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.


Monday, 11 September 2017

Alumni Board


ALUMNI BOARD 2017-18



Here is our new Alumni Board for 2017-18, with several new universities added.
Where will you be heading to after you get the IB Diploma?

Monday, 28 August 2017



SUCCEEDING AT IB

On Tuesday September 12, parents of IB Diploma students are invited to GIS to learn about some exciting new developments.

The 'Succeeding at IB' evening will start at 7pm and be led by IB Co-ordinator Mr Beales. Parents can find out about the new team of staff who will be helping their children through the IB Diploma Programme. 

They will also hear about extra support for helping students apply for university. 

Coming soon!


Sunday, 18 June 2017

Group 4 Project

The Group 4 Project in IB involves all students working on a Science project. The aim is to work together to come up a presentation based on a common theme - this year the theme was 'water'.

After some creative planning sessions, students produced some amazing performances.






Sunday, 28 May 2017

IB Formal 2017


IB2 students have celebrated the end of their examinations – and the end of school – with a special evening at a five-star hotel.

GIS’ IB students have just finished their examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma – the world’s leading qualification for 16-18 year olds.

This year’s IB Formal evening was held on May 27 at the Hilton, Pattaya. Students arrived dressed in their finest suits and gowns and enjoyed an international/Thai buffet. Speeches were made by GIS Principal Mrs Hawtree, IB Coordinator Mr Beales and the IB Form Tutors, Mr Carr and Mr Berry. Mr Berry is the first teacher in the history of GIS to take a Tutor Group all the way through Secondary, from Year 7 to Year 13.

After some great final performances from the talented students, all the IB students made short speeches, thanking their parents and teachers at GIS. The evening ended with the traditional throwing of mortarboards.


After graduating with the IB Diploma, these students will head off to various world-class universities to study everything from journalism, engineering, medicine and movie-making.

 

Sunday, 23 April 2017

IB2 Leavers' Assembly




GIS said farewell to its oldest students at the IB2 Leavers' Assembly.
The outgoing IB2 students were greeted with a guard of honour and party poppers by the IB1 students. 

Principal Mrs Hawtree then welcomed the students, who are in Year 13, to the whole school assembly.

IB Coordinator Mr Beales introduced several speakers who paid tribute to the IB2 students, including some brothers and sisters in the US, Canada and India. 

The Year 13 students are about to sit their final examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, the world's largest and most-respected course for 16-18 year olds. 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

TALENT SHOW

TALENT SHOW
Sharp dance moves, soaring vocals and even juggling ensured the Secondary Talent Show was a huge hit. 

Organised by Creativity Prefect and IB1 student Tara, the acts performed to a packed audience of Secondary students. 

During the break, while judges decided on the winners, Mr Carr entertained the audience with a juggling masterclass. After some tough deliberations, the winners were an all-girl trio who sang a mash-up of Sugar, Love Me Like You Do and See You Again. In second place was a duet who performed Two is Better Than One and in third spot was another all-girl trio who sang Ride. 

Well done to Tara and her team for organising a great show, and to our technical crew for making everything look and sound so good! 
See highlights from the show here.


ART MEETS PHYSICS

Here's how our IB1 students have been combining Art with Physics - the results are impressive!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

VALENTINE'S GIFTS TO CHARITY



PREFECTS and IB1 students helped spread a little love for Valentine's by delivering hundreds of roses, chocolates and gifts.

As well as delivering all the gifts, which included being serenaded, more than 5,000 baht will go to the Baan Khru Boonchuu Special School near Ban Chang, one of GIS's chosen charities for this year.


MANDARIN NIGHT

Well done to the IB1 students who acted as MCs for our Mandarin Night celebration - you both did a great job!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

HOUSE COUNCIL GIFTS

The House Council decided to use some of the money they raised last year to give the Year 11 and IB2 students, who have just finished their mock examinations, a well-earned gift.
One student was nearly brought to tears by the kind and thoughtful gift. Good luck for the real examinations!



STAYING SAFE ONLINE

IB students helped younger students learn about online safety as part of their PSHE lessons.

The IB students who are studying Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) came up with three mornings of activities for Years 7-9. This involved look-ing at how to stay safe on social media, what to be aware of and how to ensure students take steps to remain safe when online.

Feedback from the Years 7 to 9 students was very positive—well done to the IB students who organised this!