Secondary School
Director: William Bradley

Zekeriyaköy Mahallesi,Kilyos Caddesi
No:227/1,2 Sarıyer-İstanbul,34450

Tel:       +90 212 202 7027 Ext 111/112
Fax:      +90 212 257 76 28

Volume 2 Number 8
Week in, Week out
A Secondary School publication

Welcome back to our secondary newsletter, bringing you up to speed with events of the past week. 

We had a great week with our visiting CIS team, who observed lots of lessons, chatted with staff and our students about many different topics in the school. It was great for the visiting team to see our students hard at work. Just a normal week for us, but a great feeling for the team to see, first hand, why we are very proud of our school and the community who help make all of this happen. A huge thank you to everyone involved in the preparations of the visit and for all your continued hard work and dedication.  

It was back to the classroom for our Maths department as Ms Elemara completed training with fellow teachers in preparation for the Mangahigh Mathematics Challenge. Primary and KS3 students will be taking part in this from 18 - 29th November. Check out Ms Elemars's article for the details. 

It was also the final tournament for our middle school girls and boys football teams on Friday at the Gateway Academy. Well done to all of our students who took part. Looks like you all had a great time!

Our year 12 & 13 students experienced a little piece of France on Friday morning, chaperoned by Ms Katya Skoudy, with a trip to the French Institute to sample some French culture. More details below on the events and activities of the morning. 

Another week is over and we're a step closer to our much anticipated school production: War of the Worlds. Mr Cosnett has shared details in our 'Week out' section on how to purchase tickets, production dates and timings. It promises to be an absolute treat for all to see, so please don't miss out on your opportunity to witness our talented students doing what they love. We're very excited for the show!

So here you have it. Edition 8 of the year...

Happy reading
COBIS Mangahigh Mathematics Challenge

Ms Elemara: Mathematics Teacher

This year BISI will be taking part in the annual COBIS - Mangahigh Mathematics Challenge. This will run over 2 weeks from Monday 18th November until Friday 29th November. 

Mangahigh is an online mathematics gaming program that allows students to learn through games and animated activities. 

Students across primary and KS3 will compete to earn points. There are huge prizes at stake for the highest individual point scorers, as well as for the school achieving the highest points, so get gaming! 
Ms Elemara (pictured left) delivering training to: Mr Marsden, Dr Celtik, Mr Rudd & Ms Gumus from our Mathematics department. 
Girls & Boys Middle School Football Tournament

Mr Huegel - Head of Physical Education

The last Middle School tournament went very well, considering the boys team only had 3 out of the 10 regular players participating, and we had no subs!

The girls team rocked it anyway and had fun!
Girls Team Results
Boys Team Results 
Eco Tip of the Week
Ms Elemara shares another handy tip this week in our regular weekly feature. 

This week's tip is about growing delicious herbs. Hit the link below for more info:
Harvest Festival Food Donations

A big thank you to all who donated food for the Harvest Festival. Between our primary & secondary students, the school has donated many items, which were delivered to Tider over the weekend to distribute to the community. 

We really do appreciate your continued support and generosity. These donations will make a huge difference to those in need.

Pictured below is just a snapshot of some of the donations provided by our secondary students. Very generous and very much appreciated! 
Friday Music Session

Whilst our visiting CIS team observed many classes during the week, the head of the team, Mr George Piacentini, joined some of our secondary students on Friday during a music lesson with Ms Mayer.  Most of you perhaps don't know that Mr Piacentini was formerly in a band during his teaching years in International Schools and enjoyed getting involved in the Friday lesson with our students. 
Friday French Trip

Ms Katya Skoudy - KS4 Coordinator & French Teacher

On Friday Year 12 and Year 13 students went to the French Institute near Taksim.  The mood was as joyous as was the weather. After the bustling and buzzing of Istikal Caddesi,  we were greeted by an oasis of calm and the quietness of the Institute’s main courtyard. The visit started with breakfast on the grounds, at the French bistro, where some of the students ate typical French delights such as pain au chocolat whilst enjoying a coffee in the sun and fresh air. After the refreshments, the visit continued with a stop at the exhibition “Mega Istanbul” on show at the moment. This was followed by a tour of the médiathèque to discover the vast amount of resources and materials at their disposal for their studies and find out about the cultural programme on offer. After exploring the treasures of the library on their own, they were put to work by the friendly librarians: in pairs they devised a song/poem that they had to perform in front of the others.  Eren and Ibrahim were the brave ones to start the proceedings. The competition was fierce with three groups tied on points.. The librarian had to cast the final vote to decide who would be the winning team, which was the one made up by  Mila, Berke and Leen. The visit ended up with a well-deserved lunch before heading back.

Tree Mufti & Bake Sale

On Friday we will have another MUFTI with the theme 'trees'. Students taking part should dress in brown or green and make a contribution of 10 TL for our Student Council chosen charity. In addition, we are looking for volunteer bakers to donate baked goods for the sale at break time. 

Don't forget the usual ingredient slips (available from Ms Aysegül on reception) for anyone bringing home-baked items. 

School Production: War of the Worlds

Mr Scott Cosnett: Head of Creative Arts

Prepare for An Alien Invasion - School Production 4th, 5th, 6th December

After months of hard work by the students involved in the school production, the show is almost ready for performance. This years piece, War of the Worlds, is firmly fixed within the sci-fi genre and is not only an adaptation of the Wells classic, but also an homage to many of the iconic sci-fi films of the last 50 years. The play is set and begins in the modern era, within a world facing the very same problems that we ourselves do today. However, as humanity struggles to deal with issues like global warming, wars, inequality and corruption, an inimical alien force arrives from beyond the stars and sets about wiping out every last trace of the human race from the Earth. Driven into the shadows, the few that survive must find a way to stop the alien invaders before mankind disappears for good.  

The show, featuring original, live rock music, will play in Zekeriyakoy Campus's theatre on Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 4th, and Thursday 5th of December. Tickets can be purchased prior to the evenings from Mr Cosnett or Mr Bradley and cost 40TL for adults and 20TL for students. Tickets can also be purchased on the event evenings (outside the theatre - from 6.20pm) on a first come, first served basis. Tickets will be available from 23rd November. 

The show is a collaboration between Primary and Secondary students and boasts a cast and crew of about 80 students. 
IGCSE Ceremony - Tuesday 26th November
Next week it's time for our annual ceremony to celebrate last year's entrants of the IGCSE examinations. Preparations have been in full swing for months and our guest speaker is ready to join the stage to share with our students some words of encouragement and wisdom. 

The ceremony will start at 1:50pm, for parents of the students receiving certificates, and there will be snacks & refreshments for all to enjoy after the event has finished. We're looking forward to welcoming you to this special event to celebrate our students and their achievements, organised by our Key Stage 4 & IGCSE Coordinator, Ms Katya Skoudy. 
That's it for another week. The last of the winter term is a busy one and we're excited for the events to come before the end of term. We hope you've enjoyed reading and catching up on all things secondary and look forward to sharing with you again next week. 

Here's to another great week ahead with some wonderful autumn sunshine. 

William Bradley
Director of Secondary

Victoria Sykes