School Newsletter 10.03.2017

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School Newsletter – 10th March 2017


Message from the Head

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you all had a wonderful half term break. We saw the safe return of 20 students from the MUN trip to Copenhagen. Both teachers commended all the students on their dedication and enthusiasm for the experience. Particular congratulations to Carmen Perez De La Blanca Echevarria who was recognised in the conference closing ceremony as Best Delegate in her committee. Thank you to Mark Barling and Anne Adamson for giving up their time to run the trip.


On Friday of the half term break 52 students from P6 – D1 retuned safely from the ski trip at Sierra Nevada. Matt Butler from Adventure Bug made contact with me directly congratulating our students on their behaviour, friendship and honesty.  Thank you to the Adventure Bug company, Christian Duran and Mr.Wickersham for their energy in running the trip.

On Saturday Mr. Lawrence coordinated a musical event with the Kindred Project at the Bunker beach bar in Sotogrande. The event was a fundraiser for the pending trip to Uganda. During the event Mr. Lawrence stoically endured a very public haircut and the loss of his rather long locks!


Over the break our D2 students worked hard revising for their final IB exams in May. The next step is a revision week that we have created for them later this half term, working with the Oxford Studies Centre, who specialise in revision courses for IB schools.

This term we are thrilled to welcome our new P4 teacher Mr. Matt Morton.  Here is a little bit about him!


“I am really excited to be joining the PYP team at SIS as a P4 teacher. After studying Primary Education at Bishop Grosseteste University, I have been teaching at a primary school in Lincoln, England for four years. Before teaching, I was a press photographer and a picture editor at the Sunday Telegraph in London. I have moved to Spain with my wife and son and am really looking forward to the new challenges that will come our way. In my spare time I am still an enthusiastic photographer and enjoy participating and watching almost any sport.”

On Wednesday we hosted another football tournament in Algeciras, this time for M3 and M4 students. Congratulations to our boys team who took second place after a runaway goal in the semifinals and to our victorious girls team who won the tournament without conceding a goal!


Also on Wednesday our P2 students went on a trip to Castellar connected
with their unit – ‘The history of communities can be discovered by exploring the evidence that remains over time.’  The children enjoyed learning about the history of Castellar.


Thursday was a monumental day as we officially launched the start of the advisory board process with parents. Thank you to everyone who expressed an interest in the parent positions for the advisory board.  The process has now begun.  All interested parties will submit a photo and a summary statement of their intentions for the role.  This will be sent out to you on Thursday 16th March.  Following this email, there will be a parent vote starting on Friday 17th march, where you will get the chance to vote for your top two parental choices for the positions.

Thursday also saw the Personal Project Fair held in the Sports hall, an opportunity for parents and the rest of our school community to share in celebrating the learning journey of our M5 students. The range and variety of products on display was amazing; I loved hearing the students talk passionately about their products and was blown away by some of the creativity – truly inspirational! Congratulations to the M5 students, Mr. Sanders and all the PP supervisors for all their hard work and for a great Personal Project Fair.

Meanwhile our D1 students departed for their annual History and Geography trips.  We look forward to hearing more about these next week.

I would like to announce the next Wakeboarding trip, which is due to take place during the weekend 5th -7th May.  This trip is open to all students in M2 – D1.  All interested parties should send an email to as soon as possible. The trip payment system can be found here.

Finally I wish to take this opportunity to remind you that if you intend your child/children to leave this year, you must inform us by 4pm on March 31st to ensure the return of your deposit, however we sincerely hope that you choose to remain with us for the next year 2017-2018.

Best wishes,
Jak Kearney



Whole School News

M3 Community service week

Next week will be the M3 Community Project Service week. This is a key element of the MYP curriculum and I would like to thank in advance you for your collaboration.

The activities include bake sales, face painting, assemblies , food-drop, games in EC1 and Fundamentals, a presentation for P4 students and more. 
There will also be  activities outside school working with Apoyo Mutuo, Colegio Los Pinos, Comedor del Carmen, SOS perrera Los Barrios, 
Ayuntamiento de San Roque, Hogar Betania and other non-profit organisations. These activities encourage students to develop social, communicative, 
research and self-management skills. They allow them to apply their knowledge in real contexts and to take actions that last for a long period of time 
in order to improve the world around us.

Food drop for Hogar Betania

We are a group of M3 that we are doing a community project and our purpose is to collect resources and food for Hogar Betania. Hogar Betania is a non-profit organization that help people at risk of social exclusion.
Next week we will be at the school gate from Monday to Thursday to collect the food from 8:30 until 8:50 in the morning and in the afternoon from 15:30 until 16:00.
Thank you for your support!
Youseff Robouli, Álvaro Rodriguez and Pedro Pablo Rosa

Collecting signatures for recycling bins

This week is the M3 service week, as you should know if you have already done the Community Project.  Our group is helping the environment by putting recycling bins in our community, Sotogrande.
On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we will be at the school gate in the morning and afternoon to collect signatures in order to get support for our initiative, once we have enough signatures we will present them to the Town Hall.  Please remember that only adults can sign (18+).  We need as many signatures as we can! We would appreciate if you could ask your parents to participate. Thank you!
Alejandra Aramburu, Juan Álvarez- Rendueles, Sara Mesdag


Helping Apoyo Mutuo
As part of our community project we have decided to collaborate with Apoyo Mutuo to raise awareness about this centre. Apoyo mutuo is an a non-profit association, whose role is based on recycling and helping people in need. The aim of our project is to investigate what caused the Spanish crisis which eventually provoked unemployment which led on to people attending this centre. We would like you to help us raise awareness about this centre because it is a new community the school is helping. You will be able to find out more information about this centre through the posters we will place around the school next week.
Thank you!
Maria Romero Martin, Maria Teresa García Ortega and Patricia Troncoso Riveira


Parent Ambassadors Programme

The week before half term was a busy one for our new Parent Ambassadors. It started with an interactive workshop on the Tuesday morning where they learned a bit more about MYP, Diploma, IT and A-levels.
Thank you to the staff involved in this and a very special thank you to the students who did a fantastic job and dazzled the PAs with their knowledge and skills.

On the Wednesday morning it was time for a Kindred Project, Global Citizenship Programme and Assist session at San Roque Campus.
They also learnt about the work Assist does within the community and with KP. The morning was nicely rounded off by a tour of the newly painted Boarding House.
Again thank you to all staff and thank you to the parents involved in the Parent Ambassador programme.


The school has a continuous ongoing situation of students ‘losing’ clothing and equipment, running in parallel with an ever-growing collection of Lost Property that is not being claimed! This is only likely to get worse as the weather gets warmer and jumpers are discarded throughout the day.
Parents, please ensure all your child’s clothing has been suitably named and encourage students if they do misplace something to have a comprehensive trawl through all our Lost Property drawers.
We would also remind you of the online ordering service provided by to supply reasonably priced nametapes, labels and other personalized items.



Primary School News

Message From Emma Butler

Welcome back!
On Tuesday the sun was shining and it was lovely to see our Primary students smiling as they returned to school to start their fourth half term of this academic year.

I would like to formally welcome Mr. Matt Morton who is joining the P4 team. Matt joins Sotogrande after working for several years in the UK.

Home/School Communication 
SIS considers the communication between home and school to be very important.  As we start the new half term I would like to remind parents of the different ways in which they can keep up to date with what is happening in their child’s (children’s) class and in the school. It is important that parents can and do access the following on a weekly basis. If any parent has any problem in accessing the following, please let your child’s class teacher know.

Class Sites
Each year group has a class Google site and these sites are very important communication tools, which parents need to look at each week. Within these sites parents can find curriculum information, important parent information, suggested home activities, particular information relevant to that year group and a weekly insight into the learning that has been happening. These sites are designed for both parents and students. Older students can access them themselves, for younger students, parents should open the link and are encouraged to share with their children. Each site can be accessed directly through the year group links given below or through the SIS app.

Links to the Primary Class Sites

Whatsapp The school, through the Parent Ambassador Programme, led by Sara Hagglof, has created year group Whatsapp groups. These groups should only be used to communicate urgent messages from school that did not make the newsletter or class sites. Please could we ask that these groups are only used for this and that separate groups or ways of communicating are used for sharing of information such as social events.

Newsletter   Each Friday a newsletter is sent to all parents my email. This newsletter includes important upcoming calendar dates and news on what has been happening within the school.

This can be downloaded through Google Play and the App store to give you easy access on your mobile to the newsletter, the calendar, the Google sites, Managebac and much more SIS related information. When you download this, please allow Push notifications, as we will be sending future mail bulletins such as e.g. delays to trips, information about events and, should the need arise, notifications about school closures through the App.

Calendar  All the important calendar dates are published on the school calendar, which can be found on the school website, the SIS app or on the class Google site.

P2 enjoyed the first experiential learning trip of this new half term
P2 had a wonderful day exploring the history of a changing community as part of their current unit.
First the students went on the bus to Castellar Viejo to explore the remains of the old community and to discover why it was built.  From their guide, they learnt some of the history and how and why the community has changed over time.
The students had the opportunity to formulate and ask questions about the past and about the places they saw. They recorded their findings by carefully observing and drawing the evidence that remains of the old community.
Afterwards they visited Castellar Nuevo and compared the two settlements looking for common features, similarities and differences.
This visit was an authentic opportunity for the students to inquire about their surroundings. It was a great day full of different learning activities and all the students had a great time being history detectives!


Playing For Change
We are just two weeks away from our Playing For Change music competition!
Tickets (5€) will be on sale at the school gates everyday in the morning and afternoon, so if you spot any child with a Playing For Change t-shirt please do ask them for your ticket!
Places are limited so only 100 tickets will be available on a first come first served basis.
Dates and times are 20th of March at 7pm for the P3/P4 competition and 7pm on the 24th of March for the P5/P6 competition.
We are also pleased to announce that we are having support from Radio Mix 106 based in Gibraltar!
Please come and support your children Playing For Change!

Volunteer Reading Support   (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 like to encourage the support in not only English and Spanish but also other mother tongues. If you are interested in becoming a reading support volunteer for this term, please complete the following form.
Volunteer Reading Support

Baker Book & Scholastic Book Clubs
Primary students have brought home Baker Book and Scholastic Book Club leaflets this week, with a wonderful selection of books for all ages. For M1 through to D2 catalogues/order forms are available in The Link. If you would like to place an order please complete the order form in 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:
This method allows you to pay online but books will be delivered to and distributed from school. The cost of the books is the price indicated in Euros, as this includes a delivery charge. By placing an order, not only will you be receiving beautiful books for your child but the school libraries will be entitled to free books from the commission accrued. The last date for orders is Wednesday 15th March or for online orders Friday 17th March. Books normally arrive within two weeks of sending the order.

Head Lice
As there have been several recent cases of head lice in school the nurses would like to inform parents of our current protocols regarding treatment.
We do not inform all parents of a year group if a child is found to have head lice as this leads to over treatment of children who do not have an infection. This also leads to drug resistance in lice. We deal with any cases on an individual basis and then follow up to ensure that the treatment has been effective. We encourage parents to inform us directly if their child has head lice and we ensure that this information is treated confidentially.
Head lice can be detected using the wet combing technique which uses conditioner to immobilise the lice. They cannot usually be detected by examining dry hair. Head lice only need to be treated if you find a living, moving louse. Head lice can be treated with a number of chemical treatments (dimeticone, phenothrin and malathion are all effective) or by the wet combing technique which is more time consuming but less expensive and chemical free. Shampoos, cream rinses and herbal treatments have not been shown to be clinically effective.
It may help to tie your child’s hair up to reduce the risk of catching head lice as they are spread by direct contact.
Please come and see the school nurses if you would like to talk about head lice or need information on the wet combing technique. They are based in the Cervantes building or can be contacted on 956 79 59 92 ext 2405 or

Taking Action – supporting SOS Perera

Last term P6 did a unit on Marketing, researching product, publicity, budget, advertising etc and at the end of the unit sold chocolate cookies they had made. After a vote it was decided they would like to donate the money to SOS Perrera in Los Barrios. We asked the centre what they needed most and they asked for preventative collars as the dogs are vulnerable to diseases from bites. The vet sold them to us at cost price as it was school children who had raised the money and on the first Saturday of the holiday the collars were delivered. Jago, Carlotta, Irene and Candela (P6) spent another couple of hours walking and cuddling the dogs. Fantastic Action!



Secondary School News


Congratulations to our 20 delegates from M5 & D1 who travelled to Denmark before the half term holiday to take part in a 5 day Model United Nations conference in Birkerod, a small town to the north of Copenhagen. The students were required to research their committees’ issues beforehand in order to submit position papers outlining the views of their allocated countries, in this case Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.

It was impressive to see students growing in so many ways through lobbying, debating and working together with other delegates developing resolutions about real and extremely complex issues in an entirely student-led environment. Our students also greatly enjoyed meeting and socialising with students from 22 other schools, some of whose delegations were staying in the same hostel as us in beautiful Copenhagen.

“The MUN trip was completely amazing. We have made new friendships from all over the world and the experience was memorable. The city was beautiful. We have also learned a lot about how to debate and not being afraid to speak in front of a big group of people and we have extended our knowledge a lot from listening to other countries’ resolutions and ideologies. We would both definitely like to repeat a BIGMUN trip again anytime 🙂
Thank you to both of the teachers for everything.”
(Additional comment at the end of feedback form, submitted jointly by Carlota Bascuas & Martina Torino.)

Arts news
We are thrilled to share with you the LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) results for our SIS students. These are very rigorous and challenging examinations. A visiting examiner was flown in from the UK to assess a range of theatrical performance work from a range of candidates. As you can see they have made us proud! We would like to share these results with you so that you can share in celebrating their success …

DP Theatre
First and foremost a HUGE congratulations to our DP2 Theatre students for their outstanding results!
Acting Solo – Gold Award- Pass with Distinction                                                 65 UCAS points (equivalent to an A level grade of C)
Adam Wilson-Barnes
Scarlet Jenkins
Congratualtions also go to the DP1 Theatre students for their excellent results for the performance pieces you may have seen at the December Theatre Festival. These pieces were developed as part of the DP Theatre programme as a practice for their final Collaborative Project.
Group Devised- Both groups Passed with Merit
35 UCAS points per candidate

From Oppression comes Light
Teddy MacLachlan
Katherine Ramirez
Jacob Reynolds
Guido Castro García
José Bernal Tardá
Thomas De La Rosa
Abdullah Gashlan
Daniel Bagdasaryan
Victoria Pearce
Leah Wilson

Special Help
Elena Antolin Merino
Nadina Castro Gavira
Carlota Sanchez Prieto
Anastasia Ivanishina
Robert Lowsley-Williams
Christian Steel
Herbie Hiles
Frankie Batt
Jacob Stewart-Kellett

M5 drama students
As an extension to our M5 Drama unit on duologues and auditioning some students chose to enter their curriculum performances for examination. They should be very pleased at these results that reflect both their talent and commitment.

Acting duologue Bronze award- Both Pass with Merit
35 UCAS points per candidate
Ella McCormack & Paloma Jaudel Melián
Acting duologue Level 5
Blanca Bordas Diaz & Victoria Valero Maillo – Pass with Merit
Gabriele Morace & Carmela Motran Retes- Pass with Merit
Katherine Holmes – Pass with Merit & Hannah Coventry – Pass with Distinction

Finally, please also congratulate our two further candidates who independently chose to enter for these highly regarded examinations.

Musical Theatre Bronze award- Pass
20 UCAS points
Thomas De La Rosa
Acting solo Bronze- Pass
20 UCAS points
Marija Segale

M4 Service and Action in Spanish

On Wednesday, 22nd February M4 Spanish language acquisition students paid a visit to Hogar Betania in La linea de la Concepción. The visit forms part of the unit on “Inequalities in Spain and Hispanic America” ​​and aimed to put into practice oral communication skills in Spanish within a real context. As part of their service, the students interviewed the centre’s users and employees, who kindly shared their experiences with the students. This activity gives students the opportunity to create bonds and empathize with people from different cultures as well as reflect on content previously seen in class.



University & Careers news

Visit to US Ivy League Colleges by Carlota Sanchez Prieto 

Trip reflection:During the half-term break I had the amazing opportunity to travel to the US and visit Boston College, Yale University, Brown University and Harvard. It was an incredible experience. I was able to meet the golf coaches and the teams; I also attended several lectures, which gave me a great sense of the university. The golf coaches showed me their golf facilities; I was positively impressed by these. I also had the pleasure to have lunch in the dining halls, which helped to enhance my view on the social environment at each university. This experience truly served as a motivation for me to work my hardest and have the opportunity to continue my education in one of these unique places whilst I continue my golf career.”




PTA News



Our first ever Race Night will be at the Hotel Almenara next Friday, 17th March at 7:30pm. A great night of fun as you try to guess the winners of the races shown, maybe win a prize or two and enjoy the wonderful setting of the Veinteeocho Restaurant.
Tickets are 20 euros per person, which includes dinner, welcome drinks and 100 euros of sotobucks to wager on the horses, and will be on sale every day after school.
See you there!


Minutes from PTA General Meeting 21st February 2017 LINK

The Kindred Project News

On Saturday, The Kindred Project ran an evening of live music from both staff and students at Bunker Beach Club Sotogrande.
Thank you to everyone who came along, to all the fantastic performers and to those who sponsored Peter Lawrence´s haircut! It was a wonderful community event which raised a total of 1,115.86€ with all proceedings to be donated to Nabugabo Community Learning Centre, Uganda and be taken out there with us on the Expedition.
Thank you all once again and a special thank you to Bunker Beach Club Sotogrande for hosting the evening!

Link to the photos:

Location: San Roque Boarding House
Date: Saturday 18th March
Time: 12pm-3pm
Cost for a pitch: 15€

Come along and support D1 Nele & M5 Ellie’s initiative to raise money for Nabugabo Community Learning Centre, Uganda by paying for a pitch to sell your own unwanted items or come along to grab a bargain!

Pitches will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis so please fill in this form as soon as possible if you wish to reserve a space:

Email: for more information.


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 asa force for good in the world.


ASSIST is a free service offered by Sotogrande International School (SIS) to help and support newly arrived families to quickly find solutions to their relocation issues, their domestic and personal needs by using the buying power of the SIS community to negotiate discounts, deals and/or privileges from local suppliers.

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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