School Newsletter 14.10.2016

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School Newsletter 14th October 2016


Message from the Head


Dear Parents and guardians,

Last weekend witnessed a weekend that does not exist in many other schools around the world. We saw a multitude of different learning experiences transcend the ages of the school allowing our learners to further explore their gifts, passion and purpose.

It all began on Friday with the SIS triathlon, led by Alastair Gibson. In the course of the day over 100 students from P5 – D2 and 40 staff took part in this event. There were examples of great leadership, teamwork and compassion displayed throughout the day as students competed.  After school the staff formed teams and competed to find the best triathlon team.  Congratulations to Mr. Mungles, Mr. Moore and Mr. Wix, who came out on top, to everyone’s surprise!

On Saturday our D of E students left for their expedition to the Sierra Nevada. Eliza Cherry, Mark Woolley, Ivan Moore and friends led the students on this expedition to interact with nature, cope with the slightly cooler temperature in the mountains and navigate the wilderness. Students and staff slept in tents and enjoyed some team building, whilst learning a great deal about themselves and their teammates. These skills will be used to further develop themselves as they prepare for their Bronze and Silver awards later this year.

On Sunday the Diploma students returned from the ISTA Theatre trip to London. They attended a variety of workshops to help develop their drama skills as well as managing to catch a few shows in the west end. We are looking forward to seeing how they transfer what they learnt into their performances.

 Meanwhile a team of staff were presenting at the IB Conference in Barcelona this weekend. On Friday Belen Gonzalez and Andrea Bennett presented on the whole school introduction of the ‘learning to learn’ skills that we introduced last year as a development of our effective learner pillar of connected learning. Over 80 people, who were struggling to implement thinking skills within their curriculum, attended the presentation.  Feedback was really positive and we extend sincere congratulations to both staff members.

On the Saturday Valentina Stirling, Jamie Templeton and I presented on how we have developed a community of learners through social action.  The presentation was deeply emotional as we shared videos telling the story of Asni and The Kindred Project. Every school that attended was literally in disbelief that we had integrated an NGO into our school. They were able to see how it has helped to embed service learning into the DNA of our students and our school, and were very keen to find out more.


The variety of activities, excursions and developments that occurred last weekend allowed us all to reflect on how lucky we are to have a true community of learners; adults, students and parents, who all work beyond the school day to give, enhance and extend the curriculum.

I wish you wonderful weekend,

Jak Kearney


Whole School News

Information from school nurses

As there have been several cases of head lice in school recently, the nurses would like to inform parents of our current protocols.
We no longer inform all parents of a year group if a child is found to have head lice. Informing all parents leads to over treatment and drug resistance. We deal with cases on an individual basis and discuss with the parents the best way to treat the infection. We encourage parents to notify us directly if their child has head lice and assure you this information is treated confidentially.
Head lice can de detected using the wet combing method and only need to be treated if you find a living, moving louse. Head lice can be treated with chemical treatments (dimeticone, phenothrin and malathion are all effective) or by the wet combing method, which is more time consuming, but chemical free. Shampoos, cream rinses and herbal treatments have not been shown to be 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 see the school nurses if you have any questions or need information on wet combing. They are in the Cervantes building or can be contacted on 956 795902 ext. 2405 or

Half Term Football Camp

Dear Parent,

We are excited to be to offer our new Football Camps over the October Half-Term. We have two Camps running from the 29th Oct to 1st of November and another from the 2nd to the 5th of November. The Camp hours are from 10:00-13:00 and they will take place here at SIS or El Rio.
The Camps are designed to work on skills and tactics for both Boys & Girls who love football.

For more information on the Football Camps please go to our new website


Primary School News

Dates for your Diary

  • Monday 17 October – 16:00 -17:00 in Kindred Project Room, Da Vinci building – Pre-departure session for Asni Family Trip
  • Tuesday 18 October – 09:00 -09:50 in Miss Ana’s classroom, P2-P4 building – Information session ‘Learning Spanish at SIS’ for parents of P2-P6 students
  • Monday 24 – Thursday 27 October – EC1-P6 Parent Consultations Week

Message from Emma Butler, Head of Primary

2016- 2017 Primary Student Ambassadors

Congratulations to Erika Rickert, Jose Rafael Mellado García, Ava O’Connor, Jago Wickersham, Jasmine Bateman and Antonio Perez Albors who have been chosen as our Primary Student Ambassadors.  As ambassadors these students will have the opportunity to represent our Primary School at different events throughout the school year.

Parent Information Sessions

This week saw two parent information sessions. The first was led by our Spanish team who discussed how students learn Spanish in EC1 and P1. The second was for parents of P2-P6 students and the focus was on how parents can support their child’s reading through the use of the ‘Reading eggs’ programme.

Exploring becoming Effective Learners in P1 and P2

On Monday I had the pleasure of leading the P1 and P2 assembly. Our focus was on our golden rules and how we use them to help each other in school. It was wonderful to see how our younger students could discuss, share ideas and make connections between the story we listened to and how our golden rules help us within our school.

Communicating is central to being an effective person
This week’s P3/4 assembly explored the students’ understanding of audience etiquette. They thought about the different codes of behaviour expected of them, when listening to others in a range of situations both inside and outside school. They worked in groups to represent these using symbols.

Readathon Superheroes

This week saw several children complete a full page of smiley-faces on their Readathon Record; they are now enthusiastically started on a second page to help boost their class totals towards winning that ice-cream party. Well done, all of you!
Particular congratulations to Giulia and Annie, our first two P1 finishers, and to Mikolaj in P6CT who has now completed a 2nd sheet!

Secondary School News

Dates for your Diary

  • Monday 17 October – D1 Environmental Systems and Societies Field Trip
  • Monday 17 October – 16:00 -17:00 in Kindred Project Room, Da Vinci building – Pre-departure session for Asni Family Trip
  • Tuesday 18 October – D1 results published on Managebac (grades only)

M2 ‘Al Andalus’ field trip

Last week M2 students took part in a trip to the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro in Malaga in order to collect primary data for an Individuals and Societies unit on Al Andalus. The focus of the trip was to find examples of architecture and art from this period of history and to consider the influence of Al Andalus on modern day Spain. Students found examples of tessellations and geometric patterns in the artwork and the use of the golden ratio in building design. It was also fascinating to see how architecture had been used to defend the city from attack during the re-conquest in 1487, especially in the perimeter walls of the castle. We hope students have gained a greater understanding and appreciation of Spain´s Islamic past through this investigation.

Visiting speaker Araceli Gavira

On Tuesday 11th of October M3 Humanidades class had the good fortune to have a visit from Araceli Gavira, an expert in construction, who explained to the students how to make scale models. This project is part of our Unit of Inquiry:  What is the distribution of the world’s population?
We would like to express our thanks to Araceli for her great collaboration, which makes possible this type of activity, whereby the students are able to learn in a fun way how to measure real objects in the classroom, and then how to make a scaled plan based on the real measurements.

M5 Spanish language Acquisition – A virtual journey through Spain

As part of their unit of investigation into ‘Spanish Culture’, students worked on preparing virtual journeys through the Spanish countryside, recommending places of interest and cultural aspects which they would not want to miss if making the journey for real. Through this project students get to know and value the diversity and richness of the country in which they are living. You can see an example of one of these journeys on Facebook.

DP Theatre trip to London

A selection of D1 & D2 Theatre students have just returned from a mind-blowing 5 day trip to London. Working with the International Schools Theatre Assocaiton (ISTA) they joined 13 other international schools in an intensive 3 days of workshops led by theatrical practitioners and professionals. Amongst these were master classes by New York mime artist Bill Bowers and an exploration of approaches to devising led by the well known theatre company Complicite.

The 8am -11pm days concluded with tickets to 4 West End shows; the fantastic In the Heights musical, the hilarious The Comedy about a Bank Robbery, the masterful Woman in Black and a rather bizarre and challenging one-woman interpretation of Beckett´s No´s Knife.

This trip is invaluable in its reinforcement of DP Theatre curriculum objectives whilst building the theatrical skill and confidence of our students.

Duke of Edinburgh expedition

Last weekend our Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Students spent a challenging weekend camping in Sierra Nevada. They hiked to the source of a natural spring and then set up camp for the night. Many of the students chose to trek a further hour to visit the site of old Civil War trenches at Cerro de Calar. Despite the cold, and being woken by visits from hungry foxes, the students had a fantastic trip with lots of stories to tell!

International collaboration with Inholland University results in Power Day

As part of the Global Citizenship Program, a delegation of Dutch students and teachers from the University of Applied Sciences InHolland, Rotterdam are at the moment visiting our school to coach our middle years students. The training session is called the “Power Day” and focuses on increasing mutual understanding and respect in our school community, and with that reducing the risks of bullying. The approach is inclusive and involves the Dutch delegation, our students, teachers and parents. Teachers and parents have been skilled up during the coach-to-coach training, to enable them to use the specific Power Day method.

The project took place today in the Boarding House in San Roque. An impression of the day will be shared in next week´s newsletter. If you have any questions, please contact Reshma Jagmohan ( of the Global Citizenship team, who is responsible for this project.


Tai Chi lessons for parents and staff on Fridays at 4.15pm
Cost: 30 EUR a month

Tai Chi lessons will take place on Fridays from 4.15pm to 5.45pm in the Staffroom. They include 30 minutes of Chi Kung exercises to help relax the mind and mobilise the body´s energy and then 1 hour practising Tai Chi forms to get strength, flexibility and balance.

If you would like to attend one of the classes for FREE, you will find us in the Staffroom (first floor of Main Building). Please bring loose clothes (black or white).

Lessons are led by two professional masters:

For further information about the health benefits of Tai Chi:

Come on, give it a try! The most powerful force in the Universe flows through you!

The Kindred Project

The Kindred Project would like to say a big thank you to Mr. Gibson, the entire Sports Department and the School Community for organising such a fantastic sporting event last week.  All funds donated from this will go to Josh Turner-Hunt’s EKO Kitchen project in Greece.  Huge, heartfelt thanks to everyone involved.

IB Conference:
Mr Kearney, Jamie and Valentina spoke to 70+ teachers and heads from IB schools across the world at the IB Conference in Barcelona last Saturday. The interactive presentation focused on the powerful impact of taking social action and shared the unique way in which Sotogrande International School makes a difference through student-led action enabled by The Kindred Project.


We inspire learning and intercultural understanding,
enriqueciendo la vida de nuestros niños y nuestro mundo

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.

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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