A message from Ms Alison Colwell, Principal

Dear Parents,

One of the best elements of my job is seeing the children enjoying school and learning. A lot of nonsense is written about education and I have often said how overcomplicated it has become, when really a great education is quite simple. Happy children who are inspired and challenged, and learning lots of useful and interesting knowledge, a well led and managed school, fantastic teachers who also enjoy their work and feel valued by the leadership.

An aspect of school that matters a great deal to me is student voice. We have rebooted the practice in the school. From now there will be a regular student council meeting led by Ms Compton in primary and Frau Ditthard in secondary; then, once a half term, representatives from all Years will meet with myself at a full school council meeting, where I am looking forward to hearing the students’ ideas and concerns. In my experience, the children and young people have a good understanding of what’s needed to make a school better and I always have enjoyed giving them that platform.

Kind regards,

Alison Colwell

Principal

BIC, Sa Porrassa

Summary Information Session - University Information Event

It has been such a pleasure to see so many of you in our last conducted Information Session with the topic University Information.

The session was held by Mr Gray, Head of Sixth Form and Ms Colwell, Principal, where they outlined and covered the application process to universities and what is required in terms of GCSEs and A Levels.

In order to support the progression of your child(ren) from school into University we at BIC are holding a number of activities. There is a trip to Barcelona for a Universities Fair of British destinations on the 18th of October.

We look forward to welcoming you all next Thursday for our Meet and Greet Event!

BIC Share Traders

BIC students aged 14 to 18 are taking part in a House Competition for Year 10 to Year 13 which is a global share-trading competition and gives them chance to win House points for the top teams. This week's top team is ´Global Minds ́ who reached 17 out of 510 teams entered globally. Well done to :

Clemintine Elain

Elle McCue

Nina Clark

Palak Mirchandani

To enter into the competition students need to form a team of four and provide their team name and password to Mr Gray in order to register them: tony.gray@balearesint.net.

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BIC Share Traders competition

Maths department news

As part of our rich, mastery-based scheme of learning with Key Stage 3, we have an exciting online resource that supports our teaching. Diagnostic Questions is linked to our learning content and sets students regular quizzes during the year. These short multiple choice questions are designed to tease out and highlight any common misconceptions held by the class. The teacher has access to the results which provide targeted feedback that will allow us to focus our teaching on the precise skill that will take the student's learning forward. Students will receive their individual login details in the coming weeks.

Humanities and Business department news

On Wednesday 25th September, the Year 11 IGCSE Geography students took a trip into Magaluf to conduct some field work. We were investigating urban change and regeneration in the area. During the trip the students conducted environmental quality surveys, interviewed local residents and visitors to the area, and took photos of both older and newly regenerated areas.

Back in the classroom, the students will process their data, comparing some of their results to the Calvía plan for the area. They will come to conclusions on how Magaluf is changing and what local people and visitors think will happen to the urban area in the future.

Physical Education department news

We will be offering the exciting opportunity for students to spend a week in the South of France taking part in outdoor and adventurous activities between the 6th and 12 of June 2020. This 7 day trip will be open to Year 7 to Year 10 students

This fantastic week will include:

- Full instruction in canoeing on a river

- A 3 day river descent of the Ardeche River, including all instruction and safety equipment

- An overnight experience of camping at the river side

- Land based outdoor and adventurous activities such as abseiling and high ropes

The trip will be dependent on reaching the minimum numbers set out by the company and the final price cannot be confirmed until flight prices are confirmed by the airline. We expect the total cost to be in the region of €1300 including flights, transfers, accommodation, food, drinks with meals, activity instruction and specialist equipment required. The only optional additional cost would be personal spending money for luxuries whilst away.

CaixaBank Palma Kids Run

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