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 1 Number 16
Week in, Week out
A Secondary School publication

Welcome to the sixteenth edition of our weekly newsletter, with only one more edition to go before the end of term two. Events in the school are still a plenty, with our students hosting their very first BISI MUN last weekend which was a huge success. We will share more pictures and information from the event this week, along with some other updates from our Secondary school. It would appear we have some very dedicated students, who not only work hard during the school week, but are willing to give up their free time on weekends to follow causes which are important to them. A number of our students joined Ms Elemara last weekend to visit a local animal shelter, which you can read more about this week. 

One of BISI's former graduates also paid a visit to talk with our students and teachers about life after BISI and the work they are doing since graduating from University. We always appreciate our former students taking the time to visit us and update us on their successes after graduating.

Keep scrolling to get all the latest updates from our Secondary school. 

Enjoy the read!

As mentioned in last week's Newsletter, BISI hosted its very first BISI MUN, which was a student-led project that was in progress (behind the scenes) for months in the run-up to the big weekend. Our students gathered over three days to host the event and this week one of our student organisers, Leen Mshasha, shares with us the events as they happened. 

Leen Mshasha: BISI MUN Organiser and student at BISI


Just last week over the weekend, the first ever session of BISIMUN was hosted right here on our very own Zek campus! Gathering young activists and diplomats in the making from all over Istanbul (including our very own students), the conference stimulated heated debates about the issues plaguing our world such as CRISPR technology and drone usage in war zones, to name a few. On the first day, amid the excitement, we had the honour of welcoming Sabine Freizer, a UN WOMEN policy advisor, as a guest speaker whose speech about the importance of youth activism and women’s rights was the perfect start to a weekend of forward-looking discourse. Over the next two days, debate fostered friendships and as the weekend came to a close, students left with the feeling that they had done their small part in shaping our future.

Among the many attendants were the executive team, who had been working since the beginning of the year to ensure that the conference was a success and a fun experience for all involved. A huge thank you is also owed to Ms. Irina Fieraru for the continued support she has given the executive team from the moment they decided to embark on this ambitious project. Following the success of this year’s MUN, the team is gearing up to organize yet another great session in the following year.

And a huge CONGRATULATIONS is owed to our student organisers below for their months of hard work and determination, with the support of Ms Fieraru, who turned their vision in to a reality for the very first BISI MUNI. We are extremely proud of your efforts and the success of the event and look forward to hosting many more in the coming years. 
Our MUN organisers from left to right: (Back row) Louis Dereboy, Kaan Kafkasli, Reyad Dardar, Alexy Prokhvatylo (front row) Tommaso Cusolito, Leen Mshasha, Rahaf Kordi & Aral De Moor
Animal Shelter Visit

A number of our Secondary students volunteered their time over the weekend to attend an animal shelter along with Ms Elemara, our Secondary Maths teacher. Ms Elemara, along with one of our Primary teachers (Ms Frigeri), has been raising funds and awareness of this local shelter in Istanbul since last year. For anyone who is interested in learning more about Project Paw-print Istanbul, or donating to the cause, please click the link below to read more about the work they do.

Farah Elemara: Secondary Maths Teacher

The animal shelter trip on Saturday was a real success with the students on great form, interacting with the animals and learning about the organisation. 

Also, a massive well done to the students who attended;

Year 7: Meghan
Year 8: Mara, Ziva and Carolina
Year 10: Lauren, Junga and Deep
Year 13: Hana
Alumnus Visit

Mr Bradley: Director of Secondary

On Friday we had a visit from a BISI Alumnus who came to check out her old school.  Elif Gultekin graduated from BISI five years ago and has spent her intervening time at university in London gaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Marketing and a Master of Science degree in Financial Management.  She is now working in Istanbul in one of the top five Turkish start ups of the last few years, which now has a presence in no less that 19 countries.  Well done, Elif!  Elif has agreed to come into school to talk to our students about life after graduation from BISI and Week in, Week out looks forward to reporting on the talk.
Pictured above: Elif Gultekin, a former graduate of BISI
IGCSE Examinations

Exam season is underway and our students will be sitting their IGCSE ESL Oral examinations & IGCSE ICT practicals over the week.   

Good luck to everyone who will be taking part in the exams. BISI wishes you every success!
Inter-house Touch Rugby

Mr Kinnear has arranged inter-house Touch Rugby games on Wednesday 3rd April & Thursday 4th April for our Secondary students. 

Years 7 & 8 can sign-up for Wednesday 3rd April

Years 9 & 10 can sign-up for Thursday 4th April

The sign-up sheet is on the back of Mr Kinnear's door for anyone interested. 
Coming up from the PTA

Due to the local elections which saw the school close for one day on Monday 1st April, the PTA monthly meeting has been rescheduled to Monday 8th April at 9:00am
And that brings our sixteenth edition of ‘Week in, Week out’ to a close. We hope you've enjoyed it and wish you all a wonderful week ahead. 

William Bradley
Director of Secondary

Victoria Sykes
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