School Newsletter 24.02.2017

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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 – 24th February 2017

Message from the Head

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Kerry Wickersham, the D1 students, peripatetic staff, KP team and of course the wonderful performers for an amazing evening at Kiss the CASbah last Friday! It was a fantastic array of great music, lovely food and top quality service! The icing on the cake was to share the evening with Hassan who is the president of the association in Asni. Seeing him join in the celebrations and experience on Friday evening made the event so special.
Vittoria Morace  spoke on stage about how the trip to Asni had affected her and this stuck with me. She said “The Asni experience really changed me and experiencing something that really changes you,  allows you to reflect and realize that there is a new part of you that did not exist before. A new part that you love.”
Sometimes the words of others best sum up the experience and emotion that people feel.


This week we have been surrounded by lots of characters from Bugsy Malone as they took part in their first rehearsal in costume and shot some of the promo photos for the show.  Please make sure you save the following dates, 26th and 27th April 2017!

The first MUN trip of 2017 departed on Wednesday for Copenhagen.  Miss Anne and Mr. Barling chaperoned 20 M5 and D1 students from SIS to Copenhagen to take part in the BIGMUN conference.  For some of the group, the M5 Model United Nations day that we held in October was a useful introduction to what they will experience in a full conference as they work with students from more than 20 other schools to propose solutions and debate some very complex real world issues. We look forward to hearing how they got on after the break.

This week the M1 students began the Big Thinker debate.  I was lucky enough to see some of the student presentations on Tuesday and was impressed by the depth of the research and powerful presentations. I know the M1 team were very impressed by the high quality performances and we are thrilled to congratulate Chloe Barnett who was nominated the winner in Thursday’s final.

Today we celebrated “Día de Andalucía”. Students started the morning with a typical breakfast. In primary our students enjoyed a carousel of activities: traditional games, flamenco zumba lesson, magicians and a lot of fun activities, while secondary students took part in an exciting interactive scavenger hunt where they needed to complete cultural missions and challenges: quizzes, cooking, painting, recording videos, etc. These celebrations reminded us how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful and culturally rich part of Spain


We hope this half term holiday you are able to switch off and spend some quality time with your children.  The Adventurebug team will be leading the SIS annual Ski trip, the D2 students will be focused and working hard for their final exams in May and our students who are preparing for their service trips to Asni, Uganda and Ecuador will be working hard to raise funds for their trips.

I would like to finish by reminding you about our deadline for letting us know your intentions for the academic year 2017 – 2018.  Should you intend to leave us, you must inform us by emailing by 4pm on 31st March 2017 to ensure the return of your deposit.  We sincerely hope however that you choose to join us for another year.

I wish you a restful and peaceful half term. And look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 7th March before 8.50am.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney


Whole School News

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are deeply excited to share the initial process for the formation of the Advisory Board. We will require a person who is Spanish and able to speak English fluently and another person from another nationality who is fluent in English.

Interested parties must have been a parent within the school for at least 2 years, not been employed by the school and know they can gather support of at least 10 parents.

All interested parties will be invited to one of two meetings on Thursday 9th March. The first will be at 9.30am in the staffroom, the second at 6pm also in the staff room. At this meeting the job description will be released and the application process will be shared. It will be a chance for you to ask questions about the role and the process.

All interested parties must email with Advisory Board as the subject of the email by March 7th 2017 by 4pm.  In the email we request that you state the meeting time preferred.  If you do not send this email by March 7th at 4pm, you will not be able to continue in the process.
M5 Personal Project Fair


We are delighted to invite parents to this year’s M5 Personal Project Fair, where the students will be presenting the results of their hard work, which has stemmed from their own initiative, perseverance, and creativity. There will be an array of projects on show, with students answering questions with regards to the projects, which in many cases have involved up to 6 months of dedicated work.
Come along to the gym between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm and be amazed!


Primary School News
Dates for your Diary
  • Monday 27 February – Monday 6 March (inclusive) – half term holiday
  • Saturday 4 March – ‘Bunker Bar’s Bonanza for Uganda’ (see Community section)
Message From Emma Butler
As we come to the end of a very busy and successful half term I wish all students and parents a very relaxing and happy half term break.
Action from Zack BarlingIt is always great to see our children inspired by visitors to the school. Following a recent visit by author Andrea Prior, one of our students, Zack Barling in P2 took action at home and started his own book of poetry inspired by ‘A Parcel of Pigs’.  What super use of rhyming words and great illustrations too. Congratulations Zack!

Cultural Day In P1
P1 have now come to the end of an interesting unit of inquiry on culture; a unit full of newfound knowledge for the children, which culminated in a culture fair. No less than fifteen countries were represented with the valuable help of the parents of a diverse group of students. This was a chance for each child to experience first hand how cultures differ but also have so many similarities.
Thank you to all the parents who helped make this a special experience for our P1 students.

Celebrating P6 language and visual arts
During their current unit on conflict and resolution, P6 expressed their ideas about conflict in school through writing poetry. In their artwork they were asked to portray personal inner conflict.

Book And Film Reviews
Film review –  Gerado
Book review –  Mikolaj
Conflict  – Jago
Left Out –  Angelo
What Am I?  – George
Left Out  – Sofia V
Who Shall Be The One? – Alisa  

Secondary School News

CAS students celebrate 10th Kiss the CASbah

On Friday the 17th, a group of D1s organised the event Kiss the CASbah as part of a CAS project. It was a whole new challenge for all of us since this is something we had never experienced before. It was quite stressful before and during the event. However, the satisfaction and joy I felt after everything had finished was mind-blowing. It was incredible to see how many parents and teachers collaborated and how many wonderful performers kept the night vibrant. We raised 3000€ and I personally feel really proud to have accomplished this with our team.
Michelle Ernsten-Schmidt


M4 Back from the studio

M4 Music students, as part of their Unit on “Me & Youth Culture” have written and recorded their first album at our very own studios in SRC.

Check it out!

Global Citizenship update

The last weeks of the Global Citizenship elective have again been very inspiring. Our students have organised different successful fundraising activities to raise money for The Kindred Project, applying their organising skills and improving their abilities to work in teams.
We have had several external guest speakers and workshops:
Mr. Hassan Edderjoune (president of the Tiwizi Association in Morocco, which is a partner of the Kindred Project) expressed his gratitude for the school´s support and shared his experiences and knowledge with the M3 students.

Mr. Francisco Segura Dominguez (CEO of Ngwota Solutions, and his local business partner Mrs. Silvia Segura Dominguez visited M4 to continue the project on Social Entrepreneurship. Our students are analysing his products, which are also supported by (local) NGOs. With this project our students get the chance to connect to the real world by redesigning and testing products and advising a social entrepreneur.

Mrs. Sofia Marban ( came to continue the series of Mindfulness workshops with our students in M1 and M3. Mrs. Marban studied Biology, completed veterinary studies in Madrid and is now dedicated to children’s education in Mindfulness, based on the program of “The 7 steps of Universal Education”. She has invited our students for workshops at her beautiful farm in Tesorillo and you can visit her website for more information on courses.



SIS Community

PTA News

Thank you to those who attended the PTA meeting this week. You were the first to hear about the School Annual Report, and the interesting update on the Cantina!

We are starting the process to elect parent representatives for the Advisory Board, and further information will be given in a separate letter to parents. If you wish to be considered for election, please contact Tracey Stoneham  –

See below for details of our next exciting event!


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!

Kiss The Casbah with a special visit from Hassan Edderjourn!
What a way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our partnership in Asni! Congratulations to the D1 students for initiating, planning, and running a phenomenal 10th Kiss the Casbah. With over 100 performers and 750+ dishes served to 300 guests; it was creativity, action and service in its greatest form raising just under 4,000€ for Association Tiwizi, Asni.
It was made all the more special by sharing the evening with Hassan (Director of Association Tiwizi, Morocco) here on his first ever visit to Spain and he loved it. During his two days at SIS Hassan also spent invaluable time in classes from P4-D1 talking about our relationship and the impact the projects that we have worked on have had on the community of Asni.
Here is a quote from Hassan´s speech, which really summed up the event:
¨This is not Kiss the Casbah, it’s Kiss the Community. The Community of Asni thank YOU at Sotogrande. You made our dreams come true¨


La Reserva Club to host family sporting brunches on alternate Saturdays

Saturday Brunches are back! La Reserva Club is delighted to start the Brunch tradition every other weekend.  Open to members and non-members, families and friends, all are invited to enjoy a fantastic morning at La Reserva Club with an extended Mediterranean Brunch, sports and an array of entertainments for younger children including face-painting and balloons the next Saturday 4th March from 11h30.

Nuno Gonçalves, head of destination at Sotogrande, was eager to get the brunches started again.

“The team here and all our guests really enjoy the brunches at La Reserva Club. They are a great way to get family and friends together on a Saturday. It is such a special location up here at La Reserva Club, with the Andalucian landscape at our toes and an ever increasing range of activities. There is so much space for everyone to enjoy themselves. We are determined to make this one our our best traditions!”

Price per family (parents + children): 80€, including:

Brunch (alcoholic beverage not included)

Classes and games for children

Cap & t-Shirt

Special prices for members applied.

For further information please visit the Sotogrande website and for reservations, please contact Sara Moreno on +34 666 520 155 or at

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.


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