A message from Ms Alison Colwell, Principal

Dear Parents,

What a delight it was to welcome and mingle with so many staff and families at our “Meet and Greet” event yesterday. The October sun shone down on us and there was a palpable sense of excitement and possibility at what we can accomplish together. As I said, I am really looking forward to working with you all for the benefit of the whole BIC community.

You have already heard me say many things over the last 25 days. You have heard me say communication is vital. You have heard me say family engagement is vital. You have heard me say that children enjoying a vibrant extra-curricular offer, and those elements of a school that create its heart and soul is vital. These are all priorities of mine and areas where I think we are already making headway. However, my overridingpriority remains ensuring that your children receive the best possible education and reach their potential. Quite simply, this is about putting outstanding teaching - outstanding teachers - at the centre of our school. I have managed to spend a lot of time in classrooms over the last few weeks and seen the children at work; I have seen some great teaching. I want to ensure that all our children are stretched and challenged, and don’t coast or switch off. I want all our children acquiring foreign language proficiency and fluency, such an important skill, not just because we are an international school but because speaking other languages is a joy and a necessity in our global community. I want to ensure that at the heart of our school lies a powerful curriculum, so children are learning - really learning - the best of what has been thought and said. I want children remembering what is important - nothing is really learned unless it is remembered. I want to rethink the place of homework in a school and ensure any homework is meaningful and helps to move learning on. These are all themes I will return to over the coming months, with updates on what we are doing in the school. I want your children inspired, their curiosity ignited, their interest sparked. Great teaching is an art. Be it younger children learning the building blocks on which future learning will take place or our sixth formers studying at a high academic level, I am determined that at BIC your children will get the greatest teaching.

We wish you all a fantastic weekend ahead!

Kind regards,

Alison Colwell

Principal

BIC, Sa Porrassa

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 8th out of 1000 teams entered globally. Well done to :

Harriet Armstrong

Natalia Krauss

Selina Schaal

Maisie Conyers

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.

General
BIC Share Traders

English department news

Exciting NEWS! - BIC English department has launched this year's extreme Read competition.

In order to enter the competition all students and teachers need to bring in a picture of themselves reading in an extreme place by Friday 8th November. Do not miss out on this opportunity, we will soon send more detailed information on the competition.

Please ensure that everyone involved stays safe whilst taking their pictures!

Humanities and Business department news

The Humanities Department is delighted to see so many students producing outstanding work. Teachers have been photographing examples and emailing parents. We will continue to share our students' impressive work. Well done everyone!

Sixth Form news

For the second year running we have been able to secure a free subscription to the Financial Times newspaper for all BIC Sixth Form students and teachers.

Free access to FT articles will help BIC students with relevant and fresh ideas for their essays, exams, extra-curricular activities as well as prepare for their interviews. Universities and employers confirm that broader general knowledge helps the best candidates to stand out. The free FT subscription helped BIC 6th form students last year successfully apply to their preferred universities, including amongst those pictured Emi Endo who has successfully gone on to study Art at Canterbury University in the UK.

6Th Form
Financial Times newspaper

Pastoral news

A great start to the day is very important. This year, the pastoral team have implemented a variety of motivational activities during the students' form time.

The main goal is to have productive 15 minute time slots in order to promote relationships and team work between classmates and tutors. Our students work on different activities such as sudokus, crosswords, interpretation of newspaper articles and reading. For our older students we do also cover general revisions and different exam techniques.

We would like to take the chance to highlight the importance of being punctual for registration; all students are expected to be with their tutors by 8.45am.

We thank you very much in advance for your support and we wish you a fantastic weekend ahead.