School Newsletter 26.10.2018

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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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26th October 2018

Versión española 

 School Calendar

Saturday 3 NovemberABRSM theory exams
Monday 5 NovemberStaff training day
Tuesday 6 NovemberFirst day after half term
Wednesday 7 NovemberM1&M2 Under 13 football tournament
Friday 9 NovemberPTA Fireworks Night  – 19:00 – 22:00

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Firstly thank you for your patience whilst we explore changes to the morning traffic. Yes – sometimes even the experts don’t get it completely right first time, however this is the whole point of having a trial period.  It is important not to dismiss changes too quickly, so I value you sticking with the changes, breathing and passing on your feedback.

This week we held the voting for the Advisory Panel and I have to inform you that the result was a dead heat; therefore I am delighted to inform you that both Araceli Gavira and Verónica Delso will be joining the Panel as parent representatives. I would like to firstly congratulate them both on their appointment and secondly thank them for putting themselves forward.

This week I have had the pleasure of welcoming students from Gustavus Adolphus University in Minnesota who will be working with us in Primary until Christmas. This training experience not only contributes towards the completion of their teaching qualification, but also opens their eyes to what International teaching is like.

On Thursday we hosted an Apple Lighthouse event, where visitors from schools around Spain came to see what we do, how we use technology and how we help develop our students thinking.  On the back of our parent ambassador launch last Thursday, we ran the first of the parent ambassador training sessions, where they also took part in the Apple Lighthouse.  Thank you to everyone who volunteered to take part.

I would like to draw your attention to the fireworks event that the PTA will be hosting on our return.  If you would like to come and help out, please email the PTA at  I would like to remind you that this is a ticketed event. Tickets can be obtained from Tuesday after the break and will cost 5€, under 6 years free. Please note that this is a community event. It is therefore essential that younger students are NOT dropped off to attend on their own. Students from M2 and younger will not be admitted without an accompanying parent.  Your support in this matter is valued and appreciated.

Finally I would like to wish you a wonderful half term break! I can’t believe we are already 1/6th of the way through the school year! Remember Monday 5th November is a staff training day, so I look forward to welcoming you back on Tuesday 6th before 8.50 am.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

SIS Technology Tour Event

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

On Thursday, we hosted a SIS Technology tour events.  Over 30 school leaders from schools around Spain 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.

P4 Paula Días Palomo – P4 Alfonso Tovar Lopéz – P4 Marcos Álvarez Ruiz  – P4 Zack Barling – P5 Paula Sánchez Lara – P5 Raúl Sánchez Pintado – P5 Paloma Arévalo García  – P5 Maria Rato Vera – P6 Valeria Merida Villa – P6 Alejandro Calle Pintado – M1 Oscar Jefferson – M2 José Rafael Mellado Garcia – M2 Rodrigo García Orrillo – M2 Sofia Villegas Maestro – M4 Pelayo Pérez Crespo – M4 Oscar Stoneham – M5 Jacob Fisher Moreno – D1 David Partal Gomez – D1 Javier Rando Calderon – D1 Felipe Escribano Correro

The visitors also had the opportunity to hear from 3 groups of students who showcased their projects:

Fashion dresses in green

Thank you to everyone who dropped off clothes this week for my recycled fashion project.

Blanca Morales

M5 student

Spanish department Benefit Christmas Dinner

Christmas is coming!!! And for one more year the Spanish Department is organising the fourth edition of our traditional Christmas charity dinner for parents and staff on Saturday 24th of November.

This year we are pleased to inform you that the dinner will be hosted in the Almenara Hotel, Sotogrande.



This event is a platform to unite the community and most importantly, to gather funds for our NGO The Kindred Project and our local community; improving Hogar Betania facilities and with that, the life of local families and children without resources.

For further information and to buy your tickets please contact the Spanish Department/ parent ambassador Sara Hägglöf or Estrella as a representative of the PTA. /  /


Global Citizenship in action

(Background information article in Secondary News)

Hi, my name is Amigo! I am a black Labrador mix. I loved my family, but one day, when I thought that they were going to take me for a walk, they dropped me off at the pound. I was sad and missed my owner very much. Although it’s nice here, running around with other friendly dogs, getting food, water, I miss having a loving home. I get so upset and jealous when my friends are chosen by a new family. We all want to be the chosen one! My friends and I all just want to be loved. I think that I want to be loved the most. I have so much love to give in return. I love being tickled and I LOVE BELLY RUBS! It upsets me when I am locked away in this weird cage during the night, especially now that it is getting cold. I just want to be able to fall asleep on my owner’s lap. It’s been 10 years now, since I was born and I know I deserve a home. I don’t want to be here for the rest of my days. Please choose me, I will be the best dog ever! I am such a good boy! I would love to have a loving home.

Can you consider adopting me? If so, please contact Jen Liptrot (Global Citizenship Coordinator/ GCP M2 Teacher) by email:

Much love, Amigo.


New Russian after school club

Русский образовательный центр Ольги Пахомовой и Sotogrande International School

приглашает детей разного возраста в группы по изучению русского языка как родного. Обучение в соответствии с российскими образовательными стандартами с установкой на билингвизм. Сертификат лингводидактического диагностирования детей – билингвов с 1 – 8 класс. Подготовка к ОГЭ и ЕГЭ. Российский аттестат об образовании. Занятия по понедельникам и пятницам с 16.00 часов. Запись по телефону +34 634 892 780.


The Kindred Project News

Rice Day

We are proud to announce that with the first Rice Day of the year we have managed to raise 751€ thanks to the participation of over 400 secondary students!

Out of the 449 students that ate lunch at the cantina only 37 chose not to pledge, meaning that 92% of the students ate rice! The money raised will go towards the Indonesia Emergency Appeal to support the victims after the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Thank you all for your commitment and collaboration. Rice Day is a wonderful way of supporting communities in need and it wouldn’t be possible without your help!

Remember that all future Rice Day profits will go towards supporting Hogar Betania’s Summer Camp for 70 local children in need. Donated funds cover the costs of the meals – breakfast, lunch & snack – provided to the children at the camp.

We are already looking into new ideas for our next Rice Day on 15th November. Thank you!

Lucía Gil Aycart – D1 student



It’s Expedition time at The Kindred Project!

The Kindred Project is delighted to announce the launch of the 2019 Expeditions to Uganda and Ecuador.

If your child is interested in joining one of these extraordinary experiences, please send us an e-mail to  to find out all about it! We would like to remind you that these expeditions are open to M3-D2 students. There are only 14 spaces available on each expedition, don’t miss out! Application deadline is the 15th November.


Med Steps Challenge – TOMORROW!

Ms. Jade Tattersall is organising a charity hike up the iconic Mediterranean Steps in Gibraltar on Saturday 27th October to support our Indonesia Emergency Appeal. Participants are kindly requested to contribute €10 towards the Appeal, payable to Jade on the day. Meeting point is at 10am, after passport control on the Gibraltar side of the frontier. For more information, please email:

Hope to see you there!

Berlin Swift Innovation Summit October 2018

Last weekend a group of SIS teachers, Tim Kirby, Eder Pascual Soto and Carmelo Sánchez Martín had the privilege to take part at the Apple Swift Innovation Summit in Berlin. The summit was organised by Apple Education and aimed to network and share good practice amongst key educators around the EMEIA region by creating, connecting and coding during these two days in Berlin.


PTA News

The school year’s favourite party is upon us – the Autumn Festival, with an amazing fireworks finale!


Live music, bungee trampolines, virtual reality, food stalls & bar, photo booth and much more.

Tickets are just 5€ and children under 6 are free.

This event is open to the whole of the Sotogrande community so get your entry tickets now! They are available from the school office and gate, as well as at Benesse restaurant (next to Mercadona).

All children M2 and under must be accompanied by an adult.



We are creating a recipe book with our Fundamentals families to share and celebrate the diversity of our nursery.

In order to create this book we ask each family to write down a typical or traditional recipe that can identify the family, country or culture.  This is our seventh recipe book!


Message from Emma Butler, Head of Primary

Parent Workshop

On Tuesday morning Andrea Bennett, Primary Years Programme coordinator led a parent workshop about the brain; providing an opportunity for parents to learn a little about recent brain research and its impact on our approach to teaching at SIS. The structure of the brain and some key features about the nature of neurons were explored using fun, interactive activities, mirroring the way lessons are delivered in the classroom.  By applying the approaches that we believe work well for students, an atmosphere was created that allowed for parents to ask questions, make connections with their previous knowledge and to consider the expectations they have of their children.


P6 extending their learning outside the classroom

This week, P6 visited the art gallery, ‘Museo Ralli’, in Marbella as part of their Unit of Inquiry on ‘changes’ in recent history. They explored first-hand, different styles and forms used in Modern Art by a range of painters and sculptors.




Congratulations to P5 Miss Morrison’s class, winners of the ice-cream party for class that read the most minutes during October Readathon.

Any remaining Readathon sponsorship money should be sent/ brought to school as soon as possible after the half term holiday.

M5 Spanish Language Acquisition “LEARNING BY DOING” TAPAS

“Learning by doing” is the basis of our learning, so that as part of unit 1 “Spanish Culture”, the M5 students of Spanish as a second language have carried out two interesting educational experiences where the fundamental thing has been that they are the protagonists of their own learning in a real and practical environment. These two activities are related to traditional Spanish gastronomy: On the one hand, some students participated in a tapas contest where they had to investigate native recipes to later cook them and present them before a very demanding jury to whom they have explained the recipe, its ingredients, the preparation process and difficulties encountered. This year the quality of the tapas has been very high and the jury found it difficult to select a possible winner. Finally, we must congratulate Elise Looyens, winner of the first prize with her tapa of waffles with a fusion of ham, cheese and pesto and Caroline Aarup Jensen with her tapa fusion of shrimp curry with Naan bread. On the other hand, all our students have visited a traditional bar in Pueblo Nuevo, Moncayo, where they were able to order and taste various typical tapas, participating in very pleasant conversational exchanges with the waiters and the owner of the restaurant. The students have shown a good knowledge of Spanish culture and have enjoyed it very much.


Congratulations to the M1-D1 students who successfully auditioned for this year´s Secondary School Musical – FAME! 80 students auditioned over the two week process and it been a challenge for the directorial team to complete the casting with so much incredible talent competing for the various roles. We have now finalised the list for what is going to be an absolutely awesome cast and we are looking forward to putting together an unforgettable show over the upcoming months. Mrs. Pinnock has had dance rehearsals up and running for the past couple of weeks and the choreography is already promising to be fabulous! After half term we will be contacting the parents of the cast with an overview of rehearsals and key dates for the diary.


M2 Global Citizenship in action

M2 Global Citizenship Students are learning about animal rights. During this unit, nineteen students have devised an action plan to help support our community’s most vulnerable animals. The students have come up with an exciting initiative to try to rehome vulnerable and older animals which are in desperate need of finding a forever home. They have also written to local vets to ask for donations of medicines, old leashes and collars that can be used to help care for animals in need, particularly those at Los Barrios Dogs Home. Do you have a lot to offer an older or more vulnerable dog? If you think you can provide a loving, forever home, please keep an eye out in the newsletter for more information or contact Jen Liptrot (GCP COORDINATOR) by email at:

STOP PRESS! – See our new message in Whole School News.


University & Careers News

This week, we have had a visit from the University of British Columbia, Canada. It was great to have Katrina Luvancigh in to speak with a number of our interested students on the application process for studying in Canada. Canada has been a fairly consistent choice with SIS students in the past and at least 3 of our current cohort are focusing on Canada as their first choice destination. SIS Alumni such as Adam Newton Blows who studied Economics at UBC, Laura Fayaud who studied Behavioural Neuroscience, Robert Duckworth who read History at UBC, Alex Martin who followed the Medical School programme and Elizabeth Waterous who read PPE as well as Max Waterous, Michael Saunders and Matthew Duckworth from earlier years are testament to the attraction of Canada´s high quality education system, and its global recognition as they have all been incredibly successful in their respective fields. In conversations with Katrina it is clear that both merit and extra curricular scholarships are available to students who raise their profile in their applications. This is where the IB programme with its CAS element and of course our own NGO The Kindred Project really come to the fore. I expect Canadian applications to continue to increase over the coming years as SIS Alumni continue to disseminate the merits of a degree in Canada. Thanks again to Katrina for coming to visit us.



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