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IB Diploma News

08 november 2017

On Monday morning, all students attended an Extended Essay assembly. Year 12 and Year 13 students mixed together and spent an hour in the auditorium sharing experiences in the case of Year 13 students and pre-conceptions in the case of Year 12 students. The purpose of this activity was to benefit both sets of students.

For Year 13 students this was a chance to reflect part way through the process and hear experiences from other students. From this point they should reflect and decide what they will do differently moving forward with their Extended Essay.

For Year 12 students this was a chance to find out more information about the Extended Essay from myself as well as students who are in the middle of it. In between activities of sharing information, I presented information and examples for Extended Essays in the different subject groups. There are the six subject areas students can take an Extended Essay as well as a seventh option which is called a World Studies Extended Essay. In this category, students choose a global issue with a local manifestation and then use two subjects to analyse this chosen issue.

All information was taken from the following website.

https://ibpublishing.ibo.org/extendedessay/apps/dpapp/guide.html?doc=d_0_eeyyy_gui_1602_1_e&part=6&chapter=8

During form time on Wednesday and Thursday, in order to learn more from this website, Year 12 students were asked to find the following things from this website.

  • In writing the Extended Essay, what are the 6 required elements?
  • Find the table that states what is and what is not included in the word count
  • What are the five steps to develop a research question?
  • Find the overview section for each group where I took the information for the Extended Essay assembly on Monday
  • Find examples of research questions for a subject group
  • What specifically does the page on ‘unpacking the criteria’ address?
  • Find in a subject group where there is advice on how the criteria relates to the subject

These would be good topics to go through at home to discover more together on the Extended Essay. For Year 13 students, ‘unpacking the criteria’ is of particular importance right now.

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

Extended Essay

Upload of full draft to Managebac

6th November

ToK

3 knowledge questions for ToK essay

6th November

Dutch A

Written task 2 final submission

8th November

Music

Musical Links Investigation final deadline

9th November

French B

Written assignment draft 1

15th November

French B

Individual Oral Mock

15th November

German B

Written assignment draft 1

15th November

German B

Individual Oral Mock

15th November

Spanish B

Written assignment draft 1

15th November

Spanish B

Individual Oral Mock

15th November

Spanish ab initio

Written assignment draft 1

15th November

Spanish ab initio

Individual Oral Mock

15th November

Dutch A

FOA 2

15th November

Dutch B

Individual Oral activity

15th November

Visual Art

Final draft of VA Critical Study due

17th November

Theatre

Collaborative Project 1st draft

17th November

 

Creativity, Activity, Service News

Random Act of Kindness Day

November 17th will be BISS’s ‘Random Act of Kindness’ day.  A group of Year 12 students along with the Primary Student Council students will be promoting this day and encouraging all to get involved. Though we expect kindness to be displayed every day, we really want to celebrate the fact that it costs nothing to be kind on that day and a little kindness goes a long way.     

This experience links to many elements of CAS and it is a chance for students to take action and make a difference to improve our community. Here are some suggestions of ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ that are easily done:

  • Write positive sticky notes
  • Message someone ‘good morning’ or ‘good night’ or both!
  • Hold the door for someone
  • Write down someone’s best qualities
  • Have a vegetarian day
  • Help out in the kitchen

For more, visit the ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ site.  Kindness is contagious and we would like everyone to get involved in spreading it!

Ling Coong, CAS Coordinator

 

Higher Education News

University Offers, Dates and Deadlines

Several students have already received offers from universities in the UK and USA, including offers from University College London, King’s College London, Warwick, Bristol, Bath, Manchester, York, Glasgow and Sheffield.

As the term progresses, and with mock exams approaching it is especially important for all students who have yet to complete their applications to make sure that they are on top of their deadlines, and complete and compile any relevant documentation in good time.

Requests for letters of recommendation or references must also be made in good time (at least a week before any due dates). Deadlines for different universities across the world vary greatly, so 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.

Mark Weston, Head of HE Guidance

 

Pastoral News

As mentioned above, students in Year 12 went through the Extended Essay website during form time in order to get used to navigating it as well as finding out more about the Extended Essay. We do recommend this to be continued at home so students can start to think about what subject they would like to choose. Subject choices will not be made until after Christmas. However, we always find that some students already start to research ideas at this point using their interest in reading around subjects. One good place to start would be www.jstor.org. This is a website of academic articles that the school subscribes to. Below is the username and password.

Username: Shanghai Puxi

Password: SMV1ApIhNh

Year 13 students have continued with study groups that they have started over the past few weeks. We want to give time to students during form to help them prepare for the mock exams. Especially students that are well ahead on their CAS, it is important that we place more trust in them in order to manage their own time between the Diploma core and their subjects.

 

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