School Newsletter 26.04.2019


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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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26th April

 School Calendar

Monday 29 AprilP3 Unit based trip
Monday 29 April‘ONline and ME’ Parents workshop – 16:30 – 17:30 in Cantina
Tuesday 30 AprilPrimary Student-Led conferences (See Primary School News)
Wednesday 1 MayNational holiday, school closed
Thursday 2 AprilLAMDA exams
Friday 3 AprilP4 Unit based trip
Friday 3- Friday 24 MayD2 IB examination period
Monday 6 MayP3 Unit based trip
Monday 6 -Tuesday 7 MayP5 Overnight trip
Saturday 25 MayPTA SIS 40th Anniversary Cocktail Party – Hotel Monasterio

Message from the Head

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back to the summer term! I hope the Easter break allowed you to unwind and relax, providing opportunities for family time. This week we kicked off with Earth day activities, a student led initiative to celebrate Earth Day and educate primary students about sustainability, our world and the impact humans have.  I would like to thank Jade and the D1 students who led and delivered this initiative.

I would like to alert you to a PTA initiative to host a free E-safety workshop called “ONline and ME” for students and parents. The workshop will be led by presenters from the Parent Zone, a UK company dedicated to family internet safety; for more details, please click this link .  The parent event will take place on Monday 29th April at 4.30pm and last approximately 1 hour; it is open to all parents. The student experiences will take place on Tuesday 30th April during the school day.

I would also like to use this opportunity to share further information about the PTA SIS 40th Anniversary Cocktail Party on Saturday 25th May at Hotel Monasterio. The ticket price includes tapas, free drinks for 2 hours, a live band, a free raffle ticket to win one of over 10 prizes and for those of you who like to stay up late, there will be a DJ. The dress code is “Smart”, for an additional fee there will be a transport service with 4 pickup / drop off locations around Sotogrande. Tickets are on sale now at and if you book before the end of April there is a 5% discount!

Finally I would like to remind you that Wednesday May 1st is a National Holiday and therefore the school will be shut. I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

Hollywood Film Trip

Just before the holiday 17 students travelled to Los Angeles with Darren Mortimer and Arianne Parkinson for an action-packed film week. Whilst in Hollywood they participated in a variety of activities, including some workshops with the New York Film Academy on cinematography and filmmaking. The students also had the opportunity to experience the Oscars at the Dolby theatre, as well as tours at Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios. On their final day, students made a zombie film with the NoHo Production Company in North Hollywood.

The Kindred Project News

Asni Family Trip 2019

Thank you to the wonderful families that took part in this unique experience and to all the incredible staff members of Association Tiwizi for making us feel at home; your generosity and kindness is what truly makes this experience so great! During our 6-day trip we have laughed, worked, played, overcome new personal challenges and lived exciting experiences, guided by our new friends from Asni.

The feelings and awareness generated from this rich intercultural exchange generates new understandings of the world we live in and transforms who we are by shaping our attitudes and behaviours. Inspiring us to take action and become agents of positive change in the world. We feel tremendously proud of our SIS students who are already leading and creating a positive impact. A real force for good! Once again, SHUKRAN to all.

Check out the beautiful trip photos here:

Easter Activities with M1 ELD students

M1 ELD (English Language Development) students had fun experiencing some traditional British Easter activities on the last day of school before the Easter holiday.

The first thing we did was a treasure hunt in which many chocolate eggs were hidden. After the treasure hunt we went with our chocolate eggs to roll them on the slope next to the football pitch.  After that we had the opportunity to eat our chocolates. My favorite chocolate is the one that has cream inside. I hope to repeat this opportunity another year; the truth is that I had a great time and if they did the treasure hunt outside it would be even more cool.

Written by Luna

In the ELD class Mrs Stafford organized lots of Easter activities. One of them was finding Easter eggs hidden all over the room. Each egg packaging had a different color and the first letter of the person’s name that should find it. We had so much fun. The next activity was to go outside and roll the egg down a hill. The first egg to reach the end of the hill was the winner. These activities were really fun, and we enjoyed it a lot.

Written by Beatriz

Community Project Part 2

M3 students did an excellent job during this second service week. Once again they have carried out a huge amount of activities that included: assemblies for Primary students and M1- M2 students based on healthy living, helping homeless people on London streets, helping our Marketing team and improving beach facilities in our community. We also had volunteering in EC2 and in Santa María Polo stables, selling popcorn to benefit Ecuador as well as making and giving out free bracelets as part of the autism awareness campaign.

One of the most popular themes was about the bad consequences that plastics produce in our environment. M3 students organized different activities and product sales promoting an alternative to the use of plastics. Without a doubt, service learning has helped them to improve their social, thinking and communication skills as independent learners.

Sports Round up – Recent individual successes

Winter sports

Kai H. won the Andalucian overall championship on Sunday 21st April. Both Kai and his brother Teiva spent the Easter break competing, and both boys also went to Port Aine to compete in the Spanish Championship. The end of a great season for them both!


Blanca V. won the competition Trofeo Infanta Elena in Madrid.

Usborne Book Fair

Thank you to everyone who visited our Usborne Book Fair on Thursday and Friday. We don’t have the total figures yet, however your generous support will surely result in a good number of free books for the school.


Thank you also to those families who donated books for our school library Mother Tongue collections. This is an ongoing project to expand these collections, and we will always be grateful to receive more donations of books in languages other than English or Spanish, perhaps books your children have outgrown or just no longer wanted.

SotoMUN Conference

Our secondary Model United Nations club will be hosting a conference here in school from 26th– 29th September 2019. During this conference around 100 delegates from different secondary schools, both here on the Costa del Sol and also from other countries, including from some of the other European Inspired schools will come together to debate some current and global real world issues.

Arrangements are already well in hand, and the organizing team would be delighted to hear from any companies or organisations who might be interested to become sponsors.

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 team is ready to work with you to discuss how we can best achieve your organization’s promotional goals at SotoMUN, and tell you more about our conference and our mission.

Please contact for more details.

PTA News

ONline & ME

The PTA Speaker Series begins on Monday with one of the most important topics for our parenting generation – digital knowledge and resilience.

Leading experts from the UK, Parent Zone, will be here to offer up to date information, discuss risks and opportunities; as well as offering tips and tools to promote resilience and confidence. Get to know the apps and services the kids are using, the topic of secret accounts and how best to talk about such issues.

Monday April 29 th – Parent Session @ 4:30pm (school theatre)

Reserve your FREE seat for Monday ( ASAP as places are limited.

The parent session is offered in both English and Spanish. The presentations will also be recorded for future reference.

40th Anniversary Cocktail Party – Saturday 25th May

We’ve released the tickets for the 40th Anniversary Cocktail party on Saturday 25th May. – don’t forget that until the end of April there is a 5% discount and that on the night there will be free drinks until 10:30pm!


CALLING ALL MUSICIANS – can you sing or play?

Help us give the party ‘an extra something’ by putting in your own performance. We already have one parent/teacher band committed but would love to have more. We know you’re all hidden gems… Contact Eamonn:

Primary School News


Reading is one of the most recommended habits for education and should be encouraged from a very young age, motivating children to participate in the choice of books and to approach them in a natural and simple way. During this week and coinciding with the celebration of World Book Day, our children have enjoyed different activities related to reading.

La lectura es uno de los hábitos más recomendables para la educación y que hay que fomentar desde que los niños y niñas son pequeños. Motivarlos a participar en la elección de los libros y acercarles a ellos de forma natural y sencilla. Durante esta semana y coincidiendo con la celebración del Día Mundial del Libro, nuestros pequeños han disfrutado con diferentes actividades relacionadas con la lectura. 

Message From Miss Emma Butler

Reminder: Student Led conferences next Tuesday.

On Tuesday the 30th of April our Primary School will hold our annual Student-Led conference day.

According to the International Baccalaureate guidelines:

‘Student-Led conferences involve the students, parents and teachers. The students are responsible for leading the conference and also take the responsibility for their learning by sharing the process with their parents.’ (Making the PYP Happen, A Curriculum Framework For International Primary Education, 2009)

Our Student-Led conference will involve the student playing the role of the teacher to the parent. The student will lead the parent through different workstations. The parent’s role will be to be the student, join in with the activities and ask questions. The teacher will act as a facilitator for the student and join the parent and student with some of the activities.

P3 and P4 participate In Earth Day activities

Monday 22nd April was Earth Day and P3 and P4 students had a day of educational workshops about the environment. The workshops were run by a group of D1 students with the hope of influencing the next generation to make changes in their daily lives and to become more aware of the ways in which we can help. D1 student, Jade B. said, “I was so glad to be able to be a part of this event as these children are the future for our planet and it’s important that they are aware of what goes on around them in order to make a change.”

Thank you to all the D1 students who planned, organised and led sessions. The P3 and P4 students enjoyed and learnt a lot from the day.

Celebrating World Book Day

April 23rd is the international date for celebrating World Book Day, however we chose to mark the event today. As well as some different activities in their classrooms, Primary students were invited to come to school today dressed as a book character. Here are just a few of the very impressive characters celebrating Send a Child to School day!


Secondary School News

University & Careers

City University, London

Just before Easter, City University, London ( ) visited SIS for a series of excellent workshops with our current D1 students on the Do´s and Don´ts of applying to and living in the UK, and how to ABC your application letter!

The students were engaged with lots of questions for the Q&A session, and as they brought their draft personal statements with them to the session it meant they gained some insightful tips on how to develop them further.

The overview of why study in the UK and London, alongside a concise and informative overview of what City University has to offer, gave us all a number of new ideas. For me, the 2000GBP scholarship for IB students with above 35 IB points, was something I was happy to hear about!

One of our current D2 students, who is applying to City for nursing was also able to have a 1-1 chat beforehand in preparation for her interview next week, which she explained to me later was really beneficial.

So thank you Emma Sara Thomas for spending some time with us!

Alumni support our current D2

It was great to have Loreto and Carmen pop in to give some last minute advice on revision for our current D2 students, as the IB Exams loom large! Loreto Bordas, who is currently studying at TU Delft, and Carmen Perez de la Blanca who is studying at ICADE in Madrid, were able to pass on their experiences of the exams as well as their strategies for revision success.

Alumni Updates DP2018

A few updates from last years graduating students.

Leah is really enjoying her course in Criminology at Leeds and felt that her IB Diploma and SIS had really prepared her for the referencing and other demands of her course. This was echoed by Leila at Bristol University as well.

Ursula and Tara also dropped in to say how much they are enjoying studying in the UK, and both were surprised at how international their respective universities are.

Ursula is studying Creative Music Technology at Guildford and Tara is at Bath University studying Marketing and Management. Both agreed that SIS had prepared them well, but Ursula did add she wished she´d started working when she was 16 whilst in Sotogrande for the experience, as all of her UK student friends were already planning their summer jobs, and most already had additional jobs whilst at university!

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