Secondary School
Director: William Bradley

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

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Volume 1 Number 7
Week in, Week out
A Secondary School publication

Welcome to the 7th edition of Week in, Week out, our weekly newsletter designed to share daily events taking place at the Secondary school each week, including things to come in the week ahead. 

The first week back following the winter break proved to be nothing short of busy, as our students started their mock exams on Monday 7th January and continued with them this week. These were interrupted ever so slightly with the arrival of the snow on Monday last week. It would appear we experienced a number of seasons in a week, as is typical in Istanbul, but thankfully, we only experienced minor disruptions to the planned exam schedule, with a slightly earlier finish on Tuesday of last week. Decisions to close the school are made with the students safety at the heart of them and with the unpredictability of the snow last week, it was collectively decided by our Senior Leadership Team, to close the school one hour earlier to avoid the risk of the students being stuck in heavy traffic and in difficult driving conditions (as has happened in previous years). A lot of coordination goes in to such decisions and an email and SMS will always be sent with as much notice as possible of the school's decision to close. There are always staff on site to ensure our students and staff leave safely, with no one left behind. Thank you to everyone for your understanding and cooperation and to our transport teams for ensuring the safe departure of all of our students and staff last week. 

It's of extreme importance that we have all correct details on our school systems, so if you have a change of contact number or email address, please contact our Communications department at: so we can update your details and ensure you receive all school notifications. We are continually working to keep all of our lists up to date, so please do advise us if you are currently not receiving any notifications such as: letters, newsletters, PTA events and general announcements. 

This week and next will continue to be busy, as the mock exams draw to an end, our students contemplate their IGCSE options for the next academic year, several sporting matches take place this week and our Friday activities continue in full swing. Here's to another successful term and lots of hard work ahead!

I hope you enjoy this week's read...
Mock Exams Continue...
The mock exams continued this week with a few minor changes made to the original schedule, due to the snow last week. There were a couple of alterations made to the timetable, although these were kept to a minimum, thankfully. Well done to all our students who've taken their mock exams, studied hard during the winter holidays and worked through the delays and rescheduling requirements. 

Geography - Year 7 Ideal Settlements  

Sunil Gussain - Year 7 Geography teacher: 

This week Year 7 Geography designed their ideal settlement. They built 3D models of the place they would love to live in. Each group member contributed their skills and cooperated brilliantly. Some created settlements with nature in mind, others made their cities a fun place to live. Well done year 7 Geography for their great efforts!!!
Year 7 students above and below creating their ideal settlements and showcasing the results. 

Staff v Students Ladies Football Match

With clearer skies and warmer temperatures this week, the staff, junior and senior girls football teams took to the pitch to battle it out for victory. Following the match that took place at the end of term before the winter holidays, some, quite rightly, pointed out that our girls junior and senior teams should also have the opportunity to show the teachers their football skills and score the winning goal. 

On Wednesday the match went underway, thanks to a much kinder weather forecast, and some much needed sunshine!

 Sandra Scotland - Dean of Students & PE Teacher:

"Congratulations to our staff players! Well done for yesterday's 2-1 WIN

Ms Lewis, Ms Parkinson, Ms Kamas, Ms Perez (top striker) & Ms Scotland.

Special thanks to Nora and Lauren for helping out on the staff team".

We look forward to adding this match to the annual fixture at the end of the year, where I'm sure the students will be ready to take a few victories for themselves. 

Our staff & student football teams enjoying some sunshine before the match on Wednesday.
Mixed Teams Badminton Tournament

On Friday lunch time the sporting events continued with a mixed team match of Badminton over the lunch period. 
Pictured above: Our secondary mixed Badminton teams, with the overall winners pictured right. 
7l in the Dragon's Den!
Fiona Lewis - 7l English Teacher:

Looking for a group of talented, entrepreneurial students to run a marketing campaign? Look no further than 7I! A few lessons ago, the students were given the challenge of designing and marketing an original sportswear product as part of their study of persuasive techniques in advertising. They presented the results this week in their English class to Mr. Leaver and his Year 10 Business students who took on the role of Dragon's Den-style investors. The four teams did a fantastic job of presenting their ideas, displaying creativity as well as good business acumen. In the end, Tek Tennis emerged as the winners with their range of high-tech and stylish tennis gear. Well done to Amélie, Maryam and Lily, as well as to the other teams (Flash, Boost and M.E.S) for their hard work; and a big thanks to Mr. Leaver and his panel of judges for their fair and detailed feedback. 
Look out, Nike – you have some serious competition ahead…

Ms. Lewis
Our Year 7 English class students presenting their ideas to Mr Leaver's Year 10 Business Studies Class. 
SAGEM Activities

Irina Fieraru:

‘YES, WE CARE’’ project continues this half term with a new chapter – the collaboration between year 9 students and the students from SAGEM (Sarıyer Municipality Youth Education Center) in Darussafaka area. Now we have Mrs. Lisa Meyer and Mr. David Meyer in our team as well, coming up with lovely ideas and new activities!
It is hard to describe in words the excitement that filled the room when our students met with other students who came to the community center for their after school activities. Everybody wanted to talk with everybody, smiles and more smiles were shared around and all the students were so respectful to each other.

Today, our students  made some presentations on interesting facts about their countries and cultures. Barriers vanished; students found out more about each other; some emotions struck all of us as we saw the students being so proud about their places. Kyung Won Oh (Johnnie) played a lovely music piece on his violin and then everybody had some time to spend together playing some games.

We were all so impressed! Happiness has no nationality! Smiles need no language!  Youth overcomes all obstacles and for ONE HOUR every Friday, children of many nationalities and many backgrounds are EQUAL!
New PTA Logo

For those of you who are new to our school community, we now have a new PTA logo which is being displayed on our communications for PTA events and announcements. The new logo was designed by Lily Barnett, who is one of our Year 7 students. Lily's creation was voted top in a survey which was sent out towards the end of the first term. Well done to Lily for all your hard work and effort. We hope you're very proud of your creative artwork and enjoy having it on display to share with the school community. 

On the left: The new PTA logo designed by Lily Barnett of Year 7. 
Practices and Rehearsals

Starting next week we have many activities going on during and after school: 

Monday - Swimming (3:40pm - 4:20pm)
Wednesday - Touch Rugby (3:40pm - 4:20pm) 
Thursday - Boys Football (3:30pm - 4:25pm)
Wed, Thurs & Friday (1:15pm) - Select Year 7-10's rehearsals for the school production directed by Rebecca Uys 

Private & Secondary Activities - Starting Monday 21st January

From Monday next week, our private and secondary clubs will start again. All students must return their permission slips to Nursena Kamas (Activities Coordinator) or they will not be permitted to join any after-school activities. 

Make sure your slips are handed in...or you'll be turned away!!!

IGCSE & IBDP Counsellor Options Interviews Continue...

Dr Hawthorne is continuing interviews with Year 9 students & parents as part of the options process for IGCSE. Thank you to all parents who have attended; Dr Hawthorne looks forward to seeing those she hasn't yet met in the coming week. Dr Hawthorne has already had a PSHE lesson with year 9's entitled 'Planning for the Future', as part of the process. 

IBDP options interviews will start on Monday 28th January. Year 11 parents will all be invited by email soon. The Year 11 students will have a PSHE session on' Planning for the Future' on Tuesday 29th January. 
And that brings our seventh edition of ‘Week in, Week out’ to a close. We hope you have enjoyed reading it!

We wish you all a wonderful weekend.

William Bradley
Director of Secondary

Victoria Sykes
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