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IB News - 18th November 2016

Find out what's been happening in the IB Academy

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Project Week

Year 12 students flew across China to Rongshui, a remote, Maio area of Guangxi Province. Their goal was to make a difference to the lives of children living in the Neil Taylor Care Centre, an orphanage which cares for children whose parents are deceased or on incomes too low to provide for their basic needs. Two days were spent hard at work refurbishing rooms within the orphanage with jobs including plastering and painting walls by day and helping with food and school work in the evenings. Students were able to take ownership of the planning and execution of the refurbishing work meaning that as well as contributing to the orphanage, they were able to develop their planning, collaboration and communication skills.

As well as the service work our students explored the landscape and culture of the Maio village in which they were based with walks exploring the rice terraces, a raft building challenge and an evening of Maio culture. Our students showed themselves to be open-minded and reflective throughout their time away and have returned having learned more about our own culture and ways of life and able to discuss how we might be able to use our privileged positions here in Shanghai to make a difference to the lives of others both locally and internationally.

The Tanzania team continue to plan for the community projects that will be at the core of our expedition in Chinese New Year. Fund-raising is ongoing and will be used to provide houses for teachers in a local primary school as well as improved water supply, solar energy and sustainable stoves for those most at need in our host communities. The next steps for our team will be to develop language skills with some simple KiSwahili lessons and to reflect on how our plans fit with UN Sustainable Development Goals. Do please visit us at the Christmas Fair and learn more!

Year 13

Project Week took on a completely different shape for our Year 13 students this year, with the opportunity to spend 5 days perfecting and completing their Extended Essays in order to achieve the highest possible personal standards. Students were given time for peer and self-reflection, as well as having access to the advice of experienced International Baccalaureate teachers from across a number of disciplines. The week resulted in the completion of some excellent essays and phenomenally hard work by our students, alongside some truly interesting essays on topics such as The Musical Techniques used in Pop Music and their Psychological Effects and Language and Prejudice in British News Media. All of the essays showed true engagement with the aims of the Core Programme and our students certainly embodied Learner Profile traits of being principled, open-minded and reflective citizens.

After a week of hard work and commitment completing Extended Essays, on Friday 4th November Year 13 were treated to a fantastic workshop from the British National Space Academy. Year 13 fully threw themselves into to the challenge of becoming the NAIS Space Funding Body for the afternoon and rotated around a series of high-level ‘advertising pitches’ from top scientists on topics as diverse as Mars: A Future for Humanity to Comets and the Origin of Life, in order to reach a justified and informed decision on who they should allocate funding to.

The exercise provoked some interesting responses from our students and allowed them to grasp the importance of context on making judgements, as well as insight into the practical issues facing the world of scientific research on a daily basis. Most crucially, the experience provided some excellent links with the Theory of Knowledge programme and encouraged the students’ critical thinking skills as well as an opportunity for an interactive engagement with knowledge questions ahead of their December Theory of Knowledge presentations.

Higher Education

A reminder that the McGill University open evening takes place at two different venues within Shanghai on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th November, a message went out by wechat on Wednesday for all parents.

The offers are pouring in now for Year 13 students as more and more complete their applications.  Please encourage your sons/daughters to finalise their applications as soon as possible to get the best possible offers.

Year 12 students should be considering their courses and trying to attend as many information sessions as possible to research the institutions that they would like to apply to next year.  They should also be considering work experience and projects for the summer holidays to enrich their personal statement.

Unsupervised access to the school premises

It has come to our attention that students are making use of the IB Academy and the school library in the evenings. Unfortunately, students cannot be allowed to remain on site without the appropriate adult supervision, as this can pose a Health and Safety risk. Therefore students will be allowed to use the IB Academy in the afternoons until no later than 5:30pm. After this time students will be asked to leave the site by teaching and security staff. Students will only be allowed to remain on site after this time with the express permission and under the direct supervision of a member of staff.

This also applies to weekends. Students will only be allowed on site for revision, extra lessons, sporting fixtures and the like, under direct appropriate supervision. To this end the security staff will be made aware of who is allowed on site outside of regular school hours.

We would very much appreciate your support in this matter.

Uniform Reminder

Thank you for your support. The uniform is improving however at times our students do not always arrive at school in attire that we would expect from our IB learners.

Dress Code

We believe that the NAIS Pudong dress code is very important for the whole school community. Excellent standards of dress reflect excellent standards in all areas of school life. We expect students to take pride in their appearance. In IB students are permitted to dress as adults would in a professional environment that is smart business attire. Please refer to the table below for specific examples of acceptable dress.

Boys

Girls

Top: Long or short sleeved collared shirt with tie

Top:  A blouse or shirt

Trousers:  Smart, tailored trousers (black, navy or grey)

Trousers:  Smart (black, navy or grey) No denim or leggings

Shoes:  Black or dark coloured

Skirt/dress:  Smart, of an appropriate knee length (black, navy or grey)

Flat shoes: Black or dark coloured

Standards of Dress:

  • Jewellery – Allowed: stud earrings, rings and bracelets. All jewellery must however be discreet and suitable for a professional environment. The school cannot accept responsibility for the loss of valuable jewellery.
  • Not allowed: facial piercings
  • Makeup - Allowed: subtle blusher and subtle eye liner. Nail polish is allowed if it is a subdued and subtle natural colour. Shellac and false nails are not allowed.

Not allowed: lipstick, heavy eye liner,

  • Hair – Not allowed: Mohicans, extravagant hair styles or multi coloured dye.

SmartBacc

We are delighted to provide all our IB students with an individual subscription to SmartBacc - an online revision resource. The Year 12s received their subscription and personal login details this week and can now start accessing the material.  Please use this link to access the launch page.

http://naispudong.smartbacc.com/

Usernames and passwords have been individually emailed to each student.

Questia School

Our Year 12 students will soon be making a start with their extended essays. To support the research process, every IB student at NAIS Pudong receives access to the Questia School database. In addition to a large range of cover to cover cross disciplinary digitised books, journals, encyclopaedias and newspaper articles, the system furthermore includes student research tools. These tools include highlighting, note taking, bookmarks and project folders.  These tools can also be used on any online book, article, or website with the Questia browser extension!

Upcoming Deadlines

21-Nov-16

Y13 Mathematics: Internal Assessment Full Draft Submission :Higher Level/Standard Level/Studies

25-Nov-16

Y13 Language A Written Assignment First Draft

25-Nov-16

Korean A Literature

25-Nov-16

Y13 TOK – Mock Presentations

30-Nov-16

Y13: English A Literature Written Assignment First Draft

30-Nov-16

Y13: Mandarin Ab Written Assignment First Draft

1-Dec-16

Y13 TOK: Presentations

2-Dec-16

Y13 TOK: Presentations

 

IB Team

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