School Newsletter 26.01.2018

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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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26th January 2018

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 School Calendar

Monday 29-Wednesday 31 JanuaryContinuation of M5 Pre Diploma Assessments
Wednesday 31 JanuaryP1 unit based trip
Wednesday 31 JanuaryP5/P6 cross country interschool competition at Sunlands
Wednesday 31 January – Sunday 4 FebruaryM3-M5 International High School Bonsai Drama Festival at SIS
Friday 2 FebruarySotosmash! – 19:00 -22:00 (see Whole school news)
Friday 2 – Tuesday 6 FebruaryD1 history trip
Tuesday 6 February – International certification showcase15:30 -17:00 in the Cantina – all welcome.
Friday 9 FebruaryKiss the CASbah  (student led evening of Food and Music, tickets on sale next week)

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week the school has been presenting at the Apple Leadership Summit in London, UK. The students have been wonderful ambassadors really engaging delegates and sharing their passions for music, with as many as 24 presentations per day!

It has also been a busy week for our M5 students who are in the process of taking their mid-year pre-Diploma timed assessments, which are providing excellent preparation and experience for the rigours of Diploma next year.

Today was Send a Child to School Day (SCS), in which all SIS students were welcome to come to school in home clothes in exchange for €1. The income raised will go towards sponsoring a designated student at the Nabugabo Community Learning Centre (NCLC) in Uganda, through The Kindred Project.

Please note that there are only 2 places left on the Uganda 2018 Expedition. If your child is in M3-D1 and interested in joining this extraordinary experience, please send the KP team an email before Wednesday 31st January to   to find out all about it.

We are immensely excited about next week’s High School Drama Festival. A selection of M3-M5 Drama students will be involved in a 5-day programme of workshops being offered by visiting theatrical professionals. These workshops are being offered in conjunction with the International Schools Theatre Association, an organization which offers inspirational events around the globe. Joining us at this event will be students from 6 other international schools and from Hogar Betania.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the families who have offered to help host our visiting 64 international school students. This amazing event would not happen without you!

A reminder please to all drivers to slow down near the school and to be particularly careful when reversing out of a parking space – there was a very near miss the other day!

Finally we would like to remind you to complete the intentions form to help us adequately plan for next academic year. LINK

Please note the intentions form is not legally binding, but it does help us to get an indication of potential student numbers for next year. It will help us know how and where we need to invest in staffing.

The official deadline for notifying us of a departure is 4pm 31st March 2018.  Any notification after this date will result in a non-return of deposit.

Best wishes,

Kevin Stone and Jane Bannell

Message from Visual Arts department

Do you have any spare picture frames that you no longer need, or are willing to lend… for D2 art exhibition? Please bring to the Picasso building or contact .

Atlético de Madrid Academy

Last weekend Our ATM teams played at El Puente de Hierro Polo fields. Both teams performed exceptionally well, with the youngsters drawing 3-3 in an exciting game against Manchester while the older team won with a convincing 2-0 victory against Lincoln.



All in all a great weekend’s football in the beautiful winter sunshine. Thanks to all partcicipants!  If you would like more information about our academy, please contact


Sotogrande International Language Academy (SILA) is now offering adult language courses in the mornings and everyone, from SIS parents to the whole community, is welcome to attend. Groups have a maximum of 10 students so lessons are tailored to suit everyone’s needs.


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Languages currently offered are English, Spanish and Chinese. If you need more information, please send an email to Maria Franco, SILA coordinator at

University & Careers News

Launching the Career Convention for April 19th, and some additional news on recent developments from University & Careers.

On Monday, I was able to attend the launch of the University of Gibraltar’s Master of Sport Management (MSptM) degree programme, with our Head of Sport, Mr. Alex Smith. The university has developed an amazing campus, at Europa point the south end of Gibraltar, looking out across the straits to Africa. The evening was insightful and the guest speaker was Lord Coe, the current President of the IAAF As the university develops its programmes, it is likely that it will become a good fit for a number of our current students, who wish to study closer to home.



Today, I attended a meeting of the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain, establishing contacts with a number of key individuals with whom we hope to work more closely, regarding career opportunities for our students. Eva Prada (the Director of the BCCS) and Derek Langley (VP for Andalucia of BCCS) are keen to develop these links, and this leads into the launch of this year’s SIS Career Convention.

The confirmed date for the biennial SIS Career convention is April the 19th, and we will be seeking local, national and international companies to attend the event.

If you are interested in participating please message me,, and/or contact me via this form.

The Kindred Project

Uganda 2018 Expedition

Only 2 places left on the Uganda Expedition! We have a wonderful group of students signed up. If your child is in M3-D1 and interested in joining this extraordinary experience, please send us an email by Wednesday 31st January to  to find out all about it. Don’t miss out!



Baby Product Drop!

The Kindred Project is organising a baby product drop at the school entrance for Hogar Betania on the 29th, 30th and 31st of January. Hogar Betania is a nonprofit organisation that supports people at risk of social exclusion. Kindly collaborate to support Hogar Betania’s social projects for families in need and make a real difference.


We kindly request each year group brings:

Fundamentals: Baby food (jars and pouches)

EC1-P1: Nappies
P2-P4: Baby gel and shampoo
P5-P6: Baby rice + cereals
M1-M3: Baby wipes
M4-M5: Baby Yogurts (non refrigerated)
D1-D2: Cooking oil (sunflower/vegetable)

Thank you!

Rice Day

We are delighted to announce that this month’s Rice Day was another success, with 330 secondary students pledging thereby raising €660. The money saved from the cantina will go towards supporting Hogar Betania’s Summer Camp by providing essential and much needed nutritious food for more than 60 local children in need.

We run Rice Day as a community to raise awareness about ending global hunger and malnutrition, one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Students have the choice of eating rice instead of their normal cantina meal, however it is important to remember that there are many children in the world that don’t have that choice.

I’d like to thank you all for your commitment and collaboration. We look forward to next month’s Rice Day.

Victoria (D1 student)

KP Team

SOTOSMASH is back!

Next Friday SIS’s finest DJ’s will be performing from 7pm-10pm for students from M3 upwards. Tickets are on sale! All proceeds will go to supporting the Nabugabo Community Learning Centre in Uganda.

Send a Child to School day

Today was Send a Child to School day where students get to come in home clothes in exchange for 1€ that goes towards their year group’s sponsored child at Nabugabo Community Learning Centre in Uganda.

Just through Send a Child to School this year all 15 year groups at SIS (EC1-D2) are close to hitting their target of securing a primary education for 16 children at our partner school in Uganda. Well done to everyone today and thank you for your outstanding support and contribution to this life changing initiative.


Message from Miss Emma Butler

Expressive Arts in Early Childhood

Over the past two weeks it has been a pleasure to observe our EC1 and EC2 students in their music lessons.

In Early Childhood music plays a very important role. It helps develop language, memory and also fine and gross motor skills.

Through interactive and engaging lessons our students are able to collaborate with their peers and build on their confidence to perform. The positive attitude our students show and have towards the expressive arts is a credit to both our IB PYP inquiry based curriculum and our music specialist Mr. Luis.

Language lessons in P2

P2 have been reading poems with a focus on rhythm and rhyme.  Over the past week students have explored words related to the weather. They then worked in groups to use their knowledge and language skills to make and group rhyming words. The students enjoyed working together as they wrote poems using their groups of rhyming words.

Student Council

Congratulations to all our new Primary Student Council members who have been elected for this term.

P3.  Gala, Gino, Jude, Nell, Vivienne, Jasmine
P4.   Harry, Marco, Ronald, Sam N, Alexia, Guillermo
P5.   Emelhyn, Noah, Vanessa, Teiva, Lilou, Daniella D
P6.   Beatriz, Maria, Marek, Julian

Parent workshop

Thank you to the parents who joined our workshop on Wednesday. This workshop, which was led in Spanish, focused on recent research on brain development and how it impacts on students’ learning and the way we teach at SIS.

Update from Eco-School

On Tuesday Primary Eco-School were very excited to add 1000 new worms to their composting wormery.  They have now started collecting waste food from around the school, including the cantina.  On Thursday a group from the Primary Eco-School group visited the garden centre in San Enrique to buy trees for our new organic fruit orchard.  Our chef is very excited about our new project and how we will now be able to  grow some of our own food at school!

Watch this space – new outdoor play area!

P3-P5 are very excited about the new space they will soon have to use and explore. Our maintenance team has been working hard to clear and safeguard a new ‘wooded area’ for our older Primary students. It is hoped that over the next week this area will be ready for use.

MYP3 assessment

On 29th and 30th January M3 students will participate in an interdisciplinary summative assessment of science and mathematics, which has been collaboratively planned by teachers of both disciplines. This summative assessment, based on forensic science, is a mandatory part of the MYP curriculum. Therefore, we ask for your support to ensure that your child attends school these two days.

Boarding House News

Boarding students had another action packed few days last weekend. Friday night saw 24 students head out to the Malaga vs Madrid basketball match. The stadium was full of energy and our students really enjoyed the atmosphere. For the third time running, Malaga outperformed their opponents with Soto boarding students in attendance. Mere coincidence or not?

On Saturday a few students went out for a short walk along the Mediterranean Sea from Alcaidesa to La Primera Torre. With the Rock of Gibraltar in the background and the sun shining high, the views were breathtaking. The trip even ended with some quality ice cream in La Linea before heading back to boarding to relax.


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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