate. Tickets cost 5 euros for adults and 3 euros for children. 

Let’s keep the Dream alive! It promises to be a fun evening for all the family.

Inter schools VI Creative Writing Competition

Last week the Languages A team hosted the VI Inter Schools Creative Writing Competition. Our students courteously welcomed visitors from Swans School and Aloha College. The day started with a welcome breakfast where the students were able to break the ice and get to know each other a little better before the competition began.  The rules stipulated that students were not allowed Internet access as the clock ticked on their 90 minute writing challenge in either English or Spanish. Six titles were randomly selected from 12 titles provided by the teachers of the three schools. Writing under pseudonyms, the students tapped away non-stop producing stories, scripts and poetry. Initial reading of the pieces shows an exceptional standard across the board; this will undoubtedly be a close call in the judging of the writing across the three schools. Despite the winner yet to be announced in the first week of June, I would like to congratulate the following SIS students for their participation in the competition, rising to the challenge to produce outstanding creative pieces:

Mikolaj Dabrowski M1 – Cassius Joseph M2  – Olivia Wang M4 – Violeta Vigo Fernandez M4 – Elise Looyens M4 – Tom Allen M5 – Tala Masterson M5 – Maddie Peacock M5 – Anna Betteley D1 – Cedric Sanceau D1 – Candela Vazquez Viejo M1 – Maria Abrines Lerchundi M3 – Mikel Artola Espejo M4 – Maria Romero Martín M4 – Paloma Osborne Lopez de Meneses M4

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

A huge congratulations to the cast and crew of our Secondary Show, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. We are exceptionally proud of the commitment and hard work our cast and crew undertook during the last 8 months of preparation. It was wonderful to be able to showcase the incredible amount of acting talent we have in the school and create a play that resonated so strongly with our audience members.

The performance did much to raise awareness of issues associated with the autistic spectrum. During rehearsals the cast had shared scene work in year group assemblies promoting discussions and specialist input on autism. During the performance itself the audience were asked to actively engage in what it means to be autistic both through the performance itself and activities arranged in the interval. This performance provided us with an excellent platform to use theatre as a force for good and make a difference within our community.

Some of the many positive performance reviews:

“I read the book many years ago but am ashamed to admit, despite the important message on autism, that I couldn’t really remember the story… I am in no doubt that I will never forget watching your show, just brilliant. “  M5 parent

“The theme of the production was multi-faceted. It was sensitive, challenging, creative, intriguing, informative, thought-provoking and emotional for everybody – not only the cast and crew, but also the audience!”  Mr. Stone

“After reflecting on yesterday’s show I truly realize how privileged we are to have opportunities to participate in such amazing productions with SUCH a talented ensemble and staff. It made me nostalgic already and made me wish I could have been a part of it!” Elena Antolin- D2 Theatre student

“Absolutely incredible performances from the students.  The creativity of the production added an abstract element and complemented my experience of reading the book beautifully.  I was extremely moved throughout the play. ” Eliza Cherry

“Touching, creative, mature and emotional!” Mr. Kearney

“What a consummate show, so authentic, engaging and captivating. I have rarely seen that level of mastery and spell binding performance in young actors.” Paul Templeton

“Thank you all so much for whisking us away during those few hours and opening our eyes to another world that is so important for people to understand and empathise with. ” Natasha Gold

“Through your mesmerizing performances and innovative interpretation of the book, you gave your audience an amazing insight into the world of autism.  Your message was both powerful and thought-provoking.  Thank you!” Sue Davies 


Community Project & GCP Showcase

The M3 & GCP students would love an opportunity to show you what they have been working on as part of their community project and service learning. Please feel free to drop by the cantina on Wednesday 30th May from 3.00 to 4.00 to view their work.


M4 Personal Project

This week, students in M4 had their second workshop to introduce the Personal Project. Students have been learning about many of the elements of the personal project and are beginning to think about ideas for their projects. Students had the opportunity to speak to the current M5 students about the process and were given great advice from a student’s perspective.

The Personal Project is the culminating project for students in the MYP. It is a requirement for all M5 students at Sotogrande International School. There will be a Parents’ Information Evening in September.

On June 18th, students will have a full day of workshops in which they will see all the elements of the Personal Project. Members of staff will be on hand to guide students as we embark on this adventure together.


Last weekend the boarders enjoyed an overnight trip to Tarifa! We headed off at lunchtime on Saturday and headed straight for the beach for our first session with Tarifa Sports Centre. The water was flat, but crystal clear so we got our wetsuits on and went snorkeling. We saw over 10 species of fish, found crabs and helped clean up the ocean and beach by collecting some items that had polluted the area. We swam all the way round to a bay only accessible by water so enjoyed some time on our own secluded beach! The weather was great so everyone then enjoyed some free time in the town before meeting up for a yummy Italian dinner.

Sunday morning we were back down to the beach for our surfing lesson, starting with some theory and a safety briefing, before hopping in the water and catching some waves! All had great fun and we hope to lead many more trips like this.


Boarders go skydiving

Six brave souls from boarding took up the cause of bravery last Monday and jumped out of a plane at 15,000 feet above Seville. It proved to be an unforgettable experience and a great bonding one too. A number of other students from SIS also joined us. Although many of us had a self proclaimed fear of heights, many of us found the scariest part of the experience the plane flight up!

Bonne voyage!


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