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IB Diploma News

12 oktober 2017

Year 12 students, as well as parents, attended our annual ‘Succeeding at the IBDP’ presentation on Tuesday morning. It was great to see so many parents there engaging in how students can approach all the different aspects of the IBDP and be as successful as possible.

For those parents who were not able to make it, I want to highlight a few videos on Youtube that discuss the idea of deeper learning and how students should approach their studies to get the best possible outcome.

The following video outlines a study into the effects of different aspects on studying and which one has the biggest impact.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O7y7XEC66M&list=PL85708E6EA236E3DB&index=3

The two videos follow on from the one above and outline how to put the principles discussed in the video above into practise. This can be a valuable tool for helping students to study for tests at home as well as completing regular homework tasks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O7y7XEC66M&list=PL85708E6EA236E3DB&index=3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xeHh5DnCIw&index=4&list=PL85708E6EA236E3DB

I fully recommend watching the above videos to help students in Year 12 approach their studies in the right way to get maximum learning and to help Year 13 students as they begin to revise for their mock exams.

Thomas Housham, Head of IB Academy

 

Diploma Programme Deadlines

Each week we will publish the deadlines for students so you can help support them at home. Below are the deadlines for this week and next. It is extremely important students stick to these as they have been carefully arranged to make the Diploma Programme manageable. Year 12 deadlines will start after the Christmas holiday.

Subject

Description of Work

Date due

Film

Independent study final hand in

9th October

Dutch A

FOA 1

9th October

Dutch B

Individual Oral

9th October

Science

Meet with teacher to discuss progress in IA

11th October

Visual Art

1st draft of VA Critical Study

13th October

Mathematics HL

Final draft of Exploration

16th October

Spanish A

IOC mock

16th -17th October

Chinese A

Written assignment second draft

17th October

Business Management

IA 1st draft

20th October

 

Creativity, Activity, Service News

During the ‘Succeeding in IB’ session this week, I spoke to Year 12 students and parents about how to keep track, balance and get the most out of their CAS programmes covering the following main points:

How to succeed in CAS

  • Enjoy it!  It will become tedious and a chore if you don’t enjoy the experiences that you do. 
  • Choose your CAS experiences based on your own interests.   Think about ‘why’ you have chosen to do certain experiences rather than simply doing it because it is easy.
  • Undertake new challenges.  Embrace it and take the opportunity to try new things, you never know what may stem from it. 
  • Use the five stages of CAS.  It is important to investigate and plan your experiences so that they are meaningful learning experiences.  You can then action it and demonstrate what you have learnt whilst reflecting along the way.
  • Incorporate the IB Learner profile.  CAS is an excellent opportunity for students to demonstrate the IB learner profile attributes.  Attributes which are important for students to develop into well rounded individuals.
  • Use your CAS programme as an idea for your Higher Education.  A quote from a past student: “From two years of CAS, I found out that I truly enjoy service experiences that I can actively participate in. The series of services projects that I was involved in raised my interest in development economics and global issues of famine and poverty. Consequently, CAS gave me an idea of what I want to do in university and as a career, outside of school. Hence, it was an opportunity for me to learn about whom I truly am and what I want to be in the future.” Ji Hee  Seok
  • Remember quality over quantity.  A key IB learner profile attributes is ‘Balanced’, we encourage students to understand the importance of balancing different aspects of their lives and to achieve well-being for themselves and others.  It is much better to concentrate on a few great experiences so that you have time to really engage and actively participate than to do a lot of different experiences which only allow you to be a passive participant. 
  • Use your time wisely and keep your CAS portfolio up to date.  Each week you have 2 sessions of tutor time when you can take the time to reflect and update your CAS portfolio.
  • Take time to reflect.  Reflection is a key part of CAS and for every lifelong learner.  Show how you have achieved the CAS learning outcomes in your reflections.  Remember reflection should never be forced and should always be meaningful.
  • Complete experiences as soon as they are finished by sending supervisor reviews.
  • Make CAS links with your other subjects.  You should be able to make CAS links within all your subjects, EE and TOK.
  • Check the CAS timeline to ensure that you are aware of deadlines.  You can find this at the front of the IB planner along with a criteria so that you can assess your own progress.

And lastly, communicate with your CAS advisor and myself as your CAS coordinator.  We are here to support and guide you to make the most of your CAS.    

Ling Coong, CAS Coordinator

 

Higher Education News

Dates and Deadlines

For all students making university applications this term, a reminder that the deadline for you to complete your personal statement, and make your university choices is 30th October. For students making early applications to Hong Kong or EA/ED applications to the USA you have an earlier deadline of 20th October. It’s really important that Year 13 students who need to meet deadlines this term complete personal statements/college essays in good time and submit them to the HE Office for review. Deadlines for different universities across the world vary greatly – it is essential that students keep the HE team aware of their plans (which sometimes change) so that references, recommendation letters and other accompanying documentation is ready to send in good time.

Shanghai Education Expo – October 28th-29th

The Shanghai Education Expo is a great opportunity for parents and students to meet with representatives of 100’s of top universities from all over the world!!

The China Education Expo will take place in Shanghai on Oct. 28 - 29 (Saturday and Sunday)   10: 00-16: 00, Shanghai World Expo Exhibition Hall & Convention Centre

See Here for More Details http://www.chinaeducationexpo.com/english/

Follow this link to register for tickets: http://www.chinaeducationexpo.com/chinese/visitor/v_reg1_1.php

(use google chrome for an English Translation)

Guidance and Resources on Moodle

The Higher Education Section of Moodle contains a host of resources for students and parents relating to Higher Education and University Applications, under the following categories:

  • Important Dates and Deadlines/Student Contract
  • Getting Started – Choosing Your Course and University
  • Self-Assessment
  • Personal Statements
  • Applying to UK Universities (including sections on Oxbridge and Medical School)
  • Applying to Universities in the USA (including sections of Essay Writing and the SAT)
  • Applying to Universities in Mainland Europe (non-UK)
  • Applying to Universities in Asia
  • Admission to other Countries (Canada and Australia)
  • Preparing for University Life
  • Careers Information
  • Extending Your Subject Knowledge
  • Information for Parents
  • University Rankings
  • Summer Schools
  • Study Skills for University
  • University Fair
  • Gap Years

The answers to many student and parent questions can be found using this resource! To find the relevant section of moodle, please follow this link:  http://puxi.learn.nae.school/course/index.php?categoryid=472

 

List of University Visits to BISS PUXI

Friday 13th OctoberUniversity of Leeds – 1pm in Room 350

Monday 16th OctoberImperial College London – 1pm in Room 350

Tuesday 17th OctoberUniversity College London – 1pm … venue TBC

Wednesday 19th October – The New School (Parson’s School of Design) – presentation to Year 12 & 13 Art Students – P1 in S335

Wednesday 20th October – ‘Inside Trump’s America’- Presentation to Year 12 History students from the University of Sussex

Friday 27th October – Tilburg University (Netherlands) – 1pm in 350

Monday 30th OctoberHong Kong University of Science & Technology – 1pm in 350

Wednesday 1st November – University of Toronto – 1pm in 350

Mark Weston, Head of HE Guidance

 

Pastoral News

At the beginning of the year students made SMART targets for each of their subjects. SMART targets are targets that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based. 
During this week in registration time students were discussing and reflecting on their targets within their peer mentoring groups. This is a very important activity for students as the process of reflection will help them look further into the areas they need to review the most as well as discuss with others what is working and what needs to be changed in order to meet their targets.  Furthermore, there is an important link here between their CAS work and their academic work as they can utilise their skills of reflection to gain a better understanding of their academic progress.  Over the year subject teachers and form tutors will aim to support students and their targets through meaningful conversations and feedback. 

Angela Sharrock, Key Stage 5 coordinator

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