School Newsletter 22.09.2017

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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.

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22nd September 2017

  Versión española 

 School Calendar

Monday 25 – Friday 29 SeptemberContinuation of school photographs
Tuesday 26 SeptemberMeet the Primary Coordinators – 09:00 in the Chiringuito
Thursday 28 – Friday 29 SeptemberDiploma Visual Arts Trip
Friday 29 September‘Send a Child to School’ non-uniform day (see Community section)
 Friday 29 September-Sunday 1 October  Music trip

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last Thursday and Friday our MYP and Diploma students took part in some outstanding bonding trips. The focus behind these trips is to provide an opportunity for students to build friendships and bond together as a group.  Additionally the trips provided opportunities for the advisors and pastoral leaders in each year group to bond with the students. To read more about the students’ experiences, please see below.

On Tuesday we held the first PTA meeting of the year.  Thank you to everyone who came to find out about the PTA and to offer their help and support.  Last year the variety of events that the PTA organised and hosted grew immensely. As the school body grows, it is critical that we embrace as many opportunities as we can to support events with our time and our attendance. Last year the PTA helped fund trips for students to aid attendance, they supported a set of new fitness machines for the gym and purchased 8 picnic benches to be used around the school.

The Diploma parents meetings this week were a lovely opportunity for the parents and school to build the key links of a 3-way partnership to help support students towards success in the final 2 years.  Thank you to everyone who attended this week.

On Thursday we celebrated World Peace Day with messages of peace written at the entrance to school and a one-minute silence at midday.  Teachers throughout the day used the theme as a basis for discussion points and idea generators.   Meanwhile our F1 in schools team – Stallion Racing  – departed for their trip to represent Spain in the world finals in Kuala Lumpur.  We will keep you posted on how they get one through Facebook.

We are looking forward to seeing you tonight at the Back to School party.  Please remember that students in M2 and younger year groups should NOT be attending unaccompanied.

Finally Atsuko Shimada, one of our piano teachers at SIS, is headlining at this weekend’s Jazz festival in Sala Kube – Algeciras, starting at 22.30. The evening promises an extremely high standard of Jazz, Funk, Rhythm and Blues and Samba. If you like your Jazz, this event is not to be missed!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

Technical School of Excellence
Atlético de Madrid – Free training sessions

The Atlético de Madrid Football Academy and Sotogrande International School are jointly launching the first Technical School of Football Excellence in Sotogrande-San Roque.

If you want to experience the passion and expertise of the Atlético de Madrid Coaches, please join the free trial sessions that will take place next week (Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th).

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to train with one of the world´s best teams. Limited places!

You can find further information (ages and times) in the poster or entering this link.

Experiential learning in P6

On Thursday 17th September, the P6 students visited Estepona Museum (Museo Municipal de Estepona) to explore changes that have occurred over the last 60 years. This unit-based trip allowed the students to practise important research skills such as observing and collecting data through the use of sketches, note-taking and annotated photographs of artefacts. Following the visit, the students interpreted their data collection and drew conclusions about life in Estepona in the recent past.


P3 exploring and making connections

P3 have been exploring the different states of water as part of their unit of inquiry. The students were kindly invited by the Science department to observe some experiments showing the different states of water: solid, liquid and gas. They heated ice until it melted, then heated the water until it evaporated and then observed the steam condensing on a cold tray and forming water droplets. With this new understanding, the students have since been making connections with the world around them, namely the water cycle.


Message from our nurses

If your child is unwell and off school please can you inform their class teacher with a brief description of their symptoms. Children should not come to school if they have a fever, diarrhea or vomiting.



Also students need to stay off school for at least 48 hours after their last episode of diarrhea or vomiting. This helps prevent the spread of infectious illnesses. The school nurses can be contacted on if you have any questions.

Volunteer reading support  (English, Spanish and Mother Tongue)

We are looking for adult volunteers to support reading in our Primary School on a regular basis. This would involve supporting a particular year group, class or group of students. We would very much like to encourage support, not only for English and Spanish, but also for other mother tongue languages. If you are interested in becoming a reading support volunteer for this term, please click on this link and complete the form.


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M1 Bonding Trip

On the trip I felt very good, for me it was an amazing experience to start to know the new people in M1. My favourite part was when we went kayaking in the swamp and also when we were on our way to the camping in the bus. My least favourite part was when we had to leave on our way back to Sotogrande, Overall the trip was an amazing experience and also a great idea to start to know our teachers and M1 new people.

Marta Romero Crespo


M2 Bonding Trip

On Thursday 14th and Friday 15th of September M2 students went on an overnight team-building trip to Seville. The trip allowed both students and teachers to build relationships that we can now take back into the classroom; it has also helped create a strong sense of group identity. It was exciting, rewarding and a great deal of fun.

The students were kept busy with a range of activities and challenges that included visiting the Alcazar Palace, the university, the Barrío Santa Cruz, boating in front of Plaza de España followed by games and challenges in the evening.

On the Friday, the students had a multi-activity day in Tarifa and the Estrecho National Park. A great time was had by all!

M3 Bonding Trip

On Thursday 14th M3 travelled to Granada. There we visited the science museum; we saw some amazing things, like the effect of gravity, robots and animals such as butterflies, owls and eagles. We then explored the centre of Granada, whilst taking in the impressive view of the Alhambra. The next day we went on a 4 km walk to the mountains in the Sierra Nevada region, when we arrived we then took part in different adventure activities such as rappelling, climbing and flying down a zipline.

My favourite part was the rock climbing because I thought it was really challenging. As a new student, I really liked the bonding trip because I got to meet new people, work with them and as a result make new friends.

 Estrella Pallares Madina


M4 Bonding Trip  

For the M4 bonding trip we went to Malaga and Benemaji.

In Malaga we went as 2 groups to the Picasso museum, while one group was in the museum the other group was doing a sort of treasure hunt where you would have to find the answer to the questions using your surroundings and to communicate with the locals. In the Picasso museum we saw the different stages Pablo went through before he died.

Then we traveled to the wolf sanctuary, Lobo Park, where we saw different rescued animals besides 2-3 packs of wolves of different species, Iberian, White and European. It gave us an opportunity to learn about their behaviour and how they really are, as the perception humans have of them is different. Then at night we went on a late (very late) night walk in the forest belonging to the camp.

On the second day we did activities on site as well as off site. We started off being divided into two groups, then the ones who were staying on campus were divided into further groups.

The activities were as follows; paintballing, climbing, wild water rafting and canopy walking/zip-lining. All the activities were a great laugh and we definitely were bonding with each other. We arrived home at five in the afternoon and we appreciated to see our parents, however it was hard to let go of the wonderful time we had on our bonding trip.

Laura De Lathauwer

M5 Bonding Trip

For our M5 bonding trip we went to Punta Paloma in Tarifa. The bonding trip really enabled us as students to come out of our comfort zones. Throughout the trip we collaborated together by completing a range of activities such as paddle-boarding, tug of war and other beach games. We also had to cook our own meals at night, which challenged quite a few of us. The next day we went on a coastal beach trek where we could see the beautiful landscapes that Tarifa had to offer us.

Zara Bell

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D1 Bonding Trip

50 of our D1 students headed out to Canos de Meca for the CAS bonding trip, the first chance for our new students to really get stuck in and make friends, and that they did.

Our fantastic trip began with a trek along the beach with various team games along the way (including a battle with blow-up dolphins). We then headed off to the campsite to observe some ‘ínteresting’ tent building skills before dinner and a midnight beach walk. Spending the night out under the stars was beautiful and a fantastic reminder of how lucky we are.

On day two the students chose between a variety of team building activities, from cooking paella, creative arts and crafts to photography on the beautiful Cadiz beaches. Students had chance to interact with new friends and staff in the glowing sunshine and engage with the CAS theme. We learnt a great deal about ourselves, each other and the opportunities that we have in store for us with CAS. (We also learnt that a Mr Wicks’ ten-minute walk can sometimes turn into 30 minutes!).

As a new pupil joining D1 I found the bounding trip such a great experience, I made lifelong friends, people I thought I would never get to know. On the first day we had a long walk along a beach where I got to talk to multiple people where I found I had lots of things in common. At the night we went for a walk to the beach again and had a campfire where we sang songs and I got to know more people and figured to myself I can see myself fitting right in. After a night of not sleeping, due to sitting up and talking till the early hours of the morning, we all got to try a different activity, like songwriting, arts or cooking. I chose cooking and I helped make two big paella dishes, which Richard (also new) and I then served to the rest of the D1s; through this I talked to even more people. I had such an amazing time on D1’s bonding trip 2017.

Anna Betteley

This two day experience proved pivotal as the D1 introduction to the CAS journey we will all be embarking on, communicating the CAS program in greater detail this trip supplied me with an insight into both the expectations and opportunities of CAS. Throughout the course of this trip I was granted the unique opportunity to carry out a wide variety of activities including collaborative games and a memorable 10km walk along the coast. I believe these have strengthened my perspective on the necessity of teamwork and creativity in everyday life, furthermore they have allowed me and my fellow pupils to grow as individuals as the importance of service to others was highlighted over a series of workshops.

Perhaps the most memorable aspect was of creativity, as groups were asked to manufacture sand sculptures; taking inspiration from the surrounding environment. These games forced pupils to work in harmony with one another, allowing us to develop our collaborative skills. Finally as mentioned before, I believe this trip served as the perfect introduction to the journey that will outline the next 18 months.

Aleksei Norum

D2 Coursework Writing Trip  

The D2 coursework writing trip enabled us to focus very closely on polishing and refining the pieces of work, which are a vital part of the IB language courses. The proximity to nature offered by our sanctuary, the Parque de Los Alcornocales, provided the necessary inspiration for the creative pieces as well as allowing us to keep a clear, concentrated mind for the critical essays. Over the two days, we were expected to bring our pieces up to the stage of only needing small amendments and aesthetic changes before being sent off to the IB. On the eve of the first day, we were lucky enough to get a guided walk through the national park, which incorporated many spectacular views and steep climbs. The lack of internet proved both blessing and curse; on one hand it facilitated focus and kept distractions (in the form of social media) to a minimum, on the other hand, it stopped some of us from working at our fullest potential. With IAs coming thick and fast it was a welcome escape to enable us to gain focus away from the other demands of the busy IB schedule.

Patrick Kobriger


Boarding House News

Back to Boarding at San Roque Campus

The 2017-2018 school year sprung back into action last week with an icebreaker social for the boarding house’s M1-M5 students. Modeled on the popular entrepreneurial TV show “Dragon’s Den”, the students were tasked with designing a new product before having to pitch their ideas in front of Deputy Housemaster/Housemistress Mr David and Ms Jade. Ideas ranged from easy to set up iPhone speakers to instant cupcakes, yet ultimately the winner was the “Sleezy” (a cross between shoes and slippers) from Alex Asis Oliveira, Taha Ababou, and Robin Metzger. The dynamic trio were awarded a rather large box of chocolates for their successful prototype, while all participating students were also applauded for their creative efforts.

The first two weeks of boarding have been an overwhelming success. New friendships have sprouted and interests have been pursued. All this while making a good start to the academic year by studying each day during Prep Time.

Until next week,

The Boarding House Team



Hope to see you all there- students in M2 and below must be accompanied by a parent please.



PTA Meeting

Many thanks to all of you who attended the PTA meeting earlier this week. It was good to see so many new faces, and of course some returning members!

There was some great discussion and ideas on what the new focus of the PTA should be, and what else we can do to help and support parents, staff and students.

For those that missed it, the minutes will be available soon in the newsletter and on our Facebook page  SIS PTA Message Board




 Send a Child to School

Thank you to students, staff and parents for last year’s Send a Child to School (SCS) achievements, where your efforts ensured the primary education of 16 children at our partner school Nabugabo Community Learning Centre (NCLC), Uganda.


This year each year group will again be taking on the responsibility of raising €250 to sponsor their year group’s child at NCLC. Next Friday 29th will be this academic year’s first Send A Child To School day! It is an opportunity for every SIS student to wear non uniform and in return donate €1 towards sending a child to school, at our partner school, Nabugabo Community Learning Centre (NCLC), Uganda.

Dreaming Dragons uniform sale

The Dreaming Dragons will be holding the first of their second hand uniform sales next Friday 29th September 2017 at 3pm to 4pm in the Primary Playground. The Dreaming Dragons are a student led initiative here to offer social commerce for a better world, please support them.



Dog Food Drop for SOS Perrera 

The Dog Food Drop is an initiative started by Eileen Dick, a grandparent at our school, who has encouraged a number of bars, shops and other outlets to collect dog food to make it easy for people to donate.

SOS Perrera houses and cares for well over 300 abandoned and abused dogs and more are arriving every day. Despite the very best efforts of the volunteers conditions are difficult. The charity Spanish Stray Dogs invests a lot of time and energy rehoming the dogs and provides 3000€ each month for dog food. Yet it is still not enough and at the end of each month their supplies run dangerously low.

If you would like to contribute a bag of dog or cat food there will be a collection point near the school gate and donations will be delivered to the centre on Saturday morning. Thank you so much for your support.

The pound is open everyday to the public usually from 10-2pm

Peace Day

This Thursday the SIS community celebrated the United Nations International Day of Peace, which provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace. This year the peace Day Theme, was Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.

The school got active with messages of peace written on white ribbons on school gate, a community art work as well as a minute of silence marked at midday.

The following poem is made of a selection of some of the wonderful thoughts shared with us on Peace Day from across the school community.

Let there be Peace on Earth

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We facilitate self-discovery and the development of unique interests, gifts and talents, whilst promoting service learning asa force for good in the world.

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