B.I.S. Is Re-Accrediated!
B.I.S. was able to round off the year on a positive note after receiving its letter of re-accreditation from the Council of International Schools at the start of June. This capped nearly two years of diligent preparation, culminating in the visit week during April. The visitors largely confirmed the findings of our own Self-Study, and commented that 'commendations – or strengths of the school – far outweighed any areas in which the school were in need of development.' CIS also commended the school for 'the integration of local culture through making it prominent in its guiding statements'. The full Self-Study report, including the school's own comments and those of the visitors, and which runs to an impressive 300 plus pages, will form a large part of the basis for the school's future planning and development. Staff, governors, parents and students were all integral to this process, and therefore earning re-accreditation is very much a community achievement.
Oxford Study Courses
During the first week of the Easter Holidays, 45 students from B.I.S., other schools in Berlin, Germany, and further afield, participated in an intense but successful series of Oxford Study Courses. The intensive two day revision courses provided students with an opportunity to review syllabuses and prepare themselves for the upcoming examination session in April and May this year. A huge thank you to Rosanna, Albena, Christian, Nick and Justin for their hard work, expertise and commitment to making this such a success. Much respect and appreciation to IBDP Coordinator Emma Moffatt for making these courses possible at B.I.S.
The Lion King
This year, 70 students put on four amazing performances of The Lion King. The product of six months of rehearsal, it was a smash hit! The whole community took part in the process, including more than 65 volunteers who helped create the make-up, costumes, lights, and sets. We also had many parents help with planning and buying supplies and food for rehearsals. Students created a powerful and exciting story with their acting, singing, and dancing. For six months, they worked very hard in long rehearsals, as well as practicing and memorizing their parts independently. Many students took leadership roles in coming up with ideas for the show and teaching other members of the cast. This was an experience we will remember for a long time.
Speech and Debate
Thank you to everyone who supported the recent NESDA Speech and Debate Competition hosted by B.I.S. We appreciated your support and assistance during the tournament; the visiting coaches were impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the judges and our student helpers, timers, airport greeting teams, etc.
In addition to hosting the tournament, B.I.S., of course, had participants who also performed excellently. Noteworthy are the SILVER MEDALS received by one of our debate teams: Konstantin and Lucas, and the GOLD MEDAL received by Lucas for his outstanding 'Flat Earth' speech!
Ahmed made it to the final for Impromptu Speaking, and Sophie made it to the semi-final for her original speech about the damage wrought by glitter. All of the team were excellent, actually, but the level of competition was very high.
IBDP Art Exhibition 2018
The IBDP Art Exhibition 2018 opened on 15.03.2018 in an empty private apartment, kindly provided by the Weck family.
The six artists, Antonia, Liesl, Florentine, Cornelius, Angelika and Eliot exhibited the fruits of two years of their artists labour to produced an technically accomplished, well-balanced, conceptually mature show, that surprised everybody, even themselves. The exhibition is a requirement of the IB for Visual Arts. The opening ceremony featured a speech by Director, Richard Eaton, and a live performance by Liesl (two of her own songs).
Congratulations go out to all the artists and all those who helped setting up this wonderful exhibition!