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Posted: 26-05-2017

 

For the past four years, Baleares International College Choir has been part of the Voices Around The World Choir, which is an ongoing music project that involves young people from all around the globe in making an international song and video release each year. We have had great fun each year producing and recording songs including Unshakeable and Lighting Up The Flame.

 

This year has been no different, with the wonderful song Sunshine. The whole Choir were smiling and enjoying themselves, as we recorded this with our headphones on and felt like superstars. We went on to make our video which showed off the school grounds at the front entrance and later on our school playing field.

The highlight was letting our sunshine yellow balloons off into the air and chasing after them!
 

 

Posted: 26-05-2017

 

British Vice-Consul visits BIC

As many many may have seen in the extensive reporting in the Mallorca Daily Bulletin, Mrs Lucy Gorman visited the school last week. 
BIC was already known to the Vice-Consul through the school’s association with the British Benevolent Fund, the many charity events the school participates in and the Calvia Rotary debating competition in which Mrs. Gorman was a member of the judging panel.

During her visit, the Vice-Consul remarked on the truly international feel of the school; 85% of the students have an international background and represent over 38 different nationalities yet retaining its traditional British feel.

Mrs Gorman was also able to visit lessons from students in Year 1 up to Year 13 and expressed great interest in the plans afoot for the 60th anniversary of BIC

The Vice-Consul also led a vigil at the 'Delegacion del Gobierno' offices in Mallorca in honour of the victims on the recent terrorist attacks.

 

 

Posted: 26-05-2017

 

 

Orbital Education Leadership Conference

Orbital hosted their first Principal's meeting enabling all 10 Principals from the groups schools to come together and share best practice.

Group Chairman and Founder, Kevin McNeany welcomed Principal's in the Opening Address and CEO, David Pottinger led workshops and task-groups.

Over three days, the conference allowed for the key members of the Orbital Education Group to introduce important educational initiatives and innovations across its schools, especially the new Virtual Learning Environment delivered by Canvas. More details on the roll-out will follow before the end of term, but information can be found at: www.canvasvle.co.uk

In his concluding words, David Pottinger remarked on the expectations placed upon the schools and the opportunities for events like the conference to enable learning outcomes to improve.

'Orbital Education aims to provide an excellent British style education in an international setting; we are members of a global community and celebrate the diversity of cultures, languages and traditions of which we are part.'

The group runs schools in Moscow, Budapest, Ljubljana, Shanghai, Quito and of course Mallorca.

The next conference will be held in 2018.

www.orbitaled.com

 

 

Posted: 26-05-2017

 

 

BIC in the news - our 60th Anniversary, get your copy of the Diario de Mallorca to read our article from both schools.
 

Posted: 16-05-2017

 

On Friday 12th May the Year 6 and Year 7 students visited a Science fair at The University of the Balearic Islands, Palma. This trip brought to life the students’ learning in their Science lessons, and was a fantastic opportunity to explore the weird and wonderful aspects of Science that are not always possible within the classroom.  

 

The fair consisted of a variety of stalls, each with exciting scientific experiments, such as holograms or glow in the dark plants!  Undergraduates, currently studying Science degrees at The University of the Balearic Islands, gave simple explanations about the science behind the demonstrations and even invited the students to get involved.  We saw the Year 6 and Year 7 students controlling robots, floating balls using only their brain power and using electricity in their body to make sounds on cans!


All the students thoroughly enjoyed the fair and we hope it has inspired a passion for Science!​
 

 

Posted: 08-05-2017

Baleares International College is pleased to announce that it has agreed a partnership agreement with the Mallorca Open Tennis Tournament, which takes place from 17th – 25th June 2017. After a successful first year, the Mallorca Open will return to the Santa Ponsa Tennis Club in Calvià with Toni Nadal as the Tournament Director. Although the line-up of players has yet to be announced, the 2016 WTA event featured stars such as French Open champion and Spanish favourite Garbine Muguruza, Eugenie Bouchard from Canada, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic from Serbia, plus a host of other top players. You can visit their official webpage for more information by following the link: https://www.mallorcaopen.org/

The partnership with BIC will allow students from the school to participate in the event as volunteers covering a number of different roles. These will include:

  • provide assistance to guests and competitors;
  • control access to the competition area, changing rooms and clubhouse; 
  • support to WTA staff by way of communication and translation roles;
  • provide on-court support as ball boys/girls; 
  • act as information guides based in hotels around the venue. 

 

Parents from the school will also enjoy a number of benefits, including discounted prices for match day tickets and VIP boxes. The full line up has yet to be confirmed but once public the school will share names and nationalities with all, as a truly international school we expect there to be much interest to see country favourites compete. Please collect a tournament flyer from Reception. We will share the discount codes and packages later this week. 

We expect Toni Nadal and Barbara Rittner, the former German Number 1 player to visit the school and conduct a mini tennis tournament/clinic with competition players on the school grounds.  

“This is a great opportunity for our students to gain valuable experience working with the public and VIP guests at the Mallorca Open. We encourage our students to take an interest in what is happening locally and this event is becoming a very large and high profile event on the Mallorca sporting calendar. Our students come from over 40 different countries so we can provide an international team of young volunteers, who will get the opportunity to participate in this superb event”.

We look forward to seeing you there and as you can see, we are already getting ready!

 

 

 

Posted: 05-05-2017

 

St George's Day & Spanish 'Dia del Libro'

Spanish Book Day is celebrated on April 23rd, also the date when two great authors of universal literature died: Cervantes and Shakespeare. On this day it is customary to give a book to loved ones and in the Catalan-speaking areas of Spain this day is also known as ‘El dia del llibre i de la rosa’, the day of the book and the rose.

This is inspired by the legend of St. George, the patron saint of Catalonia and of course, England. The image of St George slaying the dragon can even be seen on the school’s crest. Legend would have it that out of the blood of the dead beast roses grew, hence the symbolism and the importance of such beautiful flower.

Students in Year 9 at the school used time in their Spanish and Catalan lessons to research authors of both languages and find inspirational quotes. These were then written onto our very own ‘BIC Roses’ and now welcome parents, students and visitors to the school!

 

 

Posted: 05-05-2017

 

Baleares International College appoints a new Head of Secondary

Baleares International College (Sa Porrassa) has appointed a new Head of Secondary, who will join the school in September. David Bennett, who is current Deputy Head at the QK Academy school in London, will focus on driving the academic performance of students in years 7 to 13.

Mr Bennett has over 20 years’ experience in teaching and school leadership. Since taking his PGCE teaching qualification, he has worked in a variety of schools, mostly in senior leadership roles. He is a specialist history teacher, but in his capacity as Vice Principal or Deputy Head at 3 different schools, he has led on curriculum and pastoral issues. His focus is on raising student achievement and he has turned around the performance of schools, where performance had fallen below par. In his current school, he has delivered a new curriculum to support lasting learning and ensure that students are ready to face exams in years 11 and 13, as well as prepare them for life after school.

Outside of work, Mr Bennett is a keen sportsman. Following many years of playing rugby, he has now taken up triathlon and recently completed his third ‘Ironman’ race in Sweden.

Speaking of his ambition for BIC, Mr Bennett commented, “My approach to leadership is inclusive and I have demonstrated that I can raise standards, implement change and build and lead teams, whilst having a smile on my face and empathy for the staff who do all the hard work. I look forward to applying a strong focus on academic success at BIC, whilst ensuring that the school retains the holistic character and family friendly culture, upon which the school is grounded”.

 

 

 

Posted: 05-05-2017

 

The KIDS DAY at the Santa Ponsa Tennis Club was a huge success and allowed parents to see first hand the excellent facilities the club has and enjoy a close-up look at the special Wimbledon grass seeded exclusively for the tournament.

Food trucks, tennis clinics, music and wonderful weather made the Sunday event especially enjoyable and the school was able to discuss with tournament promoter, Edwin Weindorfer the partnership BIC has secured with the tournament. In the image, school Principal Duncan Giles can be seen with Mr. Weindorfer and Toni Nadal, the tournament Director.

The 2nd Mallorca Open will run from 18-25 June and will feature the leading players on the female circuit as they prepare for Wimbledon. We will share the player line-up once this had been confirmed and also special ticket rates for parents. A exciting event is coming our way, lets be part of it!