It’s wonderful to be back at school after the Golden Week break and to hear tales of the travel and academic adventures experienced by both staff and students. Many IB students spent much of the week hard at work with Year 13s focused upon their Extended Essays and Internal Assessments and Year 12s working on essays and other assignments. Hopefully we have now returned refreshed, focused and ready to face a very busy half term.
For Year 12 students, Project Week is now only two school weeks away and preparations are very much underway. As you know, this year’s trip takes us to the beautiful area of Ronghsui on border of Guanxi and Guizhou Provinces. While there we will work with the Neil Taylor Care Association in the refurbishment of an orphanage. This organization provides for children who have lost their parents or where parental income is less than 3000RMB per year. The centre provides living and study faciltiies for the children in its care and, by doing this, significantly improves the future life chances of these children. By day we will work on refurbishment work and in the evenings we will be able to help to cook and serve dinner and work and play with the children. The week also offers hiking, canoeing, rafting and the experience of staying briefly in a Miao Minority village and experiencing their culture.
This year students have a tremendous opportunity to link our trip to Rongshui to the CAS Programme and students have been challenged to plan for how they can achieve this. For Creativity students can plan a response to the trip, perhaps a piece of art work, an exhibition of photography, a poem or piece of creative writing. There are plenty of opportunities for Activity built into the week but we have also asked students to plan games and sport that can be played with the children and a wake-up exercise programme for our own team! Service of course, lies at the very heart of Project Week. As well as working on the Service Project during our week away, students should plan how they can act as advocates for the orphanage on our return by communicating our experience to others and by raising money to contribute to the work done there. Our Year 12s are buzzing with ideas on how they can maximize their contributions during the week and are looking carefully in their planning at how each aspect of the week will fit with the IB Learner Profile and, of course, the CAS Learning Outcomes. It is going to be a really exciting week!
Huge congratulations and thanks go out to our wonderful parents as well as our fantastic IB Academy students who did us proud on International Day before the half term break. I hope you enjoy the photos attached to this newsletter.
Higher Education Update
China Education Expo
On Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October, there will be an exhibition of International Higher Education held at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Conference Centre. This is an opportunity for overseas colleges and universities to showcase their quality programs, courses and curriculums. There will be representation from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, China, Cost Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, The Netherlands, Turkey, UK, UAE and USA. There will be 604 overseas universities and colleges present, manning stalls that you can browse at your leisure. This is a great opportunity to start gathering information for your son or daughter’s future and ask any questions that you might have. There will also be seminars throughout both days on the merits of studying in the relative countries. For more information please see http://www.chinaeducationexpo.com .
Please encourage your sons and daughters in Year 13 to complete their personal statements as the earlier applications are the most successful.
SAT Preparation classes start here at school on Sunday 16th October for the initial test at 8.30am until 12.30. All those who have signed up for classes must attend this initial session with the first official class commencing Wednesday 19th October in C201.
Reminder – signing out
To enable us to fulfil our duty of care please take note of the procedures that for students signing out early:
- Students are only allowed to leave the site if there is sufficient justification to do so.
- Students are not allowed to leave the site if they have free lessons as we expect them to be making use of this time for independent study within the school environment.
- Mr Graham or Ms Kilpatrick must be informed in writing before a student can be given permission to leave the site. We cannot allow students to leave unless a member of the IB academy team has been informed. It is not appropriate to only inform a member of the administrative staff. Administrative and security staff have been instructed not to allow any students to leave the site unless it has been confirmed by Mr Graham or Ms Kilpatrick.
Global Campus News
Opportunities for IB students on Nord Anglia’s Global Campus are currently very exciting. For those students who are part of the Tanzania team they should be making full use of the fantastic resources which are in the Expeditions Section. This week we have introduced students to the site and given them the job of introducing themselves using the forums. This means that even before we travel we will be able to meet and make friends with our fellow travellers from Nord Anglia Schools in Poland and the US. The Tanzania expedition page also offers lots of great resources on language, culture, health as well as our accommodation and activities: it is well worth a look!
Other current areas where IB students could get involved are a Creative Writing Competition and a “Global Library” challenge. The creative writing can be new work or material that students have previously written and can be in the form of poetry or prose. Winning entries will be professionally published. The Global Library challenge asks students to develop a global outlook in their reading and to share their views on novels from world writers.
Student Reporters – Ahra and Beatriz 12A
I am really enjoying biology right now, because in my case I’ve always loved biology, in particular living organisms, cells. In biology, we are learning about types of living organisms through doing lots of experiments.Mr Crozier is a great biology teacher. He knows how to help us and as the class is small we get to understand everything, he is really organized and his explanations are really clear. During guidance, we have been coached in teamwork by two outside speakers who make presentations and explain to us the skills that we need and how to organise ourselves. Also, this entrepreneurship course helps us to think deeper and wider. Especially, it helps us to develop asIB learners by putting into practice the IB Profile traits such as thinkers, communicators, caring and risk-takers because when we were discussing and sharing problems and solutions, we have realised that we are getting more open-minded and developing our communication skills.