Round Square is an international educational organization which was established by Kurt Hahn in 1966. The organization has 160 member schools in 40 countries. Being a member to Round Square means cooperating and interacting with students and adults from around the world and giving them opportunities to share their experiences with each other and contributing to a schools’ development.
ENKA Schools became a member of Round Square in 2011. All member schools are working actively towards better future. A number of conferences are held annually. At these conferences and surrounding extracurricular activities – students develop values such as international mindedness, democratic principles, environment awareness, leadership and community service.
Furthermore, Round Square provides member schools with various opportunities which are beneficial both for student’s personal and academic development such as: international community service projects and student exchange programs. We encourage our students to participate in these conferences, projects, community service activities and student exchange programs. ENKA High School has participated in many international conferences in a number of countries. We have also hosted exchange students – from many countries – at our school.
You may visit official Round Square website http://www.roundsquare.org/ for more detais.
Projects are conducted throughout our school in order to encourage scientific studies, to allows students to utilize their potential effectively and to improve their science based skills. With the support of advisory teachers, students develop projects in both fundamental and social science areas such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, History, Sociology and Psychology. By the completed projects, they can enter their projects into a number of the national or international competitions or fairs. TUBİTAK, MEF, Istek Schools, DOESEF, Genious Olympiads, I-sweep and First Step to Nobel Prize are among some of the competitions in which we have participated. Students who have the chance of presenting their projects or earning a place in those competitions will improve their academic, social, cultural and interpersonal skills as well as contributing to their goals.
Every year in April the ECIS Math Quest is organized through the participation of ECIS member schools. The competition is for grade 5 and 6 students under the age of 12. The aim of the competition is to foster motivation and interest for mathematics by means of an intercultural and social experience that promotes the interaction and cooperation amongst participants. The participating students are hosted by the students of the host school.
The Math Quest is composed of individual and team questions, a construction challenge and a mathematical orientation around the city.
ENKA Schools has participated in this event since 2012 as the representative of Turkey. ENKA will host the Math Quest in 2019. It has previously been held in Paris, Oslo, Berlin, Barcelona and Stockholm.
In October a selection exam is given to the volunteer grade 5-6 students from our school to form the ENKA team. This team is then prepared for the competition during sessions after school.
We wish our students Orhan Özgür, Efe Danışman, Korel Ünlüer and Ömer Özsaruhan and the advisor teachers Ayşegül Yıldırım and Özge Gültekin good luck as they will represent our school and country between April 26-29 at Stockholm International School this year.
CAS (creativity, activity and service) is at the heart of (known as core) of the Diploma Programme involving students in a range of activities that take place alongside their academic studies throughout the IB Diploma Programme. Completion of CAS is a requirement for the award IB Diploma.
During the first and second year of Diploma program, students are asked to record their creativity, physical activity and service experiences with a reasonable balance between them. These strands of experiences should be spread out over 18 months. Together with these activities, IBO recently added a requirement for a project which should last at least for one month.
In ENKA High School, CAS starts on the very first day of Year 11 and continues until the month of April of Year 12. As soon as students get involved with some CAS activities, they record them on “Managebac” which is an IB software designed for planning, assessment and reporting in the IB continuum. Students are exposed to the working principles at the beginning of the academic year. Evidence of their deeds such as photographs, web page, caricatures, some memory writing, newspaper clips are to be recorded on Managebac. At the end of each CAS activity, the most important step is the reflection process where students express how they have felt when achieving the seven learning outcomes of CAS (such as identifying student’s own strengths and develop areas for growth, challenges that have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process, commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences , engagement with issues of global significance and recognizing and considering the ethics of choices and actions).
At the beginning of the 11th year, CAS coordinator meets all of the students and explains the CAS program and gives out ENKA version of CAS guide together with a two year well structured timeline.
Moreover, CAS advisers are also being appointed in the beginning of the 11th, with a ratio of 1 teacher for 8 students. Advisers meet with their students regularly, at least 3 times over the year and guide students about through the progress and in recording their experiences. On the other hand, CAS coordinator meets the advisers regularly during the year and informs them about changes and receives feedbacks about the development of the CAS program.
CAS advisers inform parents about their students` progress 4 times in the second year of the IB program. On the other hand, 11th grade parents are again informed about the CAS progress of their children twice, once at the end of the first term and finally at the end of the 1st year through IB report cards.
At the beginning of the 11th year, 11th grade parents are also being informed about the importance and steps of CAS to be handled by their children during 1st and 2nd years of IB Diploma program.
CAS coordinator is always in close contact with IBDP Coordinator during these two years. At ENKA, both Diploma and Certificate (Course) students are required to complete CAS program.
The European Youth Parliament (EYP) is a unique educational programme which brings young people together from all over Europe to discuss current topics in a parliamentary setting.
- To raise awareness of European issues, encourage active citizenship and motivate young people to get involved in politics
- To promote international understanding, intercultural dialogue and diversity of ideas and practices
- To contribute to the self improvement
- To provide a forum in which young people can express their own opinions, without reverting to role play.
As the EYP Club of our school, we organised the 4th ENKA Youth Forum between 9th and 12th December 2016. The conference lasted 4 days. The first day was the orientation day on which the participants played icebreaking games in order to get used to one another and build a friendly environment for the days to come. The second day started with the opening ceremony where our school principal Erkan Gültekin and guest speakers Ebru Köksal, Murat Özyeğin and Murat Yeşildere gave speeches and shared their experiences. Their educational and inspirational speeches set ground for the debates the committees would have for the next 2 days. During the committee work, the press team made the conference unforgettable with the various photos, videos and newspapers they prepared. Last day was the General Assembly, the resolutions of the committees were discussed and voted upon. The conference was presided by Arda Acar with his vice presidents Doğan Tamer and İlayda Uzun. The head organisers Alptuğ Karapür and Ela Köksal with the help of the organising team, that consisted of our EYP club members, helped make the conference work perfectly.
Between 23rd and 27th of November, 5 EYP Club members- Talu Kragöz, Doğan Tamer, Arman Fidanoğlu, Ezmira Deniz and İlayda Uzun- attended to the 19th National Selection Conference at Robert College. The session lasted 5 days: The first consisting of teambuilding games. As committees, delegates played various games to get to know each other. The conference was officially open on the second day, through an opening ceremony followed by committee work. After another day of committee work, the General Assembly took place on the 4th and 5th days. The resolutions of all 12 committees were presented and voted. Also, İlayda Uzun joined as a journalist to the conference. Delegates put incredibly much hard work into our resolutions, and experienced some sleepless nights. However, they made an awful lot of new friends and also had fun. Couple of days ago, the results have been announced and Doğan Tamer is selected to the 84th International Session of EYP in Norway.
EYP club of our school attended to the second Conference of ÜALEF between 4-7 November 2016 at Üsküdar American Academy with Alptuğ Karapür, İlayda Uzun, Ela Köksal, Doğan Tamer, Yavuz Kerem Erkal, Berfin Gümüş, Defne Akıman, Karla Akpınar, Mert Emir Şahin, and Talya Sayımer. On the first day of the conference, we met with our committee and we played team building games. 2nd and 3rd days were the busiest days. We worked with our committees to find solutions to the problems we were assigned. There were 10 committee topics such as: integration of Syrian refugees, effect of Brexit to Turkey’s position in EU, and child abuse. At the end of the 3rd day we finished our resolutions. During these four days, we looked for the solutions of Turkey’s different problems and the last day we discussed these solutions in General Assembly. It was a conference where strong friendships were formed and a conference where efficient solutions were found for Turkey. After the very strenuous and intense four days we left Üsküdar American Academy with beautiful memories and friendships that we can never forget.
When I received an email from EYP Turkey Board, I was really excited because I was selected to the 83rd International EYP Session in Laax, Switzerland, which lasted 11 days. This session was going to be my longest and second official conference at Europe. We were 9 Turkish delegates from different schools from İstanbul. On the airplane I could hardly believe that I was selected. We flew to Zurich and by train we transferred to Laax. We met with organisers who gave us information about the next 10 days. The next day, I met with my committee which become my family by the end of the session. We were from all around Europe so it was hard to understand and get to know each other that’s why we played team building games and energisers for two days. The session officially began Sunday with committee work and Opening Ceremony. Also, Didier Burkhalter, the minister of Switzerland, and many other politicians joined the Opening Ceremony. In the committee work we discussed gender pay gap which is a main problem in European Union. As a feminist, I was in the committee that I have applied for: Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM). We found problems and solutions for our topic and we wrote a resolution for 3 days. We also had fun! Hosts organised events like Swiss Night, Black and White Party, Gala dinner and hiking. Last two days were General Assembly and we discussed 14 committees resolutions. There were different topics like; refugee rights, LGBTI rights, nuclear energy, voting rate in EU and unemployment. 13 resolutions have been passed and they are going to be sent to the European Parliament to be discussed. This session was amazing and I really developed my debating skills. Debating and discussing important topics for EU with students who came from more than 40 countries was a challenge for me but the biggest challenge for me was to eat vegan food for 11 days because the session’s theme was “sustainability”! However, at the end of the session I left with amazing experiences and memories that I will never forget.
IN ORDER TO TOUCH HEARTS…
ENKAinteract is an organization, established by ENKA High School students as a new generation branch of Rotary Club, to bring aid and support to everywhere they can reach. The organization is solely based on volunteerism. The mission is to carry out as many activities as possible every year to touch hearts. ENKAinteract consists of 40 students and this number increases after every activity and it helps to build a web of aid and support. ENKAinteract is linked to Yeniköy Rotary Club. Students determine the activities and they take active roles to organize them.
What we have done to touch hearts between 2013 and 2016:
- Third Traditional EnkaInteract Concert: Students organized a concert, with the support of the Music Department to raise funds for fieldwork with Samsun Vezirköprü, Göl Primary School students. We will bring joy and light to students with these workshops
- Istanbul Marathon: We ran for Akut at the İstanbul Marathon. We supported Akut’s “One step one life” Project
- Hand in Hand with the Syrian Kids: Students started a clothing and dry food campaign for the Syrian kids. We distributed them in Fatih to those in need
- Charity Sale: We attended the charity sale organized by Rotary. We used the Money to buy a respirator for the new born unit in Çapa Hospital
- Third Traditional EnkaInteract Karaoke: Students found sponsors and used the donations for Derviş Baba association to support kids in need.
- Second Traditional ENKAinteract Concert: With the support of the Music Department, students organized a concert to raise Money for Rize Çaykur Vocational High School. They established a library there. After that, they had dance, literature and English workshops with the students
- First Traditional ENKAinteract Karaoke: Students found sponsors for themselves and collected money at a Karaoke event. The Money was used for the library in Rize
- Marathon: We ran for AKUT at İstanbul Marathon to collect donations
- Hand in Hand with the Street Kids: We worked with the Derviş Baba Foundation to host students in need at our school. They took part in various workshops
- ENKAinteract was chosen as the best Interact club.
- Traditional ENKAInteract Concert: With the support of Music Department, students organized a concert to collect money. The Money was used to establish a library at Çağlayan Ziyapaşa Primary School. The District National Education Manager opened the library with the participation of a guest author
- Food Bank Project: We supported the food bank Project of the Rotary Club. Students distributed food at the food bank
- March 8, World Women’s Day: Students organized an activity on March 8, World Women’s Day, to portray women who serve the community
- Charity Sale: Students attended the charity sale organized by Yeniköy Rotary Club to support İmece Project organized by our students
- Koruncuk Foundation: Students went to Koruncuk Foundation to take part in day-long Art, English, Games and Sports activities with the kids.
A Message from the Countries Who Entered the First World War on Its 100th Anniversary
The main goal of the project is to ensure that the Grade 7 and Grade 8 students are able to do the following about the First World War, especially given that it is the War’s 100th anniversary.
During the first year of the project executed by the History Foundation of Turkey Grade 7 and Grade 8 students examined and evaluated how the First World War was represented in the widely used and current history lesson books belonging to the countries that entered the war. The findings were presented to historians, academicians, teachers and the parents of the students who participated in the project.
During the second year of the project, our students critically analysed, deconstructed the National Ministry of Education’s Grade 7 Social Sciences and Grade 8 T.C. History of Revolution and Atatürkism text books and they discussed the solutions that they had reached. Workshop activities were organised throughout the year concerning topics chosen around the themes that were thought to be insufficiently covered in text books, and evidence and resources were collected. Based on the data collected, critical reading and writing activities were done.
In light of these activities, workshops which would present how our students wanted to read/write/understand the First World War were organised. The workshops that were held within the scope of this project were held by Prof. Dr. Yücel KABAPINAR who is known for his work about “Evidence Based History Education” and Assist. Prof. Erol KÖROĞLU who is known about his work “Turkish Literature and the First World War”.
At the end of the workshops, the students presented a First World War Narrative that they had prepared and this was shared with historians, academicians, teachers and the parents of the students who participated in the project.
After the presentations were finished, Board Member of the History Foundation of Turkey Fırat GÜLLÜ, Prof. Dr. Yücel KABAPINAR, Asst. Prof. Erol KÖROĞLU, Associate Prof. Meltem TOKSÖZ and Researcher-Journalist Ayşe HÜR held an evaluation session.
The undertaking to turn the student narratives that were presented during the 2016-2017 school year into a book continues.