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IB News 6th May

05 May 2016

This fortnight started and ended with celebration after our ACAMIS football girls and boys returned from Beijing with trophies galore. Following a grueling two-day tournament, both teams won their rounds to go through to the final the following day. The boys finished in first place and the girls in second place reflecting the hard work and commitment they have shown to their training throughout the year.

This triumphant return was recognised publicly later that week through the Sports Awards Evening in which our sports stars were applauded for the effort and determination they have shown towards their teams this year. In volleyball, netball, football, rugby, swimming, badminton and basketball, those that have shed blood, sweat and tears throughout the season were praised for the huge progress they have made. It was particularly heart-warming to see our Year 13 sportsmen and women presented with their Tiger trophies for the years of service. Particular congratulations go to Emiliano D’Angio and Anna Lamieri who were voted Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year.

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  • ACAMIS girls team
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There was further cause for reflection, praise and comradery on Friday in the Year 13s final assembly to which the Year 12 students were also invited. With motivational talks from Mrs Howard and fond reflections from form teachers and students, this is a year group that is characterised by their diversity and acceptance of such. Their vim and vigour shines through in all that they do and this was no less the case on Friday when the day ended with dancing, hugs and a few tears between friends. We wish them all the very best of luck in the IB exams and have been impressed so far by their positivity and support of one another.

Our final celebration of the fortnight ended on Tuesday with the Tanzania assembly led by our fabulous Year 12 students. Mrs Kilpatrick sang the praises of those who took part on the trip and so ably and positively engaged in the service they provided to the Tanzanian village, such as constructing goat sheds and building staff accommodation. Their reflections on their time in Tanzania truly reflected the change that this experience had made to their lives and inspired the younger students to get involved.

With Year 13 now on study leave, the IB Academy seems quiet but it is a great opportunity to focus further on our Year 12 students and all their plans for the future.

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. 

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:


The Visual Arts competition is open! Students have the opportunity to illustrate stories and poems by students from other schools within our global family. Please encourage your students to choose different stories from one another as this will increase their chances of being chosen.

Dates for the diary

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     

We wish you all a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Kathryn Watson

IB Pastoral and Higher Education