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International Diploma Programme News

13 April 2016

This week, tickets for our graduation dinner go on sale. Parents of Year 13 students will have received a letter regarding payment arrangements. 

  • IB Graduation Ceremony

The cost of each ticket is 760RMB which includes Western formal dinner as well as free flow wine, beer and soft drinks. The event takes place at the Shangri La Hotel, Pudong, starting at 7:30pm and ending at 10:30pm on Monday 23 May. Tickets will be sold up to Monday 25 April.

Looking ahead to next week, on Thursday 21 April, there will be a screening of some of the work from our Year 13 Film students at the ‘BFA Awards’. This will take place in our auditorium with a 6pm start.

Year 12 students, meanwhile, are now working in earnest on their Extended Essays. Having chosen their essay topics, familiarised themselves with the essay guidelines and had preliminary meetings with supervisors, their next task is to refine their research question and begin preliminary research.

Andrew Joy, Head of IB Academy

Creativity, Activity, Service

We continue to share with you some of the final CAS reflections of our Year 13 students. This week’s reflection is from Margot Jacobs.

‘I never expected that CAS would have such a big impact on me as an individual. It has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to grow and mature as a person. The various activities have also helped me to relax during a stressful time in IB as well as gaining a greater understanding of the IB learner profile. However, the most important thing that I acquired from CAS is the significance to give back to the community.

The services that I participated in range in many different skills, however a reoccurring theme was helping children. One of my activities was volunteering at Heart to Heart Shanghai, a non-profit organisation that helps children who have recently undergone surgery or are waiting for one. Undergoing heart surgery is a big procedure and thus as a volunteer I helped the children relax as well as cheering them up by playing with them. Whenever I went to visit the children I noticed that some of them were under stressful conditions, one girl carried an IV machine with her and I noticed how easy I have it and that I should take more gratitude into my health. Having the ability to make her smile is one of the most rewarding acts. Another one of my services included coaching the primary swim team, here I helped them improve their swimming abilities. Although it was difficult to gain the children’s attention and get them to listen, I pushed through it and stayed calm and committed. Sometimes during competitions the little kids would come and cheer for me when it was my time to race. Also, Cambodia was an experience that I will never forget, in my opinion I learned the most about myself during the trip. There I helped teach the children English and painted the walls of their school as well as play with them during recess. All of these experiences have taught me that it is important to share my own time to help others, even if it is only a few hours, I could significantly help the lives of others.

Swimming has always been a big part of my life and the CAS programme has allowed me to learn more about my body and the way that it functions. For example when I had a shoulder injury at the start of year 12, I wasn’t able to swim intensely for a few months. However this taught me to learn correct techniques that would allow me to swim with my injury. Before I was never a person who would go much to the gym, but this is an activity that I have started to do because of CAS. Going to the gym has improved my physical strength which also refined my swimming abilities. Swimming provides creativity as well as playing the flute. I performed at the school summer concert and it allowed me to be able to concentrate on something entirely different than studying. Not only do I enjoy listening to concert music but being a part of it gives me a thrill and sense of fulfilment.

Overall, CAS has learned me to improve on my weaknesses rather than give up on them, as well giving back to the community and the importance of doing creative activities. Next year in University I am looking forward to continue giving back to the community because I really do think this is something crucial and something everyone should do.’

Thank you for your contribution Margot.

Ling Coong, CAS Coordinator

Higher Education

   Several University-related events are taking place at BISS Puxi and beyond over the next few          weeks:

St George’s, University of London - For students interested in studying Medicine, Biomedical Science, Physiotherapy, Healthcare, Nursing, Midwifery, Radiography in the UK:

A representative from a St George’s, University of London will be coming to talk with Year 12 students about the different study options available at the University, including admission information for UK Medical schools in general.

Time and Date:  1pm on Wednesday 20 April in Room 350

St George’s are the only medical school in the UK to offer an undergraduate Medical Programme specifically for International Students.

University of British Columbia - A visit from the University of British Columbia will be taking place at BISS Puxi on Thursday 28 April at 15:35 in Room 350

Please can students let Mr Weston know if they wish to attend.

The University of Melbourne – The University of Melbourne is holding a China Information day in Shanghai on Sunday 8 May 13:30 - 17:00. The event will take place at: Chun Shen Room, 9 Floor, Peace Hotel, 20 Nanjing East Road, Shanghai.

Students and parents will be given the opportunity to meet professors, staff and alumni and learn more about the university’s undergraduate courses, entry requirements, scholarships, accommodation and the unique Melbourne experience. All of the University’s faculties and graduate schools will join the Information Day: Business and Economics; Engineering and IT; Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences; Architecture, Building and Planning; Science; Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Fine Arts and Music; Education and Foundation Studies at Trinity College.

To register, visit here

                  Mark Weston, Higher Education Adviser

Coursework and examinations

IB Diploma Programme Exams

The exams are now well and truly in sight for the Year 13 students so now is the time to make sure everything is in place for the exams. There are some small things that students need to do in the final two weeks and completing them quickly will ease some of the stress for the exams and mean they can focus solely on the exams themselves. Students have been informed of the following during the assembly this week:

·         Make sure the latest operating system is on your graphic display calculator

·         Put a label on your calculator with your name on it

·         Complete the request for results service form given out by form tutors.

We are here to make the exam process as smooth as possible for all students so please contact us if you have any queries.

IB Diploma Programme Deadlines

Year 13 can celebrate the end of assessment deadlines with Year 12 celebrating the beginning of this process. Below are the deadlines for Year 12 this week and next

Date Due


Work Due



First Internal Assessment draft due


Dutch Language and Literature

Formative Oral Assessment

IB Learner Profile

The IB learner profile is designed to demonstrate what a ‘perfect’ student will be like. This means that all characteristics are important at this moment for Year 13 students as they lead up to their most important exams so far. They must be inquirers as they work independently on their revision; knowledgeable as they store as many facts as they can in all subjects; thinkers as they encounter complex problems; communicators as they seek for help from their peers and teachers; principled as they manage their time well without distraction; open-minded as they take on revision advice from teachers; caring towards each other; risk takers in using new strategies to maximise the efficiency of revision; balanced to recognise when it is time for a break and finally reflective as they work to strengthen weaknesses.

Thomas Housham, IB Diploma Programme Coordinator

Explaining the Diploma Programme

Each week, we shall be focusing on one particular aspect of the Diploma Programme. This week I shall write about Internal Assessment moderation.

For most subjects (the main exception being Group 6 subjects), assessment consists of around 80% on the final examination with 20% on Internal Assessment. Internal Assessment effectively means that the work is marked by teachers within the school rather than by external examiners.

In order to maintain the integrity of those marks, a sample of that work is moderated by IBO examiners. This sample is generated by the IBO and consists of the work of either five or ten students, depending on how many are registered for that subject. If the teacher’s grade is adjusted by the moderator, then a similar adjustment will be applied to all the students’ work (including those who aren’t in the sample).

Marking the work as accurately as possible within school is a big priority. Each faculty will undertake its own practices of internal moderation in order to achieve that level of accuracy. The school also enrols teachers on IB workshops which always include Internal Assessment grading as part of the course content.

Usually, teachers will share IA grades with their students, with the proviso that the grades aren’t final until the moderation process has taken place. Final grades come out with the full results in July.

Andrew Joy, Head of IB Academy