Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

A message from Janice Short, Principal

Dear families

We have come to the end of Term 1 of this academic year and the children have really enjoyed the last few days of Christmas shows, puppet theatres, cinema trips and house competitions to name but a few! Many of our children and families are travelling over the holidays to visit families and friends, while some are staying on the lovely island of Mallorca with families and friends here.

Whatever you do and wherever you are, Christmas time should be a time for being together with those you love, making memories and having fun. It can, however, be a stressful occasion too and we should recognise that not everyone enjoys time with family or enjoys cooking celebration meals! We need to remember those families who cannot be together over the holidays and hope that their family time is coming soon.

During our Christmas lunch at school we introduced Christmas crackers to many of the children who were not sure what they were. The look on their faces when they realised how they “worked” was lovely to see! In the UK the tradition of crackers was introduced in about 1846 by a London baker called Tom Smith, who originally wrapped sweets in paper, and then the snap, the hat and the jokes were added later.

Many of the traditions surrounding festivities date from long ago, such as the Christmas tree which was made popular in the UK by Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband and the famous Christmas tree standing in Trafalgar Square is a gift from the people of Norway. At school our children celebrate festivities in their own way, sharing their traditions with other class members, growing and learning culturally together, the best way to learn.

Wherever you are and whoever you are with, may I wish everyone a lovely holiday, a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year. All best wishes for 2023!

Warm festive regards

Mrs Short


Baleares International College, Sant Agustí