A message from Alison Colwell, Principal
I hope we find you safe and well, and enjoying the increasing freedoms.
In the next few weeks we will be holding a series of webinars, which will provide an opportunity for us to explain and give further information about important school matters. The first will be on the reports you will receive towards the end of term. Of course, each year students get an end of term report in the summer, but we have redesigned them so as to (hopefully) be as clear and helpful to parents as possible. The webinar will be an opportunity for us to go through the details and of course for you to ask questions. We will also be holding a webinar on that very important transition stage in a British school, which is the move from the last year of primary, Year 6 to the first year of secondary, Year 7. We will also be providing sessions for the Year 6 students to introduce them to key secondary staff and to ask their own questions.
I am getting a lot of questions about September. Of course, at this stage I am not able to say with any certainty what school will be like in September - no school can. Some things are obviously out of our control, as schools will be bound by the government restrictions and the Conselleria instruction. But I am an optimist and I am hoping for a return to some sense of normality. What I can tell you, is that we are working very hard to plan for all eventualities, as well as studying school returns in other countries around the world, to learn from them. What you have in me and my team at BIC is a total commitment to making sure your child will have the best possible educational experience whatever the restrictions. We will be analysing carefully the parent survey on e-learning. We are thinking about classrooms, class sizes, the curriculum. We are thinking about how best we can reintegrate students back into the building, recognising that there will need to be a huge social and emotional element to this, as well as an assessment of where students are at academically. The teachers that know your children very well, and care for them, have this as a real priority to ensure there will be a successful transition back to the world they left behind five months ago. We cannot, just like any other school, give you facts about school opening. But I can give you the facts of a committed and intelligent senior team who are good at solving problems and are planning for the opening; committed and dedicated teachers; a number of highly talented new staff joining us as you will have seen in last week's newsletter; a commitment to high standards and expectations; and my personal, oft-stated mission to make BIC the best school on the island.
Stay safe, stay strong,
BIC Sa Porrassa Virtual Information Session - Reporting
We are delighted to inform you that we will be holding a Virtual Information Session on Thursday 4th June starting at 4.10pm. The aim of this session is to give you an overview and explanation of the end of term reporting system, in both primary and secondary, and will be hosted by our Principal Ms Colwell, our Head of Primary Ms Compton and our Deputy Head of Secondary Mr Fitzpatrick.
If you would like to attend, we kindly ask you to register for the webinar by clicking here - BIC Virtual InformationSession - End of term Reporting System
We look forward to welcoming many of you.
Ms Elizabeth Compton - Head of Primary
Following on from such a successful healthy living week, students have been focusing their learning on endangered species. Inspired by ´National Endangered Species Day´ students were engaged in a range of classes, created posters, fact files to increase awareness. We encourage you to ask your children about what they have learnt and encourage discussions and further research at home to develop global citizenship in our students. We recommend National Geographic Kids as an excellent fountain of knowledge. https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
In assemblies as well as finding out I am not the only biggest fan of David Attenborough´s Blue Planet and the birth of a baby panda in Holland, I spoke to all students about the exciting relaunch of our House system in September. Children came up with some fantastic ideas about how we should rename our Houses and their reasons behind these. We encourage all students to put forward their ideas for our new Houses to Mr Fitzpatrick firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also looking forward to our Virtual Sports Day on Thursday 4th June. Next week Ms Izabella will be organising a ´practice week´ with live daily lessons. These sessions include ten minutes of fitness and two sports day events each day to explain and practise. We welcome all students to join Ms Izabella on Monday to Thursday at 3:15pm or Tuesday and Friday at 11:15am to get fit and get ready!
As temperatures rise, we will continue with our themed learning kicking off with World Ocean Day on Monday 8th June to lead us into water awareness week from the 8th to the 14th June.
For parents we are also offering the following virtual information sessions, please join us to find out more about these aspects of our school.
- Reporting - Thursday 4th June 4:10pm
- The transition to year 7 - Tuesday 9th June 4:10pm
Wishing you a cool and calm weekend,
Head of Primary
Early Years Class with Ms Wardle
This week's story was ´What the Ladybird Heard´ by Julia Donaldson. The children created their own farm scenes with toys and creative models, they then wrote about what they would see on the farm and created a list of jobs they would need to do if they worked there. In maths we practised addition using ladybird spots and I am very pleased with the progress shown.
As part of the endangered animal week Mrs Ratcliffe shared a video and non-fiction book all about pandas. The children enjoyed learning some facts. Panda babies are called cubs, they are born pink, blind, hairless, and very small compared to their mothers. By the time they are eight weeks old they open their eyes, and at three months begin to walk. At six months old, they can eat bamboo and climb trees just like their mothers.
There are currently only 2060 living in the wild, but now there are wildlife reserves and projects working to restore and protect their habitats and make sure they have enough bamboo to eat, and care is being taken to ensure they can survive in the wild.
Year 1 Class with Ms Xidakis
This week in English we have learnt about endangered and extinct animals and designed a leaflet to help promote awareness of these precious species. We also wrote a postcard from the Selfish Crocodile after he saw his wanted poster.
In maths we have continued to work hard learning about place value and number sequences. I have been very impressed by the detailed topic work on Queen Elizabeth I in topic class. A fantastic effort by all this week and we wish you a well deserved break over the weekend.
Year 2 Class with Ms von Waberer
A lovely week as always Year 2. Thank you for your continued hard work and dedication. We loved singing and dancing for Arthur’s birthday on Monday. We’ve really enjoyed looking at your beautiful posters about endangered animals and there has been some super work on rhyming words. We’ve been focusing on conjunctions in our writing and presentation. We’re delighted with the progress in joined up writing.
In maths students worked hard on measurement and I hope you continue to look around your house looking at the amount of millilitres or litres of containers with liquid as well as the weight of certain objects (grams and kilograms). You can tell me some more measurements that you find on Monday!
Have a relaxing weekend and see you on Monday.
Year 3 Class with Ms Bakes and Ms Taylor
In Year 3 this week we have continued to learn about how the people of the Stone Age lived their daily lives. We explored how some of the people were hunters and had to catch animals to eat and survive. To do this job successfully, they had to have really good weapons and tools, which they had to make themselves. Our task was to design and make our own Stone Age weapons - take a look at some of our amazing creations!
On National Endangered Species day, the children really touched us with their care about a variety of endangered animals, and they shared so much with us about how much they know and what they can do to prevent further endangerment. What wonderful posters some of our Year 3’s designed to raise awareness!
In English, we explored how white rhinos are at risk and we read a lovely story about the baby white rhino Lottie, who was born at Colchester Zoo in 2019. In science we have continued learning about light and this week we explored how mirrors work and how we can use mirrors to reflect light onto different objects. Take a look at some of our light mazes and other designs we created for our experiments!
Year 4 Class with Mrs Walsh and Mrs Alonso McGregor
Year 4 loved delving deeper into Roald Dahl's ´The Witches´ this week and the story has led to some fantastic work. Some amazing character descriptions were inspired by the Grand High Witch, and her rhyming couplet spells helped us to write class poems all about endangered animals and the rain-forest.
On Tuesday, National Endangered Species Day, all of the children thoroughly enjoyed finding out about animals of the rain forests, some of whom, were even new to us. The children were captivated by the plight of many of these animals and motivated to do something about it. With these budding conservationists amongst us, we are hopeful that these animals will be with us for many years to come.
In science, the children learnt about the different sources of electricity and all zoomed around their homes, looking for examples of appliances that use mains and battery power.
Year 5 Class with Mrs Demangeat and Ms Solomun
This week in Year 5 we had a week-long celebration of “National Endangered Species Day”. Our students showcased their exceptional research skills by performing an independent research project. The children, who knew all about the more well known endangered species, looked at Mallorquin and Spanish endangered species and compiled their findings in a fact file.
In topic, we explored the travel industry boom that occurred in the 20th century and how technology has influenced contemporary travel and tourism. The children completed their own “Tripadvisor Reviews” full of funny antics and lovely pictures.
Science involved simple experiments to find the centre of gravity of shapes; once found, the shape could be balanced easily! The students have continued to update us on their growing projects from last week and we have potato and tomato shoots popping up as well as pineapples, which might take a little longer to produce fruit. Our Year 5 recipe file continues to expand so please try out some of the delicious, healthy recipes suggested by the students. https://wakelet.com/wake/oWYjGgi7h-_r8dRonALqA
Year 6 Class with Ms Roberts and Ms Hodgson
This week Year 6 have been learning about some of the factors that cause animals to become endangered. They discussed the struggles that some animals face, especially due to the production of palm oil. Dr Emma Keller from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - said: "Palm oil is in close to half of the products we buy in the supermarkets - in everything from shampoos and soaps, to pizzas and biscuits. It's everywhere’’.
Students passionately shared their views on deforestation, hunting, palm oil plantations and orphaned orangutan babies.
Then each pupil chose an endangered animal and set to work to produce an eye-catching poster to explain the problems that their chosen animal faces.
More importantly, Year 6 had many suggestions about the things that people could do to help these endangered animals.
Watch these wonderful flowers our Early Years students have made to practise spring vocabulary in Spanish
We have had a wonderful week in French class. Year 4 have cooked together. Learning by doing is such a fantastic way to develop skills. Here are our gourmet cakes and I heard they were delicious! Thank you to all parents and students, we loved the experience.
While Year 4 have been hands on cooking, Year 3 students learned to describe our facial features supported by our drawings. Thank you to Carola for her fantastic ideas!
This week Year 4 has been talking about their abilities in German "Was kannst du?" covering modal verbs and various hobbies at the same time. As a result they created lovely presentations.
PE department news - BREAKING NEWS!
Our favorite part of the year is here - Sports Day!
While Sports Day will look a little different than normal, it is still going to be a wonderful experience.
Coming next week our PRACTICE WEEK will be full of challenges, laughs, and FUN!
Each Live PE session Miss Izabela will be leading up to the event, a video of a new challenge will be launched via the Sport section on Canvas.
Can you overcome each challenge? We will explain the challenge and how it is scored. During that week students, parents and BIC staff are encouraged to train and practise. Join our daily live PE sessions as we do some crazy challenges!
BIC Virtual Open Days
To respond to the increasing interest from parents who are looking for a school and enrol their chil(ren), both BIC schools have held two Virtual Open Days in April and May (for stages of Early Years, Primary and Secondary) which were positively received by many parents who attended.
Following up the feedback from our last two Open Days and due to these unusual times, BIC would like to offer families the opportunity to get a better idea of our campuses in Sant Agustí (Palma) and Sa Porrassa (Calvià). Therefore we are delighted to inform you that our next Virtual Open Days are scheduled on Wednesday 10th June and Thursday 11th June at 4.30pm where all families will be able to enter a live Q&A session with our Schools’ Principal and Admissions teams.
The virtual Open Day is a great opportunity for you to learn about our Schools, meet our Senior Team and ask any questions in a friendly setting.
- BIC Sa Porrassa Early Years, Primary and Secondary stages - Wednesday 10th June at 4.30pm - REGISTER NOW
- BIC Sant Agustí Early Years and Primary stages - Thursday 11th June at 4.30pm - REGISTER NOW
If you may have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Team:
- BIC Sant Agustí - Gillian Ford - email@example.com
- BIC Sa Porrassa - Holley McMonagle - firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to welcoming you at the BIC Virtual Open Days.