r/place: The Internet’s Communal Artwork

On April 1st, 2022, the social media platform, Reddit, re-opened r/place again for the first time in 5 years for April fools. But what is this social art piece? In today’s article, we will explore how this embodiment of internet culture developed, and look at some of our favorite sections.

Looking back at MUNTAG 2022

The anticipated MUNTAG conference that the ISB MUN Team had been working hard towards finally took place on March 19th. As an ISB exclusive event, the Senior School students were excited to be joined by a number of Fiechten students to debate topics that are wildly prominent in today’s society.  At 8:30 the once empty […]

The Historical Lessons of the Ukraine conflict 

A central question in the study of history is whether it is written by individuals or communities; in essence: whether history would have repeated itself if it were not for some key actors. The answer lies in the middle.

Music: Friend or foe while studying?

Listening to music while studying is normal for many students. (In fact, I’m playing my favourite tunes while writing this article.) While most students will tell you that music is an essential component of their study sessions, there are still many people–teachers and parents in particular–who deem it an unnecessary distraction.  To determine whether music […]

Starting a new language by yourself

Want to start learning a new language outside of school or work, but don’t know where to start? Here is a simple guide to help you with starting your language learning journey.

Reflections on BAMUN 2021

This year’s long awaited BAMUN conference kicked off on November 21st with three different schools from all over Switzerland and Germany.

COP comes to ISB!

Students involved in ISB’s own COP 26 conference share their experiences and thoughts on the climate summit which took place in Glasgow earlier this year.

BAMUN is Back!

The annual BAMUN conference is fast approaching and the ISB MUN team has been working hard to prepare for it.

The importance of sleep

Sleep is one of the key ingredients to a manageable highschool experience; here are the most important facts you should know.

Take a Breath

Going into one of the bussiest periods of our school careers, we share some advice on how to take care of yourself through highschool

Meet the New MUN Leadership Team

The executive council is the student leadership team at Model United Nations that work together to run both the MUNTAG and BAMUN conferences. This year, we have an almost brand new body that will be planning the BAMUN 2021 conference on November 20th and 21st.

Humans of ISB – Recalling Lessons of the Past

“Just because a boss is an authority figure, doesn’t mean they always have the right priorities” In our most recent feature, Ms. Ostuni discusses her experiences with professional life that taught her to stand up for herself, rather than blindly following authority. If you or anyone you know has a captivating life story to share with the ISB community, feel free to get in touch!

Humans of ISB – Times are changing

Humans of the ISB is a new initiative the Basilisk brings to the ISB community! Our special guest today is Mr. Naicker from South Africa! If you or anyone you know has an amazing life story to share with the ISB community, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

My Road to Activism

A story about how my cultural upbringing enlightened my efforts to battle the inequalities and discrimination many of us face in our daily lives.

THIMUN Goes Online!

The ISB has been invited to join the prestigious Model UN conference in the Hague. In light of the coronavirus, the conference has been moved online.

Elections in Poland: Duda wins again!

With the results of the Polish Political elections held this year, what does the country’s future look like in the eyes of citizens and on an international scale?

The Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

Religious conflicts have been prominent in the Middle East for centuries. However, now that more modern technologies are being implemented as methods of warfare, what future awaits this small country in the middle of the warzone?

China Fragmenting: What’s the Deal?

China has been on the rise in terms of global power and this economic growth and global prosperity have been due to, in no short part, their incredibly smart management of State Capitalism. This begs the question of ethics – is what they are doing right, especially considering the treatment of Uyghur Muslims and Tibetan territory?

Roles in MUN

Model United Nations is a great opportunity to experience. There are multiple positions available (detailed here) so you are sure to find something that appeals to you.

Cuba libre… or not – Clashing views on sanctions

Almost 60 years ago, the US placed a trade embargo on Cuba, something which still stands to this day. But with Communism no longer a threat to the free world, is it finally time the US lifted their sanctions on Cuba?

Top 5 Reasons to Join MUN

MUN is the largest student group at the school and ISB hosts two conferences every year. Been on the fence about joining? Here are the top five reasons why you should take the leap.

MUN Behind A Mask

The coronavirus pandemic has altered the way schools function around the world. MUN is no exception. ISB is holding a modified MUNTAG this year in light of federal event restrictions.

Blended Learning: Unpredictable Yet Reliable

Post peak pandemic, ISB has returned to school in various forms across the three campuses with the introduction of the Blended Learning Program. The BLP is a way for students to come back to face-to-face learning without coming in contact with too many people. By implementing social distancing measures, a system involving alternate days in […]

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Reflections on Distance Learning

The Global pandemic that is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused us to put a range of “routine activities” on hold during a government shutdown of Basel and further afield. Luxuries like overseas travel have become unheard of and things we took for granted like going out with friends are no longer allowed. Of course it […]

A True Citizen

Picture this: Two people holding hands with a globe surrounding them. This is what I believe the world should be. Accepting, empathetic, and communal. This is far from true. We need to do our part to make others feel worthy, and we need to do our part to help others less fortunate than us. I […]

Be A Hero

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. Someone who does things for the greater good. A hero is not measured by the size of his strength but by the strength of his heart. Someone who steps up when everyone else backs down. Sometimes we forget that […]

Pandemic Literature

A member of the ISB community shares their website and opinion on Pandemic literature which you can dive into in these difficult times.

The Benefits of MUN

A grade 10 student shares their experience in MUN over the last three years as a member of the press, admin and delegate teams.

How to Learn in Lockdown

As the Coronavirus continues to spread rapidly across the globe, many school and other institutions decide to shut down their facilities to protect citizens and minimize the spread of the virus. Because of this, shortages of food in shops frequent due to panic buying, people are quarantined in their homes unable to meet with anyone in person and live in complete isolation. Many companies and schools made the decision or are requested to close down to continue to work and teach online. However, all this abrupt change has had massive impact not only on the economy, but also the people themselves. What should you expect to happen if our school shuts down? How can you adapt to the sudden change and not being able to see your friends? Find the answers below!

Winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 Award

This year’s Wildilife Photographer of the Year awards have come to a close, the winners of which are displayed in galleries and museums across the world; one of the locations being the Historisches und Naturmuseum in Basel. There are 20 categories for awards, the winners of which are displayed below. So tune in for a little adventure into the wild life of photography and enjoy the show!

Sonic the Hedgehog: Speeding Towards Disaster or Box Office Glory?

I’m Sonic. Sonic the Hedgehog. One of the most influential factors of our modern society is the introduction of video games into the world. From these phenomenons came such icons as Mario, the legendary plumber that no one needs an introduction to, and Pokémon, which became one of the most recognised game series of all […]

Interview with Head of Personal Project

I’ve managed to interview the head of personal project at our school, Mr. Matthews. Below you’ll find the interview. We discuss everything from the general idea and purpose to some of his favorite examples and why they were successful! Enjoy!

Everything You Need to Know About Personal Project

With this years Personal Project coming to a close, the grade 9 students will start to prepare for their own embarking on this extraordinary, exhausting, endless journey! We want to share our experiences, explain a bit more about the project itself, give you some of this years best examples and an exclusive interview with the head of Personal Project at our school! Good Luck!

Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise or Fall of Skywalker? *Spoilers Ahead*

Star Wars is everywhere. It’s in our speech, our memories, our hearts, and generally serves as an escape to a fantasy world where good will always prevail. So, you can imagine everyone’s excitement when Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker was announced to be released in theatres in December 2019. Now, I know […]

Oscars 2020: Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner!

The 92 Academy Awards or more commonly known as Oscars commenced on February 9th and the winners are finally here. With a new debut and several records being set by the South Korean movie: Parasite, The Joker receiving several awards, and other achievements as well, this year’s Oscars brought a new taste to the table! Dive in, to see the winners of Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Cinematography and Original Score!

Coronavirus Live Map

“The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. A growing number of people are being effected across the globe. In order to keep you informed I have created a live-map site showing infections by country.” – […]