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International Diploma Programme News

18 May 2016

After a demanding two years, Year 13 students will have finally completed their IB Diploma exams by the end of this week and, after a well-earned break, are ready to go out into the wider world and face their next set of exciting challenges. 

  • Year 12 Cambodia Trip

We hope they will always consider themselves to be part of our school community and will, of course, continue to offer our support and advice where needed. In particular, over the summer there may be key decisions to make about universities or steps that need to be taken to confirm places and we are keen to provide whatever help we can with this.

The Year 12 students, of course, now have the added responsibility of being the senior year group in the school. The remainder of the term will be very busy for them with end of year tests fast approaching, followed by Group 4 project, TOK presentations and the CAS trip to Cambodia.

Earlier in the year, we ran a session where Year 13 students could share their experiences with Year 12 and add a few words of advice. One thing which almost every student said was about the importance of getting started quickly with Internal Assessment and Extended Essay. Now is very much the time for Year 12 to be doing this!

Andrew Joy, Head of IB Academy

Creativity, Activity, Service

As part of the core of the IB Diploma Programme, CAS encourages students to nurture international-mindedness, with the ultimate goal of developing responsible global citizens. Two of the learning outcomes of CAS are to demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance and to recognise and consider the ethics of choices and actions. These are the two learning outcomes that our students find most difficult to achieve at first, as it takes them out of their comfort zone and puts them in unfamiliar situations. One of the experiences that allow all our students to engage in these two learning outcomes is the upcoming CAS trip to Cambodia where students are faced with the issues of poverty, deforestation and the need for education for all. It is a memorable and hopefully life-changing trip which gives our students the opportunity to engage in the rich history of the country and improve their awareness and understanding of the issues. In experiencing this trip many previous students are more inspired and empowered to start to find links of these global issues locally and to take action or reflect on their perceptions of these issues. This links to the IB mission statement “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect” and “encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right”.   

Ling Coong, CAS Coordinator

Higher Education

Study Skills for University

Are you ready for University? A number of useful guides for developing the higher-level study skills required for success at university are available on the university application portal on managebac, and via the following link:

Here you will find information on:

·         Academic Essay Writing

·         How to Present an Argument

·         Proofing and Editing Your Work

·         Time Management

UCAS Apply Open for registration on 24 May

For Year 12 students hoping to pursue their Higher Education studies in the UK, the UCAS application portal is open for student registration on 24 May (although students won’t be able to send applications to universities until September at the earliest). Students will be guided through the process of registering with UCAS and applying for UK universities in sessions with Mr Weston this term.

UCAS Parent Information Tool

For parents of Year 12 students thinking of applying to universities in the UK, a Parent Information Tool has been launched by UCAS, to help parents understand the process of applying to UK universities and to enable them to support their children in their applications.

The Information tool can be found online here:

Mark Weston, Higher Education Advisor

Coursework and examinations

IB Diploma Programme Exams

Exams have drawn to a close this week with Year 13 students seeming increasingly confident when they walk in and out of the exam hall. They have earned a well-deserved celebration this weekend as they look forward to their exciting futures in the next stage of their education. Year 12 have been given their exam timetable for end of year exams this week and it is imperative they use these exams to prepare themselves for exams in Year 13.

IB Diploma Programme Deadlines

This week has seen Year 12 students submit a proposal for their mathematics assignment. It is imperative now that students work with their teachers to prepare themselves for writing the first draft over the summer holiday. Students are also getting closer and closer to their research question and completing their preliminary research which is also important they have in place for the summer holiday.

The Year 12 deadlines for this week and next are below:

Date Due


Work Due

Week beginning 16 May

Mathematics HL, SL and Studies SL

Exploration proposal/Project Proposal


German Language and Literature

Written task 2 first draft


English Language and Literature

Mock orals

IB Learner Profile

Now is the time for students in Year 12 to be reflective and embrace their strengths and weaknesses in order to prepare themselves for the end of year exams. I have also talked before about how being a risk-taker means embracing uncertainty with determination. Another facet of being a risk-taker is to be resilient in the face of challenges. As the end of year examination timetable comes out this week and the exams become more real, it is important to remain calm and take this challenge as an opportunity to show how well you have worked this year.

Thomas Housham, IB Diploma Programme Coordinator