Secondary School
Director: William Bradley

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

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Volume 1 Number 10
Week in, Week out
A Secondary School publication

We are almost approaching the half-way mark of term two and it's certainly been a busy start to the year. Now that mock exams have finished and results have been sent home, our students have returned to the regular flow of the school timetable.

This week, our secondary girls and boys teams are travelling to compete in Ankara over two days and we can't wait to hear the results upon their return. In addition, our swim team are busy practicing after school in preparation for the MEF meet in term 3, as well as our regular Friday afternoon sporting activities keeping our students busy. Ms Scotland and Mr Kinnear will no doubt be reporting back on Monday with the basketball teams performance in Ankara, which we will be sharing in next week's edition. 

Our MUFTI last week, which saw the students portraying their favourite historical characters, proved to be a lot of fun and saw some fabulous efforts made by students across many year groups. The total raised last week was: 1064TL, which will help fund the BISI MUN which we are hosting in March. Next Friday, our MUFTI will have a Valentine's theme and include a delicious bake sale, which we will go in to more detail of in our 'Week out' section. Thanks again to all of our students and staff members who made great efforts with their costumes and to everyone who donated to the cause. We thank you all for your generosity. 

Please continue to send us your feedback. We are still a work in progress and would appreciate your constructive criticism in a bid to develop and improve the newsletter each week. I hope you're enjoying it so far and going forward, we will continue to update you on a weekly basis every Friday, in place of the monthly newsletter which was sent to you each month, as in previous years. Our aim is to bring events to you ASAP and also to celebrate all areas of the school, whether they be academic, social or something out of the ordinary. 

Thanks again for tuning in....

Enjoy the read!
Year 9 SAGEM Project

Uğur Dalak: 
This Thursday a group of  Year 9 students from BISI visited SAGEM (Sarıyer Youth Center) in Ferahevler. In SAGEM branches, the local students are supported for their academic and social needs in their spare time. On Thursday's visit, our Year 9 students met their friends, and worked with them in a welcoming atmosphere to produce some artwork such as painting on stones. During an hour long session, an art teacher and a few activity teachers helped the students communicate and work well together.
Pictured above: Photos from the creative SAGEM project work on Thursday and also the previous week's SAGEM activity involving music participation. 
TISSL Basketball Trip to Ankara

On Thursday this week, our secondary boys and girls teams took a trip to Ankara to compete in the TISSL basketball tournament and will return on Saturday 9th February. Last week we printed the names of our students attending, however, errors were made following some team changes which we apologise for.

Below is a picture of both our teams and Ms Scotland & Mr Kinnear, taken by Head of PE, Mr Huegel, just before our students boarded the bus for their trip on Thursday. 

We wish you all the best of luck and hope you have a fantastic experience, and most importantly, lots of fun!
IB/IGCSE Options Talks

Dr Hawthorne: BISI University & Careers Counselor

Over the previous month I have very much enjoyed meeting parents and students in Years 9 and 11 to explore future subject options and university plans. I look forward to the upcoming Year 12 termly interviews, which are conducted together with the Dean of Students and social and emotional wellness counselor, Ms Sandra Scotland.

Choosing the right university for your child can seem daunting and overwhelming, but with the right planning and research, the process becomes more streamlined and simple. The BISI counselors are here to offer information, advice and guidance in the process.
Some of the things you as a parent can do at home to support your child’s negotiation of the university application process are:
  • Meet BISI counselors to discuss your child’s worries, plans, dreams, abilities and choices, as well as financial concerns
  •  Become active partners in exploring university options and possibilities.
  • Take an interest in day-to-day school work.
  • Take an interest in ideas and plans for the future.
  • Share your own experiences of work and training, both good and bad.
  • Read up on college/university information especially with regard to finances.
  • Access relevant websites, for example: UKwww.ucas.comEurope:; USAsat.collegeboard.comwww.commonapp.orgCanada:www.canada123.orgTurkey: see individual websites such as
  • Encourage them to aim high, but at the same time, to be realistic in terms of their grades, capabilities and interests.
  • Attend university fairs and university school visits.
  • Discuss plans and any financial restrictions openly and honestly with your child early in the process and share these with the counselor.
  • Visit university campuses with your child, attend open days and email universities directly.
  •  Make sure you know the BISI internal deadlines for the application process (available from the counselor’s office or from information given to your child).
Key Stage 3 House Point Winners Pizza Party

Ms. Perez - KS3 Coordinator 

Class (7I) were the KS3 form winners last term. Together they managed to collect 1193 house points! Today they got to enjoy their chosen prize: a pizza party at lunchtime.

The Papa John’s pizzas must have been delicious, as Ms Kelly & I have never seen so much pizza disappearing in such a short space of time!

Who will get to enjoy this term’s pizzas?

We look forward to finding out!
After-School Swim Team Practice

Ms Scotland would like to remind everyone that after-school swim team continues on Mondays after school and all secondary students are welcome to join. Our swim team are currently preparing for the MEF meet in term 3 and if any students are interested in joining, please speak with Ms Scotland. 
Parent-Teacher Conferences

On Tuesday 12th February there will be Parent-Teacher Conferences held between 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm. A letter was sent to all parents on Wednesday containing all the details and students were given a booking sheet. Please make sure your sons and daughters make appointments with their teachers for you.  If you have any questions about the conference, please do not hesitate to contact Richard Robinson for further details. 
Juice Magazine

With next week being just before half-term, a fresh edition of Juice is coming right off the printing press! Juice is a magazine written by and for students. This time we're including a wider variety of articles, such as:

  • Why we should open the school productions to an extended public

  • Why a school pet would drastically improve students’ lives

  • With many requests, teacher facts – part 2!

  • A look into the environmental impacts of clothing and more sustainable options


Your own edition can be pre-ordered in Mr Gunnell’s room. Distribution of the physical copies will be from Tuesday 12th February onward. Claim yours for only 15TL!

Valentine's themed MUFTI & Bake Sale- Friday 15th February

Dress to Impress!!!


Friday 15th February brings another MUFTI to the school and this time, our students can dress to impress with a Valentine's theme and also bring and sample an array of delicious baked goods on sale. All monies raised will go towards a Student Council supported charity.

If anyone needs to collect an ingredient slip for allergies, please see Aysegul on our reception desk. 

Please ensure no nuts are used in any of the baking ingredients as the school is strictly a nut-free zone. This includes nut flours and oils, as we have students with severe allergies.

Thank you for your understanding!

Coming up from the PTA...
Coffee Morning & Second-Hand Uniform Sale.

On Tuesday 12th February, Zek PTA will be holding a coffee morning in the Theatre at 9:30am, where parents and staff can meet me (Victoria) as the newly-ish appointed Communications Officer of the International school. I'm looking forward to meeting some new faces in our community and also familiar one's too. I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have about my role and communications at the school. If you have any ideas on how we could make improvements to our current ways of communicating, I'm open to new ideas on how we can engage with the wider school community. Hope to see you all there. 

After the coffee morning there will be a second-hand uniform sale outside of the Theatre from 10:30am - 11:30am for anyone interested in having a browse. 

Hope you can all make it!

Spanish & Visual Arts Trip 

While this is not an event coming up in the next week, Ms Davutoglu would like to share with you information on this upcoming trip in April. Anyone who would like further information can contact Ms Davutoglu.

Gabriela Davutoglu - Trip Leader    


Years 7, 8 & 9 Spanish & Visual Arts Trip to Málaga, Spain

Monday 29th April – Friday 3rd May 2019

I’m excited to announce that in April we are going to Málaga, Spain. This is a combined Spanish-Visual Arts trip for students in years 7, 8 and 9.

This is a great opportunity for the students to experience real-life in a different context, to learn more about the Spanish language, culture, art and history. Learning experiences outside the classroom are highly formative and inspiring. Overseas field trip experiences not only enhance learning but they also help the students broaden their world-views.

We will explore the beautiful city of Málaga, its historical and cultural sites, we’ll visit museums, art galleries, castles, fortresses, markets and sample Spanish food. To experience the Spanish way of life, students will be staying in groups with host families, carefully selected by an experienced school trip organising company on a full-board basis.

Another week to go until the mid-term break. I'm sure everyone is getting ready to re-charge and rest before the final part of term 2, which is set to be another busy one. Hopefully the sunshine will make an appearance again for the weekend, but whatever the weather, we wish you all a wonderful weekend.

William Bradley
Director of Secondary

Victoria Sykes
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