A message from Janice Short, Principal
This week our focus has been on Friendship Week, looking at what makes a good friend, as well as anti-bullying. We are trying to make the world a friendly and more inviting place, starting at BIC Sant Agustí, where we celebrate friendship, love, care and empathy.
Watching the fun the children have been having not just this week, as Friendship Week, but on most days, it is wonderful to see the memories they are making without actually realising it. They will remember these activities very fondly as they get older, and all these opportunities will shape their futures and the type of people they become.
As part of an international school, the children have friends from so many different countries and cultures and this helps to make them far more accepting in this diverse world. As they get older, they will have friends all over the world! Mr Andy has been very busy this week, making our new Buddy Bus Stops. They are special “people” who stay in the playground and are always there if a child needs a friend to be with. They are meeting places so children can make sure everyone is included and no-one is left out at any time.
It is very fitting that the end of Friendship Week brings us to the end of our Advent Calendar donation. Thank you so much for all the Advent Calendars you have donated to help other children. We have a great collection of them to share; thank you very much.
As you know our Friends of the School have been organising meetings, and are looking to get more parents involved, so please read the Notice Board for more information. Come along and make some friends!
Have a lovely friendly weekend,
Principal, BIC Sant Agustí
Nursery Starfish Class
Being a friendly person, helping, caring and sharing love... a few things that spring to mind when we think of friendship.
Celebrating Friendship week in Nursery class happens on a weekly basis. The foundations of lifelong friendships are often created in an early years setting and memories made in and beyond that classroom are fond recollections of childhood.
Being a friend to us means growing together and being each others’ sparkle on both good and bad days. With that in mind, we created these glittery watercress pots for each other, and each Starfish took someone else's pot home this week as sharing is caring, a concept all these little people are getting very good at.
Sometimes the large scale of an issue becomes even more clear when you undertake a small project. On a recent walk with my family to collect litter in our local area we filled a whole wheelbarrow full of rubbish very quickly. As a school we are trying to establish good practice with our children. Would you like to make the effort to take our children out on a little walk this weekend? Maybe together we can keep our Mallorca a little cleaner from now on. After all, it's friendship week and surely we should be a good friend to our beautiful island too!
Have a great and happy weekend everyone.
Reception Seahorses Class
One of the things we love about our school community is that we always celebrate positive and important things all together. This week we are holding our ‘Friendship Week’ and it has been full of group discussions and interesting activities, although I have to say that in Reception this is something we celebrate and promote every day and every week.
We started the week with two activities linked with our last topic, ‘Autumn time’. Together, as a team, we created our very special autumn mandala using all the items the children have brought from home. It was lovely to hear them talking about how they went with their families for a forest/park walk to collect those items; they were also using lots of new words to describe them. We are so proud of our creation that we don’t want to break it!
We have also started our school’s ‘Kindness tree’ project, where every child in school will have the opportunity to write friendship and kindness messages to share with the rest of school. We are also making necklaces to give away and ‘friends’ flowers’ to take home and display on the wall.
But the activity which has had the most impact this week on the Seahorses is making their own individual “Kindness chart”. They created it by choosing a few ‘kind’ actions out of many and then putting them into practice during the school day and even at home, getting stamps every time they accomplish one. Once completed they will have a special certificate to take home. I have to say that I am really glad to see how hard they are all trying, all day long! Therefore, we have decided that we will continue with these charts for the whole year.
Have a lovely and safe weekend!
Year 1 Seals Class
It is Friendship Week!
The children in Seals class have all enjoyed the responsibility of being our Friendship Monitor for the day. They took their role of keeping an eye out for kindness and friendship very seriously.
In Art we have learnt about Elmer and the Rainbow. Elmer´s friends were worried about the patchwork elephant giving his colour to help the rainbow, but…
“Some things you can give and give and not lose any. Things like happiness or love or friendship or my colours.”
Year 2 Turtles Class
We have had another busy week in Turtles! This week we have embraced Friendship week and had 2 friendship monitors each day looking out for acts of kindness. We added all these to our Friendship Wall. We will look over these on Friday afternoon to remind us of all the kind deeds the children have done throughout the week.
In Maths we learnt about the crocodile eating the bigger number and in Literacy we looked at dinosaur poems.
Year 3 Dolphins Class
Dolphins class have really enjoyed focussing on friendship this week, especially getting to know the Jellyfish class more! On Wednesday afternoon, we all met on the swimming pool terrace and paired up with someone we didn’t know. The children had to find out information about their new friend. Both classes were really surprised to find out that they had lots of things in common!
On Thursday, we met again and participated in a trust exercise where each pair had to guide their blindfolded buddy from one side of the playground to the other.
On another note, it’s been another exciting Science lesson this week. We continued exploring rocks, becoming geologists to make our own chocolate rocks.
Year 4 Jellyfish Class
Friendship week in Jellyfish Class!
We have really enjoyed thinking about everything that being a good friend involves. We have gone out of our way to show each other acts of kindness this week and will try to carry this through to our daily lives. The highlight of our week was meeting and getting to know someone new. We met up with Dolphins and got to chat and find out about someone we would not usually spend time with. Some of us even found out that we had lots in common with our partner. It was great fun!
As well as friendship activities we also found time in Literacy to write our own similes and created a giant Jellyfish poem, we called it “ As Jazzy as our Jellyfish Class”.
Year 5 Whales Class
Year 5 have been busy with Friendship Week and have completed lots of different activities exploring different aspects of friendships and exactly what it means to be a good friend.
We collected an amazing list of adjectives that summed up a good friend and used these to create an octopoem. These will be going up on a wall display shortly. To add to this we made special comedy paintings of ‘Hanging out with our Friends’. As you can see below, they got very creative and added some great features!
In PE we worked with a partner and had them guide each other through the ‘maze’ .
The student was blind folded so had to put their trust in their partner to get them through safely. I think some would have ended up in a bit of a tangle if other friends hadn't been around to help with directions!
Maths this week has been consolidation work on our fractions and problem solving. Our word problems involved lots of division and multiplication which we are getting quicker at now.
Congratulations to Celeste for being our Times Table Rockstar for the third week in a row! The competition is getting very fierce now and the results are very close!
Whilst discussing ‘Friendship’ as a class we decide that two quotes we found very meaningful to us were -
‘Good friends are like stars, you don't always see them but you know they are always there.’
as well as the very famous quote by Martin Luther King
‘ In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.’
We will be making up our own quotes on Friday and will continue to revisit the meaning of true friendship throughout the school year.
Year 6 Sharks Class
As part of Friendship Week the class have been taking part in lots of activities where we have considered how friendships can change and develop.
In our English lessons over the last few weeks we have been learning about Slam Poetry. After reading some different poems and watching slam poets in action, we learnt about the features and understood contractions and colloquial words. Next, it was time to plan, draft and write our own poems on any subject we wanted. Finally, the children performed their poems to judges as part of a poetry slam competition. Everyone did a fantastic job with their performances but we had to choose one overall winner, so well done Eadrick for your super poem about your pet cat!
Spanish / Catalan Class with Ms Ainhoa
Esta semana hemos introducido en Year 3 & 4 una nueva manera de repasar los contenidos vistos del tema. Es una manera de hacer un repaso de forma más motivadora haciendo uso de la tecnología y los códigos QR.
A partir de las preguntas proyectadas en la pizarra digital, los alumnos y alumnas levantan sus códigos con la respuesta que ellos creen correcta y, al ver los resultados, un voluntario o voluntaria explica el por qué es esa la respuesta correcta.
Por otro lado, en Year 5 & 6 hemos introducido vocabulario sobre los alimentos y su clasificación: verduras, frutas, legumbres, dulces, carnes, pescados, pastas y lácteos.
También hemos construido frases incluyendo el vocabulario trabajado.
Spanish / Catalan Class with Ms Campos
Esta semana en nuestra clase también hemos trabajado la amistad, especialmente, hemos resaltado cosas positivas sobre cada uno de nuestros compañeros, así, los de Year 1 y Year 2 han creado un acordeón con mensajes sobre ellos muy enriquecedores.
Los pequeñitos del cole han creado un marco de fotos junto a sus amigos, el resultado es un recuerdo para toda la vida.
Espero que todos los niños y niñas hayan disfrutado tanto como yo escuchando todas las cualidades que tienen sus compañeros y compañeras.
Sports department news
Last week students were practising different ways of jumping by using the correct technique at take-off and landing. Children were encouraged to try different jumps such as jumping with two feet and landing on one, or jumping with one foot and landing on two. Students have talked about the importance of knowing how to land safely. Jumping is the perfect way to boost gross motor skills and have lots of fun at the same time!
Teacher Feature - Ms Alison Thorpe - Year 1 Seals teacher
She is from East Anglia in England and grew up surrounded by big skies and green fields. She received her BA in Primary Education at Anglia Ruskin University and now has 14 years teaching experience in the UK and Spain.
After swapping the country for city life, she has lived and worked in both Madrid and London but now greatly enjoys a slower pace of life on the island of Mallorca with her husband and young daughter.
In her spare time she enjoys yoga, reading and getting outside as much as possible. Being passionate about the environment she is currently trying hard at school and home to live “ZERO WASTE”. It is proving to be quite a challenge, so any tips are warmly welcomed!
“No one is too small to make a difference” - Greta Thunberg
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 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 Sant Agustí - an Early Years and Primary focused School located in the wonderful neighbourhood of Sant Agustí, Palma
- Tuesday 15th December 2020 - To register by clicking here
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
This is an ideal opportunity for you and your child to gain an insight into student life here at BIC.
In order to organise a tour at either or both schools, please contact us directly:
- San Agustí - firstname.lastname@example.org | (+34) 971 403 161
- Sa Porrassa - email@example.com | (+34) 971 133 167
We look forward welcoming you to Baleares International College