To our IB Students and Families,
The International Baccalaureate Organization has announced that the May examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
As an organization, it is critical for the IB to ensure that the options it provides its global community of IB World Schools are based on compassion and fairness for the difficult circumstances that its students and educators are experiencing. As a result, based on considerable advice from stakeholders across the globe, including schools, students, universities and official bodies, the IB has determined what it believes to be the most responsible and ethical way forward.
The May 2020 examinations as scheduled between 30April and 22May for Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme candidates will no longer be held.
Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on student’s coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes.
We know parents and student will have many questions. The IB will share full details and FAQs with us and on their website by 27 March 2020.
For any other questions, please contact (263-39)
Svetlana Eskaeva, DP IB coordinator
Thank you and stay well.
In March 2020, a two-day seminar was held at Kogalym Secondary School №8 with top lecturers of the International baccalaureate Diploma Programme from Moscow. Doctor of Biological Sciences, member of the New York Academy of Sciences N.V. Lyubomyrskaya, teacher of TOK (theory of knowledge), teacher of English and German, IB DP specialist I.T. Golenopolsky, teacher of mathematics IB DP and MYP, coordinator of IB MYP Letovo School D. Ozherelyev worked with school teachers.
For our part, the seminar programme was attended by teachers of the IB Diploma Programme of our school, administration of Secondary School №8. The meeting was also attended by the Head of the Kogalym city administration, N.N. Palchikov, representatives of the LUKOIL-WESTERN SIBERIA Company and city schools’ headmasters. They discussed the development of IB DP in the city and in Secondary school №8, as well as the results since 2014.
In general, the seminar programme was practical, from both the guests and the hosts. Moscow specialists of the International Programme gave practical advice on the implementation of the basic ideas of modern education, and teachers of mathematics, biology, and English embodied these ideas into demonstrative, or, as they say,«open» lessons. They discussed the acute problems of modern society –«modern challenges» — both practical in nature — the use of mathematical techniques in solving difficult life situations and ways of safety in a pandemic, as well as global problems of modern society: family, marriage, «fathers» and «sons».
In addition, IB specialists met with students of 8–9th grades of our city’s schools and with their parents. At the meetings, the educational system of the International Baccalaureatewas presented. It should be noted that the main speaker N.V. Lyubomirskaya answered a variety of questions from students and their parents.
As a result, children and parents realized that IB is not only valuable for the Diploma that graduates will receive together with the Russian certificate of education. The programme teaches children to study independently, analyze information, develops research skills and strengthens educational motivation. The students receive two main skills: critical thinking and self-education. They become responsible to society and the environment. In addition, teaching is conducted in English — which means that by the end of school, knowledge of a foreign language will reach a very good level.
We hope that such seminars will be regular in our city and in our school. They are mutually valuable.
IB DP Coordinator
Kogalym Secondary school №8
During last holidays the group of students from our school went to Prague to study English and Czech together with the English-speaking teachers of Association educational center and to practice languages abroad. These holidays were unforgettable and the best in their lives. There were many joyful moments every day. We were happy to become friends with wonderful group leaders. There were a lot of excursions, and the program was very rich. We met a lot of nice people, received information about education in the Czech Republic. But the best of all we received the sea of positive emotions. We all hope that we will meet again in Prague one day.
In October we went to St. Petersburg – the city of magic beauty, a city of white nights, broad straight avenues, green parks, countless bridges and canals. Our group was consists of 25 people, including the students of 10th, 9th and 7th grades. This city met us with a good weather. They speak that in St. Petersburg there are only seven days with good weather… And four of them were ours!
We visited St.Peter and Paul Fortress, which is considered to be the birthplace of the city. Also in St. Petersburg there are а lot of places which we have visited. Among them the Kazan Cathedral, Nevsky Avenue, the Summer Garden, the Hermitage, the Russian Museum, Palace Square, the Trimpluar Arch, the Alexander Column, the Smolny Convent, Decembrists’ Square the Bronze Horseman, the Field of Mars, the Church of Savior on the Spilt Blood, Alexander Pushkin Museum- Flat, the Spit of Vasiliyevsky Island, the Rostral Columns.
I believe every citizen has his favorite place in St. Petersburg, so are we! We admired the magnificent of St. Isaak’s cathedral!
We hope – we’ll definitely be back. Our love for St. Petersburg is forever!
Reger E. A., CAS coordinator
From 18 to 20 April 2019, an international conference of international baccalaureate member schools was held in Kaliningrad. The conference was attended by more than 150 delegates from Kazakhstan, Armenia, Perm and other Russian cities.
Some teachers of Kogalym Secondary school №8 also visited this interesting meeting for the exchange of experience. The theme of the conference is very relevant for today’s education «Culture and technology – the driving force of education of the XXI century». Guests of the conference got acquainted with modern international pedagogical technologies, took part in many useful workshops. All events were held in a friendly atmosphere, teachers talked a lot with each other, made new interesting acquaintances and shared experiences in the IB programmes.
Teachers of our school note that such significant events are very useful for promotion in professional terms and cultural communication.
Lyudmila Brusinskaya, IB Language A teacher
Students of our school try to improve their language skills not only working hard at the lessons, but also go to the English-speaking countries for further practice.
Every year teachers of our school organize educational trips to support students and help them to prepare for future exams and to be defined with their future Institutions.
During spring holidays we went to Malta to study at the Educational Academy Malta. Students have been studying there for 10 days. Every day they visited 6 lessons inside small International groups. The results were great. They liked everything there, mostly their leisure time which was organized at a high level. They learned o lot of new things about the country, traditions and manners of behavior. But most of all, they understood the importance of English in our modern society.
Our educational trips are organized every holiday to help the students and their parents:
All students were very happy to practice English and felt the spring!
The International folklore festival «Bear’s Corner» was held in Kogalym Secondary school № 8 at 19th of May.
Pupils from the Khanty-Mansiysk school, from the Moscow Gymnasium № 45 came to exchange experience. The participants demonstrated a high level of preparation — each school presented its own performance. For example, the Moscow gymnasium № 45 demonstrated its interpretation of one of Gogol’s works. It turned out to be a good idea. Moreover, during the festival, students from different cities became friends, learned a lot about acting skills and secrets of a performance. There were fascinating workshops for theatre lovers, spectacular performances took place daily. This made an unforgettable impression for all guests and participants. Therefore, we will always remember this until the next festival!
Sofya Menshchikova, 11B
Back to Spain again
In fact he spent two weeks in Spain with his family. Now some questions from his classmates -Andrew, why did you choose Spain for your spring holidays?
— In our family parents usually decide in what country we will fly. So one day, few months before our spring holidays they asked me if I want to visit Spain with them and I agreed. My parents wanted to visit Spain again, because they visited this place there 20 years ago.
-Was it hard to get the Visa to Spain? For many Russians this is the only reason why they do not go abroad.
— To be truthful, it’s the same with all other Shengen countries. You easily can get visa in 3 weeks. Also if you have a chance to get visa for 2 years or more, do it. Spain Shengen visa is the same with visas as in other European countries
— What did you expect from the trip? What places did you want to visit?
— As usual, we just wanted to rest from our daily routine. For us changing the location is the best way of relaxation. It’s hard for me to focus only on one place because we mostly like just walking across the town’s streets and looking around. Spain’s distinctive features are in its breathtaking views of nature. Also its architecture is worth looking as my parents said. Almost every house in this country has a story as some of them are 300 and even 700 years old.
-Is it expensive to stay in Spain? How much is the public transport, food, accommodation?
— At first it is need to be mentioned that we don’t like staying in a hotel, we usually take the apartments. It is cheaper and more interesting if you want to understand the culture of the country. As for the public transport it’s more expensive than in Russia but you can buy a transport card for 2 or 3 days and use public transport as much as you need. In Spain you can find lots of different seafood and it’s cheaper than in Russia but some things such as eggs, milk and bread are expensive.
About Spain for those who have not yet visited it. Why is it worth visiting? What is the highlight of this country?
-In Spain you can relax and no matter in what way. You can just lay on the beach or try to visit all museums, that’s only depends on your interests.
-At the end, give some advice for those who want to visit Spain.
-Try to visit as much places and cities as you can. Every part of Spain doesn’t look like another and if you don’t like one place, you will like another!
With best wishes, Emir Vildanov
The group of students from our school spent three weeks in the capital of the Czech Republic- Prague. When we came in Prague, we had an exciting and excursion program. From the 3rd till the 23rd of August we were plunged into the studying of English with native speakers. Our teachers were very interesting, lively, modern people: Melanie and Jacob. We liked that they didn’t adapt the language to us, the Russians, but they entered us to the world of English grammar and vocabulary bravely and interestingly, ignoring Russian words which we wanted to say when it was necessary to explain something fast. This method, when we weren’t afraid of making any mistakes during the speaking with natives, helped us to communicate with any person by every topic without any problems. It may be the most important thing in the studying of any language – to overcome a barrier, not to be afraid of looking funny.
In the afternoons we had excursions around Prague and different towns located next to it: knight castles, “Mystical Prague”, an aqua park, Karlštejn, popular Karlovy Vary. Meanwhile we had time to play and entertain ourselves. The studying in Prague Language Institute left bright impressions and emotions, the most important ones of them are great confidence and a wish to get more in the language studying to become a global citizen.
Teacher of English and German languages
This is the fifth year that our school meets the guests from different parts of Russia. On March 17, the festival «Bear’s corner» was held in Kogalym Secondary School # 8.The festival dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug-Ugra and the 30th anniversary of Kogalym.The aim of the festival is to bring up careful attitude to historical and cultural heritage, also form the culture of communication based on understanding of the traditions and customs of the peoples of Russia.
I would like to note, how wonderful was prepared the festival this year, the organizers thought about all the details of the reception participants and guests of the festival.The festival was really organizedat the highest standards. All guests felt the uniqueness of the national mentality, and genuine interest in the cultures of the Khanty and Mansi, Udmurts, Russians, Belarusians and other peoples of Russia.Skills of performers and the bright colors of national costumes pleased the audience. During the festival there was an exhibition of arts and crafts, sightseeing and entertainment programs, seminars, workshops.
We are looking forward to seeing you at the festival «Bear’s Corner — 2017».