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IB Academy News - 24th March 2017

24 March 2017

Find out what's been happening in the IB Academy

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CAS Update

Year 13 students are now having their final CAS interviews and working to ensure that their CAS portfolios are complete. With TOK and the Extended Essay now juts memories, this represents the final part of the IB Core Programme. It has been wonderful to hear students reflecting on their experiences over the past two years and to discuss their learning and what they have felt proudest of.  Yoav’s comments are below:

In the past two years CAS has been an enriching part of our IB life. Encouraging the IB students not to sit down and cram all day, but rather allowing us to be creative, active and help those in need. These experiences beginning from the Tanzania fund raising the football team and the IB choir allows us to be well rounded people, with a range of skills in multiple fields. Though in the past it was believed that the best way to be successful is to study hard, now the IB and CAS is highlighting the importance of allowing ourselves to experience different things and rather than always studying, we are able to allocate time to free our mind with a range of different activities, allowing us to be more productive throughout the IB program.​

During my experience in CAS I was exposed to experiences I would never have had the chance to unless i was encouraged to by the CAS. For example, the IB choir. Even though I do like music and enjoy the occasional singing in the shower, before last year I would never have sang in public. So, when I was recommended to join the IB choir by Mr. Graham, I was sceptical at first, but I realised that this is what CAS intends us to do, to try new things we have never would have seen ourselves doing. So, with the help of Daniel and Ayman I joined the IB choir, which allowed my to preform and enjoy the rehearsals that occur twice a week during the Monday and Thursday lunch time as well as singing new and exiting thing in a range of languages, from Hebrew to German.

Next term our Year 12 students will haven the interim CAS interviews and they are already working to make sure that their portoflios of evidence and reflections are compete and that they are ready to discuss their journeys so far.

Exam tips

Year 13 students were lucky to be visited for a talk on Wednesday from Joyce Halsey, a representative of Oxford Study Courses and a teacher and IB examiner. She gave a fascinating talk to students on how to maximise marks and avoid common pitfalls in the final exams. Sammi explains more below:

'There's no denial that the IB Diploma Programme is an academically rigorous course, and as a student myself, I can validate this. However, at NAIS Pudong, we are supplied with abundant resources and skilled staff to guide us through this journey. 

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of welcoming Ms Joyce Halsey to our school. She is part of the Oxford Study Courses (OSC) program and has had plenty of experience being an IB Coordinator, IB English and TOK examiner and teachers for both subjects, also working in countries like the US and the UK.

The OSC is a not-for-profit organization, providing revision workshops, revision resources and educational talks for all IB students. The talk, that was presented by Ms Halsey, was largely based upon time management and study skills, especially when preparing for our upcoming exams in 35 days. During this crucial preparation time, us students are constantly looking for effective study methods and tips to help us perform optimally. Some of the ideas that were brought about by Ms Halsey included completing Math past paper questions separately, under timed conditions, rather than the paper as a whole. This method has been scientifically proven to help us solve problems under the circumstances of an examination environment. It is also important for us to take regular breaks, through 60 to 90 minute naps, as according to studies, the human brain's concentration span only lasts for 20 minutes. Similarly, to help us retain the information learnt in class, as part of our revision, we should be revising them in sections on a regular basis. Studying information learnt right after it is taught is helpful, but in order to enforce this, we should be going over this on a weekly and monthly basis. 

These tips can help us formulate our revision plan more wisely and more effectively, to allow us to make the most of our time. As our examinations are approaching soon, hopefully this talk, the resources on Smartbacc and those provided by the OSC, will help us IB students achieve the best results possible, reaching our maximum potential.'

United Nations Forum visit

Congratulations must go to Benedicte and Fernanda in Year 12 who after some rigorous and challenging interviews last week have been selected as the two Year 12 students who will join Sammi and I-Zac from Year 13 at the united Nations this summer. They will join 80 other Nord Anglia students at the UN’s High Level Political Forum, on sustainable development in New York in July 2017 run by UNICEF. They have all demonstrated dedication and passion for internationalism, Model UN and the Sustainable Development Goals and we look forward to them working with other students at NAIS Pudong to ensure that the entire community can benefit from their experience.

Careers and Higher Education (Kat)

Last week saw the continuation of Careers Week talks on Human Resources and Hospitality.  All students have had the opportunity to access as many of these talks as they would like to help them think about their future careers.

Wednesday 15th March was the day of the Higher Education Fair with over seventy stalls from universities, to summer programs to SAT preparation.  Students had access to representatives of careers and universities and took full advantage of this opportunity.

Into the Woods

Everyone is really excited about the big show next week: Into the Woods. As you probably already know the first night will be on Monday with a red carpet debut evening including a champagne and canape reception. A few tickets for some nights are still available from main reception in school but we recommend that you snap one up fast before they are all gone!

Stage and Screen concert 23rd May 7pm

A reminder of this musical and dramatic evening which will showcase the  magic of stage and screen and our students will perform a range of famous musical accompaniments and stage shows from “Indiana Jones” to “Star Wars”. The Drama group will  take us on an interactive journey through a haunted house. This really is an evening for all the family and, of course, will be the last opportunity to see the wonderful talents of some of our most senior students. We look forward to seeing you there!

Mobile phone use in school

Your son or daughter may have shared with you that we have asked students to refrain from mobile phone use around the school, in classrooms and public areas. This is part of an effort to encourage face to face interaction and improve productivity in lessons. This request is also intended to discourage students from using the online world of social media, games and the internet as an alternative to real life interactions. We believe that real life interactions are a much healthier and more beneficial to students' development than virtual ones and that it is easy for students to rely too heavily on social media and the online world.

However, phones are not banned and students are not prevented from discreetly checking their phones during the day. If students need to contact home they can easily ask a teacher for permission to use their phone, use an empty classroom or office at break time or lunchtime.

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.