School Newsletter 27.04.2018

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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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27th April 2018

Versión española 

 School Calendar

Monday 30 April – Friday 18 MayD2 exams continue
Monday 30 AprilP2 unit based trip
Tuesday 1 MayNational holiday, no school
Thursday 3 – Friday 4 MayP5 overnight trip

Good afternoon Parents and Guardians,

Last Friday several of our students, along with many proud parents and teachers, attended the Arts Society Young Artists competition prize-giving event in San Roque. Congratulations to Jaimie Ritchie, Stella Paloluoma, Hattie Greenwood, Katrina Bulkovska, Jasmine Jakobsen, Beatriz Martinez Alfonso and Ace Gold-Sacker, all of whom had artworks in the exhibition. I was very impressed with the quality of the entries and wish to congratulate each one of them for their achievement at being chosen to represent SIS.

On Monday all our M5 students took part in a 1-day Model United Nations conference here in school; an opportunity to expand their knowledge of world affairs as they debated serious real world issues in the formal setting of UN committees, chaired by some of the D1 students.

This week our CIS award for Global Citizenship arrived. The award puts us as one of only a handful of schools in the world to be awarded this status for our work with The Kindred Project, within service learning, our Global Citizenship curriculum and projects such as the Eco schools project. It is a remarkable achievement and was a great team effort, led by Jen Liptrot, our Global Citizenship Coordinator.

This week our M3 students have taken part in their second service week. Students have taken on the challenge of having a positive impact on the community and really pushed the boat out. There have been so many creative events this week, informative assemblies, mysterious penguins popping up around Sotogrande, plastic recycling and charity awareness campaigns.  Thank you to the M3 advisory team and to Miss Gara for her energy, hard work and leadership.

Today our D2 students started their first exam. We wish them the very best of luck as they start this next grueling phase of their journey.

Just to remind you, Monday 30th is a normal school day, Tuesday 1st May is a public holiday.

Have a great weekend.

Best wishes

James Kearney,
Head of Sotogrande International School

Community Project Service Week Part 2

M3 students did excellent work during this second service week. The main focus was raising awareness about global issues. M3 students planned a huge amount of activities that included: assemblies for Primary students and M1- M2 students, games and sports, video tutorials for the community, visits to Gibraltar Hospital, volunteering in an old people’s home as well as in animal shelters and more. Service learning helped them to improve their social, thinking and communication skills as independent learners.

Family fun day in El Octogono – 5th May

The purpose of this event organized by M3 students Ben B. Remi S. and Frank D., is to raise money and awareness for the SIS dyslexia community, while combining this with their passion for Padel. They thought it would be a good idea if they got everyone to come together to play and to enjoy a feeling of togetherness. In addition, they then decided it would be good if they organised food as well, thus making it a fun day out for the whole family by including a lunch for only 10 euros, all of which will be going to a good cause.


No more plastic bags!   

Gauthier, Hugo and Harrison made a short film highlighting the need for reducing our use of plastics and to promote all types of recycling. Their video shows how an old teeshirt can be up-cycled to provide a sustainable carrier bag.

PTA News

PTA Minutes

Click here to read the Minutes from the General Meeting on 17th April

SIS White Summer Party

SAVE THE DATE!  Friday, June 15th for the SIS White Summer Party.

Ticket sales start next week …see Henry in Reception.



The Kindred Project News

 CIS Intercultural Learning Symposium

The Kindred Project, represented by Valentina Stirling and James McCann, has recently returned from presenting at the Council of International Schools (CIS) Symposium on Intercultural Learning held in Lisbon, Portugal. This event was well attended by schools from across the world, from as far afield as China, Mexico and South Africa. It was a great opportunity to share SIS’s unique approach to using education as a force for good through our own student driven NGO, The Kindred Project. Those attending were delighted to learn about the students’ commitment and work to support our community partners in Ecuador, Morocco, Uganda and Spain. A true inspiration to other schools!

Thank you to all for your continuous support.


Last week the M1 KP team launched their social enterprise, Porange -The People’s Orange, a 100% natural orange juice from unwanted and uneaten oranges. As long as there are unwanted oranges, there will be Porange juice available in the Chiringuito every Friday, so please indulge in a glass!

M1 Social Enterprise

Today to coincide with Earth Day, the M1 KP team launched their Dreaming Dragons Online social enterprise, Porange -The People's Orange, a 100% natural orange juice from unwanted and uneaten oranges in the Chiringuito! Check out there song!

Publicada por The Kindred Project en viernes, 20 de abril de 2018


Little Suns

We are thrilled to announce that Little Sun, our certified B Corp solar lamps supplier for KP’s projects at Nabugabo (Uganda), has been nominated for the 1 Billion Acts of Peace 2018 Hero Award! Please click on the link below to support them with your vote:

So far, The Kindred Project has distributed 200 Little Suns for families in Nabugabo that do not have electricity at home. To learn all about this incredible student driven project initiated by Sotogrande International School students Max Guerrero, Pablo Parra and Albert Karuzski, watch the following video.

The Kindred Project Celebration

Join Stage School in term 3!

The SI Stage School has started back this term, meeting every Sunday 12pm- 2pm at the school theatre. Students are busy working on their LAMDA pieces for the May exam and an assortment of wonderful Musical numbers for our end of term, Night at the Musicals. It’s not too late to join us for fun and games, so contact Daniel at


Summercamps 2018

Sotogrande International Camps offers a wide variety of programs designed with the same philosophy and educational excellence as SIS, in which students will learn and have fun in a dynamic and different way. Among the available options you can find a wide variety of sports, art, music, volunteering and football with Atlético de Madrid. Pleaae visit our website for more information, or write to the following email:  SIS families will enjoy a special discount.


An unforgettable summer to boost talent and have fun!


Message from Emma Butler

We are very happy to have opened up another wooded area for our Primary students to play in this week.  Many recent research papers advocate the huge benefits of children playing in more natural spaces and we are lucky enough to be able to provide these types of spaces for our children.  Research tells us that playing in natural outside areas is particularly important for children to have direct contact with nature, to deal with risks and to socialise in a different environment.  It is wonderful to see how creatively the children play in each of our wooded spaces.  We know that ball games such as football and table tennis are very important for some and we have organised our staffing to maintain these options.  Our wooded spaces are going to be particularly valued when the hotter weather arrives as there is abundant shade and the wildflowers are beautiful.  All of the children are regularly being reminded to be responsible and to learn to evaluate possible risks and work out how best to share the spaces they provide.  We are very grateful to our maintenance team for their hard work in preparing these areas and their enthusiasm about these types of projects.

An important message from the PE team

From next Monday until our Sports Day, our students will not have swimming lessons, therefore, they need only bring their normal P.E. kit.

As the lessons will take place on the football pitch, we strongly advise the students to bring a bottle of water, a sunhat and sun cream (please apply the sun cream at home).

Thank you so much for your co-operation.

SIS Model United Nations Conference (SISMUN)

On Monday this week M5 students spent the day role-playing delegates to the United Nations. Prior to the conference they were required to research their committee’s issues and their allocated country’s views; then on the day in each committee they lobbied and worked together to produce resolutions, and amendments in a formal debate setting, very ably chaired by D1 students.

This event was organised by students from the MUN Club led by Alexandra Eleferenko, and they would like to publicly thank all those who helped in any way to make it such a success: the M5 advisors who mentored the research phase, the teachers who gave up their classrooms for the day, the maintenance and Cantina staff for all their help, the PTA who sponsored the snacks provided for breaks throughout the day, Mr Mortimer and the M4 film team, the photographer Laura De Lathauwer, the 8 D1 committee chairs & co-chairs (Aaron Soo & Lisa Brunt; Othman Mouhajir & Laura Pastor; Eduardo Parra & Ines Mico; Cedric Sanceau & Victoria Valero) and most especially the M5 students themselves!

F1 – Team Celeritas

Team Celeritas, a team of M5 girls, are excited at the opportunity of attending the Formula 1 in Schools World Championships that will take place in Singapore this September. Team Celeritas have the honour of representing Sotogrande International School and Spain at this amazing event and are working hard together to create an identity through fundraisers, sponsors and social media.

F1 in Schools – introducing Team Celeritas!


Boarding House News

As the rain came down for what looked like one last weekend this season, boarders travelled to Puerto Banús last Saturday for a day of free time and cinema. We watched the new Wes Anderson film, “Isle of Dogs”, and enjoyed it.

The coming weekends of the summer term will see more active recreational trips to places like Tarifa and the Mediterranean Sea! Stay tuned, folks.


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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