Secondary School
Director: William Bradley

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

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Volume 1 Number 19
Week in, Week out
A Secondary School publication

Welcome back for another dose of all things BISI. We've had a brilliant week of activities throughout our year groups, whilst our year 11 & 13 students keep ticking off those exams on their timetable. 

On Tuesday our year 7, 8 & 9 students were invited to a guest speech from Mr Rehman of Unicef; a very thought provoking and interesting speech discussing Children's Human Rights. Ms Perez, our Key Stage 3 Coordinator has shared some words in this week's edition for you to enjoy. 

Also, our students had the pleasure of welcoming members of the blind football team on Friday, as part of their PSHE studies and got involved in several matches on the school football pitch. An incredible experience for all of our students to partake in and some excellent skills were shown, as witnessed by all of the spectators who gathered in support.. 
In other Friday activities last week a small group of students  went on a trip to Trump Towers AVM, where they spent an afternoon planning several escape routes, putting their skills to the test.

And you may remember a few editions back that we mentioned a school trip to Malaga with Ms Davutoğlu & Ms Kapusuzoğlu, where our students enjoyed the Spanish culture & beautiful art and history around the city. Ms Davutoğlu shares with us this week some highlights of the trip.

With only a few weeks left before the break for Bayram, we still have lots coming up in school, including Graduation Day on 30th May. A lot of hard work is going on behind the scenes in preperation for the big day. Many thanks to those who are involved in the preperations to make the day a success as in previous years and here's hoping the sunshine stays to make it a brilliant day. 

So here it is. Number 19. We hope you enjoy!
Spanish & Visual Arts Trip to Malaga.

Ms Davutoğlu: Head of MFL 

Ms Kapusuzoğlu: Creative Arts Teacher 

This was, without doubt, a fantastic trip and a great opportunity for thirteen students from year 7 and 8 to experience the Spanish way of life in a truly cultural and historical city such as Málaga. The students stayed with Spanish families in groups of 2 and 3. During the day we did a variety of activities and in the evening they would go back to their accommodation, have dinner and get to know their host families.

We arrived at noon and in the afternoon, we had a walking tour around the port and the historical area. The following day we visited the Alcazaba Fortress and the Gibralfaro Castle. In the afternoon we spent a couple of hours at the beach. Wednesday and Thursday morning was museum time; we went to the Picasso Museum, to the Pompidou Centre and to the Saint Petersburg Museum. After lunch on Thursday we went on a boat tour and spent the rest of the afternoon at the Malagueta Beach. On Friday morning and early afternoon we went to the Atarazanas Market and to El Corte Inglés.

Throughout the week the students were busy learning; they learned about the history of the city, about all aspects of the Spanish culture, they tried all sorts of new foods, they interacted with the locals and they ‘lived’ with a Spanish family where they could practise and improve their Spanish.
Escape Room Excursion

Mr Eliot: Trip Organiser & German Teacher 

On Friday 12 Students, who opted to take part in an Escape Room creation task for Friday Activities this term, were accompanied by Mr. Taylor, Mr. Williams and Mr. McCullough to Trump AVM. The students were on the lookout for ideas of their own as they worked on making their very own escape challenges! All the students made it out in the allotted time by staying cool under pressure demonstrating great team work skills along the way and working together to solve myriad puzzles. Now the exciting bit is piecing together their escape games and realising some of their excellent ideas!
Mr Taylor with Živa, Seoyun, Alisa and Yusra (all Year 8)
Mr Williams with Saadet, Huiyeon (Year 9) Manaal and Carolina (Year 8)
Mr McCullough with Alvaro, Dong Ryun, Georgi and William (all Year 8)
Unicef Guest Speaker: Mr Rehman

Ángela Pérez: Key Stage 3 Coordinator

On Tuesday 14 May during our PSHE session, our Key Stage 3 students had a great opportunity to learn about Unicef’s work around the world and Child Rights. The talk was given by Mr Asim Rehman, who is the UNICEF Regional Emergency Specialist here in Istanbul. He is responsible for supporting UNICEF offices in Europe and Central Asia to ensure children are protected and cared for in times of emergencies such as conflicts, floods and earthquakes.

Students also learnt about the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and about how we can help UNICEF.

Next November, it will be the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted on 20 November 1989. We hope Mr Rehman can visit us again to celebrate such an important event together.

Pictures by David Mayer
PSHE Friday Activity 

Ms Irina Fieraru: CAS Coordinator 
An once in a lifetime experience with extraordinary people! How else can be described in one sentence how the entire BISI community felt on Friday afternoon?

When the bus arrived on Friday at 12.30, bringing in the members of the blind football team (Mr. Ali Çavdar, Mr. Murat Taşkın, Mr. Serdar Aydın, Mr. Yusuf Uçar and Mr. Samet Fidan), excited students were quietly approaching to see them . Soon everybody saw Aslan, the first ever guide dog in Turkey, and he became an interesting attraction.

A few minutes of anxiety followed but after all of us involved in the activity listened to their stories and understood that our guests felt relaxed and confident in our enviroment, everybody started behaving naturally.

Our students impressed everybody, once again, with their empathy, excellent behavior and maners, and the willingness to help.

Some of the boys guided the gentlemen around the campus, some students took care of Aslan and everybody went down on the football field, ready to challenge themselves playing football blindfolded.

Blind football is played in perfect silence, with a special ball, heavier than a normal one and with small ball bearings inside that rattle when the ball moves. When having the ball, the player must say loudly ''voy'' and one or two coaches can stay behind the goal and along the field line to direct the players.

Two of our year 7 students volunteered to be goal keepers. All of us watching the game were absolutely amazed by the excellent coordination of our students and extremely impressed by the ones who are not usually playing football but did not want to miss such a unique experience. Aston and Lily manged to score and I think their hearts skipped a beat of how proud and happy they both felt.

The Q&A session passed so quickly but there was still enough time to hear the individual stories of our guests. For some it was hard to believe that all of these men have jobs as a lawyer, teacher, employees in govermental institutions and lead normal lives.

Looking at all sets of gleaming eyes in the group photo, we can say that it was an experience that will not be easily forgotten.

A huge THANK YOU again to Ms. Delizia Flaccavento and Ms. Aysegul Selenga for another fantastic opportuinity brought to the BISI community!"
All photos above taken by Ms. Delizia Flaccavento
Everyone Agrees: Re-Usable Water Bottles Rule This Summer 

Mr Muller: Environmental Committee & English Teacher 

The runaway consumption of single-use plastic water bottles has been an issue on the Zek campus for some time. Efforts to conscientise thirsty students about the environmental costs of this practice have been ongoing, though only partially successful. The bottom line priorities of the Tuckshop contractor have not been helpful, although he did agree to try a shift to glass water bottles; a short-lived experiment, after several bottles ended in broken shards of glass strewed across corridor floors. 

Enviro Com has returned to the strategy of stocking up with re-usable waterbottles for sale to students. Our first consignment  - a combination of plastic and the even more durable metal bottles - have been shifting well at TL30 a piece. Asiya Kanatlar, Camryn Adams and Leo Wooley have ably contributed to the breaktime sales.

Do your little bit to save our planet: make sure your family is using only re-usable water bottles. 

Bottles can be purchased on the advertised sales days, or from me in Secondary.            
Picture by David Mayer 
Next Year's School Production

For any of our students who have not already signed up for the next school production and are interested to join in, please see Mr Cosnett for a chance to partake at the end of the year. 

For anyone new to our school community, BISI produces a big school production at the end of term one, every academic year. from September onwards, students rehearse as part of their Friday afternoon activities with our Head of Creative Arts, Mr Cosnett. The production is open for all of our school community to enjoy and we'll be sending out invitations to you all during term one. 

We're already looking forward to the next one!

Stay tuned for further updates throughout the year. 

Year 8 Trip to Santral Energy Museum & Miniatürk

Mr Williams: Head of Mathematics & Trip Organiser 

This Wednesday the Maths and Science Departments are taking all of Year 8 on an educational visit to Santral Energy Museum and to Miniaturk model park in Istanbul. We will leave around 9am by minibus from Zek campus and return around 3.15.

Students will be provided with a packed lunch, but should bring their own water bottle to keep hydrated during the day. If it is particularly hot and sunny, they should also bring a sunhat. They should wear home clothes rather than school uniform that day.

They should all bring something to write with, because they will be completing worksheet during the visit, and they can bring their phones to take photos of some of the exhibits they see.

There is a small gift shop at both venues, so they are welcome to bring a small amount of spending money, but it will be their own responsibility. 

MUFTI & Bake Sale - Friday 24th May

This Friday our Student Council are organising a Bake Sale in aid of the Tarlabaşı Community Centre who support disadvantaged young people. 

Don't forget your 10TL for the MUFTI (students & teachers) and a few extra Lira to purchase a cake!

As usual ingredient slips must be filled in if you're bringing any cakes to be sold. Please see Ms Lüset or Ms Ayşegül at reception to collect a slip.
Another week in and lots of great activities completed. We hope you've enjoyed catching up on the events and we look forward to another busy, but great week ahead. 

Wishing you all a wonderful week. 

William Bradley
Director of Secondary

Victoria Sykes
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