On Monday 11 November BISI students attended the annual Remembrance Day parade where we honour the dead of all sides in wars past. The ceremony marks the armistice which brought an end to the First World War on 11 November 1918. It is organised by the British Consulate and, apart from the school, is attended by members of the NATO Rapid Deployment Force and consulates representing many countries. The ceremony is particularly poignant in Istanbul because of the proximity of the Gallipoli National Park where fierce fighting took place during 1915 - 16, resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of allied and Turkish soldiers. The Gallipoli peninsula is home to many important war cemeteries, including the Lone Pine Cemetery which is the home of the tree which is represented in the school's logo.
Year 6 students read the response to 'In Flanders Field', the poem 'Oh Sleep in Peace Where Poppies Grow' by John Mitchell.
Year 6 students Lucy Gagala and Eun Seong Sim then laid a wreath on behalf of the school.
The parade was also attended by Year 10 History students. Giovanni Petruccelli and Zeynep Baskaya laid a wreath on behalf of the Parent Teacher Association.