A message from Alison Colwell, Principal
The end of term has arrived and firstly I would like to thank you all for the support and friendliness you’ve shown to me since my arrival. It’s been a long but, I believe, successful term and I have really enjoyed getting to know the students, the staff and very many of our parents. As I said on day one, there is much that is great about this school and much that we can do even better, and I hope that, through both meeting me and through these newsletters, you’ve got a sense of the improvements we will be making and the direction in which I wish to lead the school.
As we break up for the Christmas holidays we have compiled a list of useful, educational resources that you can direct your children to when they are using their tablets. I would also like to make a Christmas wish that you encourage your children to do something that will improve their vocabulary, stimulate their imaginations and ultimately enrich their lives: read. Encourage them to read new books, discover new authors, visit bookshops and libraries and find the joy and escapism of the wonderful world of books.
I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas break and enjoy spending time with your friends and families. I also hope that 2020 brings you all health and happiness, and I look forward to meeting more of you next year.
We would like to inform you that, due to personal circumstances, David and Rachael Bennett have decided to leave the school. We wish them well for the future.
English department news
This term in English Year 8 have been analysing War Poetry. Students have gone onto creating their own poems based on The Christmas Truce from WW1. We are very proud of their achievements, they have produced some very thought provoking poetry based upon the stimulus. Well done Year 8. Have a fantastic Christmas!
Maths department news
Puzzle solution from last week.
At first glance it looks like each circle on the right is the sum of the circle below and to the left, until you get down to the last one at the bottom. Then you may think it must be a little more complicated… actually it means it could be even more simple.
We are programmed to read 13 as thirteen, yet if we are able to look at problems from a different perspective we could consider it to be a 1 and a 3. This ability to consider alternative routes and solutions creatively is what excites me as a mathematician and is invaluable in developing our problem solving skills.
The solution is simply... each circle’s value is the sum of the digits of the two circles above. Therefore, the Christmas pud is worth 2+1+3+6 = 12.
Physical Education department news
As you know, from January the school will be starting a new timetable which we believe will provide a better learning experience for your child.
As a result, students will be expected to come to school in their PE kit on a day when they have PE. This will help with a prompt start to the lesson and allow us to maximise learning time. They will be able to remain in their PE kit all day if they wish, or will be able to change into full school uniform following their lesson.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of what the current PE kit expectations are for all students:
Plain black or white t-shirt - (no large logos or slogans)
Plain black or white shorts or tracksuit bottoms - (no large logos or slogans)
Plain black or white sports jumper
Sports trainers not fashion trainers
On the first day of the new school year all of Year 7 and Year 10 will have PE and should come to school in their PE kits.
Science department news
Science House Competition.
The year has ended on a high with some magnificent entries in the science themed festive decoration competition. The standards were very high and difficult to judge but the winners were:
1St Year 8 Lily Roniger (Living World Decoration)
2nd Year 6 Isaac Clark (World’s Smallest Snowman)
3rd Year 11 S Form Entry ( Christmas Tree Solar System)
'Twas The night before Christmas in Science'
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through science,
Not a chemical was stirring, rooms left in silence.
The test tubes were drying by the sink with care,
In the hope that Mr Cadman’s inspection is fair.
The team are all nestled all snug in their beds,
While chemical formulae danced through their heads.
Respiration, osmosis, photosynthesis and digestion,
Covered with glee and many a question!
When at the back of the class there was such a clatter,
When Miss Turley’s dissection flies with a splatter.
Away from the window Mr Clark creates such a flash,
Causing poor Rudolf’s nose to be covered in ash!
Alrighty Mr Warn, so lively and quick,
Celebrates his first term like Watson and Crick.
Now we come to the end of our festive story,
Let’s not forget Mrs Wilson who keeps science scary and gory.
Languages department news
This week, the Languages Department organised a trip to the city of Roman ruins in Alcudia. There we were able to see the remains of several Roman houses and shops, as well as the remains of the Roman theatre which could gather a total of 1500 spectators! Our guide explained us a lot of interesting facts about how the Romans lived in Mallorca. She even explained to us which kind of stationery the students needed to write and read.
It was very entertaining since many of us could interpret the characters of Roman gods and goddesses, and different members of a Roman family living during that time. Some even represented the gladiators in their famous battles!
Year 8 students in Catalan have made a traditional Christmas dessert. They have cooked “Coca de torró”, which is typical from the island of Mallorca.
They have learned some Christmas traditions and now we can say they know a little bit better the history of the Balearic Islands.
What a fun week!
Sixth from department news - 2020 Scholarship Programme
Baleares International College and Orbital Education are delighted to introduce their A Level Scholarship Programme for the 2020 academic year. This exciting opportunity aims to support exceptionally able and motivated students who are academically gifted, dedicated to their studies and will seek to take full advantage of opportunities to extend their learning beyond the core syllabus. These scholarships are available to both current and new students who wish to start their GCE A Level studies in September 2020.
We wish everyone the best of luck!
Year 7 Secret Santa
2019 is coming to an end and our students in 7N class didn’t want to miss the opportunity to celebrate the first term that of course has meant many changes for all of us: entry into Secondary, new classmates, new teachers... For this reason, we decided to participate in a Secret Santa. We all delivered and received gifts from our classmates. Even Señorita Montes joined us in this activity. This is one great memory we have all created together amongst many more to come during this academic year! Merry Christmas everyone!
Year 7S students have also joined this fantastic activity, here you see our class celebrating Christmas with their Secret Santa gifts. Students in 7S class have worked extremely hard in their first term at secondary school. We are very proud of what they have achieved so far.
Have an amazing Christmas 7S and I look forward to seeing you in the New Year. Mrs Cadman.