School Newsletter 09.09.2016

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School Newsletter 9th September 2016

Message from the Head


Dear Parents and Guardians,

I would like to start with a reminder about U turns in the road outside the school. I understand that time is important for all, but safety is paramount. Over the last few days a number of cars have been making U turns in the road, crossing the pedestrian walkways and potentially causing accidents to pedestrians.  Please do not make U turns; either use the turning route into the car park and follow the traffic round or use the roundabout through the security gate in La Reserva.

To help with traffic we have 2 buses running on a trial basis within Sotogrande (Costa and Alto) throughout September. The service is available in the mornings only. Not only will the use of these buses help to reduce the traffic jams and congestion near the school, but will at the same time contribute to helping the environment. We hope you will find these of interest.

Routes are

Sotogrande Costa (link to the route map)

Sotogrande Alto (Avda. Los Cortijos) (link to the route map)

For further information and bookings parents should contact Erica del Manzano

Prices are for mornings only:

– Sotogrande Costa 2 € (third child travels free)

– Sotogrande Alto (Avda. Los Cortijos) 1 € (third child travels free)

Next Friday 16th September we are pleased to be hosting a presentation here at SIS by Athletes USA, the world’s leading sports scholarship agency. If your child is  passionate about playing sport at the highest level, join us at 3pm on 16th September to learn more about gaining sporting scholarships and entry to USA universities.

We have had another busy week at SIS. Last Thursday we began the year with an assembly where we introduced the students to all our new staff.  It was a lovely way of connecting our whole student and teacher community.

On Monday we welcomed our EC1 students for their first day at school.  Although there were some tears at the start of the day, students gained in confidence and left with smiles and happiness.  Meanwhile, Mr. Sanchez hosted a training session for secondary parents on the use of Managebac.  Additionally on Monday we hosted Meet the Advisor sessions for M1 – M3 parents and the D2 parents and students attended a meeting to share expectations for the upcoming year.

On Wednesday we hosted our Meet the MYP Coordinator, M4 and M5 Advisor sessions, our D1 parent and student meeting and the first of our primary Meet the Teacher sessions, which continued throughout the week. I would like to publically thank all of the parents who attended these meetings.  It is a wonderful way of building relationships, sharing expectations and ensuring that the communication channels are open.

Thursday saw the first unit-based trip of the year with P4 students heading off to Jimena for the morning to make connections for their unit on Symbolism and to bond as a year group.

In addition on Wednesday and on Thursday afternoons our KP team started their first initiative with a secondhand Uniform Shop in the playground. Thank you for your support for this Dreaming Dragons venture, all the money raised will be used supporting various other Dreaming Dragons social entrepreneurship ideas and initiatives.

I wish you a wonderful weekend.
Best wishes

Jak Kearney

Whole School News
Activities Fair

Parents, you are welcome to come along as well; this is your opportunity to meet the activity leaders and very young children particularly would probably appreciate your help as they sign up for activities.
Parent bandAre you a parent and would like to form a band with other parents? Do you play a musical instrument and would like to play with others? Please contact

Labeling of possessions
Already this term we have accumulated numerous articles of lost property; parents, please ensure all articles of clothing, particularly school uniform, are suitably marked with your child’s name.
For all your labeling requirements, SIS is happy to recommend HFG Labeling Services

Global Citizenship at Sotogrande International School
Thank-you to everyone in the community, parents and students, who shared their thoughts this week on our Global Citizenship ‘Wonder Wall’. This will be very helpful input as we move forward and continue to develop our programme.


Primary School News

Message from Emma Butler, Head of Primary

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful summer break!

Over the summer there have been many improvements and changes to our Primary School, all of which will improve the teaching and learning opportunities and experiences for our students. These changes have included acquiring new teaching classrooms, increasing in the number of Teachers and Teaching Assistants, expanding to three form entry in four year groups, redesigning a number of teaching areas, decorating in all buildings, expanding and improving recreation areas and acquiring new teaching resources and equipment.


First full week of school

We really have had a fantastic start to the new school year. It was wonderful welcoming back all the returning students and seeing their smiling faces as they met their friends and new teachers. It was equally as wonderful welcoming all our new students. Walking around the three primary buildings this week, children were enjoying their learning and enjoying their new learning spaces.


What a Wonderful Start for our Youngest Students!

Monday was the first day of school for our youngest students in EC1. It was a delight to watch the children settle, make friends and play so quickly!
Our Early Childhood Team of teachers form a dynamic, effective and highly motivated group of practitioners who implement the school’s philosophy and educational objectives through play based learning.

Meeting the Year Groups Teaching Teams

For any parents who did not manage to join in these meetings, please make contact with the class teachers to get the information you may need.

Parent Workshop

Next week on Tuesday (in Spanish) and Wednesday (in English) we have our first parent workshops for this year. The focus next week is:
Early Childhood Workshop: How Brain Research Has Influenced Teaching and Learning at SIS
This workshop will be especially interesting for parents of children in EC1, EC2 and P1. It will be held at 9.00am in EC2 Miss Lucia’s room.

Volunteer Reading Support Primary  (English, Spanish and Mother Tongue)

We are looking for adult volunteers to support reading in our Primary School on a regular basis. This would involve supporting a particular year group, class or group of students. We would very much like to encourage support, not only for English and Spanish, but also for other mother tongue languages. If you are interested in becoming a reading support volunteer for this term, please click on this link and complete the form.

Links to the Primary Class Google Sites

Secondary School News

Important message from the Maths Team to Diploma parents

The use of a graphical display calculator (GDC) is a requirement of the Diploma programme and it is compulsory that every student has his/her own in D1.
The graphical calculator that we work with at SIS is a Texas Instruments TI- 84 or TI- 84 Plus or TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition (Please note that no other type will be acceptable).
These can be purchased from or
(Ictiberia’s telephone no. in Madrid: 915642095 or in Barcelona:934398400)

Calling all secondary parents

Parents who are interested in joining the social Whatsapp groups of Secondary please contact below person relevant to your child’s year group:

M1 Sophie Tilley – 663565660
M2 Justyna Dabrowska – 650893258
M3 Maddy Maclachlan – 625233414
M4 Barbara Peacock – 645428083
M5 Anne Kathrine Kulhman – 649585823
D1 Sarah Stiles – 663459586

Presentation by Athletes USA – the world’s leading sports scholarship agency

University maybe a long way off for some of our children however, if they are passionate about playing sport at the highest level then come and join us on 16th September for a presentation from Athletes USA to learn more about gaining sporting scholarships and entry to USA universities.


The Kindred Project

Ecuador 2016 Expedition

Ecuador; an unknown place on the map to all but one of us that embarked on this journey. In collaboration with The Kindred Project and the Yanapuma Foundation, we hope that this adventure is the first of many. Arrival to Quito enabled us to become acclimatised to the altitude and the vibrant city, giving us a quick taste of Ecuadorian culture. However, it was our venture into the jungle, taking us far away from the creature comforts we know, which gave us a real sense of purpose. Our intention was to integrate with the Tsáchila indigenous community, and having done so we left with an abundance of new experiences, values and memories that we will forever hold dear to us.

Check out the Expedition photos by clicking on the following link: and watch the Expedition video on

by Lauren Hidalgo, D2 student.

Parent Teacher Association

The PTA committee would like to welcome you all back, for what promises to be an action-packed year. To all of our new parents, welcome to the SIS Family!

New Parents’ Coffee Monday 12th September – come along and find out a bit more about what we do, and meet some new friends. In the Chiringuito, at 9am. Everyone welcome.

PTA meeting-Tuesday 20th September 9:15 in the Cantina. Your chance to find out about and discuss school issues.

Back to School Party-Friday 23rd September. Mark your calendars for a night of great food, drink and entertainment. We need lots of volunteers! Please email if you would like to help.

Need more information? Please email us on

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

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.

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.

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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