Secondary School
Director: William Bradley

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

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Volume 1 Number 8
Week in, Week out
A Secondary School publication

Welcome to the eighth edition of our weekly newsletter to talk about all things happening in and out of our Secondary school. Our first three weeks back following the winter break have certainly kept us busy, like most school weeks, and the second term is looking to be no less busy than the first. There's no such thing as a quiet week in a school, with exams taking place, snow arriving, committee meetings, staff recruitment and sports and after-school clubs starting again for the second term. Everyone is running on full speed, with lots of activities and events going on behind the scenes. This newsletter is a chance for us to give you a snapshot of what goes on in the day to day running of the school, where it's not all fun and games, but there's certainly never a dull moment. 

Our Director of Primary, Mr Richard I'Anson & Deputy Director of Secondary, Richard Robinson, are currently in London attending an annual Recruitment Fair, ready for the new academic year of September 2019. For those who aren't aware of recruitment processes at the school: we hire our international teaching staff through the annual recruitment fair, attended every year in the months of January and either March or April, where our Directors meet with a variety of qualified candidates from around the world. They will start the interviewing process now in order to have new teaching staff in place ready for the new school year in September 2019. A lot of time and planning goes in to selecting the best staff for our Primary & Secondary schools, to ensure we have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our students, and ensure we have teaching staff who can honour our guiding statements and enrich the student learning experience at BISI. Our Directors will make their final decisions shortly and make official announcements of the successful candidates in due course. 

So far, the response to our newsletter has been positive, but this is a continual learning experience for us and we'd still love to see the number of readers grow and develop over the year. As a student, teacher, or parent: what are the things you want to read about? what do you enjoy seeing or learning about the school? Are we missing something that you think would be a great addition? This is a school publication, so we want you all to be involved and have your say. All opinions and suggestions are welcome here, so please get in touch with us at:
Victoria ( or William ( and give us your thoughts. We will, of course, give credit to any brilliant ideas or suggestions and would love to share your input with the school community. 

Enjoy the read!
School Activities & Sports Clubs

Sandra Scotland - Dean of Students & Physical Education Teacher: 

The start of after school clubs has seen many students staying to participate in a variety of sports this week:

Monday - Swim Team
Wednesday - Touch Rugby & Gymnastics
Thursday - Girls Basketball & Senior Boys Football

Also our Basketball Teams are in training at lunch times for their tournaments; Middle School to IICS on 1st & 2nd February and High School Teams to Ankara (Oasis International School) on the 8th & 9th February.

Students attending these clubs and activities must have their permissions slips signed and handed in to Nursena, our Activities Coordinator, or they won't be permitted to stay. 

Students: If your name's not listed on the bulletin board - you won't be allowed in - please hand those slips in if you want to take part next week!
Year 7 Science Class

Clive Rudd - Secondary Science Teacher: 

This week year 7 continued their investigation of Acids and Alkaline materials in the Laboratory. They prepared an indicator fluid from boiling Red Cabbage.
With this liquid they were able to detect whether a fluid was acid or alkaline depending on what colour it changed to when they added the indicator fluid.
If you look at the pictures carefully you may see the different coloured test tubes. The red one is an acid the blue one is a neutral substance,water and finally the green one is an alkaline substance.

A good time was had by all!
Final Mock Exams

The last of the mock exams took place on Thursday this week where our Year 11's completed their Modern Foreign Language tests. 

A huge well done to ALL of our students who've sat their mock exams and for your efforts over the past 3 weeks. All the hard work and revision over the year (including the holiday periods) will be worth it in the end. Keep going, you're almost there now, and we believe you'll all have great successes this summer if you keep working and studying as you are. 
Friday Afternoon Activities

After a very busy week, it's always good to see our students enjoying a variety of Friay afternoon activities. We have a real mix of choices from Drama, to Film Club, Sports and Crafts, to name but a few. Here's a glance at just a few of this week's events...
Pictured Above: KS3 boys about to start their football match with Mr McCullogh
Pictured above: A glance at some of our Friday afternoon activities going on around the school. Field hockey with Mr Taylor and Mr Williams.  Murder on the Orient Express with Mr Cosnett.  Paper Modelling with Mr Perry.  Badminton with Mr Kinnear and Mr Gusain.

Hopefully, if you're reading this, we have your email address and you're signed up to our mailing list for school notifications. But are you also receiving SMS messages notifying you of school fees, early closures, snow days, PTA activities, school events, or any other relevant school information you need to be aware of?

We are regularly sending communications to our school community in the form of emails, SMS messages and hard copies of letters. If you haven't received an SMS for several weeks, or you know of someone who isn't receiving any notifications (other than letters going home with students) then please (Parents) contact our Communications department on: stating your full name, email address, mobile number, your child's full name and their year group so that we are able to update our records and get our communications out to everyone!
It's so easy for us to update our systems, but if we don't get notified of issues, we can't make the changes and we want you to be informed at every opportunity. 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 

BISI Communications
IGCSE Taster Lesson for Year 9's

Katya Skoudy - Key Stage 4 & IGCSE Examinations Coordinator:

As part of the IGCSE options choosing process, on Tusday 29th of January, Year 9 students will follow a different timetable than their usual lessons. Instead, there will be a “taster day” when year 9 students will take part in a sample lesson in a number of subjects - 11 to be precise. The participating departments are: Creative Arts (Art, Drama, Music), Humanities (Business Studies, Economics, Sociology) Science (Physics, Biology, Chemistry), Physical Education and Computer Science. These sample lessons will last approximately 25 minutes and are meant to give students an idea of what new, and not so new, subjects will be like in KS4. 

Dr Kathleen Hawthorne - University and Careers Counselor:

Next week I am doing PSHE with Year 11, and as part of helping our students think about their IB subject choices, one of our BISI alumni, Elahe Hosseinzadeh (Class of 2017) will be attending. She will be giving a talk about her perspective as a university student, looking back at her time at BISI, how she made her choices and navigated her path to uni....including tips for surviving the IB.
Mufti Day - Friday 1st February
On Friday 1st February there will be a MUFTI day where students and staff can dress as their favourite historical character! This is in support of our student led MUN conference to be held at BISI. 

Some of our newcomers to the school community may not be aware of what a 'MUFTI' day is or why we hold it, so just to bring you up to speed: 

Occasionally through the year we hold a dress down day with a theme. These days usually take place on a Friday and those taking part give 10 TL to the organiser (a nominated school teacher) and the money goes towards a particular charity or event. Some of last year's included: a red theme for Aids Awareness, a festive jumper theme and a 'Movember' campaign to raise money towards several Mens Health charities, to name but a few. While we do have strict guidelines on uniform for the rest of the school term, the MUFTI days are a way for us to support lots of great causes, raise awareness among the school community, whilst encouraging a bit of creativity and fun for our students. 

We always give prior notice to parents and students, so no one is left out, but the MUFTI days are optional so everyone can make their own decision to participate. 
Pictured above: Staff dressing up for our red themed MUFTI day last term. 
I'm sure everyone is ready for the weekend after another busy week at school. Thank you to our staff and students for your contributions this week, we love to see and hear about what you're learning and engaging in. We hope you have a fun-filled weekend ahead, or perhaps you'll opt to relax and enjoy some quiet time. Whatever your plans, we wish you all a wonderful weekend.

William Bradley
Director of Secondary

Victoria Sykes
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