THIMUN: The Memories Made Along the Way

The end of the ISB Model United Nations trip to the Hague is in reach, and it can be said that the experience at The Hague International Model United Nations Conference (THIMUN) has truly been one to remember.

Mrs. Tadzic’s Migration

This week, Grade 11 History students were treated to a fascinating presentation from ISB teacher, Ms. Tadzic. Ms. Tadzic hails from Bosnia and Herzegovina, but fled to England in the 1990’s due to the Balkan Wars

Two Planes almost crash on take off In New York

The holding pattern is a pattern for aircraft to wait until it is their turn to take off. JFK (John. F. Kennedy. Airport) has one of the most complicated holding patterns in the world. They need to manage 4 runways filled with planes taking off and landing. To be able to manage such heavy air…

Pippin The Musical

The talented school cast of Pippin is proud to present this amazing and entertaining musical performance to not miss. But if you are interested to know more about the story of Pippin, how it originated and how it has impacted its audience; keep reading.  Pippin is the story of a young prince who longs to…

Steve Lacy: Far From a One Hit Wonder

In the past months, you have likely heard the name Steve Lacy floating around. This is due to his breakout single “Bad Habit” off of his sophomore album Gemini Rights rocketing him to stardom and hitting #1 on October 3rd. This was Steve’s first taste of real fame, as it was both his first #1…

Endangered Animals and Shelter

Only in the United States, data from 2021 shows that 6.5 million animals were in need of shelter, and at the end of the year, only less than half of these poor animals were given a comfortable home including 28% of dogs and 31% of cats. 

BAMUN 2022: A Conference to Remember

On November 19th, the anticipated BAMUN conference that our ISB Model United Nations team had been working so hard towards kicked off with six schools from all across Switzerland in attendance: International School Basel, Black Forest Academy, Swiss International School Basel, Haut-Lac, International School Rheintal and the International School Lausanne. 

The Thanksgiving Volunteer Food Bank

Image sourced from thanksgiver.ch The Swissinfo website has shown that 15% of working households and 22% of retired residents in Switzerland live in poverty; which means poverty affects 1 in 5 people. If you are interested in helping this cause, I would suggest you join the ThanksGiver Volunteer Food Bank which lasts until the 31st…

Italy’s new Right Wing Government

On the 25th September 2022, general elections happened in Italy, where the different parties withstood elections in order to create a government. This year, the well-known Fratelli d’Italia movement (translated as Brothers of Italy) won the elections with 26% popular votes, the majority being in northern Italy.

The Thing Film Review:

The Thing is a Sci-fi horror movie which came out in 1982 starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, and Keith David.

The New British Monarch

King Charles III now takes on succession to the throne and plans to promote causes pertaining to the environment and climate change

Shadow and Bone Book Review:

The book Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo was first published in January of 2012 and has since gained a lot of popularity on Book-related social media (like BookTok, BookTube etc.) and has even gotten its own Netflix series.

What is the Montessori teaching method?

The Montessori teaching method is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. Maria Montessori, the creator of this method which takes her name, wrote many books on the subject to teach parents about the importance of independent and hands-on learning rather than learning from books and texts. 

The Chairman of the River

When thinking of the man responsible for the most deaths in recorded history, you probably don’t picture a “balloon”-like 73-year-old floating awkwardly through China’s Yangtze River, however as this photo depicts, that’s precisely what happened in 1966.

How similar are the languages of the world today?

rom the unique symbols of the Latin alphabet to the delicate intricacy of strokes composing Chinese characters, one is left to wonder: where does all of this come from? What inspired the arbitrariness of sounds forming the words that so easily roll off our tongues?

Book Review: Caraval

Caraval is a YA Fantasy novel written by Stephanie Garber, a New York Times best-selling author. The author wrote this book to tell the story of a place where she would have wanted to live in.

The Airbus A380

The Airbus A380 is the biggest passenger jet in the world. This Beast can carry up to 853 passengers, which is about four times more than a normal jet.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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!…

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.” -…