Weekly Head’s Update 13.09.2019

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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.

13th September 2019

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 School Calendar

16 – 19 September 2019Primary Individual meetings with new families  By appointment.
18 September 3:15 – 3:40pmP1 Parent Session Reading (In English and Spanish)
19 – 20 September 2019M1-D1 Bonding Event Days
19 September 9.30amIntroduction to Managebac for secondary parents in the school cantina
24 September3:45 – 4:45pmPrimary Parent Session: P2-P5 supporting your child at home: maths and IXL (English)
26 September 4:00 – 5:00pmP2-P6 Parent Session: Supporting your child at home: reading and Reading Eggs session (English and Spanish)
27 SeptemberBack to School Party

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I can’t believe we are already at the end of week two! I would like to begin by asking for your help to make our community safer. We are dealing with a small number of parents who are not following our traffic flow. Drop off is ONLY in the right-hand lane, those turning left are intending to park only. It is imperative that you do not stop to drop off students in the lower car park as it creates congestion. If you are struggling to park, please head up towards the La Reserva gate, where there have been free parking spaces every morning. Additionally, we request that you do not drop off or pick up on the roundabout. Thank you in advance for your help.

Thank you to parents for attending our information sessions in secondary and ‘meet the teaching teams’ in primary. These opportunities allow you to form bonds with key staff members and educate yourselves further about our approach to teaching and learning.

Monday was an exciting day for students and PE staff as the Astroturf pitch was completed and ready for use. For me, it was lovely to see the pitch covered and used! There will be a process over the next few months of bedding the new pitch in as we have opted for cork filling, which is environmentally friendly.

We have been working hard to confirm the number of students enrolled in Sotogrande International School for the academic year 2019-2020. Balancing our new students, existing students and late leavers, I am delighted to inform you that we now have 1020 students enrolled at school. This is a net growth of only 27 students since last year. With our new arrivals, we now have over 50 different nationalities across school, which is fantastic and will add to the diversity of experience and discussions in classrooms.

Over the summer we have been working hard with our architects to firm up the design for the new secondary building and will be going to tender in the next few weeks.



To remind you all, our plans are for the new secondary building to be completed in time for the next academic year. With 20 new classrooms, new offices and an IB common room, this will allow space to be created in our current main building, expanding the cantina and library.

Following from my newsletter over the summer, where we introduced our drive to be more environmentally sustainable, I am delighted to pass the remainder of this newsletter to the PTA, who have worked hard to launch our carpooling initiative.

I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes,

Jak Kearney

Our school journeys – Car-pooling

Wow! Summer has flown by and we’re back in our routines… and in the daily queue for school and parking spaces. It habitually takes us all by surprise even though many of us spend roughly 25 minutes every day doing so – that’s an average of over 15 hours in an academic year!

This year the SIS PTA (parent-teacher association) is planning to support initiatives that promote environmental awareness and sustainability.  In addition to supporting the school’s monthly walk-to-school drive, we are launching an initiative to get more families to car-pool to school.


Could you join other families in a car-pooling initiative? Do you live in an urbanization where it would be possible to create a ‘lift to and from school’ group?

Why do this?

  • Getting children to school on time
  • Enhancing a sense of community by getting to know your SIS neighbours
  • Being less sedentary
  • Reducing traffic danger and congestion
  • Being more environmentally conscious

Saving the life of our planet isn’t merely a good idea any more – it’s an imperative action that we all now must take.  Reducing our use of cars, reducing the time our cars and buses must stop and start, improving recycling, energy saving and reducing waste are all achievable goals for our community.

We have put together a short questionnaire to help us connect families who live near each other, which can be found by following the link.  Please take a minute to complete this; we’ll be back in touch with you with a list of your ‘neighbours’ to whom you can reach out and car-pool with.  You will find the questionnaire here.  If you have any questions, please email us at pta@sis.gl.

Thank you in advance for supporting our efforts to promote car-pooling and protecting our environment.




This year’s first school-wide event put on by the PTA will be the Back-to-School party, which is scheduled for Friday, September 27th on the school grounds.  We look forward to seeing you there!


We would also like to invite you to our first open PTA meeting, this will be on Thursday, October 10, at 9am in the school cantina.  We encourage you to attend our meeting, learn more about our plans for the year, find out how you can get involved and ask any questions you might have.  We hope to see you there.

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