Happy New Year to all! I hope that all our IB families have passed an enjoyable and restful holiday.
We return, as ever, to a term in which much is planned and in which IB students have a great deal to look forward to and to plan for.
Before the holiday we marked “100 days” with our Y13 students in pyjamas (symbolizing perhaps the long sleep that they will need after their examinations!). Mock examinations have now been completed and marked. The first assessment cycle has passed. The Tanzania and Iceland trips have returned. We look forward to a term of hard work and deadlines as well as a huge range of co-curricular activities.
For our Year 13 students the next two weeks will be hugely important with Academic Review Evening on Thursday 16th following on from their mock results reports this week. There is much for students to reflect upon from these examinations and subject teachers have already given feedback and actions. I do look forward to seeing parents at the ARE to discuss how we can work in partnership to build on the success on our Y13 students in the time we have remaining before final IB examinations commence.
Higher Education update
Year 13 students who have received offers through UCAS do not need to confirm their first and second choices until May at the earliest. Before they submit their choices, please encourage your children to speak to Mrs Watson as it is difficult to make any changes once they have been made. Students do not need to worry about the Request for Results service or Legalisation that is cited in the offers by universities. We will be holding a session in May to ensure that students have selected the institutions to which these details will be sent.
Year 12 students who are applying to highly competitive courses such as Medicine or top universities that require interviews such as Oxbridge, KAIST, Yonsei have now been assigned a mentor and will start weekly preparation for this. If your son/daughter has not received a mentor but knows they will require an interview, please encourage them to speak to Mrs Watson and this can be arranged.
Many Year 12 students have already signed up for interesting and exciting summer opportunities such as Teaching in remote areas, Medical projects abroad, Language exchanges. These look excellent on the CV as they evidence self-motivation and development of character. Your sons/daughters regularly receive such opportunities from Mrs Watson by email but if you would like some advice on summer courses, please do not hesitate to contact her.
Just a quick reminder to complete the parent survey that has been emailed out to you. Please follow this link in case you have missed the email. http://parentsurvey.nordanglia.com/survey/selfserve/5a0/160104?wave=y2017
The online form is accessible through a PC, MAC, tablet, or smartphone and should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. Each family should respond only once on behalf of all your children.
We are constantly looking for ways to improve our school and your comments are integral this process. This annual survey will help us better understand what is working well for your child, along with any ways in which we can still improve further. Parental feedback is vital to helping us continuously provide the best possible education for your child.
Tanzania Expedition/CAS update
The seventeen students and two staff who took part in the Tanzania expedition returned on Saturday tired but pleased with what had been achieved. Students took part in three main phases on the expedition: a community project, working with an individual rural family; a school project working to improve local primary education through building classroom blocks, teachers’ houses and desks; a safari experience in Tarangire National Park. Our students were an enormous source of pride: they worked so hard in often physically and emotionally challenging conditions; they made friends with local Tanzanians and with students from our sister schools in Washington and Warsaw; they showed both compassion and humility in their attitudes to those they spent time with. You can read a fuller account of their experiences here.
Tanzania students will now take time to really reflect upon their experiences as they plan how they will share their learning and experiences and, of course, as they reflect for CAS.