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IB Diploma News

12 April 2018

Year 13 – The first exam is in exactly 2 weeks! I hope that Year 13 students have had a productive break full of revision and building their confidence towards the final exams.

There is a lot of revision going on in school during study periods with students now finished with TOK and the Arts subjects meaning more time to focus on the exams. Please be aware that the first three days of exams are not normal school days. Friday 27th April is a staff training day and 30th April and 1st May are holidays. School services such as buses and the dining hall will not be open on these days so students must find other arrangements. Because the Friday is a training day we will be able to offer students exam preparation for the afternoon Business Management paper. All Business students should come to school in the morning for these extra sessions. More details of this will be given by the Business Management teachers but please do get in contact if you would like further information.

 

Year 12

With the Extended Essay started and deadlines approaching I would like to take one part of the criteria each week and go into more detail on it to help parents support students at home. I will start from the last criterion, criteria E which is on personal engagement. This criterion is assessed by analysing the three mandatory reflections students make throughout the process. The first reflection is due 16th April making it a pertinent topic right now. Students will be able to go back and perfect reflections later on but it is important to make these reflections at the appropriate time.

‘Unpacking the Criteria’ (link found at bottom) describes two aspects students must focus on to reach full marks in criterion E. The first is the research focus. This is important right now as students should still be carrying out research rather than beginning the writing process. Students should show their engagement in the research by describing the reading they have done and what questions were posed by specific books/journals/articles etc. This shows that students are evaluating as they research. The second part is engagement with the process. This again should focus on research and how students have reacted to different insights and the development of their research question. The three reflections should be a total of 500 words or less so it is important students make every word count and don’t waste words by stating their enthusiasm but demonstrate it through the actions they took.

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 12

Subject

Description of Work

Date due

Dutch A: L&L HL

First draft of Written task 2

09 April 2018

Visual Arts

Final Studio work 3 and Portfolio pages

10 April 2018

Extended Essay

Final submission of research question

12 April 2018

English Language and Literature HL

First draft of WT2

16 April 2018

Extended Essay

First reflection

16 April 2018

Mathematics SL

First draft of Exploration

19 April 2018

 

Creativity, Activity, Service News

A letter will be sent out regarding the Year 12 CAS trip to Cambodia in the next couple of weeks, which will include the confirmed flight details and times.  A reminder to parents that travellers are required to have at least 6 months validity from the time of entry to Cambodia in June.  If students require a visa to enter Cambodia then they should start the process of applying now, an e-visa can be obtained online through the following link: https://www.evisa.gov.kh/.  Please do email a copy of the e-visa once it has been issued to l-coong@bisspuxi.com

This year we will also hold an information evening for parents in May; we will run through the logistics of the trip and can answer any questions that parents may have.  In the meantime, here is a Year 13 reflection on their time in Cambodia last year:

Sarah Ryan:

Cambodia was a very memorable trip for me. The 3 core elements of CAS were present throughout the trip. We did community service, helping locals build toilets for sanitary purposes in their villages. We made lessons for children in the ISF school and helped them paint murals for their playground and worked strenuously in the heat to build the counterparts for the toilets, and planted trees in an effort to encourage sustainability within the community.

My favourite part of the trip was seeing the reaction on the children’s faces when we did lessons and played with them. It exemplified the gratitude of people with so little compared to us, and truly inspired me to help my community in some way during the Year 13, possibly by continuing CAS leaders and being involved in projects to improve my community.

One of the most challenging aspects of the trip for me was doing the community visit and hearing the local’s hardships. One woman that we visited told us that she was terminally ill and was unable to get the valuable treatment required, which obviously broke my heart and made me really appreciate all the luxuries we take for granted such as medicine. Another girl we talked to was just taken out of secondary school to help her family farm, this too was very upsetting as I knew that by being taken out of school the possibilities of getting a well-paid job was nearing impossible.

Cambodia was also a time of reflection about its horrific genocide. We got to visit the burial museum and the genocide museum, all of which detailed the horrific events that went on during the Cambodian genocide.

I also learnt a lot about myself in Cambodia. I discovered I can work under very hot climates being exhausted with sore wrists for the sole purpose of helping those more unfortunate than myself. I really felt a strong passion for everything that we were doing there, which has allowed me to question my future career, possibly in law or working in a human rights committee.

Ling Coong, CAS Coordinator

 

Further Education

Higher Education Information Evening

WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL 2018 (6:30PM TO 7:30PM), Secondary Auditorium

At The British International School Shanghai, we have a strong track record of success in supporting pupils in gaining entry to the most prestigious universities across the world and in a wide range of undergraduate programmes. We know that the process is challenging for both students and parents alike in terms of researching courses, understanding entry criteria and the interview process associated with many degree courses. 

With this in mind, it is useful to consider options at an early stage and in order to help to demystify the process, we will be holding a Higher Education Information Evening for parents of students at the school on Wednesday 18th April.  Whilst the information session will be most relevant to the parents of students in Year 12, parents of students in all year groups are welcome to attend.

The evening will provide information about what steps students need to take in order to make timely and effective university applications in Year 13, along with an overview of how the university application process works at the school. It will also provide an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.

Lunchtime University Application Information Sessions

Mr Weston will be running a number of Lunchtime University Information sessions for Year 12 students in the coming weeks:

The sessions will take place at 1:15 in Room 350

Wednesday 18th April – Applying to Universities in the USA Information Session

Wednesday 25th April – Applying to Universities in the UK Information Session

Wednesday 2nd May –   European (Non-UK) University Information Session

Wednesday 9th May – Applying to Universities in Asia Information Session

University Visits

George Mason University Korea – 1pm in Room 350, Tuesday 17th April

Mark Weston, Head of HE Guidance

 

Pastoral News

Term three has now commenced and our year 13 students are on the homeward stretch and focused on the exams.  The year 12 students are embarking on a busy term 3 and will also sit end of year exams in May.  At this point it is important that our year 12 students make clear goals for the term and focus on how they would like to end their first year of the IB Diploma Programme.  Students made targets during form time this week, which will point them in the right direction from the beginning.  Furthermore, as there are many new challenges and more deadlines to meet than in previous terms, it is important that students know who to go to if they are needing more support.  As always, they can speak with me and I can help them look at strategies in the area they need support.  In addition to this, the form tutors are their first point of contact of the day and are there to encourage and help students through challenges.  Students also need to look out for each other and help others seek support if necessary.  As a school community we want to make sure students are not pushing through the tough times on their own.

Angela Sharrock, Key Stage 5 coordinator

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