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Nursery A

Nursery Pipera


he third semester passed very fast as we entered in the magic world of fairies and of book characters as we named the topic: “Let’s pretend”. They had the opportunity to find out about puppets and make some of their own. They listened to and learned some key words in the world of fairytales. With the kids help we created story scenes through art work. n Numeracy, Nursery A children learned to associate numbers with their meaning, to understand spatial positions as: in, on, under, behind, in front of, e.g., to count up until 10 and backwards and to develop their critical thinking through matching games. s they are still learning to make the first steps in the school atmosphere, our first goal as teachers was to help the children learn who they are, what they like, what they are good at, how they can get along with each other, how they can put feelings into words and how they can manage themselves in the world of school by giving them different responsibilities. For this reason, each child had the honour to be for a day, every week, the teacher’s helper. e are looking forward for the next term to come!



W Nursery B A

s winter hit hard, Nursery B worked hard! Children in Nursery B have emphasised learning through playing and fun - creative activities and their creativity increased as they discovered the traditional stories, prepositions and opposites. We discovered and explored interesting things around us. We’ve had a ‘Fire Drill’ to know what to do in case of fire. This made us very excited to find out more about the people who help us. he last month of winter came with lots of new things for all of us. Since the cold weather came we thought it would be better to have some lovely activities in school insted of going out. We enjoyed the puppet show, pancake day and our fantastic assembly we put on for our parents. We would like to thank all the parents that supported us. e are looking forward to enjoy the spring and experience lots of new adventures as we wish you “Happy Martisor”!



Reception & Year1 News

Reception Pipera A

s winter is almost over and Spring will soon knock at our doors, we look behind and we realize how fast time has flown so far. A few moths ago we were all 4 years old and now we are 5! We have learned so many new things, and achieved so much information that most of the times we can handle some situations without being helped. e became smarter in reading, we have learned more sounds and we are able to blend them in order to form words. We now know that 3 add 4 more equals 7 and all kind of number stories which help us in our everyday life.


Year 1 Pipera Y

ear 1 have had a great term Winter term, the children have developed their reading skills and are now able to read out loud confidently to their classmates. Below are pictures of Year 1 during reading time. n our Topic lessons, we have been learning about Houses and Homes. More recently, the children have been talking about the different types of materials we have around us and they have been investigating the different properties of various materials. elow are pictures of Year 1 children investigating if various materials keep their shape.




s our school life is very busy, we can say that we had a lot of fun on Pancake Day! We ate so many yummy pancakes that we had a tummy ache on that day. e have also had a lot of fun in our Creative Development classes. Sofia is our leader regarding talent so she helps us all the time to create wonderful things. e are looking forward to see what new surprises Spring will bring us!


Nursery News B

oth Nursery classes have welcomed new children and their families since the holidays and the children have settled in well and participating fully in class activities. Classes are pretty much full in Nursery, which is great to see. ince coming back from the holidays in Dec/Jan, we have been exploring ‘Let’s Pretend’ unit. We have learnt new Nursery rhymes, acted out traditional fairytales, becomes kings, queens, princes and princesses and we have learnt traditional tales and acted them out. I think the biggest highlight from all of this was when we made Gingerbread Men Cookies at school and ate them. No pesky foxes at ISB!! ow that the snow has stopped falling (at least for now) we have started going back outside and the children really do enjoy being out there and playing games with their friends and swinging or spinning on the swings.



Reception News R

eception students were fortunate enough to have a visit to the Fire Station last week! Although our first excursion had to be postponed, due to the weather, we were able to go last Friday. The firemen were able to speak to us about what you can find on a fire engine and what type of equipment they use in emergencies. Students were very happy to be able to climb

into the cabin of the truck and press a few buttons as well as to walk inside the paramedic van. The best part though, was when the firemen performed a fire drill; unravelling hoses, spraying water, climbing ladders, getting dressed into chemical suits. It was such a fun excursion!

Year 1 News


n Wednesday 13th February Year 1 celebrated their 100th Day of School. We have counted each day since the first day in September and put a coin in a jar each day – plink, plink, plink! Finally the 100th day had arrived and it was time to celebrate! We made a necklace with 100 Cheerios on it. We had to count very carefully to 100. Then we got to eat it – Yum! We also make a 100 day crown with 100 stickers on it and tried to read 100 words. That was easy for us! We have done a lot of learning in 100 days and our teachers are very proud of us. We all brought 100 good things to eat from home and we shared them while we watched ‘101 Dalmations’ in the theatre. What a super day!

Year 2 News Y

ear 2 have been busy recently with preparing for, and performing, our Show. It was a real team effort with the children, staff and parents working hard on the singing, dancing, acting and costume and prop making. Of course, there was the sword fighting, karate chops, ballet dancing and acrobatics (among other things) to practice too! It was a challenging script and the children had to be really independent with knowing where they should be, what they should have and what they should do at each scene. hroughout the whole process, the children were enthusiastic and they had a fantastic time with this. They loved performing in the theatre and put on 3 main shows in front of various audiences. ell done Year 2




Year 3 News

ear 3 thoroughly enjoyed their trips to the National Museum of Art. The first thing we did was an interactive workshop. In the workshop we were allowed to break all of the museum rules! We could talk, shout, touch things and play. We all got to experiment with various materials and learned about how Constantin Brâncuși used these materials used them. We were able to explore various sharp files and tools to make marks on blocks of marble, wood and brass. We piled giant wooden blocks of various shapes and sizes to create our own artwork. We even played in a gigantic 3d wooden puzzle which was very difficult to put back together. The most fun was putting one hand inside the ‘feely table’ to touch an object while trying to draw the object with the other hand! Once the workshop was finished we were taken into the museum again (where we had to remember the museum rules!) to look at some of the more famous works of Brâncuși.

Year 4 News Y

ear 4 have been learning all about Invaders and Settlers this term. We started looking at the Vikings; discovering where they came from, how they travelled the seas and what they did when they arrived in other countries. We created our own Viking armour, investigated how they built their ships and then built and tested our own models. e have also been investigating local history and looking at the Dacians’ wars with the Romans. A highlight from this term was our trip to the national history museum where we saw a life-size model of Trajan’s column which depicted the key moments from the conflicts. We also saw many pieces of gold and silver from the Dacian era including helmets, bracelets and daggers. We are looking forward to finding out even more about the Romans after the holidays!



ear 4B have been working hard in art this half term. We have been looking at the topic, ‘Invaders and Settlers’, and as part of the topic one of the objectives was to design and make their own mosaics. The children have worked well in pairs to do this, and they will be outside Class 4B classroom should parents and friends wish to have a look!

Year 5 News I

n Year 5 we have been studying a topic called ‘Astronomy and Space’. It is a really interesting topic and we have been doing lots of fun activities. In Design and Technology lessons we have been designing and making a moving toy. Year 5 learned about controlling movement with a cam mechanism as part of a simple space themed toy. They developed their designing skills by thinking carefully about how they wanted their toy to move and what decorations they would use. They also had to think about who they were making the toy for. Once the designing stage was complete they were shown how to use important tools and equipment to develop techniques in cutting, sticking, shaping and joining. Through these activities they gained an understanding of the working characteristics of the materials and components and how they can be combined to create exciting designs. Here are some photos of the children at work!

Year 6 News


ear 6 dressed up as Famous People as part of their entists, singers and musicians, politicians, historical Biography and Autobiography project. figures, sports stars, adventurers and explorers. ear 6 had a fantastic day dressing up as someone tudents introduced themselves with a presentation famous. There was a huge range of film stars, sciand then posed in front of the cameras.


ISB Debate Competition F S

ourth Sir Winston Churchill International School Debating Competition 4th February 2013

ix schools, the American International School of Bucharest, the British School of Bucharest, the Cambridge School of Bucharest, the International British School of Bucharest, the Mark Twain International School and the International School of Bucharest, contested this year’s event, which was again hosted by the ISB. In the opinion of coaches and judges, the standard of debating in the qualifying rounds was even higher than in previous years. t the end of a very exciting qualification stage all six teams had scored an equal number of points. The finalists were therefore decided on a count-back of individual judge’s votes. Sadly the team from the international School of Bucharest, which had won the competition in 2012, failed to reach the final by one judge’s vote. The final was judged by Sir Stan Platt, OBE, of Light into Europe, Duncan Mothersill, of the British Council and Martin Lahm, from the embassy of the United States of America in Bucharest, and this year’s finalists were the British School of Bucharest and the International British School of Bucharest, with the victory going to the International British School of Bucharest. he ISB team of Rama Bikbachi, Tugce Goktas and Esther Hallal (all of who played in last year’s winning team) Joanna Clark and Ece Ergin, which was the youngest team in the competition, performed extremely well on the day and the school is currently organising a number of follow-up contests so that the debating expertise that has been built-up is not allowed to dissipate.





he opening ceremony was made by Turkish Emfter the Turkish traditional dancers’ show , bassy of Bucharest at the main gallery of ISB on Nasreddin Hoca fermented the lake symbollicaly. Monday,4th February. The participants enjoyed too muchwhile they were he second secretary of the Turkish Embassy, watching the Ramadan drummer’s show and the art Naime Öztürk who cut the ribbon of the opening of marbling ( Ebru ). ceremony with the General Manager of the Lumina he delicious Turkish food were exhibited at the kermes which was prepared by the parents. Educational Instution, Fatih Göktaş; read the message of the Embassy.


Class Visit


econd Secretary from the Turkish Embassy, Naime Öztürk Meral, along with Fatih Gürsoy, President of Lumina, visited our Turkish class. Kadir Erdal, our Turkish language teacher, briefed them about the planned activities for this week and Turkish education at ISB.

Cousine Contest


others’ Cooking contest was organised on Friday, 8th February. Many parents participated in this contest.The jury were selected from parents and teachers. Results:


irst place: Fethiye Karakoç, econd place: Hatice Taban, hird place: Nuray Erduran



uring the ISB Turkish Week, “the Turkish Culture Knowledge and Talent Competition Between Classes” was performed on Friday,8th February.Two students were chosen from each year group for the competition.On the first leg of the competition, students tried to answer the questions which are about culture,literature,history and liberal education and on the second leg, the students challenged each other about peeling potatoes and breaking eggs. After watching the competition , the jury declared the results. Year 10 took the 1st Place, Year 11 took the 2nd Place and Year 9 took the 3rd Place.



SB Poetry Night was performed by our students with the attendance of our parents on Tuesday, 5th February. The classic poems of the famous Turkish poets were performed and the audiences also experienced emotional moments. The audiences loved the young poets’ performance too much.



uring Turkish Week, students watched one of the unforgettable Turkish classics Hababam Sınıfı on Thursday, 7th February. Students were also offered popcorn and juice.

Tea House at ISB





ear 13 Applied Business students this year focused on organising events that will smooth their way to the most important event in their lives: their Prom. uring the first term they organized a bake sale and managed to raise 500 lei. Was that enough? t was enough for SALIH ABDULLAH GOKCEL to come up with a business idea that can become sustainable and profitable at the same time. Everything was there and SALIH together with his friend TURGUT DUNDAR and his colleagues UMRAN AKDAG, DILARA BATGI, PETRU MURESAN, GAO XING SHUE, YITING DONG and FRANCESCA LUCARELLI started planning and organising the new business: a tea house in the school Cafeteria, selling tea during the first break. Every single detail was taken into account and the Tea House opened on February .

he Tea House could not have been opened without the kind support of the school management. Many thanks for all their help and support and very special thanks to the Secondary School Principal, Mr. ERVIN HUSSEIN. his business is meant to be sustainable, so it will be continued by the year 12 Applied Business class students. In this respect, they have been involved in this activity from the very beginning and by the end of the year they will be ready to take over and coordinate the Tea House business next and hand it over to their younger colleagues. tudents are happy, because for 1 RON only they can have a nice cup of tea. And they can choose from no less than 10 types of tea. esterday, February 21, SALIH and Turgut sold no less than 76 cups of tea. ongratulations!


News From the Social Studies Faculty


ere at the Social Studies Faculty we have been “flat-out” (Australian term for very, very busy) for the last few weeks. We just finished marking tons of papers from students doing Key Stage 4 and 5 Cambridge examination MOCK exams for: IGCSE, AS and A levels. Hundreds of papers to read and re-read, check and double check, it honestly felt like reading Harry Potters “Prisoner from Azkaban” twice, that’s how much we had to read in a couple of weeks. Then after hearing ALL the students complaints about their marks we finally loaded all our marks on the school database: EDUCARE. lease don’t think that Key Stage 3 have been scratching their bellies, they’ve also been flat out …. as a lizard drinking (I didn’t tell you before the full idiosyncrasy)… marking exams, presentations and displays (as these ones outside Mr. Craven’s Global Perspective class).



h, I was forgetting, if you were wondering who are the super cool teachers in the Social Science department here is the team: Our Head Teacher and “Mighty Leader” Ms Fiona Bain, “Business and Economic Guru” Ms Gordana Pirie, “Business and Travel and Tourism Expert” Ms Marlena Pintilie, “Master Geographer” Mr Phil Craven, “History Extraordinaire” Mr Ross Ellison, “Multi-Tasker Master” Mr Graham Speier, “Historian and Multilinguist Joda” Mr Roland Alibert and yours truly Mr Trevor

Primary Reading Challenge W

e are currently holding a reading competition in the primary school to encourage children to devote more time to reading and to help children improve their vocabulary and reading skills. We also hope that this competition will promote reading as a fun activity! Their will be some wonderful prizes for the winners from each class. ave fun and keep reading!


ISB Mural Challenge T W T


he children from years 1 - 6 were given the chalhe winners were presented with a Tshirt with lenge of designing a Mural for six different wall their design printed on the front. Of course, their areas in in our Primary School. designs will be painted on the school walls too and we e had many wonderful entries to this competi- look forward to our school becoming more beautiful tion and we are grateful to everyone who had as a result. a go. he eventual winners were: Year 1 - Faris; Year 2 Bianca; Year 3 - Radu Lupi , Year 4 - Elishka; Year 5 - Ionica ; Year 6 - Marry.

Clubs T

his term the club list was enlarged with more fun activities like Dinosaur club, Puzzle Games, Drawing and Science Art. BIG Personality club is another addition to our list and the activity is helping students to develop social skills, self-esteem and a good communication. he Open Minds club had a busy schedule, offering students, trips and workshops to Museum of History, and Chocolate Factory as well as a session of clay modeling. More exciting activities will follow in spring and summer term!



ovie Club - we had four hours to make a short movie advertising the school. The finished product is now available to view on the school’s website and Facebook page.


ext - we’re going after the Pepsi contract.


ock Band is a chance for students to “rock out” and find their inner rock star. They can play and listen to music amongst friends, and try to create the kind of rock band they want to be in.

Extra Lessons


xtra lessons for Check Point, IGCSE and AS/A level courses in math, physics, art, history, economics, geography, biology and French are offered in order for students to have more time to spend with the specialist teacher and to get the extra support that they need as the exams are approaching.

Year 10 Biology Y

ear 10 students learn how to measure their pulse. We equipped them with a stopwatch and ask them to run around the school and observe how their pulse changed after some heavy exercise.


t’s all about the heart. Y10 Biology had fun learning about the structure of the heart using a lamb’s heart.

Ski Trip


he Key Stage 2 children went skiing to Predeal between 1-3 February and 8-10 February. They had a wonderful time on the slopes, where they had the opportunity to learn how to ski and to develop more of their skills. The trip was a success with the help of our teachers Ms. Adriana C , Mr. Mustafa, Mr. Murat, and Ms. Tanya. The students enjoyed it very much and they are looking forward to joining future events and activities !


The Wizard of Oz

ear 4 worked together on their production of, ‘The Wizard of Oz’.

t was a great success and the children really enjoyed rehearsing and practising their acting skills! They saved the best until last and put on a great performance that made their parents very proud!

firrST STep ep T

his year, on the 2nd of February, ISB hosted the second edition of the FirStep: the Science, Technology and Design Fair. This competition represents the First Step to International Project Olympiads for secondary and high school students in Lumina Educational Institutions. It is organized by Lumina Educational Institutions in collaboration with national and international science fair organizations. Its mission is to challenge students to prepare Science and Technology projects to find workable solutions to everyday problems, to raise awareness in our planet’s energy and environmental issues, to engage students and teachers towards a further step in international project Olympiads of which have the same missions. The winners of the FirStep competition have the opportunity to apply to different International Olympiads. The competition was divided in three categories: design, digital content and energy, engineering and environment (EEE). Our school participated with 17 projects which were coordinated by the following teachers Mr. Sinan Kosak, Ms. Lavinia Andora, Mr. George Popescu, Ms. Anisoara Saceanu, Mrs. Derya Karabulut, Mrs. Marlena Pintilie, Mr. Ahmet Dundar, Mr. Mustafa Karabulut, and Mr. Turgay Uzuncakmak. The prizes were given according to the category in which the projects were enrolled: Participating in such a competition is not only about gaining a medal or a prize. It is a bout gaining experience. Students who participated in FirStep learned how to make a project, how to research, how to collect and analyze data and how to present their project in front of a jury. This is something that students don’t do during normal lessons, but it is really useful for their future adult life. We should congratulate all the students who participated this year, whether they earned a medal or not, and we should encourage more students to participate next year because it is a great experience.


he prizes were given according to the category in which the projects were enrolled:

DESIGN: GOLD MEDAL – 1ST PLACE Nisa Koc – “Roll-a-Bench” (Coordinated by Mr. Sinan Kosak) 1ST PLACE Mohamed Atif & Bogdan Dontu – “Sweet Battery” (coordinated by Ahmet Dundar)

Mohamed Atif

Nisa Koc

Bogdan Dontu

SILVER Mohammed Mansuri & Mehmed Gokcel – “Rollug V.331” (coordinated by Sinan Kosak) BRONZE Ceren Erten & Merve Dis – “Bell to Control (B2C)” (coordinated by Marlena Pintilie) Suheyla Celik & Nuriye Gursoy – “Alternative Energy: Use of Piezoelectric Sensors” (coordinated by Lavinia Andora) MENTION Andrei Lu & Erkam Akpinar – “Clock Work Solar Panel” (coordinated by Mustafa Karabulut) Ahmet Yasin Tuncer & Nursena Gul – “New Paper Machine” (coordinated by Marlena Pintilie) Hassanen Ali & Haelin Lee – “Future Microwave Ovens” (coordinated byMarlena Pintilie)


Mohammed Mansuri

Ceren Erten

Suheyla Celik

Mehmed Gokcel

Merve Dis

Nuriye Gursoy

GOLD MEDAL 2nd PLACE Majdah Fadiah Fareed & Barbora Tomasova – “Expert Navigators” (coordinated by Sinan Kosak) SILVER Alex Constantinescu & Anthony Zhang – “Genetics Demonstrations” (coordinated by Ani Saceanu) MENTION Sevde Goktas: Digital Content – “RAM Vs STM” (coordinated by Turgay Uzuncakmak) Mert Ozcan & Talha Cemc: Digital Content – “Eye Vs Camera” (coordinated by Turgay Uzuncakmak) Maria-Nicolle Croitoru - “Acids and Bases” (coordinated by Lavinia Andora)

Majdah Fadiah Fareed

Alex Constantinescu

Suheyla arbora Tomasova

Anthony Zhang

ENERGY, ENGINEERING AND ENVIRONMENT (EEE): GOLD 1st PLACE Soumeira Chatzi Chousein & Sumeyra Celik: EEE – “New Brooms Sweep Clean” (coordinated by Derya Karabulut) 4th PLACE Mihaela Marinescu: EEE – “Fuels for the Future: Bio-Fuels” (coordinated by Lavinia Andora)

Sumeyra Celik

Soumeira Chatzi Chousein

Mihaela Marinescu

SILVER Ayse Korkut & Tugce Goktas: EEE – “Aqua Pura” (coordinated by Sinan Kosak) MENTION George Valtas & Abdel Atif: EEE – “Green Gym” (coordinated by George Popescu)

Ayse Korkut

Tugce Goktas

International Qualifications Project



New Brooms Sweep Clean

Soumeira Chatzi Chousein & Sumeyra Celik



Expert Navigators

Majdah Fadiah Mohd Fareed & Barbora Tomasova



Aqua Pura

Ayse Korkut & Tugce Goktas



Fuels For The Future: Bio-Fuels Mihaela Marinescu




Sweet Battery

Mohamed Atif & Bogdan Dontu




Nisa Koc




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bottles longer than 15 days, unless they are chemically treated. How does the fruit get into the bottle? What is the characteristic of Dimes Juice? The transition from fruit to concentrate takes place The characteristic of Dimes is, above all, the objecin the following steps: 1. Harvesting 2. Washing – tively better taste, (“Dimes tastes like the consumer sorting the fruits 3. Pressing the fruits 4. Concenimagines the optimum fruit to be as a juice”) the trating (water is extracted) 5. Transporting 6. Juice premium quality and the natural composition of the processing (water is added) 7. Pasteurisation (max. product. 85°C) and bottling The transition from fruit to direct Why are Dimes products so intensive in taste? (freshly squeezed’) juice takes place in the following All our efforts in the composition and processing of steps: 1. Harvesting 2. Washing – sorting the fruits 3. the products are directed at achieving this “1:1 taste”. Pressing the fruits 4. Transporting 5. Pasteurisation This taste is achieved with the help of natural ingre(max 85°C) and Bottling dients only. Does Dimes use artificial colouring agents and preWhere do Dimes fruits come from? servatives? More than 90 % of our fruits are grown in our own Dimes fruit juices are high quality and natural prodorchards. Except for Mango and Pineapple. This gives ucts and, for this reason, artificial agents and preus unique quality. According to Europe Fruit Juice servatives are not used at all. Producers Association report 70 % of the Apple Juice Where we can find Dimes Products? concentrate is imported from China. Similar case for In Mega Image Supermarkets, Penny and Penny oranges and tomatoes. We are using our own fruits XXL Stores, Lukoil Gas Stations and in many other which are produced in Turkey. supermarkets in Bucharest and in 95 countries of the Are the fruits cultivated organically? world. As we are growing our own fruits we can guarantee that the fruits are not treated with any kind of chemical or medicine. Theoretically, each individual fruit can be traced back to the tree or bush. Are the same fruits not used by other fruit juice brands, too? As we are the only big brand which can produce its own produce this is not possible. What are the differences between 100 % Juice and Nectars? Fruit juice means that there is no sugar added and no additives. The juice is only made out of fruits. Nectar means that sugar is added and also chemical additives. Also if aromas are added the declaration has to be fruit juice drink. Does Dimes Nectars contain chemicals? Dimes is the only brand in the world which can produce nectars without additives. Dimes Premium 100 % Fruit Juices Besides traditional tastes, such as oranges, and apples, Dimes is the only brand in Romania, which can produce 100 % Sour Cherry, 100 % Peaches, 100 % Mango and 100 % Pomegranate. In other words you can drink these juices in other brands as nectars, which contains additives and sugar added. In Dimes they are 100 % natural. What is the best package for fruit juice? The best packaging for fruit juice is glasses, tetrapak, and cans. Fruit juices should never be packed in PET bottles as it is impossible for any juice to stay in PET


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