A message from Ms Alison Colwell, Principal

Dear Parents,

One of the best elements of my job is seeing the children enjoying school and learning. A lot of nonsense is written about education and I have often said how overcomplicated it has become, when really a great education is quite simple. Happy children who are inspired and challenged, and learning lots of useful and interesting knowledge, a well led and managed school, fantastic teachers who also enjoy their work and feel valued by the leadership.

An aspect of school that matters a great deal to me is student voice. We have rebooted the practice in the school. From now there will be a regular student council meeting led by Ms Compton in primary and Frau Ditthard in secondary; then, once a half term, representatives from all Years will meet with myself at a full school council meeting, where I am looking forward to hearing the students’ ideas and concerns. In my experience, the children and young people have a good understanding of what’s needed to make a school better and I always have enjoyed giving them that platform.

Kind regards,

Alison Colwell

Principal

BIC, Sa Porrassa

Ms Elizabeth Compton - Head of Primary

Dear Parents,

Last Friday, we held an impromptu ´Green Assembly ́ inspired by Greta Thunberg and her Fridays for Future campaign. Her message was clear:´No one is too young to make a difference ́. Students dedicated time to stop and reflect on the environment and our responsibility as global citizens. Learning was then shared at our fun and relaxed assembly whilst surrounded by nature. The event sparked discussions amongst staff and pupils about how we as a school community can further support the environment. We apologise if your children are now demanding that you purchase an electric car!

I personally met with our newly appointed Student Council representatives to discuss how we can further build on initiatives from last year. I look forward to meeting with this team regularly over the year to ensure their environmental voice is heard and acted upon. Please talk with your children at home about their environmental learning and we welcome feedback and support from parents on further initiatives.

To consolidate and further develop this learning in school, Mari Gutic from Save the Med Foundation, a marine conservation association here in Palma, came to speak to all students during assemblies this Thursday.

Yours Faithfully,

Ms Elisabeth Compton

Head of Primary

DATES for DIARY

DateConcept
Thursday 3rd October Meet and Greet - All parents Welcome
Monday 7th October - 2.30pm to 6.30pmPrimary Parent Afternoon - Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3
Tuesday 8th October - 2.30pm to 6.30pmPrimary Parent Afternoon - Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6
Thursday 17th October - 9.30am to 12.30am Open Day, Baleares International College
Thursday 24th October Halloween Disco
Friday 25th October Halloween Dress up Day

Reception Class with Ms Wardle

In Reception we have been observing patterns. Stripy, spotty, zig-zags, and flowery ones were spotted in the book "Aliens Love Underpants". We have made repeating patterns with snake coloured paints and created fuzzy bees and ladybirds to place on our peg pattern washing line. Patterns are arrangements of things that repeat in a logical way. Those arrangements of colours, shapes, gestures, sounds, images, and numbers are a crucial concept for young children and contribute heavily to their early maths understanding.

Year 1 Class with Ms Xidakis

We have had fun doing Yoga in P.E class by learning new positions and practising relaxation techniques. In Literacy we are enjoying the story ´Sharing a Shell ́ and have been sharing our opinions about different parts of the story.

Year 2 Class with Ms Von Waberer

Year 2 have had a great week of learning. They have been learning about verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs by playing fun games! They have also been amazing at answering questions about climate change and discussing ways we can help save our planet.

Year 3 Class with Ms Bakes and Ms Taylor

This week in 3B, the children have been learning about Africa’s ‘Big Five’ animals. They have been creating wonderful display work to accompany their learning about these magnificent animals, as well as researching facts independently using the chromebooks.

Year 4 Class with Ms Walsh and Ms Alonso-McGregor

Another busy week for Year 4 as our science lessons focus on the understanding of our digestive system. The children made some amazing 3D models to demonstrate their learning.

Year 5 Class with Ms Solomun and Ms Demangeat

This week saw the first in a series of PSHE sessions for Year 5. Led by our pastoral leader Ms Von Warberer (and a short pep talk from the infamous Kid President) these sessions aim to support students in problem solving, conflict resolution and developing relationships. This short assembly was focused on how working as a team and using adults as a support network is the way to success!

Year 6 Class with Ms Roberts and Ms Hodgson

This week the Year 6 pupils were delighted to welcome Mari Gutic from Save the Med, a marine conservation association, to their assembly. On 11th October, Year 6 will join Mari on their first school trip of the year. This trip aims to educate young students, who are growing up in the Balearics, about marine conservation while inspiring and encouraging them to engage in positive solutions thinking. They are looking forward to visiting the beach in Palma to conduct a scientific survey on the interaction between plastic and marine life and its direct, immediate and long term impact.

More information can be found at https://www.savethemed.org/en/

Student Sporting Achievements and Community Engagement

The Shambhala challenge on Saturday 21st September

We would like to thank all the students who participated in the Shambhala challenge on Saturday 21st September, you should be very proud of your achievements. A special thank you to all supporting parents and those who took part in the extreme adults race! The day was very successful, and everyone pushed themselves to complete the challenge, showing what a fantastic community, we have here at BIC. It was lovely to see so much support and motivation. The children's challenge raised €340 for Aspanob children's charity and there were additional funds from the parent's race too. The BIC trophy is displayed proudly in the school reception and the final amount raised on the day was €2,245.

Thank you to everyone for supporting this event, well done!

Miss Faye Xidakis, Primary House Coordinator

CaixaBank Palma Kids Run

Just for kids! The races on Saturday are for free and for kids aged between 0 and 12.

A race for children (free participation) to promote sport in general and values such as social integration, solidarity and team spirit.

Race day: Saturday 12th October 2019.

Time: 17:00

Place: Avenida Antonio Maura

Race number pick up: Friday from 11:00 to 19:00h and Saturday from 11:00 to 16:00h.

We would like to motivate our young runners and sports fans to participate in this fantastic race!

If you would like to register your child for this race please contact Ms Izabela: izabela.zborzynska@balearesint.net

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CaixaBank Palma Kids Run