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IB Academy News - 24th February 2017

23 February 2017

Find out what's been happening in the IB Academy

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CAS Update

Reflection lies at the very heart of IB and the CAS programme is no exception. IB diploma students participate in CAs over the entire duration of their studies, accumulating diverse experiences in creativity, activity and service. The experiences themselves are hugely valuable but this is even more true of the process of reflecting on what has been learned and how this can be applied in future. Reflections may be in a range of forms; these might include a documentary/movie, a blog or a podcast, a written paragraph,  a piece of art, photos with comments, a journal or even a poem. The students who give most thought to their reflections are undoubtedly those who gain the most from the programme. All CAS experiences and reflections are recorded on ManageBac and every experience must be reflected upon. As parents, we would strongly encourage you to discuss this with your sons/daughters and even ask them to share some of their learning through their reflections.


Many congratulations to Jeongwoo Kim who is one of four students from around the world who has been selected to be on the Junior Advisory Board at IE University.  This is an all-expenses paid four day trip to IE University in Madrid in April where he will take part in a collaborative discussion about Higher Education with IE professors and three other students from around the world.  He will have been selected from a large pool of applicants. We are very proud of him and commend him for such an excellent application.

Year 13

The year 13s are in the final stages of their TOK essays. Students have been through an extensive planning process and have submitted a full draft. They will now reflect on the feedback and refine their submissions in preparation for the final submission. The TOK essay requires students to submit a 1600 word reflective essay demonstrating their critical faculties in response to one of the six prescribed titles:

  1. “It is only knowledge produced with difficulty that we truly value.” To what extent do you agree with this statement?
  2. “Facts are needed to establish theories but theories are needed to make sense of facts.” Discuss this statement with reference to two areas of knowledge.
  3. Should key events in the historical development of areas of knowledge always be judged by the standards of their time?
  4. “In the production of knowledge, traditions of areas of knowledge offer correctives for ways of knowing.” To what extent do you agree with this statement?
  5. Given access to the same facts, how is it possible that there can be disagreement between experts in a discipline? Develop your answer with reference to two areas of knowledge.
  6. “Humans are pattern-seeking animals and we are adept at finding patterns whether they exist or not” (adapted from Michael Shermer). Discuss knowledge questions raised by this idea in two areas of knowledge.

Extended Essay

On Tuesday evening we welcomed out Year 12 parents to the IB Academy for the Extended Essay Information Evening. It was great to see so many of our Year 12 students and their parents attend this event. The Extended Essay is a core component of the IB Diploma and students will continue to work on these research essays into Year 13. Students have been allocated a supervisor and first meeting have already stated to take place. Students will be asking you to sign an extended essay contact. The essential agreements of the EE contact are:

  • I have read and understood the Nord Anglia International School Shanghai Pudong Extended Essay Student’s Guide.
  • I have read the relevant sections of the Extended Essay Guide on the IBO website as directed by my supervisor. Please click here to access the EE Website.
  • I have read the subject specific sections of the guide.
  • I fully understand the roles and responsibilities of my supervisor as outlined in the Extended Essay Guide.
  • I have read the NAIS Pudong Academic Honesty Policy. (Please click here to access the academic honesty policy). I fully understand the meaning and consequences of academic dishonesty and promise not to be involved in any academic dishonesty.
  • I have reviewed the Harvard Referencing Guidelines included in the Academic Honesty Policy and I understand I need acknowledge and cite all references and direct or indirect sources of ideas, quotations, data, diagrams, illustrations and other information that I use in my Extended Essay, using Harvard style referencing guidelines.
  • I will complete all the work required by each deadline posted on ManageBac and/or as set by my Supervisor.
  • I understand and I agree that I will not receive the IB Diploma if I do not complete the essay or am unable to verify the authenticity of my Extended Essay.

Exemplar material:

Parents and students can access a collection of excellent extended essays here.

Questia School

To support the Extended Essay research process, every IB student at NAIS Pudong receives access to the Questia School database. In addition to a large range of cover to cover cross disciplinary digitised books, journals, encyclopaedias and newspaper articles, the system furthermore includes student research tools. These tools include highlighting, note taking, bookmarks and project folders.  These tools can also be used on any online book, article, or website with the Questia browser extension!

Higher Education

An important date for the diary is Wednesday 15th March when we will hold our annual Higher Education Fair.  This year we will be running a series of Careers lectures in the run up to the Higher Education Fair where students sign up for one or more talks given by professionals from an interesting array of backgrounds.  This will be an excellent opportunity to consider different lines of work, how to get into those areas and the variety of jobs available.

Wednesday 15th March promises to be a buzzing afternoon with over 70 universities from around the world filling our Sports Hall B to introduce their programmes and facilities.  This is a crucial time for our students to be asking questions and introducing themselves so that they can put a face to their future applications.  Parents are warmly welcome to the fair which starts at 1.30pm and finishes at 4pm. 

Invitation to the University of Sydney Parents' Information Evening

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney will be visiting Shanghai this March and will be hosting a Parents’ Information Evening at Le Meridien Hotel Shanghai on Thursday 9 March, from 6 to 8pm.

This event will provide parents and students with the opportunity to meet with one of our leading academics, Professor Simon Tormey, the Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences. This session will provide you with a better understanding of the Arts and Social sciences programs offered at the University of Sydney, as well the application and admission processes.

Places are limited so please register. Click here. You are welcome to bring family or friends with you to the event too.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday 9 March

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Parlour III, Level 9, Le Meridien Hotel Shanghai, 789 Nanjing East Road, Shanghai

If you have further questions, please email

Unsupervised access to the school premises

It has come to our attention that students are making use of the IB Academy and the school library in the evenings. Unfortunately, students cannot be allowed to remain on site without the appropriate adult supervision, as this can pose a Health and Safety risk. Therefore students will be allowed to use the IB Academy in the afternoons until no later than 5:30pm. After this time students will be asked to leave the site by teaching and security staff. Students will only be allowed to remain on site after this time with the express permission and under the direct supervision of a member of staff.

This also applies to weekends. Students will only be allowed on site for revision, extra lessons, sporting fixtures and the like, under direct appropriate supervision. To this end the security staff will be made aware of who is allowed on site outside of regular school hours.

We would very much appreciate your support in this matter.

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.

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