Beaconhouse International Student Convention (BISC) 2020 News Story

Beaconhouse International Student Convention (BISC) offers a unique experience to students from all Beaconhouse schools to participate in competitions on an international level.

The Beaconhouse International Student Convention (BISC) provides a unique learning experience to its students to travel and interact with their peers from across the world and experience different cultures. Beaconhouse has hosted four successful BISC events featuring co-curricular and sports competitions.

BISC 2020 titled ‘Interconnected Futures’ is planned to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on February 12th -13th 2020 and will be a culmination of learnings from previous BISC events held in Thailand, Malaysia and Muscat. Having a global outreach, BISC 2020 will be attended by various dignitaries, students, teachers and parents from six participating countries including Pakistan, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. The event will host 192 participants, with approximately 300 guests in attendance, and 90 students exhibiting their work at The Pakistan qualifying leg for BISC 2020. Regional events in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Multan were held, leading to the Grand Finale, has recently been completed in Lahore on the 28th of November at Beaconhouse Newlands.

BISC STEAM features Beaconhouse Icon (Singing), BISC Art (Art Installation), BISC Exploratoria (Science Project), BISC Quiz, BISC Talks (Panel Discussion), BISC Click (Photography), BISC Film Festival (Short Film Making), and BISC Connections (Postcard Design Competition).

Qualifying Rounds in Pakistan

Beaconhouse Icon ‘The World is My Stage’ singing challenge was a chance for students to revisit a range of classical to contemporary music and singing that influences their lives. Beaconhouse Icon Grand Finale was held at Beaconhouse Newlands, Lahore on November 28th, displaying strong vocal performances from all contestants. A grand number of 400 students, from 80 schools participated, from which 20 students were selected to perform in the Grand Finale. The judging panel consisted of the renowned musicians Hadiqa Kiani, Mekaal Hassan and Amanat Ali. ‘Coming here, we understood they were students and didn't know what to expect, but the moment these contestants started singing, I was absolutely shocked and stunned! We are used to listening to professionals sing but these students are phenomenal and that just goes to show that we should be encouraging music in schools and colleges because we have a lot of talent which has the opportunity to develop” said Mekaal Hassan.

Beaconhouse Idol climaxed when judges found themselves having to decide between two extremely talented and versatile singers, Romaisa Tariq (Beaconhouse Model Town Campus) and Nazeeha Afshan (Metropolitan Campus Islamabad). Both contestants were called on stage to perform again. Hadiqa commented, “Nazeeha is more of a pop singer. Romaisa being a theatrical singer takes us to Disney World with her voice … they both are equally good.” The judges went so far as to ask if there could be two finalists, with Amanat Ali confessing that ‘it is very rare when judges get this confused between contestants!”. Despite both students being incredible singers, the end verdict secured Romaisa Tariq, a spot at the Grand Finale in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

BISC Connections consisted of a postcard design competition for communities and areas that are currently suffering due to war, poverty or political circumstances and are off the grid from the internet and technology. The BISC Click contest gave students a chance to express themselves through photography, whilst BISC Film Festival encouraged participants to indulge in storytelling.

Tremendous display of creativity was seen in the works of the 5 finalists for BISC Click and the 5 finalists of BISC Connections. The Beaconhouse Primary Campus Rawalpindi won the BISC Film Festival. This goes to show, the table wasn't short of extraordinary pieces, with the best ones chosen for display at the Grand Finale in Malaysia.

BISC Exploratoria is a science project competition encouraging students to invent, experiment and investigate new approaches and solutions to tackle global challenges. The aim of these interdisciplinary STEAM projects was to provide answers that are testable and reproducible.

BISC Exploratoria was judged by Dr. Habib Ur Rehman from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) & Dr. Muhammad Athar Javed. From the critical analysis of all individual projects to having in-depth discussions with the contestants, the experienced judges chose two finalists, Zannirah Rehman (PECHS Campus) and Usman Naeem ( BDC).

BISC Art represented themes of post-apocalyptic life outside the sphere of earth, black-holes and interstellar travel. Students presented their version of space in an art piece.

Judges Rabeya Jalil, an art educator and visual artist, along with Masooma Syed who has taught art at various local and international institutes, appreciated the depth in Sara Munim (Bosan Road Campus Multan) and Hamza Qamar’s (Cantt Campus Lahore) work. Both have been chosen as finalists.

A unique direction was taken through BISC Talks, where students conducted a panel discussion on AI, mindware and questioned whether the human brain is a software that can be installed, corrupted or even be overtaken by a superior race of technology, robotics or AI.

Hawa Hameed from Beaconhouse Canal Side Girls Campus Lahore, as part of b{BISC Talks} , presented convincing arguments and opinions during an important debate on ‘Artificial Intelligence’. Judges included Dr. Muhammad Adeel Zaffar, professor at Suleman Dawood School of Business LUMS and Mr. Taimur K. Bandey, IB Consultant. As a finalist, Hawa acknowledges what a huge responsibility she has in representing Pakistan at the Grand Finale in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

BISC Quiz gave an opportunity for students to learn and develop a deeper understanding of seventeen Sustainable Development goals and how they are interconnected to each country’s progress.

BISC Quiz was judged by academics Shumail Salem and Tehmina Lodhi who evaluated contestants through a Q&A contest consisting of buzzer rounds. The chosen finalist is Sheharhyar Husham from Beaconhouse Defence Campus, Lahore.

BISC’s primary aim is to discover and support young, raw talent, and to encourage a possible future direction for the participating students. It has been a rather rigorous yet exciting journey for them and qualifiers are all geared up to exhibit their talents at BISC Malaysia in February 2020.

Romaisa Tariq receiving the 1st position Beaconhouse Icon.

BISC Talk finalists Hawa Hameed.

Minaal Rehaan, Arwa Adeel, Sherharyar Husham,
Abdul Moiz Khan, Sherharyar Husham

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