Edmund Fitzgerald Grades 7-12 Department Head
With over 37 years of teaching experience in 10 different countries Mr. Ed brings multiple international perspectives to the classroom, and to the school as a whole. As Head of Secondary in Erbil, Kurdistan he leads the teachers and staff and of the Secondary School, and helps direct their work for the betterment of the school and its students. Originally from Australia, he sees himself as a global citizen. He hopes to continue to work on building self-discipline and responsibility in students, and to lead the Secondary School in greater academic success.
The British International Schools of Kurdistan’s Secondary English Department manages programs for students with the purpose of developing English language proficiency. This department prepares students for international exams such as Checkpoint, SAT, and IGCSE. In addition to guaranteeing a professional teaching community of highly qualified English teachers, the department provides students with the best curricula that encourage students to learn through practice and activities.
The mission of BISK’s English Department is to provide quality instruction to students so they can acquire English language proficiency while having access to core content by:
- Ensuring that classes are student-centered
- Promoting a culturally responsive classroom environment to facilitate learning and comfort
- Enabling students to work with their peers to attain college and career readiness standards
- Providing systematic, explicit, and sustained instruction of English language and literacy.
Vision: – BISK believes that Math is the Mother of all subjects and it is the language used to communicate with other sciences to reach their results.
Mission: – Our mission in the Math Department is to make it learning simpler and easier to by using new Technology and to make an excellent combination between Pure Math & Applied Math!
BISK Math Department Classes
G7 & G8: Introduction to Math (Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry & Statistics)
The BISK Science Department is one of the main departments in the school and is made up of 7 teachers and 1 technician. We are fortunate that we have subject specialists teaching all of the 3 science disciplines. The department is housed in 2 modern laboratories, where almost all lessons are taught. All laboratories are equipped with interactive whiteboards which are widely used. The focus of our lessons, as far as possible, is learning from practical work and then seeing how Science is then applied to ‘everyday life’. Students benefit from a science enrichment program of arranged class from outside speakers, competitions, activities and a science fair.
We believe science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. The BISK Science Department strongly believes that students should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Students are encouraged to recognize the power of rational explanation, and through experimental observation, to develop a sense of excitement.
Students in years 7 and 8 follow a scheme of learning that follows the British National Curriculum, and in year 9 embark on the IGCSE courses in the separate Sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In years 7 and 8 they are taught all their Science lessons by one teacher, but in year 9 they have a subject specialist for each Science and are no longer taught as a form group. A key aspect to their introduction to Science in these years is that the pupils enjoy learning in an organized and safe environment, discovering many concepts through practical work.
Year 9 and 10
The department follows IGCSE courses in the 3 separate Sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, using the CIE specifications. The students are taught in groups determined by their GCSE option choices and are taught by subject specialists. In year 9 there are 4 lessons per week per separate science. All subjects have 3 examination papers which are sat at the end of the two-year course. In each scientific discipline there are practical tasks performed to determine which students can be asked questions during the examinations. All students will get the opportunity to complete these practical tasks. There is no controlled assessment or coursework in science at IGCSE level.
Year 11 and 12
Students build on and extend practical skills and theory from IGCSE. All students are encouraged to extend their learning beyond the specification and to develop a genuine interest in the subject. The Biology, Chemistry and Physics subjects follow the CIE specification at AS and A-level.
American Houghton Mifflin curriculum
Science is a general term used to describe the principled, rigorous study of the natural world. Many interconnected disciplines fall under this broader concept. For example, physics is the study of motion and forces. Biology is the study of living things. Geology is the study of the Earth and the rocks and minerals of which it is comprised. Chemistry is the study of the composition of matter and the changes that matter undergoes. Matter is anything that has mass and takes up space.
Grade 9 Physical Sciences
During first year of high school students will be introduced to the fascinating world of Chemistry, Physics and some components of General Biology. Through hands on laboratory exercises, practice problems, classes, discussions, projects, and journal writing, your student will be exposed to the principles of Chemistry and Physics.
Grade 10 General Biology
Students will investigate biological systems at the molecular, cellular, and microbiological level. Hands-on laboratory exercises incorporating cellular biology, genetics, DNA technology, evolution, and ecology will be provided to assist students in their understanding of biological themes. Projects and reading assignments may be required with each unit of instruction. This course will be covered over a two semester course.
Grade 11 General Chemistry
This course offers a rigorous, foundational treatment of atoms and molecules. Students will study the nature of chemical bonding and how bonding gives rise to the three-dimensional structure of matter. They will also explore how the macroscopic properties of substances can be interpreted in terms of atomic and molecular structure. Mathematical and conceptual tools for quantifying chemical equilibrium, with an emphasis on the reactions of acids and bases will also be covered. Laboratory work reinforces concepts in classes, and also provides a review of fundamental topics, such as stoichiometry, gas laws, and solution-phase reactions, that are essential for future course work in chemistry.
Grade 12 General Physics
General Physics is intended to provide you with a fundamental understanding of the laws of physics with applications to our everyday life and your major. This course also serves to develop cognitive and analytical skills. It is designed to provide a cohesive program of study that promotes the development of a broadly educated person and provides the knowledge and skills needed to succeed at the university level.
SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT
Vision: – Effectively remaining genuine to scholarship and upholding an ethical standard which requires a loyal maintenance of truth, the BISK Social Studies Department envisions our students endowed with:
- The ability to critically assess information through a lens of objectivity and informed subjectivity
- The ability read about and comprehend historic and current events so that they will understand the implication of such events for the future
- The ability to effectively communicate their thoughts, both in writing and speaking, on a variety of subjects
- The ability to engage and interact with others in society
- The ability to recognize the value of knowledge in subjects within Social Studies
- The ability to combine their knowledge of other sciences and apply that knowledge to various aspects of human life
Mission: – The mission of the Social Studies Department is to impart knowledge in Social Studies disciplines to students in an effort to prepare them not only for the next level of their academic careers but also prepare them to be fully functioning, productive citizens that contribute to the development of society locally as well as globally as they embrace and appreciate diversity which stimulates growth and development of humanity.
The BISK Social Studies Department is a multi-disciplinary department that teaches and enhances students’ knowledge in subjects that examine human behavior and human development throughout history and in modern times. These subjects include, History, Geography, Political Science, Economics, Business, Information Communication, Kurdish Studies, and Arabic Studies. While taking various classes that cover these subjects as well as other subjects within our department during their secondary school years, students gain knowledge that gives them a much needed, well informed perspective that will enable them to productively engage a world community that is increasingly growing more connected and interactive due to rapid growth in technology, telecommunications, and the Internet. Our department prepares students to deal with the realities of opportunities and challenges, familiar and unfamiliar, that they experience and will continue to experience as life requires them to look introspectively while they gain exposure to various cultures and ways of life different than that from whence they emanate and are most comfortable with. The BISK Social Studies Department is pivotal in the learning journey of our students, and what we teach in our department better positions students to think critically and give human application to skills and knowledge they learn in disciplines within our department as well as what they learn all other disciplines.