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IB Diploma News

25 August 2016

The start of term is always exciting and it is great to welcome our Year 12 students to the IB Academy as well as the Year 13 students as they return from their vacation.

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Year 12 students have had a very good start. The Pre-IB programme in June plus the Orientation programme for new students has allowed them to be already very well-versed in the requirements and expectations of the Diploma programme. They have therefore been able to go straight into lessons from day 1.

Meanwhile, Year 13 students are already getting a taste of how busy the second year of the programme will be and have worked on Extended Essay and Maths Internal Assessment over the summer. Their teachers are now working on feedback for these tasks.

I am very pleased to announce two new additions to our IB team. Angela Sharrock takes on the new role of Key Stage 5 coordinator and writes below about what she will be doing in this new role. We also welcome Panna Wilson to the Higher Education team to add to the high quality support that students have in preparing applications to university.

There are some upcoming events to tell you about. On 8th September at 6pm we have our Succeeding at IB evening in the Secondary Auditorium. This event is particularly aimed at parents of students in Year 12 and, of course, the students themselves. We shall look at some of the habits of successful IB learners and some of the things that students can do in order to thrive on the programme.

Meanwhile, the first Student Parent Teacher Conference of the year is for Year 13 and will be held on 13th September. Looking further ahead, we will have a Year 12 Student Parent Teacher Conference on 7th November.

Andrew Joy, Head of IB Academy


Creativity, Activity, Service

RAG week

Year 12 students were introduced to their very first CAS experience this week – RAG week, Raising Awareness for Giving week (19th – 23rd September).  During this week, Year 12 students will be working collaboratively in groups to raise awareness of all the charities and projects we support as a school.  This includes the upcoming annual Giving Tree Appeal, Indochina Starfish Foundation, Water Aid, supporting schools in Nepal, Roots & Shoots, River of Hearts, Qing Pu Xiulong Migrant school and Huaxin Rehabilitation Centre. 

The planning of the week starts now, as it requires our students to use the 5 stages of CAS to approach this experience – investigation, preparation, action, demonstration and reflection.  They will need to be inquirers and investigate their chosen charity and then prepare exciting and  fun activities to raise awareness in Primary and Secondary.   

One of the charities is River of Hearts (ROH) which organises the delivery of donated items to areas of need within China (for more information:  During RAG week, we will also be having a collection for ROH.  If you have any items that you can donate that are clean and in good condition please bring them into school during that week.      

Accepted items include:

  • clothing
  • shoes
  • bedding
  • toys (all pieces included)
  • small appliances (Chinese voltage and electric plugs, all pieces included)
  • kitchenware (e.g. dishes, cutlery)
  • books (any language)

I am looking forward to all the creative ideas that our Year 12 will come up with for this event. 


Higher Education

Welcome back to all Year 12 and Year 13 students. The Higher Education team is very much looking forward to working with students and parents this year, and to guiding and advising students towards a route to higher education that is right for them. We are also very lucky to be joined this term by Panna Wilson, our new Higher Education Advisor.

University Destinations

Congratulations to our Year 13 students who will be embarking on their university studies over the next few months. So far, students have confirmed their places at a number of prestigious institutions around the world, including ‘World Top 100’ universities such as University College London, King’s College London, New York University, the University of Washington, the University of Southern California, Hong Kong University, HKUST (HK), The University of British Columbia (Canada), the University of Toronto, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) and the universities of Warwick, Edinburgh, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Southampton (UK).

A full list destinations is still being confirmed, with a number of students awaiting decisions from universities in Korea. Two students have already received offers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and are deciding on their next steps.

Upcoming University Visits

We are very pleased to be welcoming a number of universities to the school this year. Upcoming visits have been confirmed by UCLA, George Washington University, City University, Hong Kong, King’s College London, the University of Bristol, the University of Nottingham, the University of Amsterdam and Hochshule Rhein-Waal (Germany). More information will be with students in due course, and we expect to be arranging many more university visits over the course of the coming year.


Coursework and examinations

IB Diploma Programme Exams

Welcome back to students and parents! Year 13 students have come back to school ready to meet up with their extended essay supervisors ready to discuss their work over the summer and submit their first draft. Year 12 students have arrived back at school having submitted a letter to themselves and targets for each subject outlining how they can be independent learners and find resources to use to get the most out of their two years here.

IB Diploma Programme Deadlines

All deadlines for year 13 students are accessible through their Managebac account and by looking at the calendar. For year 12, this term will be focussed around settling in to the Diploma Programme with a deadline calendar coming in the second term.

The Year 13 deadlines for this week and next week are below:

Date Due


Work Due


Extended Essay

First draft due



Holiday homework due


Business and Management

Progress check and verbal feedback for IA


Mathematics HL and SL

Peer Marking in class


Mathematical Studies SL

Data analysis completed and brought to class


Chinese B SL

First Interactive Oral assessment


English Literature

Written assignment 2nd draft


IB Learner Profile

A start to the programme for year 12 means an introduction to the IB learner profile; a list of 10 attributes that, if developed, will lead to great success at the IB Diploma and beyond. At the beginning of the year I would like to highlight open-minded as an important first attribute. We have encouraged students to think about what they can do differently this year to improve and how they see their performance in previous years. This can only be done with an open, objective mind.

Thomas Housham, IB Diploma Coordinator


Pastoral News

As the IBDP journey starts for our year 12 students and continues for our year 13 students it is important to know the support they have to help them succeed. This year I will be the KS5 coordinator, focusing on providing pastoral support for the students and their well-being. I look forward to working with the students to ensure they are keeping well balanced and getting the most out of their IB Diploma years.

Angela Sharrock,  Key Stage 5 coordinator