Affiliated to CAIE
Candidacy School for IB – PYP, MYP & DP
The Biology Department seeks to imbue students to embrace the workings of, and comprehend interrelationships among, living systems. It is the department’s goal that students graduate from our school with a judicious understanding of the evolution of life encompassed by its unity and variety and further coupled with an astute recognition of the importance of the preservation of biological diversity. The Biology Department is also committed to helping students to pursue rewarding careers in biology and related disciplines. We hope that students will use their abilities and training to promote the growth of biological knowledge and its application for the benefit of the environment systems and societies.
Biologists investigate the living world at all levels using many different approaches and techniques.
IB Diploma Programme students are required to undertake original research and write an extended essay of 4,000 words (maximum). This essay offers the student the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest and to become acquainted with the kind of independent research and writing skills expected at the university level. The IBO recommends that a student devote a total of about 40 hours of private study and writing time to the essay. The extended essay can serve to deepen a student’s programme of study, for example when the student chooses to focus the essay on a topic included in a higher-level course.
Over the years, our teachers in their career have been actively promoting biological research among the student population. Students from DP1 onwards are encouraged to take on biology research as part of their Individualized Study Option (ISO). These students usually continue with their research work till they are in their DP2, allowing time to hone their research and presentation skills.
Our biology laboratories are well equipped to handle the students’ research projects and we are constantly looking for ways to upgrade our laboratories. Currently, we have a single laboratory, school has a plan to expand its laboratories to meet future needs.
Our research focus is wide ranging depending on the amplitude and interest of our students. Each project is purely student-driven and mentored by our own teachers. The areas of research include (but not limiting to):
-Environmental related research