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IB Diploma News

06 December 2017

This week Year 13 students have been receiving their mock exam papers back from teachers. They have also been set the task of making reflections on these during form time from Wednesday to Friday. 

  • Giving Tree Ceremony 2017
During this time, students were given a table to help them record their targets as well as begin to plan where to find the resources in order to help them strengthen their weaknesses. Now is a time for students to approach their work with a growth mind-set, reflecting on topics they struggled with as well as celebrating successes. A student with a growth mind-set will see this time as an opportunity to review their understanding of certain concepts and react positively by planning the next steps to address any gaps in knowledge.
 
Year 12
All students on the Diploma Programme in Year 12 met their first deadline last Thursday related to their Extended Essay. They uploaded three ideas of topics that they were interested in exploring for this part of the programme. I was very impressed with the ideas students had. I had the pleasure of leading, along with Ms Nolan, another Extended Essay session on Monday. During this session we taught students how they can narrow down topics to create an Extended Essay title by using limiting factors. If you would like to go through this process with your son or daughter at home, please refer to pages 11 and 12 of the Extended Essay book. Here you will find a flow chart that shows how a title can be created. This leads nicely into the next deadline for students, the 12th December. By this date, students must upload, to ManageBac, their own flow diagram that shows the production of an Extended Essay title.
 
Thomas Housham, Head of IB Academy
 
 
Diploma Programme Deadlines
Each week we will publish the deadlines for students so you can help support them at home. Below are the deadlines for this week and next. It is extremely important students stick to these as they have been carefully arranged to make the Diploma Programme manageable. Year 12 deadlines will start after the Christmas holiday.
 
Subject Description of Work Date due
Chinese B SL Written assignment first draft 4th December
Chinese B HL Interactive Oral 7th December
Spanish A Written task 4 Critical response (HL only) 1st draft 8th December
Music Performing - Submission of first draft 8th December
Korean A Written task 3 (part 3 or 4) 1st draft 15th December
Korean A Written task 4 Critical response (HL only) 1st draft 15th December
Spanish A Written task 4 Critical response (HL only) final draft 15th December
Chinese A IOC 15th December
 
Creativity, Activity, Service News
Giving Tree Article  - Shizhe (Jade) Chen 12I
The Giving Tree Committee has reached our goal of more than 600 children in the Migrant Centre in Suzhou! It was a really joyous occasion for all of us who participated in the committee and we are already looking forward to it next year. It was a very humbling experience to give back to the community. Being in an expat bubble, we don’t realise the privileges and facilities we are given. We take most of our things, if not all of them for granted and to give back to the community is very eye opening in the sense that we realise how people not very far from us have to endure on a daily basis while we live in comfort.
Below are some quotes from the students who have received a bag from the Migrant Centre School along with some from the students in our school who was in the committee this term: 
“I’ve never been so excited to come to school”
“These are the best gifts ever”
“I can’t wait to show my family”
“I’ve never seen so many gifts in one place before”
Migrant Centre School Students
 
“Seeing the children’s faces light up after opening their giving tree bags was really worth all those hours planning and preparing presentations to raise awareness of the migrant problem in Shanghai. After this whole experience, I have been able to better understand the migrant problem and being part of this effort to help those migrant children who are less privileged than us was an experience I won’t forget.”
Matthew Shin 12S
 
Ling Coong, CAS Coordinator
 
Further Education
Summer Schools    
Summer schools are a great opportunity for students (often in Year 12) to gain an insight into university life, explore a subject in more depth, work on a project, develop new skills and improve their IB grades.
Some summer schools focus particularly on the IB, some focus on particular subject and career areas (either familiar or unfamiliar), and some will give a broader introduction to university life and study.
Many summer schools are run by universities, but other summer schools, run by private institutions, are also available.
Some general online resources are available, which give information about summer schools around the world (more details attached) but please remember, if searching online for summer schools, you should check whether they are suitable for students still at school (some are for school leavers or students already at university), whether they accept International students, and whether they are suited to your interests, requirements and finances.
Attached is a document with details of selection of a summer schools offered by universities and other institutions. If there is a university that you are interested in that is not on this list, you should go to their website to see if they offer a summer school. 
 
The World’s Required Reading List - The books that students read in 28 countries
For those of you reading this newsletter in the holidays, you may be interested to know what books students around the world are required to read during their time at school. From ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ in the US, to ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ in Germany, this compilation of reading assigned to students everywhere will ‘expand your horizons – and your bookshelves’.
Enjoy the holiday, and happy reading!
 
Mark Weston, Head of HE Guidance

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