March 2017

The DP2 students have completed their Trial examinations and have now until the end of April, to focus on their weak areas. The stress of the Trial examination was balanced with the joy of receiving their many university offers. So far the students have received a total of 32 acceptances in 5 different countries (Canada, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK, and USA) with approximately $240,000 USD worth of scholarship offers. This is an amazing accomplishment for our Graduating class!

The DP1 students have officially been introduced to the Extended Essay and have now started the process of researching a topic of interest in a subject of their choice before gathering and evaluating some evidence. The Extended Essay is a required component of the full Diploma programme and is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper. It provides a practical preparation for undergraduate research and develops the capacity to analyse, synthesize and evaluate knowledge.

At the end of January, the DP1 Biology class visited the Centre for Infectious
Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ), a state of the art medical and research diagnostic laboratory situated at Kalingalinga Health Centre. CIDRZ is a non-governmental organisation that supports the Zambian Ministry of Health in providing extensive technical and support infrastructure to facilitate ongoing healthcare, research, and training activities. They were given a tour of the research facility by Dr. Ranjit Warrier, the Director of the Laboratory and a former pupil of ISL. The students learnt about how safety and quality is maintained and about ongoing research projects in Zambia. The laboratory has substantial programmes in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment, tuberculosis diagnosis, treatment and control, hepatitis, women’s health, family planning and reproductive cancer screening, newborn and child health, primary health/health systems strengthening, and community outreach.
It was a fascinating visit where the complexities of leading research and meeting international laboratory standards were clearly explained. The holistic approach of CIDRZ to health research was outlined, including capacity building in the other provinces. We would like to thank CIDRZ in general and Dr. Warrier in particular for welcoming us, showing us all aspects of their work and clearly explaining the current and future focus of the laboratory.

Nathalie Vignard, IBDP Coordinator