School Newsletter 30.09.2016

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School Newsletter 30th September


Message from the Head


Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have had yet another fun packed week at SIS! On Friday we held our annual Back to School Party.  I would like to publicly thank the PTA for their wonderful hard work and commitment. The event allowed our performers from P2 – D2 to have the opportunity to shine and share their passions. I was amazed to see students who have been with us for less than 3 week up on the stage, demonstrating great confidence and courage. Congratulations should also to be extended to Kelly Lewis-Cole, who faced her fear and sang on stage for the first time!

Advance notice: there are still spaces on the Wakeboarding trip Oct 14th – 16th. This trip is aimed towards students from M3 – D2. To see more, please click the link below and watch the video.
Payment can be made on the trips page of our website or via the shop section on our App.

On Monday morning the whole school headed to the pitch for a photo. It was a wonderful moment to gather for the first time since the start of the year. With over 850 students and 100 members of staff the photo took great planning to capture. We are eagerly awaiting the results.

On Tuesday our P6 students headed off to visit a local museum to look at how some of the changes of the past 60 years have affected our families. The trip supported their recent unit of inquiry. Meanwhile our M1 – M3 swim team attended a swimming gala at Swans. Mr. Gibson was very proud our students. They were able to balance their competitive nature with good sportsmanship and wonderful behaviour.

On my walk around this week I was delighted to pop into the M1 science lessons where they were displaying and sharing the work they had completed on their first MYP assessment. Students had been asked to research a scientist who inspired them. They had to find out what they did, which scientific concepts they found, and what barriers they overcame. Students had worked really well to create models of the inventions and had performed deep research displayed in a number of different ways. Congratulations to the M1 students and their Science teachers!

On Wednesday our M5 and Diploma students visited Malaga for the day. Malaga, a cultural capital for the arts provided the perfect opportunity for our students to visit the Pompidou Gallery and the CAC, the contemporary art gallery. Our Diploma visual art students focused upon their curatorial skills as part of their Exhibition module, whilst our music students visited the Music Museum. In addition to the gallery visit, M5 students were taken on a tour of Malaga’s urban art scene in preparation for their new art project. The day was a great arts experience for all!

Today we wished farewell to our music students as they drove to El Cañuelo for a weekend of songwriting and music in the hills of Velez, Malaga. We hope they have an inspiring and enjoyable weekend.

I wish you a wonderful weekend!

Jak Kearney

Whole School News

Poetry Day

“There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it.” ― Gustave Flaubert

Thursday 6th of October is SIS poetry day! We will celebrate this wonderful literary art form across the school. As you come into school on this day, please feel free to contribute one line based on the theme of MESSAGES to help us construct a community poem.
You can also join us on twitter @sotoschool and Facebook to tell us your all-time favourite poem.


Primary School News

Dates for your Diary

  • Monday 3 October – ‘Send a Child to School’ day for EC1, EC2 & P1 classes – non-uniform day in exchange for 1€ donation for Send a Child to School initiative.
  • Tuesday 4 October – 09:00 in T1 – Reading Eggs/Express workshop for P3 – P6 parents
  • Friday 7 October – SIS Triathalon – P6 only
  • Wednesday 12 October – No school due to national holiday

Message from Emma Butler, Head of Primary

Supporting your child at home with Reading – Tutorial workshop in English and Spanish

P3-P6 parents, do you want to help your child to improve their reading, writing and spelling?

Then come to the Reading Eggs/Express tutorial for parents. This will take place on Tuesday 4th October, at 09:00 in T1, in the Timber Block (Mrs. Hartland’s room).

P6 unit based trip to Estepona

On Tuesday P6 visited el Museo Municipal de Estepona.  This museum has a selection of household, farming and fishing tools and artifacts from the Estepona area. The students were hoping to expand their knowledge and discover more in relation to their unit “Changes over the last 60 years have affected our families”. The overarching theme for this unit is ‘where we are in place and time’ and so the museum is an ideal place to focus on where we are through the local artifacts and to reinforce the concepts of change and reflection. As the students explored the museum they made sketches to develop their observations. They discussed the age of artifacts and had to consider why and how some tools have changed and why some have not. They then had to reflect on the information they had collected to make conclusions about what life was like in Estepona 50 years ago and how and why it has changed.

P4’s advertising ‘know-how’

What is a logo, and how important are they to companies around the world? These are just some of the questions our P4 students can now answer thanks to our school graphic designer, Juan Carlos Quiros, who delivered a fun interactive lesson on the subject.


Developing the aptitudes for becoming an Effective Person

Last week Primary began their series of assemblies and sessions on exploring what makes an effective person. This week the focus was on ‘groups and relationships’. During the assembly the students discussed and considered how important groups and relationships are in our everyday life. They used role-play to develop and show their understanding. These sessions are being coordinated by our lead teachers Emma Flynn and Carol Hartland.

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 tomorrow 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 were given to take home today.
* Note for P1 children, each smiley face represents 5 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 furnish and equip a new classroom at the Nabugabo Community Learning Centre in Uganda and to repaint the rest of their classrooms. As the school there continues to grow each year, so new classrooms have to be added to cater for the increasing number of students – doesn’t that sound a familiar story!

EC1 children enjoying school!
We want to show everyone how well we have settled and how happy we are after our first month at school.

Secondary School News

Dates for your Diary

  • Monday 3 October – !6:00 -17:00 in KP room, Da Vinci building – Pre-departure session for Asni Family Trip
  • Wednesday 5 – Sunday 9 October – D1 Theatre trip
  • Thursday 6 October – SIS Poetry Day (see whole school section)
  • Friday 7 October – SIS Triathalon
  • Wednesday 12 October – No school due to national holiday

Maths Day

Last Friday saw our annual ‘Maths Day’. This was led by our very own Ms. Loreto Diaz and the Maths team, who hosted the fun packed event for four of our local schools; Laude, Swans, Mayfair and Aloha.

With the event involving an additional 60 students and the activities taking part all around the school, challenge and collaboration was the name of the game.
A swimming pool challenge, a cryptic treasure hunt, a marble run and some interesting singing, were the principal activities for the day; and yes, this was all Maths!

Congratulations to all our SIS participants: Chloe Barnett, Mateo Tuneu de Montenegro, Patricia Troncoso, Julieta Gallardo, Emilie Hansen, William Chandler, Christian Kobriger, Dhillon Virdee-Oakley, Palma Rivas, Olivia Wang and Laurence Allen.

M3 weather news

M3 Language Acquisition students have presented the weather news in Spanish, a fun way of putting into practice their spoken Spanish. This task provided the students with an opportunity to develop their communication, social and thinking skills. Interpreting maps, working in groups, growing in self-confidence while they put the Spanish language in context, was a challenge that the students took on with enthusiasm.

M5 & D1 Malaga Arts trip

Arts students from the Diploma programme and the MYP programme visited museums and galleries in Malaga to enhance their arts studies. The students were accompanied by the Arts teaching team who guided students through varied activities linked to their Arts curriculum.


 Golf hopefuls

Congratulations to Alexander Amey Bollar (M1) and Nathalie Armbrüester (D1) for winning wild cards to enter the Jason Floyd Sotogrande International Young Talents Trophy at La Reserva.

The Kindred Project & Global Citizenship Program

Judy Harris visits SIS from our partner school Nabugabo Community Learning Centre (NCLC), Uganda

Throughout Tuesday and Wednesday Judy Harris ,a former teacher of SIS who along with her husband Dave Batten started and now runs NCLC in Uganda, visited SIS. Judy’s presentation entitled “Make a Difference” explained how SIS has made a difference and impacted many lives at NCLC and “without SIS, NCLC would have never become a reality”.

Over ⅓ of the children at NCLC are sponsored by students, teachers and the SIS community through private sponsorship and Send a Child to School Fridays. (Link to video) From the Soul Night in May 2016, we raised over €800, which contributed towards making ‘The Ark’, a safe haven for 3 girls. Throughout the last 4 academic years, SIS has built NCLC’s first classrooms, 6 latrines, offices, a sick bay and has supported the health fund and the IT department, all through fundraising activities organised by our students.

Judy’s talks really enhanced the students’ global mindedness and reiterated the strong bond we have with the community at Nabugabo. The Kindred Project and GCP will continue to work together to help SIS students set fundraising targets and organise activities for this academic year to further support the children of NCLC.


Hope you all had a wonderful time last Friday at the B2SP. Great food, amazing entertainment and a buzzing atmosphere.  A lot of hard work went into making the event happen, so a huge thank you to all involved.

Don’t forget our AGM on Thursday 13th October, 7pm in the theatre. This is your chance to hear about what both the PTA and the school have accomplished in the past year, and what we have planned for the future. Drinks and snacks will be served!

If you interested in joining the committee, or would like some more information, please email


SILA Spanish Club will also start again next week with fun language activities for our youngest students on Thursday 6th October.

Spanish and English lessons for our SIS teachers are also starting on the first week of October. Through SILA, we are working towards an even more bilingual staff.

Stage School

On Sunday 25th September, Sotogrande International Stage School was proud to open its doors to our talented students at the San Roque campus. Already our students are working on a new theatrical project and being trained in Acting for LAMDA examinations, Singing and Vocal training, and Choreography and Movement. Ages range from 6-18 years of age and places are limited. Every Sunday 11-2pm. Please contact Mr. Maloney directly at

We inspire learning and intercultural understanding,
enriqueciendo la vida de nuestros niños y nuestro mundo

SIGA Golf Academy

Based at Alcaidesa Golf Club and boasting outstanding facilities, including 2 18 hole courses, floodlit driving range, swing analysis centre, 2 putting greens, 2 chipping greens and a magnificent clubhouse. Come and see what we have to offer; a chat with the coach Juan Antonio Marín Ramos will help place you at the right level and you can start playing straight away.

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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