School Newsletter 31.05.2019


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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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31th May 2019

 School Calendar

Monday 3 – Friday 7 June

M5 End of year examinations

Monday 3 – Wednesday 5 June         

P6 overnight trip

Tuesday 4 June

PTA AGM – 09:00 in Cantina (See Whole School News)

Tuesday 4 June

P3 Unit based trip

Tuesday 4 June

D1 Theatre performance –18:00 in Theatre (See Whole School News)

Friday 7 June

P2 Unit based trip

Friday 7 June

Dream Factory Grand Final – 18:00 – 20:30 in Marquee

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I would like to begin this week by thanking and congratulating the PTA and the PTA events team for organizing a wonderful 40th celebration at Finca Monasterio. The venue was truly stunning, with a great blend of indoor and outdoor spaces for people to mingle. The live band, headed by Mr Wix allowed the night to arrive in style, with a DJ taking over later in the evening. With wonderful food, great company and a fabulous 40th celebratory video,  the whole evening shone as a tribute to 40 years of successful, progressive and life-shaping education.  Here’s to another 40 years!

On Tuesday afternoon our M3 students took part in the final part of their Community Project, the showcase. This project has lasted for 8 months and has allowed students to work on a sustained project for a period of time, managing their time, working independently and setting goals. The greatest feature of this project is that all action has to impact a community. The range and diversity of the projects exhibited at the showcase was amazing; I only managed to speak to a few groups during the afternoon however the list below of their activities surely illustrates the wide variety of projects.

The banning of plastic bottles at school / Raising awareness of prostate cancer / Training dogs to work with people with autism / Beach clean ups / Sending Science kits to Uganda / Developing a vacuum to suck plastic from the ocean.

I would like to congratulate the students for rising to the challenge, the supervisors for their support and guidance and Miss Gara for her leadership of the event.

Wednesday saw our P6 students host parents, staff and other students for their PYP Exhibition. The theme “Live life the real way” was diverse and allowed our students to explore many different topics. Some overarching themes included healthy living, sport, healthy eating, screen addiction and art.  I was amazed by the confidence of our P6 students, the range of research they had done and the quality of their presentations. Congratulations to all of the P6 students and the primary staff who guided and supervised the exhibition journey.

Following Prank day, thank you for your tolerance for this day; tonight we will be celebrating the graduation of our D2 students. This will be a wonderful evening to celebrate a great year group, some of whom have been at Sotogrande International School for 15 years, to reflect on their achievements and wish them luck as they fly the nest and start new adventures.

Finally I would like to inform you that letters have been sent home to all families who have not yet paid a 500€ down payment on next year’s fees. It is critical that you make contact with the school and pay the down payment to secure places for next year. Thanks in advance for your help and support over this.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

Cantina News

We are continuing to try recipes suggested by the P5 children. This month we cooked the exquisite recipe of chicken flamenquin, serrano ham and egg that Enrique suggested and it has been a success. Next month we have a vegetarian recipe…looking forward to trying it!

PTA News

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.

40th Anniversary Cocktail Party
We would like to thank everyone who supported the event and those who came along. It was a very special evening.
Thanks also to the wonderful KP team who ran the sleepover and who were very much missed at the party. 

The Kindred Project News

Primary Sleepover

Last Saturday we held the third, and last Primary Sleepover of this school year. 88 enthusiastic P3-P6 students enjoyed the fun array of activities organised by KP Secondary students: pool party, sport games, BBQ, disco, and of course, camping on the sports pitch! With the invaluable support of 29 secondary students and 12 members of staff, we managed to raise an incredible €2.034! 100% of these funds will go towards our university scholarship programme in Ecuador, which currently supports 2 Tsáchila students. Kevin and Ramón are 2 of only a handful of Tsáchila students to ever attend university, and we feel extremely proud of enabling this life-shaping opportunity. SIS students going on the Ecuador expedition this summer will be able to get to know Kevin and Ramón as they will be staying with them at the Shino Pi Bolón Cultural Centre! Our most sincere thanks to all who participated and supported our Sleepover.

Marta J.,D1 student

The Kids from Fame 2019

We would like to thank the SIS community for being such a wonderful audience for the Secondary Show performance of The Kids from Fame. Over 1,000 people came and saw the show and an amazing 5.330 euros was raised through ticket sales.

The funds raised will go towards Hogar Betania’s Summer Camp, specifically to buy educational resources and stationery, games and sports gear, equipment such as extra chairs, tables and gazebo tents, cleaning products, and first aid material, amongst other basic needs. The Summer Camp is directed to approximately 75 children going through dire economic situations, between the ages of 5 and 15, throughout the months of July and August.

The link to the filmed performance will be coming soon!

With thanks from the Fame cast, crew, directorial team and The Kindred Project.

Sports Roundup


SIS hosted the last football tournament of the year. After successes in every year group so far it was time for our youngest squad to perform. The three teams were excellent on the day in very hot conditions. The boys B team of P3 students performed well against boys a year older, drawing their first game but losing the next three so they failed to progress from group. The girls team made it to the semi-finals before losing out 0-2 in a tight game. The boys A team progressed through the group and won a tight semi-final before drawing 0-0 in the final. In a very tense penalty shootout the boys held their nerves to be crowned champions. This was a much deserved victory as they did not concede a goal during the tournament. Some of our M5 footballers were asked to referee and did a fantastic job receiving lots of praise from teachers from the other schools.

The M1-M3 football teams will be heading off to Porto, Portugal next week. Over the 4 days there will a total of 6 fixtures as well as a visit to Porto FC, the host of the UEFA Nations Finals next week. Parents/students please remember to bring your luggage (carry on bag only) to the PE office by 9am Wednesday 5th June, the coach will be leaving at 12.15. Good luck to all staff and students on this exciting trip.


On Monday last week SIS hosted their first ever golf tournament v TASIS The American School in England. Our guests were staying at the Almenara and the fixture was hosted there. In total there were 16 students with 9 different nationalities from 4 continents. This was a great experience for our students. The tournament format was scramble where we played 2v2 and each pairing used the best ball. Adam B. and Claudia A. (M5) were our first pairing; Joseph W and Bryce G (M4) went off second. Our third pairing were Fernando C. (M4) and Julia S. (M3) and the final pairing were Charlie G. (M4) and Danny S. (M3).

The standard of play was exceptional and our first two pairings went around in -6 and -4. Overall we won 3 of the 4 matches and most importantly were great hosts to our visitors from London.


Some primary students will be heading to Aloha College to compete in an indoor athletics festival on June 13th, good luck to all those competing.


The PHE team was very happy to welcome Mrs. Samantha Weaver to SIS this week. Mrs. Weaver is an experienced Elite Swimming Coach and will be taking over the role of Head of Swimming at SIS next year. We are hoping that this will provide some excellent opportunities to develop our swim squad in a top class facility. In June primary parents will have the opportunity to watch their children compete in annual swim galas, please listen out for further information.

Rugby del Estrecho
The boys of Straits Rugby Club (RDE) dreamed of the day they would be able to go to play at Valladolid, the great base for rugby and location for the National Sub 10, Sub 8 and Sub 6 Festival, a contest of formative rugby that has broken attendance records with a total of 2,300 participants, both players and coaches, belonging to 150 teams from 36 clubs, and a volume of attendance that can reach 8,000 people. Thus, throughout the weekend, thousands of children from clubs across the country have been seen in the fields of Pepe Rojo enjoying this competition, organized by the VRAC. The Straits Sub 10 team, which included players Zachary S. and Mateo R. from SIS, won everything in the so-called Promotion Division, thereby crediting them as Spanish Champions.

Sotogrande International Music Academy News

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Our students from SIMA surprised us with this special version of Bohemian Rhapsody recorded during the Easter camp. In just three days they managed to combine their individual voices in this thrilling result. Thanks to music teachers Laura Krier and Paul Skelton for their great work and film teacher Darren Mortimer for this fantastic video. 

UPCOMING SIMA Summer Rock Camps

Do you want to learn how to sing in a capella group, beatbox, play in a band or audition for The Voice?  Sotogrande International Music Academy offers a wide variety of music camps that cover skills such as these. Our local music camps are perfect for musicians of any skill level who want to increase their skills and gain valuable music experience.

Primary School News


Investigating insects curious about the shapes being projected onto the wall,  out little ones have been learning about insects. Tracing their shapes and learning their names, a fun way to meet our friends the insects!

Message From Miss Emma Butler

PYP Exhibition

Once again our P6 exhibition wowed parents.  The students were very excited and nervous as they arrived on Wednesday morning, ready to put final touches to their displays. The theme for this year was “Live life the real way”; the students chose a wide variety of areas to explore within this which included music, memory, helping people, tech addiction and sports.  Through their inquiries the students applied skills they have been learning through their primary years and had to make many decisions to select the most appropriate formats to share their knowledge.  A very big thank you to the parents who were so generous with their time and gave such positive feedback.  Well done, P6.


In connection with our “Houses and Homes Around the World” and “Journeys” Units of Inquiry, the D1 students visited their P1 friends and shared their very enriching Asni experiences with them.  Everyone had a brilliant time and the P1 children learnt so much about Asni and its wonderful people and culture. It was beautiful to see how the older students became such positive role models for the P1 students.  The younger children really looked up to them and loved listening to them talk about their adventures.  All the P1 students are very excited about the possibility of experiencing this very unique and special journey for themselves in the future. We would like to thank the D1 students who gave up their time to make this very special morning possible.

P5/P6 Alice In Wonderland T-Shirts

To promote our P5/P6 Expressive Arts production of Alice in Wonderland we have decided to have a special t-shirt made. From 10th June until the production on June 19th students will be able to wear these t- shirts instead of their white school polo shirts up until the night of the performance.

If you would like to purchase a t-shirt please fill in the order slip on the letter your child has taken home. All t-shirt orders need to be returned to your child’s class teacher with payment by 5th June. T-shirts will cost 10 euros each.  This is the only time we can place an order. There will be NO opportunity to re-order the shirts later.

Eco-school visitors

On Thursday we welcomed Carmen, a visitor from Eco-school headquarters in Madrid.  She was joined by committed eco-warriors from Primary:  From P6, Teiva, Javi and Sulayman and from P4, Mariana and Lucia.  They told her about the recycling program that Eco-school club had promoted through their assemblies, and about the gardening activities that they have undertaken.  She visited the permaculture garden and the primary wormery, which recycles waste food and turns it into fertilizer.  At the end of the day, she met with M3 students Felix, Jack, Julia and Lola to discuss their impressive community project initiatives.

Dream Factory 2019 Final – Friday 7th June

Tickets now on sale.


Secondary School News

M1 relating to Nature

As part of the interdisciplinary unit “Exploring the relationships between humanity and natural systems” that all M1 students are working on, the humanities LOMCE group has had the opportunity of visiting a natural space next to the school. In their visits they have identified different plant species and learnt about their natural applications. On the other hand they have also discovered the different economic uses that human beings make of these resources. All this new practical knowledge has been captured in the field notebooks that each student has prepared. We will continue working on this interdisciplinary unit in class and in a next visit to Pinar del Rey where they will be able to put into practice what they have learned in class.

Mr. Jorge & Mr. Vélez

M3 Community Project showcase 2019

On Tuesday the M3 students presented their community project work to the SIS students and parents. They showed their knowledge and contributions to society and how they were responsible for their own learning journey. It was amazing seeing them speaking with such confidence and enthusiasm about global issues and their experiences as a volunteer. After a long time investigating, planning and reflecting they had to prepare an oral presentation where they were assessed by a group of supervisors. Tuesday was an opportunity to share their experiences and to showcase their work to the rest of the school community. We hope you enjoyed it!

Visit to the Russian Museum in Malaga

On Wednesday a group of our Russian students went to Malaga to see the new exhibition of Russian art, which just arrived from St Petersburg. In this exhibition titled ‘ Saints, Queens and Workers’, we saw images of women in history: from the first Christian saints on the icons to Tzarinas on their magnificent portraits from the palaces, from peasant girls to Soviet workers to the modern Mums and all the other women. Many of the images appeared to be related to the literature we study and the students were able to make connections between various forms of art.  The second part of the exhibition was a collection of works by Russian female artists from late 19 and 20 century. 

Boarding House News

The Boarders had a great time in Tarifa on Saturday, swimming in the sea, shopping in the old town and enjoying the glorious sunshine! Sunday was very relaxing with a trip to Sotogrande Port, as many of our Boarders were tired from helping out at the very successful primary sleepover on Saturday night!

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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