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IB News - 10th March 2017

09 March 2017

Find out what's been happening in the IB Academy

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It has been a hugely busy two weeks in the IB Academy with students in Year 12 facing some of their first Internal Assessment deadlines while Y13 students have been competing their work on TOK. Year 13 students now look forward to the completion of their CAS portfolios ready for the final interviews in coming weeks. Our Year 13 students move ever closer to the final examinations and do deserve congratulation for their commitment and support of each other through the pressures of the last few weeks.

Careers and Higher Education update

All Year 12 now have their Bridge U accounts up and running and have been set the task of filtering some of their university matches.  Please encourage them at home to spend time on this platform inputting their preferences and researching the various university options that come up.  The more research and knowledge the better!

This week has seen the start of Careers Week with talks from Actors, Engineers and Dentistry, we look forward to Monday and Tuesday’s 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 is the day for the Higher Education Fair with over seventy stalls from universities, to summer programs to SAT preparation.  All Secondary students will be given the opportunity to browse the stalls and speak to admissions tutors and parents are welcome to join us at any point between 13.30 and 16.00.  Come along to Sports Hall B, there promises to be a great buzz and a warm welcome.

Theory of Knowledge

The Year 13s have reached an important milestone on their Journey through the IB. After many hours of arduous contemplation, TOK essays have finally been submitted. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our Year13s on this achievement. The TOK essay requires a high degree of critical reflection and insight and we are very proud of the thoughtful work that has been produced.

Now that internal and external assessment tasks have been submitted our Year 13s will enter into a period of intensive revision. We would like to remind our students and parents that attendance in the weeks preceding the examination session is mandatory and we would urge all our students to make the most of guidance and support provided by our highly experienced IB teachers.

CAS: Spotlight on the Migrant School CCA

Last week saw us welcome back the students of Wanliao and Kang Qiao Migrant Schools after their Chinese New Year holiday. We have a number of students across our school that support this very unique but rewarding CCA. This CCA requires a big commitment from students as they give up after school sessions and lunchtimes to teach English in variety of ways to the Migrant School students. This provides a fantastic CAS opportunity for our IB students who plan and prepare lessons ensuring that Migrant School students learn and improve their English in some fun and engaging ways. This week this including teaching through the medium of football, paper folding and games. Below we can see some photos of our Y13s (Van and Daniel) employing their excellent communication skills to teach Kang Qiao Migrant School students how to play football.

Stage and Screen concert 23rd May 7pm

This musical and dramatic evening 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!

Year 13 Study Leave

A date for Y13 parents and student diaries is the start of study leave. The last full day for Year 13 students will be Thursday 27 April. Staff will of course to be available to support students throughout the exam period and beyond.

Into the Woods

Everyone is really excited about our forthcoming big show: Into the Woods. As you probably already know the first night will be on Monday 27 March with a red carpet debut evening including a champagne and canape reception. Tickets for all nights are selling fast with the last night on Thursday 30 March already sold out. Tickets are available from main reception in school but we recommend that you snap one up fast before they are all gone!


A big thank you to the vast majority of parents who ensure that we are fully informed of any issues with ill health or other issues affecting their son or daughter’s attendance at school. If your child will be missing lessons for any reason please can you inform Mr Graham, Miss Kilpatrick and the form tutor to allow us to keep subject teachers up to date.  Do please aim for full attendance: IB courses are intense and time missed from lessons can be difficult to catch up.

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.