I am always amazed when I mention to the IB Grade 11 class that we are drawing “self portraits” that the students don’t run out the door. A self portrait is one of the hardest subjects to draw in art.
This past Friday, our Junior Robotics team, represented by Nicolas Sanchez Benet, Ezra Sasaki, Antonio Landry, Gianni Landry, Will Larder, Vincent Armstrong, Sachaa Rudrum-Bhimji and Alex Graham, travelled to the NSCC Lunenburg Campus to compete in the annual First Lego League Robotics Competition. This year’s First Lego League competition was titled “City Shapers” and featured challenges and projects related to building and city engineering. The competition involved solving a series of robotic challenges and presenting solutions to a water problem that the group had identified. The team worked hard all morning, competing with their robot and then presenting their robot design, innovative project and team core values to a series of judges.
Logic and puzzles go together like bread and butter. On Wednesday, November 20th, Sarah Meng Li, an undergraduate Mathematics student at Dalhousie University, challenged all of the participants at the Math Circles event to think like mathematicians. The focus was on solving puzzles and the challenge was to see how many of the problems presented could be solved.
At last our School's growing community has found a little space to call our own. Settled on the edge of campus, a beautiful and tranquil studio has been constructed as a sanctuary for students and staff alike to get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the practice of Yoga. As the fall term winds to a close, we reflect on a season of movement, mindfulness and extension activities that have allowed us to broaden the scope of our Yoga practice.
It's that time of year again. Our two Grade 8 English classes collaborated and created a School Newspaper which was a project part of their media studies unit. Enjoy their stories!
Click here to read the Newspaper.
In the second of this three-part series on the IB, we have been taking a candid look at what the IB Diploma core components are; this week we examine the extended essay. Is it worth the effort? Why is writing a paper a “core” item? And lastly, why do both we and universities love it?
The IB says “the extended essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, on a topic of the student’s choice, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.” What the IB does not say is how daunting this can be for some of our students, and conversely, how ultimately rewarding the product and process can be. I might be getting ahead of myself, but every university that I speak with is totally sold on the EE and what it can do for a student; the deeper educational goals of research, communication, synthesis and ultimately thinking are specifically developed during this process and continue to pay rich dividends throughout one’s educational and professional lives. The real question becomes, why should I not do the extended essay? Mr. Alan Dick is our Extended Essay Coordinator, and he has aptly described the EE below:
What is the significance of the extended essay?
The extended essay provides: