Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
Five stars *****
The book “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” captivated me from start to finish when I read it – for the first time – as an adult. It’s such a beautiful story of courage, morality and heroism. It’s hard to imagine anyone not being moved by “The Rats of Nimh”. The characters are well-developed and not easily forgotten. I thought about this book for days afterward, and I was sad when it ended. 

Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

I had not read David Mitchell before but heard about him with the movie ‘Cloud Atlas’. He is the author of the book to that movie.  I knew he must have written well otherwise his book wouldn’t turn into a movie. And the book “Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet ” looked pretty so I took it home with me after Ms. Luckner showed me the book for Summer Reading Challenge.

It is a book about Jacob de Zoet, who in 1799 arrives as a clerk on Dejima, an artificial island near Nagasaki and the only point of contact between Japan and the outside world. It is also a book about an English ship and a mountain shrine and secret religious cult. It is a book about Orito, Japanese midwife whose face is half burnt but the book’s most noble characters seem to fall in love with despite that. This book is about so many things in so many different ways that it is quite  difficult to write anything coherent about the plot.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

I am so happy to re-read this book again after a year. Once again I realised how much I like the author Neil Gaiman. and his books, Stardust, Anansi Boys, Caroline and American Gods.  The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The story ‘The Graveyard Book’ is fantastic and it is even scary at times. A very young boy’s entire family is slaughtered and somehow he ends up at the graveyard where the ghosts of those long dead decide to keep and care for him. Since his name is unknown, they named the boy Nobody. And since the ghosts taking care of him had the surname of Owens, he became Nobody Owens or Bod for short.

I loved Bod. I loved the characters in the graveyard. I loved how they all came together to teach Bod, to care for him and to keep him safe.

ØISIE, Østerbro International School In English, Student Literary Magazine. Autumn 2013, Issue No:2

ØISIE | Østerbro International School In English | Issue No: 2

Welcome to the second issue of the ØISIE, Østerbro International  School In English, which is our first and foremost Student Literary magazine.

I am honored to introduce you the new staff of ØISIE, who have worked diligently and sincerely to make this issue. I believe this issue will be a landmark of their beautiful memories at ØIS  and make them proud of themselves that they can remember for a life time.

I would like to thank each and every student, teacher and staff at Østerbro International School for the contribution, support and effort they put in to make ØISIE happen .  I would like to especially thank Ms. Abenaa Uttenthal and Ms. Elizabeth Moore for their extra efforts to support ØISIE and its staff members to work cooperatively.

Your sincerely

Ramazan Dicle

Editor of ØISIE | EAL Coordinatorøisie

ØISIE | Østerbro International School In English | Issue No: 1

ØISIE | Østerbro International School In English | Issue No: 1

Welcome to the first issue of the ØISIE, Østerbro International  School In English, which is our first and foremost Student Literary magazine.

ØISIE aims to create a platform where students can share their literary, artistic and linguistic productions. In this platform, students are free to use any literary text type such as poems, stories, interviews, speeches, critiques, reviews etc.; art forms such as photos, paintings, sculptures, plays and such; and linguistic inquiries and games. In short, it is open to all kinds of expressive, inquisitive, instructive, interactional and creative productions that you want to share with the world.

ØISIE is intended to be released four times a year for  each season. Each issue will try to cover diverse topics and themes. This very issue includes both student and teacher contributions, but mainly student contributions from different classes and ages.

This first issue plays an important role as it stands as a template for the upcoming issues, which will hopefully have lots of creative ideas and, thus, productions by the students.

I would like to thank each and every student, teacher and staff at Østerbro International School for the contribution, support and effort they put in to make ØISIE happen in such a limited and hectic time. I feel blessed and overwhelmed.

Your sincerely

Ramazan Dicle

Editor of ØISIE | EAL Coordinator


Ebru Courses at Dialog Forum



Dialog Forum



For three days, 22,23 and 24 Feb, 2013, Dialog Forum organized another round of annual The

Art of Water Marbling: Ebru Courses at its premises at Vesterbrogade 52, 1. sal, Copenhagen. During the program, participants watched Ebru artist and Instructor Ahmet Akgun in amazement and learned the techniques and subtleties in performing such a delicate unique form of art.

Later on they had the chance to perform on their own, which everyone enjoyed very much. Ahmet Akgun is regarded as one of the most acclaimed Water Marblers in Turkey. During the courses, he embellished his teaching with his beautiful voice and performed a wide range of Turkish folk songs, which turned the whole event in an audiovisual feast.

Water marbling or Ebru one of the most unique and beautiful forms of Turkish art. Ebru is formed by drawing designs with dye on top of water, and then carefully placing paper on the surface of the water in order to absorb the dye. The earliest examples of Ebru are found in the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, and are dated 1539, Ebru has traditionally been rarely signed, and therefore many great artists remain unnamed. Modern day students may study for more than 10 years before being considered master marblers, learning how to make the perfect dye, water bath, and design. Since each dye bath can only be transferred to paper once, every original piece of Ebru is unique.







See more about the Ebru Courses 2013 at:

Photos by Anna Sircova


Movie Nights: Screening Copenhagen

Three cultures, three countries, three movies and one city
Through a three-day movie displays and meetings, students are invited to discuss and debate all aspects of film.This provides a forum for members to apply and expand their knowledge of cinema through dialog with other students. At meetings the topics can range from discussing a specific film, to deconstructing and debating a genre,  to discussing cultures and diversity, to talking about ideologies, to mutual understanding, race, religion, and all.  

Why Copenhagen?
Copenhagen is the city that hosts many other cultures within its borders, which makes it unique. Diversity of race, religion and lifestyle defines and sets Copenhagen apart from other world cities. How the city encompasses so many things is a mystery to everyone who pays a curious look.

Why movies?
Since movies have the audacity to display many details about the culture, language, tradition, and ethnicity and so on, they serve as a great medium to convey all these details in a story. And each story with its potentials and challenges provides the viewer with a deeper understanding in its discourse and context. Therefore, we believe movies are a fun and versatile way of presenting ideas and emotions of residents of this magnificent city, Copenhagen.

Three countries: DenmarkBrazil, and Turkey (click the country names for the event details)
As a projection of seeing through the eyes of the residents in Copenhagen, the movies, which are filmed at the native countries, are of great help to understand one another fellow citizen’s worldview. With a spokesperson from the native land, the participants will be able to exchange ideas and about the culture, understanding and values of the country which enriches Copenhagen with their diversity.

For more details check out the original webpage: