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IB Diploma News

08 december 2016

We are now heading towards the end of a busy and successful term for both Year 12 and Year 13 students.

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Year 13 students have completed large sections of their coursework, finished their Extended Essays, and completed their mock exams. This puts them in a very strong position heading into term 2 and will allow them to focus on revision at an early stage. Over the Christmas holiday, it is important that students strike a balance between recharging batteries and doing the work necessary to build upon the mock exams. We are asking Year 13 students to do past papers in most of their subjects and these can be found on the school moodle pages (in the section Year 13, Holiday Homework, Christmas Holiday Homework)

Year 12 students have completed the important first term of the programme and I would strongly recommend that some time is spent over the vacation reviewing some of the learning and reading ahead in readiness for the second term. This would also be a good moment to ensure that CAS reflections are up to date.

Meanwhile, this week featured a couple of very interesting subject-based events. On Wednesday, Mathematics Higher Level students attended a lecture from Professor Abel from Durham University about studying Mathematics in higher education. On Thursday, our Business and Management students visited Jaguar Land Rover to get some insight into the car manufacturing industry.

End of term trackers will be issued on Thursday 15th December which will include a summary of mock exam grades for Year 13 students. This will also be the first tracker to include predicted grades for Year 12 students. Please do spend some time discussing targets with your sons or daughters and helping them to use the feedback from teachers to guide their learning. If you have any questions or issues about the trackers, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Andrew Joy, Head of IB Academy


Creativity, Activity, Service

This week, Anna Loasby is interviewed about her contribution to the highly successful Christmas Fayre last weekend.

I just want to say that the Christmas fayre was a complete success and you should be very proud of the work you put into it. Do you think it went well?

Yes, I really did think it went well. We raised lots of money for the ISF foundation through the bake-sale and different games. We did a second-hand sale and lots of other things to make sure the day went really well.

What kind of planning was necessary to achieve the Christmas fayre?

First of all the bake-sale, so that involve emailing all the volunteers making sure they knew what they could and could not bake, when and where to drop the food off etc. All the planning of the games needed equipment lists and instructions to ensure that the required items were ordered on time and set up before people started arriving. We had weekly meetings to make sure all of these things were running smoothly.

Was it an enjoyable experience? And in terms of the CAS outcomes, which ones did you meet?

Yes, I found it very enjoyable and fun because it allowed me to interact with lots of people. I think as a team we definitely collaborated very well and we had many different opportunities to coordinate and manage time together. We also showed a lot of commitment, weekly lunchtime meetings allowed us to keep on track with planning and successfully complete the Christmas fayre.

Ling Coong, CAS Coordiantor


Pastoral News

Last week at the conference I attended on positive education a key theme was how to help students focus on having good social and emotional health. An element of this is the practice of gratitude and how giving back out of recognition for what we receive can be highly beneficial for our social and emotional health.  If both teachers and students can practice gratitude with the people around them then it can help nurture a good learning environment as positive relationships are built.  This will then hopefully build on people’s motivation and resilience improving social and emotional health.

Another aspect on the theme of social and emotional health is the idea of helping young people positively shape their ideas of body image.  We know that as children grow up into adults they start to form their own ideas about how they see and feel about their bodies. What is important about this is that these thoughts and feelings about their body have a direct effect on many other areas of their lives.  The way people see their bodies can influence their relationship with others as well as how they participate in a variety of events whilst growing up.  This, of course, is highly relevant to the IB Diploma course as we encourage students to be risk-takers, open-minded and reflective.  The way we develop these characteristics depends on how we perceive ourselves which is why it is highly important teachers and parents help the youth of today cultivate a positive regard for their bodies. 

Angela Sharrock, KS5 Coordinator & Head of Year 12


Higher Education

A quick reminder that all applications due to be submitted before the start or middle of January must be completed by the end of this term, and that the HE team must be notified of any deadlines in good time, to enable them to work most effectively with students, prepare transcripts and complete recommendation letters (as necessary).

On Wednesday 7th December, our Year 12 Maths students attended a ‘taster’ lecture from Professor Steven Abel from the University of Durham. The lecture was ‘An Introduction to Quantum Mechanics’ that Professor Abel usually delivers to first year undergraduate students. Along with giving them an general insight into what a university lecture would be like, students were also given useful information about what a maths degree could lead on to, and about studying at the University of Durham.

Mark Weston, Head of HE Guidance


Coursework and examinations

IB Diploma Programme Exams

Well done to the Year 13 for completing their mock exams. I have already seen students smiling from their results. Equally I have also witnessed determined students who know they can do better and have already started to plan for next May. I have been very impressed by the maturity shown by my own year 13 class who, whatever the outcome, were making notes on how they can improve. They have begun to set themselves targets and will upload this to Managebac.

IB Diploma Programme Deadlines

All deadlines for year 13 students are accessible through their Managebac account and by looking at the calendar. We encourage parents to ask students in year 13 to show them this calendar so they can help their children to plan their work. Year 12 deadlines will feature in this section after the winter holiday – be prepared!

The Year 13 deadlines for this week and the week following are below:

Date Due


Work Due


Dutch A

Formative Oral Assessment


Chinese B SL

1st draft of written assignment


Computer Science

Program due


Chinese B HL

Interactive Oral


Spanish ab initio

1st draft of written assignment


Extended Essay

Final deadline after feedback


Korean A

Written task 3


Spanish A

Written task 3


English Lang and Lit

P3 written task due

IB Learner Profile

Well done to year 12 for a very successful Christmas Fare! Students showed their care for others on Saturday as they helped to raise money for less fortunate children in Cambodia. Those students who went above and beyond what was asked of them without being asked should feel proud of themselves. Often teachers can forget that students are very capable of being independent and it was extremely heart-warming to see this on Saturday.

Thomas Housham, IB Diploma Programme Coordinator