School Newsletter 29.03.2019


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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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29th March

 School Calendar

Saturday 30 MarchPaul Templeton memorial – Sotogrande church – 14:00
Monday 1 AprilP3 & P4 Expressive Arts performance ‘Space Pirates’ – 18:30 – 19:30 in school theatre
Tuesday 2 AprilP1 Unit based trip
Tuesday 2 AprilP3 & P4 Expressive Arts performance ‘Space Pirates’ – 18:30 – 19:30 in school theatre
Wednesday 3 AprilInformal Brexit information session – 16:00 in Cantina (see Message from the Head)
Wednesday 3 AprilP2-P4 Sports Day – 10:00 -12:10 on pitch
Thursday 4 AprilP5 & P6 Sports Day – 10:00- 12:15 on pitch
Friday 5 AprilEC1 – P1 Sports Day – 10:00 -12:10 on pitch
Friday 5 AprilLast day of Spring term
Friday 5 AprilPrimary reports available on Managebac

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I would like to begin by asking you to watch this video of the D2 art exhibition, created by Mr Mortimer. It was such a lovely event, allowing our students a platform to share their creations and talk about their processes and sources of inspiration.  I loved the variety of mediums that students had chosen to explore; this demonstrates a wonderful variety of skill sets and flexibility from the students and art team. The venue was perfect and I would publicly like to thank Marilyn Canela from the Maritimo hotel for hosting the event. If you were unable to attend the event, you are still able to view all of the art pieces, as these will be on display until the end of the week.

On Thursday, after weather delays to the ferry, we welcomed back our D1 students from their trip to Asni. This year I asked the team to send me a few lines on Monday, this is what they said.

“After a turbulent crossing over the straits and a frantic dash for the night train, we made it to Marrakech and made our way to the foothills of the Atlas Mountains for the 11th CAS expedition to Asni. As we write this, we have just returned from intercultural exchanges at the local high school followed by a football match. Sunday saw arts and crafts workshops with 130 Moroccan children between ages of 6-11; this was after an 11km mountain trek !!! Tomorrow we look forward to visiting the waterfalls, it has been an amazing, eye opening experience and it will be a sad and emotional farewell.”

Next week on Wednesday at 4pm, we would like to invite any interested parties to an informal talk about Brexit and possible impacts. Charmaine Arbouin who is the British Consul for Andalucía and a parent at Sotogrande, will be sharing her thoughts and advice on action steps and possible outcomes.

She will give a quick update on where UK is now with the Brexit negotiations and more importantly she’ll clarify the UK and Spanish governments’ official advice on what UK nationals living in Spain should do to ensure that they continue to live/stay trouble-free in Spain after Brexit (whenever that is!).  Topics will include residency, healthcare, pensions, driving and travel. She will take questions, and for any that she is unable to answer, she will take contact details and ensure people get a tailored response from the Consulate/Embassy. She will also give official email and website addresses where people can register to ensure that they are immediately informed of updates.

Today we hosted the M5 Personal Project fair. It was a wonderful opportunity to explore the variety of projects that students have created in response to this challenging task. The products are only one strand of a very challenging set of assessment criteria, however they are the physical creation of the M5s’ process. I would like to congratulate all of the M5 students for stepping up to the challenge, thank all of the supervisors for their hard work, time and guidance and finally thank Mr Paul Lang, for his leadership of the whole process.

Following the release of fees, we have had a few questions that I would like to address here.

  1. Families intending to leave in June will need to give formal notice of departure by 31stMarch 2019 4:00 PM.  This notice needs to be written to the admissions team, This notice will cancel your child’s place for next year and provide an opening for another family. Late notice of departure (ie. after 31st March, 4:00 PM) may mean you forfeit the right to the return of your original deposit.
  2. All families who are staying (ie have not formally given intentions to leave) will be asked to pay a 500€ per child down payment of next year’s school fees. We will send an advance payment request soon after March 31st. This payment will need to be made by the 15thMay 2019. This amount will be deducted from the school fees for the new school year. D1 Students will not have to pay 500€ in advance
  3. If you have a direct debit already set up with the school to pay fees and wish to pay the 500€ per child advanced payment this way, please contact the finance team before April 20th to arrange this.
  4. Parents who pay the full year in advance, will not have to make an advanced payment, as long as this is made before 15th May 2019.
  5. When making a transfer / advance payment, please write in the “concept” advanced payment for (children’s name/ family name) for school fees 2019/2020.
  6. All account balances will need to be cleared by 31stMay 2019, this includes all extra curricular activities, music lessons, ELD lessons etc.

Finally I would like to remind you that the memorial for Paul Templeton will take place tomorrow at 2pm at the Sotogrande Church.  I hope you and your family are able to attend.

Best wishes

PTA News

40th Anniversary Cocktail Party

Did you save the date? If not, then ensure you add Saturday 25th May now! The PTA has now released tickets for the SIS 40th Anniversary Cocktail party at the beautiful Finca Monasterio. There will be music, entertainment, food, a DJ and 2 hours of complimentary drinks. Book now for a 5% discount (available online until April 1st)

Need a lift? Transport to and from Sotogrande is being provided (with 2 departure times at the end of the evening). Simply click the ‘ticket with transport’ when you go to buy.

Perhaps make a weekend of it and book a room (or yurt!) at Finca Monasterio. There’s a special rate of only €100 that includes breakfast! Please contact Jessica Santos:

Sports Round up


Attendance to athletics clubs has been extremely low; the PHE team are trying to pick teams for upcoming events (April 30th and May 9th) so please attend clubs on Mondays and Tuesday after school.


Congratulations to C.R.Estrecho sub 16s who won the league at the weekend in a hard fought 10-12 game in Jerez against E.R. Marianistas.  The team finished the season undefeated thanks to a number of SIS students; Felix P. (captain), Ben B., Felix S., Billy S., Robbie S., Oscar S., Albert E. and Stella M.


Boys and girls from P6 will be representing SIS in a Futsal tournament on Wednesday 3rd April at Atalaya School.


Would any secondary students interested in playing for SIS in a golf tournament,  please email Mr Summers on

There is a school fixture v TASIS (American School in London) on May 27-28th.


Unfortunately the U9 tournament this week was cancelled due to high winds. In the Costa del Sol Tournaments this year the school has had huge success;

U19 Boys Champions
U19 Girls Champions
U15 Boys Champions
U15 Girls Champions
U13 Boys Champions
U11 Girls Champions

Well done to all our teams!

Bohemian Rhapsody Rock & Video Camp 

The Sotogrande Music Academy is super excited to announce their first ever Easter music camp!

By popular demand, it’s a Bohemian Rhapsody Rock & Video Camp with our famous SIS video producer, Mr Darren Mortimer!

All details are on posters below, however if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Miss Laura on

It’s going to be AMAZING to re-create this iconic song with such AMAZING musicians and singers.  We hope to see you all there!

La Reserva Club News

Tennis and Golf Kids Camp – 8th – 19th April
We are launching a brand new kids camp program! Children of all ages will have the opportunity to master new skills as part of our golf and tennis camp between 10:00-12:00 each day from Monday to Friday. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays they will focus on tennis while on Tuesdays and Thursdays, they will enjoy various golf activities.

There is limited availability!

 Junior Tennis Tournament at La Reserva Club

Sign your kids up for La Reserva’s 4th Junior Tennis Tournament on Saturday 30th of March. Kids from the age of 8 to 18 can compete in the under -12, under -14 and under -18 categories.

 Reserve by emailing or call +34 663 020 792

New school buses on Marbella route

We would like to inform you that we have added an additional bus for the Marbella route and also a late bus to Marbella that will leave SIS at 5.10pm for students who have after school extracurricular activities.

If you wish to sign up your child up for either of these buses, please email


Easter Intensive Spanish Course

Fundamentals News

Deep in concentration, our little ones examine the flowers and leaves they collected on their walk. Using the light table, magnifying glasses and their sense of touch and smell they learn more about the world in which we live.


Message From Miss Emma Butler

I look forward to welcoming parents to our Sports Days next week.

Dates and times as follows:

  • Wednesday 3 April – P2-P4 Sports Day – 10:00 -12:10 on pitch
  • Thursday 4 April – P5& P6 Sports Day – 10:00- 12:15 on pitch
  • Friday 5 April  – EC1 – P1 Sports Day – 10:00 -12:10 on pitch


Music Concert

At the Peri concert everyone played their instruments or sang for the parents to watch. There where groups of ukulele players playing with Mr Matt and bands. There were beginners in piano and Trumpet for all to watch.
I felt nervous, excited and confident all at the same time.
It felt enormously good to show the parents what we could all do.

Mikella p5


Art Society Young Artists Competition 2019

Alina K. was one of the students representing the school at the prize giving ceremony for the Arts Society Young Artists’ Competition in Espacio Joven, San Roque on Friday the 22nd of March.

The following SIS students also had art works on display in this exhibition and all were awarded certificates: Anastasia P., Isabel B., Leonie W., Natalia B., Polina V. (D1), Hattie G. (M5) and Pablo M. (M4).

M2 Individuals and Societies LOMCE trip

On Friday March 22nd M2 Individuals & Societies LOMCE group had the opportunity to learn in a fun way how our ancestors lived. The trip is part of our inquiry unit “Our Origins”. We visited Los Dólmenes de Corominas in Estepona, where following a hiking trail we could see the survival of the Paleolithic and Neolithic man using local natural resources. We took part in workshops in which we saw the evolution of weapons. We also learned about the work of archeologists through a fun archeology workshop. Through this activity we have gained a great passion for learning about Prehistory.

M5 Political campaigns and election simulation

On the 1st April at 12:00pm the M5 Individual and Societies students will take part in a general election simulation for the fictional Central American country of Cortuguay.  This will be the culminating event of a group project that has been very enthusiastically worked on for the past few weeks. Please read more here.

Careers and Courses

M3 DP2023 Pathways session 2

On Monday morning we had a great follow up from the February Pathways session, which investigated career and university shortlists. This time the students used the Google classroom and Unifrog to record and set targets on developing their competencies and activities as they move towards M4.

Alumni News

It was great to catch up with Katya who graduated from SIS with her IB Diploma in 2008, and went on to study Animation in Madrid at ESDIP Since graduating, Katya has been working in Russia and the UK, as well as completing an internship in Germany. She is now a freelance animator, based in Spain. You can see her work on Instagram.

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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