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Global Campus news

19 February 2016

This has been a busy term for the Global Campus at BIS Bratislava. Read on for information about the highlights so far and what’s coming up!

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Creative Writing Competition

We are delighted to announce the BISB winners of the Global Campus Creative Writing Competition. We have a number of winners in each category (Primary, Lower Secondary & Upper Secondary) whose work will now be submitted to the Global Campus for judging in the final. Students from across our family of 42 schools participate in this competition, with the winning entrants work being published in our own Creative Writing Anthology. Our finalists have done extremely well to qualify for the final: the judging was very difficult given the high number of quality entries! We wish our young writers well and hope we can share news of their further success in the future.
The final submissions will be judged by three well known authors. Primary entries will be judged by Carnegie Medal winner and Guardian Children’s Fiction Award winner Kevin Crossley-Holland. His award winning Arthur trilogy has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold over 2 million copies! Our young writers are certainly going to be under encouraging and expert scrutiny! Judging the Lower Secondary Finalists is Barry Hutchison. Hutchison is another award winning writer of books, screenplays and comics. He has published over 70 books since 2010! Our final judge – for Upper Secondary – is author Rhiannon Lassiter who writes science fiction & fantasy, horror and magical realism for juniors, teens and young adults. Her first novel, Hex, was accepted for publication when she was only 19!

Our finalists are:
Primary                         Lower Secondary        Upper Secondary
Ilay Arbiv                       Chiann Yu Chen               Eric Nunez
Minho Ha                      Jakub Fegyveres              Nadine Pheby
Ivan Krivodsudsky    Karolinka Gogolakova  Josh Silverberg
Simon Mateas            Anna Sherman
Toby Marriott             Mollie Wilcox


We have three great teams participating in the Global Campus ‘Global Debate League’, and have big hopes for all of them following Round 1. Our Primary team, Best of Bratislava (known affectionately as BOB), defeated the Debate Vipers team of International College Spain 8-6 in a well-researched and constructive debate on the motion ‘Rich countries should give money to developing countries to help them develop clean energy sources.’ As proponents arguing for the motion BOB delivered a particularly effective and concise Closing Statement, ending with two clearly articulated final sentences: ‘It’s a global problem so we are looking for world-wide solutions, rather than thinking about the needs of individuals. Remember, the future’s ours and we want to make a difference!’ (Jan Palencar, Year 6). Our Secondary teams also did well.  Our Lower Secondary team ‘Bratislava I’ secured a decisive victory over ‘The Debateable Debaters’ of the British International School Charlotte, arguing as proponents of the motion ‘Using renewable energy can be a more effective way of reducing poverty than fossil fuel energy.’ Bratislava I won 10-6 having secured 2 bonus points for their high quality posts. They face the debate team of BIS Washington in their next match. Our final team ‘Bratislava II’ were unlucky to lose their first match by only 1 point! In a close debate against the ‘Tenacious Ten’ of BIS Beijing they put forward well researched and well written arguments on the motion ‘Developing countries should be forced to use sustainable sources of energy, even if it is more expensive than fossil fuel.’ As with our other teams, we went into Round 1 as proponents arguing in favour of the motion and Barbora Smirinova’s Closing Statement in particular is excellent in its summing up. In Round 2 they will face BIS Charlotte to debate issues on health care.
We congratulate all our teams on their performances in Round I. Very few of our students have had previous experience in debating in this manner and they have shown both skill and hard work.


Lego Challenge
The fourth Lego Challenge (which can be found in both the Primary & Secondary ‘Technology’ areas) challenges students to build a bridge with Lego which can hold 100 coins. Several of our students have already successfully designed and built their bridges. Why not challenge yourself and your children to do the same during Half Term?

Global Theatre Shakespeare Challenge
We recently launched the Global Theatre Shakespeare Challenge to both Primary and Secondary students. If you have a budding thespian in the family, why not log on to the Global Campus and find out more about this unique competition and encourage your child to sign up and take part?

Under 8’s Area
Following the success of the visit of Norman Jupiter Bear with Early Years and Key Stage 1, our youngest learners continue to take advantage of the challenges on this new area of the Global Campus. Year 2 have been participating in the Mini Adventures, designing, building and flying their own kites. Working together in teams, designing and redesigning, figuring out what works – and what doesn’t! – and persisting until they can get it right, our Young Engineers look as if they have been having great fun!  If you are looking for some fun activities for your children during Half Term, why not log on to the Global Campus and check out Mini Adventures in the Under 8s area. You don’t have to be Under 8 to find it fun!    

Curriculum Links

In both the Primary and Secondary areas of the Global Campus you will find areas which are dedicated to supporting and enhancing your child’s learning. Each area offers different activities, challenges and competitions in a safe and secure online learning environment. These can be used at home to extend learning in an area where your child has a particular interest, or in school to complement our existing curricula. For example in Secondary at the moment many students across Key Stage 3 and 4 have been participating in the History Challenge, researching and creating multi-media presentations on significant events in Slovak history. Many students have shown great creativity in their approach and have produced some excellent presentations on such diverse events as the Battle of Austerlitz, the Velvet Revolution and the impact of Ludovit Stur on the development of Slovak language. The best work from our students will be uploaded onto the padlet on the Global Campus History area for you to see.

The Big Challenge
Last year we Made It Right. In 2014 it was the Water Challenge. In 2013, Dance United us.
This year our Big Challenge, focusing on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) is to design and build a Rube Goldberg machine.
The design competition element of this process has just ended, with our judges, Mr Troy (Head of Science), Mrs Eastwood (Head of Secondary), Mrs Warmington (Head of Primary) and Mr Farthing (School Principal) having the unenviable task of picking the winning designs. We now move onto the Big Build aspect of the competition with 7 machines about to begin construction! We look forward to sharing our progress, successes and failures with you!

Upcoming Events & Activities
There’s much more to come this term with the Global Campus. We have the Bucket Drumming Challenge in partnership with the world famous Juilliard School and a Visual Arts competition both nearly upon us. There are Maths Challenges, Language Challenges and more! There is even a Parent Area which will give you more information about the principles behind the Global Campus. You can log on to the Global Campus anywhere in the world via our School Moodle. If you have questions about the Global Campus, about how it works, what is coming up or how your child can participate, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
And remember you can follow us on Twitter @bisb_global

Lindsay Conway
Global Campus Leader