School Newsletter 23.06.2017

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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 – 23th June 2017

Message from the Head

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As the year comes to a close, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support of SIS. This year has been truly amazing, we have exceeded goals in many directions and provided so many more opportunities for students to explore their talents.

This week has been no different with some amazing events. On Tuesday EC2 held their end-of year celebration and we witnessed the long awaited performance of the primary show, Charlie. The evening was stunning and was an opportunity for our younger students to display their talents on stage. On Wednesday morning the P1 children enjoyed their end-of-year celebration event, then later in the day we had the M5 graduation. This was was a very touching event, where we celebrated the achievements of the students and sadly, said goodbye to some.

The P6 graduation yesterday was an emotional event, seeing our oldest students in primary transition to secondary was a true delight. This was followed by the fashion show, which was a student led CAS event for The Kindred Project.

We are very excited to announce that four Sotogrande International School students have been selected for the Great Britain Junior Padel Team at the World Championships this year. D1 student Frankie Batt, and M2 students Ben Burgess, Charlotte Brien and Tilly Payne. Read their blog to follow their journey to the final!

Today was a lovely celebration of student achievements over the year.  Thank you for your attendance at all of these events. Your support is noted and valued, helping to make this a true learning community. To help us to continue to improve, we would deeply value your feedback and ask you to complete this online multiple-choice survey.

We are looking forward to seeing you bight and early on Tuesday 5th September before 8.50am, with full school uniform (see below).

Have a wonderful holiday!

Best wishes

James Kearney



Whole School News

Yearbook 2017 available! 

Introduction of Jose Miguel, the new Food Manager of the International School of Sotogrande.

Hello everyone; My name is José Miguel Ledesma and from July 1st 2017. I will be the new Food Manager of the International School of Sotogrande.
I am sure that, all of us who have children at the school, have wondered:
–  What do our children really eat in the school canteen?
–  How are the menus made?
–  What role does a nutritionist play in all this?
–  Can it be improved?

These are some logical questions for parents to ask and they have to be easy to answer; since a good dietary education will lay the foundation for our children´s future health.

When the school board offered the post to me I accepted, but I knew that it will not be an easy job. It will be a good challenge for me to draw on my knowledge and experience to try and prepare food that is as healthy as possible, and that tastes really good.  This will help our children to be happier and healthier.







I know that the first few months will be hard for me; new students joining the school, new kitchen, new staff, new parents … but this motivates me to try to do something better.  Producing food that is more tasty and with greater variety.  With regards to this I request your patience as I work hard to transform the expereince that your children have when they eat at the Cantina.

As for my education, I am a graduate in Economics and 5 years ago I discovered my passion for cooking, since then I have worked in kitchens and feel I have really found my purpose in life. I studied a Masters in Cooking at the School of Hospitality of Seville, after which I began my practices in the Restaurant Schilo in Finca Cortesín and from there I worked in Gibraltar as a Chief in a Kitchen, where I have been until I was called by the School to undertake this new adventure.  As some of my merits, last year I was the winner of the best tapa in the III Tuna Fair of Sotogrande and Semifinalist in the contest “Masters of the Cruzcampo tapa”.
I just want to say goodbye until the start of the next academic year and to wish you all a restful and well deserved holiday. Although these two next summer months will not be a rest for me as I will work hard to make changes to help us to have a positive start in September.

Best wishes

Jose Miguel

School uniform for new school year

The school uniform is now available at El Corte Inglés Algeciras and Marbella. Please click on our new brochure below in which you will find information about the uniform items for each year group.

After you’ve bought any new uniform, please remember to label it. Labels and other personalized items can be ordered online from

Extreme Reading Photo competition results

Thank-you to everyone who entered this competition; the judges had a difficult task choosing the winners as there were so many creative and original ideas.

Prizes were awarded as follows:

  • Primary: 1st place – Zack Barling (P2); 2nd – Indiana Stone (P4); 3rd – Lola Aycart Jiménez (P2)
  • Secondary: 1st place Oscar Stoneham (M2); 2nd Benjamin Looyens (M2); 3rd Arthur Caceres Bennett (M1)
  • Staff: 1st place Dr Woolley; 2nd Mr. Moore
  • Most original and creative photo: Ernst Tishkin (M2)


The Kindred Project News

Well done to D1 students Karina Shishkina and Anastasia Ivanishina for organising the Sotogrande Fashion show, such a wonderful end of year event!
Thank you to all models, both staff and students, for being involved and thank-you to other staff who have supported the preparations, particularly Maria Pinnock and Erica del Manzano; we couldn’t have done it without you! A massive thank-you to all the shops: Itsomi; M&Q Studios; Rosato; Heidi Klein; Veronica Pacheco, Infini Sea, Big Surf Tarifa, Rêve d’été & Mucholarala for collaborating with KP for the fashion show; it was an honour to model your clothes.
Thank you once again to the community who attended the show and many of KP’s other fundraising events throughout the whole academic year. All of your support is invaluable to making a difference to the lives of the communities we work with!



Assist is the school relocation and concierge service, which offers free assistance and contacts to the new and existing families of SIS.

Assist has negotiated special offers for the members of the community such as:

  • ADHOC WEBS services agency offers free web hosting for 1 year
  • AMI Peugeot offers discounts and VIP services
  • BLEVINS FRANKS tax and wealth management offers a free consultation with an adviser
  • BIKES AND BIKE, cycling store offer 10% discount on any service
  • CAÏ  Chiringuito offers a glass of wine with a meal at the beach “cala sardina”
  • CATSA: KIA, MINI, BMW, etc. offers discounts and VIP services
  • CLINICA ALFABARA offers 10% discount on beauty treatments
  • CONTASULT offers special discounts on tax and legal services in Spanish and English
  • Costa del Sol sports electro fitness offers a personalized diet when buying a pack of 8 sessions
  • DARTE PILATES the new studio located in Mar Y Sol offers a 10% discount
  • EL MOTOR 2 offers 10% on any purchase
  • FRANCISCO MERELLO offers special discounts on portraits
  • FULCRUM tax and wealth management offers a free consultation with an adviser
  • German Kitchen offers 50% on appliances when buying a new kitchen
  • GP abogados offers 10% discount on legal fees
  • HELIAIR, helicopter services offers donations to KP
  • HOTEL ALMENARA and ELYSIUM SPA offers special discounts and gifts
  • ITSOMI, fashion store offers an additional 10% discount
  • LA CANCHA TAPAS offers a 10% discount on your bill
  • Manuel Oliva Osteopathy offers 2 hours for the price of 1, on first treatment
  • MERIDIANA, decoration and furniture offers 10% discount
  • PIXCANDY marketing and advertising agency, offers a free Initial brand audit
  • SAFAMOTOR, AUDI, VW, NISSAN etc. offers discounts and VIP services
  • SANITAS health policy offers a full coverage health policy for 55€ per month
  • SERVICE 4 FOREIGNERS immigration services offers discount on services
  • SHANTI SOM wellbeing retreat in Marbella offers special discounted weekend packages 
  • SIGA golf academy offers 10% discount on private lessons
  • SOTOGRANDE LEGAL SERVICES offers discounts on legal services in Spanish and English
  • TROCADERO BEACH CLUB offers 5% discount on restaurant bill

Check all the exceptional offers from Assist partners at: or contact Frederic at:

*Your Assist membership card is at the back of the SIS security access card.

Primary School News
Celebrations this week


Class Allocations for 2017 – 2018

Please see the following link for further details.

Primary Class Allocations

Secondary News

M2 excursion

Last week M2 visited Prison Island and in teams they raced against the clock to solve a combination of physical, logical and tactical challenges. They had to cooperate and collaborate to solve the puzzles in the 20 cells whilst collecting points. The winning team was composed of Dhillon Virdee-Oakley, Adam Singleton and Harrison Rhodes. 



PTA News

Alumni Reunion
On Friday night, SIS hosted the 4th Alumni Reunion on our campus. A record number of staff attended this year, alongside alumni going back over 14 years. The evening started with the Doug Stewart Memorial Football game, with teams from the Staff, Alumni and this year’s graduating students competing.
This was followed by drinks and tapas, with a speech from Flora Sträuli​, one of the Alumni Executive, and then Jamie Templeton​ on the work of our SIS NGO, The Kindred Project. Former students overwhelmingly voted Jamie as the winner of this year’s Alumni Award. Following this we then had one of the highlights of the evening as Kerry Wickersham, our Music Teacher volunteered to have his distinctive beard shaved for charity. Donations for this event raised 263.75€ for The Kindred Project. The evening then continued with a meal, before the school bus took the revelers on to party on through the night at Chambao!
Remember if you are an alumni and you would like to see all the photos, please follow the link to the Alumni page and join.

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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