A message from Alison Colwell, Principal

Dear parents,

Getting the right staff in a school is crucial. Get the staff right, the rest is easy! This week we finalised our global search for an outstanding Head of Secondary and Head of English and I am delighted to tell you that we have appointed two outstanding leaders, who will be joining our school in September.

I will give you more information about them next term and I'm hoping that there will be an opportunity for you to meet prior to their start with us. I am wholly confident that we have secured two teachers who both have an excellent track record in being superb practitioners, who have high standards and expectations for all, and who care deeply for children and in wanting the absolute best for them.

I have spoken repeatedly of how important it is to me that our students enjoy school, just as I did many years ago. Happy children will make better learners. Creating a safe, secure and respectful school environment is as vital as having academic rigour and excellent exam results. Bullying in my school will never be tolerated. Bullying - the persistent, ongoing, deliberate targeting of unkindness to another is extremely rare. If it occurs it will always be met with robust action and strict sanctions.

Children being mean to each unfortunately happens in all schools, and what is important is how a school deals with it. I work very closely with all the staff on the ongoing care and safety of our children, and especially with Ms Compton, Mme Etienne, Mr Fitzpatrick and Ms von Waberer. All staff are vigilant to look out for any unkindness or friendship issues. All staff talk regularly with the children about being kind, looking after each other, being respectful. All staff deal with issues as they arise and will seek support from senior staff if it is required. Obviously, as parents, you too have your part to play in teaching your children to be kind to each other, to report any unkindness if it occurs and to be friendly and welcoming to new students when they arrived.

We look forward to welcoming you all back on Tuesday 3rd March.

Kind regards,

Alison Colwell

Principal

Ms Elizabeth Compton - Head of Primary

Dear parents,

This week has been full of wonderful experiences for our students. Year 2 visited ‘La Granja’ organised by our Year 12 students, the German department visited the cinema, some of our talent show performers performed in our assemblies and even a rabbit popped in to say hello to Year 4 and Early Years! We welcomed many visitors to our open morning on Thursday and today Year 6 students spent the morning experiencing ‘upstairs’ and our Secondary School through our transition morning. Such excursions and events are essential in addition to our academic programme to enrich the student experience here at BIC.

We have been noticing an increase in the number of football and basketballs being brought in from home. We will be investing in new playground equipment for the students, however our Student Council would like to request parents to donate any items such as soft balls, hula hoops, skipping ropes or suitable playground items in new or good condition. (Anyone with a state of the art climbing frame and slide is also welcome to contact me!)

This is such a wonderful way to also demonstrate to our students the benefits of reusing and reducing waste. In addition, after half term our class ambassadors and student council will work collaboratively to support their classes by sharing and teaching games for the playground.

A reminder that after the break we have ‘World Book Day’ on Thursday March 5th when we invite all students (and teachers) to dress up as their favourite book character!

Thank you to all who have donated books for the development of the school library.

Wishing you a happy half term break,

Kind regards,

Ms Compton

Parent Talks - International speaker and book author Tricia Taylor

Parent Talk with Tricia Taylor at BIC Sa Porrassa: What every parent should know about learning: Powerful tools to use at home

Date: 18th March at 6.00pm

Suitable for all Key Stages

Parents from all over the island are welcome to take part, even if their child does not attend BIC.

Do you want to learn more about the powerful tips for supporting your children’s learning at home? Do you want to know what the research says about how we learn?

At BIC, we are committed to supporting students to develop the most effective habits for learning — and we want your help.

In this parent session, led by international speaker and book author, Tricia Taylor from Tailored Practice, you will learn specific strategies children can use to maximise memory and learn more efficiently, leading to more creative and analytical thinking and better outcomes. We will give you evidence-based tips on how you can support your children through your own understanding of the science of how we all learn over time. We’ll also debunk some commonly held myths about how the brain works. Together, we will help children to build confidence, learn better and be more independent students throughout primary and secondary schools.

After the workshop you will:

  • Understand key information about how memory works
  • Learn the most effective research-based strategies for learning
  • Be better equipped to support your child’s learning at home

Date: March 18th, 2020

Time: 6pm start

Venue: BIC, Sa Porrassa– Please click this link for exact directions.

Tickets: €5 – Tickets are limited and can be reserved via email or purchased at the School Reception on both BIC Schools.

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Parent Talks - International speaker and book author Tricia Taylor.

Parent Talk with Tricia Taylor at BIC Sant Agustí: Mind your Language, how your words have a lasting impact on your child’s success

Date: 19th March at 6.00pm

Suitable for all Key Stages

Parents from all over the island are welcome to take part, even if their child does not attend BIC.

Do you want to learn more about how your words have a lasting impact on your child’s success?

At BIC, we are committed to supporting students to develop and encourage their success.

Research shows that the language adults use when they give feedback to children is crucial in helping young people form a positive learning mindset and develop thinking skills that promote perseverance, hard work and the confidence to seek challenges. Understanding the research and then making small, yet significant, changes in the way you talk about learning and how you model your thinking in front of children will have a lasting impact on your child’s success.

At this workshop, you will learn:

  • The research relating to mindset and how we learn
  • Useful talking tips that promote a positive mindset
  • Suggestions for how to model your own thinking in everyday situations

If you are interested in joining the session, here is what you need to know:

Date: March 19th, 2020

Time: 6pm start

Venue: BIC, Sant Agustí – Please click this link for exact directions.

Tickets: €5 – Tickets are limited and can be reserved via email or purchased at the School Reception on both BIC Schools.

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Parent Talks - International speaker and book author Tricia Taylor.

A little bit about Tricia Taylor:

Tricia Taylor is a former teacher and leader in schools in the UK and US. With 20 years of experience in both primary and secondary schools, Tricia founded TailoredPractice to pursue a passion to make educational research more accessible to educators, youth and parents. Tricia has since worked with a wide range of British and international schools, presented at numerous conferences and is the author of a new book called, Connect the Dots: The Collective Power of Relationships, Memory and Mindset in the Classroom (John Catt). Tricia is also former Associate Lecturer for English at Goldsmith’s University teacher training programme in London and Education Consultant for PowerTools, based in New York City. Tricia holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Journalism and a Master of Education.

Reception Class with Ms Wardle

The children shared their love for their favourite pets and animals this week as we looked at the role of the vet. We talked about similarities and differences between pets and other animals, using the story ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell to help us. In the role play area we made a veterinary surgery, the children enjoyed pretending to make appointments, working in the reception area and taking their pets to the vets. The highlight of the week was a visit from Lara and her pet rabbit Lilly. Early Years were delighted to see a real pet and learned all about what it needs from Lara and Kenza.

Year 1 Class with Ms Xidakis

In PSHE we are focusing on ´Kindness´ reminding each other of the kind acts we do daily - taking turns, sharing resources and recognising how it makes us feel happy and warm inside when we are kind to others.

In English we have worked hard to use connectives, for example, and, later and because to extend our sentence writing. In our guided reading session we became detectives, searching for key information from the text. It was a fun topic; discussing dogs that help people, and we enjoyed talking about guide dogs, police dogs, mountain rescue dogs and many more!

In art, the classroom rocket is now completed. What a great team effort! We have had fun role playing inside the rocket pretending to be Bob the astronaut.

A big welcome to our new class member Tristan!

Please remember to continue the reading over the half term where you can and have a fantastic half term!

Year 2 Class with Ms von Waberer

Year 2 had such an exciting week this week as we were able to sample the delights of the beautiful 18th century farmhouse ‘La Granja’ in Esporles. The trip, which was organised by our year 12 students, was a wonderful opportunity for the class to experience a little of what life was like in the past on an estate. We all had a thoroughly enjoyable day and wrote fantastic thank you letters to Mr Barter and his Travel and Tourism A level students to show our appreciation.

Year 2 have also been practising more of telling the time and played a fun pair game to further our development of understanding seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks etc.

We were extremely impressed with the progress in our children’s writing skills when we looked at our weekend news this Monday which the class wrote completely independently!

Year 3 Class with Ms Bakes and Ms Taylor

This week, as part of our Roman study, we have been learning to research and record information about the daily lives of the Roman people. We explored Roman homes and schools, the clothes which they wore, some of the food they ate, and the things they did for entertainment. We completed information leaflets and then presented our work to the rest of the class. We found out some very interesting facts and here are some of our favourites.

Roman children did not have school books, instead they wrote on wax tablets using a pointed metal stylus! The wealthy Romans often ate with their fingers and food on their menu could include door mice and parrots; we certainly didn't fancy eating those for our meals!

Lots of countries around the world will be starting their Carnival celebrations this week, so in Year 3 we have been talking about the origins of carnival, watching some of the celebrations around the world, and looking at videos and photos of the famous and flamboyant Rio Carnival in Brazil. We had great fun designing and making our own bright and colourful carnival masks!

Year 4 Class with Ms Walsh and Ms Alonso-McGregor

This week, Year 4 have been reviewing their learning in our science topic, States of Matter. After some whole class discussion and pair quizzing, the class worked in small groups to create a topic quiz sheet for another group. The children also loved putting their knowledge to the test in the "hot seat". Finding the trickiest questions was great fun and certainly challenged their understanding.

Both classes have been busy in English, writing their own myth. Some amazing vocabulary has been used to describe characters and settings and the thesauri and dictionaries have been well thumbed! Editing and improving sentences on whiteboards enabled them to play around with ideas to create interest and suspense.

Year 5 Class with Demangeat and Ms Solomun

This week in science, Year 5 have been learning about why we experience day and night on our planet. They combined their previous knowledge of the earth’s rotation and the heliocentric model with the conclusions that they drew from a fun science experiment to really understand the logic behind daytime and night time.

In this week’s English lessons, Year 5 students completed their news reports on the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. A few of our news correspondents covered the space mission directly from NASA, others were more focused on how the local restaurants, cafes, cinemas and schools hosted the event, and one of our correspondents even got an exclusive interview with Neil Armstrong.

Last but not least, this week we had (another) special surprise from Marlene Hansen. She was so inspired by our science unit that she decided to make individual space-inspired canvas tiles for each and every one of her classmates. Not only are they incredibly beautiful, but each tile also comes with its own special, uplifting message and a “find-bunny” stamp. Incredible work Marlene! Thank you!

Optical illusions and perspective were the focus in Year 5D art this week and we had some fabulous results from children who profess not to enjoy “art and painting!” This more technical side of art gives those children an opportunity to learn that there is far more to art than just “painting pictures!”

Year 6 Class with Ms Hodgson and Ms Roberts

Year 6 have been learning about India and specifically the Taj Mahal. They were enthralled by the love story behind it and were keen to focus their writing and artwork on this beautiful mausoleum.

Our Year 6 students had a fabulous opportunity to taste what a day would look like at Secondary School. The transition from primary to secondary school is an important milestone in the lives of children and their families. We want children to develop new friendships, improve their confidence and get used to their new routines and school organisation. It has been a great experience for all getting to know all their future classmates and teachers while having some fun science projects amongst other experiences. What a great day!

Primary languages department news

Spanish

This week some of our Year 3 students have been learning about descriptions. We learned some descriptive adjectives with the song “Mi amigo Bob” that had helped us to describe ourselves and other people, using “yo soy, él es, ella es” (I am, he is, she is). Also, we are now able to describe our hair, eyes, if we wear glasses or if we have freckles, among other things. It was funny to describe people and to guess who we are talking about. To end this topic we played “¿Quién es quién?” (Guess who), a different way to learn playing.

French

This week the Year 3 have been learning how to express opinions with the verb "aimer" (to like) and with the school subjects whilst Year 5 have been learning about places in the town.

German

On Tuesday 18th February we went to the cinema! We drove with the bus togethe with Year 4,5,6 and 7.

We watched the German movie "Emil un die Detektive" and the movie was...

  • Super
  • Fun
  • Cool
  • Super Good

We ate a lot of sweets and pop-corn, it was delicious!

Annika, Ben, Laurenz, Luis, Marlene, Max, Seraphin - Year 3 students.

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Am Dienstag, 18. Februar, waren wir im Kino. Wir sind mit dem Bus hingefahren, zusammen mit den Klassen 4, 5, 6 und 7.

Wir haben den Film “Emil und die Detektive” angeschaut. Der Film war:

  • super
  • lustig
  • cool
  • mega gut

Der Papa von Emil hatte einen Autounfall und ist in einen Heuballen gefahren. Deshalb musste Emil allein nach Berlin fahren. Aber dann hat ein Dieb sein Geld im Zug gestohlen.

Am besten fanden wir, als der Dieb Emil etwas zu trinken gegeben hat und als der Hund betrunken auf dem Boden gelegen ist und getanzt hat.

Wir haben viele Süßigkeiten und Popcorn gegessen, das war lecker!

Annika, Ben, Laurenz, Luis, Marlene, Max, Seraphin, Year 3

Sports department news

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.

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 22nd February at 11:00am. The screening for this Saturday will be: "The Pirates".

We kindly invite you to join us for this fantastic concept and to share with your family and friends.

You will be able to purchase TICKETS HERE

We look forward to seeing you all there.

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Cineciutat Collaboration

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.

To register for our Summer School please visit our Website - REGISTER

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BIC Summer School 2020

CARNIVAL DISCO - Year 5 to Year 8

On Thursday 20th February our Year 5 to Year 8 students from BIC Sa Porrassa and BIC Sant Agustí had a wonderful fun evening at the Carnival Disco.

The theme was "At the Movies" and all children came dressed up as a movie character! We were able to see some fantastic and creative costumes. Our students had some good dancing moves and enjoyed some delicious snacks and drinks along the afternoon.

Prizes were given out for the Most Original and Best Costumes, however, this was a very difficult decision to make...

Have a look yourself...

JoyRon Foundation Talent Show

On Thursday we took our four finalist entries to the final of the international school´s competition held by the JoyRon Foundation ´Mallorca´s Got Talent´at the Trui Theatre in Palma. We had 4 amazing acts - Lena and Lana from Year 4 singing Dance Monkey, Dexter from Year 7 doing freestyle hip hop dancing, a band made up of Matias from Year 7, Olivia and Kai from Year 8, Amber from Year 9 and Malinee from Year 12 performing a Taylor Swift song, and Brooke and Jess from Year 11 performing Bones by Lewis Capaldi.

All of our students were a shining example for our school for the whole day. Their behaviour at the theatre during a very stop and start technical rehearsal was incredible, as well as backstage at the event in the evening. They worked as a team all day and supported each other during their performances.

All 4 of our acts gave brilliant performances and got some fabulous comments from the judges - all of whom were industry professionals, and we were exceptionally proud. We were also thrilled to see how many other students, families and staff from the school came along to support and the loud cheering from them in the crowd certainly gave our performers a boost when they were on stage! The night was topped off when Brooke and Jess were crowned the best musical act of the night, winning a huge prize of a 4 hour recording session at Palma Recording Studios worth €600.

The girls can record tracks that will then be professionally mixed, allowing them both to create a demo CD of covers and their own original songs, which they could then release on to iTunes if they choose. For 2 young aspiring musicians this is an incredible opportunity! Well done to all of our acts, special congratulations to Brooke and Jess and thank you to everyone who supported. We look forward to competing again next year!