A message from Alison Colwell, Principal

Dear parents,

Getting the right staff in a school is crucial. Get the staff right, the rest is easy! This week we finalised our global search for an outstanding Head of Secondary and Head of English and I am delighted to tell you that we have appointed two outstanding leaders, who will be joining our school in September.

I will give you more information about them next term and I'm hoping that there will be an opportunity for you to meet prior to their start with us. I am wholly confident that we have secured two teachers who both have an excellent track record in being superb practitioners, who have high standards and expectations for all, and who care deeply for children and in wanting the absolute best for them.

I have spoken repeatedly of how important it is to me that our students enjoy school, just as I did many years ago. Happy children will make better learners. Creating a safe, secure and respectful school environment is as vital as having academic rigour and excellent exam results. Bullying in my school will never be tolerated. Bullying - the persistent, ongoing, deliberate targeting of unkindness to another is extremely rare. If it occurs it will always be met with robust action and strict sanctions.

Children being mean to each unfortunately happens in all schools, and what is important is how a school deals with it. I work very closely with all the staff on the ongoing care and safety of our children, and especially with Ms Compton, Mme Etienne, Mr Fitzpatrick and Ms von Waberer. All staff are vigilant to look out for any unkindness or friendship issues. All staff talk regularly with the children about being kind, looking after each other, being respectful. All staff deal with issues as they arise and will seek support from senior staff if it is required. Obviously, as parents, you too have your part to play in teaching your children to be kind to each other, to report any unkindness if it occurs and to be friendly and welcoming to new students when they arrived.

We look forward to welcoming you all back on Tuesday 3rd March.

Kind regards,

Alison Colwell

Principal

Parent Talks - International speaker and book author Tricia Taylor

Parent Talk with Tricia Taylor at BIC Sa Porrassa: What every parent should know about learning: Powerful tools to use at home

Date: 18th March at 6.00pm

Suitable for all Key Stages

Parents from all over the island are welcome to take part, even if their child does not attend BIC.

Do you want to learn more about the powerful tips for supporting your children’s learning at home? Do you want to know what the research says about how we learn?

At BIC, we are committed to supporting students to develop the most effective habits for learning — and we want your help.

In this parent session, led by international speaker and book author, Tricia Taylor from Tailored Practice, you will learn specific strategies children can use to maximise memory and learn more efficiently, leading to more creative and analytical thinking and better outcomes. We will give you evidence-based tips on how you can support your children through your own understanding of the science of how we all learn over time. We’ll also debunk some commonly held myths about how the brain works. Together, we will help children to build confidence, learn better and be more independent students throughout primary and secondary schools.

After the workshop you will:

  • Understand key information about how memory works
  • Learn the most effective research-based strategies for learning
  • Be better equipped to support your child’s learning at home

Date: March 18th, 2020

Time: 6pm start

Venue: BIC, Sa Porrassa– Please click this link for exact directions.

Tickets: €5 – Tickets are limited and can be reserved via email or purchased at the School Reception on both BIC Schools.

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Parent Talks - International speaker and book author Tricia Taylor.

Parent Talk with Tricia Taylor at BIC Sant Agustí: Mind your Language, how your words have a lasting impact on your child’s success

Date: 19th March at 6.00pm

Suitable for all Key Stages

Parents from all over the island are welcome to take part, even if their child does not attend BIC.

Do you want to learn more about how your words have a lasting impact on your child’s success?

At BIC, we are committed to supporting students to develop and encourage their success.

Research shows that the language adults use when they give feedback to children is crucial in helping young people form a positive learning mindset and develop thinking skills that promote perseverance, hard work and the confidence to seek challenges. Understanding the research and then making small, yet significant, changes in the way you talk about learning and how you model your thinking in front of children will have a lasting impact on your child’s success.

At this workshop, you will learn:

  • The research relating to mindset and how we learn
  • Useful talking tips that promote a positive mindset
  • Suggestions for how to model your own thinking in everyday situations

If you are interested in joining the session, here is what you need to know:

Date: March 19th, 2020

Time: 6pm start

Venue: BIC, Sant Agustí – Please click this link for exact directions.

Tickets: €5 – Tickets are limited and can be reserved via email or purchased at the School Reception on both BIC Schools.

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Parent Talks - International speaker and book author Tricia Taylor.

A little bit about Tricia Taylor:

Tricia Taylor is a former teacher and leader in schools in the UK and US. With 20 years of experience in both primary and secondary schools, Tricia founded TailoredPractice to pursue a passion to make educational research more accessible to educators, youth and parents. Tricia has since worked with a wide range of British and international schools, presented at numerous conferences and is the author of a new book called, Connect the Dots: The Collective Power of Relationships, Memory and Mindset in the Classroom (John Catt). Tricia is also former Associate Lecturer for English at Goldsmith’s University teacher training programme in London and Education Consultant for PowerTools, based in New York City. Tricia holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Journalism and a Master of Education.

Maths department news

Thank you to all those parents who have purchased the homework support book already. Your child can begin to use this to revisit and consolidate learning steps made this year. This can be used in addition to homework set in class and the support offered by the mymaths website. Thank you.

The details of the workbook are below, many of you have already purchased this from online providers.

  • Collins KS3 Revision - KS3 Year 7 Workbook ISBN: 978-0-00-756266-4
  • Collins KS3 Revision - KS3 Year 8 Workbook ISBN: 978-0-00-756267-1
  • Collins KS3 Revision - KS3 Year 9 Workbook ISBN: 978-0-00-756268-8

Languages department news

A trip to the cinema

Last year the Year 7 native Germans read the novel “Emil und die Detektive”, written by the German author Erich Kästner and this week they got to watch the newest version of the film in the cinema Cineciutat in Palma. The trip started together with the KS2 students taking the bus to Palma.

The story is about a boy, called Emil, who lives alone with his father, as his parents are divorced. Emil gets to visit Berlin. On the train to Berlin, Emil meets a mysterious man who gives him a strange drink and Emil falls asleep. When he wakes up, the money that he had with him was stolen. In Berlin he finds new friends and all of them make a detective plan and each one of them had an assignment. They have to get Emil’s money back and rob the robber.

Having watched the movie, the students noticed some differences compared to the book, which were for instance:

In the book Emil lives with his mother, because the father died and the reason to visit Berlin is a different one. The mysterious man that Emil meets in the train, gives him some strange sweets instead of a drink. Some further details were interesting to compare for the students.

Everyone clearly had a lot of fun and enjoyed the time outside the classroom.

Humanities department news

Half term provides an excellent opportunity for students to do some early preparation for their exams that take place this summer. I have listed some ideas below to help get the students organised.

Organisation

- Make sure you take all of your exercise books and any other revision resources home.

-"Weeding" is a very satisfying activity. Go through all of your resources, keep everything that is important and recycle anything that is no longer needed.

-It is important to create a simple system so that you can keep all important resources well ordered. This might be a revision folder or a box file for each subject.

- You also need to create revision folders on your computers at home.

Revision Strategies

- Keep an eye on Google classrooms, download any revision resources and save them.

- Review your mock exam - focus your revision on any areas of weakness identified from the feedback.

- RAG (Red, Amber, Green) the specification or topic list. Focus your revision on your RED areas.

- Complete past questions - compare your answers to sample answers in the book.

- TEACH IT - teach a topic to a friend doing the same subject, a family member or even a teddy bear!

History

  • Year 11

1. Create at least one knowledge organiser for the Cold War.

2. Complete the 8 and 16 mark America Question.

  • Year 12

1. Plan at least 4 essay questions for Chapter 3 - Control of the People.

2. Create a knowledge organiser for Culture and the Arts in Russia.

3. Review the Value and Weight section of your mock and use this to help you write a perfect Value question for Khrushchev's Liberalisation.

3. Write a review of the article about Stalin's leadership.

Geography

  • Year 11
  1. Use the question-a-day sheets to help manage the revision workload
  2. Start learning the case studies from the booklet
  • Year 12
  1. Practise 6 and 20-mark questions
  2. Use the question-a-day sheet to break down the revision workload

Business

  • Year 11

Use your topic knowledge organisers to secure your core understanding.

Complete targeted topics in your revision Workbook using your Revision Guide

Economics and Business A Level

Complete exam practice questions using the cycle of study / revise / attempt question, and where possible use the mark scheme and green pen your answer before handing in.

Sixth Form department news

After February break we will be appointing a new Head Boy and Head Girl. All students in Year 12 have been asked to submit a written application by Tuesday 3rd March 9am and then will be interviewed. This will allow our current Year 13 students to focus on their final exams in preparation for University.

Annabel and Leti have done a great job as Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl and we owe a deep gratitude to them.

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Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl

Pastoral news

At BIC, we would like to award dedication, effort and assistance to those students who have a 100% attendance rate.

Every half term, the teachers need to nominate a maximum of 2 students per subject to recognise their achievements. We will be organising a celebration assembly when our students will receive their certificates.

Sports department news

BIC whole School Sports Day

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.

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 22nd February at 11:00am. The screening for this Saturday will be: "The Pirates".

We kindly invite you to join us for this fantastic concept and to share with your family and friends.

You will be able to purchase TICKETS HERE

We look forward to seeing you all there.

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Cineciutat Collaboration

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.

To register for our Summer School please visit our Website - REGISTER

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BIC Summer School 2020

CARNIVAL DISCO - Year 5 to Year 8


On Thursday 20th February our Year 5 to Year 8 students from BIC Sa Porrassa and BIC Sant Agustí had a wonderful fun evening at the Carnival Disco.

The theme was "At the Movies" and all children came dressed up as a movie character! We were able to see some fantastic and creative costumes. Our students had some good dancing moves and enjoyed some delicious snacks and drinks along the afternoon.

Prizes were given out for the Most Original and Best Costumes, however, this was a very difficult decision to make...

Have a look yourself...

JoyRon Foundation Talent Show

On Thursday we took our four finalist entries to the final of the international school´s competition held by the JoyRon Foundation "Mallorca´s Got Talent" at the Trui Theatre in Palma. We had 4 amazing acts - Lena and Lana from Year 4 singing Dance Monkey, Dexter from Year 7 doing freestyle hip hop dancing, a band made up of Matias from Year 7, Olivia and Kai from Year 8, Amber from Year 9 and Malinee from Year 12 performing a Taylor Swift song, and Brooke and Jess from Year 11 performing Bones by Lewis Capaldi.

All of our students were a shining example for our school for the whole day. Their behaviour at the theatre during a very stop and start technical rehearsal was incredible, as well as backstage at the event in the evening. They worked as a team all day and supported each other during their performances.

All 4 of our acts gave brilliant performances and got some fabulous comments from the judges - all of whom were industry professionals, and we were exceptionally proud. We were also thrilled to see how many other students, families and staff from the school came along to support and the loud cheering from them in the crowd certainly gave our performers a boost when they were on stage! The night was topped off when Brooke and Jess were crowned the best musical act of the night, winning a huge prize of a 4 hour recording session at Palma Recording Studios worth €600.

The girls can record tracks that will then be professionally mixed, allowing them both to create a demo CD of covers and their own original songs, which they could then release on to iTunes if they choose. For 2 young aspiring musicians this is an incredible opportunity! Well done to all of our acts, special congratulations to Brooke and Jess and thank you to everyone who supported. We look forward to competing again next year!