Friday, 13th May 2016
Upper School Newsletter

This Week in Upper School

MYP e-assessments
I am pleased to be able to say that the M5 e-assessments are off to a good start. After all the preparation, our students are now among the first in the world to take these tests.

A small number of glitches have been found to exist in the paper format, but the IB have identified these faults and the students are aware of them.

One very nice aspect of this is the opportunity the students have at the end to present some immediate feedback in the form of a journal and a number of students have elected to do this.

Two more e-assessments for next week, these being:

19th May - morning - Science
20th May - afternoon - Interdisciplinary

Internal assessments
During the first week after the half term break, all students will be completing internal assessment papers. A schedule will be issued next week. Other than attending for assessments, students in these year groups will not be expected to attend school. M1 to M3 will be completing assessments within their regular schedule.

Work Experience
We hope that M5 students have been working on finding placements. If they have not done so, this needs to start soon. They are working on their CV at school and they need to approach potential placements so as to find out if there are any possibilities. Ms. McCaffrey will be monitoring this process and has sent further details.

Year 6 Meeting
On 24th May we are hosting another in our series of meetings with Year 6 families to assist the transition process to Upper School. This will be at 6.00pm in the Dwight Cafe and a child minding service will be available. Our Subject Leaders will be there to offer detailed information on specific subjects.

Summer Fair
The Parent Association is now working hard on organising the Summer Fair to be held on Saturday, 18th June. As ever we would welcome used uniform donations. This is to be sold on the day. Please bring washed uniform items to the Dwight building and hand them in at the front office.

Indulgence Evening
Thank you to all the parents that came and supported the Parent Association Indulgence Evening. We would especially like to thank Naomi Dunne and her team of therapists for all their hard work, the evening raised £320 for The Children's Society.

Music in Motion
This Wednesday, 11th May the M4 and D1 music students travelled to the beautiful grade I listed former church St. John's Smith Square in the heart of Westminster to attend a concert by the London Sinfonietta, the UK's leading contemporary music ensemble. The programme was exclusively compiled of works by 20th and 21st-century composers such as Anton Webern, Michael Nyman, and Philip Glass, all of whom are major exponents of modern era classical music and featured prominently within the IB MYP and IB Diploma music curricula. The concert was expertly presented by educator and composer James Redwood who also involved the audience in various practical exercises and activities such as an improvised (and highly successful!) rendition of Steve Reich’s Clapping Music. Students and teachers alike immensely enjoyed this truly eye- (and ear-) opening experience!

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