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IB Academy Newsletter - 14th April 2017

14 April 2017

Find out what's been happening in the IB Academy

It is hard to believe that our Journey through the IB Diploma Programme is fast coming to an end and that our Year 13s will very soon be writing their final examinations. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our students the very best in this the final phase of the IB Diploma Programme.

The policy of Nord Anglia International School is to work with our students until the examinations commence on 28nd April 2017.  As such, we will not be releasing our senior students for independent study leave. The reason for this decision is because students derive greater benefit from a structured programme of study where their teachers can support them to remain focused as they approach the final examinations. We firmly believe that by keeping our students engaged until the exams commence means that we can help them prioritise and focus their learning. As this is a very stressful time of year, by being in a supportive school environment, students are able to work with their teachers to help them develop the necessary coping mechanisms.

It is worth mentioning that the type of examination questions that our IB students in many cases will have to tackle will require a high degree of application and critical thinking. IB Students are not required to regurgitate facts but need to activate the command terms and apply them to the problem that is posed. Therefore it will be much more beneficial for students to rehearse these types of responses in a discussion driven revision environment.

On the other hand we also recognise that the development of self-management skills as an approach to learning is at the heart of the IB Diploma Programme philosophy. Therefore in the last week of school (24th-27th April 2017) students will be given the opportunity to work independently at school, in the IB Academy, with the permission of their subject teachers. This concession will only be granted if the subject teachers concerned are willing to release students from their lessons. Therefore we expect students to maintain a dialogue with their teachers in this regard.

Please note that should students decide not attend school, their absence will be recoded and reflected on final transcripts. Any such unauthorised absence cannot be endorsed by the school.

We look forward to working with our students as they prepare for these very important examinations.

Higher Education

This Monday, Year 12 student Jeongwoo Kim, departs for IE university, Madrid where he was selected from over 200 applicants to stand on the Junior Advisory Board of this renown university and take part in discussions about the future of Higher Education.  On this all-expenses paid trip, Jeongwoo will also have the opportunity to visit the Segovia campus and have a guided tour of all the faculties and facilities.  We wish him all the very best with this opportunity and are very proud of his achievements.

We are also delighted to hear that Year 12 student, Shreya Khot, has pursued her own internship for the summer holidays and will be taking up a place at Bioduro Pharmaceutical Company where she will be given experience in all the major departments and the opportunity to experience life in the world of Pharmaceutics first hand.  We hope that this will allow her to form some strong opinions about her future career and study. 

All Year 13 students have now started to accept their university offers but please ensure that they go first to see Mrs Watson before they decline any of their other offers as this can sometimes be difficult to reverse if a mistake is made.

It is a pleasure to announce that eight of our Year 13 students have been offered multiple scholarships to universities in the US, Canada and Hong Kong.  There may also be more to follow in the UK but this really shows the high regard that the IB is held in worldwide.  Well done to those students.

SAT exams

Those studying SATs with A list Education in the Wednesday CCA here at school, should now all be signed up for the May 6th examination.

Stage and Screen concert 23rd May 7pm

Another 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.

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.