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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

Island School – IGCSE-GCSE Subject List 2018

Dear Parents

Please find the attached IGCSE/GCSE subject list for your reference. This information is designated to students sitting in summer 2018. 

For any further information please contact the Exam office.

Johnny Wong

Examination and Data Manager

Y11 Mock Exam Timetable

Dear Y11 Parents and Students

UPDATE: Start times of exams on Jan 6th changed. Please check the timetable.

Year 11 mock exams will take place in mid-December and first week of January. Please find the attached FINAL exam timetable for your reference. It is also downloadable from ISLE and Gateway.
Please note that there are some minor changes on venues and timings.
Please be aware that the exam period is breaking up for Christmas/New Year’s holiday and will resume upon recommencement in January. Year 11 Students should pay special attention that you are ONLY allowed to be away from school on the study leave dates mentioned in the timetable. 
Students with access arrangements  a parent letter with more info will be ready next week for pick up. Please watch out for a separate email.
Should you have any further questions, please contact the Exam Office.
Trudy Lant
Vice Principal
Johnny Wong
Examination and Data Manager

Key Dates for Year 12 Students 2016

Dear Parents

There are a number of key events coming up for the Year 12 students.  On top of the general dates listed below students may well have Internal Assessments for their IB subjects and end of unit deadlines for BTEC course work.  It is a busy time of year for them and it is essential that they are all as organised as possible.  It is also important that they look after their own wellbeing in this time.  They should try to find time to exercise, sleep properly and work smartly.

23-27 May – Assessment week for Year 12 students – Students will follow the timetable as given to them by the examination office

8 and 10 June – Year 12 Tutor for Learning – Appointments will be made for students and their parents closer to the time

14 and 15 June – TOK Presentations

19 August – Extended Essay First Draft Deadline

Predicted Grades

The Predicted Grades for IB and BTEC courses will be generated over the next few months.  Teachers will come up with a provisional predicted grade in early June in time for the Tutor for Learning Sessions.  These grades are then finalised on the 5th October in Year 13.

For information on how Predicted Grades are made please go to the HE website here.

We understand the importance of predicted grades for their next step in education. We have many years of experience and we have a reputation for getting them right which is trusted by universities and colleges all round the world. We realise the dangers of predicting too low which may give less of an impression of our students than they deserve, so we always tend to give the benefit of any doubt. We also realise the dangers of predicting too high. This can easily end up with them being required to achieve a grade that is realistically beyond their performance. This can seriously damage their hopes of getting in to the university they want to, or create a bad impression if they arrive at a college having underperformed in their eyes.

Kind Regards

Matt Rappel

Vice Principal