School Newsletter 10.11.2017

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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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10th November 2017

Versión española 

 School Calendar

Tuesday 14 NovemberPTA general meeting at 09:15 in the Cantina – all welcome.
Tuesday 14 November M1 – M5 Interim reports published on Managebac
Tuesday 14 November F1 in Schools event in Cantina – 15:45 – 16:45

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back from the half term break.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as our staff did.  It was a wonderful time to recharge and spend time as families.

Over the break the KP team led an adventure to Asni on our second family trip.  The families took students who ranged in age from EC1 – M3.  Feedback was really positive. If you would like to find out about the next Asni trip, please email the Kindred Project team.

We also had 2 other trips that arrived back over the break; the first was the Paris trip for our Language B students and the second was our MUN trip to Malmö.  Both trip leaders expressed how mature and supportive the students were on their experiences outside of Spain.  I would like to publicly thank the KP team, Miss Bosson, Miss Rocio, Miss Anne and Miss Maria for giving up their time to engage our students in experiential learning.

Also over the break several of our students from our partner, the Jason Floyd Golf Academy, made a great showing in the 3rd WAGR Sotogrande International Young Talents Trophy held at Almenara golf course. Particular congratulations to our U12 category superstar Jake Valentine, whose two rounds of 85, a total of 170, put him in 3rd place in the scratch category and gave him 1st place in the Handicap.

Tonight we will host our annual Autumn festival with fireworks! I would like to thank the PTA for their time and energy organizing the event.  We look forward to welcoming you from 7pm tonight.  Please be aware that students in M2 and younger MUST be accompanied by an adult.

I would like to draw your attention to the F1 community event next Tuesday at 3.45pm in the cantina.  This is an opportunity for you and your children to chat to the team who represented Spain at the F1 in schools world finals in Kuala Lumpur this year, understand the event and even win the chance to send a car down the track!  We are looking forward to seeing you.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney


Complimentary one-week experience at the Elysium Spa!


The Elysium Spa at the Almenara Hotel is delighted to offer all parents a complimentary week’s experience. You will be able to enjoy use of the gym, classes and the luxury spa. This is a limited offer and must start by Thursday 30th November 2017.

Call: 956 582 029, to arrange an appointment to activate your complimentary one week experience.

This offer has been brought to you by Assist, for more information regarding the complimentary services available to families of SIS, please contact

Terms & Conditions

The one week experience is for a period of 7 consecutive days
The one week experience is non transferable
All experiences must start by Thursday 30th November 2017
You use the club at your own risk
No individual trials for under18 years of age
Standard rules & membership regulations apply
Elysium Spa retains the right to withdraw temporary membership at anytime.
The decision of the manager is final and the manager reserves the right to refuse admission
Certain activities like massages and beauty treatments incur additional charges
You must ensure you book at the spa reception before beginning the trial
You will be required to bring your SIS/Assist photo ID card to activate your temporary membership

Sotogrande International School

Feedback from the Advisory Board

At our meeting on November 8th the following areas were discussed:

  • Update on safe walkways – San Roque council are still dealing with this.
  • Consolidation – Reflecting on new ventures Cantina, F1 in Schools, Atletico de Madrid and the swimming pool.
  • Expansion plans – Future building projects
  • Feedback from the recent CIS, NEASC and IB visit – Brief feedback from the recent visit. Once the full reports come to the school more detailed feedback will be given to the community.

The school is working on developing a video to share with the community about future building plans.  It is hoped this will be complete for January 2018.

Feedback from the parents focused on 2 areas, firstly traffic safety and secondly communication of events.

Traffic safety is paramount and the behaviour of some drivers is becoming more and more dangerous. Parking on the roundabout, drop off and pick up at the roundabout, double parking etc. is regularly causing near misses.  As a community we need to do something urgently to prevent a death. The school will review a number of suggestions presented by the parent representatives.

Communications of events, the parents shared that at times this is late.  The school will investigate. The examples were new ventures and a lack of consistency about what appears on the school calendar and what appears in the newsletter.

PTA News

Tonight is Firework Night!

We are looking forward to seeing you all tonight, for a night of great fun. There will be a great array of food, drink and entertainment, including, of course, the fireworks!

Please remember the following:

EVERYONE must have a ticket, this includes performers and helpers.

There are a limited number of tickets available, and there will be no entry to anyone without a ticket.

All students M2 and below must be accompanied by an adult.

Please bring lots of small change and notes- no 100 euro notes please.

Come and have fun!


Our next PTA meeting is at 9:15 on Tuesday 14th November in the Cantina. Everyone is welcome.


The Kindred Project News

Halloween Party

The primary Halloween Party organised by Secondary KP was a great end to the first half of the term for P4-P6 students. On the 26th of October mummies, monsters and minions all gathered in the school theatre to enjoy an evening of spooky tunes, yummy food and Halloween themed games and activities. The event managed to raise 522 euros for The Kindred Project in addition to being a great deal of frightening fun!

Asni Family Trip

The Asni Family Trip has successfully returned from what has been a truly rewarding time in Morocco. Families have been able to learn and participate in Association Tiwizi’s projects supported by The Kindred Project & SIS since 2007.

Watch this space for the full trip’s report. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the photos:

Our heartfelt thanks to all 26 team members for being absolutely phenomenal and Association Tiwizi for making us feel so at home!

Send a Child to School Day

On Friday 27th October we celebrated our second SCS Day and the result was phenomenal. Thanks to your €1 donation we have managed to raise €705.99 towards this life-shaping initiative. We leave you with Flavia and Joanne’s photos, students sponsored by our P1 & P2 classes. Thank you all so much for your support!

New Netball Club with Mr. Chris Cournane

If you enjoy playing Netball and would like to improve your passing, shooting and evasion skills, then come and join us on Thursdays from 4-5pm for some fun.

Please email your interest to

Primary News

Message From Emma Butler

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful half term break.

P2 start their new unit with a bang!

As part of their new unit on ‘Celebrations’ P2 had an amazing science session with Mrs.Kearney learning about fireworks. They carried out their own chemical reaction and observed some exciting demonstrations including a hydrogen-powered rocket. It was great to see P2 enjoying learning science and having the opportunity to be in the school science laboratories.

P1 and P2 assembly

On Wednesday I had the pleasure of discussing with our P1 and P2 students how we can best look after our playground. We are all hoping that everyone who uses our playground, whether during school time or after school, respects the equipment, looks after it and tidies it up after they have finished!

P5 and P6 basketball

Well done to all the students who represented SIS on Wednesday in the basketball tournament. Both the boys teams and girls team did extremely well. Thank you to Miss Lola and Miss Maureen for organising. Much fun was had by all who took part.

Uniform reminder

A reminder that all girls should now be wearing the winter school uniform.


Congratulations to P6 Ms. Reynold’s class – winners of the ice-cream party for class that read the most minutes during October Readathon.

Any remaining Readathon sponsorship money should be sent/ brought to the library as soon as possible.


Message from our nurses

As there have been several 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. Headlice 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 956 795 902 ext. 2405 or

M3 ‘World Population’ unit

Last Thursday, October 26th, we had a visit from our friend Araceli Gavira, who is a recognized technical architect in our community and mother of SIS students. During the visit, our M3 students learned how to design a real-life construction, as well as beginning the design of scale maps for the subsequent creation of a refugee camp, a project included in our Individuals and Societies unit ‘World population’.



Model United Nations of Malmö

I would like to congratulate our D1 and D2 students who participated in the Model United Nations (MUN) in Malmö during the half term holidays. They did a stellar job representing their delegation and SIS. They showed excellent thinking and organisational skills, as well as an incredible knowledge of current world issues. It was an amazing experience for our students and I would encourage everyone at SIS, students and staff, to attend a Model United Nations conference to experience and be amazed by our future leaders.

Maria Franco


Universities Convention 


SIS Golf Students Succeed in the Sotogrande International Young Talents Trophy

The Almenara Golf Club played host to the 3rd WAGR Sotogrande International Young Talents Trophy (SIYTT) from the 27th-29th October, and showed its teeth, exposing the field of talented amateurs to some brutally windy conditions.

The Almenara is known as a tough test with its tight, water filled and exposed layout on the front nine (Los Lagos) and its narrow tree-lined back 9 (Los Pinos), when adding gusty wind into the mix, it is a test even for the very best players.

In the U12 category, young SIS superstar Jake Valentine made a very impressive showing, with two rounds of 85, a total of 170, putting him in 3rd place in the scratch category and enough to secure 1st place in the Handicap.

The standard of the U16 category was arguably the best the SIYTT has experienced in its three years of existence.

With scores of 77 and 81, SIS and Jason Floyd Golf Academy (JFGA) student Claudia Alnajim entered the final round as leading U16 girl and 4th in the overall category. A tough final round saw Claudia fall back in the field, finishing 8th in total and 2nd U16 girl, a result she should be very proud of.

SIS student Wisty Collins showed some fight and determination with 3 hard fought rounds, earning him 11th spot.

The final round turned into a two horse race between two 13 year old talents, from the Czech Republic, Nikolas Stoulil and Germany’s Tiger Christensen. Starting the final round on +11, Nikolas obtained a 3 shot lead over Tiger who was sitting in 3rd position.

With flawless golf on the front 9, Tiger made a move, chipping in for an eagle on the 8th, putting him 2 under for the round. Nikolas responded by holing a 17-foot putt for birdie just moments later, followed by another birdie on 9, giving him a two shot lead with 9 to play.

Another chip in for Tiger on 15 for birdie, compounded Nikolas’ bogey, meaning the lead was shared with 3 to play.

Standing on the 18th tee, the nerves showed, Tiger, still tied for the lead with Nikolas, pushed his drive into the tree, leaving him with a blocked approach to the green. Nikolas, cool, calm and collected striped his ball down the middle, just short of the fairway bunker. His approach shot to the 18th was one of pure class, the 13 year old taking a 6 iron shot to 15 feet of the pin.

Tiger, blocked out by the trees, was forced to punch out, and make an up and down for par to force a play off. With Nikolas in for par, Tiger had an 8 foot putt for par to extend. A right to left breaker, started on the perfect line, but lacked pace, slowly dribbled underneath the hole, resulting in a 1 shot victory for Stoulil.

With Tiger Christensen due to join SIS and the JFGA in January, we very much look forward to seeing him perform more often.

Despite the hard fought battle, the two players played with amazing etiquette, high fiving and respecting their opponent’s play, an amazing sight to see!

Three SIS students made the cut in the U25 category. Beau Coenraad entered the final round tied 14th place, with an 84 enough to move him up 5 spots and securing a top 10 finish along with SIS and JFGA companion Sebastian Collins, who made the cut on the number, shooting a final round 81.

Jemma Milton began her tournament with a first round 78, placing her in a solid 3rd position. A tough day 2 score of 80 slipped her back to 9th heading in the final day, and arguably the hardest condition of the week, a final round 81 was enough to secure 4th spot in the U25 Ladies category, another great result for SIS and the JFGA.

The U25 category was controlled by the final group, consisting of 2 Swiss National team members and Spain’s Hugo Aguilar, whose final round 3 under 69 was enough to secure the SIYTT U25 Mens title by 3 shots with a total of +5, 221.

Spain’s Valentina Albertazzi, shot a final round level par 72, including a triple bogey on 17! Even with this setback she cruised to victory, winning the U25 Ladies category by a whopping 10 shots.

World Amateur Golf Ranking events are internationally renowned and always attain competitive fields. It’s great to see a number of SIS representatives performing well on the world stages.

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.

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