A message from Alison Colwell, Principal
One of the most important aspects of a great school is one where there are sky high expectations. Having high expectations is talked about a lot in the education world, but in my 27 years of experience I have often heard them talked about but not put into practice. In my last school in the UK, we lived, breathed and preached high expectations. It was our mantra. Expectations of what children can achieve, whatever background they come from and however difficult their lives. Expectations of how well they can and must behave, at all times. Expectations of the effort we expect, the resilience, the independence. Expectations of their attendance at school, every day, no exceptions. Expectations of how they dress (impeccable uniform), expectations of how they interact (with respect and good manners), expectations of how they act on the way home (as great ambassadors for our school). We had a mantra: every day, every child, no excuses.
Equally with staff, our expectations of teachers were sky high. Expectations of excellent teaching, of inspiring lessons, of caring for our children. Expectations of their behaviour, their attendance, how they look, how they speak to children. As a school leader, having sky high expectations of all the children and the staff is of utmost importance to me; I also believe it is what parents want and expect. Over the last 88 school days I have enjoyed meeting lots of the children, and have been impressed by their friendliness, enthusiasm and manners. However, I believe that in some places we are not all having high enough expectations of them - of how they can behave, of how they look, of the effort they put into their work. Of course, some of our students - indeed, many of them - are exemplary! They behave, act and work 100% perfectly, every day. I expect and want this from all of our students. As a staff team we are currently reviewing our behaviour policy and our rewards system. We are clarifying exactly what we expect of our children and young people, and we are agreeing how we can all ensure we have sky high expectations of our children - and equally, of ourselves. We will be including our students in all of this, so they feel they have a voice in how we are going to all work together. We will be ensuring that everyone is kept fully aware of any changes to our systems, so that we are all crystal clear on what we expect and how we will all operate, as one school community, to ensure that BIC becomes a truly outstanding school, with the highest of standards, and a school that is a calm, orderly, happy and safe place for every child every day - no excuses.
Humanities department news
The Humanities Faculty would like to keep parents updated on the topics being studied in class each term so that parents can help support learning at home. The Year 8 Curriculum is summarised below.
Year 8 History
In History we are currently studying the Russian Revolution and what it was like to live in the USSR during the time of Stalin. We are moving on to study the changing role of women from 1880 to 1918 and The Suffragettes. We will then look at conflict in Northern Ireland before moving on to the Causes of WWII.
- Stalin - https://www.britannica.com/biography/Joseph-Stalin/Lenins-successor and https://spartacus-educational.com/RUSstalin.htm
- Votes for Women - https://spartacus-educational.com/women.htm
- Causes of WWII - https://spartacus-educational.com/2WW.htm and https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zsh9bk7/revision/1
Year 8 Geography
Year 8 Geographers, with Mr Barter, are about to finish the 'Wild Weather' module. Our next module will be 'Amazing Asia', where we will look at the geography of this important global region (people, economies, cities, landscapes, and special features). In this module there will be a major research homework piece to do, which will end in a visual and oral presentation (to develop the students 'softer' skills as well as their geographical knowledge, which will be important for future self-confidence and employability). Students can choose to work in (agreed) pairs or on their own. This homework will need to be done over 3-4 weeks or so. There will also be smaller homework that arise to clarify students' questions or to extend their knowledge developed in class. All the homework done will be on the group's Google Classroom and Mr Barter would welcome all parents signing up to see what the group are getting up to.
Year 8 Global Citizenship
We are starting the new year looking at world religions. We will look at Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism and humanism. While studying the basic beliefs and practices of each religion, we will zoom out to look at the global context and the influences and international issues linked. Useful websites for these topics are listed below. In addition, we will make constant reference to current affairs and issues, so it is vital that students are keeping up to date with the news.
Sixth Form department news
Mock Examination Results day
Mock Examination Results Day was held on Thursday January 23rd for our Year 11 to Year 13 students. It is new this year but it will become a key event in our school calendar. It is intended to replicate the experience our candidates will have when they collect their real GCSE and A level results in August.
It has provided an opportunity for all to reflect on the experience, celebrate some of the collective and individual endeavours, motivate and encourage, inspire and challenge all to achieve more.
Most importantly, Mock Results Day is a learning opportunity. GCSE and A Level exams are a marathon, not a sprint, and there is still time for all our students to exceed their target grades by learning from this experience. Hopefully we will see tears of happiness and joy on the actual results day in August.
The response from the students was mature and thoughtful, exactly what we had hoped for. There were sensible and reflective conversations between the students and between students and staff. We have no doubt that this positive reaction will see all the students making significant improvements between now and the summer. Certain students have achieved perfect A grades, but most others have shown themselves to be on course for fine grades in the summer. Well done to all.
We hope that this event will act as an inspiration for our students and help to motivate them towards meeting or exceeding their targets in the summer exam season.
On Wednesday, representatives from the universities of Essex, Reading and East Anglia, all in the UK, met with students from Year 11, 12 and 13. They gave a presentation on topics such as:
- The range of tuition styles at university, such as lectures, seminars, presentations, group work, etc.
- The amount of work, including independent study, they can expect
- Accommodation on offer, from halls of residence to private rental.
- The financial aspects of living at a UK university
- Emotional and financial support available to students when they get to university
These were discussed in general but also individual differences were noted. The students listened attentively but also asked a good number of interesting questions. With the students having shown there is a good demand for such events by attending in their lunchtime, we are looking to have more presentations in the future.
Languages department news
Year 12 and 13 - Short Trip to Cologne 30th -31st of March 2020
As we are always trying to find the best ways to stimulate our students ́ learning, the BIC German department would like to offer a cultural short trip to Cologne to the year 12 and 13 German students at the end of March.
The focus of this trip is to watch the play “Besuch der alten Dame” in the Horizont Theater. However, we would take this opportunity to visit the Cathedral “Kölner Dom”, the University and the Museum of Modern Art which should not be missed.
The cost of this outing will be around 150€, which covers the flight with Ryanair, the hostel (A and O Hotel Neumarkt) and the ticket for the theatre. Extra money will be needed for venue tickets, snacks and public transport.
If you wish your child to attend, please email Frau Ditthard to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday the 24th of January. As this trip is offered to a privileged group of Sixth Formers, we would also kindly ask you to book the flight personally; the exact flight number will be confirmed as soon as we have student numbers confirmed. The hostel and the theatre visit will be reserved by the school.
Many thanks for your cooperation and we look forward to a great learning trip.
Sports department news - Save the date!
We are excited to share with you that we will be holding a whole school sports day this summer on the morning of Friday 5th June. Our intention is to make this event bigger and better than ever before using a high-class offsite facility. It will be the first in my time at the school that will have the whole school, as one, competing on the same morning to earn house points towards the house championship. Parents will of course be invited to attend and support their children. Full details will be shared with you in the coming weeks.
We would like to give a special thank you once again to all who donated for our Christmas charity appeal. Items were still being collected this week and the organisers of Asociación de Montesión, who look after over 1000 adults and children, were very grateful. They have invited us to visit them and have asked if we can try to bring along jackets, coats and warm clothes for children ages 0-12 years. If anyone would like to donate any of these second hand items please feel free to do so by leaving them with Holley McMonagle in the Reception. Thank you all in advance for your collaboration!
BIC Careers Fair
BIC Sa Porrassa is delighted to announce its Careers Event on 30th January 2020.
The BIC Careers Event offers students and parents an exceptional opportunity to chat one to one with a wide variety of professionals, about their career ambitions. Our professionals are volunteers - our current and former parents, our staff, our alumni, and other professionals closely associated with the school.
We would also like to hear from parents, who would be interested in joining our event as volunteers, not only to promote their brands and companies but also to transmit their expertise to our students. If you are interested, please send me a short email confirming that you would like to be part and we will then send you additional information about the set up and timings.
We will look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you at our Careers Fair.
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.
BIC Sa Porrassa Open Morning
We are delighted to announce that Baleares International College Sa Porrassa, Calvià, will be holding an Open Morning on Friday 31st January from 9.30am and we would love for you to join us.
This is a great opportunity for you to come and see our teachers in action and for your child to gain an insight into student life here at BIC.
This is a whole school Open Morning. You'll have the opportunity to tour our facilities, speak to our teachers and meet our students.
It is important to us that you register for the event. This will allow us to better tailor the day for any particular needs or interests, and provide more in-depth information for the specific Year group(s) you are interested in.
Registration is very easy; please send us an email to email@example.com confirm your attendance.
Parent Consultation Afternoons
Parent Consultation afternoons are a great opportunity to hear from your child's subject teachers and form tutor about their progress in school. We are not operating an appointments system but rather invite you to arrive at any time between 4 and 5.30, when you will be able to talk one-to-one with your child´s teachers.
- Year 10 and Year 12 Parent consultation afternoon: Wednesday 29th January
- Year 9 Parent consultation afternoon: Thursday 6th February
- Year 8 Parent Consultation afternoon: Wednesday 12th February
We look forward to seeing you all for these sessions.
The JoyRon Foundation Inter-School Talent Contest
Since October the under mentioned five schools have been holding contest heats within their respective schools to identify their chosen best talent acts to represent their school in the 2019-2020 JoyRon Inter-School Talent Contest Final to be held at Trui Theatre on Thursday 13th February 2020 at 19.15h.
We are delighted to inform you that Baleares International College has been selected to perform at the final and therefore we would like to kindly invite you to be part of this special afternoon.
Tickets are available for the Final with Ms Holley McMonagle between 3.30pm and 4.30pm every day or at www.joyronfoundation.org/talentcontest. Prices for adults are Euro 15.00, children euro 7.50, (for seats central and towards the front) or euro 10.00 for adults, children euro 5.00, (for seats on the side or towards the back). All money raised from this event will be 100 per cent used to “HELPING CHILDREN IN NEED IN THE BALEARES”. There will be a panel of independent judges from the entertainment world and prizes will be awarded to the top three acts in each of the two sections. The school gaining the most points in the Final will be awarded the JoyRon Inter-School Talent Contest Trophy for the school year 2019-2020.
We thank you very much in advance for your support and we look forward to welcoming you all at Trui Teatre.
BIC Valentine ́s Disco
The greatly anticipated Valentine's Disco will take place on Thursday February 13th for Years 5 to 8. The theme is: “Wear something red”, and it will be organised by the Secondary Charity Group with all proceeds will go to charity.
After School Homework Club
Each day from 4:00-5:00pm BIC offers after school care for Primary students. This is held in Ms Taylor’s classroom (GR4) with our Learning Support Assistant Ms Dixon. The cost of this is 5 Euros per club.
Children can complete homework, play board games, enjoy mindful colouring or reading.
This child care service is only available free to parents when they need to attend our Parent Information Sessions or any parent teacher meeting.
Please contact the school office for further details.
At BIC we are always looking to expand our after school extra curricular provision to ensure that our young people have the broadest offer possible. As such we are looking to recruit skilled and passionate people in their field who wish to offer an extracurricular club on the school site whether that be someone who wishes to offer a free club or a paid opportunity. We are open to developing all aspects of our offer, from sport to music and beyond.
If you, or anyone you know may be interested in this opportunity then please get in contact with us to discuss further.
Cineciutat movie morning
We are delighted to share with you further information about our collaboration with Cineciutat Nins, located in the heart of Palma. - https://www.cineciutat.org/en
"We are a cinema and sometimes a theatre. We are a school and we are memories. We are ideas and innovation. We are culture. we are non-profit and self-managed by its members".
Cineciutat will be holding another Movie Morning for all of our parents and children this Saturday 25th January at 11:00am. The screening for this Saturday will be: "Song of the Sea".
We kindly invite you to join us for this fantastic concept and to share with your family and friends.
"Song of the Sea"is a jewel that was nominated for Best Animated Film at the 2015 Oscar Awards and the film we have chosen to Open the 2020 Season.
We look forward to seeing you all there.