Friday, 29 December 2017

What is CAS about?


All our IB Diploma students at GIS take part in Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) work. One of our Prefects, Erica, recently organised a talent show - in this video she tells us how it went and what she learned from the experience.
  

Term 2 at GIS: Dates to remember


When Term 2 begins, there are some important deadlines coming up for our IB students. Here are the main ones to watch out for:


Jan 9-17, 2018
Mock Examinations for IB2

Mon Jan 22
All Mathematics’ IAs due

Mon Jan 29
Geography IA deadline / English B Written Assignments and all orals completed


Weds Jan 31 (tbc)
IB1 – introduction to the EE

Mon Feb 5
History IA and Visual Arts’ IA deadline 

Mon Feb 12
TOK Essay deadline
Group 2 orals to be completed 


Mon Feb 19
Group 1 deadline for Written Tasks  

Mon March 5
Business Management IA deadline

Mon March 12
Group 2 (not Eng B) IA deadline

Mon March 19

IB2 Biology and Physics IA deadline 

  
Mon March 26

Chemistry IA deadline


Wed May 3
IB1 Extended Essay Day


Fri April 27 – Thurs May 17
IB Final Examinations


Weds May 2

Extended Essay Day for IB1

Sat May 26
IB Formal evening after examinations 


Thurs June 8
IB1 TOK planning morning (off timetable)


June 21-22

IB1 Group 4 Project (two days)
Mon June 11
IB1 Lang A SSSL to hand in Part 1 essay

June 27
IB1 deadline for provisional Extended Essay 

Thurs July 5
Results Day

IB Diploma Information Evening

Dozens of parents came to our IGCSE and IB Information Evening.

They were given presentations about both courses and then had the chance to meet subject teachers and see displays about the various departments and the work they do. 

Year 11 students also enjoyed the IB Taster Day, where they got to wear the IB uniform and go to some IB classes as they prepare to start studying for the IB Diploma next August.

Parents learned why GIS is the best school in the Eastern Region of Thailand for the IB Diploma, as we are the most experienced IB school, have enjoyed 100 per cent pass rates for two consecutive years and help our students go on to attend some of the world's best universities.


IB CAS students lend a hand at Pattaya charity

IB students from GIS spent a day helping one of our school’s charities by playing with children, making lunch, preparing a wall for painting and creating a vegetable garden.

All the IB Diploma students visited the Hand to Hand Foundation in Pattaya, which cares for children and families from challenging backgrounds.

Before visiting, the students planned the day with a series of activities for the children and also improvement works. This included preparing a garden area and cleaning an outside wall, in preparation for some new paint.

This visit was part of the students’ Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), an integral part of the IB Diploma at GIS that encourages students to develop themselves in non-academic ways. IB students organised the trip themselves, with help from CAS Coordinator Ms Clifton.



Monday, 2 October 2017

Thai unis visit

Thai universities visit

By Anjali (Languages' Prefect)

On September 27, IB students who are interested in going to Thai universities had the opportunity to attend an event hosted by our sister school REPS.

Around 15 Thai universities attended this event and this gave the IB students a chance to see some of the different university options available in Thailand. It was a useful event for many of the students.
  

On November 9, there will be a trip to Bangkok for IB students to attend the UK Study Exhibition fair. This will be a great chance for the students to learn more about universities in the UK as they will get a chance to speak with over 75 leading universities from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Taking the IB Diploma at GIS means students have a good chance of attending some of the world's leading universities.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Careers' Day@GIS


PILOTS, doctors and journalists talked about their jobs as part of a successful Careers’ Day at GIS.

Around 200 students, including visitors from GIS Bangkok and REPS, came to the Main Hall on September 27 for the event.

Introduced by Head Student Rachel, the event aimed to give real-life examples of success in various professions and also to inspire students from Year 10 and above who are starting to think about possible professions.

A dozen talks were given by various speakers, including Dr Iain Corness, a Consultant at Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, Mr Stephen Street, who talked about international banking, pilot Tomasz Bankowics and Lonely Planet travel writer Mark Beales. Other topics covered were accounting, teaching in Early Years, a career in the Arts, engineering and science and research.

Students listened to the talks then had a chance to chat and ask questions with the various guests.

Many of the GIS students are currently studying for their IGCSEs or IB Diploma, which will give them a pathway into the world’s leading universities.



Dr Iain Corness talks to a student.




Monday, 18 September 2017

IB PRAISES GIS AFTER REVIEW

The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) has praised GIS following a 5-year review.

The review, which is a standard procedure for all IB World schools, looked at every aspect of how the IB Diploma Programme is run at GIS. This included looking at the curriculum, the school's educational beliefs, its leadership, resources and the teaching and learning that takes place.

The 30,000-word document, written by GIS, was sent off earlier this year and the IBO has now released its findings. 

They found that: 'Based on the findings included in the report, the IB has not identified any matters to be addressed.'

The report also commended GIS in several areas, including how the school promotes Thai language by offering Thai A and also how the IB's learner profile is reflected in several subjects.

IB Co-ordinator Mr Mark Beales said: "It's fantastic news to have such a positive report. This confirms everything that we already believed about GIS - that it offers superb value education and the highest academic levels."

News of the review comes after this year's examination results, where for the second-year running GIS students had a 100 per cent pass rate in the IB Diploma. 

The IB Diploma is the world's leading qualification for 16-18 year olds. It is a challenging course that opens doors to the world's leading universities. 

GIS is the most experienced IB Diploma school in this part of Thailand.