The British International School Istanbul

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 3 Number 15
Week in, Week out
A BISI School publication

Dear Readers,
Welcome Back to the 2nd Semester of the 2020-21 Academic Year! We hope everyone has had a safe and restful holiday. This week we have returned back to school online whilst our EYFS students have returned to school giving the campus a little sense of normality.

This week online learning has continued in full throttle with Year 4 Science exploring the digestive system through interactive learning. In secondary Science the Year 9 students have been researching the Japanese 1950’s mercury poisoning disaster in Minamata.

Fifteen of our students have taken part in the Duke of Ediburgh Award Programme which has taken a new form this year by continuing on a digital platform.

National EYFS have been learning the letter B in their Turkish lessons and EYFS international students made Dinosaur masks and went on a rampage around the school.

If you would like to contact the Parent’s Association you can find their details permanently featured and the bottom of our Newsletter.

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 15th edition of what’s been happening at BISI.
Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme

The Pandemic, the big surprise of 2020 which has restricted the award programme. Despite this, 15 of our students have proven that they can cope with it by using their creativity and skills. The new conditions offered a chance for our students to remember the muscle groups they had forgotten.  Although they are at home, they continued to carry on with the online courses, home activities, voluntary works, and sports. Thanks to all students for their efforts.
City Campus - EYFS 1

This week City EYFS children have been learning about dinosaurs! They made dinosaur fossils and decided that they needed to take care of their dinosaurs by washing them too! 
City Campus - ESL

This week after a restful holiday the EYFS2, ESL class students engaged in colouring dictation activities.
City Year 1 - Winter Poetry

Alisa Lorenz: Year One Classroom Teacher

This week in Year 1, we have been learning about Winter poetry! We learned the words and actions for a winter poem about hot chocolate. We then made hot chocolate with our parents and used it to help us brainstorm adjectives to describe hot chocolate. We used our adjectives to write about the perfect cup of hot chocolate!
Click here to see  Year 1 student Arohi's poem about her hot chocolate!
Click here to see Year 1 student Ashlyn's poem about her hot chocolate!
National School - EYFS1

Sevval Cicek:Turkish Teacher

Our National School EYFS 1 class learnt about the letter 'B' in their Turkish lesson. They focused on the words starting with the letter B and made paper cutouts of 'Balık- Fish'  and 'Balon-Baloon' in Turkish.
Zek Campus - Reception

Scott Murray : Reception Classroom Teacher
Narwhals have started to learn about dinosaurs this week. 

We made our own dinosaur masks and went on a dinosaur rampage around the school. Sunyong couldn't come to school that day, but he made his mask at home.
ZEK EYFS Students enjoying a trip to the Library
Zek Year 4 - Science 

Emily Newman: Year 4 Classroom Teacher

In year 4 we have begun our new science topic 'Animals including humans' in which we are learning about the teeth and digestion. Using interactive Jamboards, children were able to place the digestive organs in the correct place on the human body and label them with their scientific names. The children thoroughly enjoyed this online activity and it enabled them to have a better understanding of the complete digestive system.
Year 9 - Science
Darren Clark: Chemistry Teacher

This week, in Science class, 9B has been researching the mercury poisoning disaster in Minamata, Japan in the 1950s. The release of methylmercury into the sea allowed its uptake by seaweed and other organisms, which then passed the mercury onto small fish as they ate their contaminated food supplies. Bigger fish then ate many of the smaller fish and the mercury built up in their flesh even further. The mercury was a cumulative poison and once inside the body, it cannot be excreted. Cats and humans ate the contaminated fish, causing neurological damage, madness, and even death. Here is a selection of the students' posters on the topic. 
Secondary Friday Activity

For Friday activity Walk & Talk, Year 7 - 10 students were asked to go outside and record a video of about 2 to 3 minutes, describing what their locality look like and how they were feeling.
Please see Selin's Walk & Talk video.
A message from the PTA:

Please contact PTA if you have any questions and/or concerns We are here to help you!
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes,

BISI Communications