A message from Alison Colwell, Principal
I hope you are all safe and well.
We have held several webinars in recent weeks with current and future parents, and during them there have, understandably, been many questions about next school year. I can assure you that thoughts and plans for the return in September are at the forefront of my mind. As you know from recent communications, we are preparing actively for this. As you also know, we will be constrained by whatever restrictions the government has in place but it is absolutely our intention, if possible, to have all the students back in the building.
Having been out of the school building for so long I am keeping my focus on two main areas. The first is the emotional well-being of the children and young people. Many of them will be feeling anxious and maybe even fearful. Some children have taken to e-learning far better than others, inevitably. Everyone has missed their friends and their teachers. It will not be a normal "back to school" for any of us and we will ensure that we have excellent provision to ensure their happiness and build a sense of security for our students. Nor will this be a one-off; the students will adapt to the return in different ways and at different stages, and we will continue to manage and be acutely alert to their well-being and anxieties throughout the first months. I am confident, however, that we will be able to give them a warm welcome and a successful return.
My second focus is on the curriculum. Many students have made excellent progress and this is reflected in the reports that you are receiving today. However, I am also aware that some of our students have struggled with some aspects of their learning. We will be assessing students thoroughly on return and will be putting in place groupings and lessons that will best meet the unusual situation of not having been in a classroom for nearly six months. The curriculum that they will need in September may not be the one they have all year, as we will have a particular focus on core academic subjects including English, maths, science and Spanish, and we will ensure that any slippage in literacy, numeracy, oracy and even handwriting is robustly addressed. Of course, the curriculum will still be broad and balanced, and the subjects that have not been able to be as effectively delivered during lock-down - PE, art, drama, music - will feature along with the humanities, but there may be some changes to your child's timetable to accommodate this. Of course, all will be communicated to you prior to return.
The last thing I can guarantee you when we return is a careful revisiting, for all the students, of our rules, our expectations, our high standards and how things will be in BIC in September and onward. I have previously told you about a number of new staff who will be strengthening our great team; as I have recruited, I have deliberately sought to appoint people who share my own high ideals and aspirations; who think impeccable behaviour is essential and the norm; who care deeply about children and their well-being; who have a clear moral purpose as teachers; and who want to help me and my staff continue on our journey to reach my oft stated destination: to be the number one school of choice on the island.
Wishing you all a good weekend.
BIC Sa Porrassa Virtual Information Session - The Transition to Secondary
Thank you to all of you who were able to make it to our Virtual Information Session with the important topic of The Transition to Secondary.
We know that some of you were not able to attend, therefore we are delighted to share with you the recorded session for you to be able to view it and ask us any questions you might have.
Ms Elizabeth Compton - Head of Primary
Water was our theme for this week´s e-learning and children have really enjoyed learning about the importance of water, the water cycle, ocean creatures and how they can make a difference as global citizens. Teachers provided an array of opportunities for students to present their learning from poetry and posters to practical science experiments. Year 4 students were challenged to make videos to promote water conservation and students across primary have been educated on just how much water is used to make everyday items.
I commend all our students for their continued effort and engagement with e-learning as we enter the last full week of school and have been impressed with how this is reflected in the e-learning reports. However, this week I must give special congratulations to all our reception students for their excellent 100% spelling scores and completing their sticker charts.
We will be holding live key stage assemblies on Monday 22nd June to celebrate together the success of all our learners and Year 6 students will have an independent e-celebration assembly and we welcome our Year 6 families to join us for this special occasion.
Monday 22nd June - 3:10pm Year 6 e-celebration assembly - Parents welcome
The Year 6 transition taster sessions continued with students from San Agustí and Sa Porassa having the opportunity to find their feet in English and maths classes. Thank you to Mr Sparks and Ms Florey who inspired the children with challenging cryptarithms and new novels, just a taste of what is to come as they progress into Year 7 in September.
Term 3 E-learning report
Your child's Term 3 e-learning report is now available on our Parent Portal https://parentsbaleares.orbitaled.com .
This report outlines your child's effort and achievement in core subject areas during e-learning this term. If there are any aspects of your child's report that you would like to have explained further, please contact their class teacher or myself directly for a virtual appointment during next week, the 15th-19th June.
For any technical issues, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
Head of Primary
End of Year Solidarity Challenge Against Coronavirus - Race Against Hunger
The Action Against Hunger team would like to welcome you to the 23rd edition of the Race Against Hunger, an international and educational initiative that encourages the youngest members of society to embrace values such as solidarity, teamwork and responsibility.
In 2019, 286,000 students from more than 1378 schools in Spain and Andorra (including BIC) took part in the run to bring an end to hunger worldwide, raising a total of more than 3 million euros, which is the equivalent of 75,000 child malnutrition treatment packs.
This year the organisation, Acción contra el Hambre have mobilised to intervene both in Spain and in the countries where they work and that have been affected by the health emergency of COVID-19. The Race Against Hunger team has also joined this urgent and necessary fight. We cannot leave anyone behind.
They are committed to bringing the Race Against Hunger home. A sporting and solidarity challenge to mobilise teachers, students and family members from their homes, with a firm idea ahead: between all of us, we will be able to face this health emergency and help people in vulnerable situations. Please watch the video to see how you can help. Thank you in advance and join us live on Friday 19th June at 11:15am to race against hunger.
Big congratulations to Evan Cooper
Evan Cooper has been on his Muay Thai Journey for just over a year now and last year he won his first international competition. Evan has been training hard with his trainer Paul Hamilton and now Evan's training video is being used by the international federation of Muay Thai boxing in Spain! Big congratulations Evan and keep up the hard work!
Early Years Class with Ms Wardle
What a wonderful start to the week with World Ocean Day. Early years loved seeing the beautiful images and listening to the sounds of the ocean as part of their online learning. Our families talked about what they could do at home to save water as part of our water conservation week and next week we will look at how we take care of our beaches. ´The Snail and the Whale´ was the perfect Julia Donaldoldson story to take us on an ocean adventure.
The children wrote thank you letters to the whale from the snail, thanking him for letting him ride with him on such a big adventure. In pre-school Ray really enjoyed water week and has shared his excitement for learning with his sea creature project.
Top marks all around in our high frequency word spelling test this week, congratulations to Galatea, Andreas, Daniel and Nora for completing their sticker charts!
Year 1 Class with Ms Xidakis
We have been fantastic mathematicians this week solving subtraction calculations involving 3 digit numbers using the column subtraction method. We definitely challenged ourselves. We have enjoyed reading your messages in a bottle talking about your adventure as a pirate and I am really impressed with all the punctuation that is being used in your writing. In science this week we experimented with a balloon and used a pin to pop it. In topic class, we learned about Grace O’Malley and William Kidd; two famous pirates from the past.
We thoroughly enjoyed reading your fact sheets about them. Well done Year 1.
Year 2 Class with Ms von Waberer
We have had a wonderful week of learning about oceans and their amazing inhabitants.
Our class wrote beautiful and thoughtful poems as well as designing fantastic ‘Save the Ocean’ posters and incredible fact sheets on the magical existence of seahorses. We were in awe of these little creatures producing up to 1500 babies at a time and discovering it is the males who bear the young.
In maths we have continued to work hard studying multiplication arrays and introducing ourselves to division. We are so impressed with how much the children are challenging themselves and what a superb effort they are showing in their set tasks.
We hope you have an enjoyable weekend and we want to show our appreciation to the children and their parents for their ongoing support and hard work.
Year 3 Class with Ms Bakes and Ms Taylor
What a fabulous start to the week with celebrating World Ocean Day. We enjoyed learning all about the oceans of the world and why they are so important for our future. We explored the major threats they face and designed posters to raise awareness of the terrible damage that is being done, especially plastic pollution.
In English we have continued reading “How to Skin a Bear” and this week we were challenged with creating missing posters to help find the main character called Bee, who has gone missing from her Stone Age tribe.
In science this week we have been experimenting with how shadows can change their size depending on how close or far away an object is from a light source. We also had some fun making animal shaped shadows with our hands.
One of our Year 3 pupils, Toby, was chosen by Studio Mallorca to model masks on location in Portocolom. He thoroughly enjoyed this amazing opportunity and he was treated to a well deserved cake after his first job!
As always, take a look at all the wonderful things which we have been doing and creating.
Year 4 Class with Mrs Walsh and Mrs Alonso McGregor
The children have loved the theme of water this week and have been able to discuss and find out about many different aspects of this element essential to life.
World Oceans Day sparked lots of discussion about the state of our oceans and the children were passionate about getting the message across to REFUSE all single use plastic. Their posters aimed to share this far and wide. They wrote some beautifully simple haiku poems too, following the syllable structure carefully and it is incredible to see how their vocabulary is developing.
Always up for a challenge, Year 4 dived straight in (excuse the pun) to making their own videos promoting water conservation. During the lesson, they had been amazed at how much water is used in making many of the things that they love and take for granted. New clothes, gadgets and even our food uses significant amounts of water. They all recognised that the small things count too and simple changes like turning off the tap when brushing your teeth also make a difference.
Their science task is currently underway as I write and we can´t wait to see their ingenious ways of keeping an object afloat! Do we have any budding yacht designers or inventors amongst us, I wonder?
Next week, the last full week in Year 4, we will continue in earnest and are all looking forward to finishing our class reader, The Witches.
Year 5 Class with Mrs Demangeat and Ms Solomun
Year 5 has been engrossed in all things water this week, beginning with World Oceans Day on Monday where we had a virtual discussion about how the oceans are essential to the Earth and every living thing on it.
Some amazingly thoughtful acrostic poems were written using OCEAN as a starting point.
The Year 5 children were set a challenge; to find out if we are still drinking dinosaur pee?
There were some interesting answers; yes we are, was the general consensus of opinion, even though it was accompanied by quite a few “eeeurghs” at the thought! There is limited supply of water in a closed system so there is the distinct possibility that we are drinking the same water that dinosaurs might have drunk!
Our water theme continued with revisiting and extending what we knew about the water cycle and the different forms water can take.
Learning and making sure we all think about water safety proved to be an important and emotive subject as we shared stories and ideas to stay safe throughout the summer on the beach, in marinas, on boats or by rivers or lakes. The bright, colourful and informative posters that could be used to educate people about water dangers that the students produced were very carefully thought about to make them attractive and easy to understand.
Water also made an appearance in science where we looked at water resistance and why objects float or sink! It seemed a good opportunity to set investigations in a pool or the sea!
What a “waterful” week we’ve had! Have a super weekend.
Year 6 Class with Ms Roberts and Ms Hodgson
What a wonderful week we have had starting on Monday when we celebrated World Ocean Day and discussed that this week was water week.
In PHSE, we thought about the different usages of water and how important it is to us. We categorised what are essential and nonessential usages by sorting them into a Venn diagram. We also learnt facts about different marine life living in the different layers of the oceans and wrote facts about our favourite marine creature.
In topic, we discussed the differences between the sea and the ocean and why they are labelled as such. We played an exciting game in which we had to label all the different seas and oceans onto a world map. Working with a partner, we choose a sea or ocean to research further and designed our own sea creatures.
During our transition session this week, 6R thoroughly enjoyed our taster maths lesson with Mr Sparks in which they tried to solve cryptarithms and our English lesson with Mrs Florey in which 6H looked at- A New Short Short by Micheal Morpurgo. It is wonderful to also be joined by some of our SAN pupils and new students that will join in Year 7.
We hope that you all have a wonderful weekend and thank you once again for your continued support.
Language department news
Year 5 is working on the topic “Children around the world”. This topic contains a variety of grammar and spelling topics. We also have been looking at different ways children are taught all over the world and had a closer look at the worry doll which has its origins in Guatemala. Year 5 students wrote the instructions and also made these worry dolls which we would like to share with all of you. Fantastic work, Year 5!
Sports department news - The Weekly Challenges!
Being fit and active is a very important focus for us during a time when staying healthy is such a big concern. Wellbeing is an important part of our community at BIC, and our PE Team have started a fun initiative for us to follow.
Find below our weekly challenges - We invite everyone to give it a try!