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IB News - 29 January

29 January 2016

Congratulations to our ACAMIS Basketball squads who played some really tough sides at the tournament in Beijing last weekend to finish third for the girls and fifth for the boys.  Their reactions and skills were not dulled by the freezing temperatures and all came back pleased with their performances as a team.

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Service Leaders Lucy Sapsford and Adriano Arguedas have been particularly proactive in encouraging awareness of this month’s Global Engage theme ‘Sustainable Energy for All’.  Students have been wearing blue on Thursdays in recognition of the theme and discussing clean, universal energy during their Guidance sessions.  February’s theme will be Linguistic Diversity.

We hope to see as many of you as possible at Sunday’s Temple Fair which starts at 11am here at school.  The school is already beautifully decorated in a vast array of colours and there are lots of fun activities planned for the day so please do come and show your support.  There will also be plenty of CAS opportunities available for the Year 12 and 13 students.

In addition to this, the Year 13s have been completing their Viva Voces this week which signals the end of their impressive Extended Essay journey and the start for Year 12 students.   Tackling the challenges of the IB diploma, the Year 13 students have now turned their attention to the TOK Essay for which all the deadlines are on Managebac.

With the Chinese New Year holiday just around the holiday, I wish you all a relaxing break and we look forward to welcoming the students back mid-February.

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Here are some snapshots of what has been going on in the classroom over the past fortnight for our IB students.  This week in Biology, Year 13 HL students have been learning about Muscles and Movement. They focused on the structure of joints and took the opportunity to dissect a chicken leg in order to identify muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints and blood vessels.

Meanwhile in English, the Year 13 Literature class has been working collaboratively to explore the central effects of the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy and Seamus Heaney.

Miss Camargo's Year 12 Chemistry class has been learning about enthalpy changes during reactions. They have completed practicals to calculate values experimentally both directly and indirectly using Hess' Law. They have also compared the experimental data with theoretical values.

Finally, in Business management, Year 12 students have started a new topic and their current unit explores the role of marketing, including its relationship with other business functions; the differences between marketing goods and marketing services; and the difference between commercial marketing and social marketing. Students are learning to identify the characteristics of a market and the importance of market share and market leadership. Throughout, the unit, students consider how the concepts of change, globalisation, ethics, innovation and culture impact marketing activities.

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Global Campus: The week ahead (w/c 25th January)



  • 29th January - Lego Towers challenge deadline
  • 26th February - Creative Writing Competition deadline


  • WORLD LANGUAGES CHALLENGE 2 - The second challenge, 'Global News Report' has launched. Please note that unlike the first challenge, this will be a competition, and prizes will be awarded to students that excel in this. Notes for this can be found in the Dropbox folder linked at the top. This is a passport activity for Primary students. This challenge is open for Under 8s, Primary and Secondary, and more info can be found on the World Languages areas.
  • BE AMBITIOUS CHALLENGE - Just wanted to keep you all in the loop and let you know that the results of this challenge have been delayed by one week as we didn't want it to get lost in the launch of the new challenges that have been launched this week.
  • HARVARD MUN - For those of you that are taking part in the Harvard MUN later this week, there is an area for you to meet and discuss before, during and after the event. This can be found on the Secondary Global Citizenship area. Good luck to all those attending, we can't wait to hear all about it.
  • MONTHLY MATHS CHALLENGES - New challenges for January are now live on both the Primary and Secondary Maths pages!


  • THINK OUTSIDE THE BUCKET - Think Outside the Bucket has now launched! We apologise for the delay on this, but you can now find out more information online by clicking here.This challenge has been created and prepared by music teachers from across our family of schools, and a masterclass from one of our Juilliard curriculum specialists is available on the online space.
  • WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN SCHOOL? - We love to hear what you are up to with Global Campus in your school. If you have any pictures, please upload them to the padlet on the Latest News and Activities area. If you have a story of what you've been up to, email us and we'll feature it on the site.

Dates for the diary

28 – 31 Jan – FOBISIA Swim Meet @ BIS Phuket

31 Jan – Chinese Temple Fair, 11am – 3pm

2 Feb – Yr 10 – 13 Art Gallery Visit

5 Feb – Dress up day for Chinese New Year, and half term break starts (to 15 Feb)

15 Feb – return from half term break

17 Feb -  Academic Review Evening Years 10 and 12, 5 – 8pm


Mrs Kathryn Watson

IB Pastoral and Higher Education