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International Diploma Programme News

04 mei 2016

Final IB exams are now underway for the Year 13 students. 

  • Year 12 Cambodia Trip

At the time of writing, papers in Economics and English have taken place. And by the time you read this, there will have been exams in Biology, Physics and various languages. On the menu for next week will be more Physics, Maths, Spanish and Chemistry.

Meanwhile, preparations are well underway for our two events to celebrate the Year 13 graduation – the Ceremony in our auditorium on the 20 and the Graduation Dinner in the Shangri-La on the 23 May.

We are currently encouraging our Year 12 students to push ahead with their Extended Essays. Having already determined their essay topic, their job now is to frame a Research Question then to begin the process of actually conducting their research and collecting their data. Over the weekend, we asked our students to familiarise themselves with using the assessment criteria by marking some essays written by our former students.

Year 12 students are also working on practice TOK presentations in class ahead of our TOK presentation preparation day on June 10.

Meanwhile, here are a few reminders of key dates for Year 12 later in the term:

May 30 Start of end of year tests

June 7 Group 4 project day

June 10 TOK presentation preparation day

June 29 and 30 Final TOK presentations

Andrew Joy, Head of IB Academy

Creativity, Activity, Service

Our Year 12 students will once again be visiting the IndoChina Starfish Foundation (ISF) Schools in Phnom Penh, Cambodia during Activity Week. We have worked with and supported the fantastic work being done by the charity for over 7 years. Most children who join ISF have never been to school before, because they could not afford it. Others have had some education, but had to drop out due to financial reasons. Therefore, when they join ISF they are behind compared to their age group. ISF enrols them into their Catch-Up programme, to enable them to study two grades in one year in order to ‘catch-up’ to the right grade for their age so that they can be integrated back into the state education system. Just over the last three months, the support from our school has helped new Catch-Up students get settled in, enabled them to get access to healthcare and vaccinations against common childhood illnesses, and learn English. Here is a case study from ISF to give you an idea of the sustainable work that they do to improve the prospects of young children.


Sreynim is an 11-year-old girl, who joined ISF in Grade 1 in 2014. She has successfully progressed through the programme and is now in Grade 3. Sreynim was born in Prey Veng Province, but her family moved to Phnom Penh when she was very young. Since coming to Phnom Penh 10 years ago, she has lived in a small rented room in the Stung Meanchey area with her family of five.

Sreynim’s mother and grandmother, who also lives with the family, do odd jobs at home preparing material for garment factories. Her aunt also shares their house and works in a local Khmer restaurant as a cleaner. Her father is a moto taxi driver. Because of the family’s poverty and the fact that she never went to school, Sreynim had never had access to healthcare before joining ISF. When she arrived she had a lot of problems with her teeth. The nurses took her to get free medical care at Cambodia World Family. Since February 2014, she has had to have four teeth pulled and two cavities filled. Although going to the dentist is never her favourite thing, Sreynim is very happy with the result. “Before, I could eat very little rice because I couldn’t chew very well”, she added “now I feel a lot better and I can also eat whatever I want”. Spending this much time with ISF’s nurses has rubbed off on Sreynim and she now plans to be a nurse when she grows up.

Ling Coong, CAS Coordinator

Higher Education 

   Lunchtime University Information Sessions

The final Lunchtime University session, on applying to Universities in Asia (including Korea and Hong Kong) will take place at 1:15 on Thursday 12 May in Room 350.

   University Application Portal for Year 12 Students on Managebac

A ‘University Application Portal’ has been set up as a class on Managebac for all Year 12 students. This takes the form of a ‘class’ that all Year 12 students are members of, and information will be accessible in the form of messages which can be accessed via Managebac. So far, information has been posted on topics such as Applying to Universities in the UK and US, Choosing Universities and Courses, Applying to Oxford and Cambridge, Extending Your Subject Knowledge, Careers, Summer Schools and the SAT/ACT.

The University of Melbourne – The University of Melbourne is holding a China Information day in Shanghai on Sunday 8 May 13:30 - 17:00.   The event will take place at: Chun Shen Room, 9 Floor, Peace Hotel, 20 Nanjing East Road, Shanghai.

Students and parents will be given the opportunity to meet professors, staff and alumni and learn more about the university’s undergraduate courses, entry requirements, scholarships, accommodation and the unique Melbourne experience. All of the University’s faculties and graduate schools will join the Information Day: Business and Economics; Engineering and IT; Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences; Architecture, Building and Planning; Science; Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Fine Arts and Music; Education and Foundation Studies at Trinity College.

   To register, visit here

                  Mark Weston, Higher Education Advisor

Coursework and examinations

IB Diploma Programme Exams

The first week of exams has seen students focussed and ready. All have turned up with the correct equipment meaning a smooth start to the exams. As mentioned in previous newsletters, Mr Housham and Mr Joy are available to put any students at ease who have worries about the exam procedure. Our aim is to make the beginning of an exam as calm as possible so students are in the correct frame of mind to complete their exam.

IB Diploma Programme Deadlines

All Year 12 Mathematics students will be introduced to the Mathematics Internal Assessment this week which is also called the ‘Exploration’ for Mathematics standard level and Mathematics higher level and is called the ‘Maths Project’ for Mathematical Studies Standard Level. Students will be given a timeline in class which, along with the Extended Essay, will be written during the summer holiday. This will mean that all students will have completed first drafts for two pieces of written assessment. We appreciate the support of parents to encourage students and give them time over the summer holiday to complete these assignments.

The Year 12 deadlines for this week and next are below:

Date Due


Work Due


Extended Essay

May weekend task due


Chinese B SL

First Interactive oral assessment


Dutch Language and Literature

Written task 1 final submission


German Language and Literature

Written task 2 – peer assessed draft



Stage 1 first draft due


Spanish Language and Literature

Written task 4 final submission


Korean Language and Literature

Written task 4 final submission

IB Learner Profile

We have spread out written assessments for students to help them become more balanced. We have experienced that too many assignments in year 13 can mean students can lose focus of othe important aspects of their lives. We have therefore moved deadlines to make sure year 12 students will have the majority of their Extended Essay and Mathematics internal assessment completed by the end of the summer holiday. We will be explaining the importance of this to students who have already heard from year 13 students that this is a good development of the programme and is something extremely helpful.

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 Diploma recognition.

One of the great strengths of the IB Diploma Programme is that it is truly international in the sense that there is worldwide recognition of the qualification. One of the reasons for this wide recognition is that the IBO devote considerable resources to liaising with universities and education ministries across the world to ensure acceptance of its programmes.

The IB website summarises recognition policies for different counties and for individual universities and this information can be found on this link

Andrew Joy, Head of IB Academy