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IB Academy News - 28th April 2017

28 April 2017

Find out what's been happening in the IB Academy

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It has been an emotional week in the IB Academy as yesterday was, of course, the last day of formal lessons for our wonderful Year 13 students. Although we have known it was coming, it is always a day full of memories and a little sadness as well as anticipation  of the IB examinations and all that follows.

On Thursday, it had been decided that Y13 students would wear school uniform and at the start of the day eighteen year olds arrived in white shirts, NAIS Pudong ties and little tartan kilts. The kilts were almost ubiquitous, worn as they were by both boys and girls. We gathered in the IB Academy during period 4 and a few photos were taken: do please enjoy the few which are below!

Yesterday was the last day, with the final assembly. The focus of this assembly is always on form groups with students from each group preparing presentations and speeches and, of course a few words from the tutors themselves. We were treated to a wide variety of entertainments: Miss Hughes described each of her tutees in three words, Mr Gichana used poetry and Mr Dolan treated us to a specially written song about his group. Wonderful speeches were made by students and special mention must be made of Mathilde, Antoni and Oleg who brought a lovely event to its conclusion.

We now wish all of our Year 13 students the very best in the examinations which are already underway. We know that they will work hard, be ambitious and gain the excellent results that they deserve and we look forward to seeing them not only during the examination period but also at the Cap and Gown event on Friday 19 May and at the Prom on Friday 26 May.

CAS and Service Learning

The Year 13 students set very high standards through their contributions to service both in school and the wider community and it is wonderful to watch our Y12 students rising to this challenge. Today in assembly students from the whole school were able to hear about the contributions made by our students in Tanzania this year through school and community projects as well as the constant work done with students from our two partner migrant schools who visit with us at least twice each week. Students spoke fluently on their planning and on what has been achieved.

For Year 12, interim CAS interviews are now underway, providing an opportunity for them to reflect on their journeys this year  with their learning in Creativity, Activity and Service.


Another wonderful occasion this week was the opportunity to hear from Sammi and I-Zac in Year 13 of the work they have done with Nord Anglia Education in investigating Internationalism. Sammi and I-Zac have been our student leaders in this area and have been working with the whole organization on what it means to be an international student. The research done has been incredibly impressive and it was fantastic to hear about it in more detail. Sammi and I-Zac will now take some time away from their work to do their examinations but will, along with ? and ? be taking a significant next step in their thinking and reflections as they visit the United Nations in New York during the summer break. To read more on this work do look at the article written by Miss Andrews here.

Music On the field Festival, May 7 12-4pm

This is the first ever NAIS Pudong music festival and promises us an afternoon of techno, electro, house, disco and hip hop, featuring DJ Suger. This is open to all of our older students so we will look forward to seeing you there!

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”. 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!

Unsupervised access to the school premises

For supervision and health and safety reasons, tudents are  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 as ever for your support in maintining high standards of appearance for our students as below.

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.