School Newsletter 17.02.2017

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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 – 17th February 2017

Dates for your diary

Message from the Head

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you have had a pleasant week, while the weather has been miserable; there have been some glimpses of sunshine at SIS!

On Tuesday we hosted a coffee morning for new parents, giving them the opportunity to ask questions, gain clarification and learn about Managebac. I would like to thank everyone who attended this informal yet informative meeting.

On Wednesday we were lucky enough to host Aaron Macleod a lead teacher with National Geographic.  Aaron led a small workshop for students in P5 and P6 on the effects of climate change, whilst his wife Bronwyn ran a training session for staff across our school about unlocking passions.

Following the January Mock exams and D2 reports, I am thrilled to announce the following students who earned a place on the Honour Roll for D2.
For Academic Excellence congratulations go to Mia Porral-Gibson, Teresa Garcia Orrillo, Estefi Morris-Davies Peña, Bella Strauli, Vittoria Morace and Lauren Hidalgo.

For Personal Growth (academic) congratulations go to Flora Ferrandis, Scarlet Jenkins, Maria Isabel García Ortega, Carmen Pastor Escuin, Angelina Musayev, Maryana Zborovskaya and Henry Shields.

For Personal Growth (CAS) congratulations go to Vittoria Morace and Bella Stauli.
They spoke to primary students about how to make an idea into reality using the example of Sotorox at the ‘Passion to Action’ Conference in the International School of Geneva, and gave a speech to D1 students in Zug at the International School of Central Cham about the importance of CAS in education.

I hope you are feeling excited about the Kiss the CASBAH event tonight! 50 D1 students have been involved in the planning and organization of the whole event, as a way to raise money for their Asni trip later this year.  As it is the 10-year anniversary of the partnership between the school and Asni, we are delighted that Hassan Edderjoune, president of the Tiwizi Association, will join us to celebrate this very special night! Students have passed a food hygiene course to allow them to cook for you tonight; they have organized the music, will wait on tables and organize the clear up.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney


Whole School News

Student Council NewsThe Student Council have changed their aim and purpose. At the beginning of the school year, the council helped with fundraising activities. Now with The Kindred Project being such a big part of the school, we have decided to take a new direction.

Since the start of this new year, the council have been attending various professional meetings including SLT, Pastoral care team, Health and Safety and PTA meetings that address issues for students on a more personal and valuable level. We want to focus more on the professional side of the school that benefits the students. We hope to give the students’ opinions and a voice inside of the meetings to continue improving the school.
Please contact us at anytime to have your VOICE.
Your Student Council, your voice!


This week saw our annual Staff vs. Students netball match. The students had been training hard all year to win back their title, however incredibly the match finished in a draw!
A great team effort by both teams!
Student player of the match (voted for by the staff): Jemma Milton
Staff player of the match (voted for by the students): Belén Gonzalez

Andalusian Day

Next Friday, 24th of February we will celebrate “Andalusia Day” packed with many fun activities: traditional breakfast and “tapas” in the cantina, workshops, treasure hunts, flamenco zumba-dance and lots more exciting surprises.
The purpose of this celebration is to increase awareness of the Spanish language and culture.
Students are encouraged to come to school dressed in typical Andalusian /flamenco dress or in Andalusian colours  of white and green.

 Kiss the Casbah – TONIGHT!

A few, very few, tickets may still be available at the door
Thank you for your support



Primary School News

Message From Emma Butler

A group of students from P5 and P6 spent Wednesday and Thursday working with Aaron MacLeod from Gateways Education conducting experiments and investigations from National Geographic’s ‘JASON Learning Climate Curriculum’.
The students explored a range of topics including the physical and chemical properties of water; global winds and deep ocean currents; the Carbon Cycle; the Coriolis Effect; how Earth’s climate has been recorded; natural causes and human impacts on climate change.

A busy week for P4

On Wednesday M2 hosted a series of interactive activities to broaden P4’s understanding of Healthy Lifestyles.  Activities included watching a pig’s heart being dissected, inflating a pig’s lung, online games made up by the M2 students using the Kahoot app as well as experimenting with a wide range of apparatus to measure our breath.

On Thursday Lisa Greenwood came to show our P4 students how to keep fit with Zumba also in connection with our unit of inquiry on Healthy Living. The children demonstrated their sense of fun and energy and thoroughly enjoyed the activity.
An exciting 2 days and a fantastic way to conclude the current P4 unit.

EC2 trip

On Thursday EC2 followed the water cycle on their unit-based trip.
Throughout the day children brought knowledge gained in their classroom to the external environment. They saw where water comes from, how it is used, where it is treated and where it completes its cycle.
Enroute children were also able to make connections to the other cycles we have been studying.  A fantastic learning experience and fortunately a dry day!


Secondary School News

IB Diploma Parent Presentation

Thursday 23rd February at 9:00am in the Staff Room

M5 students have been attending general and subject-specific information sessions since late December on IB diploma offerings and entry requirements. Students will be making their initial choices early next week so that they can discuss this with you ahead of the meeting.
Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the presentation.

Diploma Music trip

Last Thursday a selection of D2, D1 and prospective D1 Music students enjoyed an evening at the Cervantes Theatre in Malaga. They experienced a very varied programme by the Malaga Symphony Orchestra. This consisted of a Classical Mozart Symphony (No. 36), the Romantic Chopin Piano Concerto No 1 with the brilliant Bulgarian virtuoso pianist, Ludmil Angelov, and the very entertaining orchestral suite from Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, which is from the first half of the twentieth century. This last piece was particularly interesting in its use of a large percussion section. All in all, an unforgettable and enriching event to help develop music appreciation and listening skills.

University & Careers News

Guess who dropped in to say hello this week? Charlie Abrines Lerchundi, former SIS student, who recently finished his degree in International Relations with a 2:1 at Exeter University. Well done Charlie, and great to see you, sporting your Exeter top! Charlie has also become part of the SIS Alumni team, and we are looking forward to seeing lots of you here on the 9th of June. Charlie studied History, of course, achieving a 6 at Higher Level, and overall achieved 40 points for his Diploma. In his own words, “It was much harder than university!” Charlie then went on to study abroad in Canada and completed a 4 month placement with the Robert Kennedy Foundation in Washington DC.


SIS Community


Assist is a free service designed to help families from the school community to relocate, find useful contacts and benefit from discounts or privileges with local businesses and partners. 

Assist acts as a fundraiser for the Kindred Project.

On the back of your SIS access card, you will find your Assist membership card that will allow you to enjoy many exclusive benefits.

New Offers !!

– Taxi airport service: special flat rate Sotogrande – Malaga airport / train 120€. Contact Paco: 629 463 438 / 676 902 654
– E Gallery, contemporary art, located in the marina, is offering discount on art classes and workshops    (
– Helicopteros Sanitarios will be offering 10% off on new signups during the month of March 2017.

More offers or privileges accesible at

For more information please contact:

PTA News

Tuesday 21st February, 9am in the Cantina.
Come and join us and find our more about what we have in store for you this term. Everyone welcome.

Have you joined our Facebook Group yet? This is a closed group just for current parents and staff of SIS, and will be used to publicise events and other items of interest to our community. You will also be able to buy and sell any unwanted items. The link is below.

Link to MINUTES of the Extraordinary General Meeting held on 2nd February 2017

The Kindred Project News

Bunker Bar’s Bonanza for Uganda!
Saturday 4th March, 7pm.
Towards the end of half term, The Kindred Project is hosting an evening of live acoustic music at Bunker Beach Club in Sotogrande. All the money raised will be taken out by the expedition going at Easter to our partner school, Nabugabo Community Learning Centre, and will be spent on desperately needed resources. Please come along from 7pm for a great evening and to support our students and staff for the benefit of the students at NCLC! Thank you!

Donations for Uganda:

There will be a donation drop off on Friday 24th February at the school gates for any items you wish to donate for Uganda:
Girls toys, children’s DVD´s, Shoes (all sizes), footballs, netballs, baby clothes.
Thank you

Supporting S. O. S. Perrera 

Next week, 20th Feb- 24th Feb, the Green Van will open in Sotogrande School carpark if you would like to donate a bag of dog or cat food. All donations will be delivered on 25th February. Thank you.

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…

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