School Newsletter 4.05.2018

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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.

 School Calendar

Saturday 5 MayFamily Fun Day at El Octogono (see Whole school section)
Monday 7Friday 18 May – D2 exams continue
Monday 7 MayP3 unit based trip
Tuesday 8 MayP2 unit based trip
Wednesday 9 MayM1 & M2 volleyball completion at Sunnyview College
Thursday 10 MayWhole school Rice Day
Friday 11 MayM5 Arts trip
Friday 11 MayD1 Physics trip
Friday 11 MayM1 IDU trip

Good afternoon Parents and Guardians,

I hope you enjoyed the public Holiday on Tuesday and were able to get outside and enjoy the sunshine.

I would like to begin by congratulating all of the M1 and M2 students who took part in the UK Maths Challenge this year. The challenge is set up to really push all students in M2 and below.  Last Thursday they sat the exam to test their mathematical knowledge. (Click here to see this year’s exam paper). We hope our students performed well  and will announce the results when we receive them later this term.

A couple of weeks ago we were fortunate to have a visit from the Maserati Iberia team here in Spain, introduced to us by Luxury Garden.  The purpose of the visit was to explore possible lines of collaboration between SIS and Maserati.

The visitors had the opportunity to see how we integrate technology and engineering into some of our school projects. As part of their visit, a diverse and mixed group of students from the SIS Pre-engineers club demonstrated and explained some of the projects in which they have been actively involved. A group of primary pre-engineers club members, showed the design of wheels and chasis of a car using CAD/CAM software, followed by a presentation by a group of secondary students on the use of robots and programming as part of their challenge “Robocampeones”.

We would like to thank the Maserati Iberia team and Luxury Garden for their visit and time and of course also thank our group of students for their effort and commitment in each of the projects.

Student presenters were Oliver Perez Barroso & Marcos Álvarez Ruiz (P3), Manuel Sánchez Moral, Alejandro Calle Pintado & Teivar Hamaini (P5), Eduardo de Luque Martín (P6), Dante Garcia (M1), Fernando Romero Martín (M2), Daniel Perez, Benjamin Looyens & Ilya Bilyalov (M3), Javier Rando Calderón & David Partal Goméz (M5).

Hopefully this is just the start of a future collaboration which will help our young pre-engineers develop their passions further.

Whilst I share information about our budding engineers, I would like to congratulate one of our D2 students who has achieved a place at DELF, a top Engineering University in Holland to study Aerospace Engineering. Loreto Bordas Diaz has worked incredibly hard over the last few months, not only to prepare for her final exams, but also to complete the entrance exams for this prestigious University and course. She took 3 exams; Maths, Physics and a final one in Areodynamics and Propulsion. They have awarding her a place starting in September.

On Wednesday our Under 12 and Under 16 rugby teams both took first place in a tournament , organised by  Rugby Club del Estrecho to raise the profile of rugby. Congratulations to everyone who took part.

Well done to all the students who represented SIS in inter-school athletics competitions this week.  Huge congratulations to the primary team who finished first in their competition at St. Anthony’s in Mijas Costa.  Our secondary team came fourth in their competition at Cartama; there were some great individual performances in both competitions.

On Wednesday Mr Sanchez and Mr Wickersham departed for an event in Chicago. Following our recent presentations at Apple events, we have been invited to present at the Apple Summit in the USA. This is the first time European schools have been invited to an event in the USA and is testament to the hard work, dedication and drive of our staff and our Head of IT, Mr Sanchez. We wish them well and hope they come back with lots of interesting and innovative ideas to keep the development of our IT programme progressive and cutting edge.

Finally I would like to thank you for supporting our Send a Child to School project. Last Friday we raise another €665,11, helping and enabling more students to receive access to a quality education in Nabugabo.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Best wishes

Jak Kearney


Family fun day in El Octogono – 5th May

The purpose of this event organized by M3 students Ben B. Remi S. and Frank D., is to raise money and awareness for the SIS dyslexia community. Their idea is to provide a fun day out for the whole family, with padel and lunch at a cost of only 10 euros per person.


Yearbook Advertisement Opportunities

We have started work on the 2018 Yearbook and would like to offer to SIS parents the opportunity to promote their business by advertising in the yearbook. As you know, it is a very important keepsake for students who are leaving us and for everyone a supremely enjoyable summary of the school year. It is created by SIS students with the guidance of their teachers and is a very attractive and valued souvenir, which is distributed free to all SIS families.

Please email for prices and information.

Link to 2017 yearbook (for reference)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – 16th, 17th & 18th May


A talented and committed cast of M1-D1 students has been working hard rehearsing for the upcoming Secondary School show of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Based on a much-loved novel, this dramatic performance takes us on journey through the eyes of the autistic protagonist Christy Boone. The ensemble has developed challenging and unique techniques to bring to life this memorable and emotive narrative.

Recommended for audiences of P5 – adult.

(Parents, please be aware the play does include some mild swearing.)

Tickets, costing 5 Euros, will be on sale at the gate both before and after school from Monday next week. All proceeds will go to support Hogar Betania´s Summer Camp programme.

PTA News

Next meeting

Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday 29th May at 9.15am in the Cantina; all are welcome.

Call To Action – We Want Your Input!

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is drafting its Mission Statement and we want your input.  As parents, teachers, students and staff, you are stakeholders and therefore directly or indirectly impacted by the PTA.  We want to hear your voice as a member of the SIS community.  Here are some questions to get you started:


All responses are welcome, please send by Friday, May 11th to  

SIS White Summer Party

SAVE THE DATE!  Friday, June 15th for the SIS White Summer Party.

Ticket sales start next week …see Henry in Reception.


The Kindred Project News

 The Kindred Project Celebration

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

Uganda 2018 Expedition

During the Easter Holidays, The Kindred Project ran its 5th expedition to our partner school in Uganda, the Nabugabo Community Learning Centre (NCLC). 12 courageous & committed students, accompanied by 4 inspirational members of SIS staff, spent two unforgettable weeks within NCLC and the local community of Nabugabo.

Students participated in:

  1. Educational activities: led phonics & one to one reading sessions, focused on revision for the Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE), organised educational games and held a 2 day iPad and phonics workshop for all the NCLC staff members;
  2. Physical education activities: took part in the daily running club, played football, delivered PE lessons, and organised the first ever NCLC Olympiads;
  3. Drama, art & music: students scripted and led a play based on a Ugandan traditional story, they ran numerous arts & crafts sessions, painted beautiful murals for the classrooms, “learnt” to drum and dance, sang and did song writing with local musician Henry King;
  4. Community outreach activities: distributed 100 Little Sun solar lights and 10 water filters for families with no electricity and water, 391kg of donated resources to be used at the school or distributed amongst the most needy families, visited the Brain Trust local school, and learnt all about bark cloth, a traditional Ugandan material made from the Mutuba tree, a possible new social enterprise project to be developed in collaboration with NCLC;
  5. Construction: students built the perimeter wall for NCLC campus, required by the education inspectors, constructed a new eating area for the children and put up new monkey bars for the playground
  6. Culture & adventure: the group visited the local town of Masaka and took part in the “Masaka Market Challenge”, in which they had to buy as much as possible in the local market with a set amount of Ugandan shillings, took a weaving workshop & Lugandan language lessons, went monkey tracking, visited the Equator line, Jinja town, and white water rafted down the river Nile!

All of this was made possible thanks to all the funds raised through the different student driven activities carried out throughout the year. Such an incredible achievement in such a short space of time! Thank you for your continuous support; you are also part of all of this!


Above all, our students have learnt more about themselves, the world, and the power they have to create positive change and be proactive global citizens. They have created bonds and memories that will last for a lifetime, helping them to develop their empathy and understanding. It was a phenomenal experience and one that will surely contribute to shape who they are.

Our most sincere “thank you” to Judy and David Batten and all the members of the Nabugabo community for making us feel at home and for your endless generosity. We hope to see you soon!

Check out all the wonderful expedition photos here:

 Send a Child to School Programme

The Kindred Project “Enabling and empowering students to use education as a force for good in the world”.

Last Friday we celebrated our 8th Send a Child to School Day and the result was phenomenal. Thanks to your €1 donation we have managed to raise €665,11 towards this life-shaping sponsorship programme at the Nabugabo Community Learning Centre. We leave you with Patricia and Madrine’s photos, students sponsored by our D1 & D2 classes.

Thank you all so much for your support!

Family fun day

The Kindred Project is collaborating with two local charities Rifcom and the Dental Mavericks for a family fun day to raise funds for an orphanage in Lebanon housing 35 Syrian children affected by the war. Pop down for an afternoon of children’s activities, live music, food and drink in Los Canos, Pueblo Nuevo on Sunday 20th of May.


Family workshop – Create your own aromatic herb garden

We would like to invite you all to participate in a family workshop on Saturday 12th May from 10:00 to 12:00 at Fundamentals to create your own “Aromatic herb garden“.

To fill our home with smells and flavours this spring, we are going to make a beautiful and original vertical garden of aromatic plants so that you can have them always to hand and enjoy them. The workshop will be given by visitors from “HUERTUM”, a Málaga group whose main purpose is to develop agriculture and promote healthy eating in urban areas. This family activity lets us create and cultivate an aromatic herb garden together, which we can then take home! The cost of this activity with materials included is € 35 per family.

If you have any questions and to reserve your place, please contact

Summercamps 2018

Sotogrande International Camps offers a wide variety of programs designed with the same philosophy and educational excellence as SIS, in which students will learn and have fun in a dynamic and different way. Among the available options you can find a wide variety of sports, art, music, volunteering and football with Atlético de Madrid. Please visit our website for more information, or write to the following email:  SIS families will enjoy a special discount.

An unforgettable summer to boost talent and have fun!


Message from Emma Butler

Unit based trips for P2 and P3 this week

P3 were on a trip making connections with coastal settlements and the surrounding physical geography.  The children walked along the coast where they stopped to sketch flowers and discussed why some of the settlements are located there. The students were also lucky enough to see a small pod of dolphins and a flock of flamingos.

On Monday P2 went on a trip to Pequeña África, Jimena.  The weather was perfect and the children had an action packed day at the wildlife park.  After a quick snack, they were shown around the bone museum and prehistoric village.  They then split into groups to meet and pet the tame animals and birds, ride the ponies and go on a horse and cart circuit. Before lunch they all took part in a workshop to make bath salts.  After a delicious lunch they set off on a tractor-trailer ride around the park to see the wild animals and were treated to a birds of prey show.  There was such a lot to see and do and everyone had a really good time.


Costa del Sol Primary Athletics competitions

Fantastic participation from our Primary students who competed in the Costa del Sol Primary Athletics competitions.  They gave it their best and came home overall champions!

It is the first time that our Primary School has won this trophy. In the team events we were also awarded second and third positions.

Well done to all!

University & Careers News

On Thursday the 19th of April, SIS held its fifth dedicated Career Convention, which was the culmination of this year’s Career Week. With over 50 companies in attendance and the ECIS UK university tour also participating, the event was a hive of activity.

M3 to D2 students were all in attendance, alongside Swans school, who visited in the morning. The students were able to gain valuable insights into the world of work, and in many cases they were able to secure work experience and internship opportunities for the future.

Read more about this event on Mr, Mungles blog

Mathematics competition

Last Thursday the 26th of April, 20 students from MYP 1 & MYP 2 participated in the UKMT Junior Challenge competition. For the duration of one hour, the students were solving challenging mathematics problems without a calculator or any measuring devices. Congratulations on the great effort made by all of our students!

M1 & M2 Arts Showcase

In M1-M3 Arts the students are split into four groups – rotating between 9 weeks of Film, Drama, Music and Visual Arts. At the end of each rotation the students gather as a year group to celebrate, share and analyse a demonstration of the skills studied in each of the Arts areas. It is a dynamic and fun event which gives students the opportunity to build confidence in presenting their creative work to an audience.


This weekend the boarders had a fantastic Saturday trip to Tarifa where we learnt to Land Sail! Sitting in a small buggy, you use a sail above your head to catch the wind and propel yourself at some pretty high speeds around a track. The boarders thoroughly enjoyed learning a new skill, and of course racing each other. The coming weekends have some very exciting activities in store for the Sotogrande Boarding House students, so watch this space!




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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