School Newsletter 29.09.2017

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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.

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29th September 2017

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 School Calendar

Friday 29 September-Sunday 1 OctoberMusic trip
Wednesday 4 – Sunday OctoberD1 Theatre trip
Thursday 5 October‘Meet the Subject Teacher’ for M1-D1 parents – 16:10–18:30 (see Secondary section)
Friday 29 September‘Send a Child to School’ non-uniform day (see Community section)
Thursday 5 – Monday 9 October  MUN trip

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week we have been following our students’ progress at the F1 in Schools World Finals.  Our 6 budding engineers were the youngest team to enter the competition and captivated the judges with their charm and youthfulness.  Their team Stallion Racing took part in 3 events.  In the first race session, the driver Gunter from M3 had lightning fast reaction speeds and took the team to some great victories. Their final race against Peru finished with a draw, which meant they had to leave the race section having not quite beaten the required times.

On Tuesday the team performed two further challenges with a “pressure test” where they needed to make a modification to the car and create a film about the modification all in two hours.  Finally they had an interview with Sky Sports team about their supporting documents, which were displayed in their “pit”.  The team have been wonderful ambassadors for SIS and Spain.  We wish them a safe return.

This week also we launched our relationship with Atletico de Madrid with training sessions running throughout the week. On Wednesday we attended an important meeting in Madrid to finalize the deal. We are delighted to be the first and only school to be working with Atletico and the only school in Spain to be working with a football club at this level.

On Thursday 34 students took part in the EIC swim competition.  I would like to personally congratulate all of the students who participated, they were amazing ambassadors for SIS.  Over the course of the day the students achieved over 20 medals and achieved a 4th place overall.  Special congratulations to Jef Van Der Vennet who achieved a new course record!

This Friday our M4 – D1 students departed for the annual El Cañuelo trip, where budding musicians spend time in the hills around Velez Malaga songwriting and performing. Thanks to Mr. Wickersham and the peripatetic team who are giving up their weekend to support this trip.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Kindred Project dog food drop.  Your donations will be taken to the SOS Perrera dogs home in Los Barrios this weekend.

Finally today was the first Send a Child to School day of this school year. Thank you everyone for your support.  The money raised this way over the course of the year will enable each year group from EC1 – D2 to send one child to school at our sister school in Uganda.

I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney


SIS Extra Curricular Programme

A Message From Luis Saraiva, Extra-curricular Activities Coordinator

 Extra curricular activities play an important role in our school. By the beginning of October all the activities for this term should be fully running. In some of the clubs there are still some places available. To check availability please contact the activity leaders directly. The link to access the activities booklet is here 

If your child is participating in a paid activity please note that payments must be made for this term by the 6th of October. In the future payments must be made before a child can start. If the payment is not received then your child will not be able to participate.

Luis Saraiva


In October we will be starting a music workshop  for children from 3-4 years, a stage of maximum curiosity and receptiveness for learning. In an environment prepared for musical enjoyment, sharing and stimulating their abilities .. music, body, emotion, action! You can find more information at

Enjoying Maths In P1

In P1 the children are focused on a deep study of the numerals 0 to 9 and the role these numerals play in any number. Through fun activities, like this Big Number machine and pretending they are robots, they have discovered that every number will be made from these very important numerals!



P4 Unit Based Trip

On Wednesday P4 spent a creative day at the Picasso Museum in Malaga developing their concepts of form and perspective in connection with their unit of inquiry on symbolism.  They studied a sculpture of a bull made from reclaimed bicycle parts and a painting entitled ”Musketeer with sword”.  They then created their own sculpture using wood and paper collage during an art workshop.

October Readathon

October is International School Library Month (ISLM) and, as for the past several years, students from P1 – P6 will be taking part in a Readathon contest, which starts on Monday and will last for almost the whole month. Basically every time your child reads or has someone read to them for 20 minutes*, they should ask an adult to initial a smiley face on the Reading Record they will be bringing home on Monday.

* Note for P1 children, each smiley face represents 5 minutes reading time and for P2 children 10 minutes reading time.

We hope you will support your children in this sponsored reading challenge.

The money we raise with our reading will be channeled through The Kindred Project and will be used to build an additional toilet block for boys at the Nabugabo Community Learning Centre in Uganda. As the school there continues to grow each year, so there is an urgent need for additional facilities – doesn’t that sound a familiar story!

Meet the Subject Teacher Event  – Thursday 5th October 4.10 pm – 6.30pm

Invitations and details have already been emailed and distributed to parents and guardians, however we are happy to include links to this Information here.

Meet the subject teacher invitation

Schedule and venues

School map

Contact details data collection  

If you have not already done so, please click on link and add your details.
Thank you


 D1 Chemists carrying out acid base titrations


Attention all Book Lovers!

The M2-M3 and M4-M5 monthly Book Clubs will have their first organisational meeting on Monday, Oct 2 from 4:10 – 5:00pm. We will meet in reception in the main building first, then go to our assigned room.

The idea of these book clubs is to give kids a chance to read books that they would not read in a traditional English class and share their opinions and ideas about the stories, characters and themes in a relaxed yet stimulating setting. There are no tests and there is no written work. The kids can read in any language they choose, but the discussion will be in English. All participants will be responsible for sourcing their own books- so they have the option of a traditional book, Kindle, the school library or even an audio version. Other than the cost of the reading material, there is no additional cost!

At the first meeting, both Book Clubs (M2-M3 and M4-M5) will meet together to discuss the logistics and future meeting dates. As separate groups, they will also decide on the first three books they want to read. I will provide a list of suggestions, but of course the kids are also encouraged to come with their own suggestions. The kids will decide together what they want to read- I will not assign anything.

These Book Clubs are open to ALL and the more diverse groups we get, the more interesting the discussion will be!

Tentative meeting dates for M2-M3 are: Oct 23, Nov 20 and Dec 18 from 4:10-5:00pm

Tentative meeting dates for M4-M5 are: Nov 13 and Dec 11th from 4:10-5:00pm

I am really looking forward to sharing my passion for books and reading with a great group of kids!

If you have any questions please contact me on 684 051 039 (mobile or Whats App) or on:

Happy reading,

Lisa M. Abrahamson


University & Careers news

September has been a busy month for our D2 students, as along with their studies they are preparing their university applications in earnest with reference requests, shortlists and application letters all in development.

We have also initiated a new partnership with that has given our students opportunities to make connections to help their applications with university and provide career links with individuals and companies. Last week we had our first Law session with Professor Spyridon Bazinas, a lecturer in Law at the University of Vienna for potentially interested students. This week we will have a session on medical careers with a current cardiac surgeon for our budding medics.

Today we were visited by the European Universities Consortium, with admission representatives from IE University in Madrid, Tilburg University in the Netherlands, Modul University in Vienna and Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland.

Students were able to have valuable conversations, with some of our students taking specific action today to begin their application process to one of these universities. The students’ feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and we look forward to seeing the EUC universities return to our upcoming University Convention in November.

Many thanks to university representatives Caridad, Iona, Alexandra and Nadia and to Anne Adamson for letting us use the library for this visit.


Click here to read the minutes from the PTA meeting on 17th September


Atlético de Madrid Technical School of Excellence

We have landed at the International School of Sotogrande!

Our reception has been overwhelming. We have run our first training sessions and we are delighted with the response.

The desire to learn together with the enthusiasm and love of the game will help the players grow naturally using the values of the Club that we are passing on.  Effort, Sacrifice, Teamwork , Perseverance, and Solidarity are the corner stones of the ATM philosophy.

We hope to continue to grow and that our players develop both in the classroom and on the pitch.

For more information about the Technical School of Excellence please do not hesitate to contact us at



The Kindred Project News


The Kindred Project would like to sincerely thank everyone who contributed with donations throughout the 2016-2017 academic year. Thanks to your generous contributions, we have been able to support the following local and international organisations with their campaigns:

If you wish to contribute towards our donation campaigns, we kindly request you bring your items on the last Friday of every month, during Send a Child to School days. There will be a big brown box by the security office, where you will be able to drop off your donations.

Second-hand Items sought:

Clothes & shoes – Toys & games – Books – Furniture & household items – Baby items and products – Sports items – Educational and school resources – Sheets, towels and blankets



We kindly request these items are in decent condition for donation (i.e. clean and in working condition).

Should you require further information or assistance, please contact us on

SI Stage School

Calling all students aged 6-16 years of age who want to join the Sotogrande International Stage School! We have limited places available to join the fun every Sunday here at the school theatre between 11am until 2pm. Join us this Sunday, 1st October 2017. All students have an opportunity to study for the LAMDA examinations in Acting and Musical Theatre. Sign up and pay this week and receive a FREE stage school T-shirt.

For further information please see Mr. Maloney or send an e-mail to  or visit our website 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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