School Newsletter 13.04.2018

boarding_news img

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.

school_newsletter img

13th April 2018

Versión española 

 School Calendar

Monday 16 AprilP3 Unit based trip
Tuesday 17 AprilPTA meeting – 09:15 in Cantina – all welcome
Wednesday 18 AprilP5 & P6 Under 11 Futsal at Atalaya
Thursday 19 AprilSIS Careers Convention – 14:00 -16:30 in school gym
Friday 20 AprilP4 Unit based trip

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Firstly I would like to extend a warm welcome to the 18 new students and their families who joined SIS on April 9th.  I missed seeing you all on Monday morning as I was at a Leadership conference in Berlin.  Thank you to everyone who gave notice on 31st March. Thank you and congratulations to everyone who has signed up for another year; 2018-19 – another year with new and further developed facilities, a greater number of well-trained, energetic and dedicated staff and more subjects on offer than ever before!

Over the break Valentina Stirling and James McCann from The Kindred Project presented at the CIS Symposium in Lisbon.  In their session they shared the journey at SIS around enabling and empowering our students to be active global citizens.


We also welcomed back our students from Uganda, who were being active global citizens over the Easter break!  Our teachers led workshops for the staff at Nabugabo Learning Centre. Students helped to build a perimeter wall and worked with students to create the first ever traditional play performed by NCLC students.  In addition students delivered Little Suns (solar lamps) and water filters to the most vulnerable families in the community. This was a particularly amazing moment for Max Guerrero who was one of the innovators of the Little Suns project.

If your children feel inspired by this trip, there is a last chance to join the Ecuador trip from 5th – 27th July. The cost is 3000€ and there are only 2 spaces left. With a closing deadline on Monday, please make swift contact with The Kindred Project ( if you would like to join.t

To feel inspired, please click on this video from last year.

Finally congratulations to Teiva Hamaini, Kai Hamaini and Carla Morrera de la Vall who have been crowned Andalucian snowboarding champions!

Best wishes,

Jak Kearney

Our Advisory Board has been established to ensure parents, students and staff have their views and thoughts heard in an efficient way and to help the school make the best possible decisions on operational and strategic matters.

Representing the whole school community and consisting of an elected body of parents, staff, students and board members the Advisory Board meets approximately twice per term. These meetings are used for the school to share information and consult on issues about operational and strategic matters.

Our parent representatives can be contacted by email and will be happy to ensure your views are heard.

Barbara Peacock

Silvia Segura

Nick Jefferson

Arts Society entries from SIS

Works by the following students have been selected to represent our school in the upcoming Young Artists competition organised by the The Arts Society:

Katrina Bulkovska, Hattie Greenwood, Africa Harrington, Jasmine Jakobsen, Beatriz Martinez Alfonso, Stella Paloluoma and Jaimie Ritchie.

Their work will be exhibited all of next week in Espacio Joven, San Roque with students and their parents invited to a Reception & Prize giving on Friday 20th April, the final evening.

Collaborating teachers: Kate Hoad, Carol Hartland, Lisa Reynolds and Margaret O’Farrell.

Also exhibiting, outside the competition is P1 student Ace Gold-Sacker, age 5.

The competition entries were co-ordinated by Margaret O’Farrell.



Message from Miss Emma Butler

Welcome back and welcome to all our new families who have joined us this term. I hope you have had a wonderful and relaxing break.

We have a very busy term ahead. All our year groups will be working on their final two units of inquiry of our Primary Years Programme. One of these is the PYP Exhibition for our P6 students (during the coming weeks more information will be shared about this important event). We also have our P1- P6 Swimming Galas, our EC1-P6 Sports Days, overnight trips for P4, P5 and P6, the expressive arts production of We Are Monsters for P3 and P4, the expressive arts extravaganza of Shrek for P5 & P6, the finals of The Dream Factory, the end of year celebrations for EC1-P2 and finally The Primary Prize Giving and P6 Graduation. All the dates for these events are published on our school calendar. All in all, the next eleven weeks are surely packed full of exciting learning experiences for all our students.

P3 started the new term with a unit based school trip

P3 were engaging in their new unit of inquiry, Physical Geography and Settlements. They went to Pinar del Rey to enable a hands-on experience of physical geography and to develop the students collaborative skills. In groups they decided what kind of land would be best for the location of a settlement and what people need access to. The children then built their settlements.

Welcome back and congratulations to Carla in P2 after an amazing ski season.

Congratulations Carla for an excellent performance and finishing first in the Andalucian Snowboarding Cup! We look forward to following you in your next competition.


P4 Cookery in their Spanish class  

Before Easter P4 students enjoyed cooking their own recipes in their Spanish class. They practised the Spanish language and developed their creativity, in their final project of the research unit, “Healthy Lifestyle”.

M3 Community Project

During the holiday Raquel Benzaquen and Keisha Schneck spent a day at St Bernard’s Hospital in Gibraltar where they were able to interview various people and to pass on a donation of 250GBP for the children’s ward, money they raised from their Bake Sale here in school before the holiday

Photo from Panorama newspaper shows them handing over their donation to Minister of Health Neil Costa, Ms. Sandie Gracia, the Director of Nursing and Dr Daniel Cassaglia, the Medical Director.

English Language Development trip to London

Nine ELD students and 2 staff enjoyed an excellent five-day trip to the buzzing and fascinating city of London. The first night we went to a musical where the choreography, energy and music were so amazing that the audience were up on their feet and joined in dancing at the end. The highlights of the following day were the Natural History Museum (a great dinosaur display), the Science museum, and of course, the famous Harrods. Afterwards, a relaxed visit to Covent Garden where we ran into an Easter bunny from Hotel Chocolate giving out free Easter eggs. Next day, the Madame Tussaud’s visit and the Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie were brilliant.


That day was really intense: according to one student’s Apple watch, we walked nearly 20 km!!! Queen’s Walk took us from Westminster, Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower being restored, over Westminster Bridge, London Eye, and then along the south bank of the River Thames towards Tate Modern, Shakespeare´s Globe Theatre, The Golden Hind Galleon, Borough market, Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge and then back over the river on the Tower Bridge where we took one of those old double-decker buses without doors to go to The British Museum – this is worth a trip just to see the Rosetta stone – and the day culminated in Leicester Square for dinner, where we celebrated one of our students’ birthday at TGIF. On the last day, picturesque Camden Town, Oxford and Regent Streets, the utopian destinations for shopaholics, were waiting for us. Overall, a fantastic trip!!! We can’t wait to go back!!!

Pilar Urrestarazu Espinosa

ELD teacher

University & Careers News

Next week is Careers Week. It will have a big impact on M5 who will be having 30 minute 1-1 Career and Course interviews from Monday to Wednesday. M5 already have their timetable attached in the G.Classroom and a list of what to bring to their interviews.

On Thursday the 19th, Sotogrande International School, in association with our sponsors Abbeygate Insurance, Bass Houses and Noll & Partners, will be holding its fourth Biennial Careers Day as part of Careers Week. reer Convention poster

D1 will have application letter writing sessions from 10 top UK universities in the morning. M3 – D1 students have scheduled times from 2.30-4pm when they will be visiting the convention in the gym; parents and D2 students are welcome to visit any time between 2.30 and 4.30pm. All students will have a work booklet to support their enquiries. M4 & M5 will also have follow up tasks in the booklet to work on their competencies for careers, after the visit to the convention.

The event ends at 4.30pm



Click here to read our Alumni blog with a few updates from the following: Robert & Matt Duckworth, Ben Worsley, Will Moody, Ivan de Martino and several students from last year’s DP2017 who all popped into school recently say Hello.

Reference the Careers Convention; I would like to thank a couple of SIS alumni who are taking part. Thomas Medina, who will be representing Southern Rock Insurance, was a graduate from 2010 and also Sam Reynard, of Mad Hatter Film Productions who graduated from SIS way back in 2007!

It was also nice to hear of a small London SIS alumni get together organized by Kyle Rolph from DP2014 recently! Can you tag them in the picture?

… And last but not least, the first SIS Alumni get together in Rotterdam – with Nienke, Danielle, and Henry!

Physical Education


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.

Copyright © 2017 Sotogrande International School, All rights reserved.

Related Posts

Sotogrande International School

You find here quick links with useful information about our school.

Sotogrande International School

Please contact us at and we'll get in touch as soon as possible.