A message from Ms Alison Colwell, Principal

Dear Parents,

What a delight it was to welcome and mingle with so many staff and families at our “Meet and Greet” event yesterday. The October sun shone down on us and there was a palpable sense of excitement and possibility at what we can accomplish together. As I said, I am really looking forward to working with you all for the benefit of the whole BIC community.

You have already heard me say many things over the last 25 days. You have heard me say communication is vital. You have heard me say family engagement is vital. You have heard me say that children enjoying a vibrant extra-curricular offer, and those elements of a school that create its heart and soul is vital. These are all priorities of mine and areas where I think we are already making headway. However, my overridingpriority remains ensuring that your children receive the best possible education and reach their potential. Quite simply, this is about putting outstanding teaching - outstanding teachers - at the centre of our school. I have managed to spend a lot of time in classrooms over the last few weeks and seen the children at work; I have seen some great teaching. I want to ensure that all our children are stretched and challenged, and don’t coast or switch off. I want all our children acquiring foreign language proficiency and fluency, such an important skill, not just because we are an international school but because speaking other languages is a joy and a necessity in our global community. I want to ensure that at the heart of our school lies a powerful curriculum, so children are learning - really learning - the best of what has been thought and said. I want children remembering what is important - nothing is really learned unless it is remembered. I want to rethink the place of homework in a school and ensure any homework is meaningful and helps to move learning on. These are all themes I will return to over the coming months, with updates on what we are doing in the school. I want your children inspired, their curiosity ignited, their interest sparked. Great teaching is an art. Be it younger children learning the building blocks on which future learning will take place or our sixth formers studying at a high academic level, I am determined that at BIC your children will get the greatest teaching.

We wish you all a fantastic weekend ahead!

Kind regards,

Alison Colwell

Principal

BIC, Sa Porrassa

Ms Elizabeth Compton - Head of Primary

Dear Parents,

Next week, on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th October we will host the first round of parent teacher meetings. Please use the links below if you have not yet booked an appointment. Pick up is at 2:15pm on the day of your child’s meeting. If you are unable to collect on these days please contact myself or the class teacher to arrange after school care. We welcome feedback following these events to ensure a more efficient system for future parent teacher meetings.

Monday 7th October Appointments

Parents Meeting - Reception

Parents Meeting - 1X

Parents Meeting - 2V

Parents Meeting - 3B

Parents Meeting - 3T

Tuesday 8th October Appointments

Parents meeting 4A

Parent Meeting - 4W

Parents Meeting - 5D

Parents Meeting - 5S

Parents Meeting - 6H

Parents Meeting - 6N

This week saw the first of our monthly Early Years and KS1 ´Expressive Arts Afternoon´. On the first Thursday of every month, Reception, Year 1 & 2 will join together in their House teams to get creative. This week they created collages of their house animals. These experiences allow our youngest students to develop friendships outside of their classes and work as a team. Through hands on activities students can collaborate in creative and expressive experiences that enrich and build on the curriculum.

Harvest Festival Information

Our Primary assemblies next week on Thursday 1Oth October will be in the form of a Harvest Festival and emphasise how we can show kindness to others. It is vital we teach our students the importance of the foods we eat and where they come from. We also celebrate that we have so much food to choose from. It is traditional at a Harvest Festival to collect food items and pass them onto people less fortunate than ourselves through local charities.

We will be collecting food for a charity named Zaquero, This is a shelter located in the old town of Palma. Homeless people can go there daily to have lunch or dinner. The food shelter feeds between 150 and 300 people per day. More information on the organisation and the work they do can be found at www.zaqueo.org.

Please could food items be selected from the following lists
Caldo de pescado y pollo, Colacao, conservas para ensaladas (aceitunas, cebolletas, pepinillo, etc.), conservas para guisos (guisantes, alcachofas, pimientos, champiñones, patata, etc.), pan de molde, arroz, pasta, lentejas, pan tostada, latas de pescado y verduras, te, café, galletas y leche UHT. ALIMENTOS
Fish and chicken stock, hot chocolate, preserved food, olives, mushrooms, artichokes, noodles, rice, pasta, lentils, dried bread (crackers), tinned fish, tinned vegetables, tea, coffee, biscuits and long-life milk. FOOD ITEMS
Bolsas de basura, estropajos/bayetas, maquinillas afeitar (desechables), platos 24cm, papel W.C, servilletas, vasos de plástico, (reciclable), jabón, gel de ducha, champú, cepillos y pasta de dientes, esponjas. UTILLAJE / HIGIENE
Shower gel, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, rubbish bags, toilet paper, serviettes, sponges, cloths, recyclable plates (24cm) and cups and disposable shaving items. HYGIENE/HOME

To support our community project, please could you support your child to bring 2-3 items from the above list to the Reception Class on Monday 7th October.

We would like to thank you in advance for your support.

Kind regards

Miss Wardle

Reception Class Teacher

DATES for DIARY

Date Concept
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

This week has been all about rhymes; we have been singing traditional nursery rhymes, making rhyming soup and getting to know the story of Chicken Licken. Rhythm and rhyme play a hugely important role in our learning. This is because children’s early literacy skills are about listening and speaking rather than reading and writing. These first two skills are the bedrock foundation for the latter and create a much stronger ability if ingrained deeply and early on. To be a good writer, it is essential to develop a varied and ambitious vocabulary.

Year 1 Class with Ms Xidakis

In PSHE this week we have been role-playing different scenarios focusing on how to resolve various friendship issues. Please discuss with your children at home what strategies they could use to try to resolve a conflict independently. However, we always recommend that younger students seek the help of an adult until they mature and develop these skills. In addition, we have been recognising what qualities make a great friend. Well done Year 1.

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Year 1 Class

Year 2 Class with Ms Von Waberer

Year 2 have had great fun finishing their wonderful self portraits which you can admire outside our classroom. We’ve enjoyed writing descriptive menus for a hungry wolf and worked hard on practising our handwriting. We’ve been halving and doubling in maths and singing songs about number bonds. We were very proud of how we challenged ourselves when learning about the different animal groups.

Year 3 Class with Ms Bakes and Ms Taylor

This week in Science we have been identifying, naming and labelling the bones of the body, using our class skeletons, Sam and Jeff, to help! We have even been learning the scientific names of these bones, using a catchy song we made up to help us remember.

The children have also been writing some poetry about their positive and happy thoughts, trying to make Mrs Twit realise that by having good thoughts, they will always ‘shine out of our face like sunbeams’, as per the quote in Roald Dahl’s story, The Twits.

Year 4 Class with Ms Walsh and Ms Alonso-McGregor

Our class reader this term is the BFG by Roald Dahl. We enjoy reading together as a class and delving deeper into the story. In addition, this supports us to develop our comprehension skills and discuss the way authors interest and engage the reader. During ICT class, we have developed our research skills by gathering interesting facts about the diet and habitats of our favourite animals. This was combined with our science lessons and we learnt that we can identify what an animal eats by examining its teeth.

Year 5 Class with Ms Solomun and Ms Demangeat

5D have continued to design their own imaginative dragons and have been writing very vivid descriptions. These will be transformed into posters using Google docs, watch out for some fantastic beasts!

Our Year 5 PSHE assembly focused on kindness, it costs us nothing but means everything. In Year 5 our aim is to sprinkle kindness around like confetti! We pulled the name of a Year 5 student or teacher out of a hat and our goal is to share a random act of kindness to this person before next week.

CaixaBank Palma Kids Run

Are you looking for something fun to do next weekend? Join the BIC family next Saturday 12th October for the CaixaBank Palma Kids Race

This is a race 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

French Class with Ms Rieg

It has been an exciting French week for our Primary students. Year 3 have been working on how to introduce themselves, count until 10 and learn the colours, all in French! While our Year 5 students have been working on their spelling and writing skills, our Year 4 have worked on an exciting project about the autumn season. It has been such a productive week for our Primary classes and we look forward to starting our new upcoming projects!