A message from Alison Colwell, Principal
We wrote last week about the exceptional work and personalities of our wonderful students here at BIC, as we celebrated World Rainbow Day. Every week in this newsletter we showcase the fabulous work that so many of our children and young people achieve. This week I have, as usual, been in many classrooms, and I have been inspired by some great teaching and learning. In particular, I have very much enjoyed Ms Bernie's Year 7 (B) English class, as students have been working on descriptive writing and preparing persuasive speeches. Everyone in that group is working extremely well, and I was particularly impressed by the work of Holly, Leon, Laura, William, Finn, Seren, Zeph and Millie. Keep up the high standards 7B and well done.
But school life has its ups and downs. We work with children and young people, and they make mistakes; we all do. I have had some interesting conversations with some of you in recent weeks over the downside of smartphones and the real problems of social media. As I have said to parents, any head who says there is no unkindness in their school is not telling the truth. However, what a school can and must do is build a culture where incidents of bullying are rare, and action against such incidents is swift and strong. Good school leaders create a climate where unkindness is not tolerated; where children feel safe and know they have someone they can talk to if things go wrong or someone else is being unkind; where the atmosphere is one of mutual respect, of forgiveness, of learning from misdemeanours; and where children and young people learn and develop strong values and a sense of civic duty.
When I went to school, bullying or unpleasantness in school ended at 3.30. In today's world, we all know that unkind behaviour between children and young people can be 24/7 with the misuse of technology. I am really clear, committed and determined to lead a school with that culture and atmosphere I have so often described - one of kindness, integrity, compassion for those less fortunate and a sense of looking out for, and after, each other. Parents must play their part in this too. If your children have smartphones, monitor them. Limit their usage and restrict screen time. We advise against children being in groups, such as WhatsApp, as this so often leads to feelings of hurt, upset or being left out. Encourage your children to play outside, to play sport, to be creative, to chat. School is a community, and it is by us working together that we can ensure our children's lives, in and out of school, are safe and happy.
Principal, BIC Sa Porrassa
Mrs Elizabeth Compton - Head of Primary
Last week we celebrated inspirational people and, in particular, children. I spoke in assemblies to the students about what they can do to make a difference and make their mark on the world.
As I walked into classrooms and spent time in the playgrounds this week, taking the time to get to know your children further, their goals, passions and interests highlight how important it is to celebrate the success and potential we have here in primary.
This week particular highlights have been sharing high quality novels, hearing students reading aloud with increasing confidence and expression; developing high level vocabulary to use both orally and in writing; modelling the digestive system; rewriting extracts from different perspectives (even if an orangutan!); and attempting to solve maths problems that the Year 6 students told me ´were really tough´ but they were determined to find the answers.
I would like to congratulate all students who presented to be a House captain this week. This important role requires students to develop many skills, even through the application. Student leadership and the House system play a key role for student confidence, communication, resilience, determination, positivity and competitiveness - all qualities that we want our BIC students to develop in their time with us and will support them in becoming the inspirational leaders of the future.
To support your child with developing a ´growth mindset, or to find out more, this online 30 minute course also available in Spanish may be of interest. https://www.mindsetkit.org/growth-mindset-parents.
Have a relaxing long weekend,
Ms Elizabeth Compton
Elevating our Students' Voices
I joined Baleares International College in Year 3 from England and after a few days I already felt I fitted in so well. Since I was little, I have always enjoyed working with numbers and sports because I want to be active in my future career (not sitting at a desk all day!). In maths we have been learning our times tables and mental maths strategies, this is important to me because you use maths in nearly everything you do and in the future. I´ve been really looking forward to presenting for House Captain this week. One of my personal goals this year is to improve my handwriting and my best memories so far are the friendships I have made across the school.Year 4 Student Toby Ollard
I came to Baleares International College in the summer term of year 3 from another Orbital school, Britannica in Shanghai. From when I started BIC I particularly liked Spanish and English classes, and at home I also speak Italian and Chinese! In my stretch and challenge classes the spellings and vocabulary are really hard but I have worked a lot to improve in this. Also, it has been important to improve my vocabulary as in the future I want to be able to talk and communicate clearly with people in different languages.Year 4 Student Micol Destefanis
Early Years Class with Ms Wardle
Now that we are all active and attentive listeners, it was really enjoyable to share our first weekly book focus with the well known story of ´The Three Little Pigs´.
The story reached all areas of our learning in early years as we joined in with storytelling, used construction materials to build the houses and paints and craft materials to recreate our own houses of straw, sticks and bricks.
The children really enjoyed using their puppets and makeshift theatre to act out the story at the end of the week.
Sharing a big book with such colourful illustrations allows the whole class to be fully engaged with the story. Using familiar traditional tales such as ´The Three Little Pigs´ helps to increase the confidence of the children as they are willing to join in with familiar speaking parts, role play and class discussion, all positive and therefore powerful learning experiences.
Why not try having a book focus at home with your child this weekend?
Key Stage 1 news - Year 1 and Year 2
We are now in our second month of the school year and we are so pleased at how well the children in Year 2 are progressing already. They are continuing to work hard and further develop their cursive handwriting skills, as well as correct number formation. We would encourage parents to reinforce these skills when the children are completing their weekly homework, too.
As we continue to practise our phonics sounds, this week the children have had fun with playdough to make words from various sounds. This also helps with their fine motor skills.
In maths, the Year 2 children have been using maths games to reinforce the number work we have been completing in the lessons, as we continue to work hard on number bonds.
The maths games have also helped the children to practise their collaborative skills and learn to take turns.
Our science lessons this week have introduced the children to healthy eating and what groups certain foods fit into. As we have talked about the importance of having a healthy and balanced diet, the teachers are very impressed at how healthy the children in our Year group are, and we encourage them to continue to bring plenty of fruits and vegetables in their snack and lunch boxes!
Lower Key Stage 2 news - Year 3 and Year 4
Our learning has continued with gusto this week with the children practising key skills across maths and English. Handwriting is a focus and time every day has been devoted to this, as has knowing and being able to use key number facts, like number bonds, times tables and the value of digits in increasingly larger numbers!
In science, the children demonstrated their knowledge of the digestive system by creating their own collage of the process from one end to the other. Their choice of materials was important and it was incredible to hear their explanations for these. They really were thinking about the purpose and job of each part of the digestive system. .
In our Ancient Egyptian studies, we were happy to be able to complete our canopic jars which will be on their way home soon, as well as learning about the importance of the flooding of the River Nile.
Upper Key Stage 2 news - Year 5 and Year 6
One of our objectives this year is to improve the students’ vocabulary in terms of their oracy and their written work. Not only is it fundamental that your children are reading every day but it is also extremely beneficial to be talking passionately about words with them.
We dedicate a lot of our literacy time to introducing new words, discussing the etymology of words and having fun including these words in our writing. This week we talked about the words ‘belligerently’ and ‘belligerence’ and how they are derived from the Latin word ‘bellum’ meaning war. It is so heartening to see the children then use these fantastic words in their writing. We also focus on how spelling is so much more than memorisation and how understanding prefixes and suffixes as well as looking at root words can be so valuable. We encourage children to use a thesaurus to find synonyms to improve their written and spoken vocabulary.
Fortunately our humanities topic of Ancient Greece has enabled us to link our conversations about words to words derived from Ancient Greek. This week in guided reading we read about ‘arachnophobia’ from the Greek words ‘arachne’ meaning ‘spider’ and ‘phobos’ meaning ‘fear’. We then discussed other phobias with exciting names! Our passion for words is shared by all the children and we hope they continue to enjoy learning and exploring this wonderful language.
Sports department news
This week we were learning about new exercises like a crab toe touch and mountain climber which children could include into circuit training.
Students were mastering different travelling patterns to be able to design their own workout.
We were discussing the relationship between physical activity and good health and also about the health benefits of participating in physical activity.
All primary students are preparing themselves for the upcoming inter-House competition connected with this term´s fitness activities: Burpee Challenge!
Whole School House System news
BIC goes to the polls
This week our primary students have been writing speeches to become the House Captains and House Vice Captains for our four Houses. Each House will have two representatives per Year group. This is an excellent opportunity for students to get involved in the new House system, and to develop essential skills such as teamwork and resilience. It is also a great way to stand out from the crowd when writing personal statements in the future for job opportunities and universities. Primary students have given their speeches in assembly this Friday.
The candidates in Years 7, 12 and 13 have also already delivered their speeches and votes have been cast. Next week, the remaining secondary candidates will deliver their speeches.
The results will be revealed in the House assemblies week commencing 19th October. The House Leaders have been extremely impressed with the speeches they have heard so far. Good luck everyone!
BIC gets physical
This week in PE lessons we have launched our House burpee competition! Every PE class is participating, and will have a representative from each House competing. The House that can complete the most amount of burpees in total will be the champions!
Classes are currently practising and perfecting their burpees this week with Mr Fitzpatrick and Miss Izabella, and we will keep you updated with this competition next week.
The House Leaders - Ms Florey, Ms Mayers, Ms Xidakis, Ms Turley
House Points Totals Update
Our students have had an excellent start to the year and have been receiving House points from staff for the following reasons:
- Showing kindness
- Excellent class participation
- Excellent class work
- Excellent homework
- Representing the school
- 100% attendance and punctuality for the week
- Inter-House Competition
- Showing independence
- Showing confidence
- Showing integrity
The current totals show that it is very close between the Houses. Keep up the good work everyone!
Creative Arts department
´Oh no it isn´t´ I hear you cry.......oh yes it is! We will be working on putting on our own production of Cinderella the pantomime this upcoming festive season. This will be an outdoor performance spectacular that we cannot wait to invite you along to. Auditions are being held for Years 3-13 in the last week of term with Ms Mayes and Mrs Tomlinson. Students can collect a short script for the audition to practise and prepare next week from Ms Mayes in the PE office at break times. More information about the auditions will be coming next week but for now get practising your best ´He´s behind you!´ in preparation for what will be a fantastic event.
Open Days at Baleares International College
Our next Open Days will be held in October across both BIC schools, Sant Agustí and Sa Porrassa.
- Sant Agustí Campus: Thursday 22nd October 2020
- Sa Porrassa Campus: Tuesday 20th October 2020
This is an ideal opportunity for you and your child to gain an insight into student life here at BIC.
These are whole school Open Days, suitable for all families with children between the age of 2 - 18 looking to find the right school. Due to Covid restrictions, it is important that you let us know if you would like to attend any of our Open Days as we will be organising the tours at different time slots, tailored to the specific Year group(s) you are interested in.
Following these opportunities to tour our facilities, BIC Sa Porrassa and BIC Sant Agustí will be holding a Virtual Open Day to offer families the opportunity to get a better idea of our schools. A Virtual Open Day is a great opportunity for you to learn about our School and enter in a live Q and A session with our Principal and Leadership Team.
To register for our Virtual Open Day please click on the following link
- BIC Sa Porrassa Virtual Open Day a whole through from school ages 3 to 15 accommodated in a large, custom-built school situated in the beautiful, rural environment of Calvià.
- BIC Sant Agustí Virtual Open Day - an Early Years and Primary specialised School located in the wonderful neighbourhood of Sant Agustí, Palma
In order to organise a tour at either or both of our Open Days, please contact us directly:
- San Agustí - firstname.lastname@example.org | (+34) 971 403 161
- Sa Porrassa - email@example.com | (+34) 971 133 167
We look forward welcoming you to Baleares International College