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Global Classroom News - Secondary

30 January 2015

The Big Challenge


We are very excited that our fundraising total has now reached nearly 3000 euros. 


This week we have launched 2 new fundraising initiatives with students. The first is a student organised Sponsored Run which will take place during the school day on Friday 13 February. Students wishing to participate can collect a sponsor form from their Form Tutors. Parents are also very welcome to join the run. If you would like to participate and require a sponsor form, please email


Students from Secondary have also organised a new School Tuck Shop which opened for business on Thursday 29 January. A variety of snacks will be on sale every lunchtime from 12:50 with all profits going to our Kramare project.


IB CAS students are busy organizing two events to support our Make It Right Challenge. The first is an Arts exhibition which will take place at the Bory Mall on March 7 (date to be confirmed). This event is wholly arranged by our students, who have selected the venue and made all the arrangements for the event with the Manager at Bory. We will be exhibiting art work created by Year 9, and by Primary students during their Rights Days events in January and will have musical performances by students in both Primary and Secondary throughout the day. We will also be screening a film created by students on the Kramare project which features interviews with patients, the Head of the Orthopedic Ward and the Director of the Children’s Hospital. The News Team at Joj TV has supported our students in this project. We are very grateful to them for lending their expertise and helping our students learn the skills of conducting professional interviews as well as video editing. We will be able to give you further information on this event after we have confirmation of the date. We hope you will be able to make it down to Bory Mall on the day and enjoy this wonderful student-led event.


A second group of CAS students are organizing a school sleep over ‘Into The Morning’ on the night of Friday 13 February. Tickets cost 5 euro and can be purchased from the organizers. If you would like more information on the event, activities etc. please email


Finally, next week we will be selling our #MakeItRight t-shirts (designed by students in Enrichment) in support of our fundraising efforts. The t-shirts will cost 10 euro and be available in 3 sizes (9-11, 12-14 and adult small). Students purchasing a t-shirt will be able to wear them to school every Friday until the end of the school year to raise awareness of our project. T-shirts may be worn with smart trousers (or skirts) but not with jeans or sports/track suit trousers. T-shirts will be on sale in school at lunchtimes.


#TeamTanzania are also in the final phases of their fundraising. On Wednesday 28th January they raised over 200 euro feeding volunteer teachers a selection of disgusting food in front of an excited audience. Thank you to the brave teachers who supported them in this unique event!


Keep updated on all our #MakeItBig news on Twitter @BISB_Global



The Great Debate


A reminder to all Secondary Debate Teams that closing arguments are due Friday 30th January for Round 2 of the Debate League. Make sure you have logged on and participated!

Results from Round 2, along with League positions will be available shortly.


Creative writing competition 2015

Secondary students will have the opportunity to participate in the Creative Writing Competition with support from our English Department. This year’s topic is ‘Somewhere Unforgettable’ with students being challenged to produce a 500 word (+/- 10%) descriptive work. Alongside this runs an Illustrators competition. Details can be found on the Global Classroom.


Focus on Music


Our annual Open Mic competition has also launched in Secondary. This competition allows students to record and upload and solo and/or group performance (vocal or instrumental) onto the Global Classroom. Entrants will be judged by professional musicians and the winners will be compiled into an album which you will be able to download from the Global Classroom. You can currently log on and watch and listen to last year’s winners, including several of our own students. We will make available time during the school day to record the performances of those wishing to participate and ensure they are of the correct technical specifications. More information, a discussion forum and tips on performance can be found on the Global Classroom.


Focus on Maths


 Round 1 of the Maths Challenge has closed and Round 2 will begin on Monday 23rd February. Until then, students can log on and enjoy the Brainteasers and Community Forum areas.


Thinking Futures


Our Thinking Futures area continues to offer up to date advice on University application, preparing for University and transitioning to student life. There’s a lot to look at including online courses. February 2nd sees the start of the Academic Integrity course offered by the University of Auckland. Log on to the Global Classroom for more information. 


New Horizons


In the New Horizons area of the Global Classroom you can still find links to online courses from external providers. These currently include: Programming in Scratch (by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Aviation in World War I (by the University of Birmingham); Forensic Psychology (Open University); and an Introduction to Computer Science (Harvard University). These courses are not only great for allowing students to extend their knowledge in areas not perhaps covered in such an in-depth way at school, but also help them support their university applications in the future by showing their commitment to learning.





Thank you to all the parents who attended the information session on Tuesday morning. It was lovely to see so many parents who were interested in supporting their children in the global pursuits!  We are building the Global Classroom into more of our curriculum in school, where appropriate, but it is great to know they can also get support from home.


If you would like to know more about the Global Classroom, the value it adds to your child’s educational experience and what they can expect to be involved in (online, in school and face-to-face) please email for more information.