Dear Parents,

I write at the end of my first full week as principal. It has been wonderful to see our students coming - frequently skipping! - to school and to feel the level of excitement and anticipation that comes with a new school year, my own excitement included. I have had the opportunity to meet some of you, and I hope very much to meet, and get to know, all of you over the coming months.

We have thoroughly enjoyed our first week in the school and I am very impressed with much that I have seen in the classroom. As I have said before, the priority for me, and I imagine for you, is the learning, teaching and challenge that your child experiences, and the progress they make. Being happy, feeling safe and enjoying their education are similarly important.

I know that communication is frequently cited as a concern in schools, and I aim to make your communication with school, and specifically with myself, simple and clear. I am only ever an email away, and, of course, you can see me most mornings in the playground. However, I also want to have a more joined up and collective approach to us working together. To that end, I will be holding a series of information sessions, starting next week, when I invite parents to come into school, to hear about (and hopefully understand better) different aspect of school life - and for me to hear directly from you about what is of most interest (and most concern) - I don´t want to wait until a survey!

Wishing you all a good weekend.

Alison Colwell

Principal

BIC, Sa Porrassa

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School Assembly, BIC Sa Porrassa

BIC Presents: Ms Elizabeth Compton - Head of Primary

Ms Compton joins us from, Yew Chung International School in Shanghai. She graduated from the Leeds Metropolitan University, England with a BA (Hons) in Education and went on to complete the Post-Graduate teaching qualification (PGCE) at the University of Bedfordshire. Specialising in Modern Foreign Languages she is also bilingual in Spanish and English. In addition to her extensive international background in Asia and UK training, Ms Compton also has 5 years of experience teaching in Valencia, Spain. She looks forward to working with students, parents and teachers to develop teaching and learning across the primary school.

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Ms Elizabeth Compton - Head of Primary

BIC Presents: Mr David Bennett - Head of Secondary

David Bennett is starting his third year at Baleares International College building on a very successful first two years. He graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BA Hons in History and Politics and after two years in the police service returned to take his PGCE in History. David now has over two decades of experience, including being a senior leader since 2004. This experience covers large schools of over 1400 to small schools of 400 in a variety of settings from coast to city and from schools in difficult circumstances to high achieving grammars. He is looking forward to building on the solid foundations of his first two years, and the great results attained, to move BIC into a consistently high performing secondary at all levels.

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Mr Bennett - Head of Secondary; Ms Compton - Head of Primary

Important Primary News

Dear Parents,

At the beginning of each year the primary department holds meetings between the class teacher and parents to explain the aspects of learning which are specific to each year level. As we understand that not all parents will be able to attend these meetings, a summary of the information will also be sent home with your child.

These meetings are held at the beginning and end of the day, the days and times of these meetings are listed below:

Year GroupsDate and Time
Year 3Monday 9th September: 3.20 pm
Year 4Tuesday 10th September: 8.30 am
Year 2Tuesday 10th September: 3.20 pm
Year 6Wednesday 11th September: 8.30 am
Year 1Thursday 12th September: 8.30 am
Early Years Thursday 12th September: 3.20 pm
Year 5Friday 13th September: 8.30 am

Reading

To support and promote the love of reading throughout the school Universal Book Stall will be available on Thursday12th September. They will be promoting books in English for all ages. These can be purchased at pick up time in the undercover play area. The children will be given an opportunity to browse the stall in the afternoon in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Ms E. Compton

Head of Primary

BIC Universal Book Stall

As part of developing vocabulary skills in Baleares International College we have implemented a new initiative over the last two years, where all students read in silence for the first 10 minutes of every English lesson. The purpose of this approach is to develop every student’s language competencies, something that literacy begins to build upon as soon as a child begins to acquire knowledge.

Reading in context is paramount to language development. This supports students in such skills as making predictions, summarising, noting a different author’s craft, the consolidation of grammar skills and making connections between the novel and the real world; essential not only in English but across all subject areas.

With this in mind, all students are asked to bring in a book, written in English, to every English lesson; which for most students is every day. In order to support this initiative on Thursday 12th September BIC will be holding a book stall, which will sell books, written in English, suitable for all age ranges, zero - 99. The stall will open at 2:30pm, where students will have the opportunity to visit the stall, reserve books and for the older students purchase them. The stall will continue after the end of the school day, allowing parents and students to purchase books that students (and parents) are interested in and engages them in reading.

We would kindly ask for your support in this approach towards developing your child’s vocabulary and their wider understanding of the English language.

Warm regards

Mrs Bennett.

Head of English and Expressive Arts

Take a seat - Design a picnic bench Competition

To kick off the start of the school year at Sa Porrassa, BIC will be running ´Take a Seat´.

This design competition is open to all students, parents and teachers to share their creative talents and help bring a splash of colour to our learning community.

Entries can be individual or as a group and the best designs will be brought to life. Entries are due to Ms Compton, Head of Primary, by the 27th September.

We are also looking for volunteers to support with painting. For further information contact elizabeth.compton@balearesint.net

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Take a seat - Design a picnic bench Competition