A message from Alison Colwell, Principal
We are living in extraordinary times. I hope that you and your families are keeping as healthy and happy as any of us can be at the moment.
As you know, from Monday schools in Spain are closed to students for the following two weeks. The best educational resource for any student is an outstanding teacher in front of them; my absolute priority is to ensure that over the next two weeks your child gets the best education through the excellent online resources we will be providing.
I have anticipated some questions, which I hope will be useful for you:
How should I structure my child’s day?
We would like all children to keep to their usual timetable, as closely as possible. This means, for example, if your child would have physics period 1 on Monday they will access a physics lesson during this time. Where this is not possible, for example, PE, parents will of course use their own common sense; children may choose to do extra spelling, or maths, or read a book or go for a swim in the sea.
Can I communicate with my child’s teacher?
Absolutely! We are also providing a list of staff emails for your convenience. Teaching staff will be accessing and replying to email during the usual working day between 8.30 and 4.30. Your feedback will be welcome. There will be some teachers and staff working in school (including myself) and some who will be working from home; all will be working.
Is the school open?
Obviously, the reason for the schools being closed to students is to try to reduce the risk of the virus spreading. Therefore, we will not be encouraging parents to come into school. However, if you have made a specific appointment with a member of staff, or have made an arrangement to pick up some resources, that is, of course, fine. The reception will be open between 10 o’clock and 2 o'clock every day.
What do we do with technical issues?
We are providing a list of staff and their areas. For any technical issues around Canvas please contact the staff who are managing this.
What is happening with GCSE and A’level exams?
This is an uncertain and ever changing situation, which we are monitoring closely. In the meantime, students should take full advantage of all the online and hard resources that teachers are providing.
All of the above is of course subject to change. We will keep you fully informed. Thinking of you all at this difficult time, and looking forward to when we can welcome our students back to our school.
Meet the Teacher - Weekly Feature
Mrs von Waberer was born in the UK but spent the first 4 years of her life on the remote island of St Helena. She returned to the UK and was brought up on a small farm in Cambridgeshire.
Mrs von Waberer studied Latin at Leeds University and as part of her degree course spent a year at a university in Milan. This was also where she met her husband, Felix, who as a former student of BIC (then known as BIS) chose to study in Leeds.
Mrs von Waberer was given the opportunity of teaching Latin in some state schools around Leeds whilst studying at university which then fuelled her decision to study further and become a teacher. She completed her PGCE at the University of Cambridge and taught at schools in Cambridge and Bedfordshire.
Mrs von Waberer moved to Mallorca 18 years ago to complete her CELTA training and taught in several schools on the island before starting at BIC in 2009 as a year 2 teacher.
Since then Mrs von Waberer has taught a wide range of age groups at BIC from Year 2 up to Year 9 as well as being a mother to 3 beautiful daughters. She also co-owns a small boutique hotel in Palma which her husband manages.
Mrs von Waberer very much enjoys teaching and challenging young minds. She is passionate about classical history and mythology as well as English literature. She loves spending her free time by the sea with her family.
In 2018 Mrs von Waberer was appointed Pastoral Lead in Primary and works alongside the Head of Primary to improve the well-being and learning experience of all the Primary children at BIC.
New appointed Head Girl and Head Boy
We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Head Girl Vivien Ruth and Head Boy Santos Alcover. They both highly impressed us in their written application and interview. Both are taking up their positions with immediate effect.
Year 11 students' mentoring programme
The mentoring programme for all of our Year 11 students has been launched this week. Each student has been paired together with one teacher for the run up to their GCSE exams and the bridge to join BIC Sixth Form. This is an additional service to complement the excellent support they already receive from their form tutors Ms Pooler and Ms Coley.
Art department news
The BIC Artists
Our Year 8 students have been experimenting with a wide range of media, transforming photographs of themselves using highlighted pens, fineliners, pastels, ink and scissors. Each technique allowed the students to explore the elements of art and emphasis on rhythm as well as encourage movement. In the meantime Year 10 students seemed to have mastered the stippling technique in these charismatic portraits. We were able to see some fantastic results, well done!
Science department news
We would like to make a special mention to Nico Untemosser who has been invaluable in the transition to Canvas. Nico gave up his free time this week to help with the documentation for students and organisation of delivery of login information. We are very grateful to Nico for his dedication.
Languages department news
Schools Literary Contest
This year our student Julia Gallegohas participated in the 7th annual Schools Literacy Contest "Letter to a Spanish Military". The theme has been the importance of scientific research in the Armed Forces for the development of numerous advances, both future and past, from which we all benefit. All participants have had to write a letter to an anonymous military man highlighting the relevant role of such research.
Out of 383 educational national and international education centres that have participated in this edition, Julia Gallego has been declared FINALIST. The award will be presented to her in an act of the Defense Delegation.
We would like to congratulate Julia in this well-deserved achievement.
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.