We are delighted to share with you the upcoming transition programme that will run in the Spring Term 2021. The programme is designed to ease the transition from Year 11 to Year 12, socially and academically.
As you will be aware, the Year 11 SPTC is on Monday 11 January. Ms Rose will deliver a parent presentation during the SPTC. Her presentation will endeavour to give you an outline of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and to help you to understand the format of the qualification in order for you to support your son/daughter in their decision making. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions at the end of this presentation. It is difficult to find a time that is convenient for everyone and so Ms Rose will present towards the end of the SPTC, from 18:00 via Teams. The presentation will run through the Year 11 pastoral Team entitled BPX-Year11 students 2020-2021 and will be recorded to ensure that everyone has access to the information beyond the live stream.
The Student Pre-Subject Fair Presentation will give our students their first glimpse of what the IBDP entails and will help them to begin to think about which subject choices are available and which combination of subjects will best prepare them for their future. The Subject Fair will follow in the same lesson and this event will allow students to ask questions and discuss any IBDP concerns with subject leaders and teachers. Students will be given a ‘choices form’ at the beginning of the Subject Fair and this will need to be completed by the end of the event to indicate which subject the students would like to sample in the Into IB Taster Day on the following Monday. This does not reflect the options that they will choose for study at IBDP Level and students should utilise this opportunity to sample subjects that they know less about in order to inform their firm choices later in the year.
The IB Taster Day is a new event in the calendar this year and it is intended to support students in making more informed IBDP subject choices. Students will be invited to join the IB Academy for the day on Monday 18 January. They will follow a mock IB timetable, accessing lessons delivered at IBDP level and this will enable them to get a flavour of what the IBDP feels like. We would like to invite the Year 11s to dress in formal work wear for the day – as per the IB dress code (see attached). Of course, students may wear their school uniform if they prefer. There will be an opportunity to speak to some of our current IB students during lunchtime in the IB Academy and this provides another source of information that will help them to make the best choices for them.