School Newsletter 16.06.2017

Home     Facebook     Twitter     Youtube
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 – 16th June 2017


Message from the Head

Dear Parents and Guardians 

This week has been a myriad of exams, with everyone from M1 to D1 involved.  I would like to thank the students for their hard work and diligence over this week, the staff for taking the time to be creative with the assessment tasks and parents for supporting and steering the students’ revision at home.

This week our M1 students took part in the M1 survival trip, which is run by Adventurebug. The students used their knowledge and understanding from their Science lessons this year, linked with the survival expertise of Adventurebug to enjoy a wonderful trip. They had a workshop on foraging for food, learning about what they can, and more importantly cannot, eat and learning about toxicity. They used scientific enquiry to experiment with different methods and materials to start fires. Using their knowledge of design and mathematics, they designed different weapons to hunt for food. Later they experienced a session on shelter building and looked at 2 different environments, which they learnt about in their Individuals and Societies lessons. Furthermore, they learnt about navigation and importantly how to set about finding their direction when lost, using the sun and the stars.  The final learning point was an opportunity for them to apply their knowledge about water extraction to find water and how to survive in a search and rescue exercise.  I would like to formally thank the M1 team for a very educational and informative trip, which the students enjoyed thoroughly and which we hope has given them some key life skills.

On Friday our M2 and M3 students departed for their end of year fun trips to treat them for their hard work and commitment throughout the year.  Our P1 and P2 students took part in their end of unit celebrations. The P1 students took responsibility to organize a camping in school experience and the P2 students hosted a market place.  The students shared their knowledge and understanding of currency and organizational skills. Meanwhile some staff attended the Peter Tempelton memorial at the church in Sotogrande.  The event was a wonderful celebration of Peter’s life. Thank you to everyone who attended to pay his or her respects.

This afternoon we will hold the Dougie Stewart memorial trophy football match against our Alumni teams and then in the evening host our alumni dinner.  During the evening event Mr. Wickersham has finally agreed to have his beard shaved off, all donations will go to support The Kindred Project!

Finally I wish you a wonderful weekend; rest and relax as the final week is upon us and it promises to be both exciting and exhausting.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney


Whole School News

Return of library resources

The librarian would appreciate your support in assisting your children to find and return all library resources (books and DVDs) this week, and preferably on Monday or Tuesday.
Unless they are about to leave SIS, students from P6 upwards and parents, on behalf of younger students, are welcome to borrow books over the summer, however these must be checked out properly at the library desk after returning any overdue items.

Parent Ambassadors

“I’d like to publicly thank the Class Parent Reps of all years in Primary for all of their hard work with the Whatsapp groups.
Thank you Justyna, Juana, Michaela, Liz, Mette, Carolina, Liesbeth, Ruth, Carolina, Silvia, Veronica, Macarena and Tracey.”
Sara Hagglof

Primary School News

Message From Emma Butler

P1 unit based trip

For Primary 1’s last unit of inquiry the children have been comparing different types of journeys, making choices, and commenting on the changes experienced because of a journey. They demonstrated interest in the procedures involved in organising a trip successfully and were therefore very aware of the time, knowing we had a schedule to follow if we did not want to miss the train or the boat. This set them all off wanting to plan their own camping activity. More on that next week!

Overnight trip for P4

P4 had a fantastic time on their overnight trip to Chiclana.  They had planned the trip in connection with their unit of inquiry on Travel.  Activities included an obstacle course, water balloon flights, swimming in the pool, orienteering, playing with the farm animals and a disco!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Play

Don’t miss out – make sure you buy your ticket!


On Tuesday at the SIS performance of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” there will be five golden tickets to be won. Top quality chocolate bars, very kindly donated by “Ducasse Chocolate”, will be on sale for 2€. Concealed in just five of these bars are the Golden Tickets with some great prizes to be won. The more chocolate you buy, the greater chance you have of winning! Or be like Veruca Salt and don’t leave anything to chance…..!!!

Class Allocations for 2017 – 2018

Please see the following link for further details.

Primary Class Allocations

EC1 End of Year Celebration

EC2 End of Year Celebration


Secondary School News


M1 Country Fayre

As part of the Global Citizenship Program and the M1 Engaging with the Environment unit, students from M1 organised a small Eco-friendly Country Fayre at a local farm, Fundacion Alma in Tesorillo on Friday, the 9th June.

The students prepared their stalls using natural resources found on the farm and the items that that they produced and sold were all made from fruit planted and grown at the farm. Read more about the Country Fayre here.


This year the art department has expanded facilities at SIS to include a ceramic studio and kiln. Our thanks to maintenance expert Francisco Berenguer, who skillfully organized the operation and technical installation of the kiln.

Students at Diploma level are working with ceramics as a course requirement and have developed many pieces.
M5 students reflected on their use of the medium in their final unit: Structure and Function. The aim was to investigate, design and make a tea bowl.
Below are two M5 student reflections.

“The Tsutsu-gata or otherwise known as the cylinder type tea bowl was a great influence in the making and planning of my Japanese tea bowl as I loved the idea and design of high and thick walls and small base. I initially thought that this design would be great at holding plenty of tea and at the same time, keeping the tea warm and delicious. The lightning-like design influenced me even more with its golden cracks because I thought it was very beautiful and I couldn’t
stop staring at the texture. The smooth model and uneven shape of the tea bowl also made me realize that a good tea bowl can be elegant and harmonious without being perfect, as it gives the tea bowl more uniqueness and personality.” Nicolas Tinoco McGee


“During the project of Structure and Function a lot of skills were required not only in the theoretical field but also in the practical field. The teacher instructed us to learn about the presence a tea bowl has in some cultures like the Japanese before we were allowed to create our own. During this induction period a lot of the students had to do some sort of research and come up with questions to ask themselves during the creation period. The skill of being able to come up with questions and do research is useful in almost any field. For example researching cures to cancer or coming up with specifications for a product you are about to design. The skill of being able to work with clay opens up many doors in the field of design, for example when a car is designed models of the prototype have to be made before the car enters service. Engineers and designers use clay most of the time to make their models due to the fact that it is easy to manipulate to the desired specification.” Arthur Van Der Vennet

Margaret O’Farrell
IB and MYP Visual Arts



The Kindred Project NewsFashion Show

Tickets are now on sale at the school gate from 3:30pm for next week’s Sotogrande Fashion Show at San Roque Campus! All funds raised during the event will support our partner, Association Tiwizi in Morocco.

Old School Shoes’ Appeal

As the end of the academic year approaches and with the knowledge that many students will be buying a new pair of shoes for next term, The Kindred Project would like to collect as many pairs of old school shoes as possible. We would like to encourage all Primary students to take off and leave their old pair of school shoes after the final assembly; these will be donated to the school in Nabugabo, Uganda. Thank you!


SI Stage School

Sotogrande International Stage School would like to thank everyone who supported our show, OZ. Our fantastic students performed and sang the classic songs from the wonderful classic family musical. Our performers aged from 6 years to 17 years were outstanding! The show was also for a great cause, with ticket sales raising 1000 euros for the children of Hogar Betania summer camp. We will be part of the summer camp activities here at school during July providing art and drama activities. Additionally we are now signing up existing and new students for September, with limited places, please contact to secure your place.

SIMA Rock Camp  – 31July -04 August

The Sotogrande International Music Academy’s rock camp is designed to hone music performance and skills through performing in a real band. You and your child will be amazed at the amount of progress they make while having a blast singing, playing and performing with other musicians.

For more details, email

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.

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…

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
Country Fayre, Sotogrande International SchoolGB Junior Padel Team

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