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Winding Up the Academic Year

Friday, 12 May, 2017

It feels like we are hurtling towards the end of the 2016-17 academic year. This is, of course, also the time for closing of a significant chapter in the lives of our graduating students. It’s a time I greet with mixed emotion. While it is always sad to farewell the students, it is also exciting as I contemplate the potential of each person as he or she moves on to the next stage of life, however that may play out.

While things are being completed, so much remains to be done and in so little time.

"The hours creep on apace"  

Final Grade 12 Examinations

The Grade 12 students have been taking their final examinations over the past two weeks. The examination session ends, with a sigh of relief I’m sure, on Friday 19 May. The examinations remaining are:

Physics (Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 May)

Spanish (Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 May)

Geography (Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 May)

French (Thursday 18 and Friday 19 May)

BBIS Graduation 2017

Arrangements for the 2107 BBIS Graduation are being finalised on a daily basis. Students have already begun to pick up their gowns, caps and tassels. BBIS Diplomas have been printed, signed and are ready to be presented. The recipient of the ECIS Award for International Understanding has been decided and will be announced during the graduation ceremony. The student speakers and guest speaker are crafting their speeches. The graduation orchestra has been rehearsing. As well as performances by graduating students, two Grade 12 music student compositions will be premiered. The graduation ceremony will be followed by a well-earned celebration at an elegant venue in Berlin.

There is a palpable sense of excitement in the air! By using the hash tag   #BBISGraduation2017 you can share your excitement as we near this very special day. Perhaps you could share the choosing the graduation clothing, or the arrival of family and friends who will join us on the day; anything which builds the sense of anticipation, pride and joy.

Grade 11 Biology Slapton Trip

While 82 students are coming to the end of their time at BBIS, and for some, this has been their only school, for others it’s business as usual. The Slapton Trip for Grade 11 biology students has been taking place this week. Students have been immersed in a field-based research station, with six teachers / professional biology researchers to guide them.  The content of the IB Biology course is targeted, specifically, but the work also provides excellent preparation for future study in the sciences. Involvement in the field work of professional biologists allows students to develop their skills in an experiential learning environment; something that cannot be achieved to the same degree in a classroom The report generated by this research work counts for 20% of the final grade in Biology.

Grade 11 Examinations

The Grade 11 examinations will run from 29 May – Friday 2 June. The students will be examined on any material covered in the first year of their courses. Please be reminded that IBCP students take three IB Diploma courses as part of their programme so these examinations are significant for all Grade 11 students. Apart from the formal assessment aspect, very importantly, these examinations provide a diagnostic tool to see where students are in terms of their current academic standing as well as their potential to complete the IBDP or IBCP qualification successfully. Decisions about whether a student should continue or take alternative pathways are based, to a significant degree, on the outcome of these examinations.

Good News re Acceptance of the IB Career-Related Programme (IBCP).

It is encouraging to note that more tertiary institutions are accepting IBCP students into their programmes, especially in the United States. The link, below, will take you to a study which

examines the patterns of higher education enrolment, destinations and persistence of all CP graduates from secondary schools in the US between 2013 and 2015.

While BBIS has always appreciated the value of the IBCP, the data provided in the study makes us eve more convinced that for a number of students, the IBCP is a better choice of programme than the IBDP.

http://ibo.org/globalassets/publications/ib-research/cp-research-us-graduates-2017-en.pdf