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IB Academy News - 23rd September 2016

23 September 2016

Find out what's been happening in the IB Academy

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It has been yet another busy week in the IB academy. The term is now in full swing and our IB students have been taking advantage of the range of exciting learning opportunities that are made available by their teachers in lessons as well as in the CAS programme.

CAS Update

Preparations and fund-raising for the Tanzania trip are already underway with regular meetings now scheduled  for Tuesday lunchtimes. We are delighted that Francesca Chaim, a member of last year’s team, has volunteered to help co-ordinate our fund-raising efforts and to help facilitate our preparation including running sessions on KiSwahili language, Tanzanian culture and even the ethics behind the development projects to which we will contribute. I am also delighted at the number of Year 12 students in particular who have been keen to contribute to the charity and development aspect of the expedition even if not actually planning to be part of the  trip itself. Please visit us if you are attending the fo0otball tournament on Saturday: we will be selling drinks, baked treats, popcorn and candy floss and even doing a little face-painting.

I am thrilled at the energy and positivity that our students have brought to their CAS experiences since the start of term. Year 12s are throwing themselves into making sure that they have a real balance of experiences and are honing their skills in reflecting on what they have learned. In Year 13 Core Sessions it has been a real pleasure to discuss student plans for CAS projects, many of which are currently underway.

Socially constructed learning

One of the five approaches to learning in the IB is social skills. Collaboration plays an important role if socially constructed learning scenarios are to be effective. In the hands of our skilled IB practitioners our students are able to benefit from a range of interactive learning experiences.

Our Year 12 Historians can be seen in action in the gallery, fully embracing the spirit of collaboration and socially constructed learning.

TOK Update

Our IB students were very privileged to participate in lecture delivered by Anu Ojha OBE, the Director of the National Space Academy. The talk and subsequent question and answer session was certainly a fantastic demonstration of essential critical thinking skills. We were very proud of the mature engagement demonstrated by our IB students.

Extended Essay

The Year 13s are now in the final phase of the extended essay process. The deadline for the extended essay is during the core focus week. All essays must be submitted by Thursday 3 November at 5pm. The IB team will review the Turnitin similarity reports that evening.  In preparation for the core focus week all EEs a full draft submission is due on October 14. 

Student Reporter – Ashely Fung

Studying at an international school, I feel privileged to be in an environment that embraces diversity, and encourages students to adopt a global perspective on world issues. The Internationalism Committee recently launched a survey in partnership with the Nord Anglia on the Global Campus, to explore the question of "What it means to be international?" Internationalism is an integral part of the IB CAS program, with one of its learning outcomes as engagement with issues of global significance. Students are encouraged to take part in activities that allow them to become citizens of the world. One example is the upcoming NAISMUN III conference organised by our Year 13 students.  Through participation, delegates will understand the magnitude of global issues with regards to Freedom, the theme of the conference, whether that is the freedom of movement, or the freedom of speech, and produce resolutions that are realistic and effective in dealing with the situations at hand. Students should grasp this learning opportunity to develop as globally engaged individuals.

At the IB Academy, we thrive to be open-minded, enabling us to better appreciate cultures other than our own. The upcoming week of International music, dances and cuisines is the perfect opportunity for students to understand a culture beyond the superficial, and acquire knowledge that would broaden our mindsets as global citizens. 

Higher Education

This fortnight our students have had the opportunity to listen to presentations from admissions tutors visiting from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, IE Madrid and  the University of Buckingham.

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is one of the top ranked universities in HK with outstanding academic achievements in various subjects. 

A few highlights of PolyU:

  • Top 6 young universities in the world
  • 100% discipline-related internship
  • High graduate employment rate at 95.4%
  • Scholarships for outstanding students and all are renewable
  • Close to 300 exchange partners for global exchange
  • English as the medium of instruction. 

They offer entry scholarships to outstanding students (a separate application has to be made via the online application system), and they are all renewable throughout the normal duration of study (4 years), subject to fulfillment of academic performance in PolyU. The types of scholarships are half-tuition waiver (HKD60,000 per year), full-tuition waiver (HKD120,000 per year) and full scholarship (HKD160,000). Some individual programmes may offer top-up scholarships to outstanding students as well.  Those wishing to gain a scholarship must apply by November.

IE University has campuses in both Madrid and Segovia, Spain and a small student body of 2000 of which 70% are international.  The language of instruction is English and there are a number of courses available for students to apply to in Year 12 that will enrich their CVs and give them an idea of university life.  One of these is the Junior Advisory Board which students must apply to sit on.  If they gain a place on this scheme, students are entitled to 80% reduction in their tuition fees at IE when they apply for an undergraduate course.  Then there is the Summer Programme which gives students a taste of Social Entrepreneurship and Leadership.  More details can be obtained from Mrs Watson or their website .

Last but not least, the University of Buckingham, UK which was ranked 1st in 2016 for teaching quality, 1st for staff to student ratios, 1st for student satisfaction and 1st for free thinking.  This is a small university situated just outside London which is receiving more and more public attention.  They pride themselves on the one-to-one service delivered to each individual student and this may particularly suit students who are younger or who prefer a close-knit environment.  Please find out more through their website

Physics Lecture

Jim Dexter, an engineer from Prosafe has kindly agreed to do a lecture on application of physics connecting physics to the outer world real life situations. Both Y12 and Y13 Physics students have had the pleasure of experiencing fluid mechanics principles, inspiring and thought provoking floating bodies questions.

International Week Food Fair

A schedule for the Food Fair will be shared with students ahead of the event on Thursday 29th September. Please be aware that a reduced selection of food will be served during lunch time and that food bought during break and lunch will be payable by cash only (no lunch cards).

Uniform Reminder

Thank you for your support. The uniform is improving however at times our students do not always arrive at school in attire that we would expect from our IB learners.

Dress Code

We believe that the NAIS Pudong dress code is very important for the whole school community. Excellent standards of dress reflect excellent standards in all areas of school life. We expect students to take pride in their appearance. In IB students are permitted to dress as adults would in a professional environment that is smart business attire. Please refer to the table below for specific examples of acceptable dress.



Top: Long or short sleeved collared shirt with tie

Top:  A blouse or shirt

Trousers:  Smart, tailored trousers (black, navy or grey)

Trousers:  Smart (black, navy or grey) No denim or leggings

Shoes:  Black or dark coloured

Skirt/dress:  Smart, of an appropriate knee length (black, navy or grey)

Flat shoes: Black or dark coloured

Standards of Dress:

  • Jewellery – Allowed: stud earrings, rings and bracelets. All jewellery must however be discreet and suitable for a professional environment. The school cannot accept responsibility for the loss of valuable jewellery.
  • Not allowed: facial piercings
  • Makeup - Allowed: subtle blusher and subtle eye liner. Nail polish is allowed if it is a subdued and subtle natural colour. Shellac and false nails are not allowed.

Not allowed: lipstick, heavy eye liner,

  • Hair – Not allowed: Mohicans, extravagant hair styles or multi coloured dye.

Essential Reading

The Year 12 parent indication took place during the meet and greet event last week.

All the essential reading for parents can be accessed here:!An8XG8ueSH_FkW4c_pCUvFNxCTCG

We would like to wish all our students and parents all the every best for the upcoming half term break. I am confident that our students will demonstrate balance in terms of making sure that a reasonable amount of holiday time is dedicated to their studies, extended essays and CAS.

IB Team