Secondary School
Director: William Bradley

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

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Volume 1 Number 15
Week in, Week out
A Secondary School publication

Welcome to our fifteenth edition of the weekly Newsletter. Fifteenth!!! where did those weeks go to? The year is passing us at lightening speed and we are fast approaching exam season. This week, we will share with you a broad selection of impressive work from our students including: Creative Arts, Year 8 project work, a glimpse at our student-led MUN and a write-up from one of our students for the recent Ski trip to Pamporova, Bulgaria. 

Our green was filled with smartly dressed students all ready to start their first BISI MUN on Friday afternoon as the school day ended. The sun was shining over Zekeriyakoy and we have a feeling the MUN events happening over the weekend were an absolute success. Ms Fieraru has shared some words and pictures about the weekend's events in our 'Week out' section, however, we will have a full feature on this event next week, written by our student organisers with more pictures to share. 

We're really proud of our students and their successes which they share with the school. A lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes to bring such successful performances and activities and a lot of this is unseen. We have no doubts that our students have very bright futures ahead of them and here at BISI we are delighted to witness their hard work and dedication paying off with such wonderful displays of organisation and work.

With only a few weeks left until the end of term two, we'll be cramming in as much as we can before our Newsletter takes a two week vacation along with the school. We hope you're still enjoying the content and our regular updates. We are still trying to think of new ways to keep the Newsletter relevant and interesting and will be adding a few new features over the coming weeks. We will also be sharing the Newsletter every Monday now, in a bid to capture every single activity that happens until the end of school each Friday (and occasionally weekends). Fridays are definitely one of our busiest days, and we don't want you to miss out on all the fun. 

Hope you enjoy the read!
Ski Trip To Pamporova

Some of our Secondary students recently attended a ski-trip to Pamporova in Bulgaria and kindly shared with us some pictures of their week. Below is an extract from Camryn Adams (Year 7). 

What a fantastic trip this was!  The whole area was one white, soft playground, dotted with the best smelling pines and yummie restaurants.  Hot chocolate with marshmallows on top?  Check!  To make the experience even more blissful, the whole area was ours and ours alone.  There was not a queue in sight.  The weather could have cooperated a little more by sending extra sunshine in our direction, but then half of us would have been sunbathing.  Now, everybody was skiing/snowboarding.

At the hotel, there was also some serious inter-year bonding going on, which could only happen because of the peaceful vibe.  Maybe the cosy rooms and delicious buffet were responsible, or maybe the harmony and joy-bringing teachers?  Anyway, I want to thank everybody for giving it their all to make this an unforgettable holiday!
Camryn Adams - Y7

It looks and sounds like our students had a fantastic week away on the slopes. And thank you to Camryn for the written article to share with our school community.

Keep scrolling to see the week in pictures....
Early Morning Swim Team Practice

Ms Scotland: Dean of Student & PE Department:

Thursday mornings at 07.30 sees the return of our swim team enthusiasts. 
5 early birds arrived for the 1st session this week. 
Hoping for a few more dedicated swimmers next week. 
Year 8 Friday Project

Ms Fieraru: CAS Coordinator 

The past Friday, year 8 students had the privilege to receive a visit from Mrs. Petra Holzer, director of Bozcaada International Festival of the Ecological Documentary (BIFED). She talked about the 
festival and showed a couple of short documentaries raising awareness on recycling.

We were all impressed by the questions our students asked and their interest in the importance of such an event. Every year the organisers receive more than 300 documentaries, varying in length from a couple of minutes to more than 3 hours.  The students were intrigued by the brilliant idea of having a ''students' section'' in the festival and we just hope that maybe some of them will go further and take the initiative of filming such  a documentary.

If you would like to know more about the festival, the website is: 
Photos taken by Delizia Flaccavento
Tem Muller - Year 13 Solo Theatre Performance 

Mr Cosnett: Head of Creative Arts 
For IB Theatre, students are asked to create a solo theatre piece, based on the ideas of a theatre theorist, as the culmination of the two year course. This year, Tem Muller in Y13 decided to base his theatre piece on the concepts of theatre heavyweight Robert Lepage - synonymous with using filmic technique within theatre to grand effect. Tem created a piece based on Macbeth or more precisely, on Macbeth's internal struggle right before his murder of King Duncan. Tem gave his piece a modern context and utilised projection as the theatre convention for exploration, in a psychological and techno-savvy rendition of the classic scene. 
Students and colleagues assembled in the theatre on Friday to witness Tem's excellent solo performance. 

Ms Irina Fieraru: CAS Coordinator 

BISIMUN 2019– 22nd-24th of March 2019
It all started with a dream… and it turned into an idea…
A group of young and enthusiastic people ‘’played’ with the idea over lunch breaks for several months…
One day the idea became an official website, with logistics and participation forms and the first subscriptions appeared…
Months of doubtful thoughts, meetings, phone calls, counting, shopping, and printing followed…
The young people worked hard, with unbelievable dedication, sometimes laughing, most days rolling their eyes in despair…
Friday, the BIG day… Delegations arrived, opening ceremony, ice breaking sessions…
Saturday, more work, lots of problems to solve, happy ending at a well-attended party…
Sunday, all looking tired but somehow more relaxed… Just some more hours to the closing ceremony… At 5.30 pm a big group of young people smiled to the camera… BISIMUN 2019 HAS HAPPENED! YES, WE DID IT!
Yes, THEY did it! A handful of IB students who over a couple of months worked tirelessly, showing commitment and perseverance, finding solutions to problems that maybe some adults would have had difficulty solving, displaying communication skills, being polite and helping each other. During the conference days the success of BISIMUN 2019 was ensured because of a small ‘’army’’ of students, from year 7 up to year 13, who volunteered to support the organizing team and who were chairs and participants to the conference
Now, all we have to do is to CONGRATULATE Reyad, Aral, Tommaso, Louis, Rahaf, Leen, Kaan and all the other BISI students involved for their extraordinary effort.
A detailed article, fully written by the students, will follow in next week's newsletter. I hope they will forget about their ever present modesty and will praise themselves fully for such an unprecedented success at BISI.

Next week we will share a full feature on this event, written by the our student organisers and Admins, and with more pictures to share from the weekend. 
Creative Arts Production - Murder on the Orient Express

Coming up in April we have a free production to share with you all on behalf of our Secondary Creative Arts department. So if you love a bit of Theatre and would like to witness our talented students perform their latest production, then please keep reading for more details from our Head of Department, Scot Cosnett...

Dear Parents,

On 10 April, in our Zekeriakoy Theatre, 19 of our best dramatic students from Years 7-10 will perform an original play which is based loosely on Agatha Christie's: Murder on the Orient Express. The play will start at 7pm, will last until about 8.30 ish, and is free to watch. You would be most welcome to come and watch the play and support our wonderful students in this one-night-only endeavor.

Yours faithfully,

Scott Cosnett
(Head of Creative Arts for Secondary - British International School, Istanbul
Coming up from the PTA

This week our PTA will be busy organising a few events in the school and will also have several opportunities for you to sign-up should you feel like being involved. 

The next Zek PTA meeting will be held at 9:00 am in the Primary building at Zek campus on Monday 1st April. 

Clink on the links below for more information on volunteering opportunities. 

Movie Night – Friday 29th March

Spring Festival / Egg Hunt- Friday April 12th

Hope to see you there!

And that brings out fifteenth edition to a close. We look forward to sharing more with you next Monday. 

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead. 

William Bradley
Director of Secondary

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