A message from Alison Colwell, Principal
One of the most important aspects of a great school is one where there are sky high expectations. Having high expectations is talked about a lot in the education world, but in my 27 years of experience I have often heard them talked about but not put into practice. In my last school in the UK, we lived, breathed and preached high expectations. It was our mantra. Expectations of what children can achieve, whatever background they come from and however difficult their lives. Expectations of how well they can and must behave, at all times. Expectations of the effort we expect, the resilience, the independence. Expectations of their attendance at school, every day, no exceptions. Expectations of how they dress (impeccable uniform), expectations of how they interact (with respect and good manners), expectations of how they act on the way home (as great ambassadors for our school). We had a mantra: every day, every child, no excuses.
Equally with staff, our expectations of teachers were sky high. Expectations of excellent teaching, of inspiring lessons, of caring for our children. Expectations of their behaviour, their attendance, how they look, how they speak to children. As a school leader, having sky high expectations of all the children and the staff is of utmost importance to me; I also believe it is what parents want and expect. Over the last 88 school days I have enjoyed meeting lots of the children, and have been impressed by their friendliness, enthusiasm and manners. However, I believe that in some places we are not all having high enough expectations of them - of how they can behave, of how they look, of the effort they put into their work. Of course, some of our students - indeed, many of them - are exemplary! They behave, act and work 100% perfectly, every day. I expect and want this from all of our students. As a staff team we are currently reviewing our behaviour policy and our rewards system. We are clarifying exactly what we expect of our children and young people, and we are agreeing how we can all ensure we have sky high expectations of our children - and equally, of ourselves. We will be including our students in all of this, so they feel they have a voice in how we are going to all work together. We will be ensuring that everyone is kept fully aware of any changes to our systems, so that we are all crystal clear on what we expect and how we will all operate, as one school community, to ensure that BIC becomes a truly outstanding school, with the highest of standards, and a school that is a calm, orderly, happy and safe place for every child every day - no excuses.
Ms Elizabeth Compton - Head of Primary
This week it was a pleasure to spend time talking with students in assemblies and Year 4 students in particular about my experiences from living in China. Learning about other cultures and countries is essential to a well rounded education. Our students come from many different cultures and these moments where we can share our experiences and compare and contrast how others live and celebrate around the world is such an enriching experience.
Next Thursday 30th we celebrate our ‘Careers Event’ and on this day primary students will be spending time talking about the world of work and what future careers might look like. Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” and I am privileged to be in that situation doing what I love day in, day out. Our goal continues to be work to support your children to find their passions and develop them.
I thank parents for their kind and positive feedback in the parent survey and endeavour each day to continue the improvements to our fantastic school!
May the year of the rat bring you health and good fortune!
Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend,
Head of Primar
Reception Class with Ms Wardle
Our Reception class students have been enjoying learning new letter sounds and spelling new words in Phonics this week. They always look forward to their daily lessons with friends from other classes, encouraging one another to read and write new words and sentences. We have seen a big improvement in letter formation and spelling.
Year 1 Class with Ms Xidakis
We are thoroughly enjoying our diorama project based on the story ´Man on the Moon´(A day in the life of Bob). Thank you to those that brought in the cereal boxes. Once our dioramas are finished we will display them outside the classroom for everyone to enjoy!
In topic we have been learning about seasons and got messy finger painting the different seasons in small groups; developing our team working skills at the same time. A very fun and creative week!
Year 2 Class with Ms von Waberer
We have worked very hard this week on our writing skills, focusing on punctuation and high frequency words. We have been having fun with 3D shapes in Maths and are learning about the different properties of these shapes. Please continue to practise these at home over the weekend by looking out for different 3D shapes in our everyday life!
We loved getting messy in Science, making clay pots and are looking forward to painting these. The children were very excited to receive another letter from the classroom mouse and have all written a letter home to their parents/ guardians. We are very excited to hear your responses!
Year 3 Class with Ms Bakes and Ms Taylor
In Year 3 this week we have been learning all about the force of friction. We investigated the effects of friction on different surfaces and we made predictions about which surface would create the most friction for a toy car. We learnt to take measurements and record our results. In our English lessons we have enjoyed reading ́The Mousehole Cat the Cornish tale of Old Tom’’, the fisherman, and his cat Mowzer, who braved the anger of the Great Storm-Cat to save their village. The children wrote and illustrated their own version of the story and created some lovely artwork to accompany their writing.
Year 4 Class with Ms Walsh and Ms Alonso-McGregor
It has been another busy week in Year 4. We all enjoyed an investigation in science in which we were trying to prove that gases have weight. Much fun was had shaking bottles containing fizzy drinks in order to release the carbon dioxide.
We are also excited to be finding out about Chinese New Year, which this year, is celebrated on Saturday 25th January. 2020 is the year of the rat! Those born under this sign are said to be clever, quick thinkers and successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life!
We have learnt about lucky even numbers, the importance of the colour red, dragon dances and how the festival began. Ms Compton came to talk to us too, about her experiences in China before she came to BIC.
In China it is tradition at New Year to give red envelopes with money inside. I wonder if Year 4 will be lucky this year?
Year 6 Science class
Year 6 have begun a topic on chemistry since returning after Christmas and are looking at chemical reactions. The topic ties in nicely with New Year fireworks displays and so we have been studying what goes into making a firework, the chemical reactions that take place, and how the array of colours have been achieved. Whilst we cannot go as far as producing our own pyrotechnics in class, the students have all found the link very interesting and will hopefully inspire them to realise that not all scientists work in white jackets in clinical laboratories.
We are excited to share the launch of the BIC KM Club
After a wet start to the week, it was great to get out on Thursday morning for the first KM Club run. It was a beautiful calm morning and it felt so good to be outside in the fresh air. Well done to the staff and children who came along. It has been a fantastic start to the day!
Every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 8.30am, children, staff and parents are invited to run 1km around the running track. We would love to see you all next week!
Catalan department news
Years 2 and 3 Catalan students have been learning about the traditional and charismatic Sant Antoni and Sant Sebastià celebrations on the Balearic Islands. They exchanged their own personal experiences and talked about the importance of passing on traditions to new generations. We have had lots of fun discovering the different types of “dimonis” from different villages, creating our own masks and fridge magnets and singing some of the most popular songs. Visca!
After School Homework Club
Each day from 4:00-5:00pm BIC offers after school care for Primary students. This is held in Ms Taylor’s classroom (GR4) with our Learning Support Assistant Ms Dixon. The cost of this is 5 euros per club.
Children can complete homework, play board games, enjoy mindful colouring or reading.
This child care service is available free to parents when they need to attend our Parent Information Sessions or any parent teacher meeting.
Please contact the school office for further details.
BIC Careers Fair
BIC Sa Porrassa is delighted to announce its Careers Event on 30th January 2020.
The BIC Careers Event offers students and parents an exceptional opportunity to chat one to one with a wide variety of professionals, about their career ambitions. Our professionals are volunteers - our current and former parents, our staff, our alumni, and other professionals closely associated with the school.
We would also like to hear from parents, who would be interested in joining our event as volunteers, not only to promote their brands and companies but also to transmit their expertise to our students. If you are interested, please send me a short email confirming that you would like to be part and we will then send you additional information about the set up and timings.
We will look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you at our Careers Fair.
BIC Summer School 2020
We are delighted to announce our BIC Summer School 2020.
Suitable for boys and girls between the ages of 5 to 14, this is a fantastic opportunity for children to enhance their English and Spanish language skills, gain more confidence in a variety of sports (eg. tennis, volleyball, football) and enhance the children’s creativity. Children will be able to enjoy a day trip to the exciting local attraction Western Water Park, but most importantly, they will have FUN!
Our daily programme is full of exciting sports activities, swimming pool water games, arts and crafts and, of course, English and Spanish learning!
Various options are available: children can take part in the Summer School for the full 4 weeks – Mondays to Fridays, starting at 9:30am to 3:00pm – or may choose to join for standalone weeks between June 29 – July 24 as well.
Prices vary accordingly:
- 1 week - € 175
- 2 weeks - € 300
- 3 weeks - € 400
- 4 weeks - € 500
(*Prices do not include. Lunch will be provided by parents in the form of lunch-packs)
Available Summer School Programmes:
- English Language Booster: This is an ideal opportunity for all non-native speakers to boost their English skills across the 4 weeks. This programme includes English speaking, listening, reading and writing lessons taught by a native English speaker.
- Spanish Language Booster: This is an ideal opportunity for all non-native speakers to boost their Spanish skills across the 4 weeks. This programme includes English speaking, listening, reading and writing lessons taught by a native Spanish speaker.
- Early Years Programme (5 to 7 year olds): Include fun learning activities around English, Maths, arts and crafts as well fun interactive sports and swim lessons.
Daily Summer School Activities:
- Sporting Activities: Throughout the four-week BIC Summer School, participants will get the chance to practise and explore a variety of new sports such as badminton, table tennis, dodgeball, basketball, volleyball and football, all led by a qualified PE teacher.
- Swimming: During the hot summer, children can have fun cooling off in BIC's 25m outdoor pool and enhance their swimming skills.
- Craft and Designs: Creative Projects: This is the perfect chance for children to harness their creative side and take part in different art, science craft projects and/or music.
BIC Sa Porrassa Open Morning
We are delighted to announce that Baleares International College Sa Porrassa, Calvià, will be holding an Open Morning on Friday 31st January from 9.30am and we would love for you to join us.
This is a great opportunity for you to come and see our teachers in action and for your child to gain an insight into student life here at BIC.
This is a whole school Open Morning. You'll have the opportunity to tour our facilities, speak to our teachers and meet our students.
It is important to us that you register for the event. This will allow us to better tailor the day for any particular needs or interests, and provide more in-depth information for the specific Year group(s) you are interested in.
Registration is very easy; please send us an email to email@example.com confirm your attendance.
The JoyRon Foundation Inter-School Talent Contest
Since October the under mentioned five schools have been holding contest heats within their respective schools to identify their chosen best talent acts to represent their school in the 2019-2020 JoyRon Inter-School Talent Contest Final to be held at Trui Theatre on Thursday 13th February 2020 at 19.15h.
We are delighted to inform you that Baleares International College has been selected to perform at the final and therefore we would like to kindly invite you to be part of this special afternoon.
Tickets are available for the Final with Ms Holley McMonagle between 3.30pm and 4.30pm every day or at www.joyronfoundation.org/talentcontest. Prices for adults are Euro 15.00, children euro 7.50, (for seats central and towards the front) or euro 10.00 for adults, children euro 5.00, (for seats on the side or towards the back). All money raised from this event will be 100 per cent used to “HELPING CHILDREN IN NEED IN THE BALEARES”. There will be a panel of independent judges from the entertainment world and prizes will be awarded to the top three acts in each of the two sections. The school gaining the most points in the Final will be awarded the JoyRon Inter-School Talent Contest Trophy for the school year 2019-2020.
We thank you very much in advance for your support and we look forward to welcoming you all at Trui Teatre.
Sports departments news
Year 3 and 4 Football team
This week has been a particularly successful one for the BIC Year 3 and 4 football team. They played against The Academy School and secured a terrific 13-0 win which included goals spread amongst the team. The fixtures continue next week with the students having the opportunity to follow up their excellent victory in their game against Queens College on Wednesday.
The Year 5 and 6 team will also have an opportunity to put their defeat against The Academy right when they face them again on Tuesday after school in Marratxí.
Whole School Sports Day - Save the date!
We are excited to share with you that we will be holding a whole school sports day this summer on the morning of Friday 5th June. Our intention is to make this event bigger and better than ever before using a high-class offsite facility. It will be the first in my time at the school that will have the whole school, as one, competing on the same morning to earn House points towards the House championship. Parents will of course be invited to attend and support their children. Full details will be shared with you in the coming weeks.
BIC Valentine ́s Disco
The greatly anticipated Valentine's Disco will take place on Thursday February 13th for Years 5 to 8. The theme is: “Wear something red”, and it will be organised by the Secondary Charity Group with all proceeds will go to charity.
We would like to give a special thank you once again to all who donated for our Christmas charity appeal. Items were still being collected this week and the organisers of Asociación de Montesión, who look after over 1000 adults and children, were very grateful. They have invited us to visit them and have asked if we can try to bring along jackets, coats and warm clothes for children ages 0-12 years. If anyone would like to donate any of these second hand items please feel free to do so by leaving them with Holley McMonagle in the Reception. Thank you all in advance for your collaboration!
At BIC we are always looking to expand our after school extra curricular provision to ensure that our young people have the broadest offer possible. As such we are looking to recruit skilled and passionate people in their field who wish to offer an extracurricular club on the school site whether that be someone who wishes to offer a free club or a paid opportunity. We are open to developing all aspects of our offer, from sport to music and beyond.
If you, or anyone you know may be interested in this opportunity then please get in contact to discuss further.
Cineciutat movie morning
We are delighted to share with you further information about our collaboration with Cineciutat Nins, located in the heart of Palma. - https://www.cineciutat.org/en
"We are a cinema and sometimes a theatre. We are a school and we are memories. We are ideas and innovation. We are culture. we are non-profit and self-managed by its members".
Cineciutat will be holding another Movie Morning for all of our parents and children this Saturday 25th January at 11:00am. The screening for this Saturday will be: "Song of the Sea".
We kindly invite you to join us for this fantastic concept and to share with your family and friends.
"Song of the Sea"is a jewel that was nominated for Best Animated Film at the 2015 Oscar Awards and the film we have chosen to Open the 2020 Season.
We look forward to seeing you all there.