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IB Diploma News

29 maart 2018

Year 13 – The first exam is in exactly 4 weeks!

Year 13 students went through the exam procedures this week so they understand equipment needed and the specifics of IBDP examinations such as cover sheets and answer booklets. My job during the exam period will be to ensure that students are just focusing on taking the exam and not worrying about anything else. If students do have any worry at all then they only need to come and find me and I can help to make the situation less of a worry. One major rule that students need to follow is that they are not allowed to communicate to anyone in the world about an exam they have just sat until a day after. Students in China take the same exams as those in Europe so it is important the contents of the exam are kept a secret for those not having taken the exam.

Students will all know that, apart from paper 1 in Science, they have 5 minutes of reading time before they begin the exam. It is important students use this time wisely to read texts for language exams or plan which questions to answer. For Maths exams they should plan the order they will answer questions in. Students will find time is tight in IB exams so every minute is important.


Year 12

Thank you to all the parents that have signed up for the Extended Essay workshop after Easter on April 17th. We still have spaces available if more parents are interested in joining. There are also two more events that the school is holding for Year 12 parents after the Easter holiday. The first is the Student, Parent, Teacher Conference on Thursday 12th April and the second is the Higher Education Information Evening on Wednesday 18th April. You will have received letters regarding these events this week. The Higher Education Evening is open to parents further down the school but will have a specific focus on the process Year 12 students will go through beginning in the Summer term. Please do contact us if you have any questions regarding any of these events.

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


Final Oral Assessment recording

12 April 2018

Year 12


Description of Work

Date due

Mathematics SL

First draft of Exploration uploaded to ManageBac

23 March 2018

Mathematical Studies SL

First draft of Project

28 March 2018

Dutch A: L&L HL

First draft of Written task 2

09 April 2018

Visual Arts

Final Studio work 3 and Portfolio pages

10 April 2018

Extended Essay

Final submission of research question

12 April 2018


Creativity, Activity, Service News

As Term 2 ends, our Year 13 students will have all finished CAS and our Year 12 students should take the time to reflect on their CAS programme so far and to start investigating and planning their Term 3 CAS experiences.   Here are some more tips from our Year 13 students to have an enjoyable, sustainable and meaningful CAS programme:

Do something you’re passionate about and simultaneously challenged you to become a better person. Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone and attempt things you usually wouldn’t, CAS is a great opportunity to get involved in a range of activities, which help develop your personal attributes.   Anna Loasby

CAS is cool…don’t hate it because you feel it’s something you have to do! It is actually very inspirational and motivating.   Sukhmani Bahra

During Year 12, when you still have the time, take any opportunity to challenge yourself and do something you would never had thought of doing, because you may end up liking it and learn a lot more from it.  Chelsea Ngan

In Year 13, there is not much time to plan for CAS experiences and projects. Try to complete as many experiences and reflections in Year 12 so that you can focus more on subject revision in Year 13.  Justin Lee

Choose experiences that you are interested in, rather than the ones that are easy to do.  Especially the ones that you think you can learn from.  Erika Yoshikawa

Ling Coong, CAS Coordinator


Further Education

Higher Education Information Evening

WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL 2018 (6:30PM TO 7:30PM)

Secondary Auditorium

At The British International School Shanghai, we have a strong track record of success in supporting pupils in gaining entry to the most prestigious universities across the world and in a wide range of undergraduate programmes. We know that the process is challenging for both students and parents alike in terms of researching courses, understanding entry criteria and the interview process associated with many degree courses. 

With this in mind, it is useful to consider options at an early stage and in order to help to demystify the process, we will be holding a Higher Education Information Evening for parents of students at the school on Wednesday 18th April.  Whilst the information session will be most relevant to the parents of students in Year 12, parents of students in all year groups are welcome to attend.

The evening will provide information about what steps students need to take in order to make timely and effective university applications in Year 13, along with an overview of how the university application process works at the school. It will also provide an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.

Lunchtime University Application Information Sessions

Mr Weston will be running a number of Lunchtime University Information sessions for Year 12 students in the coming weeks:

The sessions will take place at 1:15 in Room 350

Wednesday 18th April – Applying to Universities in the USA Information Session

Wednesday 25th April – Applying to Universities in the UK Information Session

Wednesday 2nd May –   European (Non-UK) University Information Session

Wednesday 9th May – Applying to Universities in Asia Information Session

Mark Weston, Head of HE Guidance


Pastoral News

With the year 13 students coming towards the end of their two year IB Diploma course it is important for them to look after themselves as they approach the exams.  As deadlines for coursework being a thing of the past and CAS is drawing to a close, the focus should now be on their pending exams.  Although all students will be working hard with their revision schedules, they must also take time to exercise and eat well.  It would be disappointing if after spending two years on completing the IB Programme, students were unwell for their exams.  This might seem the obvious way forward, however, this is not always the case and it is easy to get bogged down with constant revision without appropriate well being measures in place.  So, schedule in that run or gym session over the study period and make a point of eating well.  Good luck!

Angela Sharrock, Key Stage 5 coordinator