Secondary School
Director: William Bradley

Zekeriyaköy Mahallesi,Kilyos Caddesi
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Volume 1 Number 20
Week in, Week out
A Secondary School publication

Welcome to the twentieth edition of our newsletter, a very special edition full of many activities and events which have been going on behind the scenes in the run-up to the Bayram break and the last few weeks, as well as the biggest event of the year; Graduation!

Our Graduates of 2019 made us all very proud here at BISI as they entered the beautifully decorated Green for their final steps at school, complete with cap and gown. Parents, family, staff and students were all in attendance cheering the class of 2019 on as they collected their certificates and said their final farewells to the school. The sun was shining, the BISI colours were ablaze from the balcony and the ceremony was a beautiful collaboration of speeches, entertainment and bright blue skies. 

We hope you all enjoyed a very peaceful Ramazan Bayram and spent time with your families and friends, as well as resting before the remaining weeks of term. We are heading for the final countdown now, with activities taking place at school every day; it's certainly not showing any signs of slowing down, with our Fab Friday event planned for 21st June (all of the BISI community are welcome) and tickets can be purchased from school at 40TL per person. 

We also have write-ups this week from our Sports department, English department and one of our Friday Afternoon Activity clubs to keep you up to date with just some of the work and activities our students having been getting up to. 

We hope you enjoy catching-up...

Enjoy the read!
Football & Basketball 

Mr Joshua Kinnear: Physical Education Teacher 

On Tuesday 21 May, fourteen Year 7 and 8 students were selected to play Football and Basketball against MEF. These pupils have all worked particularly well this year in P.E. 

All of the students represented themselves and their school brilliantly. MEF won the event overall, however a great afternoon was had by all and we hope that in the future we will continue our fun sporting rivalry against MEF with many more events. 

Girls team- Fatima, Zilan, Georgina, Lilly, Carolina, Stella, Meghan, Alice 

Boys team - Leo, Eoghan, Alessandro, Mao, Maxence, Georgi, Tihomir 
Year 7 Midsummer Madness

Ms Fiona Lewis: English Teacher 

The Botanical Garden was the site of magical transformation and comic misunderstanding as 7I enacted scenes from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The students worked in groups to stage extracts of the play in various locations in the Garden, interpreting Shakespeare’s words with creative license and a strong sense of fun. Among the highlights we saw The Queen of the Fairies, Titania, wrest the changeling boy from Oberon and fall in love with donkey-headed Nick Bottom, while the four young Athenians fought “cheek by jowl” to decide their tangled fate in the amphitheatre. 7I did a great job of bringing the language of Shakespeare to life, aided by the chorusing of the Garden’s resident population of frogs. 
Spoken Word Poetry Recital 2019

The English Department:

The final round of this year’s Spoken Word Poetry contest took place in the theatre on Tuesday 21 May. After weeks of creative endeavour, practice and in-class selections, twenty seven participants took to the stage, individually and in groups, to perform their original works. The performers showed great skill and bravery in tackling subjects of their own choosing, ranging from body image and environmental destruction to messages of resilience and the joy of football. The standard was higher than ever, making the judges’ job particularly difficult. Whether ultimately chosen as winner or not, each performance re-affirmed the power of the spoken word to move and inspire. Congratulations to all our poets and thanks to those who have joined in, supported and listened along the way.       
Friday Afternoon PSHE Activity

Ms Irina Fieraru: CAS Coordinator & Physics Teacher 

On Friday 31st May our year 7 students had the pleasure of meeting Beytullah Eroglu, a disabled swimmer with a touching, inspiring life story.

Beytullah Eroglu is 24 years old and he was the first born in his family. Nobody thought that the little boy without arms and with a shorter leg would become European and World Swimming Champion, or would swim in competitions in over 40 countries around the world and become a role model for lots of people.
Although he is famous and renowned, Beytullah was very friendly with the students, shared his childhood story, showed them how he is using his feet to type very fast on the smartphone and answered all their questions with a great sense of humor.

He couldn't swim with the students as he was preparing for a competition in Italy, but he gave useful advise to those among them who wanted to swim. To not leave them upset, Beytullah invited all the year 7 students to go and swim with him on the 20th of June at his training center.

Meeting with this young hero was just another fantastic experience for all of us!
Pictures by Delizia Flaccavento
Friday Activity - Horse Riding

Nike, Talia, Mafaz & Melika: BISI Students 


It was really fortunate that we got to do horse riding as a Friday activity. Not only were we riding in boring circles , thanks to our riding teacher Gokmen we got to practice some flat work, basic dressage and jump the horses. Afterwards, we also got to experience washing the horses (which we found a really fun experience).

When they were all clean we brought the horses for a walk (to dry them, and feed them as a treat) .

This activity was the best, most entertaining school activity you could ever find.

All thanks to the amazing horses which we were allowed to ride; Melika rode both Sonya (a thoroughbred blood bay mare) and Madra (a dark bay gelding) with one hell of an attitude.

Mrs.Hugel rode Naughty boy also a gelding but a dapple sabled thoroughbred with a very sweet attitude and a smooth canter.

Talia and Mafaz were new to horse riding, they were given beginner horses.

Talia and Mafaz rode Isis, Kestane and King;  three chestnut thoroughbreds brought from the races.

Nike rode Pamerol, a stunning 20 year old Belgian warm blood dapple bay. He is the least temperamental you’ll ever find in a horse. He jumps like Tobago Z and dances like Moorlands totilas (he is currently learning the piaffe).

All these reasons are why we think horse riding should stay as an activity next year.

Graduation 2019

And so the day finally arrived; one of the most talked about events on the BISI calendar...GRADUATION!

Rehearsals started days before the big event, with our Year 13 students practicing their steady walks down the spiral stairs whilst trying to remain composed. It was a particularly hot week in school during Graduation week, as the sun decided to make a permanent appearance just in time for the event. 

The Green was dressed beautifully in shades of blue, white and green, with not a chair out of place as we welcomed the families & friends of our graduates along with our teaching staff and all school staff members to this memorable occasion. 

Our wonderful catering team prepared refreshments and food for all to enjoy and ensured everyone was well taken care of during the ceremony. 

Our Orchestra welcomed the first of our guests with a series of beautiful pieces, which they had rehearsed meticulously in the run-up to the event, along with solo performances and our Junior and Senior choirs. 

Mr Bradley, Mr I'Anson, Mr Robinson, Ms Scotland & Mr Marsden were all in attendance as farewell speeches were prepared and the certificates and gifts were laid out ready for our graduating class. Also in attendance was Mr Emir Ali Enc, who was our Guest Speaker at this year's event. Our students showed nothing but absolute grace and composure as the event progressed; taking in the speeches of our Director, Mr Bradley and Deputy Director, Mr Robinson, which was not an easy feat under the extremely warm temperature of the afternoon sun, but they still managed a few smiles and giggles as the nerves began to subside and the afternoon progressed. Our graduates collected their certificates and paperweights without any glitches or trips and the Valedictorian speeches were beautifully timed with witty anecdotes, as students reminisced over their BISI school years together

Following our special thanks and awards to members of the BISI community for outstanding service to the PTA  and Board, Ms Alexandra Sezen, Permanent Board member, gave special thanks to all those involved and to our students for their hard work and dedication over the years at BISI. 

We wish all of our Graduating class of 2019 the very best of luck with the next stages of their academic lives; we thank you for all your hard work, efforts and determination to make it this far and for making everyone at BISI extremely proud of your achievements. May your next steps in life be wonderful and exciting and full of endless opportunities. 

Special thanks go to Dr Kathleen Hawthorne for organsing the event, along with our Campus Manager Ms Ozlem Ozturk. Many thanks to you both for ensuring every detail was thought through and carried out seamlessly and for making sure the day was an absolute success!

Keep scrolling to see our Class of 2019 in pictures...
All pictures by David Mayer
Welcome Day - 28 & 29 August 2019
While we are preparing for the end of the academic year and a long summer break ahead, there are many plans going on behind the scenes in preparation for the first BISI Welcome Day event due to be held over two days:

Wednesday 28th August for City Campus & Thursday 29th August at Zek campus for the whole BISI community. 

This event is for all new and existing BISI community members and will provide them with the opportunity to meet key members of staff, such as, our Directors of Pre/Primary & Secondary, Key Stage Coordinators, Form Tutors & Class Teachers, our PTA and many other members of staff who will be at school on the day. 

This will be an opportunity for all students and their families to become more familiar with the school before the new term starts on 2nd September and will hopefully help to relieve any pre-school nerves which may be lurking over the summer holidays. Organise your security passes, new school uniforms, meet our staff and even try the school meals; it will all be there for you on the day for your convenience 

With special thanks to our Chair of the PTA and PTA members and volunteers for organising and coordinating the event and to Ms Caroline Barnett for creating this brilliant flyer. 

Click the link below for full information and add the date to your diaries...we hope to see you all there!
Fab Friday - 21 June 2019

On Friday 21st June the PTA will be hosting their annual Fab Friday (formerly known as Fun Day) at Zek campus. There will be many stalls and fun activities to choose from and the whole community is welcome to join. 

Make sure you get your ticket and don't miss out on this action-packed day, which is set to be another brilliant event! Tickets are priced at 40TL per person and can be purchased form school. 

Also, any cake stall donations will be gratefully received for Friday's events, if anyone would like to donate some (NUT FREE) baked goods.

Please click the links below for more information & a look at what's to come...


And that brings our twentieth edition to a close as we look forward to another fun-filled week ahead of us and our Fab Friday events. We will have lots to share with you next week following the event and look forward to partaking in the fun and games which have been organised. 

We hope you have a wonderful week and will be back next week for our final newsletter of the academic year (2019 - 2020). 

William Bradley
Director of Secondary

Victoria Sykes
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