A message from Alison Colwell, Principal
It was good to see and meet so many of you at our Year 7 parent consultation afternoon this week. I hope that you had some productive and useful conversations about your child’s academic progress and well-being. We have found that having a more relaxed approach to these events rather than a set appointment time works better; some parents want just a quick 1 minute with one teacher and longer with another teacher, sometimes parents get held up. However, as with everything, we welcome your feedback. Just to be clear - your child is most welcome to attend these meetings with you. It is usual practice in my experience for children to sit with their parents and get feedback, although of course some parents may prefer to meet with teachers without their children present - whatever works best for you. If you do come without your child though, please ensure you know the names of their teachers, as I know this caused some parents a few difficulties! (your child can of course give you a list of their names.) Consultations for the other Years are scheduled for January and February. If you are unable to attend and wish to make a separate appointment we are always happy to accommodate that; conversations with parents are a vital element of us working together to ensure your child makes the best possible progress.
On that subject, there have been lots of questions and enquiries about the secondary reports. I know that many parents have found them rather confusing. We are changing the way that we report your child’s progress and I am leading a wholescale review of this, to ensure that the information and reports that you receive are clear, straightforward and easy to understand. Most importantly, they need to show you how well (or not) your child is doing, what areas they need to improve in and how you can best support them.
May I please remind you to put next Thursday in your diary, when I will be feeding back to you the findings of the most recent parent survey, and updating you on work on the site and the facilities.
Ms Elizabeth Compton - Head of Primary
This week in BIC Primary, new topics and texts continue to engage and challenge our students. In assembly we continued the discussion on how to achieve our New Year resolutions by breaking them down into smaller more manageable steps. I shared my own goal with our students of my intent to improve my cooking and Spanish writing skills! I have even asked them to stop me around the school to find out how I am progressing. Our students in Primary shared many of their goals with me. However, it was clear that many students want to develop their writing and handwriting skills this term. The Primary team and I will be looking into ways to support students in how to achieve these goals. My team also met this week to discuss our consistency and approach to home learning which will feed into our whole school policy.
The message that we are all continuously learning supports our students to become life-long learners. Another goal of mine is to read more, something I am sure many of us have in common. Ms Colwell and I are both passionate about the importance of reading in and out of school and we encourage you to continue to spend time with your children sharing books and reading. I include a link of the 100 best books for differing ages:
I am also looking forward to the start of our ‘Kilometre Club’ next week, please read on for further details of a fantastic way to kick start the day!
You may have noticed our new battery recycling container in the playground, this idea from our student council gives us another way to make a difference to becoming an even more environmentally friendly community.
On January 30th we will be holding a Careers Event. Our primary students will focus in class on their future aspirations and careers, and we will focus on their ‘Future Me’. If you would like to share your career/job experiences with our students please email me.
Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend,
Reception Class with Ms Wardle
We have really enjoyed reading ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy. The children especially liked using boxes for space rockets, wellies for space boots, and different sized bowls for space helmets, then counting down for take off. They took it in turns to act out baby and mummy bear’s characters. We also had a group discussion about what ten things we would take to space and wrote them ourselves! Next week we are going on a pretend train ride!
Year 1 Class with Ms Xidakis
Year 1 have been working hard to avoid number reversals this week. We have been making numbers to 20 and beyond using play-dough, in sand, on pin boards and writing them in our maths booklet, and solving addition and subtraction calculation. We have all worked hard to demonstrate improvement in our number work this week. We are continuing to read ´Man on the Moon (A day in the life of Bob)´, whilst spotting the aliens throughout the story.
Year 2 Class with Ms von Waberer
Year 2 were so excited to start reading another wonderful Mini Grey book ‘Toys in Space’. They loved learning new words when describing the characters and we all really enjoyed listening to everyone’s ‘first time I saw… ‘ feelings, which will be displayed outside the classroom very soon!
We have also begun our topic of ‘Changes in living memory’ and talking about what history is and why we study it. The class played a fun game to learn about chronology and made their own time-line to show important moments in their lives. They are excited to learn more about significant events and important people in the past.
In science we received a mysterious letter from a mouse who asked us to search for different materials around school so we embarked on a fun treasure hunt and are anxious to hear more from our classroom friend!
Year 3 Class with Ms Bakes and Ms Taylor
In PSHE this week, we have been learning to recognise potential dangerous situations in the home environment and offer sensible ways of preventing accidents from happening. We know that homes and schools can contain hidden hazards and we became hazard hunters for a lesson. (Mrs Taylor secretly planted some hazards for us to find!)
In maths, we have been exploring fabulous fractions and have been learning how to find fractions of different shapes and amounts.
Take a look at our photographs to see all the hazards which we found and the great game of fraction dominoes that we played.
Year 4 Class with Ms Walsh and Ms Alonso-McGregor
We have continued our delve into China this week, finding out about the geography of the country and its place in the world. We have loved poring over the atlases and learning about the lines of latitude, longitude and time zones. We were fascinated to think that as we were learning in school, others around the world were going to bed! We identified key features such as rivers, cities, mountain ranges and bordering countries.
In our English lessons, we identified the key events in the story of the ‘Willow Pattern’ and loved taking part in a drama activity. Using speech bubbles, we retold the story through the words of the main characters. This will be very helpful as we create our own comic strips of the story.
Year 5 Class with Mrs Demangeat and Ms Solomun.
Year 5 have been thinking about New Year resolutions and the world around us. We discussed and suggested some small improvements that we might be able to make to our daily life which would “make a difference” to our environment. The children came up with ideas such as; not using plastic straws, not letting water run whilst cleaning their teeth, making sure they use a lunch box instead of plastic bags or tin foil and trying to walk more, cycle or use the bus instead the car.
Sports department news
We are excited to announce that commencing next week, w/c 21st January, we will start the Kilometre Club.
Every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 8.30am, children, staff and parents are invited to run 1km around the running track. This is approximately 4 laps. Of course, if you wish to walk rather than run or complete less laps, that is totally fine too. We are happy for everyone to take part who wants to.
We hope that this will be an enjoyable activity to start the school day and will bring benefits to us all! This type of activity is common place in UK schools, with children not only improving their fitness levels but also showing greater concentration and focus in class.
Anyone who want to take part needs to wear trainers (with school shoes to change back into), but wearing P.E. kits is not necessary, unless it is your child´s normal P.E. day.
We look forward to seeing you at 8.30am on Tuesday 22nd!
Catalan department news - Environmental education
Catalan students in Year 6 and 7 have enjoyed a very interesting workshop this week provided by the “Consell de Mallorca” as part of their Environmental Education programme. During the session, students were encouraged to think about the amount of vegetable and animal fat that humans consume and what is happening to it after being used. Students displayed a great sense of care for our environment and gave many reasons why we should not dispose of used oil down drains.
Students learned how using three basic ingredients they can make soap as it has been made for centuries in different civilizations. They also understood the importance of safety measures if they ever do it at home due to the chemical reaction between two of the ingredients. A great activity to make our little contribution to improve the fantastic natural environment we live in! Bona feina!
After School Homework Club
Each day from 4:00-5:00pm BIC offers after school care for Primary students. This is held in Ms Taylor’s classroom (GR4) with our Learning Support Assistant Ms Dixon. The cost of this is 5 euros per club.
Children can complete homework, play board games, enjoy mindful colouring or reading.
This child care service is available free to parents when they need to attend our Parent Information Sessions or any parent teacher meeting.
Please contact the school office for further details.
BIC Careers Fair
BIC Sa Porrassa is delighted to announce its Careers Event on 30th January 2020.
The BIC Careers Event offers students and parents an exceptional opportunity to chat one to one with a wide variety of professionals, about their career ambitions. Our professionals are volunteers - our current and former parents, our staff, our alumni, and other professionals closely associated with the school.
We would also like to hear from parents, who would be interested in joining our event as volunteers, not only to promote their brands and companies but also to transmit their expertise to our students. If you are interested, please send me a short email confirming that you would like to be part and we will then send you additional information about the set up and timings.
We will look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you at our Careers Fair.
BIC Summer School 2020
We are delighted to announce our BIC Summer School 2020.
Suitable for boys and girls between the ages of 5 to 14, this is a fantastic opportunity for children to enhance their English and Spanish language skills, gain more confidence in a variety of sports (eg. tennis, volleyball, football) and enhance the children’s creativity. Children will be able to enjoy a day trip to the exciting local attraction Western Water Park, but most importantly, they will have FUN!
Our daily programme is full of exciting sports activities, swimming pool water games, arts and crafts and, of course, English and Spanish learning!
Various options are available: children can take part in the Summer School for the full 4 weeks – Mondays to Fridays, starting at 9:30am to 3:00pm – or may choose to join for standalone weeks between June 29 – July 24 as well.
Prices vary accordingly:
- 1 week - € 175
- 2 weeks - € 300
- 3 weeks - € 400
- 4 weeks - € 500
(*Prices do not include. Lunch will be provided by parents in the form of lunch-packs)
Available Summer School Programmes:
- English Language Booster: This is an ideal opportunity for all non-native speakers to boost their English skills across the 4 weeks. This programme includes English speaking, listening, reading and writing lessons taught by a native English speaker.
- Spanish Language Booster: This is an ideal opportunity for all non-native speakers to boost their Spanish skills across the 4 weeks. This programme includes English speaking, listening, reading and writing lessons taught by a native Spanish speaker.
- Early Years Programme (5 to 7 year olds): Include fun learning activities around English, Maths, arts and crafts as well fun interactive sports and swim lessons.
Daily Summer School Activities:
- Sporting Activities: Throughout the four-week BIC Summer School, participants will get the chance to practise and explore a variety of new sports such as badminton, table tennis, dodgeball, basketball, volleyball and football, all led by a qualified PE teacher.
- Swimming: During the hot summer, children can have fun cooling off in BIC's 25m outdoor pool and enhance their swimming skills.
- Craft and Designs: Creative Projects: This is the perfect chance for children to harness their creative side and take part in different art, science craft projects and/or music.
BIC Sa Porrassa Open Morning
We are delighted to announce that Baleares International College Sa Porrassa, Calvià, will be holding an Open Morning on Friday 31st January from 9.30am and we would love for you to join us.
This is a great opportunity for you to come and see our teachers in action and for your child to gain an insight into student life here at BIC.
This is a whole school Open Morning. You'll have the opportunity to tour our facilities, speak to our teachers and meet our students.
It is important to us that you register for the event. This will allow us to better tailor the day for any particular needs or interests, and provide more in-depth information for the specific Year group(s) you are interested in.
Registration is very easy; please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org confirm your attendance.
BIC Information Session - Parent Survey Feedback
We would like to invite you to our next Information Session on Thursday 24th January starting at 4pm. The aim of this session is to provide you with feedback from our recent Parent Survey, as well as to keep you up to speed with work on improving the facilities.
Throughout the term we will be hosting a monthly Information Session in order to ensure a transparent communication of our progress at BIC.
Every Friday we send out our BIC Newsletter, where you will find information about the school as well as planned events for the upcoming weeks ahead. Please have a good read!
We look forward to welcoming you all next Thursday and wish you a fantastic week ahead.
BIC Valentine ́s Disco
The greatly anticipated Valentine's Disco will take place on Thursday February 13th for Years 5 to 8. The theme is: “Wear something red”, and it will be organised by the Secondary Charity Group with all proceeds will go to charity.