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IB Diploma News

01 februari 2018

Students in Year 13 have been edging closer to completing the core this week. Students have had time during form period to complete their final reflection for the Extended Essay as well as been receiving feedback for their Theory of Knowledge essay.

Students will have not only finished with the core but also all their internally and externally assessed work shortly after the Chinese New Year holiday. This will give them a good stretch of time before their exams to revise and work on achieving the best possible outcomes. We are currently supporting students in this process and would welcome any contact from parents if they have any questions on this.

Year 13 also had an assembly this week to discuss the final day of their schooling on 24th April. In the past few years, Year 13 students have designated this day as ‘prank day’. This was never a school tradition before this time and, as a school, we want to stop this as it doesn’t give a fitting end to two years of hard work. With parts of the school sometimes damaged we have told students that no pranks will be allowed. We will instead have alternative activities to celebrate the students’ time at the school.

Year 12

Year 12 students have been assigned Extended Essay supervisors on ManageBac. This website is an excellent way to keep track of advice given by supervisors as well as recording the research question and reflections. The next deadline for the Extended Essay for Year 12 is 16th March when all students must have a draft research question recorded on ManageBac. I have been very impressed so far with Year 12 students meeting deadlines and being proactive by taking to teachers about their Extended Essay and already having a good idea of their topic. The best piece of advice for students is to be proactive and determined in this process; this will give students ample time to complete their essay and meet all the deadlines.

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 the week after the Christmas holidays. It is extremely important students stick to these as they have been carefully arranged to make the Diploma Programme manageable. Year 12 deadlines are now below also. The whole deadline calendar for Year 12 students for this academic year has been shared with them via email. They have this as an excel file so they can filter down to their subjects.


Year 13


Description of Work

Date due


IA3 final submission

31 January 2018

Mandarin ab initio

Written assignment final submission

2 February 2018

Chinese B SL

Written assignment final submission

2 February 2018

English B

Final submission of Written Assignment due

5 February 2018

Chinese B SL

Interactive Oral

5 February 2018

Korean A

Written task 1 final submission

6 February 2018

Korean A

Written task 2 final submission

6 February 2018

Korean A

Written task 3 (part 3 or 4) final submission

6 February 2018

Korean A

Written task 4 Critical response (HL only) final submission

6 February 2018


Final cut of film (IA)

7 February 2018


Solo Piece performance

7 February 2018


Final draft (sections A, B and C)

9 February 2018


Teachers return drafts for final improvements

9 February 2018

Dutch A

Written task 4 first draft

9 February 2018

Year 12


Description of Work

Date due


IA1 Microeconomics final draft

31 January 2018

Computer Science

IA proposal

01 February 2018

English Language and Literature SL / HL

First draft of WT1 Language

02 February 2018

Science (group 4)

IA Final

05 February 2018

Dutch A: L&L

Final draft of written task 1

07 February 2018


Creativity, Activity, Service News

The Beginning

When we walked into that one fateful 4hr assembly at the end of year 11, none of us knew what Pandora boxes of ‘fun’ was waiting for us at the starting line for IB. One of the wonders that was introduced to us was CAS: Creativity, Activity, Service, three words that would be repeatedly uttered by Ms Coong in her nightmares over unfinished CAS reflections.

In essence, CAS is a program that is a subset of IB whereby students must undertake extracurricular activities called ‘CAS Experiences’ that involve at least one of the three strands, which would hopefully lead to significant outcomes in self-development and societal improvements. These may include joining clubs such as robotics club or MUN, as well as tutoring or training for a particular sport. CAS experiences can last anywhere from a week to a term, and it’s expected to be a continuous process over the two years.

In addition, students must complete at least one ‘CAS Project’, which is a bigger challenge imposed on students aimed to accelerate their individuality through co-operation and sensibility as a global citizen through responsibility. To break it down simply, students need to plan their own original project that involves 2 or more students, whereby it combines at least two of the CAS strands and occurs over a longer period than a CAS Experience. These CAS projects can involve starting an event that raises awareness for charities, starting a new after-school club etc. CAS Projects does not necessarily need to be a major event that gathers hundreds of people, but it has to foster self-growth and contribute to the community.

Each CAS Project is unique to every student, and therefore there’s a plethora of memories, experiences, emotions, and more attached to each project that all deserve their own recognition. Therefore, as the end of our IB journey nears, it would be apt to celebrate and reflect on all the amazing CAS Projects over the two years that have been conducted by our students.

In these following articles, we will be detailing and reflecting on all the amazing CAS Projects that our IB students have dedicated immense effort into, and therefore acknowledge all their incredible work through the sharing of their experiences and journey to the community.

Phoebe Li and Bhavya Ahuja, Year 13 students


Further Education

BISS Puxi University Fair – 10th March 2018, 10am-2pm 

On Saturday 10th March 2018, 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 if possible (we are aware that other events are taking place on the same day). More and more universities are signing up to attend every week. Please follow this link for more information, and to register here.

Study in Europe Information Session – 8th February at ‘Twelve at Hengshan

Universities Attending:

  • IE University, Spain
  • EHL (Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne), Switzerland
  • Bocconi University, Italy

Date &  Time:     Feb. 8th (Thursday, 19.00-21.00)

Venue:                 Twelve at Hengshan, 12 Hengshan Road, XuhuiDistrict, Shanghai
For more information visit here.

Hong Kong University Summer Institute

HKU Summer Institute aims to bring learning outside of four walls and provides initiatives for students to explore Asia and the world. Each programme is special in its own way and is supplemented with social and cultural activities to enrich students’ summer and education experience cross-cultural interaction that one may not engage elsewhere. Applications open on February 1st

For more information, visit here.

Mark Weston, Head of HE Guidance