A message from Alison Colwell, Principal
A good education is a partnership between home and school. I am always keen to get feedback from you all, as I think you know, and thank you to those of you who have already completed the annual Orbital parent survey. If you haven’t yet completed it, please do make time to do so, and as I have said, please be as frank and honest as possible. Orbital analyses all the surveys from all their schools, and I will take a genuine interest in its findings.
The recent primary languages survey was very interesting, thank you to everyone. There was a very loud message that came through - more Spanish teaching please! We have been making timetable changes for after Christmas that will accommodate that. Another finding was the parents who don’t want their child to pick up another language in the earlier years, but to keep their focus on Spanish and English. Again, we are able to accommodate that, although those children who want to continue learning German or French will also be able to.
Staff have also been discussing the curriculum as we start to look towards September 2020. We worked in teams to answer the question I mentioned two weeks ago - what do we want our children to have a good knowledge and understanding of, if we are to say we have given them an excellent education by the time they leave school. It led to some fascinating and energising debates - alongside the more traditional (and important) academic subjects, staff also suggested a wide range of things they felt schools should try to get into their curriculum - cookery, good manners, first aid, Mallorcan culture, current affairs, taxation, healthy relationships, gardening, public speaking and Russian to name just a few! Watch this space.
As you know, I try to use my space in the newsletter to highlight the teaching and learning priorities for me and my direction of travel for the school, as we continue to make BIC even better. I have talked about the curriculum, the more able students, sixth form, homework - these are vital aspects of a good education, but I also think so too is the food that children eat! School is about so much more than just academic success, and we are looking into how we can improve the dining experience for our students. Of course the quality and range of the food but also the canteen environment, how the children sit and eat, their understanding of nutrition, their enjoyment of eating, the social aspect of sitting and eating together, food waste, recycling - these are all important aspects. As ever, please do let me know your views.
BIC, Sa Porrassa
DATES ON DIARY
|Sunday 1st December||BIC Choir Performance - Santa Ponça Square|
|Friday 6th December||Public Holiday - School closed|
|Tuesday 10th December||BIC Choir Performance - School Christmas production|
|Wednesday 11th December||BIC Choir Performance - School Christmas production|
|Friday 13th December||BIC Christmas Fair|
|Friday 13th December - 9.30am||Early Years and KS1 Christmas Performance|
|Wednesday 18th December||Christmas Lunch & Christmas Jumper Day|
|Friday 20th December||Last day of Autumn term|
Drama department news
We have been busy with 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.
We would like to share with you the following dates of all our upcoming performances this term:
- Sunday 1st December - Santa Ponsa Square
- Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th December - school Christmas production
- Saturday 14th December - Son Amar
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. Over the coming weeks, homework will be set using these workbooks based on the current topic of study. The details of the correct editions are listed below. Thank you.
- 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
Physical Education department news
Year 7 built on their fantastic successes of last year by taking part in a school football fixture against King Richard’s this week. The team played some fantastic football at times but were beaten by the better side on the day. The BIC team included two players making their debut for the school team having joined BIC in September and a number of players who continue to represent the school positively. The match was the first secondary football game amongst the international schools for a number of years and I will be looking to encourage other schools to play us in order to provide as many opportunities as possible for our students to play competitively in a school setting.
As ever, hard work and hours of good quality practice are the key to improving skills individually and as a team. I would encourage all Year 7 and Year 8 students that are interested in representing the school to attend the freetraining session on a Thursday after school that is led by the RMA Academy between 4:15pm and 5:15pm.
Science department news
Carrying on from their work on the heart, Year 7 are now learning about the structure of the lungs and the respiratory system. On Thursday, Miss Turley´s science class had the pleasure of another dissection, this time of the lungs. The students were really excited and were able to identify the main parts such as the trachea, bronchi and bronchioles.
Computer Science department news
Secondary students have also been exploring the relatively new competitive scene of Esports during Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes. Hosted by Mr Horne and managed by Kjell Wenzel, the club has kicked off to an exciting start due to the wet weather. The first competitive event, featuring Krunker, will be held prior to the Christmas break in a 2v2 format. Students are welcome to sign up with their partner at FL5!
Languages department news
As part of the curriculum in German and Spanish, Year 8 students will be visiting ‘La ciudad romana de Pollentia’, the ruins of a Roman city in Alcudia on the 18th of December of 2019. We will be given a guided tour in Spanish about the Roman culture.
Humanities department news
This has been a very busy week for the Humanities department. Year 11 students were able to attend ́taster sessions ́for different subjects on offer next year. Subjects include history, geography, business studies, economics, politics, psychology, sociology and travel and tourism. The students really enjoyed finding out more about the different Humanities subjects.
Sixth from department news - 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.
We wish everyone the best of luck!
Charity - Christmas Shoe Box appeal and Donations
We wish to send you this reminder about our shoe box and charity appeal. The final date for all donations is Thursday 5th December.
Reception, Year 1 & 2 – New-born boxes
Baby-grows, baby bottles, nappies, wipes, talc, baby bath, spare teats/dummies, lotion, bibs, blankets, woolly hats and mittens.
Years 3 to 6 - Boys and girls shoe boxes
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 to 13 - Hygiene boxes for both men and women
Toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, flannels, shower gels, manicure sets, combs, hair brushes, lip balm, moisturisers, soaps.
All boxes must NOT be sealed shut and must be UNWRAPPED.
Please label clearly on the box which category it is for and if it’s for a boy or girl.
In reception we have large plastic crates for any other clothes, toiletries or toys you would like to donate.
We also have a cash donation box for anyone that would like to donate but may not have time to go shopping. Items will then be bought on your behalf. This will be on the reception desk during school hours.
We would like to thank you for your continued support and kindness during the festive season.
School Council news
As a school council we all feel strongly about the environment and wanted to ensure all of our classrooms are equipped with the right bins to help us recycle. We all know we need to recycle as much as we can, however before that, we need to think of the other 2 R's, Reduce and Reuse. For that reason we chose not to buy recycling bins for our classrooms but to reuse the boxes we already had in school. The school council came together on Friday and worked together to paint and label the paper and plastic recycling boxes for classrooms throughout the school. This is the first of many planned activities to help our school become a more environmentally friendly place to learn.
Movie Mornings at Cineciutat
We are delighted to share with you further information about our collaboration with Cineciutat Nins, located in the heart of Palma.
- 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 non-profit and self-managed by its members. #morethanacinema - Cineciutat -
Following last Saturday's success Cineciutat will be holding another Movie Morning for all of our parents and children next Saturday 30th November at 11:00. This week's screening will be "Zog and the Highway Rat".
We kindly invite you to join us for this fantastic concept and to share with your family and friends.
- 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)
Tickets are available at our reception as well as online under the following link:
We look forward to seeing you all there.
Christmas card competition Winners
The Christmas card house competition has now ended and the winners have been announced. We would like to thank all the primary and secondary students that entered, each entry was fantastic and we could tell a lot of hard work went in to each image. It was extremely hard to decide the top 3 for Primary and the top 3 from the secondary entries. A large chocolate Santa was given to both first place students and from the first place winners Alexander and Sofia it was finally decided that Sofia´s entry will be the overall winner and used for the school Christmas card. Thank you to everyone who participated in this house competition, we were impressed by the high standard of art work produced and we must congratulate all who entered earning valuable points for their houses.
I was impressed by the high standard of art work produced and we must congratulate all who entered earning valuable points for their house.
1. Alexander in Year 3 - Wolves
2. Lilien in Year 2 - Eagles
3. Ben in Year 4 - Leopards
1. Sofia in Year 8 - Wolves
2. Lily in Year 8 - Wolves
3. Ismene in Year 9 - Eagles
Well done to everyone!