BISI PUBLICATION
 The following newsletter highlights the activities and events that took place during the last month at BISI. We hope you enjoy the selection of our students' work on the 42nd edition of what's been happening.
Winter Showcase
Secondary school students celebrated a winter showcase event marking simultaneously the end of the winter semester and the year 2021. The event was organized by the department of creative arts and has seen numerous entertaining and informative activities in which students took part.
Festive Door Competition

As it has become traditional, the final weeks of school had lots of fun activities planned, including the Winter Showcase, the School Production, the Festive Door Challenge, and end of term assembly where we heard who were the students with the most house points in different Key stages and which house has been victorious in Term One. 

The corridors were filled with sounds of people frantically working on their door design and lots of teamwork happening. We also enjoyed hearing all about their ideas and the concepts behind each door.

It was again a close contest and very difficult to choose the winners- it took the judges a lot of deliberation.  However, everybody must be congratulated on their initiatives, ideas, creativity, dedication, and team spirit.

Here are this year's winners:

Key Stage 5 - 13 B  Mr. Barnes' form with a present filled themed door and elves and 12 B Ms. Gumus’s form with an Angel themed door.

Key Stage 4 – 11S  Miss Clack's form with an educational twist to the theme and 10B Miss Habib’s form with a geographical festive design.

Key Stage 3 – 9B Mr. Robbins’ form with a take on a traditional theme with reindeers, elves, and Santa; 8B Mr. Muller’s form with lots of candy canes to get the festive mood going, and 7T Miss Cabato’s form who put us in a festive and dancing mood by greeting us with Christmas songs and choreography leading us to a door with a classic look.

Branson - BISI Production

Branson - BISI Production (Primary and Secondary) December 2021

This year’s school production: ‘Branson’, was a story very much in the great tradition of the Hollywood Western, a story that took influence from movies like ‘True Grit', ‘Pale Rider’, and ‘How the West was Won’. The story took place in the town of Branson (named after the founding forefather Sheldon Branson - a figure with his dark history) and centered on the good-natured Jim Ross and his family who end up getting caught up in a dispute with developers, descendants of Sheldon Branson, politicians and the wider town when he refuses to sell his land to the railway. To make matters worse, Jim also falls foul of the infamous Jessie Isaacs who is not known for her forgivin’ side. The dedicated cast worked tirelessly, and with the burden of restrictions brought about by covid, to create a powerful and strangely poignant piece about corruption, big business, and the loss of traditional values as a result of greed. 

Computer Science Lesson
Coding is one of the few creative venues that results in truly interactive works — and there is nothing more exciting for students than interacting with their own applications. Year 12 students in Computer Science lesson build stand-alone projects using Java as a programming language. 
German IB Presentation

Year 12's Flora and Giulia had both given their first German IB presentation. As part of her HL studies, Flora spoke about Bernard Schlink's novel 'Der Vorleser' (The Reader) and Giulia gave her presentation on the life and influence of 'Martin Luther'. Both studies were fully engaged in their respective topics, spoke eloquently, giving their interpretations of both the novel and the global impact of Luther, the theologian. Well done to Flora and Giulia! 

Music Contest
Year 9's Lucas and Aamani had just finished their latest topic on the theme of music and were given a brief to create a dialogue between a music journalist and a member of a band. Having covered the topic, they were given no input on the dialogue itself. They proved themselves again to be independent learners creating a balanced and creative dialogue. Well done Lucas and Aamani!
Year 9's Lucas and Aamani had just finished their latest topic on the theme of music and were given a brief to create a dialogue between a music journalist and a member of a band. Having covered the topic, they were given no input on the dialogue itself. They proved themselves again to be independent learners creating a balanced and creative dialogue. Well done Lucas and Aamani!
 
Inshirah Collective
Students in Year 9 have been working hard in their geography lessons to complete their projects for the small enterprise that helps refugee women here in Istanbul, 'Inshirah Collective'. Shahla Raza from the collective chose the following video as the winning submission:
The second highly recommended video was this one

Wylie and Liam from Year 9 mentioned this about their learning: The final goal project was about making and collecting enough data to make an advertisement for an organization called Inshirah Collective. I think our group succeeded in this task by collaborating and distributing jobs such as Gathering data and images, formatting, narration, translation, and subtitling. We learned as a group our different skill sets allowed us to enhance our products while keeping the balance of working well together. We also learned about how to navigate computers better and to make clear voiceovers.

We started off thinking, this was at the peak of our different skill sets. Our first goal was to gather enough data from the collective itself and buyers. We did this by sending out google-forms to parents and speaking with the founder of the collective to gain inside information. After this, we started talking amongst ourselves about what the data could mean for our advert. Finally, we started our jobs, we found many pictures to make the advert have a variety of products. Our next task was to collaborate to make an animation, which we did by creating the original product on google slides, and then uploading it to Imovie.

This was a great project because it shows you how everything isn't always about yourself. It also has been good in showing us how to collaborate as a team. Learning this way we were opened up to more insightful information and things going on around the world. Another thing that was to be seen was how these refugees struggle because of war, environmental issues, and payment. In addition, we were brought into how everyday clothing can seriously affect lives negatively.

The Group 4 project is a collaborative and multidisciplinary activity, which encourages IB Diploma Programme (DP) science students to appreciate the environmental, social, and ethical implications of science. This is a compulsory element of the IB Diploma Programme and provides the students the opportunity to work within cross-disciplinary teams.

IB Diploma Science Lesson
The Group 4 project is a collaborative and multidisciplinary activity, which encourages IB Diploma Programme (DP) science students to appreciate the environmental, social and ethical implications of science. This is a compulsory element of the IB Diploma Programme and provides the students the opportunity to work within cross-disciplinary teams.
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