Dear parents,

A big thanks to our wonderful Mrs Baggaley for introducing musician Leapy Lee to our school this week. The children absolutely loved hearing him not only sing but share his story. When they found out his age they could not believe it...and nor could the staff!!

As a school we feel proud of our reputation and this should be reflected in the way we wear our school uniform. We have noticed that school uniform standards are slipping slightly across the school and in order to address this will be sending home reminder slips if your child/children are not following the correct uniform policy. Part of our weekly assembly was to address this with the children and remind them what they should and should not be wearing. Our new sports kit is in the final design stages and will be available to purchase for the new academic year.

To support this we had a very successful after school second hand uniform sale on Friday. We are always collecting donations for these events throughout the year so please feel free to donate as and when you can.

We are delighted to be welcoming back Tricia Taylor, international speaker and book author, on March 19th to deliver her talk “Mind Your Language” - How your words have a lasting impact on your child's success. Last year all attendees gave excellent feedback on her talk and asked for more so here she is!! Tickets are available from Gillian in the office. We hope to see as many of you there as possible. For more information on the event please click here.

Last reminder about our Open Day next Thursday...if you have friends that might want to see our school then please let them know.

Have a wonderful weekend.

All the best,

Ms Millar

Class Assembly Rota 2020

DateClass
Wednesday 11th March Turtles Class Assembly
Wednesday 18th MarchSharks and Whales Class Assembly
Wednesday 25th MarchJellyfish Class Assembly
Wednesday 1st AprilDolphins Class Assembly
Wednesday 13th MaySeahorse Class Assembly
Wednesday 20th MaySeals Class Assembly

LEAPY LEE- LITTLE ARROWS at BIC Sant Agustí

As an extra special treat for St Valentine's Day, the whole school were treated to a guest performance by Leapy Lee, who has lived in Mallorca for 35 years. He is famous for the wonderful song Little Arrows, which was number 2 in the charts many years ago and the children enjoyed singing this with Lee, as well as hearing about skiffle music and asking him many questions. Thank you to Lee for this memorable morning, which the children will never forget.

Nursery Starfish Class

In Nursery another week whooshed by! The children have spent the past two weeks learning about the desert and they got stuck in with messy sand play activities and learning about desert animals. We were also very lucky to invite Rafe´s family into class who came to talk about their trip in the Himalayas. What an amazing adventure, thank you so much for sharing this with us! Next we will learn about seas and oceans!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Reception Seahorse Class

We had some fishy visitors in class this week. The children had a wonderful time looking closely and finding out about three different types of local fish. We spoke about their differences and similarities, what they feel like to touch and how they smell. I was very impressed by the life sketches the children produced following their observations.

Year 1 Seals Class

This week we have had a Valentines themed week! We have been writing Valentines cards to the people we love and have been busy making heart biscuits to give on Friday.

We have been writing about all the things we love in the world and feeling very appreciative and grateful for all the love we receive from the people who care about us.

In Maths we have been counting in 10s this week, adding 10 and taking away 10 and using a number square to help us find patterns.

Year 3 Dolphins Class

In Art we have been looking at Roman Mosaics. During the Roman Empire mosaics were often used in homes, public buildings and bathhouses as a sign of wealth and importance. The Dolphins have used geometric designs on tiles to make their own mosaic tile to take home.

We were also very lucky to have Andy show us how to use a diamond tile cutter to cut tiles down and make smaller tile pieces. A very practical tool that all children enjoyed using with his support.

Year 4 Jellyfish Class

Jellyfish have had a great time learning about electrical circuits this week. They put their own knowledge to the test by creating their own electrical circuits to light a light bulb which they found fascinating. Jellyfish also had a joyful time watching Leapy Lee and was inspired by his performance.

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BIC Sant Agustí - Leapy Lee children performance

Year 5 Whales Class

This week, the amazingly creative Whales class has been designing and drawing some Art work for our fantastic Art Wall. We chose to design our names in graffiti style writing on the wall.

Then the middle section, as you can see, contains fantastic adjectives that describe the members of our class, such as, creative, bold, dedicated, resilient and remarkable!

It is a work in progress so we will be adding and changing our Art Wall throughout this school year.

Whales are extremely proud of their designs.

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BIC Sant Agustí Year 5 Class

Year 6 Sharks Class

In Year 6 we are looking at how we are all teachers and enjoying the benefits of learning from each other. We started off the week with a fantastic sports lesson from Maria! She organised a great warm up some skills practice and finally a match refereed by her. She worked us hard, but we all enjoyed the lesson!

In Science we have been looking at classification and Carl Linnaeus´work. This week we collaborated to create a detailed classification key of our chosen sports according to their attributes. We then turned out work into a lesson for Year 5 who had to solve the key to find out which sports we classified.

Finally, we would like to share with you a piece of writing with fabulous description and imagery from Simón:

Out of the Window

Two aged oaken doors, standing tall and proud, gleaming in the moonlit street. A beautiful dark contrast against a light grey cobblestone road. A number seventeen hung suspended above the entryway, dimly illuminated by the waning sun crossing down into the Underworld. The church bells rang gongs that echoed across the night sky. Stone gargoyles stared menacingly down at me from their mounted perches on the ancient stone buildings, the very one that surrounded me.

Swallowed me.

Enveloped me.

Then there is always the dark beautiful yet deadly night sky, sometimes it’s a warm, comforting sky but other times a dark and menacing sky.

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BIC Sant Agustí Year 6 Class

Spanish Class with Ms Maria

Esta semana en la clase de español con Miss Maria los alumnos y alumnas de Year 5&6 hemos leído una interesante lectura sobre Jane Goodall, conocida científica y apasionada de los primates. Ella tenía muy claro aquello que quería conseguir en la vida. En dicho relato aparecía una cita que nos encantó y nos hizo pensar. Es por eso, que hemos escrito unas maravillosas redacciones sobre NUESTROS SUEÑOS, donde hemos expresado todas aquellas cosas que nos gustaría alcanzar en en el futuro.

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BIC Sant Agustí Spanish Class

Spanish Class with Ms Campos

Nuestros alumnos más mayores ya son expertos dando indicaciones para moverse por la ciudad. Estas últimas semanas hemos estado aprendiendo los diferentes sitios que hay en la ciudad y las indicaciones básicas para llegar de un sitio a otro. Ellos mismos han creado su propia ciudad dándole la vuelta a las mesas, usando unas carreteras muy especiales y ellos creando sus propias tiendas.

BIC Book Club

Thanks to many of you we are enjoying new books in our classroom libraries! We have been able to order over 200 Euros worth of books using our #BookClub Rewards.
We love reading. Everyone is very grateful and every class is buzzing with books from new authors and our favourite old ones!

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

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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BIC Open Morning - Thursday 20th February

BIC Year 6 Transition Day at BIC Sa Porrassa - Friday 21st February

The transition from primary to secondary school is an important milestone in the 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, and BIC Sa Porrassa as well as external students from other schools, to experience how their next school chapter will be. We want children to develop new friendships, improve their confidence and get used to their new routines and school organisation.

Our primary and secondary teams have worked together to develop a transition morning that will take place on 21st February starting at 8.50.

Students will start the day with an assembly and then 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 21st February.

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BIC Year 6 Transition Morning - A taste of Secondary

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: March 19 | 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 from a positive learning mindset and develop thinking skills that promote perseverance, hard work and the confidence to seek challenges. Understanding the research and the 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.

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

Date: March 18 | 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.

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.

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Parent Talks - International speaker and book author Tricia Taylor.

Spartan Race

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.

For 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 you can find here:

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

Below you will find some pictures according to this event.

CARNIVAL DISCO at BIC Sa Porrassa - Year 5 and 6

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 Carter or Ms Cooper. 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.

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