A message from Alison Colwell, Principal
One of my many mantras is "Less is more", and this week you will see that we are trialling that approach in our newsletter. Each week we showcase the outstanding teaching and learning that goes on in our school, as well as the excellent extra curricular activities, competitions, sporting activities and general news and events. From the feedback we get, we believe that what parents enjoy the most is seeing photos and videos of this in action, rather than lots of text. So we are responding to that with a shorter newsletter but one that, we hope, still captures all the fantastic things that go on at BIC Sa Porrassa. Please let us know your thoughts.
And talking of feedback, may I make one last push to remind you all, please, to complete the parent survey. As I have said before, the more feedback the better and I reflect on every conversation and email I have with any parent. A survey is at its most useful when it is as representative as possible, so if you haven’t yet done so please do complete one by the deadline of Monday 1st. Please remind your friends to do so as well!
Have a great weekend
Principal, BIC Sa Porrassa
Mrs Elizabeth Compton - Head of Primary
As January draws to a close, this week we haven't felt the winter blues - quite the opposite as on Wednesday the sun was out shining and our students were out singing, smiling and dancing to perform for our pantomime, Cinderella! We look forward to sharing the final performance with you.
I visited the Year 4 classes to share my experiences of living in China as they embark on their new humanities topic, and enjoyed seeing our Early Years and Year 1 students continue with their learning of phonics and handwriting. We continue with our BIC Connect webinar series in primary with, ´Phonics and Reading support for KS1´ so please sign up to join us in learning more about our programme and how to support your children from home.
On Friday I spoke to students in assemblies about the value of independence. The focus arose from a conversation Ms Von Waberer and I had as we reflected on our student community, their needs, and ways we can further develop particular values in our young learners.
Being independent citizens and learners is central to their future success and will be our value of focus during the month of February and, of course, beyond. Please talk to your child about ways they can develop their independence at home, be it learning to tie their shoelaces, packing their school bag or organising a homework schedule.
We look forward to our Carnival celebrations on Friday 12th February and encourage students to dress up in costumes of any theme, as we have fun learning about traditional celebrations and cultural diversity.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Head of Primary
Key Dates and Events
|Tuesday 9th February||BIC Connect (online) - A Parent workshop - “Early Years and KS1 Phonics and Reading”|
|Friday 12th February||Primary and Secondary Carnival celebrations|
|Monday 15th February - Friday 19th February||School closed - half term holiday|
|Thursday 25th February||Virtual Open Afternoon for Prospective parents|
Early Years and Year 1 News with Mrs Wardle and Mr Fairless
Year 1 students had great fun playing a range of games to help them practise their understanding and fluency in using the numbers up to 100. The children have been also working very hard to understand and learn the language used in instructional writing.
Year 2 News with Ms I'Anson and Ms Bakes
Identifying Traction Man’s outfits to his missions
Year 2 created lovely collages of the blossom trees which are starting to appear around Mallorca
Year 2 students developing language through play at lunchtimes
Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed identifying materials and their properties in various objects
Year 3 News with Mrs West and Miss Xidakis
Science Magnet fun! Our Year 3 students experimented with magnets to identify magnetic materials
Following the current topic "Romans" - Year 3 students made a Roman road using sand and pebbles - Well done!
During maths, Mrs West’s class worked on finding the difference in length between a hop and a jump, and used arrays to find answers to multiplication questions.
Year 4 News with Mrs Alonso McGregor and Mrs Walsh
Enjoying a brain break (and reinforcing key learning) in between lessons with Go Noodle
Our Year 4A girls enjoyed Mrs Compton´s Chinese fans, after her talk about life in China
We do love a good birthday, cake and a sing song!
Some of our Year 4 fantastic Willow Pattern Story comic strips
Our Year 4 students Investigating the weight of gases in science as we start our new topic - States of Matter
Year 4 students have started a new and exciting science topic: “States of Matter”. The children particularly enjoyed “being” particles of a liquid, gas or solid to understand the way particles move differently in the different states.
Year 5 News with Ms Hodgson and Ms Demangeat
If you could be the president of America, what would you do? Watch what the Year 5 pupils would like to do...
Amazing factual posters based on their Viking knowledge
Year 6 News with Mr Darlow, Mrs Von Waberer and Ms Roberts
This week, the students have been enjoying investigating the properties of light. Having recently filmed a documentary episode about light using green screen, the students went further and investigated virtual images in a mirror.
Some of Year 6 have enjoyed investigating nets and the properties of 3D shapes. They looked carefully at different nets and worked together to find out which ones could be used to form a cube.
We are loving our new book ´ The Demon Headmaster´. The children have designed their own front covers for the book and made wanted posters for the villainous headmaster.
Sports department news
This week during PE Year 4 took part in rocking and rolling activities leading to the forward roll. Children continue to develop their body awareness through further movement variations of direction, pathways, levels, shape and shape. Well done to all primary students.
Languages department news - Studying French
Whole School House System news
House Bleep Test Competition
Every student from Year 1 to Year 11 have been competing in the bleep test challenge in their PE lessons. The winners from each class will now represent their Houses in the grand final in the last week of term. The secondary final will take place on Tuesday 9th February at lunchtime. The winning students from each class will compete against the 6th formers and staff (all socially distanced of course). The primary final will take place on Thursday 11th.
House Points Totals Update - Term 2
Overall House Points
Virtual Open Days at Baleares International College
Following the opportunities to tour the facilities at our schools, BIC Sa Porrassa and BIC Sant Agustí will be virtually opening their doors to all families who are interested in learning more about our student-centered curriculum, facilities, achievements and values that we promote daily in our schools as well as to gain a great insight into student life at BIC. This will be a unique opportunity for all families to connect with our Principals and senior leaders during a live Q&A session.
Dates and registrations:
BIC Sa Porrassa
Accommodated in a large, custom-built school situated in the beautiful, rural environment of Calvià. The school is in a very accessible location on the southwest coast of Mallorca and has a capacity for over 450 students from 3 to 18 years of age.
BIC Sant Agustí
An Early Years and Primary specialised School located in the high-quality residential environment of Sant Agustí in Palma. The school has a capacity for 160 students from 2 to 11 years of age.
If you wish 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