'In a world so full of change and uncertainty, it has never been more important to ensure that our children lead happy, fulfilling lives. Education plays a crucial role in this. Learning is not just about questioning, exploring and changing the world around us, it is also about recognising and appreciating the good in our lives. I am very grateful to have joined the BIC community and I hope that our students and families can all take away positive experiences from this year, in a spite of the challenges'

My name is Luke Darlow and I have had the great pleasure of joining the Year 6 team at Baleares International College this year.

Teaching is rewarding on so many levels. Not only are we able to enjoy our students’ creativity, passion and curiosity on a daily basis, but we also see them grow and flourish over the course of each year as happy, confident young people. One day they will be the leaders of politics, science, industry and the arts. It is therefore crucial that we make learning as enjoyable and meaningful as possible, so that they can make the future world a better place.

Over the past ten years, I have enjoyed teaching across key stage 2 in schools in the UK, Malaysia, Colombia and Germany. The fantastic thing about working in schools around the world is learning from others; not only from my wonderful colleagues, but also from students and their families. A real highlight was making the pilgrimage to the Batu Caves for Thaipusam with Hindi friends from school, following pilgrims who had pierced their tongues with skewers and carried offerings hooked into the skin on their backs. How incredible to be a part of something so different to my own lifestyle!

It has been a real privilege to share different cultural experiences with my school communities and I can’t wait to find out more about Mallorca from the staff, students and families at BIC.