School Newsletter 04.03.2016

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Friday, 4th March

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Message from the Head


Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you all had a wonderful week over half term and have returned to school rested and relaxed. It was lovely to welcome back all of the students at the gates on Tuesday.

Over the break the annual ski trip took place with Adventure Bug in Sierra Nevada.  Upon the return of the trip, Mr. Matt Butler contacted me personally to say how impressive our students were.  He runs ski trips with numerous schools around the world and is always impressed by our students, their courteousness, courage and helpfulness.

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Mr. Sanchez, Ms Bennett and Mr. Allen represented Sotogrande at the Managebac conference in The Hague this half term.  They shared examples of how we are using Managebac and wowed the audience from over 50 International Schools.

In addition during the break, Mr.Mungles accompanied 3 SIS students to the Hospitality Schools of Les Roches and Glion in Switzerland, and was pleasantly surprised to meet Sophie Navarro, an ex-SIS Student who is now the Enrolment Manager for the Laureate Group, who own both Glion and Les Roches! (More information can be found in the newsletter below).

We often write about the sports and arts achievements at SIS, but I would like to draw your attention to the results in the UK Mathematics Challenge this year, which were the best we have ever had! Congratulations to the following students who earned Bronze in this year’s challenge: Eduardo Parra Garrido, Bradley Reynolds, Carlota Sanchez Prieto and Etyen Segals; Alex Stiles and Nele Winkelmann who both achieved a silver award; and Harry Nicholls and Loreto Bordas Diaz who both achieved a Gold award.  Loreto also earned the Best in School award and, as a result of her high score, will take part in a further competition.

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This week we witnessed the M5 Personal Project Fair.  It was the culmination of 6 months’ worth of work and a real celebration of the students’ hard work, creativity and ideas.  Congratulations to all of the M5 students, their proud parents, our teachers who supported and supervised them through this experience and of course to Ms Belén González, who led and coordinated the event.

In May I will be running a wakeboard trip to Cordoba.  It is open to M3 – D1 students.  If you are interested in finding out more about the venue, please click here.  Details of the trip itself can be found by clicking this link.  Please note that places are limited to maximum of 14 students.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the deadline for withdrawing your child from SIS and receiving back your deposit is March 18th at 4pm.  You need to formally contact admissions through

And finally, on the subject of time, a reminder that school starts at 8.50am not

I wish you a wonderful weekend and if you are planning to attend the TV night tonight, I will see you there!

Best wishes,

Jak Kearney


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Whole School News


We invite you to come along and see some of our teachers in a new light in this Student Council fun event, with bar, paella and hot dogs available.
18:00 – 20:30 in school gymnasium; tickets, price €3, available at the door.

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Photography Competition Reminder – Closing Date 7th March

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SIS Career Convention

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The Kindred Project News

Sotorox The Casbah

On Thursday 18th February Sotogrande International School put on a fundraising event, an unforgettable rock concert, Sotorox the Casbah. People travelled from near and far to witness the extraordinary talent of the SIS students, and those who couldn’t make it watched the live streaming from, amongst other places, UK, Mexico, Belgium, Malta, Australia, Uruguay and America.

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The concert was organised by D1 IB CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) students, with the support of the teachers. The groups embarked on different tasks, each contributing with their individual roles. This was an incredible achievement for the student team as their work ranged from; organising and attending cooking workshops, then preparing and serving food on the evening, planning the budget, marketing the event and coordinating the entire show. The students had so much drive and enthusiasm that the fundraiser was no less than utter brilliance.

This is by far one of the best fundraisers put on by SIS, raising more than 8,000€. The money raised will be given to The Kindred Project (Sotogrande International School’s student-led NGO) and in turn donated to our long-term partners in Morocco, Association Tiwizi. A national Moroccan non-profit addressing social, economic, cultural and ecologic issues in order to meet and improve the social and economic needs of rural Asni

PTA News

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Click here to read the Minutes from our last meeting on 16th February.
Our next monthly meeting will be on Tuesday 15th March at 9am in the school cantina; all parents and guardians welcome.
Also in response to several requests from parents, we are pleased to announce our next meeting will be conducted in English and Spanish, with simultaneous translations. Additionally we are looking into holding some of our future meetings in the evenings to allow more parents to attend.

Workshops and Talks for Parents of Teens and Pre-Teens: 8th March (Spanish) & 14th March (English)      

The PTA invites you to an informative session for parents of teens and pre-teens to launch our exciting new programme of workshops for SIS parents.

Why do our teens and pre-teens behave the way they do? And how can an understanding of their grey matter help us to keep them on the right track?  On 8th March (Spanish) & 14th March (English), our school psychologist, Dr. Kelly Lewis-Cole will be taking a close look at what really is going on inside the adolescent brain …


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These sessions will be held in the Diploma Common Room (In the Main Building at SIS), with welcome drinks from 6.30pm and the secrets being divulged from 7.00pm! This talk is open to all parents and guardians, and will be of particular interest to those with children in Primary 6 and above.

If you would like to attend, would like more information, and/or have any questions, please click here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The SIS PTA Committee

Primary School News

Message from Emma ButlerWelcome back and I hope everyone enjoyed the well-deserved half term break! Whilst visiting the classrooms this week it was a pleasure to see our students working hard and enjoying their learning.
Even though this has been only a four day week, our Primary School has been extremely busy. To highlight a few events; P2 spent a day in Castellar as part of their current Unit of Inquiry work; P3-P6 enjoyed a Primary Kindred Project Celebration Assembly; auditions for Aladdin got fully underway; P3 performed to P3-P6 students for their end of unit music performance. Looking at the next few weeks ahead, there is a great deal of exploring and learning planned by our teachers!

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Primary Kindred Project (KP) Celebration Assembly

Tuesday’s Primary assembly was an opportunity to congratulate the Primary KP Club students for all their hard work and the funds they have raised since coming together in September. Most of the initiatives have been student-driven, with the publicity, events and accounting all managed by the students themselves. Money raised has gone to helping communities supported by Kindred Project and PHAB kids, a charity which provides exciting, real-life experiences for socially disadvantaged and physically disabled children in the UK.

A huge thank you was also given to the whole of Primary, because without their support and yours, none of these successes would have been possible. Special mentions went to Chloe Barnett, Jill O’Loughlin, Harley Moore and Candela Vazquez Viejo for initiatives they have driven; to Viola Halt, Arancha López Liñón and Blanca Sanchez Durán for excellent cooking skills; to Fernando Muñoz Alvarez, Jose Manuel Gallego Puig and Antonio Perez Albors for working tirelessly after school selling things and to Hannah and Heidi Kay for their unfailing commitment.
A huge thank you to the primary families for your continued support!

Our next initiative: Spanish Stray Dogs Food Drop last week of each month.

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P2 Visit Castellar

On Wednesday P2 visited Castellar Viejo and Castellar Nuevo. This trip was part of their introduction to their new unit ‘How we organise ourselves’ and is based on how communities can change over time.
It was a trip all the children thoroughly enjoyed. During the day they collected evidence of the changes between Castellar Viejo and Castellar Nuevo by taking photos with the iPads and making observational drawings  to show evidence of change. They also enjoyed a tour where a guide explained the history of the castle. The teachers felt extremely proud of the students as the guide complimented them on their enthusiasm and behaviour.
The trip was a great success, with everyone enjoyed themselves so much that they were even a little late back to school!

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Another Success Story For Misha In P6
On the 20th of February Mihail Budilov came 3rd in the Ski Super-Giant in Sierra-Nevada. Well done, Misha! Keep it up.

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Baker Books
Primary students have been given Baker Book catalogues to take home this week, with a wonderful selection of books for all ages. If you would like to place an order please complete the order form on the back page of the catalogue and return it to Mrs. Lin Campbell in P1, with the correct cash in Euros. There is also an option to place orders online by connecting to:
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This method allows you to order and pay online but books will be delivered to and distributed from school.  The cost of the books is the price in Euros as this includes a delivery charge.  By placing an order not only will you be receiving beautiful books for your child to enjoy, but also the school libraries will be entitled to free books from the commission accrued.  The last date for orders is 7th March; books normally arrive within two weeks of the order being placed.     


Secondary School News

Honour Roll
Sotogrande International School
Honour Roll
Graduating Class 2017
March 2016

Further to the last newsletter post announcing the D2 Honour Roll, we are now proud to present the Honour Roll for the Class of 2017, the current D1 students.
The final D1 Honour Roll will be announced at the end of year celebration in June 2016.

Honour Roll for Academic Excellence

Katerina Berezhna
Maria Isabel Garcia Ortega
Scarlet Jenkins
Vittoria Morace
Estefanía Morris-Davies
Carmen Pastor Escuin
Mia Porral- Gibson

Honour Roll for Outstanding Personal Growth
Bella Strauli
Lucia Mier Portillo
Maryana Zborovskaya

Our warmest congratulations go to all the students who have earned their place on our very first D1 Honour Roll.

These young people are a credit to our SIS community and an excellent example to our whole student body.
Personal Project FairOn Wednesday 2nd March we had the opportunity to enjoy an amazing display of creativity, confidence, enthusiasm and sense of accomplishment at the Personal Project Fair. M5 students very proudly presented their Personal Projects, a requirement for achieving their SIS MYP certificate. It was an excellent opportunity to showcase their amazing products, along with their reports and process journals, that they have been working on for the past 9 months!
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Belén González
IB MYP & PP Coordinator

Visit to Glion and Les Roches

Report by Jason Mungles

“Over half term I accompanied three SIS students to the Swiss Hospitality Schools of Glion and Les Roches. Sarah, Kristina and Raul were all very impressed with the schools. Both these schools are considered to be in the top three Hospitality Schools in the world with an 87% placement into a professional career for students before they have completed their degree. The campuses are set in stunning surroundings above Montreux and next to Crans-Montana respectively. The professors and students with whom we interacted, were incredibly open and supportive in answering all of our questions ranging through applications, costs and the structure of the respective courses. We learnt a great deal about what was on offer, and also about the opportunities for internships and job placements at the end of the three and half year courses. Our students were able to interact with a range of other prospective applicants from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa and they all felt the trip was extremely beneficial in helping their applications. They are all determined to apply to either Les Roches or Glion next year. Here are the links: GLIONLES ROCHES , if you are interested in further information. Finally, for those of you who might remember her, I bumped into Sophie Navarro, an ex SIS student who now works as an Enrolment Manager for the Laureate Group, who own both Glion and Les Roches!”

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By Sarah El Hidraoui

“Being able to be part of an amazing and astonishing trip such as the Swiss University Trip has made me a different person. It has made me realise what is out there awaiting us after IB and what I really want my future to look like. This opportunity raised my knowledge about the hospitality and management industries which was my main goal when heading off to Switzerland. I have learned many new aspects, ways of thinking, interesting facts etc. on this trip, which has enhanced my enthusiasm to work in the hospitality industry. I met many new people e.g. students, teachers, parents, visitors etc. which was wonderful as I got so many new contacts I can head back to and as I have learned so much from every person I met on this trip. In general, the trip has blown me away with its amazing views, company, schools etc. I am very glad I joined this trip.”

By Kristina Grechishnikova

“We came to Switzerland on Thursday and took a train from Geneva to Montreaux. In our hotel room, we found welcome letters. Then after an hour and a half, we met people who work in these two universities and students who were glad to share their experience with us. Then we had a brief presentation about everything we were going to do during these three days and then a dinner, where we met people from other international schools and also students from Les Roches and Glion. Next day we spent in Les Roches and the following day we went to Glion. During these open days we saw the campuses, we met a lot of students and teachers. After this trip, I know for sure that life experience is very important while choosing a university. This trip not only helped me to realise that hospitality is what I really want to do in life but also I finally found a perfect place where I will continue my education after school.”


We inspire learning and intercultural understanding,
enriqueciendo la vida de nuestros niños y nuestro mundo
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SIGA Golf Academy

Based at Alcaidesa Golf Club and boasting outstanding facilities, including 2 18 hole courses, floodlit driving range, swing analysis centre, 2 putting greens, 2 chipping greens and a magnificent clubhouse. Come and see what we have to offer; a chat with the coach Juan Antonio Marín Ramos will help place you at the right level and you can start playing straight away.

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The Kindred Project

“To promote education as a force for good to help create a more peaceful world”.

Aims to offer young people opportunities to explore, discuss and work together to help sustain change both locally and globally by developing leadership and critical thinking skills through projects requiring intercultural understanding and community building.

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Sistech Academy

Since SIS students are privileged to be members of an IT learning environment that is an official Apple School. Our IT staff are not only trained by Apple but are themselves certified Apple Trainers. So uncertainties about using Apples vast suite of applications and devices are becoming second-nature to your children and the same level of expertise and teaching can be put at the disposal of parents too, and even other adults not yet members of the SIS family…

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