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Posted: 28-10-2016

Year 6 pupils have been discussing the recent disaster in Haiti as part of their P.S.H.E lessons and felt strongly about wanting to help raise funds to help the people effected. 

As one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent years hit the Caribbean country of Haiti two weeks ago causing significant damage. Over 1000 people lost their lives and thousands more are now without homes and clean water.

We are delighted to announce that on Thursday 27th October, Year 6 held a cake sale to raise money for the many victims of this disaster. With each item a symbolic 1 euro they managed to raise an incredible 486 euro!!

 

 

 

 

Many thanks to all the parents who contributed and made this a successful event for the people of Haiti. The funds will be send directly to Sow a Seed, a registered, non-profit, volunteer-based organisation which provides assistance to a network of over 150 orphanages, schools and hospitals in Haiti.Thank you.

 

Posted: 28-10-2016


On Friday 21st October, students in the Sixth Form visited the British Education Fair as organised by the British Council accompanied by the Head Of Sixth Form, Mr. David Anderson and Mr. David Green. Representatives from over 30 British universities were attending. Many from prestigious institutions such as University College London, Imperial College, King’s College London or the University of Reading. Also present was UCAS – the University and Colleges Admission Service. The universities and organisations present were able to answer the many questions our students had and assist in their course selection and preparation of a successful UCAS application.




The United Kingdom attracts over 500,000 international students each year and over 9,000 from Spain alone. Students value the top-quality teaching, innovative methodology and opportunities for research that all institutions promote. Studying in the UK will provide students with the opportunity to become more independent, to explore their own creativity and become truly international.

 

 

We hope that our Baleares International College students found the experience enriching and inspired them towards academic excellence and the pursuit of higher education.

Further information of British universities, the courses and application can be found at:

www.educationuk.org

However…..there was also some time to disconnect, and whilst in the city, students were able to enjoy some of the sights Barcelona has to offer.





 

Posted: 13-10-2016

 

Baleares International College is proud to confirm that students in Year 12 will be the first BIC students to ever attend the Barcelona MUN Conference in late November. The Model United Nations offers young adults the opportunity to discuss, debate and promote resolutions to some of the key issues taking place at the moment. Our students have been assigned the delegations of Colombia and Tunisia.

 

With over 20 schools taking part with delegations from the Sir James Henderson School of Milan, the Oporto International School, the International School of Jordan and the Lycee Francais of Vienna. BIC students will benefit by not only enriching their knowledge and understanding of important geopolitical matters, but will also engage with students of a similar age and background from a variety of countries, cultures and experiences in a rich and fulfilling forum

 

 

Over 3 days, delegates will be distributed into three main forums with the following agenda items. 

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

1. Measures to eliminate international terrorism including measures to cut financing and recruitment 

2. Question of the Impact of Rapid Change in the Arctic 

3. Increasing epidemic risks due to spread of vector borne diseases such as Zika and Dengue 

 

THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICAN COMMISSION (MENAC) 

1. The creation of a sovereign Palestinian State 

2. The situation in Syria 

3. Risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East 

 

THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION (HRC) 

1. Full protection of human rights for refugees, asylum seekers, returnees and displaced persons in Africa and the Middle East

2. The Question of protecting human rights for indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities

3. Protection of the family: contribution of the family to the realization of the right to an adequate standard of living for its members, particularly through 

 

We look forward to sharing images and the experiences of our Sixth Form students as they enter this new world of international diplomacy. 

 

More information on the 4th BCN MUN can be found at: www.mun.a-s-b.com

 


 

 

Posted: 03-10-2016

 

Wednesday 5th October saw pupils take part in a mini 'walk for kids who can't' event. ' Students in EYFS and Years 1 and 2 completed a number of laps around the school grounds in support of the Rotary Club led event. Many thanks to all parents who accompanied their children on the tour, a most enjoyable morning was had by all and in support of a much worthy cause. Special thanks to the 'Helping Hands' charity committee who did much to ensure the event ran smoothly. 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk for kids who can't' which will see many children from the school competing the 10km walk from Katmandu Park in Magaluf to Moods Beach in Portals and back. The Rotary Club are supporting: Foundation RANA, which seeks to prevent the abuse of children, Joves Navigates which provides training opportunities in the nautical field for disadvantaged children and ASDICA which provides practical support for mentally and physically challenged youngsters in Calvia. As in previous years, BIC students will happily take part and in doing som support these worthy causes. The walk will take place on Saturday October 8th



 

 

Posted: 03-10-2016

 

The spirit of giving was evident at the Baleares International College on Friday when they became part of the ´Biggest Coffee Morning¨ in aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief.

 
Cakes donated by parents and staff, and tea and coffee, were sold for a donation and people gave generously, raising nearly 500€ for the charity. Added to this was 250 € donated by a member of staff,  Mrs Enright, who  sings professionally under the name of  Gee Carmichael,  from the sale of her CDs making a grand total of 719 €. 

 

The money raised will provide support for people and their families who have been affected by cancer

 

 

 

Posted: 03-10-2016


A warm evening in late September was the perfect setting for the annual ‘Meet and Greet’. Over a glass of wine or cava, parents new to the school and all members of staff were able to mingle and interact in a relaxed and informal setting. The event was well attended and those present enjoyed themselves immensely. Special thanks to the Sixth Form Prefects, who helped the evening run smoothly and conducted themselves admirably. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted: 03-10-2016

 

​At Baleares International College, we endeavour to ensure that inspiring  and enthusiastic teachers deliver excellent lessons. This year we see the arrival of new Heads of Department in English and Maths, a 2nd in Science post and new additions to the Music and German departments as well as Primary Key Stage 2 plus a talented and promising prospective member of the teaching profession.

 

 

Samuel Thompson, a graduate of Manchester University and winner of the famed ‘Thomas de Quincy’ prize takes on the post of Head of English. An island resident since 2007, Mr. Thompson has over 20 years experience in the teaching profession, being promoted to Head of Department in all the schools he has taught in. A published author, he has 3 poetry anthologies to his name and and an MA from Manchester in ‘Modern and Contemporary Poetry’. A keen sportsman with an  active interest in outdoor pursuits, Mr Thompson will lead the renewed department and play a key role in the appointment of new members of staff as the school is now advertising for a teacher of English. He will also run the Drama Club, an activity he truly enjoys and has had notable success with at previous schools




Alex Moore joins BIC from Galileo School in Bratislava where he held the post of ‘Head of Numeracy and A Level Curriculum coordinator’. As incoming Head of Mathematics, he will play a key role in the deployment of ICT learning aids across all year groups and is already rolling-out MyMaths with colleagues and students. A  firm believer in ensuring standards of teaching and learning are consistently high, he provides a consistent, and exciting, approach to mathematics. Mr Moore will  promote  independent learning and differentiation through effective, well designed questions and resources that are central to all his planning. A graduate from the University Of Bath, he is a keen rugby player and coach and has had success at Bladen RFC in the North-East of England. We hope that our BIC students will be excited at the prospect of joining his own  after-school rugby club here with us.

 

 

Stacey Barlow is the newly appointed 2nd in Science, a Biology specialist she holds an MA in ‘Applied Professional Studies in Education’ from Sheffield University and joins BIC from prestigious Harrow International School in Hong Kong. With the challenges of an ever growing department, Ms Barlow will see how BIC expands its Science provision with the introduction of the single science and separate science examinations at iGCSE. The planned expansion of the school site will incorporate many of the requirements of a new and modern Science department and Ms. Barlow and colleagues will be key players in that plan. A keen advocate for the Duke of Edinburgh International Award the school hopes to introduce and a passionate supporter of charity efforts makes Ms. Barlow an enthusiastic and energetic member of the school community. Her 250km husky ride across Norway or her charity swim around the Hotel Burj Al-Arab in Dubai is evidence to her commitment to her pursuits. In time we hope to run a Science Club, until then, Ms Barlow will organise a ‘Running club’ after-school as this is yet another of her many interests.

 

 

Scott Hughes arrives at the school from the Island School in Hong Kong; the founding school of the English Schools Foundation. Holding a BA from Sussex University in Music Informatics (Music and Computer Science) Mr. Hughes add a new dimension to our already successful Music department. His website, www.mr-hughes-music.weebly.com offers many insights into this young, ambitious and accomplished musician. A professional standard saxophonist and guitarist he is also skilled at violin and bass guitar. He will run a choir club and as well as manage and develop the school band. A very keen sportsman, he is excited a creating a school staff and parents football team and is actively looking for fixtures with other international schools. A qualified PADI instructor, scuba diving is another passion he hopes to explore whilst in Mallorca.

 

 

 

David R. Weiss, an experienced and highly qualified teacher of German is the latest member to join the Modern Foreign Languages department. Qualified from the Eichstatt University in Munich (KUE) he is a dedicated practitioner having spent most of his career delivering German lessons to the international community in Mallorca. First at the Deutche Schule Suedwest (Santa Ponsa) and the VIVA school and lately through a private venture, Idiomas Mallorca. Mr. Weiss experience also led him to spending a year working in Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia. Mr. Weiss will now offer additional German to students within our Extra-Curricular programme.

 

 

 

Helen Roberts is the new Year 4 teacher having taught previously at another local school on the island. A wealth of knowledge at Key Stage 2 ensures that Ms. Robert’s lessons will engage students and stretch the most able. Having had experience in the Far East, Ms  Roberts was involved in the successful ‘I Can Read’ programme in Thailand ensures that understanding of the EAL requirements of students is a particular strength of hers. We look forward to seeing this develop as she runs her after-school club aimed at homework support for students.

 

 

 

Emilia Conway has recently completed her BA in Fine Art from Liverpool’s John Moore University. She is now considering a profession in teaching and students will be thankful for such a decision. A vibrant and energetic member of staff, she is assisting within the Art Department and running a series of fun arts clubs for both Primary and Secondary students.

 

The school also sees a number of internal promotions, as Ms. Morag Upton and Ms. Jocelyn Shimell become Assistant Heads of Primary and Secondary having previously held the position of Leaders of Learning.

 

 

And finally, the school is proud to introduce Miss Astrid Mockridge as the Front Desk Receptionist. With a rich experience in both hospitality and within the public sector, Miss Mockeridge will be the ‘face of the school’ in our new revamped Main Entrance. With vast knowledge of administrative and operational procedure we hope this new appointment will enable us to streamline many of our existing processes. As befits a graduate of ‘English Language and Literature with Classical Studies’, Miss Mockridge is also a freelance writer with an ability to edit, copywrite and translate as she is  fluent in Spanish and speaks good German. She has a genuine love for dogs and in fact handles these in shows; her most recent success was the gold medal at the 2014 World Dog Show in Helsinki where she won the best veteran mastiff.

 

We have a truly international makeup of our new teaching staff. With the exception of our language staff, all are UK qualified and trained and help support the ethos the school wishes to promote; Believe, Inspire, Challenge.

 

In the coming months the school will seek to appoint a Learning Systems Manager to oversee the deployment of the school’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) as BIC Sa Porrasaa has been selected by Orbital Education to spearhead the pilot scheme before roll-out to the other group schools as well as specialist posts as the SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) coordinator and an EAL (English Additional Language) specialist. Exciting times indeed.

Head Boy and Head Girl

BIC is happy to introduce the new Sixth Form Leadership Team for this academic year. Victor Firu and Arpita Aidasani are the new Head Boy and Head Girl ably supported by a team of 6 prefects; Philipp Speckert and Julie Meier Mattern from Year 13  and Sara Adolph, Sebastian Alm, Johanna Becker von Sothen and Adrian Ehrenberger.

 

 

 

Arpita Aidasani has been at the school since 2004 and has for over 12 years been a keen and dedicated member of the school community. She has had notable success at GCSE and plans read law at Warwick University and is on track to achieve the results needed to do so.

 

‘I am proud to be your Head Girl. Id like to thank Mr. Giles and all the teachers for giving me the opportunity to be head girl and represen Baleares International College. Its is important to acknowledge that our success lies in drawing from each others strengths. Never lose hope, believe in yourself no matter what, keep on inspiring the people around you and don't forget that if something doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.

 

 

 

Victor Firu joined BIC in 2010 and is a strong member of the Sixth Form and has volunteered to run the Debating Club as part of the school’s extensive extra-curricular programme.

‘The prefects need to set an example for fellow classmates and also younger students and guide them through the challenges that lie ahead.  

 

Back row: Adrian Ehrenberger, Sebastian Alm, Philipp Speckert, Victor Firu

Front row: Sara Adolph, Johanna Becker von Sothen, Arpita Aidasani, Julie Meier Mattern

 

 

Posted: 03-10-2016

 

​Sunshine Books is a brilliant Book Club made especially for children in Mallorca, and we are delighted that Baleares International College has chosen to bring us to you, for the second year running.  As parents of BIC's pupils, you can shop directly from our online bookshop whenever you like. The books you buy will then be delivered to your children at school, on our special delivery days. All the books in our shop are hand-selected from top UK publishers, then categorised by age and theme to make it easy and fun for you and your children to find  books that they will really want to read! To find out more, visit our website www.sunshinebooks.es  

If you'd like to join in this month - just remember to order by MONDAY OCTOBER 3rd for delivery MONDAY OCTOBER 10th!