A good education is a partnership between home and school. I am always keen to get feedback from you all, as I think you know, and thank you to those of you who have already completed the annual Orbital parent survey. If you haven’t yet completed it, please do make time to do so, and as I have said, please be as frank and honest as possible. Orbital analyses all the surveys from all their schools, and I will take a genuine interest in its findings.
The recent primary languages survey was very interesting, thank you to everyone. There was a very loud message that came through - more Spanish teaching please! We have been making timetable changes for after Christmas that will accommodate that. Another finding was the parents who don’t want their child to pick up another language in the earlier years, but to keep their focus on Spanish and English. Again, we are able to accommodate that, although those children who want to continue learning German or French will also be able to.
Staff have also been discussing the curriculum as we start to look towards September 2020. We worked in teams to answer the question I mentioned two weeks ago - what do we want our children to have a good knowledge and understanding of, if we are to say we have given them an excellent education by the time they leave school. It led to some fascinating and energising debates - alongside the more traditional (and important) academic subjects, staff also suggested a wide range of things they felt schools should try to get into their curriculum - cookery, good manners, first aid, Mallorcan culture, current affairs, taxation, healthy relationships, gardening, public speaking and Russian to name just a few! Watch this space.
As you know, I try to use my space in the newsletter to highlight the teaching and learning priorities for me and my direction of travel for the school, as we continue to make BIC even better. I have talked about the curriculum, the more able students, sixth form, homework - these are vital aspects of a good education, but I also think so too is the food that children eat! School is about so much more than just academic success, and we are looking into how we can improve the dining experience for our students. Of course the quality and range of the food but also the canteen environment, how the children sit and eat, their understanding of nutrition, their enjoyment of eating, the social aspect of sitting and eating together, food waste, recycling - these are all important aspects. As ever, please do let me know your views.
BIC, Sa Porrassa
DATES ON DIARY
|Sunday 1st December||BIC Choir Performance - Santa Ponça Square|
|Friday 6th December||Public Holiday - School closed|
|Tuesday 10th December||BIC Choir Performance - School Christmas production|
|Wednesday 11th December||BIC Choir Performance - School Christmas production|
|Friday 13th December - 9.30am||Early Years and KS1 Christmas Performance|
|Friday 13th December - 3.00pm||BIC Christmas Fair|
|Wednesday 18th December||Christmas Lunch & Christmas Jumper Day|
|Thursday 19th December||Primary Class Parties|
|Friday 20th December||Last day of Autumn term|