School Newsletter 02.02.2018

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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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2nd February 2018

Versión española 

 School Calendar

Friday 2 – Tuesday 6 FebruaryD1 History trip
Tuesday 6 FebruaryInternational Certification Showcase 15:30 -17:00 in the Cantina – all welcome.
Wednesday 7 FebruaryP1 Unit based trip
Wednesday 7 – Wednesday 14 FebruaryD2 Mock examinations
Friday 9 FebruaryKiss the CASbah
Monday 12 FebruaryP3 Unit based trip
Tuesday 20 FebruaryPTA Open meeting – 19:30, venue TBC

Dear Parents and Guardians,

What an amazing week we have experienced at SIS. Last Friday over 90 students took part in the primary sleepover.  From this one event they raised a record 2000€ for the Kindred Project.  I would like to thank all of the KP secondary students and staff volunteers who supported the event and gave our children an amazing experience and their parents a night out!

Additionally last week we received official confirmation via a phone call from the Head of Instituto Cervantes that all Spanish Language Acquisition courses as well as SILA Spanish courses are certified by the Instituto Cervantes, and therefore we can say that our Spanish department and SILA at SIS are officially recognized as Instituto Cervantes ELE courses.

From the 1st of February we will be proud to display the Instituto Cervantes logo in our premises. As a consequence, we can now request to become an official DELE exam centre, meaning SIS students, the local community and anyone attending our courses will be able to take the DELE exam in our own facilities in the near future.

Huge congratulations to Maria Franco, the Spanish Acquisition department, SILA and everyone who collaborated and helped in achieving this goal.

On Monday and Tuesday we had an M3 Interdisciplinary unit ‘The crime scene’, where students worked as part of a team to solve a murder mystery. Using their problem solving skills, their investigative knowledge and their mathematical logic, they aimed to solve the crime.

On Wednesday our visitors from ISTA arrived to take part in the 4 day theatre festival. We hosted 2 board members from ISTA and over 60 students from 5 International schools in Europe. The students took part in a number of workshops led by professionals from around the world. In addition, they had the opportunity to connect with students from Hogar Betania.  You are all invited to watch the showcase performances on Saturday at 4.30pm in the school cantina

Also on Wednesday students from P5- D1 competed, alongside 11 other schools, in the annual interschool cross-country competition at Sunlands School.  Well done to all our runners, who enjoyed a challenging event in a great sporting atmosphere!

This week we send out the Annual report for 2016-2017.  The report looks back over last academic year and shares the Key Performance Indicators that we reported on last year.  Please take time to read through the report and give any feedback to our advisory board members.

Just to remind you all that the deadline for notification of leaving is 31st March.  Completing the intentions form is NOT a formal indication of departure. To ensure that you receive your deposit back a formal letter must be sent to admissions ( by 31st March at 4pm.

Last week I received a complaint from a parent about people reversing quickly out of parking spaces.  Please remember that we are a community of learners, some are big and many are small.  Please drive slowly, sensitively and carefully, so that we reduce the likelihood of causing a serious accident.  To remind you all of our traffic rules please watch the video here.

On Tuesday and Wednesday next week we will be inspected in connection with our application to be recognized for the CIS International Certificate. As part of this process, I have great pleasure in inviting you to visit our International Certification Showcase, which will take place on Tuesday afternoon from 3.30- 5.00pm in the Cantina.

Finally I would like to remind you that Kiss the Casbah is taking place next Friday 9th Feb. This year the event will take place in Restaurant Bella Notte at Sotogrande Marina. See Whole School news item for details of ticket sales.

I wish you a wonderful weekend

Jak Kearney

Global Citizenship International Certification Showcase

On Tuesday, 6th February from 3.30 pm until 5pm staff, students, parents and guardians are invited to visit our GCP International Certification showcase in the Cantina. Students and staff will display work relating to Global Citizenship from the six projects that were undertaken as part of Sotogrande International School’s application to The Council of International Schools Certification.  This is a unique opportunity to showcase our wonderful work on our international certification projects, so please come and see how our school is growing global citizens and using education as a force for good in the world. Our six projects to be showcased include our revised school guiding statements, environmental sustainability, professional development of new staff, service learning, global citizenship curriculum, and extra and co-curricular activities.

Kiss The CASbah

Dear students and adults, Kiss the CASbah is back…Hosted at the restaurant BellaNotte at Sotogrande Marina, this event will take place on Friday 9th February. D1 students will take the lead in an amazing evening of tasty food and live music to support our partners in Asni, Morocco.

Ticket price is 15€; this includes a simple yet traditional Moroccan 3-course meal.(Vegetarian option available)
There will also be 5€ tickets for Performers (standing only/ no meal).
Tickets will be on sale from Monday, from D1 students in the morning before school and after school at 16:00 and also from Henry at Reception.

Places are limited, so buy your ticket quickly – don’t miss out on this legendary evening! All the money raised will go to support the community in Asni – Come on, CREATE A CHANGE and enjoy this amazing evening at the same time!

Parents are responsible for their children throughout the event.

Kiss The CASbah 2018 Team

Cross Country Report

Running cross-country is all about resolve and courage, yet above all of that, it is character building. As someone once said, ‘when you put yourself on the line in a race and expose yourself to the unknown, you learn things about yourself that are very exciting!’ This is why cross-country is such an important part of our sports events. I am glad to report that there was plenty of this fortitude on display from all of the SIS runners.

Every student lined up on the start line for their turn to run the new course at Nova School, with a mixture of nerves and anticipation. This was an afternoon that every runner will never ever forget and thus hopefully gain a huge amount from the experience.

We had some fantastic results throughout the day. As in years past, this was another fine example of just what an amazing team and community we have here at SIS. Huge thank you to all of those involved in making this a superb and very slick event. To the marshals, guides, runners, staff and parents – thank you!

The PE Department

Technical School of Excellence Atlético de Madrid

New training schedule on Wednesdays and Fridays. Don’t miss the opportunity to train with Atlético de Madrid.
Contact or 956 795 902

SIS Career Convention

As mentioned last week, the confirmed date for the biennial SIS Career Convention is April the 19th, and we will be seeking local, national and international companies to attend the event. If you are interested in participating please message me,, and/or contact me via this form.

Jason Mungles
Head of University & Careers Guidance

The Kindred Project News

P3-P6 Sleepover

Friday 26th January 2018 was this year’s first sleepover for P3-P6, organised and run by The Kindred Project secondary students. With over 90 primary students involved, this was the biggest sleepover since its inception in 2016! The kids had an amazing time playing games, organised by the secondary KP volunteers, having a barbecue dinner and watching films, then learning to put tents up! We raised a record amount of €2,000 to support projects in Ecuador, through the Yanapuma Foundation, which is amazing! Well done and a massive THANK YOU to all the KP volunteers that organised and helped at the event, the primary students and to the 9 members of staff who spent the night. Looking forward to the next one!

Tabitha Lawrence (D1)

The Arts Society – Young Artists Competition

This annual event showcases young artists from schools in the local community. We are delighted to be asked to participate yet again. This event gives our students another opportunity to engage with the local community of young artists and to celebrate success.

Students from across the whole school are invited to submit their best artworks to Mrs. O’Farrell and Mr. Maloney by March 10th. Artwork should be well presented and clearly labeled. (Name, title, media, size and rationale).
A selection of 8 artworks will be made, representing the whole school.

Students whose work is selected will be invited to attend a final award ceremony in San Roque with their parents and teachers. The Arts Society exhibition of all the competition entries will take place during the week beginning April 16th with the prize giving and reception on Friday 20th April.

PTA News

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Welcome back, for what promises to be another incredible term. We have many varied events and activities planned, with lots of fun guaranteed for everyone.

We start with our first PTA Open Meeting of the new year, on Tuesday 20th February, at 7:30pm. We are still working on the venue, but it will be somewhere a little more relaxed and away from school.

Watch out too for an exciting competition that your children can enter – we are looking for budding artists/designers. More details to follow!

There will also be a Race Night this term, following on from the success of last year’s event. Come and try your luck- can you win big? Or will you run out of money? We even print our own money – Sotobucks.

Don’t forget to join the SIS PTA Message Board page to keep up with what is going on. If you would like more details, or want to get involved, email


Message from Miss Emma Butler

Supporting News

On Thursday 25th January P6 students attended a Handball workshop at Aloha College. The aim of the workshop was to enhance the skills and understanding of this exciting sport for primary students.

The SIS team was yet again a credit to us all, demonstrating very positive attitudes throughout the whole day both on and off the court.  Well done to all the students who took part: Matt, Noa, Lysander, Amelia, Amaia, James, Julian, Santi, Jonathan, and Gabi.

This Wednesday selected students from P5 and P6 represented SIS in the inter-schools cross-country competition. Over the last few weeks the students have trained hard for this event and this was rewarded with some excellent times and results with the boys team finishing second and the girls team finishing third.

Well done to all the cross-country team: Santi, James, Oli, Lysander, Sam, Alma, Gabi, Fabi, Indi and Lucia.

Visitors to P4

This week P4 have begun to explore the benefits of exercise as part of their unit of inquiry on Healthy Living.  On Wednesday we welcomed local fitness instructor Lisa Greenwood who inspired us to have lots of fun whilst exercising in her motivational Zumba class.  On Thursday Michael’s mum Estelle, a qualified yoga teacher, joined the PE team to introduce the students to a relaxing yoga class.

Visitors to P5

This week P5 welcomed some visitors from Hogar Betania to help us understand the causes and effects of Migration. Students listened to first hand accounts of how people can be driven to make perilous journeys and the reasons why they risked their lives to come to Spain. Aisha, Florence, Buba, Ali and Mohammed spent the afternoon giving accounts of their journeys and answering questions.

Thank you, Valentina from The Kindred Project who juggled the translation of their formidable stories, from French and Spanish into English.

Last Friday we celebrated our first Primary Sleepover (P3-P6) of 2018; a wonderful self-discovery adventure for our younger students that helps them to strengthen their confidence, independence & team work, as well as building lifelong memories. It was also a phenomenal fundraiser towards our supported projects in Ecuador, through the Yanapuma Foundation, managing to raise a lot of money! Well done and a massive THANK YOU to all the KP students that organised the full event during KP Club, to the 9 members of staff who spent the night and to all the student volunteers.

Spanish Language Acquisition students visit to Hogar Betania

Last Friday, M4 students visited Hogar Betania in La Línea de la Concepción. This outing is directly linked to our unit within the M4 Spanish curriculum, “Desigualdades sociales en España e Hispanoamérica”. Hogar Betania is a centre for people in need, with whom our school has been working closely. Students had the opportunity to interview people who live in or use the services of the centre, to inquire about their situation and most importantly to put into practice their Spanish in a real life situation as a Service as Action activity. This experience will also help develop their organisation and communication skills, facilitating interesting discussion and debates once back at school.

M3 Interdisciplinary unit

M3 have spent two days this week taking part in an Interdisciplinary unit. Students had to collect and analyze evidence from a simulated murder crime scene and using Science and Mathematics to solve the crime. Techniques used included Paper Chromatography, Flame Tests, Finger print patterns and Analyzing hair and fiber samples under a microscope. Working in teams, they then prepared a file and delivered their findings to a panel of judges.



University and Careers News

I have recently been in touch with two of our Alumni, who have been offering guidance to our current students on applications and interviews with Oxford. Both studied at Oxford after graduating from SIS in 2011 and below is a snapshot from Stella and Rio on the advantages of an IB education at SIS, as well as outlining what they have been up to since.

Stella Schuck

“Studying the IB at SIS helped me develop the necessary skills and knowledge base for succeeding at Oxford University and later in my job at The Boston Consulting Group. The breadth of knowledge attained through the IB helped me enormously in conducting interdisciplinary research at Oxford University. I was very fortunate to have been taught by great teachers, who were not only very effective at transferring knowledge, but also taught me the importance of working independently and taking on full responsibility for IB coursework and exam preparation.” Stella currently works in Venture Capital at BCG Digital Ventures in London, having graduated from Oxford in Financial Economics, having finished her masters last summer, as well as studying computer science in Berlin, and launching her own startup company! As she states, she has “been quite busy!”

Rio Jones

Rio Jones, also graduated from SIS in 2011, with 44/45 possible IB points and went to Oxford to read History & Politics at Hertford College, achieving a 2.1. Whilst at Oxford he served as Chair of Oxford University Liberal Democrats and subsequently studied and travelled in Russia for a year, before briefly returning to the UK to work in business. In his own words, “I now live in Moscow, where I assist high-net-worth clients in education and business.” He has also just started volunteering for Press Start, a crowd funding organisation that supports persecuted or underfunded journalists.

Unitour Convention

A great visit on the 31st of January to the Unitour Convention in Malaga, where our students, who are focusing on applying to Spanish Universities were able to meet and be informed about courses from a wide range of Spanish Universities, including Complutense, CEU, Carlos III and Loyola

This year for the first time we were accompanied by some D1s mothers who wanted to learn first hand more about the university world.

Thanks to Sra. Lourdes Villafranca for leading the visit.

Jason Mungles
Head of University & Careers Guidance


Boarding House News

The boarders had a fantastic weekend at Miramar shopping centre. We had a huge team race, where all 15 of us whipped around the rooftop go-kart track together. The students then had some free time in the shopping centre.


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We facilitate self-discovery and the development of unique interests, gifts and talents, whilst promoting service learning asa force for good in the world.

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