A message from Janice Short, Principal
Thank you to all the parents who attended the first Friends of the School meeting last week. It went very well and some ideas were suggested about how parents can be more involved with the school. This information will be sent out by the Friends of the School very shortly.
The children all enjoyed Science Day this week, and the school was filled with various science experiments - some which went well and some which didn’t! However as the children found out, science does not always go to plan , we need to check results carefully and expect the unexpected! The Science Day theme was the environment so BIC Sant Agusti students were to be found far and wide, on the beach, around the school environment and even in the forest.
Miss Ainhoa has joined us this week as our new Spanish and Catalan teacher as Miss Maria has started her maternity leave, so we are helping Miss Ainhoa to settle in and become part of our family. I am sure you will meet her by the school gates very soon.
We are currently reviewing our ICT curriculum as technology keeps changing. Information and communication technology includes all kinds of technology, not just using a chrome book or a computer. We often use interactive games for the children, particularly with the younger children, so please note that if your child says they have been watching television, it is likely that they have been learning numbers and sounds through an interactive game!
We are trying to build up our library, so a suggestion from the Friends of the School meeting was to ask if anyone has any reading books which are in good condition, but your child has finished with, then if you would like to donate them to the school library they would be gratefully accepted.
Have a lovely weekend, and we are already looking forward to our Friendship Week next week
Principal, BIC Sant Agustí
Nursery Starfish Class
This week we enjoyed SCIENCE TUESDAY! Do you know how much we love to explore, investigate and experiment?! A LOT!
The children in Starfish class were introduced to Inspector Treetrunk in the morning, a self proclaimed nature expert that does not actually know that much about nature. Luckily, our Starfish children do, so we took out our magnifying glasses and off we went to explore. We found snails, slugs, maggots, millipedes AND bicho bolas. It was amazing! To make the day truly “sciencey”, we conducted a thrilling experiment in the afternoon and we made a coca cola bottle explode by throwing in some mentos sweets and watching carbon dioxide build up in the bottle until an eruption took place, which was truly spectacular!
I think it is definitely safe to say that we have some future scientists in our classroom, and how exciting that we get to be a part of their life's journey!
Have a great weekend.
Reception Seahorses Class
What a great week we’ve had in Seahorses class! Last Tuesday it was Science Day and we were all very excited to turn into real scientists and try all sorts of experiments, from exploring colours to discovering how natural phenomenons are formed. I think that mixing up primary colours to get new ones were quite good experiments and the children really enjoyed it. But the experiments that got the ‘Wow’ were how to make rain and a volcano. We had so much fun that the children wanted to have a second Science day (so we did), where they took both experiments a step further by exploring what happened when they mixed the ‘blue clouds’ with ‘the lava’. What a funny mess!! They also learned a very valuable life lesson; sometimes things don’t go right on the first attempt but if we persevere and try out in different ways we will get to SUCCESS! Have a lovely and safe weekend.
Year 1 Seals Class
We celebrated Science Day this week with a nature trail in our local forest. We were mindful as we explored the paths, trees and different natural features along the way. On return to school we set up an experiment with the pinecones we collected. Did you know that pine cones can predict the weather?
We also made stickmen with the different natural things we foraged on our walk.
Year 2 Turtles Class
On Tuesday we had a great Science Day by exploring the forest. We looked for signs of Autumn and used our senses to appreciate being surrounded by nature. In Science we have been looking at habitats so we focused on the features of a forest and what kind of plants and animals we would find.
In Literacy we are writing our own newspaper articles, making sure we include a headline, captions and creating a name for the newspaper. We have also been writing about what it would be like if we had a dinosaur for a pet and what the world would be like if dinosaurs still existed.
Year 3 Dolphins Class
We love Science Day!
On Tuesday we had a fantastic day celebrating Science Day. We started off with a ‘Magnets Quiz’ to end our magnets topic, which was lots of fun!
After this we started our new topic about rocks and soil, we learnt about the 3 different types of naturally made rocks; igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic.
To explore this further we did an interesting experiment involving crayon shavings!
First we applied pressure to the shaving to create sedimentary rocks. Then we heated and let the shavings cool to create igneous rocks. Finally we heated and applied pressure to the shavings to create metamorphic rocks. The children loved watching the shavings change shape!
Weekend challenge: Look around you, what can you see that is made out of rock?
Year 4 Jellyfish Class
In Year 4 this week we have been learning how to write an explanation text, in Literacy. It has been hard but we have written some fantastic explanations of how to draw a picture, focussing on HOW and WHY!
The highlight of our week has been Science Day and our focus was “There is a place for plastic, it's just not in the sea!” We had a great day learning, sharing and discussing this very important topic and finished by making a beautiful turtle out of plastics. We hope you like him as much as we do.
The children even gave him a name “Mr Greeny”.
Year 5 Whales Class
A trip to the beach was a great start to a Monday morning especially as the sun was shining for us! We joined the Save the Med team who explained to us their role and how we can all help play our part. They explained to us what kind of waste gathers in the seas and the effect this has on the marine environment. We were shown samples of the rubbish that washes up on the beaches and then, kitted out with gloves and a bag, we went off to see what we could pick up. All this was then put together and data was collated on the types of items we found. I think we all agreed that we would certainly no longer be using plastic straws in our drinks as a starting point for change. We then set off to collect small particles of microplastics, these are easy to miss at first glance but as a group we collected over 600 pieces! It was a very informative morning and we hope to continue to work with the Save the Med Project.
Tuesday was Science Day and Year 5 made their own Biomes - their own environment in a jar. We built up layers of rocks, soil, moss and then planted cacti and seeds to see what will grow best. We put in a small amount of water and then sealed the top. David Latimer in the UK has had his biome sealed for over 40 years and it is still thriving, let’s hope our biomes last that long!
We also made some paints from nature , using flower petals and leaves. The colours were not very bright so were boosted with a little beet powder, turmeric, spirulina and wheatgrass. This kept it all natural. We then used these paints to create some watercolour pictures of cacti with great results.
For the rest of the week, we have been working with fractions in maths, foil pictures in Art and starting our new topic of Classification of Living Things and their Habitats in Science! Have a great weekend everyone!
Year 6 Sharks Class
Sharks had a great start to the week with a trip to Palma beach! Unfortunately it wasn’t ice cream and sunbathing but something far more important! Marie and Sergio (representatives from the charity ‘Save the Med’) greeted us and explained all about pollution and waste found on the beach. We then grabbed gloves and bags and collected as much waste as we could, using our super eyesight to spot microplastics. After sorting through what we had collected, we weighed and recorded our waste and Marie explained how the charity uses the findings to speak to the companies to reduce their single-use plastics consumption and find honest alternatives. Such an educational and rewarding morning and the children all worked super hard to do their bit!
The following day was full of Science fun and we learnt all about Biodiversity and the ecosystems of South and Central America. We then created watercolour paintings of Iguanas. Very impressive, boys!
Spanish / Catalan Class with Ms Maria
Esta semana en español hemos ideado un nuevo sistema de comunicación con los alumnos. Los niños y niñas de Year 3 & 4 dispondrán de unas tarjetas para indicar si han acabado la actividad o si necesitan ayuda. De esta forma, Miss Maria lo tiene más fácil para dar apoyo a los que lo necesiten y que la clase siga un buen ritmo. Además de eso, también tendrán unas caritas para poder evaluar cómo les han ido los ejercicios que hacemos en clase.
Spanish / Catalan Class with Ms Campos
El martes fue el día de la ciencia y en las clases de español y catalán hemos estado muy muy entretenidos. Los niños y niñas de todas las clases han hecho sus hipótesis sobre lo que podría pasar. Muchas de ellas han sido erróneas y algunas de ellas correctas pero al fin y al cabo, eso es la ciencia, ¿no?
Los más pequeños, las estrellitas de mar y los caballitos de mar han experimentado los colores creando unas lupas y mirando a través de ellas. ¿Sabiáis que si juntas el amarillo y el azul se ve verde?
Los de Year 1 y Year 2, ya que estamos estudiando los grupos de alimentos hemos experimentado con pomelo o limón, bicarbonato y vinagre. Algunos de ellos querían ver el pomelo explotar pero aunque no ha sido así, la reacción que hace todo estos alimentos juntos es como un volcán en erupción.
Los niños y niñas de Year 3 y Year 4 han hecho un experimento muy sabroso, ¿qué pasa si ponemos agua caliente a los lacasitos? Fue un experimento lleno de color.
Los de 5 y 6 también jugaron con los colores pero haciendo un spinner el cual por su velocidad mezclaba todos los colores. Cuanto más color tuviese más impresionante era cuando giraba y giraba.
Y por último, los mayores de catalán hicimos cristales con sal, una forma original de crear minerales preciosos. Depende de la imaginación de cada uno lo preciosos que puedan llegar a ser.
Como veis tuvimos un martes de lo más entretenido, experimentando con nuestras manos y aprendiendo de lo que podemos manejar, tocar y experimentar.
Sports department news
Getting strong and healthy together! Last week students got involved in a range of running activities- a great way to get children to exercise - build stamina and strength while still having lots of fun. Keep up the great work!
Teacher Feature - Ms Melanie Eccleshall
Ms Eccleshall has recently moved to the island to start work at BIC as the Year 5 (Whales) class teacher. After a career in London in hotels as a Catering and Conference Manager , she felt this was not where her future lay. With two small children at home , she retrained as a primary teacher and now has over twenty years’ experience working in schools in the UK and on the east coast of the USA. She uses this range of experiences to develop herself as a teaching professional and to ensure her classroom is a positive learning environment for all students. She believes in bringing education alive in the classroom and to support students to become confident and successful individuals. In any spare time she enjoys hiking, the beach, cooking and the cinema.
Her belief in education and teaching is summarised in the quote by Benjamin Franklin ‘Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.’
BIC Connect - A Parent Workshop - "Helping your KS2 child with maths" by Mrs Short
The aim of this parent webinar is to give you useful advice about how you can help your child in maths at home.
We hope you can join us to further explore the strategies and methods used in school to allow the students to develop their maths skills. During this time we will also have time to answer any other pending questions you may have.
This session is suitable for the parents of students in Years 3 to Year 6 (Children aged 7 to 11) and we warmly welcome all parents.
BIC Connect - A Parent Workshop - "Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural at BIC" by Mrs Short
The aim of this parent webinar is to discuss Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural themes at BIC Sant Agustí and how you can support your child's development.
We hope you can join us to further explore the strategies and methods used in school to allow the students to develop their skills. During this time we will also have time to answer any other pending questions you may have.
This session is suitable for the parents of Early Years and Primary students (Children aged 3 to 11) and we warmly welcome all parents.
Open Days at Baleares International College
Our next Open Days will be held in November and December across both BIC schools, Sant Agustí and Sa Porrassa.
Dates and registrations:
To register for our Virtual Open Days please click on the following link:
- BIC Sa Porrassa - a whole through from school ages 3 to 15 accommodated in a large, custom-built school situated in the beautiful, rural environment of Calvià.
- Thursday 10th December 2020 - To register by clicking here
- BIC Sant Agustí - an Early Years and Primary specialised School located in the wonderful neighbourhood of Sant Agustí, Palma
This is an ideal opportunity for you and your child to gain an insight into student life here at BIC.
Following the opportunities to tour our facilities, BIC Sa Porrassa and BIC Sant Agustí will be holding a Virtual Open Day to offer families the opportunity to get a better idea of our schools. A Virtual Open Day is a great opportunity for you to learn about our School and enter in a live Q and A session with our Principal and Leadership Team.
In order to organise a tour at either or both schools, please contact us directly:
- San Agustí - email@example.com | (+34) 971 403 161
- Sa Porrassa - firstname.lastname@example.org | (+34) 971 133 167
We look forward welcoming you to Baleares International College
Cineciutat Movie Morning - Cineciutat Collaboration
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 hosting the first Movie Morning if the academic year for all of our parents and children this Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November at 11:00am. The screening for this Saturday will be: "The Secret of Kells".
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.