A message from Alison Colwell, Principal
We are living in extraordinary times. I hope that you and your families are keeping as healthy and happy as any of us can be at the moment.
As you know, from Monday schools in Spain are closed to students for the following two weeks. The best educational resource for any student is an outstanding teacher in front of them; my absolute priority is to ensure that over the next two weeks your child gets the best education through the excellent online resources we will be providing.
I have anticipated some questions, which I hope will be useful for you:
How should I structure my child’s day?
We would like all children to keep to their usual timetable, as closely as possible. This means, for example, if your child would have physics period 1 on Monday they will access a physics lesson during this time. Where this is not possible, for example, PE, parents will of course use their own common sense; children may choose to do extra spelling, or maths, or read a book or go for a swim in the sea.
Can I communicate with my child’s teacher?
Absolutely! We are also providing a list of staff emails for your convenience. Teaching staff will be accessing and replying to email during the usual working day between 8.30 and 4.30. Your feedback will be welcome. There will be some teachers and staff working in school (including myself) and some who will be working from home; all will be working.
Is the school open?
Obviously, the reason for the schools being closed to students is to try to reduce the risk of the virus spreading. Therefore, we will not be encouraging parents to come into school. However, if you have made a specific appointment with a member of staff, or have made an arrangement to pick up some resources, that is, of course, fine. The reception will be open between 10 o’clock and 2 o'clock every day.
What do we do with technical issues?
We are providing a list of staff and their areas. For any technical issues around Canvas please contact the staff who are managing this.
What is happening with GCSE and A’level exams?
This is an uncertain and ever changing situation, which we are monitoring closely. In the meantime, students should take full advantage of all the online and hard resources that teachers are providing.
All of the above is of course subject to change. We will keep you fully informed. Thinking of you all at this difficult time, and looking forward to when we can welcome our students back to our school.
Meet the Teacher - Weekly Feature
Mrs von Waberer was born in the UK but spent the first 4 years of her life on the remote island of St Helena. She returned to the UK and was brought up on a small farm in Cambridgeshire.
Mrs von Waberer studied Latin at Leeds University and as part of her degree course spent a year at a university in Milan. This was also where she met her husband, Felix, who as a former student of BIC (then known as BIS) chose to study in Leeds.
Mrs von Waberer was given the opportunity of teaching Latin in some state schools around Leeds whilst studying at university which then fuelled her decision to study further and become a teacher. She completed her PGCE at the University of Cambridge and taught at schools in Cambridge and Bedfordshire.
Mrs von Waberer moved to Mallorca 18 years ago to complete her CELTA training and taught in several schools on the island before starting at BIC in 2009 as a Year 2 teacher.
Since then Mrs von Waberer has taught a wide range of age groups at BIC from Year 2 up to Year 9 as well as being a mother to 3 beautiful daughters. She also co-owns a small boutique hotel in Palma which her husband manages.
Mrs von Waberer very much enjoys teaching and challenging young minds. She is passionate about classical history and mythology as well as English literature. She loves spending her free time by the sea with her family.
In 2018 Mrs von Waberer was appointed Pastoral Lead in Primary and works alongside the Head of Primary to improve the well-being and learning experience of all the Primary children at BIC.
Scholastic Book Club
Your child will be bringing home a scholastic book catalogue from which you may wish to order some books. Scholastic is a reputable, international educational company which offers a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books to enhance both your child's learning and love of reading.
In addition to offering quality educational literature to your child, Scholastic also provides a commission rebate to help build additional resources for our school. Please place your order online by Wednesday 25th March 2020. Please use the link below.
Reception Class with Ms Wardle
We have continued to enjoy the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. The book has opened up so many learning opportunities that we have fully embraced over the past 2 weeks.
Using the book as our foundation we have learned to order the days of the week, name food, talk about the life cycle of a butterfly and recognise symmetrical patterns. Next week we will take a look at non fiction books and see what we can find out about other bugs and insects.
BIC Sa Porrassa Reception Class
Year 1 Class with Ms Xidakis
Year 1 have thoroughly enjoyed learning about tongue twisters in guided reading this week. We had fun creating our own tongue twisters for our name! There was a lot of laughter involved as we all tried to say the various tongue twisters! - For example She sells seashells by the seashore, red lorry yellow lorry...have a go at home with your child!
In maths this week we are continuing to develop our addition skills, practising counting on 2´s, 3´s and more.
In science we became bug detectives and explored the school grounds ticking the minibest lists as we saw the different insects, we saw butterflies, flies, spiders and much more!
Year 2 Class with Ms von Waberer
Our Year 2 students have made an amazing start to learning their times tables in maths! We are starting with the 2s, 5s and 10s. We’ve been chalking them outside and singing songs about them in the classroom. Please practise these as much as possible at home. We cannot stress enough the importance of learning our multiplication tables.
In science we’ve been crafting some beautiful and imaginative creations with recycled items and have loved learning about Florence Nightingale ‘The lady with the lamp’ in history. The children were shocked to learn about the hospitals she worked in during the Crimean war.
Year 3 Class with Ms Bakes and Ms Taylor
In Year 3, we know from the work of archaeologists, that the Romans used pottery in everyday life. We explored the different types of pottery and how it was used for many of their household items. 3T had great fun creating their own Roman pots and experimenting with the different methods for sculpting clay.
In 3B, the children drew a design for their own sculpture in the style of Joan Miró, thus continuing our study of the famous Spanish artist and sculptor. They then used clay to create their designed sculpture. In our next art lesson, the children will paint these sculptures, remembering that Miró mostly only used the primary colours in his works.
Year 3 have loved getting messy using sculpting clay this week and imagining life as real life sculptors!
Year 4 Class with Ms Walsh and Ms Alonso-McGregor
The children have worked really hard in English this week. We have learnt how to start sentences in a variety of different ways, practised writing speech accurately and continued to build vocabularies by choosing and using more adventurous words. Word of the day is being enjoyed by the children, with words such as discombobulate, perishable, plethora and relinquish being added this week so far! Some children are already thinking about how they can use these in their work! Using these and many other skills that they have developed in their writing toolkit, they planned and wrote their own story set in China.
Year 5 Class with Demangeat and Ms Solomun
Even though there was no assembly this week Year 5 had plenty to celebrate with certificates presented for an excellent attitude to learning, perseverance with difficult tasks, consistently good spelling test results, extra research undertaken at home and sharing a great general knowledge. Well done to all.
5D also made great progress with their “Positivity boxes” which are almost completed. We took time to think about, and write, positive and caring comments to our classmates which will be kept in these boxes to be looked at when we might be feeling a bit overwhelmed or upset.
Learning about the phases of the moon took a tasty turn this week (no, it wasn’t cheese!) as 5D (very hygienically) used Oreo biscuits to shape each different phase. Groups had to discuss who was going to prepare which phase of the moon and then arrange the biscuits in the correct formation. Of course, we then ate the biscuits having demonstrated that we knew the name of each phase of the moon and the order we see them.
Please keep your eyes on the moon every evening this week; there has just been a “super worm moon!” and we will be lucky enough to see two more “Supermoons” in the coming months.
Easter House Competition
Students will decorate one Easter egg. You can be as creative as you like!
- 1 House point for every entry
- 10 House points awarded for the 1st place plus a prize.
- 5 House points awarded to the 2nd place.
- 2 House points awarded to the 3rd place.
Closing date is the 20th March and all entries should be submitted via Canvas or email to Miss Xidakis (Year 1 Teacher)
Primary languages department news
Our Year 4 students have learned how to write a recipe in French, linking the food vocabulary they have learned in the latest unit!
While our Year 5 students have been creating a virtual city to use the vocabulary learned during the past week, our Year 6 students have been learning how to speak in perfect tense.
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.