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Parent Partnership: At Baleares International College, San Augustin Campus we enjoy a very positive working relationship with our parents. This ensures that we are all striving towards the same goals, giving our children the opportunity to develop as unique individuals who acquire the skills, knowledge and confidence which will enable them to continue their learning journey beyond Baleares International College, San Augustin Campus.    

STRUCTURE OF THE DAY

The school day is from 9.00 am until 3.45 pm. Pupils are welcomed into school from 8.45 am. All pupils have a morning break of 15 minutes and a lunch break of 50 minutes. The youngest pupils also have an afternoon break of 15 minutes.

ROAD SAFETY and ACCESS TO SCHOOL

It is in everyone’s interest to ensure the safety of pupils entering and leaving school and the immediate grounds. Congestion is a fact of life for the majority of schools at the beginning and end of each day. Baleares International College is no exception. We can reduce the danger if everyone follows these sensible guidelines:-

Please assist us to keep the pupils safe by parking with care and avoiding dangerous manoeuvres.

Please take care when you walk across our car park with pupils. Small pupils should be in close contact with their parent/guardian at all times and should not be allowed to wander off on their own whilst parents are talking.

YOUR CO-OPERATION IS GRATEFULLY APPRECIATED WITH THIS MATTER

ABSENCES

If you wish to withdraw a pupil from school for any reason you must request permission in advance and in writing, stating the reasons, dates and details for the absence. Absences during term time should be avoided if at all possible.

If sickness is the cause of the absence, please telephone school between 8.30am and 9.00am on the first day of absence and send a letter to school with the pupil on the first day of their return.

ABSENCES DURING THE SCHOOL DAY

If at any time you need to remove a pupil from class during the working day, for instance because of sudden illness, please report to the school office. Similarly, if you have arranged an emergency appointment for a pupil (such as a dental appointment) during the school day, please collect the pupil from the office.

Pupils are not allowed to leave school during the school day unless advanced permission has been sought giving the reason for the absence, and explaining who will be collecting the pupil and at what time.

LATENESS

If a pupil is late for school they must report to the school office before going to their classroom. We understand occasional lateness, but persistent lateness will be addressed as this frequently has an adverse effect on the pupil and causes disruption to other pupils and teachers.

LUNCHTIMES

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Lunch sittings are staggered. The first sitting is for Nursery and Reception classes, then Years 1 and 2, followed by each class up to Year 6. Staff are on duty to assist the pupils with their meals.

Food is freshly prepared and cooked in our kitchen. We operate a healthy choice menu and fresh fruit and yoghurt is always available. Menus are produced and are sent home.

Pupils may bring in a packed lunch if preferred

Please make sure that pupils have plenty to drink. Water only please and no glass bottles.

SNACKS

Pupils are allowed to bring a small healthy snack to eat during break times. 

NO SWEETS OR CHOCOLATE ARE ALLOWED.

Chewing gum is not allowed on the school premises

EQUIPMENT

Exercise books (jotters) and text books are provided by school. Payment will be requested to replace them if they are lost or damaged. Exercise books should be kept clean and presentable and pupils should not use them to doodle, or rip pages out.

Throughout the school writing materials are provided

Pupils in Year 5 and 6 may bring their own pencil case to school with a suitable writing pen (preferably an ink pen or roller ball) and at various times through the year, they will need a calculator, protractor and drawing compasses.

Correction equipment (Tippex) of any sort is not required.

Pupils need to bring a small bag to school to carry equipment and books from home to school.

An art smock or something to cover pupils’ clothes during art lessons is useful.

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Mobile phones, tablets and other expensive equipment should not be brought to school.

The school and staff accept no responsibility for any personal property lost or broken on school premises.

EXAMINATIONS AND ASSESSMENTS

Pupils in classes from Nursery to Year 2 do not have exams. Ongoing assessments are made by the class teacher.

Examinations for Years 3-6 in English, Mathematics, Spanish and German take place in November and May

Other subjects for these years are examined at the end of the topic/unit.

Exam papers are not sent home, but parents are informed of the results via the pupils homework diary or on their report.

HOMEWORK

It is expected that all pupils complete their prescribed homework in the allotted time without excuse.  Incomplete, forgotten or untidy homework is taken very seriously and a pupil will usually be required to complete or re-do the work.

OPEN EVENINGS, PARENTS’ EVENINGS and REPORTS

Parents/Guardians are warmly invited into school at various times during the school year to meet with teachers to discuss pupils' progress. The timing and content of these events varies but we hope that you will take advantage of them. More details will be provided closer to each event.

New Parents and pupils are invited to a meeting in September before school begins.

In the first two weeks of term each Primary class holds a meeting to explain what is expected of the pupils in that specific class.

A Welcome Meeting takes place for all parents in September.

New parents/guardians are invited to one-to-one meetings with teachers after school to see how the pupils have settled in after the first few weeks.

Formal Parents’ Evenings take place for all parents during Autumn, Spring and Summer terms.

After the assessments and examinations take place, reports are sent home.

School operates an ‘Open Door Policy’ and if a parent feels that there is a particular matter which needs to be discussed with a pupil's teacher or the Principal, please contact the School Secretary to make an appointment.

SCHOOL OUTINGS

We believe that school trips are a valuable part of a pupil's school experience and they are undertaken at various times during the school year.

SCHOOL DISCIPLINE and PASTORAL CARE

All matters and issues concerning the internal organisation and discipline of the school are the responsibility of the Principal, who depends on the full co-operation of the pupils, staff and parents.

Pupils need a stable, consistent, kind and fair environment in which they can work hard and enjoy themselves. Consequently, we strive to set rules which are consistent with safety, welfare, good manners and firm standards of behaviour.

Our underlying belief is in traditional standards of behaviour, respect for others and good manners.