By Simon Millward
As we slide into the holiday season, this week has offered many opportunities for our students to show their versatility as learners. The week started off with our Grade 3 - Grade 5 Aquathlon. Students took part in two events: running and swimming. The running was either one or two laps around the school car park, and the swimming was organised according to the students' swimming ability. They were either Sharks, Minnows or Dolphins. The final placings for the Aquathlon were:
Our week ended on a high as the holiday assembly was performed twice on Friday, 15 December 2023. The first performance was a dress rehearsal in front of parents (the first time we have attempted this), and the second live in front of the whole school. Our Elementary School House Captains MC’d the event offering entertaining links between the performances.
There were a lot of great performances during the assembly, starting with the Orchestra’s rendition of ‘Secret Agent Sugar Plum and Last Christmas (I felt myself singing along to this one!). Our Grade 1 students offered their ‘Christmas edition’ of It’s Not a Box. I loved the creativity and the surprise at the end!
What holiday assembly is complete without the song ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,’ our Grade 5 students did not disappoint with their rendition of it.
As the assembly is a whole school occasion, it was fabulous to have items performed by our Secondary students. The two musical contributions by the Grade 9 performing arts students, ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ and Wonho and Adam's ‘It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas’ were expertly performed, and the singers were marvellous.
Our KG students are precious, and their performance of ‘Up on the Roof Top’ was smile-worthy. They managed to project their voices and act out their song that left the audience with huge grins.
We say we are an innovative school, and it was pleasing to see our Grade 4 students put their tech skills to good use as they shared their Christmas video, which featured green screen backdrops and animated Grade 4 student characters. The Grade 4 students also sang their hearts out when performing ‘It’s Christmas Time Again’.
We only had one dance performance this year, but the grade 5 students had the whole theatre moving to their ‘Holiday Adventure with Twinkle, Tinsel and Celebration’.
Our final performance was from the newly formed staff band as they performed live for the very first time with their medley of Christmas songs that had everyone singing along!
Unfortunately, we do have a small number of Elementary students leaving us, and we wish them all the very best on their new adventures, just remember ‘Once a Phoenix, always a Phoenix’.
I hope you all have a relaxing, enjoyable and fun holiday. Safe travels.
It’s Maloé and Wen Yi, and we are back for the Terry Fox Run 2024!!
We held this run at the beginning of the year, and we will be doing so again on the 16th of February (Friday). This year the run will be a little different as it will be held in the evening from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.
For those of you who were not here during the first run. The Terry Fox Run is an event in which you run/walk 3.2 km (8 laps) around the field. All the money that we raise goes to Cancer Research Malaysia, which is a company that is in liaison with the Terry Fox Foundation. At the end of our run last year, we managed to raise RM9,650! This year we are planning to raise the same amount or even more!
To join the run, you have to place a donation. You can donate as much as you want, but if you donate anything over RM35, you will receive a shirt designed by Ryan Reynolds from the Terry Fox Foundation.
Please sign up with this link, and any donation is greatly appreciated.
Here are some other links that you may find helpful:
On Saturday, a group of 17 students and 3 teachers got to play the magical role of ‘Santa’ (or elves) and distribute presents to the kids at the Zomi Education Centre. It all started at 8:00 am as they packed the sleigh (school van) with toys and necessities that were donated by the IGBIS community. Once landing at ZEC, the items were transported up three flights of stairs with care.
Once the task was completed, the crew sang a Christmas song, personally presented each gift to the kids, and spent some time playing and taking pictures with everyone involved.
The IGBIS community was responsible for the production of 68 Christmas presents for students from the Zomi Educational Centre. Additionally, over RM 3000 and what seemed like a ton of necessities such as rice, diapers and cleaning agents were donated to the centre. What a rewarding opportunity for our students to meet and spend time with these kids from ZOMI. Before we even headed home for the day, our IGBIS students were trying to figure out new and creative ways to continue working with these kids in the future. That is truly what service learning is all about.
A huge thanks to Anand and the bus service for providing the transportation and drivers at no cost. Additional thanks to Martina, Rosalinda, and those teachers that stepped up at the last minute to wrap a couple extra boxes for the kids. Lastly, thanks to those that donated part of their earnings from the Holiday Carnival to the Centre.
We wish everyone a wonderful holiday season, and we look forward to creating more smiles in the new year.
Join us in shaping the future of IGBIS! Your referrals can open new doors for eager learners while fostering a stronger community.
IGBIS parents who refer new students to IGBIS will be entitled to RM 2,000 per student or *RM 3,000 per family (where there are two or more students in K – 12) through the *Referral Incentives Programme.
Click HERE to access and download the IGBIS Referral Incentive Application form.
Your participation could illuminate new paths for young learners and enrich the tapestry of our educational journey. Together, we illuminate minds and enrich lives. Get started today!
St. George’s University Campus Visit Resources
Last week, Ms Amanda was invited to participate in the St. George’s University 2023 Fam Trip. This event was designed to introduce St. George’s University to counsellors and agencies, so that we have a better understanding of the University, and to better advise students who are interested in the medical profession.
HERE are all of the videos and pictures that were taken during the trip - you will find multiple videos highlighting the campus tour, student experience, information sessions regarding student support, admissions, and financial aid, and well as some pictures around campus.
What’s Next? Wednesday Session: GPA, Anticipated Grades, Exams, Tests…what actually matters?
This past Wednesday, we continued our What’s Next? Series, and learned about the data that students earn and then use in their university applications. You can access the slides and resources HERE.
SAVE THE DATES: Upcoming Parent Sessions
*All information and resources will be shared with parents via email after each session
A Reminder About Semester Grades vs. Anticipated Grades
The semester grade indicates how you have done in the past semester. The anticipated grade is a projection of what the teacher thinks one will score on the final IB exam, so these are NOT the same grades in what they are representing and communicating. They may be the same number, for example, a 6 on the Semester Report and a 6 for the anticipated grade, but what each number measures and indicates is very different. The next pull for anticipated grades will be in January when we return from break. Hope this helps clear up any confusion.
University Applications in January
UCAS - applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Note that any applications paid for and submitted on 31 January 2024, which is the UCAS deadline, are not guaranteed to be processed on the same day, which means your application will not be submitted on time. Please remember, there is one of me, and 26 of you, and it takes time to process each application.
US/Common Application Mid-Year Reports
All mid-year reports have been submitted as of today, Friday, 15 December 2023 - yay!
I Want to Celebrate YOU
Students, as you receive university acceptances, PLEASE let me know! I want to celebrate you!
University of York MOOC Course Offerings
We are excited to announce that, this year, we will be making dual MOOC offers to eligible international fee-paying students for a range of undergraduate courses.
This means that, if these students successfully complete the relevant MOOC (or massive open online course) as outlined in their offer letter, then they will be eligible for a reduction of up to one A-level grade (or equivalent) below the typical offer. Students will still need to meet essential subject requirements as outlined in their offer, as well as any English Language requirements.
We will make our assessment at the point of application, and if an alternative MOOC offer has not been made, it means the applicant is not eligible for a reduction. This is the case for some non-standard qualifications and foundation programmes. If we have concerns about an applicant's ability to undertake the programme, we reserve the right to only make the typical offer.
Evidence of MOOC completion must be provided by 01 July 2024. Students wishing to study participating Arts and Humanities subjects will be considered for an alternative MOOC offer if they submit their UCAS application before 31 January 2024. For Biology applicants, students are required to submit their UCAS applications before 31 May 2024.
Invitation to Webinar: How to Apply & Next Steps for Students in Southeast Asia
Greetings from Toronto Metropolitan University!
I am delighted to extend an invitation to you and your students for our upcoming webinar How to Apply & Next Steps for Students in Southeast Asia. This valuable event has been organised to provide you with essential information as you consider joining our university for the September 2024 intake.
Fill out the Registration Link to get the Zoom link along with a recording afterwards.
During the webinar, we aim to guide you through our programs, the application process, and key deadlines specific to students from Southeast Asia. It will be an excellent opportunity for you to gain comprehensive insights that will empower you to make informed decisions regarding your academic journey.
Join us and allow our team to provide you with all the necessary details to aid you in taking the next steps toward a fulfilling academic experience with our university.
Brussels School of Governance - Online info session about our BA programmes
Greetings from the Brussels School of Governance!
We are gladly inviting you and your students to our upcoming live info session.
Information about our BA programmes, admission requirements, tuition and scholarships will be shared.
Current students and alumni will also be telling us about their experiences and answering questions from the audience.
University of Central Lancashire Upcoming Webinars - January 2024
Thursday, 11 January 2024 – 9:00 am UK Time
Our School of Medicine are hosting a webinar for prospective medical students, it will cover general UCLan MBBS including interviews and how to prepare.
You and your students can sign up HERE.
Wednesday, 17 January 2024 – 10:00 am UK Time
Lecturers from BA (Hons) International Relations are hosting a Careers Talk Webinar, discussing the career options after studying the course.
You and your students can sign up HERE.
We would like to officially invite you and your students at IGB International School to an information session with The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies of The University of Edinburgh. The event is for students who are interested in learning about a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S).
This unique session is open to both current applicants and anyone interested in learning more about the exceptional opportunities awaiting you at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies of The University of Edinburgh, a leading institution for veterinary medicine.
Do not miss this fantastic opportunity to explore the possibilities awaiting you at The University of Edinburgh.
We look forward to welcoming you on Tuesday, 16 January 2024!
How to get ahead with 2024 Admissions
Start having conversations early.
A surefire way to make the application process stressful is by having conversations over the summer. At this point, students have reduced time to think, produce work and figure out what and where they want to study. By having a series of casual conversations starting at the beginning of the year, students can let important questions tick away in the back of their heads. Students tend to make snap decisions about courses and universities when it comes close to the application season. So, some planning can allow them to make a more informed decision. Giving your child the opportunity to explore their interests further with no urgency will make everyone happier during the decision-making process. Speaking of which…
Learn the process.
Chances are your child, (unless they are extremely motivated) knows little about the admissions process. This is normal at this stage, but it can also make the situation far worse later. If you learn about the application process, then you can assist them when trying to understand how everything works. Parents underestimate the power of someone you trust being able to explain a confusing situation calmly and concisely. It also means you can have high-quality discussions about the process.
A little and often is the key.
Unless your child is planning to apply for a VERY competitive course with entrance exams, interviews etc, they don’t have to start slaving away at their applications now to boost their chances of success. I would strongly recommend that students spend an hour or so every week between now and summer looking into their options, courses, and potential extra-curricular activities. Spreading out the work will generate a sense of consistency, as well as ease the pressure on your child. It also looks better to universities. They would rather see a consistent effort throughout the year, rather than their work coming in peaks and troughs.
Look for activities.
As mentioned in the previous paragraph, part of the admissions process is participating in activities relevant to your child’s course of choice. A common misconception about this is that you can only start looking for activities after your child has selected their university subject. This is not true. For example, if they are stuck between several sciences, there are activities they can do (such as maths challenges or lecture series) which can enhance their general knowledge or skills. The same applies to the humanities, social sciences, and arts. If their choices are broader than this, then find activities that can help them explore all these options in more detail. These might help them make their decision easier.
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Amanda Lopez Grades 9 - 12 Universities Counselling & Social/Personal Counselling
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