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IB News - 20th May 2016

As I write this newsletter, a trickle of Y13 students will have completed their IB examinations and by the time it gets to the reader, they will all be finished. We congratulate the Year 13s on getting over this final hurdle and hope that they enjoy the celebration at their Cap and Gown ceremony on Friday. This will be a welcome opportunity for families to recognise their collective journey and help launch our Year 13 students on to the next exciting stage of their lives.  

  • Grace and Anna
  • i Zac
  • Mathilde
  • Sam
  • Yoav

Please see an interview with early finisher Sam Park:

Q.  Sam, when did you finish your exams?

A.  Last Thursday, my final paper was History Paper 3, I have come in today to hand all of my books back to the various departments.

Q.  How do you feel the exams went?

A.  Most of them went well although the last two hours of History Paper 3 were challenging.

Q.  What did you do to celebrate after your final exam?

A.  I slept for twelve hours and then I binge watched some of the programmes that I have missed over the years due to work.

Q.  What have you got planned now that the exams are over?

A.  I will probably go to Korea and concentrate on certain things like getting my driver’s license before heading off to Emerson which is a Liberal Arts College near Boston where I will study Film and Literature.  The course starts in September but I am planning to head over about the middle of August to get sorted.  I didn’t expect this to happen but I was offered a generous scholarship to attend this college.

Q.  How do you feel right now?

A.  Mixed emotions, a little worried about the next stage, glad that I am finally graduating and slightly guilty that I should be doing something else, so I am throwing myself into exercise.

Meanwhile, the Year 12 students wait to take their place at the top of the school, they have all sorts of exciting and enriching plans for this summer that I thought it right to include a few examples of their plans which they are working hard on finalizing now.

Grace Todd, who plans to study Culinary Art in the future, has arranged a month-long internship starting on the 19thJuly at Char Restaurant on the Bund. There she will be prepping and learning to cook with Venezuelan chef  Willmer Colmenares.

I-Zac Lee, who hopes to study Medicine in the future, will be spending two weeks in London at KCL taking part in the Pre-University Medicine taster course which will add significantly to his personal statement and help him make informed decisions about the best courses to apply for.

Anna Natalia Pardali Moustakas, who hopes to study Mechanical Engineering in the future, will be spending two weeks working in a research facility called Angstroms Laboratory in Sweden learning different techniques about how you measure things in space.

Yoav Shimoni will be spending a month in Tel Aviv teaching surfing as he has already qualified to be a surf instructor and has this opportunity to earn and increase his leadership skills in taking part in these weekly camps.

Mathilde Venet will be spending three weeks on a summer course at Georgetown University in Washington learning about Foreign Policy as she hopes to go into International Relations in the future. She will then follow this up with four weeks travelling around the States visiting the various universities that she hopes to apply for to help her make the best decisions about her college choices.

Before all of these adventures can get started, however, there are the Year 12 exams to focus on which started this week with Psychology and continue for the following fortnight. The dress code of smart business wear still applies. Students do not need to attend school if they have not got an exam that day and we wish them all the very best with their revision. 

We wish you all a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Kathryn Watson

IB Pastoral and Higher Education

Higher Education

The Year 12 students have all been sent details of their Bridge U accounts which is a Higher Education platform that helps match universities to their preferences. Parents are welcome to gain access to the advice given on this site. If you would like to be included, please send me an email at k-watson@naispudong.com and I can add.

Year 13 students should ensure that they have responded to UCAS if they have applied to study in the UK after graduation detailing their first and insurance choices. 

Global Campus and other news

We are now looking for items to be donated for one of our favourite stalls at the Summer Fun Day, the Tombola. The organisers need Secondary parents to dig deep into your cupboards over the next two weeks and have your children or their bus monitors bring the items to Mr Howard’s office on the ground floor of C block by Monday 30 May. The sorts of items that you may wish to donate are bottles of beer, wine or spirits, cans of soups/fruit/vegetables, jars of sauces, even unwanted and unopened beauty products such as creams or shampoos.  As long as the items are not perishable, opened, or will melt in the Shanghai summer, then they are very welcome. Each year the Tombola raises around 14,000RMB for our school charities, and your donations will make a difference to reaching this target. 

Global Campus:

The Leadership Academy is an amazing opportunity for students aged 16-18 (including students who are leaving school this summer), to experience life at one of the world’s most prestigious universities – Oxford. In a two-week programme, students will be taught by Oxford academics and postgraduate students, as well as having exclusive admissions lectures from the university’s admissions office. They will participate in a wide-ranging discussion about issues including international development and sustainability, which will culminate in a formal debate based on the recent Paris Climate Change Conference. In their downtime they will have the opportunity to explore Oxford as well as heading for day trips to London.

This course would be ideal for any Upper Secondary students who took part in the Debate League this year, but it would also appeal to anyone interested in History, Politics, Geography, Economics, current affairs, or to anyone who wants to see more of Oxford student life/the UK. There are 60 places available and we would like to fill these ASAP.

A comprehensive brochure with further details can be found here: http://img.nordangliaeducation.com/resources/asia/permacache/cbd/964/fcb/188d952954d8f6548ff477a28bff488d.pdf

Dates for the diary

Fri 20 May                 IB exams finish and Year 13 Graduation Ceremony at school, 4-6:30pm

Mon 23 May             End of year assessments for Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 (until 3 June)

Fri 27 May                 Year 13 Graduation Prom

Sat 4 June                Summer Fun Day

Mon 6 June              Year 12 Group 4 Project (until Weds 8 June)

Thurs 9 June            Dragon Boat Festival – school closed but IGCSE exams continue

Fri 10 June                CCAs end for Term 3

Fri 24 June                School ends 12 noon       

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