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IB Diploma News

21 March 2018

Year 13 – The first exam is in exactly 5 weeks!
With the holiday quickly approaching, it is important for Year 13 students to have a plan for their revision over the holidays. 

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I have already seen revision notes from students as they work with their peers during form time. The Easter holiday will be an important time for students and they should have a clear plan of what they will revise each day. Revision sessions should be split up with one session lasting no more than an hour. Research shows that the brain will stop taking in information efficiently after this time so students should have a small break before starting again.

Over the Easter holiday, students will have been given resources such as past papers to work from. They also have access to past papers and markschemes on moodle. They will have their text books to make notes from as well as other books teachers have given them with extra questions for revision. Please do get in touch if you would like any advice on how to support your child’s revision over the next 5 weeks.


Year 12

It was very pleasing to see all students having an idea of their area of focus for their Extended Essays last week. With this in mind, I sent a letter home with students promoting an Extended Essay workshop that I will run in April for parents. We would like this to be more than just a lecture followed by Q and A. It will be held in the Hamilton centre with access to computers so parents can browse the different materials that are available to students to support them in the Extended Essay process. I hope that this will be the first of many workshops to help give a greater understanding of different aspects of the programme to those parents who are interested to find out more.

For the workshop, we will be giving priority to Year 12 parents as we will run the same thing again next year for new Year 12 parents. Although there are only 24 spaces, we will run the workshop again if there is lots of interest. Please do contact me if you would like to find out more.

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

Visual Art

IB DP VA Exhibition

19 March 2018

Year 12


Description of Work

Date due

Mathematics SL

First draft of Exploration uploaded to ManageBac

23 March 2018


Creativity, Activity, Service News

Year 13 CAS interviews

This week, I’ve had the privilege to start the Final CAS interview process with our Year 13 students.  This has always been a highlight to my role, as it gives us opportunity to reflect and discuss the achievements, the triumphs, the failures, the growth and the learning that all our students have gone through.  Here some Year 13s give some advice to Year 12s:        

It is really important to consider CAS as something helpful and beneficial to you during the IB course because it is not academic work and will make you healthier.  Yeelin Yoo

Do something you enjoy, but will also challenge you so that you can grow with your experiences. Make sure that you use this opportunity to benefit your community and not only yourself and you will get much more enjoyment out of CAS.   Alena Heise

 Plan thoroughly before starting on any CAS activities so you know what and why you are doing it; this will make the reflection much easier and of better quality overall. Furthermore, planning skills will generally improve your time management as a whole so learn to plan events!  Leo Michel-Grosjean


To the students, parting words from your CAS Coordinator

Hopefully your individual CAS journey has been eventful, fun, infuriating, exciting, meaningful, balanced, annoying, frustrating….. but never boring.   I hope it was life changing and that you have life long memories that you will take with you when you graduate and even years after graduation I hope there are fond memories.  Congratulations, and well done, be proud of all your accomplishments no matter how big or how small it was.  

Ling Coong, CAS Coordinator


Further Education

Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary School Offers
Many congratulations to this year’s university applicants from BISS Puxi who have received offers from UK Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Schools. These include Medical School offers from Imperial College London, King’s College London, St. George’s, University of London and the Universities of Manchester and Nottingham. Students also received offers from the University of Birmingham to study Dentistry and from the Royal Veterinary College to study Veterinary Nursing.

BISS Puxi University Fair Presentations

More presentations from our recent University Fair, including a presentation on writing the College Essay for applicants to the USA, are available for students to download, via the HE section of Moodle -

King’s College London Pre-University Summer School -  Applications still open!

For students interested in Business Management, Law, Politics, Psychology, Science & Technology, The Human Body & Medicine …

The King's College London Pre-University Summer School is a unique academic and social experience designed for students who are enrolled in their final two years of study. The programme provides the opportunity to study a chosen subject at undergraduate level and helps students prepare for their future at university and beyond. It is an intensive two-week programme, combining academic classes, class excursions, university preparation advice and wider skills sessions. Students can also enjoy a varied social programme which takes advantage of King's enviable central London location and gives students time to relax with new friends from around the world.

Cambridge Immerse 2018

Cambridge Immerse is a two-week residential educational experience that allows participants to gain an 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

As we approach the April holiday it is time for both year 12 and year 13 students to create a revision timetable for the break. 

Many students will already be organised with this; however, for those that are not, they will have some time during form time next week to organise their time over the holiday period. 

Having a schedule will help students focus their attention on what their priorities are over the holiday.  Furthermore, they will be able to plan some time out to give their mind a break, which is important for their wellbeing.

Although many students may want to get ahead of their homework or revision, as is the case for year 13 students, planned down time is necessary to recharge ahead of a big few months ahead.  Getting into the habit of having clear schedules is important, not just for school but for daily life.  This life skill is something I think we can all say is very useful to have. 

Angela Sharrock, Key Stage 5 coordinator