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January


Posted: 26-01-2016

 

The PTSA organised a fabulous lunch on Friday, January 22. The event was hosted by Bruno Sandra, a parent at the school in his restaurant of the same name in Port Adriano.

Over a welcoming glass of cava, parents were able to enjoy views and make those all important introductions. It was great to see parents new to the school as well as more established families within the BIC community.

PTSA Chairperson, Paula Cannady and Spokesperson Jane Veronis made a brief presentation of the plans for the remainder of the year, and Principal Duncan Giles personally thanked all attendees and Bruno himself for such hospitality.

(Paula Cannaday, Jane Veronis)

(Bruno Sandra)

 

An extremely pleasant afternoon was had by all. The paella was delicious!

 

Future lunches are already being planned and it's hoped to beat the 45 who were at Bruno's on Friday!

 


 







 


Posted: 26-01-2016

As reading is such a vital part of education we are always keen to discover new ways to help parents access quality books.

Sunshine Books is an exciting new book club just launched on the island. The books on offer are carefully selected and will be delivered to the school throughout the year. We hope this company will be an asset to the island, becoming a great resource for English books.

Disclaimer

Sunshine Books is an independent company providing services and of which the school receives no financial benefit.
The School can provide no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding online ordering or completion of book orders and assumes no legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information given by Sunshine Books.


Posted: 18-01-2016

Earlier in the year we decided to give our House system a new lease of life and asked students to come up with names to replace the generic red, blue, green and yellow. After a student vote the winning names were announced at the end of term assembly with the associated colour chosen by draw.

 

The new Baleares International College Houses are:

 

 

Information on house events, counts and totals as well as the Primary vs Secondary count will be available on the school website. The House Coordinators, Ms. Xidakis and Mr. Green along with the House Captains will continue to develop the existing house events and look for opportunities to extend House spirit!

 


Posted: 18-01-2016

We would like to wish Ms. Sam Shelley the very best as she leaves BIC to pursue other interests. Ms. Shelley´s last day at school will be January 18th. Mr. George Fernando will take over as from her departure. A highly experienced classroom practitioner with over 30 years teaching experience, Mr. Fernando is a graduate from Leeds University and holds a PGCE from Bristol University. He has served as an Edexcel Physics examiner and has taught  Maths, Physics and Psychology at A Level - his second degree was in that subject. We are very lucky to have him join our staff and wish him the very best on his arrival.

 


Posted: 18-01-2016

 

BIC will celebrate its 60th Anniversary in 2017 and like any landmark birthday, preparations begin in earnest. We are still in the planning stages so all suggestions are very welcome. One area to develop is our alumni network; those former students who hopefully have fond memories of their time at the school and wish to share them with the current intake. There is an Old Balearians link on the school website that we cordially invite former students to visit. Please share this with any colleagues, friends, family members who may have attended the school. We want to hear from them.

 

http://www.balearesint.net/Old-Balearians

 


Posted: 18-01-2016

 

Baleares International College is proud to be a member of COBIS, the Council of British International Schools. As the only COBIS school on the island we benefit from the wealth of opportunities membership offers. The COBIS Annual Research Survey 2015 was completed in November and the results  now shared with all schools and their stakeholders.  The survey was undertaken to help develop a deeper understanding of the growing global COBIS family of schools, as well as the British International Education sector as a whole. The results will support lobbying activities, inform planning for future CPD events, and help facilitate increased school-to-school networking, communication and support. A full copy of the survey results can be found at:www.cobis.org.uk

 

Did you know?... (some of the statistics from responding schools)

 

  • The oldest COBIS school was founded in 1896
  • 67% of responding COBIS schools teach cross-phase (both primary and secondary)
  • COBIS schools have as many as 99 pupil nationalities
  • 95% of leavers from responding COBIS Schools went on to HE/University in 2015
  • 12% of COBIS schools offer boarding
  • 108 different curricular subjects are taught in COBIS schools
  • 153 different extra-curricular activities and sports are offered in COBIS schools
  • 54% offer some form of financial support; 32% offer bursaries and 48% offer scholarships
  • The average A*/A pass rate for GCSE/IGCSE in COBIS schools was 56% (compared with 17.6% in England) and the A*-C pass rate was 90% (compared with 72.4% in England)


Posted: 18-01-2016

 

At BIC we are always keen for our teachers to develop professionally, CPD is an integral part of school success and has a direct impact on the teaching and learning of students. We are pleased to share the news that Ms. K. Guirado of the English Department will be in Malaga on the 29th January to take part in the Cambridge First Language English IGCSE training. 

 

The course content will vary for each centre´s syllabus but will include: 

 

  • overview of syllabus design and examination 
  • provide detailed knowledge of examination papers, marking procedures and standards 
  • introduction to Cambridge published and endorsed resources 
  • ICT and curriculum resources 
  • provide a forum to share good practice. 

Ms. Guirado will of course share this information with the other members of the English Department and will work together towards raising attainment.