School Newsletter 11.12.2015

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Friday, 11th December

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Dates for your diary
  • 12th December           Christmas Bazaar 13:00 – 16:00
  • 14th December           SI Stage School ‘Christmas Celebration’ 18:30 – 20:00
  • 15th December           P1/P2 Christmas performance 14:00 – 15:00
  • 16th December           P1/P2 Christmas performance 10:00 – 11:00
  • 16th December           P3 Expressive Arts performance in Spanish 11:30 – 12:15
  • 16th December           Parent Ambassadors training session 18:30
  • 17th December           EC1/EC2 Christmas performance 11:00 – 12:00
  • 18th December           ‘Send my friend to school’ day
  • 18th December           Last day of term – normal start time, school finishes at 12:00
  • 11th January               First day of term, welcome back!
Further information about some of these events may be found by clicking on the relevant date on the school website calendar, and/or if relevant your child’s primary class Googlesite.

Message from the Head


Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you had a lovely break and a chance to begin your Christmas planning.
At Christmas we will be very sad to say goodbye to one of our longest standing members of staff.  Mr. Paul Harris will be retiring and starting a new life in Mallorca.  I would personally like to thank Paul for his commitment to Sotogrande International School.  As a former Head of Secondary he pioneered the growth of the secondary school as SIS transitioned to this campus from Paniagua.  As a teacher he is innovative and deeply creative.  He has inspired many students at IB level as an Art and English Teacher.  Mrs. Jane Bannell has written a few words below to share the impact that Mr. Harris has had.

With Paul’s retirement and with the desire to better support the learning of our students there will be some movements within existing classes, with Daniel Maloney joining SIS to teach Art, English and Drama and additional classes being created in M3 Maths.  Teachers have spoken directly to students to inform them of possible changes.

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Congratulations to M5 student Carlota Sanchez who came second (after an extra hole play-off) in the Junior European Golf Championships last week.

Last week we proudly launched Assist which is a free concierge service for families of our school.  Fred Eric has made connections with local companies to get members of our community the very best deals on a number of different resources, from meals out to insurance.  More details can be found on the assist website here Cards will be issued to members of our community in January, however if you wish to take advantage of an offer, please contact Fred Eric directly at, or use the join us contact here.

I wish you a very restful weekend and look forward to seeing you tomorrow at the Christmas bazaar.

Best wishes,

Jak Kearney

A tribute to Paul Harris

PointerPaul Harris has truly been a force for good at SIS and his contribution to the life and development of the school has been enormous. Paul has always placed the students at the centre of what he does and this care and attention is recognized by all of the students, past and present, who have been taught, mentored and led by Paul. His art room has been a haven for many students over the years, whether or not they studied art, and he always had time for those who needed a little bit of extra care.

Paul’s contribution is certainly varied! He has been Head of Secondary, Diploma and middle years teacher of Visual Art, Expressive Arts, English A and English B, theatre director and performer, set designer and producer, architectural designer for new school developments, Christmas production performer, the list goes on and on. Perhaps foremost, Paul is a fabulous teacher. His approach is calm and measured, his high expectations are well understood, his lessons are fun, focused and productive, his students’ results are excellent. Paul understands what it is to be an educator and we will miss his knowledge and his expertise but, most of all, we will miss the care and love that he has consistently and unstintingly given to the students and to the school.
Thank you Paul.



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Whole School News
Christmas Bazaar TOMORROW, 13:00 – 16:00

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Cake Stall – Donations for this stall should be brought to school tomorrow.
PTA Grand Christmas Raffle
If you haven’t already handed them in, please remember to bring your raffle tickets with you tomorrow. Raffle tickets will be on sale during the Bazaar so there’s still time to buy that winning ticket!Click here to see the full list of all our fantastic prizes.

School Photos will be available at the Christmas Bazaar.

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Sistech Academy New Courses

Find the new Sistech Cademy courses here!

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SI Stage School


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‘Christmas Celebration’
An adaptation of Charles Dickens’
‘A Christmas Carol’
Monday 14th December
School theatre 6.30pm
Tickets 2€
All proceeds to the Kindred Project

‘SI Stage School’ 

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Enrolling now for January Term!!
Providing quality Musical Theatre training for students aged 7-13yrs. Our aim is to nurture and develop young potential through singing, acting and dance classes.
For more information please email:
Miss E Swords
Santa Fun Run       

An invitation to the whole community to take part a 5km Fun Run on Sunday 20th December in aid of Danii Cancer Charity – The run will start at 11.30am at Puerto Sotogrande car park by security date and finish at The Lemon, Sotogrande. Christmas lunch and post event entertainment will be on offer at the Lemon. Santa suits will be on sale as entry fee. 
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SIS Lucky Dip Competition

Spot our advert in the Easy Jet inflight magazine during the month of December!

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Take a photo of the advert with you (selfie) ​and send it together with your flight
​dates and ​destination to
You might be the lucky person to win a free entrance and T-shirt to the SOTOROX festival, which will take place on Thursday 18th February!
Have a safe flight!​

The Marketing Team

Ski Trip 2016

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22-26 February 2016 (Monday am to Friday pm)
Open to all students from P6 – D2
Price: €600 (same price since 2012!)

We are once again pleased to offer our annual ski trip to Sierra Nevada, taking place during the February half term. This trip is offered by Adventurebug S.L. who have been taking SIS students skiing every winter season for the last 13 years. Sign up forms and trip information is available from the main reception.  Deadline for registration is 15 December 2015 and spaces are limited

Assist / La Reserva Invitation

Join us to experience the Sotogrande Christmas spirit at the official ‘re’-opening of La Reserva.
The renowned golf course and clubhouse of La Reserva in Sotogrande have recently undergone significant developments with many new surprises.
As a parent of the Sotogrande International School (SIS) we would like to share these surprises with you and your family at the pre-opening party.
Come and join us for a Christmas toast and some fun activities for the children including a visit from Santa and his elves, sparkling Christmas decorations and live entertainment to bring about that festive cheer.
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Where: In the Christmas villa (# 37) in the gated condominium of Los Cortijos located in La Reserva.
(The entrance to the development of Los Cortijos is on the left side, before you arrive to the golf club house of La Reserva.)
After the pre-opening party, you are of course also invited to join the official opening party of La Reserva from 5pm.
Parking will be available at the car park of the golf club.

Primary School News

Message from Emma ButlerDespite this being a short week there has been lots going on…

On Wednesday P3-P6 started the day with a celebration assembly. Over this term it has been a great pleasure to talk to all the teachers and observe some amazing work that has been going on in all the year groups. There were lots of smiling faces as the following students were congratulated for their effort and attitudes.

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Homeroom classes:
P3 Claudia, Alexander, Alba, Daniella, Javier, Daniela, Luella and Ruby
P4 Savannah, James, Blaise, Saskia, Isabella, Gabriella, Annabel and Eduardo
P5 Aila, Antonio, Kim and Jago
P6 Andres, Eduardo, Rocio, Elias, Livia and Lawrence

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P3  Jaden, Daniela, Gabriel and River
P4 Kenza, Tareq and Sharon
P5 Sofia C, Carlota and Fernando
P6 Mihail, Elias, Jill and Livia

P3 Sam, River, Indiana and Ruby
P4 Annabel, Hannah, Heidi and James
P5 Rowan, Ryan, Erika and Sofia V
P6 Marina C, Jacob, Santiago and Zakhar

Emma (p6) Lara (p6)

P3 Ruby, Daniela and Ariel
P4 Gabriela, Carlota, Fabiola and Blaise
P5 Mikolaj and Valeria
P6 Ekaterina, Paula, Marta and Lara

Visitors from our Ludoteca, Fundamentals
Thank you to our P6 student ambassadors who on Wednesday welcomed children, teachers and parents from Fundamentals. During the morning they enjoyed the magical ‘Christmas’ learning environments of EC1 and listened to beautiful Christmas stories being read to them by our P6 student ambassadors. Thank you EC1 and our ambassadors, Fernando, Harley, Chloe, Felix, Viola and Lola.

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Christmas in Primary First Is Coming……Not long now!
The preparations for EC1/ EC2 and P1/P2 end of year productions are well underway. Next week don’t forget to reserve and pay for your DVD of your child’s performance.

Performance dates and times as follows:
EC1/EC2  – Thursday 17th of December at 11am in the theatre.
P1/P2  – Tuesday 15th of December at 2pm in the theatre.  (Students will be given tickets for a particular performance)
P1/P2  – Wednesday 16th of December at 10am in the theatre.   (Students will be given tickets for a particular performance)

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Congratulations to all P3 students

On Thursday P3 students and the Primary Spanish Team spent the morning at our Fundamentals Nursery, where our students performed a fantastic play for the nursery children. It was great to see our P3 students communicating and performing so confidently in Spanish.
There will be a repeat performance of this for parents to enjoy next Thursday at 11.30 in the theatre.

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The Christmas Elves Visit EC1-P3

Today EC1-P3 had a lovely surprise as they were visited by some Christmas Elves. Much fun was had by all! Thanks to Sotogrande S.A. for this Christmas moment!!
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SHARING CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN  – Request from the Primary Student Council

As we slowly prepare for the festive season and as part of showing 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 over 250 families in our local area. One of the smaller but definitely heart warming initiatives they organise is the Christmas present campaign, which aims to help these families to provide Christmas presents, joy and magic for the younger ones in the family.

Our objective is therefore simple. We are arranging for each class to fill boxes for certain age groups:

P3  Newborn to 12 months
P4  1-4 years
P5  4-7 years
P6  7-10 years

A few suggestions of what we will include are small clothing items, personal hygiene products, story or colouring books, arts and crafts resources, small toys. Please do not include second hand goods, war toys, money, sharp objects or perishable goods.

Boxes will be made in class (more shoe boxes and wrapping paper please!) and then distributed by Student Council and The Kindred Project and delivered to Hogar Betania ready for Christmas!

Thank you for your support.

Secondary School News


University Convention

Last Thursday, Sotogrande was visited by nearly 40 universities as part of our University & Career Programme. We also hosted 8 other international schools from along the coast, who came to participate in the event. Over the course of the day there were numerous opportunities for our students to question the universities, and in the afternoon we ran 4 application seminars for our Diploma students to attend. Many parents were also able to visit the event in the afternoon, and the universities can be quoted as saying, “that we all agreed that today was the best [university convention]” that they had attended this year! There was positive feedback from the students, with excellent support from Diploma students in many different roles. One parent of an M5 student summed up the importance of the convention from their perspective with these words, “It is really helpful that you start this process [university choices] early, as they need time to consider their options and focus their minds prior to selecting their Diploma subjects.  It is great that they have time to reflect and that it isn’t a rushed decision. The University Convention helps bring this decision making to life and gives us all an opportunity to understand what the universities are looking for in their applicants.  I am sure this familiarity with the requirements and processes gives the students an advantage when applying.” It was also a positive step in raising our profile with universities globally. It is unquestionably true that if university admissions staff are aware of SIS, and the calibre of our students, then it will add to our students’ application profiles. Mitchell Stevens, a renowned Harvard Professor wrote that, “high school guidance counsellors in particular are crucial brokers of applicants at selective colleges because they have enduring and reciprocal beneficial relationships with admission officers.” and it is these events that develop that link, not only with the counsellor but also with the student. Chris Turner from Winchester University Admissions concluded the day by saying, “the fair was brilliant!  We have been touring Spain visiting about 12 international schools in five days and the fair at Sotogrande was by far the best”.
Jason Mungles

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Inter-school Creative Writing contest

On Friday 4 December, selected senior school students took part in the fourth inter-school creative writing contest at Aloha College. They were warmly welcomed by the host school and enjoyed meeting their rivals from Aloha and Swans. They wrote on story titles chosen by the English and Spanish teachers at the three schools, which were selected at random. Aloha provided us with lunch after the contest and our entrants then sped back to school with what seemed to be pleasant memories of the day. They will however have to wait until January to find out how they have fared.

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San Roque Boarding House News

Boarding House News

Wow – what a packed weekend the Boarders have just had!  On Saturday the Boarders went to Malaga’s Car and Fashion Museum and then visited the famous Christmas lights in the city centre.  On Sunday, they tried their hand at Footgolf where a certain Marcus Ryser needed a playoff hole to overcome the stiff challenge of Boris Delev.  On Monday, the students went to Fuengirola where they went Go-Karting, shopping and to the cinema to see the new James Bond film, ‘Spectre’. Finally, Tuesday was spent catching up with work and some also took the opportunity to take a breather by using the facilities at El Rio for a 7-a-side football match.  All in all it was an excellent weekend full of activities.  Next Saturday we are off to buy our Secret Santa gifts in preparation for the Boarders’ Christmas Dinner in the last week of term.

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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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