A message from Alison Colwell, Principal

Dear Parents,

There is a famous quotation by the British philosopher and Oxford professor John Alexander Smith: “Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you in after life, save only this, that if you work hard and intelligently you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view, is the main, if not the sole, purpose of education”.

Whilst there is a certain element of truth in this amusing viewpoint, a good education, of course, has many purposes and a school many functions. First and foremost, its purpose is to give children an excellent education, to teach them things they didn’t know before, to learn about the world, and to gain a deep knowledge and understanding of many different academic disciplines. In addition to getting the highest qualifications they can, I also want all our students to fulfil their potential, academic and personal, creative and artistic. I want them to leave school as well-rounded, confident young people, with an awareness of the wider world, and a desire to play an active part in it. A good school will instil values in our young people, and endeavour to help them to grow into kind, responsible, tolerant and resilient adults.

But in addition to these academic and personal ambitions, a clear purpose of a school is to assist our young people with the next stages of their lives: to get them into the university, apprenticeship or career of their choice. On Thursday we are holding an open event for our sixth form; indeed, you may have heard some of our students speaking about their experiences at BIC and their aspirations on Radio 1 yesterday. I have been impressed by our sixth form, most noticeably by the calibre and experience of our teachers, many of whom have been senior examiners for the exam boards and have a wealth of experience and expertise teaching A’level, the gold standard of post 16 education across the world. In addition, our sixth form provides excellent pastoral care, supporting and assisting our young people at what can be a challenging and stressful time in their school life, and offering outstanding career and university application advice. I invite you to come along on Thursday, especially if you have children in Year 11 and 10 to hear more about our sixth form provision.

It is the time of year when we will be sending out the parent survey. I love a good survey! I am always extremely keen to get parental feedback, as I think you know, having met with so many of you already or been in email correspondence. Obviously, I have only been in the school for 11 weeks, but I really do want as much feedback as possible from you all, and please do write additional comments, ideas, criticisms or suggestions in the free text spaces. The survey will be sent out next week with a completion deadline of Friday 13th December. I very much look forward to reading all the feedback.

Alison Colwell


BIC, Sa Porrassa

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BIC Sa Porrassa - Sixth Form Taster Session and Open Afternoon


Thursday 28th NovemberYear 11 Options Event
Thursday 28th NovemberSixth Form Taster Day and Open Afternoon
Friday 6th DecemberPublic Holiday - School closed
Friday 13th December BIC Christmas Fair
Friday 13th December - 9.30am Early Years and KS1 Christmas Performance
Wednesday 18th DecemberChristmas Lunch & Christmas Jumper Day
Friday 20th December Last day of Autumn term

Drama department news

Drama is growing in our department, our GCSE students are beginning to excel in their course and our Drama Club on Wednesday afternoons is growing in popularity. With this in mind we have been able to arrange a free Drama workshop with Ruth Ford Drama studios this coming weekend - and any interested student is welcome! Please see details below.


On Sunday 24th November Ruth Ford will provide a FREE Drama class, for students of Baleares International College. The class will take place from 2.30 - 5.30 pm at our studio located at Carrer Núñez de Balboa, 6, 07014 Palma. The class is open to students between the age of 11 & 16, no previous acting experience is necessary. To enroll or for more information please email Ruth Ford at ruthforddrama@gmail.com. You can also visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ruthford.drama.7

We are also busy in rehearsals for all of our upcoming events and performances below. We can’t wait to show off what our students have been working so hard on! For external performances please contact Miss Mayes or Mr Croker for more details should you wish to attend and support students. The school show will include all of our primary school choir and key stage 4 performing arts students on both days, with Year 9 Drama students taking lead roles on Tuesday and Year 10 students on Wednesday. All of Year 8 will be performing on Tuesday, and Year 7 on Wednesday. The show in school will be at 2.45pm in the dining hall on both days, and limited free tickets are available. If you wish to attend please contact Miss Mayes or Mr Croker with which day you wish to attend and they will send you your ticket. Dates of all our upcoming performances this term are as follows -

  • Saturday 23rd November - Anglican Church in Palma
  • Sunday 1st December - Santa Ponsa Square
  • Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th December - school Christmas production
  • Saturday 14th December - Son Amar

Maths department news

I am often asked by parents about how they can best support their child with their maths. This is often followed up with parents recalling how much they disliked the subject when they were at school. As a subject, and as teachers, we have progressed significantly over the past decade or so. maths should be an engaging, challenging and creative subject in which students feel confident and excited about tackling tasks and problems that make them think deeply.

That said, as we learn, it is crucial that we practise some of the key skills that will allow us to access the more wondrous elements of our curriculum. And so to that end, we have identified some home study resources that, we feel, find the right balance to delicately ride the two learning horses of practice and intrigue. Please find below the details of the workbooks that we are asking you to buy if your child is in Year 7, 8 or 9.

  • 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

We ask you to source your own copy of the book yourself from either the publisher or your usual online retailer. The cost should be less than €10 including postage. Please only purchase one book for the current year of study. The content of each book matches with what we are learning in each Year group and will be referred to by your teacher to guide independent learning that will fortify and vivify what is being learnt in school each week.

MANGAHIGH Maths Challenge 2019

At the end of the first week of the challenge we are around 50th place! Some students have worked extraordinarily hard scoring high individual points. Aaron Skora alone has 114 points - well done to him! Students who earn 200+ points during the competition will receive an individual gold medal which will be sent in the post. We hope that Aaron and others will make it! Please encourage your child to play and not only practise their maths skills but also earn House points and add to the BIC total. We wish them the best of luck!

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Baleares International College - MANGAHIGH Maths Challenge 2019

Physical Education department news

Our Year 7 students will be taking part in an inter school football game against King Richards on Monday after school next week. It will be the first secondary inter school fixtures that BIC have taken part in for a number of years and builds upon the success of the Year 5 and 6 team from last academic year. We are very proud to say that we will be fielding a mixed side and have a number of enthusiastic and skillful girls who are a crucial part of the team. We wish the players the very best of luck.

George Gray in Year 11 recently picked up the U16 Balearic track league champion trophy at the annual Balearic Cycling Federation gala. An amazing night celebrating achievements and honouring contributions by volunteers.

Santos Alcover in Year 12 will be competing in the Balearics Boxing Championship final for the title this weekend. If successful he will go on to represent the islands in the Spanish National Championship. We wish him the best of luck!

Urbia Volley Palma Superleague

We are delighted to invite you to watch the Urbia Volley Palma Superleague volleyball match, which will take place on Saturday 30th November at 19:00 at Pabellon Son Moix, Camino de la Vileta 40. 07011, Palma.

We are delighted to offer free entrance tickets for all BIC Volleyball Club players and their parents. This event is a great opportunity to show our young volleyball players a professional game, meet other young club members and cheer together with them.

If you are interested then please email me or come to see me until Wednesday 27th November to confirm the number of adult and child tickets you require.

On the evening we will meet outside the venue at 6.30 pm to distribute tickets and enter the venue together for the games. Please be aware that all children will need to be supervised by an adult. We would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation and support to make this a very valuable and worthwhile experience for your child.

If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Izabela, PE teacher: izabela.zborzynska@balearesint.net

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Science department news

Our Year 7 students enjoyed the chance to get a ‘hands on’ experience during a dissection of a heart this week with Miss Turley. The students were able to identify the key features and explain how blood flows through the organ and how this relates to the circulatory system as a whole. Students were fascinated with how the heartbeat is generated. It is hoped to inspire the medical professionals of the future!

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Year 7 Students - Baleares International College

Languages department news

"This week we had the fantastic opportunity to go to the library Biblioteca de Cultura Artesana in Palma. It was very interesting to find out that the library not only offers books to read but also journals, newspapers, CDs and films. We received an ID card to be able to access nearly all libraries in Mallorca so from now onward I will certainly be visiting the library more often since it is so convenient. We also had the chance to look around and explore different material for our oral independent project as well as our A-Level courses." - by Sixth Form student Anna Metreveli.

"Esta semana tuvimos la increíble oportunidad de visitar la Biblioteca de Cultura Artesana en Palma donde realizamos una visita guiada por la biblioteca. Con ella pudimos adentrarnos a los lugares restringidos al público, en los que vimos archivos, manuscritos y documentos preservados allí desde hace más de un siglo. Por otra parte la guía nos ayudó a sacarnos el carnet de usuario con acceso a todas las bibliotecas públicas de Mallorca , lo cual nos ayudará en nuestros estudios , ya que podemos acceder a todo tipo de libros de todas las materias para expandir nuestro conocimiento de la asignatura más allá de los libros del temario" - by Sixth Form students Santos, Julia and Nacho.

Humanities and business department news

Business students are revising from their knowledge organisers once a week and being tested the next day. A knowledge organiser is a powerful revision tool. It specifies in meticulous detail the key definitions, diagrams and facts that students need to master in long-term memory. Everything business students need to know for their final exam is set out clearly in five knowledge organisers. For 30 minutes one night a week all business students will ´self-quiz ́ on the same subject in their knowledge organiser, which they will have a written test on the next day in class. This usually takes up one page of A4 in their business practise book. To ´self-quiz´they will cover up one side of their knowledge organiser, try to write down the definition from memory (in black biro) then self check and self correct using a green biro. As parents this is useful to know if you want your child to study at any time - they can ´self-quiz´ from their business knowledge organiser, which they can also access online.

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.

For more information about our A Level Scholarship Programme and Application process please visit our website: balearesint.net/scholarship2020

We wish everyone the best of luck!

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BIC and Orbital Education 2020 Scholarship Programme - Sixth Form - Baleares International College

Sixth Form Taster day and Open afternoon

2020 Registration are now open

Baleares International College, Sa Porrassa, is holding a Sixth Form Open Afternoon and Taster day on Thursday 28th November. All potential Sixth Form students aged 14 to 16 are invited to attend.

The Open Afternoon offers a great opportunity for families to see all the school has to offer, meet with students and staff and take part in lesson tasters in different specialist classrooms.

The Open Afternoon starts at 2.00pm on Thursday 28th November.

From 2.00pm to 4.00pm, prospective students are inhibited to join our taster lessons. Between 4.15pm and 6pm, parents/guardians and students are welcome to have a look around the School, take a guided tour, meet the teacher and learn about the Sixth Form subjects on offer.

To book a place at our Taster Day and Open Afternoon, or to learn more about BIC's unique Sixth Form offering, please email: registrar@balearesint.net or call: +34 971 133 167

We look forward to welcoming you at BIC, Sa Porrassa.

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Sixth Form Taster day and Open afternoon - Baleares International College, Sa Porrassa

BIC Christmas Charity

As it is coming up to Christmas, we would like to continue the BIC tradition of collecting shoe boxes for Zaqueo, a homeless shelter in Palma, and the Fundacion Montison Solidaria.

Zaqueo looks after over 120 men and 40 women and the Montison Foundation helps over 400 homeless families all year round. We would greatly appreciate ANY donations, gifts or contributions, new or old, big or small. As well as the shoe boxes we will have containers in the reception for all other items.

Please hand shoe boxes in before the 5th December. Good second hand clothes will be collected all year.

Please see below the different shoe boxes we ask specific classes to make or contribute towards with some gift suggestions (please note all boxes must be unwrapped):

Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 - New-born boxes

Baby-grows, baby bottles, nappies, wipes, talc, baby gel/shampoo, spare teats/dummies, baby sponge, lotion, bibs, blankets, woolly hats and mittens.

Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 - Boys and girls shoe boxes

Shampoo, gel, toothpaste, toothbrush, dolls or stuffed toys (with CE label), toy trucks, yo-yo, skipping rope, ball, play-doh, small puzzles, pens, pencils & sharpeners, crayons or felt pens, paints, notebooks & paper, solar calculators, card games, hair accessories, colouring & picture books etc.

Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13 - Hygiene boxes for both men and women

Toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, flannels, shower gels, manicure sets, combs, hair brushes, lip balm, moisturisers, soaps.

Below is an example of an adult male hygiene box and we thank you very much in advance for your cooperation.

BIC Christmas Charity

Rotary Club of Mallorca Debating Competition

Last Friday 15th November BIC hosted the latest round of the ‘Rotary Club of Mallorca Debating Competition’. BIC won the coin toss choosing to debate for the motion that ‘this house would introduce a cashless society immediately’ against the Lycee France School. There were some passionate and articulate speeches from both teams, showing the great effort and hard work our students have put into this year's competition. BIC won this round after some fierce competition from the opposition. Well done to Olivia Yidrum Ford, George Gray and Eli Anderson for their hard work, effort and commitment to BIC. We look forward to the next round of debates with great zeal!

Christmas Lunch & Christmas Jumper Day

On Wednesday 18th December students will be having a Christmas lunch, complete with crackers, party hats and Christmas carols to celebrate the festive season. Students in primary and secondary can wear Christmas jumpers to school and we ask for a small donation of at least 1 euro which will be donated to the “Help a Mallorca Child” campaign which raises funds for The Salvation Army, Fundacio Nazaret, Age Concern and Son Espases.

Children who regularly eat school dinners will of course be already booked into this event. For any other primary children who would enjoy this Christmas lunch, there will be a cost of 8€. Tickets can be purchased with SANED in the dining room from Wednesday 27th November -Wednesday 11th December. A vegetarian option is always available. There will of course continue to be facilities provided for those who wish to have their packed lunch. If you wish your child to join in the celebration, please order and pay for the lunch directly with the kitchen staff who will keep a record and the student tickets ready for this day.

Movie Mornings at Cineciutat

We are delighted to announce our upcoming collaboration with Cineciutat Nins located in the heart of Palma. To know more about this outstanding project we welcome you to visit their website: https://www.cineciutat.org/en.

"We are a cinema and sometimes theatre. We are a school and we are memories. We are ideas and innovation. We are culture. We are a non-profit self-managed by its members. #morethanacinema" - Cineciutat

Starting this upcoming Saturday and throughout the following dates, Cineciutat has included fantastic educational English movies available for your children to enjoy.

  • Saturday 23rd November at 11:00am - The Little Princess – Tickets available HERE
  • Saturday 30th November at 11:00am - Zog and the Highway Rat – Tickets available HERE
  • Saturday 14th December at 11:00am - The Grufallo and the Grufallo's child (Ticket purchase coming soon)

For this upcoming Saturday 23rd November, tickets are now available under the following link - Click here - Tickets will be also available at our reception desk where we will be giving you a voucher to be presented and redeemed at the ticket box in Cineciutat.

We very much hope you enjoy this fantastic project and of course wonderful movie mornings.