BISK Services and Programs
Health Services & Policies:
- BISK has a nurse who’s trained and experienced in handling students’ health problems. Students may go to the clinic department at any time during the school day.
- Students may be referred to the school clinic by school staff for vision testing, personal hygiene, or other problems related to health.
- If a student is too ill to continue with classes, parents will be notified and requested to take the student home. Parents should make sure that emergency contact numbers are always up to date.
- If a student must take medication at school, the parent must contact the school clinic and make arrangements. At school, primary students may only take medication administered through the clinic. Under no circumstances should students have medication in his/her possession.
- In collaboration with the Kurdistan Ministry of Health, polio vaccines were provided for Kindergarten students.
Daily activities monitored include:
- Hand washing
- Teeth brushing
Weekly check of personal hygiene which includes:
- Head lice check
- Cut nails
- Organization of personal care items
Weekly presentations are given:
- Medical information about common diseases and infectious diseases
- Basics of first aid training for kids
Yearly doctor visit to check up:
- Eye doctor
The BISK Clinic is BISK’s central location for medical and health issues for the BISK community. In the BISK Clinic, all students at BISK have a medical file for the purpose of knowing if the student has any diseases or allergies to food or medicine. The BISK Clinic also has two rooms to ensure privacy, and both rooms are fully equipped with emergency medical supplies. Further, we have First Aid boxes readily available for school trips. They are also available to all students and staff during school hours. The BISK Clinic also arranges field trips to hospitals are arranged for secondary students.
Services for staff are:
- Blood tests
- Certified First Aid training by Life Support Team consisting of 4 first aiders from Primary, 3 first aiders from Secondary and 3 first aiders from Admin.
The BISK Reception Area is located at the entry point of the school. This is where all visitors that enter the school are received, and it’s also the particular area of the school premises that receives initial calls from outside of the school inquiring about the school. The Reception Desk schedules appointments for visiting the school and serves as the first point of contact for arriving visitors. Here visitors are provided with information on where to go in achieving the purpose of their visit. The reception is also the waiting area for students and parents waiting for transportation. The BISK Reception Area is attended to by our highly qualified support staff with our Receptionist being in charge. Any important information that visitors may need to know will be posted in the Reception Area on a main bill board.
Music is a significant part of every culture, tradition and religion. Feelings are magnified when expressed through music. In collaboration with BISK School of Music, BISK has introduced a curriculum that provides children with an opportunity to learn and play musical instruments and express thoughts in a creative and artistic way.
Our curriculum revolves around:
- Theory of Music
- History of Music
- Instrument Specialization (Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Keyboards, Drums, Violin & Recorder)
- Vocals (using the Kodaly Method)
It focuses on the basic rudiments in Western music theory and journeys over detailed elements in rhythm, pitch, progression, composition, orchestration, and much more.
We have introduced Music History and Music Appreciation which aids in understanding music intellectually and also exposes the student to different styles and eras of music.
This unique curriculum includes:
- Performance skills
- Music History, Music Theory and Analysis, Music Appreciation, Vocal and Choral Skills, Composition Skills and World Music, (mainly vocals and percussion instruments)
Our Music curriculum is segregated:
International Music Curriculum (IMC) – This curriculum is for Primary classes. Children will greatly benefit from this comprehensive program as it covers all aspects of music. The three core elements taught are:
International Performers Curriculum (IPC) – This curriculum is for Secondary Classes. This is a performance-based curriculum focusing on instrument learning skills using an internationally acclaimed methodology. This gives students of all ages the opportunity to learn in a classroom environment, gain piano and performance skills, understand music theory and appreciation, learn music history and world music. Students will be given the opportunity to progress further by taking performance examinations, individual instrumental lessons and participate in our numerous concerts and recitals.
This unique curriculum includes performance skills, music history, music theory and analysis, music appreciation, vocal and choral skills, composition skills and world music.
Art stimulates imagination. To watch a child completely engrossed in art is to recognize that the brain is active and driven by aesthetics and emotions, to make meaning, state opinions and represent what matters to them.
Our Art curriculum emphasizes the development of a child’s fine motor skills, i.e., the development of a child’s body and mind coordination that takes place at a particular age when a child is going through the EYP phase. This particular phase plays a very important role in a child’s life since this is where he/she develops the ability to reach out to his/her creative potentials, which is then reflected in the higher grades:
- Shapes & Colors
- Application of Print Techniques
- Basics of Origami
- Drawing Skills
- Painting Techniques
Education in visual arts is fundamental to the aesthetic, physical, emotional, intellectual, and social growth of the individual. It provides children with unique ways of knowing, living in, and belonging to a global community.
Their creativity and imagination that they develop require channeling to have a constructive outcome.
SPORTS AT BISK
At BISK, we lay a strong emphasis on sports and physical development. Our sports curriculum is planned and designed for students to develop and enhance skills like strength, speed, endurance, agility, flexibility, control, balance etc. Sports today has also evolved as a form of entertainment and also offers promising careers.
We believe in mass participation, exposing our students to a number of sports events at every level. Every student is encouraged to join at least one school sports team. The P.E. teachers we employ are young and energetic with a good amount of expertise in sports and provide coaching for sports like football, basketball, volleyball, etc.
We have weekly achievable goals for the different skills required for a particular sport and train students accordingly. Intersection matches are conducted frequently.
For students to know the benefits of the sports they play, they are informed about the body parts and muscles that are developed when playing each sport along with game knowledge.
Swimming is an all-around activity that includes muscular development, cardiovascular development, body and mind coordination, and endurable student fitness.
Football is the most popular sport in the world, and every child should have the experience of playing the world’s number 1 international sport. We have superb football fields along with guided coaching.
Basketball is the second most popular sport in the world, and it adds to the development of a child’s mind, tolerance, coordination and most importantly imparts a sense of rigor. Like any other sport, basketball requires a lot of practice and dedication.
Volleyball is a sport that requires teamwork and coordination. Children learn to work on a team, take responsibility and trust their teammates.
This sport develops a child’s wrist strength and teaches them agility. This sport is one of the first sports taught to children.
Activities like Marathons, Sprint Races, Long Jump, etc. are all a part of Athletics which boost the morale of our students as they try harder with better preparation every time they perform. These activities stretch their abilities and enhance their stamina, muscle tone and have a number of physical benefits.
Gymnastics is one of the most comprehensive lifestyle exercise programs available to children and adults; incorporating strength, flexibility, speed, balance, coordination, power, and discipline into a fun and challenging sport. Our professional instructors and state-of-the-art equipment give participants an amazing experience in a multitude of activities including dance, tumbling or cheering.
Self-confidence, team building, and positive attitudes are developed while gymnasts work on skills, strength, flexibility, and balance.
School labs are a great place for students which helps them enhance their learning by understanding the theoretical concepts of science which are taught in classrooms. At BISK we will provide a well-designed laboratory for helping our students to achieve good academic results, and make science experiments fun.
Books open up an entire world of stories, imagination, and wonder! Reading adds value to life, exercises the brain, and hone a child’s critical thinking abilities, which is why we emphasize inculcating reading habits in our children. Our Library Program encourages inquisitiveness in children and has been designed to meticulously ingrain reading habits in them by exposing them to a wide range of genres, allowing them to experience each in a balance and discover their favorite reading. Through various interesting follow up activities, fun sheets, narration, bookmark making, poster making, and various competitions, the child is hooked to reading more and more, hence learns to express critically what they have comprehended.
Our Kurdish, Arabic, Humanities and Religion lessons are based on the Kurdistan Ministry of Education curriculum and we are following the suggested books from the MOE.
We offer a variety of homemade dishes with great service provided by the BISK kitchen. Our food is prepared with fresh and healthy ingredients and our kitchen is staffed with professionally trained chefs who are passionate and committed to prepare delicious food for students. To ensure each serving meets our high standards, we have an experienced Master Chef, and an excellent Head Chef to oversee the daily operations of the Cafeteria.
Providing students with healthy, nutritious food is one of our highest priorities. Therefore our daily buffet contains two main dishes, one type of soup, seasonal fruits, and a salad bar of four types. The BISK cafeteria shop provides freshly baked pastries with freshly made pizza and different types of delicious sandwiches and fruits.
BISK provides safe and comfortable transportation service throughout Erbil city. Use of the bus is available for all students. Students are transported in modern, comfortable, and reliable buses and mini-busses. In addition to this, each bus has a bus monitor on each bus who is responsible for ensuring that all students are well behaved throughout the journey.
Each bus operates a GPS tracking system using SINO TRACK PRO APP on both iOS and ANDROID systems with each bus having an individual account. These accounts will be sent to parents with their own user names and passwords so that they are able to track their kid’s daily journeys.
SEN- Special Education Needs
Students with special needs are integrated with other students but receive additional support. Starting August 16, 2020 we will have a fully U.S. Certified Special Education teacher who will work with teachers and parents to meet the educational needs of our students with varying disabilities. At BISK we have the Special Education room where the teacher will work with students one on one during. The special education teacher, homeroom teacher, parents, principal and if available a psychologist will meet every three months to develop the IEP – Individual Education Plan for each student with special needs.
Two well-designed and separate computer labs for students in Secondary and Primary, are run by a well-educated and qualified faculty, with one-on-one access, which means there is one computer per child. Pre – primary kids learn words through PowerPoint presentations and innovative software.
There are 25 computers in our labs currently. They are state-of-the-art labs with multimedia and whiteboards, most of the computers have 17″ LCD monitors that are gentle on the eyes, generate less heat and consume less power thereby keeping the classroom atmosphere comfortable for students. We use our own LAN (Local Area Network) with Windows 8 for teaching/learning, documentation and presentations.
BISK is excited to provide students with the tools necessary to be successful consumers, producers, and creators of new information in a 21st-century classroom. Also, this feature is to help both staff and students at BISK with any problems or questions they may have when using or trying to access any service provided by ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Services. The objective is to provide all students at BISK daily access to a computer to enhance and extend learning opportunities inside, as well as outside the classroom.
The IT (Information Technology) Department is the central point of contact for all technology-related hardware, software, and systems support services for students and employees in locations such as administrative offices and classrooms.