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IB News - 12th May 2017

Find out what's been happening in the IB Academy

IB Newsletter 

Another busy week in the IB Academy with our Year 13 students getting ever closer to the end of their examinations and the forthcoming Cap and Gown and Prom Events. Year 12 students have been involved in the usual mix of academic and co-curricular activities.


Year 12 parents will already have received information on the role that our Year 12 students will play in leading this prestigious event which NAIS are hosting next week. This is a unique opportunity to gain exposure to a regional event and to exercise teamwork and leadership skills. FOBISEA is a well-recognised annual sporting event among international schools and for students to include this in CAS portfolios as well as CVs will add value to university applications. The PE department will run a Guidance session early next week to ensure that all students are fully briefed on their crucial roles on the day.

CAS update

Year 12 interim CAS interviews are now well underway and should be completed in the coming weeks. Meantime students have been set the task of developing a CAS experience or project on the theme of Health and Welfare. Students are working in teams to research aspects of health and welfare as diverse as diet, alcohol and tobacco use, mindfulness and positive mental health and LGBT issues. The goal is for each team to create a plan to share and educate other students either through an event, an assembly or an article for a newsletter or Facebook page. Their planning began on Monday this week and we look forward to seeing these ideas develop over the next two weeks.

Higher Education

On Tuesday evening, we held  an "Introduction to Higher Education" for Year 12 parents and students outlining the different considerations that should be taken into account before making decisions about where to study such as location, ranking, program, cost, familiarity, size and social life.  The application process was highlighted and the importance of students and parents engaging pro-actively in a wide range of research in order to find the 'best-fit' universities.  ​Help is always on hand in the IB Academy and Year 12 are currently meeting wit Mrs Watson individually to try and help them create a long list for their applications.  Before the end of term students will have created their CommonApp and UCAS accounts as well as getting a head start on their Personal Statements/Letters of Motivation/College Essays.

The more work that the Year 12s can do on this prior to returning to school in August, the smoother they will find the process in Year 13.

IE University Junior Advisory Board

Jeongwoo Kim in Year 12 was selected from a large group of international school students to be a participant in this prestigious event. Sixteen young people from different schools operating in different education systems around the world assembled at the IE University campuses in Madrid and Segovia to exchange ideas about the current global situation and how universities should adapt to the current scenario.

Now in its ninth edition, the Junior Advisory Board 2017 was made up of pre-university students selected from a group of young people from a total of 49 countries around the world for their extraordinary profile, their academic achievements, and their command of different disciplines, coupled with a firm commitment to humanistic values. Students taking part in this year’s edition are from countries that include Japan, China, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Turkey, Mozambique, Belgium, South Africa, Brazil, America, Canada, Mexico, Nicaragua, Ukraine, and Germany.

The key objective of the Junior Advisory Board meeting is to glean young talents’ vision of the academic world and consider improvements that can be made in the field of university education. In particular, the Spain-based meeting asks the young board members about the kind of tools a university should provide to enable students to meet challenges posed by the current socio-political context.

Below is Jeongwoo’s account of his time at the event:

For 4 days from Tuesday and Friday, I attended University lectures in entrepreneurship &Innovation, International relations, Humanities, and Presentation skills. The quality of lectures was outstanding, 1 hour and a half of lecture time went by so fast and it broadened my understanding of the world.

I also had workshops, such as entrepreneurship workshop, similar to the one we had in our school, when two members came and taught us about entrepreneurship. We had to come up with an idea and sell it. I think, my group came up with the best idea, which is a drone camera for sports people. We attach a camera on drone, and film our customers when playing sports, they will purchase videos of them playing sports so they could watch themselves or analyse their performance. 

We also worked on a presentation "In a world that the only constant is change, what tools do you expect from your future university in preparation of the current socio-polical environment". We had to present it in front of 30 staff for an hour, some are the organizers of JAB, some are University professors. We divided into different parts: war and current events, resources and sustainability, modern technology, inequality, time management and stress, unemployment. I took part in unemployment and we received positive feedback.

We not only focused on academic side, but we also had opportunities to enjoy Madrid and Segovia. On Wednesday when we went to Segovia campus, we had a 2 hour tour to see the historical buildings and learn history in Segovia, which used to be the capital of Spain. On Wednesday, we went to a restaurant at Santiago Bernabeu, the Real Madrid’s home stadium. 

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the programme. I met amazing people, a group of 15 friends from 15 nationalities, with whom I truly loved spending and talking with because they all have unique cultures, experiences and warm heart. It allowed me to think about my personal education, what I want to study, and that I should never let go of technology and entrepreneurship no matter what industry I work in.  It gave me motivation to pursue my study, especially to work harder in IB. 

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