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IB Diploma News

14 March 2018

With final pieces of work being submitted, there is a lot of praise to be given to students for the standards they have produced as well as the effort they have put into the whole process for each subject.

It has been the proactive students that I have been the most impressed with and I have been very happy to help students with Extended Essays and Maths assignments even though they are not under my direct supervision. This should be a lesson to Year 12 students that the key to succeeding in the IB Diploma Programme is a positive and proactive approach to work. There are many different support processes in place to help students which obviously includes speaking to teachers about specific targets students have. Below is a list of good examples I have witnessed over the past year:

  • Attending ECA/Saturday sessions when not directly asked to
  • Arranging a time after school each week with myself to discuss difficult Maths questions
  • Finding apps for their phone/IPads to spend spare 10 minutes slots revising
  • Making revision cards
  • Receiving feedback from peers on assignments
  • Finding expanded notes on the criteria provided by the IBO
  • Arranging times with other students to help with revision
  • Creating a study timetable for the week
  • Seeking conversational help in a Language B subject from a first language speaker
  • Discussing lesson summaries with parents
  • Setting targets from chapter tests and working on these using questions from various sources
  • Making summary notes when finishing chapters

The best change a student can make is in their mind-set and the proactive response that comes with this. It is one thing to be positive but students must accompany this with actions such as the ones above.

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


Description of Work

Date due


Mock Oral Assessment recordings

12 March 2018

Visual Art

All VA work submitted

13 March 2018


Production Portfolio (IA) final submission

14 March 2018

English B

Individual Orals

15 March 2018

French B

Individual Oral

15 March 2018

German B

Individual Oral

15 March 2018

Spanish B

Individual Oral

15 March 2018

Spanish ab initio

Individual Oral

15 March 2018

Visual Art

IB DP VA Exhibition

19 March 2018

Year 12


Description of Work

Date due

English Language and Literature SL / HL

Final draft of WT1 Language

05 March 2018

Dutch A: L&L


12 March 2018

Extended Essay

Frist draft of research question recorded on ManageBac

16 March 2018

Mathematics SL

First draft of Exploration uploaded to ManageBac

23 March 2018


Creativity, Activity, Service News

ECO Month

Next Thursday 22nd March is World Water Day and Sunday 22nd April is World Earth Day!  The Year 12 students are proposing an ECO Month which starts on World Water Day and finishes on World Earth Day.   Throughout ECO Month they will propose activities and challenges that will make our community stop and think about their personal responsibility in making our school a more sustainable and environmentally friendly place.  This stemmed from a CAS project from the students of the ECO Society who will also be working collaboratively with the Year 12 CAS student leaders.  This will be a great opportunity for all our students to achieve the CAS learning outcomes of demonstrating engagement with issues of global engagement and to recognise and consider the ethics of choices and actions. 

The aim of ECO month is to kick start a more long term BISS Environment and Sustainability plan, the aims of this plan is:

To empower our school community to take collective responsibility and improve the environmental impact that we make by:

  • Reducing plastic usage.
  • Reducing paper usage
  • Reducing energy usage
  • Increase recycling

The theme for this year’s World Earth Day is ‘End Plastic Pollution’.  It is said that all the plastic that has ever been made still exists in some form on Earth.  Here are some links for further information on plastic pollution:

The Immense, Eternal Footprint Humanity Leaves on Earth: Plastics - New York Times

Most of the plastic that has been made is no longer in use — about 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic

have been thrown away since 1950. About 12 percent of that has been incinerated, which is the only

way to permanently dispose of plastic; 9 percent has been recycled, which only delays final disposal;

and 60 percent — about 4.9 billion metric tons — is in landfills or scattered in the environment.

A Wonder Material You Can’t Get Rid Of - Caitlin Johnson

This article explains that plastic bags are very frequently used by consumers, but can be a material that is difficult to recycle. Most people are unbothered by plastics littering the environment and therefore have a false idea about the difficulties of getting rid of plastics due to their long-lasting nature.

Plastic Ocean - United Nations

This video explains the incredible impact that the millions of tons of plastic has had on the ocean,

and its perpetual stay in the environment due to its durable nature. Plastic circulates around gyres

and makes it easy for sea creatures to digest these toxic materials. Dr. Jennifer Lavers uncovers how

plastic gets into organisms’ systems and eventually leads to their death.

Ling Coong, CAS Coordinator


Further Education

BISS Puxi University Fair – 10  March 2018

The second BISS Puxi University Fair took place on March 10th 2018. It was a really well attended event that we hope was useful for students and parents. Many of the presentations which universities delivered on the day are available for students to download, via the HE section of Moodle -

University Visits in March

The School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London - Tuesday 20 March at 1pm in Room 350

SOAS is the world’s leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, but has a much wider portfolio of courses than its name suggests, with over 400 degree combinations. Four of SOAS’s departments are ranked in the top 25 of the world’s universities and it has particular strengths in Development Studies, Politics, Anthropology, History, Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences and Management. It has a global reputation in subjects relating to two-thirds of the world’s population. Its library is one of just five National Research libraries in the UK, with 1.5 million periodicals. More than 40% of degree programmes offer the opportunity to spend a year at one of the school’s many partner universities in Africa or Asia.

Cambridge Immerse 2018

Cambridge Immerse is a two-week residential educational experience that allows participants to gain an unrivalled insight into a chosen discipline, ranging from the arts to the sciences. Subjects offered include Computer Science, Medicine, Law, Economics, History, Engineering, and many more.The programme takes place across Queen’s College, Christ’s College, Sidney Sussex College, and St Catharine’s College. All are prestigious and central colleges of Cambridge University.

To find out more & to enrol, please see the link below and inform Mr Weston:

Mark Weston, Head of HE Guidance


Pastoral News

This week the year 12 students had the opportunity to ask questions to some the year 13 students during an assembly.  The students had prepared these questions during a registration time, collated and asked to five of our year 13 members.  This was a great opportunity to get honest answers from the students that have nearly been through the whole IB Diploma course. There were questions about TOK, the Extended essay, managing time, well-being as well as the trip to Cambodia. The year 12 students listened intently to the words of wisdom the year 13 students had for them. I was highly impressed with the level of insight the four students gave. Thank you to Leo Michel-Grosjean, Noelle Heinrich, Phoebe Li and Kin Lo for taking on the challenge of answering these questions and providing very useful information to the year 12 students in order to help them complete their IB Diploma.

Angela Sharrock, Key Stage 5 coordinator