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IB Diploma News

13 september 2017

This week Year 13 students attended their first SPTC of the year. It was great to hear so many positive conversations and constructive feedback about how students can meet their targets as well as how to achieve the best possible outcome in each component of each subject. 

Year 12 students should also have an idea of what they can work on in order to meet the targets they have set for themselves.

Each week I have given some advice so parents can support students at home. With the Student, Parent, Teacher Conference in mind I would like to make this advice specific to subjects starting this week with Mathematics.

Year 13

Students in each strand of Mathematics will have taken chapter tests as well as an end of year exam. Now is the time to review those tests to assess strengths and weaknesses and then revisit those chapters. In order to target the top two grades, students need to avoid mistakes in their exam. With most mistakes being made related to algebra, it is important to increase proficiency in this topic.

Year 12

All students in Year 12 higher level and standard level took an algebra test to assess their weaknesses in this area. They should have now set themselves targets in order to improve on this in order to help them in all chapters of the course. It is important to improve in this area so students can reduce mistakes and just focus on the concepts of each topic rather than always struggling with the algebra that underpins each topic.

With Mathematical Studies it is important to note that both examinations are calculator based. Therefore, it is really important to be familiar with the new Graphic Display Calculator they all should have. Bringing it to class to practise using it will be reflected in students organisation grade on their next tracker.

I am always happy to talk to parents and work with you to support the students in our care. I look forward to working with everyone over the next year to get the best outcomes for both year groups.

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

English A Lang and Lit HL

Written task 1/2 final submission based on part 4

11th September

English A Lang and Lit SL

Written task 1 final submission based on part 4

11th September

Spanish A

Written task 3 (part 2) final draft

15th September

Dutch A

Written task 1 first draft

15th September

Dutch B

Written assignment starts

15th September

Chinese B SL

Interactive Oral

18th September

Dutch A

Written task 1 final submission

22nd September

Dutch B

Written assignment finished

22nd September

 

Creativity, Activity, Service News

Service

The third strand of CAS is Service, which is defined as a collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need.   This is the strand that is sometimes new to our students and provides memorable and often life changing experiences which helps them to understand that they are members of local and global communities with responsibilities towards each other and the environment.  We encourage our students to use the five stages of service learning whilst carrying out these experiences – investigation, planning, action, reflection and demonstration.  Reflection once again plays a key role, as students describe what happened, express feelings, generate ideas and raise questions.  By doing so students can revise plans, learn from the experience, and make connections between their growth, accomplishments and the learning outcomes for personal awareness possibly leading to new action. 

There are four different types of service that students engage in:

  • Direct service - for example tutoring, assisting in our Primary school, CAS trip to Cambodia.
  • Indirect service – for example students have created revision material and English learning material for others in the community.
  • Advocacy – for example all Year 12s took part in RAG week this week, where they had to raise awareness for a particular charity, the ECO Committee raising awareness of the impact we have on the environment.
  • Research – for example students have helped complete research tasks for Huaxin Rehabilitation Centre, the ECO Committee have researched the energy consumption of the school.

Through service, students develop and apply personal and social skills in real-life situations involving decision-making, problem-solving, initiative, responsibility, and accountability for their actions.

Ling Coong, CAS Coordinator

 

Higher Education News

Higher Education Events and Information- Getting the Message Across

It’s a busy time for Year 12 and 13 students, with lots of events and activities - covering all manner of interests and subject areas - taking place around school.

An up-to-date list of university visits, relevant to students in Years 12 & 13, along with a list of important dates and deadlines is available for all students on the student IB Daily Bulletin, which is emailed to them every day.

Moodle is also an excellent resource for students, with advice, guidance and resources to refer to when making decisions on applying to university.  To access this information, students should login to the Moodle portal, click on ‘IB’ and then ‘Higher Education’.

Updated List of University Visits

Tuesday 19 September - Singapore University of Social Sciences –  breaktime session in Room 350.

Tuesday 19 September - ‘Mini’ US University Fair – 12:50 – 13:50 in IB Academy Corridor:

  • The College Board (The SAT People)
  • The University of Alabama
  • The University of California, Riverside
  • The University of Houston
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • The University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Bellevue College (Washington)

September 22 (11:00,  auditorium) – presentation from HULT business school to Year 13 Business students.

 September 27 - City University Hong Kong - 1pm in Room 350

Friday October 13University of Leeds – 1pm in Room 350

Monday October 16Imperial College London – 1pm in Room 350

Tuesday October 17University College London – 1pm … venue TBC

Wednesday October19 - The New School (Parson’s School of Design) – presentation to Year 12 & 13 Art Students – P1 in S335

Monday October 30Hong Kong University of Science & Tecnology – 1pm in 350

Mark Weston, Head of HE Guidance

 

Pastoral News

As part of form time activities for the IB students over the next two weeks the IB team will be taking sessions with the year 13 students focused on the areas of CAS, Extended essay, Higher Education and Wellbeing.  Ms Coong will be discussing with students their needs analysis from their time in Cambodia and students will be collating all their findings to pass onto the year 12 students so that they can utilise this in preparation for their trip later on this school year.  The Focus of Mr Housham’s session is criteria D of the Extended Essay and helping students break down the key points of how the Extended Essay should be presented. Mr Weston is reinforcing key dates and deadlines for university applications, making sure all their important questions are answered.  The wellbeing session will look at happiness.  Students will be presented with a talk on a famous research carried out over 75 years into people’s lives and the how foundations of happiness come from good relationships. 

 Angela Sharrock,  Key Stage 5 coordinator

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