School Newsletter 12.05.2017

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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.

School Newsletter – 12th May 2017


Message from the Head
Dear Parents and Guardians,I would like to begin this week by acknowledging the amazing evening hosted by 3 M3 girls for their community project last Friday.  Olivia Wang, Natasha Bacarese- Hamilton and Laura De Lathauwer created an event to raise awareness of learning difficulties. The 3 girls teamed with CADI, a local organisation which works with children with learning difficulties, providing therapy, sports experiences and excursions for them. Projects such as the community project provide an opportunity for students to apply their skills and innovate to create events that really go beyond assessment criteria.  I am delighted to announce that the girls raised over 4000€, such an amazing achievement!


On Monday many of our theatre students took part in LAMDA examinations. The whole school community helped out by avoiding the main entrance, to allow the team to record all of the pieces.  We wish our students from M2 – D1 the best of luck as their performances are judged.

Wednesday witnessed the P6 Exhibition. I was delighted by the range of different approaches that students took to a tough topic – stereotypes.  The students were guided through the development of questions that challenged them to investigate stereotypes, research why they existed and to challenge them.  This mature topic did not stop P6 and they demonstrated a great understanding of the theme, a creative approach to displaying findings and a very confident approach to presenting.  Thank you to all of the parents who joined us to hear the students talk about their projects and to the primary team, who supported the students through this journey. Meanwhile we hosted a visit organized through Golden Mac to show the use of Apple technology at SIS.  Being an Apple Distinguished School means that we have a responsibility to act as a centre for learning centres around Spain. The visitors were very impressed by all of the activities, especially the exhibition.


On Thursday evening Sara Hagglof hosted the Parent Ambassador graduation.  I would like to congratulate our new parent group on their hard work, dedication and commitment.  They have given up numerous evenings and mornings to understand the deeper aspects of our school. I welcome them to our PA community and look forward to their help with new families.


Finally I hope you read the mail shot that went out earlier this week.  It is wonderful that La Reserva has allowed us to use the rear loop to decrease congestion on the main road and speed up the traffic flow for vehicles coming to the school. Please drive safely and work with the idea that if the car in front of you has carried on up the hill from Marisol, please could you turn right and go through La Reserva, and vice versa. In addition, please do take advantage of the La Reserva club restaurant L’Olive for a coffee or a light lunch.

I wish you a restful weekend and remind you that if you wish to share a memory of Peter or leave a condolence message for Paul Templeton, there is a book available at reception.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney


Whole School News

 Rice Day

This Wednesday 10th May, our monthly Rice Day took place. This time P3-P6 joined in. Each month more and more students are joining the pledge! This time, there were only 45 secondary students and only 5 primary students who did not participate, which means a whopping 90% of our students in school chose rice as their meal today instead of the usual cantina food.

Rice Day is all about raising awareness about the worldwide struggle of all of those suffering from malnutrition. It is also supporting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal No. 2 which is to “End Hunger and Improve Nutrition”. As well as bringing attention to this important problem, Rice Day is also a fundraising event, with Sodexo kindly supporting the Kindred Project. All the money raised during Rice Day will go towards the Early Childhood Development programme launched by the NGO Help Refugees in Greece. This project provides access to essential early development learning for children (from 0-6 years). Last Rice Day pledges raised €577!

Thank you to all of you that support Rice Day!

Community Project 2017

We are a small group of students that want to make a difference. For our community project we are raising funds to send children to school in Uganda. To raise money and awareness we will be running 10k everyday for a week around Sotogrande with the Uganda flag. You could change someone’s life by sponsoring us. Education is a huge part of children’s life and it will change theirs. They want to get an education as it’s their biggest chance for a good future. They and we want this so badly.

Please sponsor us, either email Or you can sponsor us using the You Caring page:

Also, follow us on instagram- for updates and you can even join us as we run around Sotogrande every afternoon next week!

Thank you for reading.

Primary School News

Message from Emma Butler, Head of Primary

PYP6 Exhibition

Wednesday 10th of May was our P6 Exhibition day for parents, followed by student visits on Thursday morning. The PYP Exhibition is an extremely important learning experience for children at the end of their Primary education and our theme this year was “Challenging Stereotypes”. This has involved some very interesting investigations into stereotypes that are commonly held views. The students had to apply a range of skills to research, organise and interpret findings and then finally use these to influence others.

The process began early in the spring term when the theme was introduced during the fourth P6 unit about Conflict Resolution. A range of videos and silent conversations were used to provoke thinking and recognition of stereotypes. This has been quite a demanding theme and required students to think critically and from different perspectives. They were supported in this process by the Primary staff who act as mentors.  Not only does this allow teachers to reconnect with students they have taught in earlier years, staff also provide a role model for the P6s of working together and supporting each other. As they worked through the last few weeks the students have come to realise how the skills and knowledge learnt through the other units were helping them in this more independent inquiry. Their findings were communicated through a broad range of media including: persuasive writing pieces, fictitious diaries, magazine articles, graphs, pie charts, artwork, leaflets, videos and interactive games for visitors to try. Visitors were very impressed by the confident and passionate way the students spoke about their inquiries.

Many students commented how they had learnt so much from the exhibition experience; they said that they had learnt to be more critical about what we see and read in the media and the importance of prioritising when working on projects. The students and teachers would like to thank parents for making time to visit the exhibition and showing such interest in all the students’ presentations.  


Message From Our PE Team

Primary Sports Days 24th and 25th May


Children should come to school wearing t-shirts in the colour of their house teams.
Romans- red
Phoenicians- blue
Greeks- green
Egyptians- yellow

As the summer is getting underway and the temperature is rising we recommend that children bring a cap to wear during PE lessons, have a bottle of water that they can bring to the pitch and apply sun cream in the mornings before coming to school.

After the Sports Days are past, the focus of PE lessons will switch to swimming.

Family Fun Day Spring Fair

Tickets are now on sale. Look out for the Primary Student Council before and after school to buy your tickets.


Secondary School News

Sotogrande girls in Italy

The Mediterranean Cup, a huge football tournament, took place in Verona, Italy during the first week of May; 18 girls teams and 24 boys teams from 17 different countries enjoyed a fantastic event.
Huge congratulations to our Sotogrande U14 girls team who fought their way to the Silver final beating their old friends from Berlin 3-0 in the semi final and were victorious against Lusanne school from Switzerland 2-1 in the final.
With only 10 players to play 10 games over 3 days the girls gave everything they had, even playing with injuries and pain. The attitude and mentality they displayed was a great advert for our school and they made us all very proud to be part of something wonderful with great teamwork and friendship.
Team members:
Shannon Quintana, Caroline Aarup-Jensen, Sara Mesdag-Haro, Patricia Troncoso, Elise Looyens, Claudia Alnajim, Stella Palolouma, Marina Corrales Del Aguila,
MIreya Palacios and Sofia Magee.

Malaga Athletics meet

SIS athletes proudly represented the school at the athletics championships in Malaga last week.

Over 500 students from 12 different schools competed in the biggest regional athletics event ever hosted on the Costa Del Sol. There were some fantastic individual successes in 100m, 800m, 400m, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot and Javelin. The P.E. team wishes to congratulate all athletes on their fantastic commitment and dedication which led to SIS being ranked as one of the top schools on the coast. 

Community Project

A Successful Dinner

M3 students Laura De Lathauwer, Olivia Wang and Natasha Bacarese-Hamilton organised a benefit dinner which took place last Friday in El Octogono restaurant.
The event, which formed part of their community Project, was a huge success with careful attention given to every detail. The evening included musical performances, a silent auction, a fashion show conducted by the children of the centre and passionate, inspiring speeches led by the organisers. All funds raised will go to the organization CADI (Center for Childhood Diversity), an association dedicated to supporting children with disabilities.

M3 students meet with representative of San Roque Ayuntamiento

As an objective within their community project, Sara Mesdag, Alejandra Aramburu and Juan Álvarez set out to put more recycling bins in our community. In order to show support for this idea, they had already collected signatures at the entrance of the school. Last week, the students met with a representative of the San Roque Town Hall and gave him the petition as well as putting the case for their requests to the Consistory.


Duke of Edinburgh Award

Last weekend the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze participants from M4 and M5 spent an idyllic two days on their qualifying ‘Adventurous Journey’.  They navigated their way around the countryside near Jimena de La Frontera with compasses and maps. All of the students were involved in cooking on stoves and spent the night under canvas. We are pleased to announce that all of them passed the adventurous journey section of their Bronze award.

M1 Trip to La Pequeña Africa, May 2017

In this term’s Interdisciplinary Unit, M1 students are creating their own garden. So a trip to La Pequeña Africa provided the perfect opportunity for the children to engage with the environment.
On Wednesday 10th May, 59 M1 students went to further their understanding of the natural world. They saw lots of animals ranging from lions and tigers to meerkats. Strolling along the paths, they could see that working with nature was important in their own garden.

After a short canoe ride around the lake, some students volunteered to be the “landing ground” for owls and eagles.
As usual, our time at the park passed far too quickly and we all agreed that even though having a lion in our garden could be tricky, we could always encourage birds and butterflies to come and visit!


CommunityIndie Night

Indie Night will be held in the theatre on Friday May 19th. The idea is similar to last year’s Soul Night, but with Indie style music. We will be performing as a full band from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, with a short 15-minute interval. We will be performing a set of quality music, with the intention of raising money for the Tiwizi Association, The Kindred Project’s partner in Asni. Many of us have just been there personally, and it means a lot to be able to make a difference. Tickets cost will be 5 euros.


PTA News


The PTA is delighted to sponsor this year’s “All White Summer Party” which will be held at La Cabana de Sotogrande on Friday 2nd June. The evening will commence at 8.00pm and include welcome drinks and tapas plus DJ and dancing until late!! The dress code is “white attire’ for both ladies and gentlemen. More information to follow but please ‘save the date’ as it’s going to be a great night for “parents only”.

Click HERE to read minutes of last meeting on 2nd May.

Summer Swimming Camp


Looking for swimming lessons for your children this summer? Let them join our Summer Swimming Camp! Running throughout July for 5 – 8-year-olds the camp offers a perfect solution for beginners right through to advanced swimmers. For information and to book your place visit the Swimming Camp site  and don’t forget to tick the SIS Student box to receive your 5% discount!

Fundamentals – Summer Fun Kids


The hot summer months are nearly here and what better place for your little ones to enjoy themselves than at the Fundamentals Summer Camp! Our qualified and caring team offer fun, creative and educational activities each day while also providing a safe and exciting space for children to make new friends. 


This year’s camp for children from 2 to 6 years old runs for 4 weeks from 9am to 2pm Monday to Friday, starting on the 3rd July and finishing on the 28th July. For more information, please contact

Advertise your business in the SIS 2017 Year Book 

As we enter the final term of the academic year we have the pleasure of putting together the 2017 Year Book. Our Year Book celebrates some of the best moments, trips and activities for each year group as well as focusing on the D2 graduating class. Parents, we would like to offer you the opportunity to advertise in this much-anticipated keepsake. For further information please contact


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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 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.

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