Your guide to all news at school.
Ms Alison Colwell, Principal
One of the many strengths of our school is the internationalism that runs at its very heart. From the celebration of countries and cultures (our students represent over 45 nationalities), to the high quality teaching of languages that lies at the heart of our curriculum, to the promotion of festivals, events, traditions and the cuisines of numerous different countries, our internationalism is as important to us as our focus on British high standards and values. This was also evident in the recent school trip to Paris, which was a wonderful opportunity for our students learning French to get an insight into this amazing city and to practise their French. I went along for part of the trip, and it was joyous to see the students enjoying a wealth of activities and experiences - huge thanks to the staff who accompanied and especially to Mme. Etienne who organised the whole event with exceptional thoughtfulness and attention to detail.
With two weeks left to go, we will, at the end of term, say farewell and thank you to a number of colleagues, but in advance of that we introduce in today's newsletter the new staff who we are very much looking forward to welcoming to our school next term.
Enjoy your weekend,
Baleares International College, Sa Porrassa
We are delighted to introduce our new staff members who will join us in the next academic year 2022-23.
Phil BrownHead of Secondary
Greetings BIC staff, parents and, most importantly, students. I'm so thrilled to think that, in 5 months time, I shall be with you all as your Head of Secondary. In the coming months, I'm looking forward to working with Ms Tomlinson and Ms Colwell and learning everything I can about BIC Sa Porrassa to make sure we hit the ground running next September and make 2023 an outstanding year for BIC...
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Ruby WilsonTeacher of Physics | Secondary
Hello everyone, my name is Miss Wilson, I will be teaching Physics GCSE and A-Level from September of this year. I am very excited to join your school and have heard wonderful things about the great work you do at BIC. I will be moving from London in the summer and look forward to meeting you all in September!
Amy BrimacombeTeacher of Humanities | Secondary
I fell in love with BIC Sa Porrassa the moment I walked in. I am a Cornish girl, with a passion for learning, the outdoors and most importantly educating young people. I am looking forward to moving to the island and working with my new colleagues, students and parents.
Alex TathamTeacher of Mathematics | Secondary
I'm Alex Tatham, a maths teacher joining Baleares International College! I joined the teaching profession in central London after working in the City's financial district, and love talking about all things maths.
I'm excited to be joining the community at Baleares International College and cannot wait to meet you all in the new year!
John WalshTeacher of Humanities | Secondary
I am excited to be joining BIC in September. Geography is rooted in people, place and the environment, it is learning about the experiences and contrasts that places offers. I’m coming from the Lake District in the north of England, and I am looking forward to being part of the BIC community.
Louise DunnTeacher of Mathematics | Secondary
My name is Miss Dunn and I am a maths teacher from Scotland! I am looking forward to joining BIC in September 2022. I am most looking forward to meeting new faces, living in the sun and of course working with the team at BIC!
Flora DallasTeacher of Humanities | Secondary
Having grown up in York, I have spent many years moving about the UK. I moved up to Scotland to study History at the University of Edinburgh and then ventured south to London to teach. I'm now incredibly excited to start my next venture on the beautiful island of Mallorca and share my passion for all things History and Politics with the pupils of BIC. I am particularly keen to teach the British Curriculum with a more international outlook to help give pupils an understanding of the wider world around them.
Ms. Elizabeth Compton, Head of Primary
The end of term draws near and we continue with practical, fun, energetic and engaging curriculum until the last ´´bell´´ on the last day of term. Year 4 and Year 6 both enjoyed outdoor educational visits and Year 5 will be heading off to La Victoria next Thursday. Whilst I decided to head outside this week for our assemblies.
As any school year comes to an end we begin to prepare for the next, to ensure a smooth transition for all our pupils. Next Wednesday 22nd June is Primary Transition Morning. The morning will allow children to spend time in their classes for the next academic year, learn about the expectations, routines and topics they will learn that year, and, of course, they will meet their new teachers, support assistants and classmates.
As BIC continues to grow and develop, many new students joined us this year at varying stages. In light of this, we have mixed students from their current classes to ensure balanced groups. From my professional experience it can often cause some anxiety in students but often more so for parents! Transition should be viewed as a positive time for change, and an important learning opportunity for your children. Please trust that any revision of class lists is done with the utmost care and consideration. It is important children are with friends, as well as students from different nationalities, abilities and gender. All of this ensures our students learn in a diverse and inclusive environment, embracing change, developing resilience and increasing their social and emotional skills.
I am also pleased to announce primary staffing for the following academic year:
|Year Group||Teachers and Learning Support Assistants|
|Reception||Yvonne Wardle, Kirsty Beckett|
|Year 1||Genna Bakes, Lyn Ratcliffe|
|Year 2||Faith West, Sarah Clark, Ruth Midgley|
|Year 3||Adam Fairless, Faye Xidaxis, Liam Somers, Charlotte Waters* (Year 3 and 4)|
|Year 4||Rachel Alonso-McGregor, Sarah Walsh, Samatha Sowerby, Charlotte Waters* (Year 3 and 4)|
|Year 5||Laura Hodgson, Lynda Demangeat, Natalie Cortés|
|Year 6||Luke Darlow, Fiona Von Waberer, Lesley Dixon|
Well done to our award winners!
Wishing you a cool and calm weekend,
Whole School House System news
House Points Totals Update - Term 3
House Points Totals Update - 2021/22
A message from your Heads of House
Miss Xidakis, Head of Parks House
As we approach the last few weeks of the term I know that many of you are excited for the summer holidays but it is great to see the hard work continuing in lessons and lots of you are earning House points to help raise our position in the leaderboard. I have seen many of you studying hard for your exams, keep it up. It was great to see you all in our House assembly where we discussed the school value of compassion. Good luck to everyone who is representing Parks in the secondary Sport Day on 23rd June. It will be a fantastic event.
Miss Mayes, Head of Roosevelt House
Sports Day is on the horizon, and I know many of you are really excited. We were victorious in Sports Day last year, and I am certain we can do it again! I can’t wait to watch you compete, and a huge thanks must go to the PE department for arranging the athletics stadium for us, it will be a fantastic event. You are doing a great job at continuing to earn House Points, consistently challenging Galileo for the top of the leaderboard. I am proud of all of the work you are putting in as we approach the end of the school year.
Miss Turley, Head of Galileo House
Keep up the excellent work. A few more weeks and then fingers crossed we will be crowned champions! Good luck to all secondary students for Sports Day next week. I am very much looking forward to it. If anyone has any amazing ideas for competitions or things you would like to do in Galileo next year then please come and see me or send me an email and I will see what I can do.
Mrs Florey, Head of Winton House
Keep going with those House Points Winton! Sports Day is next week and I know we have a good chance of winning loads of events so we could still beat Parks! Sports Day sign up continues this week - thank you to everyone who has put themselves forward to compete. I am excited to see you all take part and represent Winton House.
Early Years news with Mrs Wardle
Throughout the term the children have become independent in the classroom. They can select all of their own resources and help one another to set up activities of their choice. The children have enjoyed independent reading games, word bingo, dominoes, painting, building and role play. It has been amazing to hear the development of their communication and language skills and how the class are all so much better at sharing, taking turns and talking about what they want and need. We really do have a very kind and communicative bunch in Early Years and I am feeling very proud of the relationships they have built this year.
Year 1 news with Mr Fairless
Year 1 have been learning about locating the major cities in Spain. The children had great fun finding places on a map that many of them had visited, whilst simultaneously learning the skill of using coordinates.
The children have also been learning about seasonal changes and the different clothes options we may choose depending on the weather and season. They enjoyed making a seasonal wheel bringing together all their learning.
Year 2 News with Ms Bakes
Year 2 have been excellent mathematicians and scientists over the past two weeks. They should be proud of how they tackled the multiplication and division unit. They all now know the 2, 5 and 10 times tables perfectly, and thanks to a super fun song, they also know the 3 times tables!
They are also now confident at dividing numbers, as we learnt this operation by sharing objects into groups of 2, 3, 5 or 10.
They also enjoyed the second focus of the week which was using money. The children enjoyed playing ‘shops’ with pretend money, in which they had to choose various items to buy and count how much they needed to pay. The ‘shopkeepers’ then calculated their change. It was great fun!
In science we are carrying out an investigation to see if plants can live without the essentials - water, light, air and soil. We have planted four sets of seeds in different pots, and in each different pot we have omitted one of the essentials. The children are excited to see if any of the seeds germinate!
Year 3 News with Mrs West and Miss Xidakis
In Miss Xidakis´ maths class this week we have been learning about fractions and fractions of a number. We thoroughly enjoyed using biscuits to make different fractions and then eating them.
In Mrs West’s maths class we have been learning about different types of measurements. We have been using balancing scales and reading different scales on liquid containers.
In science we have been learning about light and dark. We carried out an experiment to explore how light affects what we can see. Students placed objects in an upside down box and peered through holes; then we shone a torch into the box and peered again, realising we could now see the objects clearly. We also learnt that light travels in straight lines and how a rainbow is made through refraction.
Year 4 News with Mrs Alonso McGregor and Mrs Walsh
The highlight of the week was our trip to Cala San Vicente. The children had an amazing day by the sea and were able to try new activities as well as having a lot of fun! It was fantastic to see the children outside of the classroom and, in some cases, outside of their comfort zone but all amazed us with their enthusiasm, grit and determination to take part.
Our unit of work on Sound has come to a close and to reinforce our learning, the children explored musical instruments and had a go at making their own. The language of vibration, pitch and amplitude was evident as we explored and made the instruments. Great fun was had when we all ´jammed´ together!
We were so impressed with the children's rainforest dioramas that it was incredibly hard to choose the winners.
All children were awarded 2 House points for their incredible efforts but the overall winners were:
Imogen and Alex from 4A
And Ida and Tillie from 4W
Year 5 News with Ms Hodgson and Ms Demangeat
What an exciting week, the Year 5 students have barely had a chance to draw a breath. In addition to all their normal subjects, they have been preparing for the end of year activities. They have used their computing skills (including video editing) to put the final touches to their Twentieth Century projects. In groups, they were challenged to make a balloon powered vehicle and in sports they have been practising for the House swimming gala. Furthermore, they have shown great resilience and determination when learning their lines and the songs for the show ¨The Pirates of the Curry Bean¨. All parents are very welcome to watch their child's performance during the final week.
Year 6 News with Mr Darlow and Mrs Von Waberer
Our end of year trip to the stunning island of Cabrera has been a well-deserved break from all of the hard work our students have been completing in class. Our entrepreneurial project is nearing its end (check back in the next newsletter) and we are looking forward to pitching to a panel of business leaders next week. Rehearsals for our end of year celebration assembly are in full swing and we are still finding time to enjoy all of the swimming, sport and fun that make the summer term so special. We look forward to embracing these last two weeks together!
Sports department news
Year 5 students made great improvements with their communication and hitting in the game of rounders.
Smiles all round and we are very proud as always!
Languages department news
This week the Catalan students have been practising their oral expression through a debate in class in which we have talked about many topics of interest.
They have enjoyed it very much, they have known the opinion of their classmates, they have listened to them attentively and they have participated very actively. It has been a great success!