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

Recruitment

We are delighted that I have received nearly 200 applications for a new Head of Secondary and more than 100 for a new Head of English. The final interviews for these posts are taking place over the next two weeks.

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

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.

Science department news

We have had a fantastic week in science particularly in KS4 biology where students have got to grips with homeostasis and the structure of the kidney. The dissection really captured the imagination and why many of our students love the hands on and practical nature of the subject. It is hoped that some are inspired to become the surgeons of the future.

We would also like to congratulate the students in KS3 that have loved singing the ‘Periodic Table’ song as part of our studies into elements, mixtures and compounds.

Languages department news

En français, nous avons profité de la fête de la Saint Valentin pour revoir les adjectifs, leur usage, leur accord et leur place dans la phrase. Les élèves de l’année 8 ont rédigé à la personne de leur choix un document intitulé “Je t’aime parce que…” dans lequel ils ont dû donner 5 raisons pour lesquelles ils aiment cette personne. Bonne Saint Valentin!

In French class we have worked all around Valentine's day. We have taken this fantastic opportunity to review the adjectives and their use. Students in Year 8 class wrote a document called "I love you because..." to the person of their choice and in which they had to give 5 reasons why they loved that person. What a fantastic initiative! We wish you all a fantastic Valentine's day!

Year 12 and 13 - Short Trip to Cologne 30th -31st of March 2020

As we are always trying to find the best ways to stimulate our students' learning, the BIC German department would like to offer a cultural short trip to Cologne to the Year 12 and 13 German students at the end of March.

The focus of this trip is to watch the play “Besuch der alten Dame” in the Horizont Theatre. However, we would take this opportunity to visit the Cathedral “Kölner Dom”, the University and the Museum of Modern Art which should not be missed.

The cost of this outing will be around 150€, which covers the flight with Ryanair, the hostel (A and O Hotel Neumarkt) and the ticket for the theatre. Extra money will be needed for venue tickets, snacks and public transport.

If you wish your child to attend, please email Frau Ditthard to dagmar.ditthard@balearesint.net by Friday the 24th of January. As this trip is offered to a privileged group of Sixth Formers, we would also kindly ask you to book the flight personally; the exact flight number will be confirmed as soon as we have student numbers confirmed. The hostel and the theatre visit will be reserved by the school.

Many thanks for your cooperation and we look forward to a great learning trip.

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Sixth Form Trip to Cologne, Germany.

PE 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.

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

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 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 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.