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School Early Closure 22 Feb, Due to Y8 Parents’ Consultation

Dear Parents,

Please be reminded about the following early closure:
Due to the Year 8 Parents’ Consultation, on 22 February (Wed) the School will close at 1.10pm.
Thank you for your understanding.
Kind Regards

Island School

IB Core Requirements Year 12

The Year 12 IB Diploma students are now moving into the time of year when Internal Assessments and the IB Core requirements begin to dominate their time.  I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of what the core requirements are and what will be coming up for the students.

There are three aspects of the IB Core that have to be satisfied for students to be awarded the full IB Diploma.  CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service) is an ongoing programme that the students are already contributing to.  If you want more information on this please see the school CAS website.

The other two areas are the Extended Essay (EE) and the Theory of Knowledge (TOK).  Students will receive a grade in each of those two areas from ‘A’ to ‘E’ and this then combines to create core points out of 3.

As a reminder the points matrix for the Core is as follows:

Students need to get at least a grade ‘D’ in both the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge (TOK) to be awarded the IB Diploma.

The Extended Essay

The EE is 4000 word independent research based piece of academic writing.  The process will begin on the 7th March and will run until the final deadline on October 25th 2017.  The EE is either based on one of the subject disciplines that a student takes or it can be an interdisciplinary World Studies essay.  Students will be assigned a teacher supervisor who will help guide them through the process.    Supervisors are allocated on a subject basis with each teacher taking up to 3 students.  Students are asked to make three choices of subject areas and in most cases students do get their first or second choice.

Theory of Knowledge

There are two parts to the TOK assessment.  The first one is the Presentation which will take place on June 19th and 20th this year.  Students will then complete their TOK Essay in Year 13 with a final hand in date just after the Chinese New Year holiday.

If you have any questions about the IB Core requirements I would advise you to channel them through your son/daughter where possible.  The more they take ownership of the process the better and they will be given access to all of the information needed.

Year 13 Key Dates and Information

Dear Parents
We have reached the time of year when we need to begin preparations for our Year 13 students to complete their time at Island School.  Here are some key dates to remember as well as some additional information regarding this crucial stage.
31st March – IB Diploma Study Leave begins
28th April – IB Examinations begin
19th May – IB Examinations end
23rd May – BTEC Lessons end
23rd May – Graduation
29th May – Dinner Dance
6th July – IB Results
IB Diploma and IB Subjects
March 31st will be the last formal day for IB lessons.  The examinations begin on the 28th April and the examination office will be sending out individual timetables to the students in due course.
From Tuesday 18th April to Friday 21st we will be following the usual timetable for IB lessons but these will be on a voluntary basis only for students.  For some the opportunity to meet their teachers after the Easter break could help them to go through any questions they may have.  For other students however it may be more appropriate for them to stay at home to revise in this period as they can get distracted by friends in school at a crucial time.
All BTEC lessons end on May 23rd.  Students will need to have completed all work by that date.
From the 18th April BTEC students only have to be in school for their actual BTEC lessons.  They will not need to attend registration, any IB lessons, tutor period or Games from this point onward.  If any students are taking an IB examination they are entitled to study leave the day before the examination.  If there are students who have not met expectations in terms of course progress by this stage they will be required to stay in school for the whole school day as normal in this time.
Post Results Service
Detailed information will be provided to all students and shared on the Parent Portal regarding what happens after results are issued.  The Higher Education team will also be running sessions with the students this term to ensure they are fully prepared in terms of accepting offers and what to do post results.
I look forward to seeing you all at the Graduation in May.  Before that we will also have the IB and BTEC Art Exhibition from the 14th – 17th March as well as the Applied Learning Show Case Evening on the 14th March.  Further details on these events will be provided at a later date.

Matt Rappel

IB Coordinator
Vice Principal

Public Exams 2017 – PROVISIONAL Timetable

Dear parents and students

Please find below the PROVISIONAL timetable for the upcoming public exam series during summer. Its final version will be released in early March.

Exam timings and venues are subject to change due to clashes with school events.

Inter-house Swimming Gala

Inter-house Swimming Gala
Thursday 19th January 2017

Dear Parents

Please be advised that all students will be attending the Inter-house Swimming Gala on Thursday 19th January at Victoria Park Indoor Swimming Pool.

This is a compulsory school day and attendance is expected for all students.

All school buses will drop the students off at Victoria Park Swimming Pool. If your child makes their own way to school, they need to be at the swimming pool by 8:00am please. Registers will be taken by form tutors to check attendance.

All students are expected to wear their house coloured PE top/house polo and must remain in the spectator stand to support their house.

Competitors are welcome to wear their own swimsuits; they do not need to wear the Island school swimmers.  However, board shorts are not allowed!

The program of events has been published on the school bulletin with approximate timings of the events.  If parents would like to come along and support you are more than welcome.

The gala will finish at approximately 12:30 and students will be released from Victoria Park.  There will be buses to Pier #3 and Admiralty MTR leaving as soon as the gala finishes.  Tin Hau MTR station is a very short walk from the swimming pool.

If you have any questions please email Mr Pennel at


Kind regards

Mr Pennel
Head of Department
Physical Education