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IB Diploma News

19 januari 2017

There are now 14 weeks until the final examinations start 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 plan their study.

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. In the coming weeks, there will be a session on research skills and as a school we subcribe 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 13th  February. Shortly after the IGCSE examinations have finished (21st to 23rd  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

CAS is about becoming a reflective thinker, understanding strengths and limitations, identifying goals and devising strategies for personal growth.  It encourages students to accept new challenges and new roles so that they are aware of themselves as a member of communities with responsibilities towards others and the environment.  Being balanced is key to CAS, as students should be enjoying and finding significance in a range of activities involving intellectual, physical, creative and emotional experiences.    Students are encouraged to be an active participant in sustained and collaborative projects. 

Many of our students take advantage of our extracurricular activities to find new and engaging CAS experiences.  For example, the ‘Knit-a-Square’ ECA where students get creative to knit or crochet a square to then be sent to help AIDs orphans in Southern Africa.   This is what Chelsea Ngan in Year 12 had to say about this ECA “Frankly, I feel honoured to be given the chance to engage in these global issues of poverty and inequality. This experience, certainly, has allowed me to become more open-minded, principled (ethical actions), caring and reflective.” 

There are many different CAS experiences that our students engage in within school.   However, students also plan and engage in CAS experiences outside of school which allows them to engage more in the wider community and find CAS experiences catered to their personal interests.  These experiences include volunteering at the ‘Heart to Heart’ Kodak hospital, visiting local orphanages, teaching local children English, ballroom dancing, planning and filming a documentary to interview the older generation of Shanghai and many, many more.   Another out of school opportunity is coming up, there is a Youth Leadership Summit held at the Suzhou Singapore International School on 3-4 March.  This is an opportunity to meet likeminded people from around Shanghai who would like to gain an insight into personal leadership, local leadership and global leadership.  The summit includes keynote speakers and workshops.  See the attached flyers for details of the summit and keynote speakers.  Watch a video of last year’s summit here

Ling Coong, CAS Coordinator

 

Coursework and examinations

IB Diploma Programme Exams

Before the final exams, all students complete work which is either internally assessed by teachers or externally assessed by the IBO. All work is submitted to the IBO online with internally assessed work being uploaded by the school and externally assessed work being uploaded by a mixture of school and students. This week students in Year 13 were shown how to logon to the student portal where they will upload their work. This is also the place where their results will be published at the beginning of July. It is imperative they keep their personal code and PIN safe so they can access this important information.

IB Diploma Programme Deadlines

All deadlines for year 12 and year 13 students are accessible through their Managebac account by looking at the calendar. We encourage parents to ask their son/daughter to show them this calendar so they can help their children to plan their work.

The Year 13 deadlines for this week and next week are below

Date Due

Subject

Work Due

16/01/2017

Korean A

Final Interactive Oral Component

16/01/2017

Spanish A

Final Interactive Oral Component

16/01/2017

Chinese B HL

Final submission of written assignment

17/01/2017

Economics

IA2 1st draft

20/01/2017

Spanish ab intio

Final submission of written assignment

20/01/2017

Chinese A

Interactive Oral Component

20/01/2017

French B

Final submission of written assignment

23/01/2017

Film

Final cut hand in

25/01/2017

Science

1st draft of IA to be submitted

26/01/2017

Business Management

IA final submission

 

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

Date Due

Subject

Work Due

16/01/2017

Spanish A

Final submission of written task 1

19/01/2017

English Lang and Lit

Formative oral assessment 2 starts

20/01/2017

Korean A

First draft of written task 2

 

IB Learner Profile

With 14 weeks until the first IB exam, now is the time for students to question their routine. If they do not have a healthy, balanced routine then now is the time to change that so they have the perfect conditions/environment for their revision and final work on pieces of assessments. Being balanced is a key part of the IB Diploma which is shown by the wide range of both intellectual and physical pursuits. We encourage all parents and students to reflect on their current routine. Are you getting enough sleep each night? Do you have the right environment for studying? Are you eating healthily? Are you getting enough physical activity each week? All of these aspects help to contribute to student’s motivation and efficiency of study.

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

University Offers

University offers from around the world and invitations to interview are continuing to be received by students at BISS Puxi, including offers from the University of Cambridge, UCL and the London School of Economics. Students applying to study medicine have also received invitations to interview in both the UK and Hong Kong. Former Year 13 students have also been receiving news of acceptances from Korean Universities, with students successfully gaining places at Seoul National University, Yonsei Medical School, the University of Korea, Sungkyunkwan, Seogang and Chung-Ang Universities. I will continue to keep you updated with news on students’ successes as the term progresses.  

 

BISS Puxi University Fair – 11th March 2017, 10am-2pm

On Saturday 11th March 2017, we will be holding a university fair for parents and students. This is a fantastic opportunity for students and parents to meet with university representatives from Higher Education institutions around the world, and will be especially important for current Year 11 and 12 students to attend.  More detailed information will be made available to parents and students over the course of the next few weeks, but for now, please make a note of this date.

Mark Weston, Head of HE Guidance

 

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

 

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