A message from Alison Colwell, Principal

Dear parents,

As you are aware, ensuring that the curriculum is broad, balanced and appropriate lies at the heart of our ongoing improvements in teaching and learning. In an all-through school, having the curriculum joined up from the earliest years right through to the end of Year 11 is not only essential but should be easily attained. It is vital that the children learn in a sequential manner, building on prior knowledge and never repeating or duplicating work that has been taught before (other than when extending a topic or revising, obviously). This is also an exciting opportunity, in an all-through school, for staff to collaborate, to plan and work together cross phase and to enable subject expertise to cascade down into the younger years.

To that end we are currently starting to establish an 11 year curriculum in all subjects, with teachers working across the primary and secondary schools to map the content that is taught, and to ensure a joined up and logical progression in learning. Obviously, parents being fully informed and aware of what is taught when is extremely important and it is our intention that you will be able to see and understand exactly what your child is learning, in each subject, every term, in all Years.

There will be no change to the school day timings next year. We are, however, moving to a six period day. This will mean that each lesson is an hour, which we believe is the optimum lesson length. It also reduces the number of lesson transitions, time spent moving between classes, and is obviously lost learning time.

I will keep you fully informed of our curriculum developments, and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible next Thursday at the update session.

Kind regards,

Alison Colwell

Principal

Ms Elizabeth Compton - Head of Primary

Dear parents,

Ms Colwell discussed in her newsletter last week a love of books and the importance of developing our school library. Another way we continue to encourage a love of reading is through events such as ‘World Book Day’. On Thursday March 5th Students will be engaged in many reading activities throughout the day. We will have a visit from the ‘Puppet Theatre’ for our youngest students, buddy reading sessions and we invite all students to dress up as their favourite book character!

As part of the library's growth, our theme is "Today a Reader....Tomorrow a Leader" and our goal is 1000 books. Please can you take a moment over the weekend to clear off any previously read/outgrown books on your shelves and bring them in. We will accept anything that is in reasonably good condition, and whatever the library does not use, will help generate funds for new acquisitions from a book sale to be held later in the year. There is a collection box in the reception area for books brought to school at other times.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

Kind regards,

Ms Compton

Library development

Many thanks to everyone who expressed an interest in the BIC Library, and has offered to help!

Here are a few updates on our progress:

Five more bookcases were acquired, and have already been delivered to the school. We have been offered a generous donation of other furnishings (including more bookcases) and hope to have these in place next week.

In keeping with the "International" aspect of BIC, in addition to the collection of books in English, there will be a section for each of the languages taught at the school - Spanish, Catalan, German and French.

We have received donations of over 100 books this week, and are kicking off the BIC Library book donation drive on Monday. The theme is "Today's Readers are Tomorrow's Leaders", and the goal is to acquire 1000 more books for our library. This is a great time to check your shelves at home and bring in any books that your child has outgrown, or have been previously read and can be passed along (perhaps a mention to family and friends, as well!). Please don't forget that we are also seeking donations for books in other languages.

The book donation table for next week's book drive will be set up at the big entrance gate, each day at both drop off and pick up times. Any books collected that are not able to be used in the library will be offered at a book sale to be held later in the year, with the funds being used for new acquisitions. Please let me know if you can help out at the table (about 30-45 minutes) for either drop off, or pick up time.

Warm regards,

BIC PTA Community

CELEBRATING SUCCESS!

Congratulations to this week's certificate winners!

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Stuents Celebrating Primary Success at BIC Sa Porrassa

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.

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Parent Talks - International speaker and book author Tricia Taylor.

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.

A little bit about Tricia Taylor:

Tricia Taylor is a former teacher and leader in schools in the UK and US. With 20 years of experience in both primary and secondary schools, Tricia founded TailoredPractice to pursue a passion to make educational research more accessible to educators, youth and parents. Tricia has since worked with a wide range of British and international schools, presented at numerous conferences and is the author of a new book called, Connect the Dots: The Collective Power of Relationships, Memory and Mindset in the Classroom (John Catt). Tricia is also former Associate Lecturer for English at Goldsmith’s University teacher training programme in London and Education Consultant for PowerTools, based in New York City. Tricia holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Journalism and a Master of Education.

Reception Class with Ms Wardle

As part of our ´Let’s Pretend´ topic we read and recreated the story of ‘Supertato´, by Sue Henda. The children really got into the Supertato character and created their own superhero masks and costumes. They also did some very creative paintings and lovely pieces of writing to describe our favourite, veggie rescuing hero.

Year 1 Class with Ms Xidakis

In maths this week we have been learning about money and matching up shopping items to the correct price tag developing our understanding of money.

In literacy we have been writing about a day in the life of an astronaut (Bob) from our story book, concentrating on punctuation.

In art we have been very creative and made a Valentine´s card with a decoration heart charm inside for our family to thank them for all they do for us!

Last Thursday afternoon EYES and KS1 met in their house teams and created a team kindness heart, highlighting all the kind actions we do on a daily basis. Look out for the hearts displayed in the school reception area.

Year 2 Class with Ms von Waberer

Year 2 have been party organisers this week in Literacy designing fancy party invitations for Hoctopize, our book character. They enjoyed a fun science lesson looking for specific objects around the school under the titles of ‘waterproof’ , ‘flexible’, ‘rigid’ and other scientific adjectives to describe the properties of materials.

We enjoyed a visit from Year 12 student Halle in history to help us with talking about the differences between life in the past and life today. This is in preparation for our school trip on Tuesday to La Granja which Halle and three other sixth form students have kindly organised for us.

Year 3 Class with Ms Bakes and Ms Taylor

This week we have been talking lots about Valentine’s Day in Year 3. The children have learnt that the day is named after a Roman priest who was called Valentine, and he strongly believed in love. They also learned that the Roman Emperor Claudius forbid anyone to get married, as he believed that love and marriage distracted men from fighting in the Roman army! However, the priest Valentine thought that people should get married if they wanted to and he secretly carried on marrying people. Eventually Emperor Claudius found out and sent Valentine to prison. Valentine was later made a saint on the day of the 14th of February.

We have been discussing how much we love our family and how we should be thankful and grateful for the love and care they give to us. The world would be a lonely place without love and friendship!

Year 4 Class with Ms Walsh and Ms Alonso-McGregor

After looking at a range of purses and wallets in our Design Technology session, Year 4 spent time designing their own money containers in their sketch books, with a view to making their own. We have now tried out a range of sewing stitches on our practice binca and are ready to move on to the real deal of sewing our purses. The children have found this life skill quite challenging but have enjoyed their successes. We can´t wait to see and use the finished products.

Year 5 Class with Demangeat and Ms Solomun

This week in Science, 5S have been learning about the Copernican Revolution. In order to better understand the paradigm shift from the geocentric to the heliocentric model, and fully grasp the roles that the different scientists and schools of thought played, we got into character and did a bit of acting. Some of us were Ptolemy, others had to depict Galileo and some got to walk in Kepler's shoes.

In between playing "Spin the Fronted Adverbial Wheel" and writing funny and imaginative stories about Sniffy and Miffy, we have also been reading lots of cool newspaper articles about Neil Armstrong and the first man on the moon, as well as learning about all of the important features of an informative and effective news report. Stay tuned for our own newspaper articles coming soon.

Last but not least, we got to practise our internet research skills in ICT while designing fun, colourful and imaginative posters about the planets in our solar system.

5D have worked extremely hard on their acting and singing skills for their ”Magical Mystery Tour in Space” assembly over the last few days and performed for the whole of Primary on Wednesday morning. Final improvements before the performance for parents on Friday morning saw an exciting, informative assembly with lots of fascinating facts about the planets in our solar system. Everyone in the class did an amazing job; from the astronauts to the planets and asteroids! I was very proud of all the members of 5D, even those who were reluctant to stand on stage, which can be a daunting task even for some adults! We celebrated with a well deserved piece of chocolate (and plain) cake!!

Year 6 Class with Ms Hodgson and Ms Roberts

Year 6 were privileged to have a fantastic guest speaker come into class to talk about India. Mrs Mirchandani arrived at school in a beautiful salwar suit and delighted the pupils with her knowledge and stories of India and its culture. As well as learning about famous buildings and fabulous festivals, they learnt about the benefits of practising yoga, one of which helps concentration. Year 6 are looking forward to practising yoga on a more regular basis.

Primary languages department news

Our Primary students had an exciting week in French class!

In Year 3 our students learned to count the numbers up to 20 with fun and interactive activities. Our Year 4 students learned new food and drinks vocabulary which they used to create a fantastic Valentine's menu! To celebrate Valentine's Day our Year 5 and Year 6 class wrote the three best characteristics from their peers into a heart!

Sports department news

Spartan Race - 7th and 8th March, 2020

After the successful running event Palma Caixa run which was held in October there is another great sport event which will take place in March.

This is for all students from 4 up to 15 years old.

SPARTAN KIDS

Date: 7-8th, March 2020

Location: Palma de Mallorca

Race details:

  • 4-6 years old: around 800 m. Recommended, but any age can join 4+.
  • 7-10 years old: around 1600 m. Recommended, but any age can join 7+.
  • 11-15 years old: around 3200 m. Recommended, but any age can join 11+.

To register, click the REGISTER NOW button on the top of the page.

https://www.spartanrace.es/en/race/detail/5436/overview?filter=kids

More information can be found here:

https://www.spartanrace.es/en/race/detail/5436/overview

Below you will find some pictures according to this event.

Whole School Sports Day - Save the date!

We are excited to share with you that we will be holding a whole school sports day this summer on the morning of Friday 5th June. Our intention is to make this event bigger and better than ever before using a high-class offsite facility. It will be the first in my time at the school that will have the whole school, as one, competing on the same morning to earn House points towards the House championship. Parents will of course be invited to attend and support their children. Full details will be shared with you in the coming weeks.

Primary Student Council

At BIC Sa Porrassa we are proud to announce and update about the great job our Student Council is currently undertaking to improve our school as well as the social and environmental awareness amongst all our students.

A school council can provide a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and their views taken into account in decision which impact upon them. It is an important and useful way for schools to provide leadership and development opportunities for their pupils.

BIC’s student council develops in our students a stronger sense of membership. They feel more positive about school. It also enables them to build a stronger sense of respect and self worth, making them feel positive about themselves.

Our Primary School Council has been working hard to follow up on different points raised from their various meetings and are very pleased with their progress so far. Ms Wardle shared the student’s voice feedback with Ms Colwell, Principal at BIC and they were thrilled to see that the benches they had asked for had been bought, the recycling bins they had put in place are being used and the battery recycling which they requested was also now in place.

The Council representatives also requested the names of places and websites where they could buy food packaging to help be more sustainable, and to help advise others. Our representatives will be taking a more active role in the classroom during snack times, reminding our students to try and avoid single use plastic and food wrapping. The links below show a range of reusable food packaging products and reusable bottles.

https://www.viveco.co/

https://www.cleanwave.org/

https://rolleat.com/

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.

Cineciutat movie morning

We are delighted to share with you further information about our collaboration with Cineciutat Nins, located in the heart of Palma. - https://www.cineciutat.org/en

"We are a cinema and sometimes a theatre. We are a school and we are memories. We are ideas and innovation. We are culture. we are non-profit and self-managed by its members".

Cineciutat will be holding another Movie Morning for all of our parents and children this Saturday 22nd February at 11:00am. The screening for this Saturday will be: "The Pirates".

We kindly invite you to join us for this fantastic concept and to share with your family and friends.

You will be able to purchase TICKETS HERE

We look forward to seeing you all there.

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Cineciutat Collaboration

BIC Open Morning - Thursday 20th February

Our next Open Morning will be held on Thursday 20th February across both BIC schools, Sant Agustí and Sa Porrassa, between 9:30 - 12:00.

It is important for families to be able to visit a school, ask questions and experience first-hand what the atmosphere in the school is like, in order to be able to make an informed choice as to what is best for them and most importantly for their children. Coming along to an Open Morning is the best way to get a good feel for the school.

On Thursday 20th February you will have an ideal opportunity for you and your child to gain an insight into student life here at BIC in form of an interactive Open Morning. You will be able to tour our facilities, speak to our teachers, meet our Principals Ms Colwell (BIC, Sa Porrassa) and Ms Millar (BIC, Sant Augustí) as well as meet our students, in a friendly and informal setting, between 9.30am and 12.30pm

It is important for us that you register for the event. This allows us to better tailor the day for your particular needs and provide more in-depth information for the specific year groups you are interested in. Registration is very easy, send us a quick email or call us to confirm your attendance.

San Agustí - office.san@balearesint.net | (+34) 971 403 161

Sa Porrassa - office@balearesint.net | (+34) 971 133 167

Let us help you to make the right choice for your child’s future.

We look forward to welcoming you at Baleares International College.

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BIC Open Morning

BIC Year 6 Transition Day - Friday 21st February

The transition from primary to secondary school is an important milestone in lives of children and their families. At BIC Sa Porrassa we have organised a transition morning for all our Year 6 students at BIC Sant Agustí, BIC Sa Porrassa as well as external students from other schools to experience how their new school chapter will be. We want children to develop new friendships, improve their confidence and get used to their new routines and school organisation with great ease.

Our primary and secondary faculty have worked together to include an extensive program that will take place on the 21st February starting at 8.50.

Students will start the day with an Assembly followed by registration where they will be introduced to our Secondary teachers.

As part of the transition program, we invite all our Year 6 parents to join us for a meet and greet at 8.50 and be part of a small introduction presentation held by our Principal Ms. Colwell.

Please do not hesitate to contact us in case you have any questions and we look forward to welcoming you all on the 21st February.

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BIC Transition Morning

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.

To register for our Summer School please visit our Website - REGISTER

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BIC Summer School 2020

CARNIVAL DISCO - Year 5 to Year 8

Thursday, February 20th is the first ever CARNIVAL DISCO!! This is for all students from Years 5 to 8 and the theme is “At the Movies” - all children are invited to come dressed as a movie character!

Prizes will be given out for the Most Original and Best Costumes. There will be food, drinks, dancing and games from 18.30 to 20.30.

Tickets are available from Mrs Coley or our 6th form students who will be visiting primary classes each morning. We will also have tickets available on the day.

Tickets are €5 with all proceeds going to charity.

We look forward to seeing as many students as possible from Sa Porrassa and Sant Agustí.