By Paul Lennon, IB Diploma Program Coordinator/CAS Coordinator
Welcome back to ISD for 2018 one and all, we hope you had a wonderful break!
As we move back into the speed and intensity we all experience here at ISD it continues to be of huge importance that we all seek to maintain a healthy work/school/life balance. A key to this is healthy sleep patterns and the attached article highlights the essential importance of consistent sleep routines for teenagers.
Please share with your children. https://www.mindmatters.edu.au/about-mindmatters/news/article/2016/02/08/the-importance-of-sleep-for-teenagers
TOK essays and Extended essay ready to send to the IBO! January 15th is the date the IBO portal for electronic coursework opens. Your children will then be involved in uploading and verifying a number of pieces of work between now and April, dependent upon the subjects they are studying. The first of these assignments to be electronically sent to the IBO are the extended essay and theory of knowledge essay. At the time of writing all of our Graduating class have completed the work on both essays and will be issued with secure login details in order to access the site.
It is also important for you to know that the login details are the ones which students will use on July 6th to access their final IB Diploma results. Please encourage them to keep the details safe and also make an electronic copy.
As you may already know the Mock exams are fast approaching. We will carry these out in the Admin conference room during the the week of 19th-23rd February. The schedule linked below represents an excellent opportunity for students to complete high stakes assessment and receive feedback in good time for the final revision period before the official IBO examinations in May. Please note that although the 19th of February is officially President's day. Grade 1 students are mandated to be in School for the English exam (as well a Psychology or History if they are sitting for either of those subjects).
Click here for the IB Mock Exam Schedule.
Grade 11 are now fully engaged in the IB Diploma program and will soon be formally introduced to the Extended Essay work. Sessions have been organised by Mrs. Leinbach to help students begin to formalise the subject area, topic and research question. In addition, all Grade 1 students will been asked to complete their first formal CAS interview. Three of these interviews will take place during the course of the IB Diploma course and the first one allows students to reflect on what they have already learned from CAS as well as to plan what comes next. We have insisted that all students should already have between 12 and 15 reflections completed across between 3-5 different experiences. Students who have not managed to plan their time will be the first to be given guidance and support through the interview process.
Students ended the month of December by completing their option choices for IB Diploma courses for next academic year. The intention is for us to construct the schedule as soon as possible so that all Grade 10 students leave in June with their Grade 11 schedule to hand. At the time of writing a few students have still not handed the form in. We encourage you to support them in the finalisation of the document so that they maximise their chances of getting all the options they have chosen. Also, if you already know that your family will not be in Dakar next year, please encourage your children to include this information on the form so we can assist in any potential transfers to other IB Diploma schools.
As always we encourage you to call in to school at any time with questions and or concerns related to the IB Diploma program.