School Newsletter 01.12.2017

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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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1st December 2017

Versión española 

 School Calendar

Monday 4 & Tuesday 5 NovemberM1-M3 Choir tour
Tuesday 5 DecemberP5 unit based trip
Tuesday 5 DecemberD1 & D2 reports published on Managebac
Wednesday 6 – Friday 8 DecemberPublic holidays, school closed
Monday 11 DecemberReminder / drop in session for Primary parents on how to access reports. (For existing parents) – 09:30 in Chiringuito
Monday 11 DecemberNew Primary Parents session: How to log into Managebac and how to access reports – 15:00 in Primary IT room
Monday 11 – Thursday 14 DecemberDiploma Parents consultations -16:00- 18:00
Wed 13 December 2017EC1 / EC2 Open Door Christmas Afternoon. 13:30 – 15:40
Wednesday 13 & Thursday 14 DecemberM4 – D2 Theatre Festival
Friday 15 December‘Send a Child to School’ day
Monday 18  & Tuesday 19 DecemberP1/P2 Winter performance – 09:30 – 10:30 in school theatre – parents will receive invitations to one of the performances
Monday 18  & Tuesday 19 DecemberEC1/EC2 Winter performance – 11:30 – 12:30 in school theatre – parents will receive invitations to one of the performances
Tuesday 19 DecemberPeri / SIMA Winter term concert – 16:00 – 17:30 in theatre
Wednesday 20 DecemberLast day of term. School finishes at 12:00
Wednesday 20 DecemberEC1-M5 Reports available on Managebac – from 14:00
Tuesday 9 JanuaryFirst day of new term

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week Christmas arrived at SIS! I would like to express my deep thanks to the  PTA for giving their time up last Friday to come and decorate the reception area and cantina.

I hope you are feeling excited about the impending Christmas Fair at the Octogono tomorrow, starting at 12.30. It is an open community event, so please feel free to bring friends and family.  During the event there will be a polar bear challenge, for those daring enough to take part, involving a run and a swim in the sea! In addition you will have the opportunity to win an iPhone X in the raffle.  If you are available to help, please make contact with the PTA to offer your services,

On Monday our Under 19 football squad returned from the Algarve cup in Portugal. This year for the first time, we took two teams.  The boys battled hard and returned achieving 4th place for the B team and 2nd place for the A team.  The squad were wonderful ambassadors for SIS and the PE team were deeply impressed by the boys’ commitment, behaviour and attitude. Thank you to Mr. Ash, Mr. Kevin and Mr. Smith who gave up their weekend to accompany the students.

On Monday we hosted our University Convention, with universities from across Europe sharing their experiences, course choices and entrance tips with students and parents from across our school.  The event is also a wonderful community experience, with over 300 students from neighbouring schools along the coast being able to take advantage of the fair.  I would like to thank Mr. Jason Mungles and Sra. Lourdes VillaFranca for their leadership and hard work in organising this wonderful event.

Last week we offered a trial week for parents to use the school pool. If you are interested in swimming in the evening, or on a Sunday, please make contact with the school via  The cost will be 50€ for 10 entrances into the pool.

The procedure is as follows:

1) Parents can buy the booklet at the school reception

2) Parents pass the booklet to the lifeguard

3) The lifeguard will tick off the swims

4) Parents collect booklet again at the end of their swim

Today we had a non-uniform day to generate prizes for the tombola.  Thanks to everyone for their support in bringing gifts for the stall.  We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Finally I would like to remind you all that next week is a short week.  There will be no newsletter and the school will be closed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

PTA News




Saturday 2nd December 2018
12:30 until 4 pm
El Octogono Beach Club, Sotogrande

(location map here)

Santa’s Grotto, Raffle, Tombola, Children’s activities, live music, food, drink and much more!

Are you brave enough to take part in our Polar Bear Swim?

Don’t forget your raffle tickets – 1st Prize an iPhone X!

Many other amazing prizes.  Click here for our prize list

See you there!


PTA Polar bear challenge!

This Saturday at 2.45pm don’t miss the chance to face the cold with the Polar Bear challenge! All participants welcome – students, staff and of course parents!


The event will encompass a warm-up activity, run on the beach followed by a dip in the ocean! Please note warm showers and mince piece will be available after.

To express interest please email

Arts News

December Theatre Festival

Please come and support our students in these upcoming drama performances

13th December – 5 x DP exam performances that the students have devised themselves. Each performance is 15 minutes in length and they would really appreciate an audience so they can gauge the impact of their work for the written coursework requirement.


14th December – M4 is performing a dark and highly engaging perofrmance of ´Extra Curricular Activity´written by our own very talented Mr Maloney.

Performances on both days start at 17:30 and tickets, 5 euros each, will be available on the door.

Train set needed

Do you have an electric train track (and train if possible) that we can borrow for our Secondary School show of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’? One character needs to build it during one of the scenes and it is not used for any other purpose. An 0 gauge train set would be ideal, but we will happily take what we can get! We would look after it!

With thanks, Christine Barling

Property market research help for a Diploma student

Please can you spare two minutes to answer a few short questions to help provide more data for a D2 student’s Business project.
The survey Property Market Research is completely anonymous.

The Kindred Project News

Uganda 2018 Expedition Launch

The Kindred Project is delighted to announce the launch of the Uganda 2018 Expedition on Tuesday 5th December, at 4pm in the IB Common Room. If your child is interested in joining this extraordinary experience, please come along to the meeting to find out all about it! We would like to remind you that this expedition is open to 14 students from M4 to D1. Looking forward to seeing you there!


Jazz Concert

Live music for all the family featuring one of our peripatetic music teachers, Atsuko Shimado.

Santa Fun Run in aid of Danii Children’s Cancer Charity


Atlético de Madrid Football Academy – Free trial sessions


The Atlético de Madrid Football Academy and Sotogrande International School are running the first Technical School of Football Excellence in Sotogrande-San Roque. If you want to experience the passion and expertise of the Atlético de Madrid coaches, please join the free trial sessions. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to train with one of the world´s best teams. Limited places!

You can find further information (ages and times) on the poster or by entering this link.

Message From Emma Butler

Christmas is coming……not long now!

The preparations for EC1/ EC2 and P1/P2 winter productions are well underway. When walking around the classrooms and music room this week it has been wonderful to hear the children practising their lines and songs. The students should feel very proud of the hard work they are putting in. They are all very excited and we are all looking forward to the performances at the end of the term.


Request from the Primary Student Council

As we slowly prepare for the festive season and as part of sharing the Christmas spirit, KP and the Student Council would like to call upon your generosity to support our friends from Hogar Betania in La Linea.

As well as running numerous specific projects, Hogar Betania is currently supporting many families in our local area. This year the  Primary Student Council would like to organise a ‘Christmas Goodies Drop Off.’  They are asking for donations such as turron, chocolates, Christmas cakes etc. We are collecting from this Monday onwards and the Student Council will be delivering the goodies on the 15th of December.

Traffic Campaign

After the week of our Traffic Campaign students were asked if they would like to create and share some ‘rules’ and information to share with our community.

Thank you to all the students who shared or gave me their work and ideas.

Please could everyone take a look at the following link. This was produced by Oscar, one of our P6 students.

Traffic Advice

Eco school club

Eco school club has had a busy week digging their new organic vegetable patch.  They have been to the garden centre in San Enrique to buy seedlings and seeds to plant.  The garden will be fertilised using food waste produced the cantina.  The fertiliser project using worms was created in GCP by M4 students Jacob Fisher Moreno and Enrique Garcia Morillo last year.

Realist Movement in Art

In these last weeks M5 have been studying the realist movement in Art. Click on this link to see their work on an interactive mural.

D1 Chemistry class

The students have been studying different Organic molecules, their structural formulae and the chemical identification tests for the specific types of functional groups. Students have applied their Scientific theory to build models of the specific compounds such as 2,2- dimethylpentane, cyclopropane , ethene and many more . This has allowed them to successfully complete the required practical component of their course.

News from the English Language Development Programme

Internal IELTS Testing

As part of our commitment to personalised learning and empowering students to be the best that they can be, the English Language Development (ELD) programme supports the learning of students who do not have English as a first language, both throughout their learning journey at the school and beyond into higher education. With this aim in mind, fifty of our M4-D2 ELD students sat an internal IELTS test last week, to track and monitor their progress towards their long-term targets in higher education. Interpreting these results allows us to set individual targets for improvement and implement specific support strategies in the short and long term.

This is a rigorous academic test at university entry level, conducted under exam conditions in the gym. The students all coped well with this challenge, and our particular congratulations to the following students, who achieved excellent results:

Pavel Belyakov, for achieving a band 7

Boris Delev, for outstanding achievement in reading (band 8)

Mikel Artola Espejo, who only joined us in September and has made exceptional progress across the board.

Polina Vanyushina, who produced an exemplary Task 2 essay.

Arto Shabalin, who has shown significant improvement in his writing since last year.

If you have any questions regarding IELTS testing or academic English, please contact the ELD team. We’re here to help!

Lisa Mungles


Launching the Language & Literature Blog

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” –  Cassandra Clare.

Discover more about the inspiring teaching and learning at SIS in the Language & Literature Department blog.

Universities & Careers News

University Convention

On Monday we had our 4th Annual University Convention at SIS, with over thirty different universities in attendance and eight other international schools present, making it a very busy day! With nearly 600 students passing through the convention, SIS D1 CAS students performed admirably with logistics, catering and student ambassadorial roles.

Our Diploma, ACES, M4 and M5 students all had the opportunity to attend the convention in the afternoon, and also participate in the seminars, which a number of parents attended as well. The three excellent presentations were on Studying in the UK, with thanks to Julia Pitchford, Studying in the Netherlands, with thanks to Denise Nijhuis and Lauren Rigter and our first application seminar on Studying in Australia, with thanks to Sally Gill. We look forward to welcoming them all back again next year.


CIS University Admissions Conference

This year the CIS University Admissions Conference, was back in Edinburgh. A great opportunity to reconnect with both Admissions personnel and fellow school guidance counselors. Some of my highlights this year came from updates on the changes in the UK higher education system regarding the TEF, some insights into medicine degrees both in the UK and further afield and some great ideas on career programmes in schools. We also had a very busy table during the school conference…thanks perhaps in part to the excellent Andalusian produce! My follow up visit to the Universities of Northumbria and Newcastle was also really rewarding, as we have a number of our students currently studying at Newcastle, and with Northumbria’s Sport Scholarship programme and excellent facilities, we hope to build links with our Academies at SIS.

 Alumni news

It was great to catch up with two of our Alumni over the past couple of weeks, as they dropped in to say hello: Danielle Ernstsen and Adam Wilson-Barnes. Danielle graduated in 2016, and is in her second year studying a Liberal Arts programme at Erasmus University in the Netherlands. She is really enjoying the course and the opportunities of life in the Netherlands. Whilst visiting us she was able to give an impressive talk to interested students on life at the Uni and in the Netherlands in general. I’d also like to congratulate her as she has recently joined our SIS Alumni Executive!

Adam graduated last year and is studying at IE University in Segovia. He is studying Politics, Law and Economics and really loves the course. He also told me how he has joined the Rugby team at the Uni, how he starts at 8.15am every day and finishes about 8pm…every day! He loves the mix of international and Spanish students, and will also hopefully be able to come back soon to give a talk to our D1 students.


Boarding House News


We’ve had a very busy week in the Boarding House with our first Boxercise session and our first Hogar Betania Volunteering session! Our weekly activities programme is always evolving and adapting to the students’ interests and ensuring the most enrichment from extra curricular activities as possible.


This Saturday the boarders enjoyed some competitive games of Bananagrams followed by a trip to Lazer Tag.


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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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