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IB News - 22nd April 2016

21 April 2016

This has been a fortnight for celebrations here in the IB Academy, kicking off with the Year 12 Awards Assembly.  It was lovely to see that a number of parents were able to join us in congratulating the Year 12 students on their hard work and achievement in the great array of subjects but also in CAS, Sports, Performing Arts and their contribution to Form groups.  They are a year group marked for their determination and positive attitude with an exciting future ahead of them.  We look forward to guiding and supporting them in the remainder of their IB journey.

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This was closely followed by a colourful and collaborative CAS Awards ceremony organized by Ms Brunskill and her Year 13 team.  With reflective and thought-provoking speeches made by students who have squeezed every drop from the CCA programme and initiated some impressive projects outside of school, it is evident that so many of our IB students thoroughly embrace the challenge of achieving balance and longevity in their activities and seek to push themselves out of their comfort zones to develop skills that they never knew they had.  Whether it is through helping younger students in sports, charity work in Laos, ski instructor courses in Switzerland, singing with the IB Choir or picking up a new language, each and every one of them has discovered something new about themselves and we hope that this will carry on long after they have completed the IB programme.  Fourteen students were awarded CAS gold medals for particularly outstanding portfolios that reflect a great range of activities undertaken and a high quality of reflection.

We also celebrate the success met by our Model United Nations delegates who spent last Sunday at BISS Puxi competiting in the inaugural competition debating weighty issues such as the promotion of gender equality, containing violence in Afghanistan and reducing damage caused by natural disaster.  A special mention to Giorgio Wu, Mathilde Venet, Ashley Fung, Gautam Nair, Kavyasree Venkata Subramanian, Nian Yun Tan and Jeonghun Bae for their participation and engagement.

As the clock continues to tick, the Year 13 students now enter their final fortnight at school and, following the last week of formal lessons, Year 13 students are given the opportunity to study independently here at school for the following week.  There may be teachers that require them to be in lessons to complete the last stage of revision before the examinations, but everything will be done to ensure that they are in the best possible state of mind for their examinations.

An important reminder that there will be no school bus for those who need to attend school on Monday 2nd May (the bank holiday) for their English examinations.  They must ensure that they have made their own arrangements to get to school on time that day.

Wednesday saw our ACAMIS footballers, male and female, heading off to Beijing for their two-day tournament.  We wish them the very best of luck and hope that the months of training will pay off for them.

Last but not least, the Year 12 geographers enjoyed their field work at Tianmushan exploring the ways in which a river changes as it flows from its source towards the sea.  They were fortunate enough to have a sunny day which was much needed as they waded waist deep in the cold river. 

Best wishes,

Kathryn Watson

IB Pastoral and Higher Education

Higher Education

The Year 12 students are currently focusing on higher education in their Guidance session and all have been allotted a 45 minute one-to-one interview to discuss their ideas and options. 

All Year 13 students should have completed their ‘Request for results Service’ forms in order for the IBO to release their results to universities in July.

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. 

Dates for the diary

Thurs 28 April          Sports Awards Evening (Years 9 – 13), 6 – 8pm

Thurs 28 April           University of British Columbia visit 12:35-13:25pm

Fri 29 April                Last day of classes for Years 11 and 13

Mon 2 May                IB Exams start (no school for all other students) and continue until Friday 20 May

Thurs 12 May           Stage and Screen Evening for the IB Choir

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