School Newsletter 19.06.2015

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Newsletter 19.06.2015

Friday, June 19, 2015


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Dates for your diary

Whole School


26th JuneEnd Of Year Celebration (School finishes at 12.00)


23rd June Oliver Production
24thJuneEC1 End of Unit Celebration – children go home with parents afterwards
25th June  EC1 Unit related trip
25th JuneLast day of school for EC1- P2 children
25th JunePrimary Celebration, Prize Giving and P6 Graduation
All Primary Parents (EC1 –P6) are warmly invited to attend this celebration.
25th JuneP6 Graduation Party at San Roque campus
25th JunePrimary Reports Dispatched



22nd -24th JuneM5 Pre-Diploma induction
24th JuneM1–D1 Reports published
24th JuneM5 Graduation ceremony


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Whole School News

From the Head of Teaching and Learning

Dear Parents and Guardians,

What an amazing, but immensely busy week we have had!  There have been end of year celebrations in primary first, Oliver rehearsals in primary, the secondary sports festival, the M1 market, the D1 play, the launch of the Personal Project with M4, the Group 4 project in diploma and student led conferences.  The students and staff are working really hard right until the end!

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On Wednesday evening an SIS group representing The Kindred Project performed at the Gibraltar World Music festival. Carmen Perez, Nadina Castro, Ellie Gonzalvez, Fleur Webber, Jonathan Flynn, Joseph Coventry, Ricardo Alvarez, Samuel Justynski, Stawek Justynski, Kerry Wickersham and Paul Skelton together performed two numbers to a very appreciative audience in the beautiful setting of Commonwealth Park. This was a huge opportunity, not only for our students, but for the school as a whole!

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I would like to remind you all that attendance until the end of year is essential.

The normal school timetable applies until Friday, when we will finish at 12 o’clock

following our end-of-year assembly. We hope you will be able to join us for this celebration, to be entertained with various performances by some of our super talented students & to enjoy the students’ reflections on this past very busy year at SIS. After the assembly there will be drinks and canapes in the courtyard and we will be handing out the yearbooks to students who are !

School buses will depart at 12.30pm.

Please note all students are expected to attend in full and correct school uniform.

Two weeks ago we requested your help to name our new buildings.  Thank you to those of you who voted.  I am thrilled to announce that the new art block will be known as Picasso and the old boarding house will now be named Cervantes.

We have just heard that El Corte ingles will not be able to provide the sports uniform ready for September.  We will therefore be having another interim year.   We apologize for this deeply.

To help guide you over the summer break with all of your uniform purchasing, please find below a clear list of the uniform required for each year group.Please note also that Corte Ingles will open a new shop area on the top floor of both Puerto Banus and Algeciras stores on the 6th of July to sell only school uniforms.

I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

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School Uniform 2015-16

All school uniform will be supplied by El Corte Ingles

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Activities Programme 2015/2016

We need you! Do you have a passion, club, hobby, interest or ability? are you looking for a cost effective venue and access to over 700 plus students? Would you like to run an after school activity at Sotogrande International School? then get in touch and tell us more!

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Summer Musical Evening

SIS, The Kindred Project and the Kijani Kenya Trust, have the pleasure to announce, for the first time ever, a “Summer Musical Evening” to be held at SIS on July 12th, 9pm, featuring celebrity performances from Africa and Europe.

We have taken a unique opportunity to unite international and local music masters to bring our intercultural values to life and offer priceless opportunities for our students to develop mastery around their passions. And all for a good cause, supporting health, education and conservation in Kenya!

The line up is simply exceptional, starring The Nairobi Chamber Chorus (NCC), Pippa Dames-Longworth – international Opera singer – performing with The Bridge Quartet from London and members of Malaga’s Symphonic Orchestra, Salvador Andrade’s flamenco group and our school’s finest soloists and musicians.

The headline act will be the Nairobi Chamber Chorus, the leading choral group in Kenya today. Its vision is a strong, well-trained musical community, which can use music to promote peace and cross-cultural understanding through quality performance of choral music. NCC, as seen representing Kenya at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in Windsor Castle, have travelled extensively in East Africa, the United States of America, and have performed with world-renowned musical companies.

A truly recommended concert for all with performers that are bound to send our audience asking for more!

Tickets will be on sale at school from Monday 22nd June, prices ranging from €5 to €20. For more information contact us on

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VOPAK Terminal Algeciras to give lecture to GCP students

On Tuesday June 23rd we have invited the Commercial Manager of VOPAK Terminal Algeciras, Mr. DewienJagmohan, to give a lecture on global oil developments and why “Diversity” and knowledge of cultures is essential for VOPAK and its employees. Royal VOPAK is the world´s leading independent tank storage provider for the oil and chemical industry.

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It is a great opportunity for our students of the Global Citizen Programme (GCP) to connect with the ‘outside’ world and learn how global matters can connect with the experience of a professional.

SIS community art project goes on display

The extra-curricular Art Club students, led by Margaret O’Farrell, have created an artwork that focuses on plastic pollution and the sea.

Based on the theme of Hokusai’s ‘Hollow of the Wave’, the artwork is the result of 6 months collaboration between students and staff at SIS. Many staff and students collected plastic and helped create the work, however the main contributors to the project were M2 students Mimi Rhodes, Alaya Van Leeuwen& Irene Martinez, M3 student Rui Kuhlman and M1 student Kristina Chirkina. Great commitment, girls!

Special thanks go to Fabian Mateos and maintenance team for hanging this large work from the railings on the top floor of the main building. Everyone is welcome to come upstairs to view it!

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Enjoy and improve your football this summer – 2015 Marbella football camp

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Adolfo Aldana, former star of Real Madrid and the Spanish national team, visited our facilities on Tuesday to support our Sport Festival and conduct a session with students.

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He was looking to select one student to give him or her a scholarship to enjoy one week of training in Marbella Campus Football 2015. Finally Marina Corrales was selected to enjoy this great prize.

A free shuttle bus leaving from Algeciras and stopping at San Roque, Sotogrande, Estepona and Sabinillas, will provide transportation to the fantastic facilities of Marbella Football Center. The full course costs € 550; there is also the possibility of weekly bookings (230 € / week).

For further information, please contact the school reception or click here, where you can make your reservation in a simple and quick way.

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Primary News

P3/P6 Expressive Arts Extravaganza – an adaptation of Oliver 

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We hope to see you all there!  Free entrance and no tickets needed.

Important information for the night

Please could the students be back at school on the Tuesday evening at the following times:

5.30 pm        Cast who use clip on microphones (hair and make up done at home)

6.00 pm        All remaining main cast (hair and make up done at home)

6.10 pm        P4 and P5 arrive (get dressed at school)

6.20 pm        P3 come dressed

6.00 pm        Bar open and drinks available to buy

7.00 pm        Show starts

School Uniform

Reminder: next Thursday and Friday students in P3-P6 must not wear their Oliver t-shirts for school; they should all come in full and correct school uniform.

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Primary Prize Giving And P6 Graduation

We hope as many of our parents as possible will come and join the celebration. As well as the P3-P6 prizes and P6 graduation, there will also be performances from selected students from EC2 – P6.

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A new overnight trip introduced to P4

P4 went on their first overnight trip to Finca Alcaidesa as part of their unit on how we organise ourselves. They showed great responsibility from the initial planning stages through to their arrival back at school. The trip involved hiking, archery and climbing, swimming and team building games. Thank you to the P4 teaching team for organizing such an amazing overnight trip. All had a great time and it was an experience the students will definitely remember.

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Sharing the planet – P5 Ecosystems trip

On Friday June 12th P5 students went to the beach at Alcaidesa to continue the research on “Ecosystems”. After a good walk they collected things that one can find on the beach and made some sand sculptures with these materials. Then we enjoyed lunch at the poolside bar of Chiringuito Blanco. We spent a fabulous day together speaking in Spanish.

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EC2 End of year Celebration

On Wednesday EC2 celebrated coming to the end of the Early Childhood phase of their PYP journey.  The children gave their teachers and parents a wonderful performance.  Their confidence in singing and speaking into microphones to their audience was amazing to watch.

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Having no set or prepared script the teachers left the children’s responses to the children themselves and to their wonderful creative minds. This demonstrated how much the teachers believed in these young students and just how much they have developed and grown this year!

At the end of the celebration they each shared their future ambition. Amongst them there were lawyers, sportsmen, builders, engineers, designers and even archeologists!  No matter what profession they choose in the future, they showed on Wednesday that they are all already true professionals.

Well done EC2 and well done to the EC Team!

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P3 featured in El Periódico

This week P3 and their IT skillsfeatured in El Periodico newspaper.

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The text read as follows:

“The Primary 3 students at Sotogrande International School have just completed their unit of inquiry entitled “Endangered Animals”.  This unit falls into the PYP Transdisciplinary Theme, Sharing the Planet. During the course of the unit, children worked around the Central Idea, “Human action affects the survival of living things.”

During this unit the class teachers and classroom assistants have worked closely with the ICT and Music specialist teachers. By collaborating in this way the students were able to work together on the final project of creating a plasticine animation.

Prior to the animation project the students were exposed to and taught many new skills. They planned and wrote their own storyboards and scripts. They used “I can Animate” to animate each frame, where they used their own backgrounds and models they created. They explored and used different camera angles so that were able to emphasise actions for each scene. Next the students exported the animation into a music project (GarageBand) and added voices and sound effects. Finally, the students put everything together (animation and audio) in “iMovie” where they added their titles and transitions.  This final group movie was then uploaded to each student’s Google drive account and shared on their personal Google site so that they can show them to friends and family around the world.”

Well done P3, some impressive work!

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Secondary News

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award scheme

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We are pleased to announce that in September 2015 we will be relaunching the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Bronze award at Sotogrande School.  The Bronze D of E programme has 4 sections: Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition.  The students must do a minimum of 3 months activity for each of the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections, and plan, train for and complete a 2-day (1 night) Expedition.

Students must be at least 14 years of age to complete the Bronze Certificate.  More information can be found If your child is interested in completing their bronze certificate, please email Ms Eliza at

Message from Kevin Stone

The final fortnight of our secondary school term plays an integral part in the ethos and philosophy of Sotogrande International School. This past week has been nothing short of spectacular and the final week promises to be just as energetic.

Experiential learning events cover just about everything during a fun packed two weeks. End of unit feedback and reflections, academic preparation for next year, D1 Group 4 Project, M5 work experience, M1-M3 student led conferences, team bonding trips, sports festivals, music and drama performances, art exhibitions, staff inset training, end of year formative and summative reports, year group parties and celebratory assemblies all sit at the core of our experiential teaching and learning.

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The final fortnight is critical and just as important to us as any other time of the secondary academic year.

Next week, we expect all students to attend, respect and support the ethos of our school community. Normal school uniform is required to be worn. M1-D1 Monday to Thursday lessons finish as normal at 4pm during the final week, with the exception of M5 on Wednesday, who may leave at 1:15pm to prepare for their evening graduation.

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During our Thursday secondary awards assembly, our staff and students will have the opportunity to enjoy performances and celebrate participation and excellence with their peers. Staff and student support for these events helps to raise awareness, build community spirit and improve standards.

For the same reasons, secondary school parents are warmly invited to attend the final day Friday whole school prize giving assembly.

At the end of our final Friday assembly, all students will be given the 2015 Yearbook, which promises to be one of the biggest and most colourful that SIS has ever published.

We look forward to rounding off an intense, busy and successful year in exciting fashion with a wonderful atmosphere next week.

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PTA News

The Spring Fair was a great success and a profit of 900 euros will be divided between the PTA and the Primary school.

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The PTA has granted a request to support 5 students who will be attending a Model United Nations Conference in Hamburg, Germany in September.

Dates for your diary:

  • The first PTA meeting of the new school year will be on Tuesday 15th September at 9am in the cantina.
  • The Annual General Meeting of the PTA will be on Thursday 1st October at 6.30pm.
  • The Back-to-School Party will be on Friday 25th September. Please contact if you are able to help on the night!


We inspire learning and intercultural understanding,

enriqueciendo la vida de nuestros niños y nuestro mundo

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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.

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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.

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The perfect start in life before moving to SIS. Situated in beautiful surroundings with views of the Santa Maria polo fields, Fundamentals has plenty of outdoor gardens for children to explore and discover their world. Well-equipped classrooms cater for small children of different ages, and there are lots of activities including cookery, painting, nature walks and play.

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