The British International School Istanbul

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

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Volume 3 Number 12
Week in, Week out
A BISI School publication

Dear readers,

With the closure of EYFS this week, we are all officially online full time! This hasn't effected BISI's events calendar as they are all virtual this year. Our Primary Students got to enjoy a day of 'Wellness' last Friday, with a day full of wonderful events.

This week began with our Virtual Winter Bazaar going live for all your festive shopping needs and entries are now open for our Zek Winter Showcase, coming up at the end of the term.

To keep informed about the rules and regulations regarding COVID in Turkey please check your emails frequently as new precautions can be announced at unexpected times.

We hope you will enjoy the 12th edition of whats been happening at BISI. 
National EYFS- Wellness Day

Katrine Davidsen- Classroom Teacher

In Butterfly Class, we celebrated Wellness Day by having a Teddy Bear's Picnic. The children had fun making and eating their own teddy bear themed snack.
City Year 6- Wellness Day

Alyssa- Year 6 Student

Please click here to see some of the activities that the Year 6s in City Campus enjoyed doing on Wellness Day.
Wellness Day 2020

Cara Frigeri: Key Stage 1 & 2 Coordinator

Last year, we had our first Wellness Day and because both the students and teachers loved it so much, we were determined this year to find a way to come together and treat ourselves to a day of shared Wellness. On Friday the 27th of November, all the Primary students came together online in their houses, in their families, or even in a group of friends, to try out a variety of wellness activities that were planned and led by different students. 

We started the day with all kinds of dance which was a terrific way to wake us all up. Afterwards, we got a taste of yoga, skipping, origami and even singing. The afternoon was filled with creativity, from painting our feelings to building outside the box, the students loved that it was all about the joy of doing instead of worrying about what it was going to look like in the end. We ended our day with laughter yoga - and I bet the students were able to get a few extra laughs at Miss Guzel and myself doubled over in laughter trying to follow along - it really is contagious! Every one of the wonderful wellness ideas we tried came from the students. So, I know our school can be very proud of all the work they put into making our online Wellness Day. As you can see, they even inspired students to share their work from Friday!

I would like to say a big thank you to all the students who contributed ideas, art, or videos. Finally, I would like to say thank you for all those students who joined the online day. You made my Wellness Day just by getting to see you - including those who just popped in to say hello.  I hope everyone had a fabulous day and can take away a few ways to practise wellness at home. 
Ms Frigeri hard at work navigating all three house teams on Wellness Day!
National - EYFS
Last week was Dental Health Week in Turkey and our EYFS students learnt about the importance of looking after their teeth. 
EYFS students also enjoying their coloring-in time whilst learning how to make the colour green.
P.E at City Campus

James Appleby : Physical Education Teacher

Last week the Wolves class at the City campus have been experimenting with different ways of moving. Building up their confidence and skill travelling under, over, and through, equipment and around obstacles - they even created their own obstacle course using hoops!

Online Rhythmic Gymnastics Competitions

Some of our BISI students who are also members of the Galaksi Rhythmic Gymnastic Club - head coach: Ms. Yana, our Zek EYFS PE teacher - have been participating in online gymnastics competitions this term. Our National and International Primary students represented Turkey in the Venera Cup 2020 international competition whilst Year 11 student Elisa represented the UK. Congratulations to all for their fantastic performances!
Stefaniia Isupova 2014 2nd 🥈
Adanaz Akdeniz 2014  3rd🥉
Alya ALTINTAŞ 2012 1st 🥇
Alin ALTINTAŞ 2013 1st🥇
Maya ALTINTAŞ 2010 3rd🥉
Elisa Robinson 2004 1st🥇
Year 3 French Class

Our Year 3 students in both City and Zek have been working on writing paragraphs in French using the topic of seasonal clothes and impressive illustrative skills! 
Year 9 French Class

Katya Skoudy: KS4 Coordinator

This term Ms Skoudy's year 9 French class have carried out two projects. The first one was about French speaking countries around the world. Students were encouraged to find out different aspects about the Pays francophones of their choice and include information regarding cultural aspects such as events, celebrations, gastronomy, music, geography, climate, the economy and the history.   The countries chosen were Canada, France, Vietnam, Monaco, Belgium and Switzerland.

The second project was a virtual guided tour of a city of their choice, showing information such as the location, geographical statistics, history , climate and places of interest and activities for visitors. The most popular city was London, but we also had virtual tours for Nice, Teheran and Istanbul.

I was impressed with the quality of the projects, the amount of work that went in  and the confidence in which they presented their work to the rest of their class.
Year 11- Additional Maths Trigonmetric Spaghetti Graph

Duygu Gumus: Mathematics Teacher

This term, Year 11 Additional Mathematics students have been studying the unit circle and the trigonometric graphs. Using only resources found at home, they each created spaghetti graphs for the sine and cosine functions. Students used raw spaghetti strands to measure and mark on the lengths of the opposite and adjacent sides of the right-angled triangles from their unit circles. These lengths then formed their trigonometric graph.
Zek Winter Showcase

The festive season is nearly upon us and, with the increased curfews, you are probably looking for something fun and creative to do. Well look no further!

We have five exciting Winter Showcase competitions that will enable you to show off your talents and have a giggle. 

Click on the links below to find out more information about each competition and to record or upload your videos:

Prepared Performance - for all of our talented musicians and singers who already know how to play an instrument or maybe have singing lessons, this is your chance to perform.

Festive Acting Competition - for all those talented actors out there, an opportunity to re-enact your favourite scene from a festive movie or book. 

Tell a Festive Joke - introduced and judged by our House Captains, here's an opportunity for all you budding comedians to dress up and make us laugh.

Karaoke Fun - introduced and judged by our Student Council, this is the competition for our dancers, singers and lip-sync champs to have some fun and really entertain us.

Family Competition - well it's just not fair to leave your parents out of a good time, so here we have a competition for talented families to perform together.

*You may enter as many of these competitions as you like. 

All videos need to be submitted using the correct Flipgrid link by Friday the 11th December. (Please check the time allowance of each competition carefully.)
The winning entries will be featured in our Winter Showcase presentation on the last day of term. 

In addition to these competitions, your music teacher will also set a year group festive task that you will all be expected to complete.
Good luck and have fun!

Kind regards
Zoë Cosnett, Raika Mizanoğlu & Sean Dennison
(Primary Head of Creative Arts, KS1 Music Teacher & KS2 Music Teacher)
Our Upcoming Zek PTA Meeting is on Monday, 7 December 2020
at 9.00am. We hope to see you there!
Please click here to Join Zoom Meeting
Virtual Winter Bazaar is now LIVE! 
Please click here to access the Student Council Website for all your festive shopping needs by supporting local artisans and our chosen charity TIDER.
Wishing everyone great weekend!

Best wishes,

BISI Communications