A message from Alison Colwell, Principal

Dear Parents,

There is a famous quotation by the British philosopher and Oxford professor John Alexander Smith: “Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you in after life, save only this, that if you work hard and intelligently you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view, is the main, if not the sole, purpose of education”.

Whilst there is a certain element of truth in this amusing viewpoint, a good education, of course, has many purposes and a school many functions. First and foremost, its purpose is to give children an excellent education, to teach them things they didn’t know before, to learn about the world, and to gain a deep knowledge and understanding of many different academic disciplines. In addition to getting the highest qualifications they can, I also want all our students to fulfil their potential, academic and personal, creative and artistic. I want them to leave school as well-rounded, confident young people, with an awareness of the wider world, and a desire to play an active part in it. A good school will instil values in our young people, and endeavour to help them to grow into kind, responsible, tolerant and resilient adults.

But in addition to these academic and personal ambitions, a clear purpose of a school is to assist our young people with the next stages of their lives: to get them into the university, apprenticeship or career of their choice. On Thursday we are holding an open event for our sixth form; indeed, you may have heard some of our students speaking about their experiences at BIC and their aspirations on Radio 1 yesterday. I have been impressed by our sixth form, most noticeably by the calibre and experience of our teachers, many of whom have been senior examiners for the exam boards and have a wealth of experience and expertise teaching A’level, the gold standard of post 16 education across the world. In addition, our sixth form provides excellent pastoral care, supporting and assisting our young people at what can be a challenging and stressful time in their school life, and offering outstanding career and university application advice. I invite you to come along on Thursday, especially if you have children in Year 11 and 10 to hear more about our sixth form provision.

It is the time of year when we will be sending out the parent survey. I love a good survey! I am always extremely keen to get parental feedback, as I think you know, having met with so many of you already or been in email correspondence. Obviously, I have only been in the school for 11 weeks, but I really do want as much feedback as possible from you all, and please do write additional comments, ideas, criticisms or suggestions in the free text spaces. The survey will be sent out next week with a completion deadline of Friday 13th December. I very much look forward to reading all the feedback.

Alison Colwell

Principal

BIC, Sa Porrassa

Ms Elizabeth Compton - Head of Primary

Dear Parents,

Today, the Year 6 class assembly performance was a fantastic end to the week and a wonderful way for students to showcase their learning. Good Luck to our Primary Choir who will perform at the Anglican Church this Saturday. As we are nearing the season of Christmas, below are arranged events to celebrate the festive season.

Friday 13th December - EYFS & KS1 Christmas Performance 'Hey Ewe' and Christmas Fair

All parents of Reception, Year 1 and 2 children are invited to the Christmas Nativity play. The performance of 'Hey Ewe' will take place in the dining room at 9:20 on Friday 13th December at 9:30am.

The Christmas Fair, organised by the PTA, will also be held from 3:00pm more details to come soon.

Wednesday 18th December - Christmas Lunch & Christmas Jumper Day

On Wednesday 18th December students will be having a Christmas lunch, complete with crackers, party hats and Christmas carols to celebrate the festive season. Students in primary and secondary can wear Christmas jumpers to school and we ask for a small donation of at least 1 euro which will be donated to the “Help a Mallorca Child” campaign which raises funds for The Salvation Army, Fundacio Nazaret, Age Concern and Son Espases.

Children who regularly eat school dinners will of course be already booked into this event. For any other primary children who would enjoy this Christmas lunch, there will be a cost of 8€. Tickets can be purchased with SANED in the dining room from Wednesday 27th November -Wednesday 11th December. A vegetarian option is always available. There will of course continue to be facilities provided for those who wish to have their packed lunch. If you wish your child to join in the celebration, please order and pay for the lunch directly with the kitchen staff who will keep a record and the student tickets ready for this day.

Thursday 19th December - Class Parties

All Christmas parties - Early Years to Year 6 will take place on Thursday 19th December. Early Years and Year 1 and 2 will meet Father Christmas. Further information will be provided to you by your child's class teacher. Early Years and Year 1 and 2 children should come to school in their party clothes; Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 should bring their party clothes to school and will change before the party.

Friday 20th December

This is the last day of term and school will finish at 12:30.

Kind regards,

Ms Elizabeth Compton

Head of Primary

DATES ON DIARY

Date Concept
Thursday 28th NovemberSixth Form Taster day and Open Afternoon
Friday 6th DecemberPublic Holiday - School closed
Friday 13th December - 9.30am Early Years and KS1 Christmas Performance
Friday 13th December - 3.00pmBIC Christmas Fair
Wednesday 18th DecemberChristmas Lunch & Christmas Jumper Day
Thursday 19th December Primary Class Parties
Friday 20th December Last day of Autumn term

Reception Class with Ms Wardle

We have had some lovely circle time discussions about what makes a good friend. We all agreed that listening to one another, sharing and helping each other are very important in our class. We painted pasta and chose some letter charms to make a friendship bracelet for our good friends. Personal, social and emotional development activities in the Early Years Foundation stage include helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others, form positive relationships and develop respect for one another as well as being able to understand appropriate behaviour in groups. The children are showing a very good understanding of what it means to be a good friend and how it feels to have such good friends too.

Year 1 Class with Ms Xidakis

On Tuesday we spent the day at Palma Aquarium where we thoroughly enjoyed learning about the wide variety of sea life. A special thank you to the parent volunteers who helped to make it a safe and enjoyable day for all! The next day in Literacy we wrote a recount of the trip, working hard to construct a clear sentence with a capital letter and a full stop. We had a great class discussion about what we saw from the variety of fish to the scuba diving cleaning the tanks!

Year 2 Class with Mrs von Waberer

Every week a ‘Star of the Week’ is chosen to sit on a special chair, be line leader and have special priorities throughout the week. On a Friday they are able to choose a cuddly toy to take home, look after and write about. This is a very exciting activity for the children as they feel proud to be responsible and enjoy being chosen first for specific tasks. They also love to share with their classmates their weekend adventures with their toy.

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Year 3 Class with Ms Bakes and Ms Taylor

This week in Year 3 we have been learning all about what culture means. We have started studying the Maasai tribal people of Kenya and have learnt all about their culture. We have learnt some fascinating facts, such as how they build their own huts to live in, made of mud, sticks, grass and cow dung. Quite unique! They wear bright red clothes, as red is their favourite colour. The Maasai people love music and dance and the men perform a special dance to show off to the women! We all had a go at performing the jumping dance!

In addition, we have explored the works of an African artist called Edward Tingatinga. Edward began his work in 1968, painting under a Baobab tree. His work consisted of bright, bold colours, simplistic designs, inspired by his beautiful surroundings of Africa. We created our own Tingatinga animal paintings, using eye-catching bold colours.

Year 4 Class with Ms Walsh and Ms Alonso-McGregor

On Friday last week, Lauren from 4W brought her new hamster into school. He was very cute and extremely well behaved. Lauren impressed us with her knowledge of hamsters and how to care for them, and both classes enjoyed time holding and stroking him. It made an enjoyable and relaxing end to the week.

In Literacy, we have been learning the skills and techniques needed to write a newspaper report. Using the class reader, The BFG, as a stimulus we imagined that a giant had been seen stomping through Magaluf, towards the school. The children thoroughly enjoyed role playing different characters who had witnessed the giant, and everyone took the role of the reporter, making notes in their reporter notepad. Now, we are all busy writing a newspaper article, making sure that we include the 5 W´s. Look out for our finished copies soon to be hot off the press!

Year 6 Class with Ms Roberts and Ms Hodgson

This week Year 6 performed a fantastic assembly that showcased their learning of Ancient Greece. The beautiful Ancient Greek vases and exciting movable Trojan horses brought the show and their learning to life. It was clear that the pupils have loved learning about the Greek myths and writing their own. The assembly concluded with a wonderful dramatisation of Jason and the Argonauts. Students sang their hearts out and it was a very memorable morning for all.

Movie Mornings at Cineciutat

We are delighted to announce our upcoming collaboration with Cineciutat Nins located in the heart of Palma. To know more about this outstanding project we welcome you to visit their website: https://www.cineciutat.org/en.

"We are a cinema and sometimes theatre. We are a school and we are memories. We are ideas and innovation. We are culture. We are a non-profit self-managed by its members. #morethanacinema" - Cineciutat

Starting this upcoming Saturday and throughout the following dates, Cineciutat has included fantastic educational English movies available for your children to enjoy.

  • Saturday 23rd November at 11:00am - The Little Princess – Tickets available HERE
  • Saturday 30th November at 11:00am - Zog and the Highway Rat – Tickets available HERE
  • Saturday 14th December at 11:00am - The Grufallo and the Grufallo's child (Ticket purchase coming soon)

For this upcoming Saturday 23rd November, tickets are now available under the following link - Click here - Tickets will be also available at our reception desk where we will be giving you a voucher to be presented and redeemed at the ticket box in Cineciutat.

We very much hope you enjoy this fantastic project and of course wonderful movie mornings.

Urbia Volley Palma Superleague

We are delighted to invite you to watch the Urbia Volley Palma Superleague volleyball match, which will take place on Saturday 30th November at 19:00 at Pabellon Son Moix, Camino de la Vileta 40. 07011, Palma.

We are delighted to offer free entrance tickets for all BIC Volleyball Club players and their parents. This event is a great opportunity to show our young volleyball players a professional game, meet other young club members and cheer together with them.

If you are interested then please email me or come to see me until Wednesday 27th November to confirm the number of adult and child tickets you require.

On the evening we will meet outside the venue at 6.30 pm to distribute tickets and enter the venue together for the games. Please be aware that all children will need to be supervised by an adult. We would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation and support to make this a very valuable and worthwhile experience for your child.

If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Izabela, PE teacher: izabela.zborzynska@balearesint.net

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Year 6 Save the Med certificate - Congratulations!

#SaveTheMedCertificate. Year 6 students held a cake sale to raise money for the organisation, Save The Med Foundation. The event was a complete success with many parents donating delicious cakes to the delight of the pupils and our students managed to raise nearly 400 euros for Save The Med Foundation. Congratulations to all our Year 6 students on such a success and thank you very much to all parents, friends and teachers for their collaboration in such a fantastic initiative!

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Save the Med certificate - Year 6 students - Baleares International College

Drama department - Baleares International College

Drama is growing in our department, our GCSE students are beginning to excel in their course and our Drama Club on Wednesday afternoons is growing in popularity. With this in mind we have been able to arrange a free Drama workshop with Ruth Ford Drama studios this coming weekend - and any interested student is welcome! Please see details below.

FREE YOUTH DRAMA WORKSHOP FOR STUDENTS OF BALEARES INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE MALLORCA.

On Sunday 24th November Ruth Ford will provide a FREE Drama class, for students of Baleares International College. The class will take place from 2.30 - 5.30 pm at our studio located at Carrer Núñez de Balboa, 6, 07014 Palma. The class is open to students between the age of 11 & 16, no previous acting experience is necessary. To enroll or for more information please email Ruth Ford at ruthforddrama@gmail.com. You can also visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ruthford.drama.7

We are also busy in rehearsals for all of our upcoming events and performances below. We can’t wait to show off what our students have been working so hard on! For external performances please contact Miss Mayes or Mr Croker for more details should you wish to attend and support students. The school show will include all of our primary school choir and key stage 4 performing arts students on both days, with Year 9 Drama students taking lead roles on Tuesday and Year 10 students on Wednesday. All of Year 8 will be performing on Tuesday, and Year 7 on Wednesday. The show in school will be at 2.45pm in the dining hall on both days, and limited free tickets are available. If you wish to attend please contact Miss Mayes or Mr Croker with which day you wish to attend and they will send you your ticket. Dates of all our upcoming performances this term are as follows -

  • Saturday 23rd November - Anglican Church in Palma
  • Sunday 1st December - Santa Ponsa Square
  • Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th December - school Christmas production
  • Saturday 14th December - Son Amar

Volleyball Tournament by the Consell de Mallorca

Last Saturday 16th November, our BIC Sa Porrassa and Sant Agustí students had an exciting opportunity to take part in the Volleyball Tournament organized by Consell de Mallorca. It was the first tournament for our BIC students and they did very well!. It was also amazing to see all the parents cheering them throughout the day!

We are looking forward to the upcoming tournament on the 30th November in Son Moix at 4.00pm. Everyone is more than welcome to come along, watch and support our talented students.

Sports department news

This Tuesday our young volleyball players had a visit from representatives of a Super League volleyball team. It was a fantastic opportunity for our students to test their skills and learn more about the life of a volleyball player. It was a great visit and the Super League Team do plan to visit our school again!

Our school has received a special invitation for their match on Saturday 30th November. If you are interested to come and watch the volleyball match, don't hesitate to contact with Miss Izabela Zborzynska, Teacher of PE. e-mail: izabela.zborzynska@balearesint.net

Inter School football league

Next week will mark the start of the inter school football league and BIC will have a Year 3 and Year 4 combined team and a Year 5 and 6 combined team entered. If you have not already then please contact Mr Fitzpatrick to sign up. There is a free training session, run by the RM Academy, on a Thursday after school for those who are interested in playing for the school team. Our football teams are very popular and as a result there are more students who wish to play than places available. I will make sure that throughout the year everyone gets the opportunity to represent the school if they wish to and would encourage everyone to attend the coaching sessions to improve their skills.

French department news

It has been an exciting week for our French experts. Our primary students have been learning how to describe their favourite actor, athlete and dancer. It was great to see the progress our students are making. And guess what? Our Year 3 students have also been learning a new song!

We look forward to the upcoming week and share with you the latest news.