Dear parents,

I love libraries. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of the dusky warmth and comfort of my local library, spending happy Saturday afternoons buried in books, books that got smaller as I grew larger, and leaving me with a love of reading that still lies within me. My fondest memory is of the pale blue mobile library that would turn up in our road every Thursday afternoon. I can vividly recall its smell, the excitement of stepping into this small, thrilling world. Even today in our technological world I relish being in book shops, love the feel and smell of fresh new books and rarely use my kindle, preferring to be laden down on holiday with real books rather than the impersonal feel of an electronic one.

I know that many of you are as keen as I to have a library in our school, and thanks to the enthusiasm and action of some parents we are now on the road to making this become a reality. Nadine Smith is going to be driving this exciting project and I know a number of you have already signed up at the recent PTA meeting to be fully on board; thank you and I am personally behind this 100% as well.

Stage 1 of our plan is to use an existing place in the building to create our library, which will be a wonderful space, full of books for children to spend their recreation time in if they choose, reading quietly, as well as of course browsing the shelves to choose books to take home. Thank you to the parent who has already contributed essential shelving for this. (I know you don't want public recognition, you know who you are and my heartfelt thanks to you.)

Nadine and the team are now working with local book shops and we also invite any of you, who may have second hand books you wish to donate, to please get in touch. We also seek volunteers to work in the school on getting the library organised.

Our stage 2 is a far more ambitious project around having a full public library on our site, with all the accompanying cultural, linguistic and community benefits such a place will bring to our locale. We intend, as always, to aim high!

Kind regards,

Alison Colwell

Principal

Parent Talks - International speaker and book author Tricia Taylor

Parent Talk with Tricia Taylor at BIC Sa Porrassa: What every parent should know about learning: Powerful tools to use at home

Date: 18th March at 6.00pm

Suitable for all Key Stages

Parents from all over the island are welcome to take part, even if their child does not attend BIC.

Do you want to learn more about the powerful tips for supporting your children’s learning at home? Do you want to know what the research says about how we learn?

At BIC, we are committed to supporting students to develop the most effective habits for learning — and we want your help.

In this parent session, led by international speaker and book author, Tricia Taylor from Tailored Practice, you will learn specific strategies children can use to maximise memory and learn more efficiently, leading to more creative and analytical thinking and better outcomes. We will give you evidence-based tips on how you can support your children through your own understanding of the science of how we all learn over time. We’ll also debunk some commonly held myths about how the brain works. Together, we will help children to build confidence, learn better and be more independent students throughout primary and secondary schools.

After the workshop you will:

  • Understand key information about how memory works
  • Learn the most effective research-based strategies for learning
  • Be better equipped to support your child’s learning at home

Date: March 18th, 2020

Time: 6pm start

Venue: BIC, Sa Porrassa– Please click this link for exact directions.

Tickets: €5 – Tickets are limited and can be reserved via email or purchased at the School Reception on both BIC Schools.

Parent Talk with Tricia Taylor at BIC Sant Agustí: Mind your Language, how your words have a lasting impact on your child’s success

Date: 19th March at 6.00pm

Suitable for all Key Stages

Parents from all over the island are welcome to take part, even if their child does not attend BIC.

Do you want to learn more about how your words have a lasting impact on your child’s success?

At BIC, we are committed to supporting students to develop and encourage their success.

Research shows that the language adults use when they give feedback to children is crucial in helping young people form a positive learning mindset and develop thinking skills that promote perseverance, hard work and the confidence to seek challenges. Understanding the research and then making small, yet significant, changes in the way you talk about learning and how you model your thinking in front of children will have a lasting impact on your child’s success.

At this workshop, you will learn:

  • The research relating to mindset and how we learn
  • Useful talking tips that promote a positive mindset
  • Suggestions for how to model your own thinking in everyday situations

If you are interested in joining the session, here is what you need to know:

Date: March 19th, 2020

Time: 6pm start

Venue: BIC, Sant Agustí – Please click this link for exact directions.

Tickets: €5 – Tickets are limited and can be reserved via email or purchased at the School Reception on both BIC Schools.

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Parent Talks - International speaker and book author Tricia Taylor.