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IB Diploma News

17 January 2018

Year 13s are coming to the end of their Extended Essay journey with their final hand in date 22nd January.

After this date, students will complete a Viva Voce with their supervisor and then write their final reflection. This final reflection is important as it counts towards their Engagement mark (6 marks out of the total 34). In order to support your son or daughter with this part in the process, pages 133-138 of the Extended Essay textbook outline how to write a good reflection with page 138 giving examples. Students went through this during their Extended Essay session last week.

Year 13 students also went through the upload procedure of their work using the website candidates.ibo.org. Students will also use this website to access their results. Students have the responsibility of uploading their TOK essay, their Extended Essay, their Language A written tasks and Language B written task. There is also work to upload for those students who take one of the Arts subjects (Music, Film, Theatre or Visual Arts).

Finally, students were given a letter outlining the date of the final day before their study leave (24th April) as well as the graduation events. We hope giving you these dates will help you to finalise plans for the summer. More information on these graduation events will follow. The graduation evening at the school is open to all with tickets not needed. The graduation dinner is ticketed with tickets becoming available later this term.

Year 12

Today (Friday) I have uploaded parents email addresses to ManageBac to allow Year 12 parents to access their child’s online profile. We are trialling this for these two terms with Mathematics recording the outcome of test results as well as parents being able to see the CAS portfolio of their son or daughter. You will receive an email from ManageBac which will help you to set up a username and password. Please check your junk box in case this email finds its way there. We hope this will allow you to become more connected with what is happening in the IB Academy.

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 the week after the Christmas holidays. It is extremely important students stick to these as they have been carefully arranged to make the Diploma Programme manageable. Year 12 deadlines are now below also. The whole deadline calendar for Year 12 students for this academic year has been shared with them via email. They have this as an excel file so they can filter down to their subjects.

Year 13

Subject

Description of Work

Date due

Chinese B HL

Written assignment final submission

16th January 2018

ToK

ToK essay 1st draft submission

17th January 2018

Film

First cut/screening of final film (IA)

18th January 2018

French B

Written assignment final submission

19th January 2018

German B

Written assignment final submission

19th January 2018

Spanish B

Written assignment final submission

19th January 2018

Spanish ab initio

Written assignment final submission

19th January 2018

Dutch A

Written task 3 first draft

19th January 2018

Year 12

Subject

Description of Work

Date due

Dutch A: L&L

First draft of Written task 1

15 January 2018

Science (group 4)

IA Draft

19 January 2018

 

Creativity, Activity, Service News

Completing CAS

Majority of our Year 13 students are now starting the process of CAS completion and should be able to do so by Chinese New Year, allowing them to dedicate their time to prepare for their IB examinations.  In order to complete CAS, students should have completed an 18 month programme.  CAS is not about the hours that a student has done, it is about a regular commitment to their CAS experiences, ideally weekly and with a balance between creativity, activity and service.  This allows students to challenge themselves to new experiences that they may not have otherwise done if not for CAS.  It is important that students do not overload themselves with CAS experiences but to focus on a few which they can dedicate time to plan and reflect fully, allowing growth and to be able to transfer the experiences into learning.  One of the responsibilities of a CAS student is to maintain a CAS portfolio which should include evidence of planning, evidence of completion of a CAS project and evidence to show how they have achieved the seven learning outcomes of CAS.  Students do this by using ManageBac, an online system which helps to manage the IBDP programme.  They also have two Tutor periods a week dedicated for them to update their portfolios and I would encourage all students to use this time wisely so that they update and reflect on an experience whilst it is fresh in their minds.  Another requirement is to have three documented interviews throughout the programme. The first interview happens at the beginning to ensure that students understand the requirements of CAS, the second interview at the end of Year 12 to review progress so far and targets for Year 13.  Finally, the last interview at the end of their CAS experience, I look forward to conducting these interviews with our Year 13 students soon and to celebrate all their successes and achievements.

Ling Coong, CAS Coordinator

 

Further Education

University Applications and Offers

Many congratulations to the two BISS Puxi students who have been offered places to study at the University of Oxford in 2018. The students are:  Ragyeom (Kelly) Kim, who has an unconditional place to read Mathematics at Keble College, and Jack McGeehan, who has been offered a place to read Chemistry at Queen’s College.

More offers have been coming through for our Year 13 students, including offers from Imperial College London and more Early Action acceptances from US institutions, including two acceptances for students to study architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, which is ranked in the top 20 institutions in the world to study this subject.

BISS Puxi University Fair – 10th March 2018, 10am-2pm – Save the Date!

On Saturday 10th March 2018, we will be holding a university fair for parents and students. This is a fantastic opportunity for students and parents to meet with university representatives from Higher Education institutions around the world, and will be especially important for current Year 11 and 12 students to attend.  More and more universities are signing up to attend every week.

A letter with more information will be given to students later in the term.

 

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 selection of summer schools offered by universities and other institutions

Mark Weston, Head of HE Guidance

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