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IB Diploma Programme News

20 januari 2016

There are now just over 14 weeks until final examinations begin for Year 13 students. During this term, the emphasis shifts from completing Internal Assessments and university applications to final revision for examinations. 

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Already, there are ECAs and lunchtime revision clubs to support students in their preparation. We shall also be focusing on revision skills in some of our assemblies and guiding students as to how best to use their Personal Revision Planners during form time.

Parents can support students at home by helping them to find a quiet place to work and encouraging them to study according to a revision timetable with minimal distractions. The most effective revision is active which can include techniques such as creating mind-maps, revision cards, annotating notes, doing past papers and presenting work to peers within study groups. Passive revision such as reading through a textbook is rarely very effective.

Year 12 students have now started the process of learning about the Extended Essay following an introductory assembly last week and a form time activity to help them identify effective research questions. Next week, there will be a session on research skills and as a school, we have recently subscribed to the JSTOR database to give students access to a wide range of scholarly articles.

Meanwhile, the process of preparing Year 11 students for the IB Diploma is underway. On Friday, their assembly included an overview of the Diploma Programme and this is now being followed up by lessons focusing on what makes a successful Diploma student. Looking ahead, there is an IB Information Evening (aimed at Year 11 parents and students) on 22 February. Shortly after the IGCSE examinations have finished (20 to 22 June), we will be running a Pre-IB programme which all students planning to join Year 12 next year should attend.

Andrew Joy, Head of IB Academy

Creativity, Activity, Service

This week we would like to share some photos showing the range of different CAS experiences our students have engaged in. CAS experiences allow our students to develop as individuals, providing them with opportunities to explore their interests, passions and perspectives. The IB CAS programme aims to develop young adults not just academically but also as a whole by experiential learning. 

Ling Coong, CAS Coordinator

Coursework and examinations

IB Diploma Programme Deadlines and Exams

In Year 13, students are quickly approaching the culmination of all their hard work and effort with their Internal Assessments. In this difficult time, it is imperative that students stick to deadlines and also communicate with teachers if they have any problems. We encourage all students to face problems head on and not shy away from any work which is currently overdue. Students were introduced to the process of uploading their coursework which will be then sent to examiners to mark. This process of uploading will begin after the holiday for Spring Festival. These deadlines will be non-negotiable as they are set by the IBO.

For Year 12, they should also reflect on their own time management as they work towards deadlines in CAS as well as their subjects.

Date Due

Subject

Work Due

18/01/2016

English Language and Literature

Feedback for written tasks

18/01/2016

English Literature

Feedback for written task

18/01/2016

French B

Final deadline for written task

18/01/2016

German B

Final deadline for written task

18/01/2016

Mandarin ab initio

Feedback for written assignment

20/01/2016

Economics

3rd Internal assessment first draft

21/01/2016

Theatre

Solo performance as part of Monologue Festival

22/01/2016

Chinese Language and Literature

IOC

25/01/2016

Film

Final cut hand in

27/01/2016

Science

Draft internal assessment submission

29/01/2016

Theatre

1st Draft of 3,000 word report

29/01/2016

Korean Literature

Written task 1

29/01/2016

Mandarin ab initio

Written assignment final submission

IB Learner Profile

During this time of year, communication is a key attribute to focus on. For Year 13 students, it is important to communicate to their teachers and the IB Academy team about the Internal Assessments. For both Year 12 and 13, it is important students communicate with their form tutors and subject teachers when they are reflecting on their tracker grades from the end of the winter term so they can set themselves targets. We encourage students to be open and come to us if they have any worries.

Thomas Housham, IB Diploma Programme Coordinator

Explaining the Diploma Programme

Each week, we shall be focusing on one particular aspect of the Diploma Programme. This week I shall write about assessment in Group 6 subjects.

In most subjects, 80% of the final grade comes from examinations at the end of the course while Internal Assessment (which takes place throughout the course) makes up the other 20%. Group 6 subjects are very different and often have little or no examination component with the emphasis being on practical assessment throughout the course.

In Visual Art for example, there is no final examination. Students work upon an Exhibition which is assessed internally as well as completing a Comparative Study and compiling a Process Portfolio. Theatre is another subject without a final examination with assessment comprising a Collaborative Project, a Solo Theatre Piece, a Director’s Notebook and a Research Presentation.

Music does have an examination component, though this is a smaller proportion of the overall grade than in other subjects. The majority of the final grade comes from a combination of Internal Assessment and the Musical Links Investigation.

Taking a Group 6 subject can have advantages for a student in the sense that the work is more spread out in Year 13. 

Andrew Joy, Head of IB Academy

Higher Education

Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program between City University of Hong Kong and Columbia University

Year 12 students are invited to learn more about City University of Hong Kong (CityU), Columbia University, and the Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program jointly offered by the two universities at their upcoming information session in Shanghai on Saturday 29 January at the Marriott Hotel.

Students enrolled on the four year programme would study in Hong Kong for Years 1 & 2 and in the USA for Years 3 & 4. The joint programme allows students to earn two Bachelor’s degrees; one awarded by City University and one by Columbia University.

Representatives from both universities will take part in the information session, and be available to answer questions.

Date:  Saturday 29 January 2016

Time:  6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: W Marriott Hotel Shanghai, Tomorrow Square, 399 West Nanjing Road, Shanghai, China.

If students would like to be involved, they can register for this session here

University Offers

Well done to all the students who have met their January 15 deadlines. Students with more than one university offer are advised to consult with the HE team before replying to or accepting offers of places, and UK applicants are also advised to follow this link in order to read more about their next steps:

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 in the attached document) 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.

The following document gives a selection of summer schools offered by universities and other institutions:

Mark Weston, Higher Education Adviser

 

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