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Thursday, 21 January 2016

IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

A belated Happy New Year to everyone as we welcome back our juniors and seniors, and extend an especially warm welcome to the 18-month students who have just joined us.

I am delighted to say that as I write this today, the college is full - we have no vacancies at all. Our next intake of students will now be in July of 2016 and we have just agreed upon our first Open Day of the year: Saturday, March 5. If you know of any prospective students, please advise them or their parents of this date, which should follow hard on the heels of this year's SPM results.

Time will zip by very quickly this semester as we head towards CIE examinations in May and June. Trial exams for AS and A2 students will start on March 28 and end on April 9. We're also planning to have a second Open Day on Saturday, April 16. Although the first CIE examinations are on April 27, the vast majority will take place throughout May with the final ones scheduled for Friday, June 10. On the same day there will be an MQA examination at KYUEM. I'd like to remind everyone that passing MQA is a graduation and Ministry requirement.

For 18 month students, internal examinations begin on May 3 and may go on until the Monday of the following week - the schedule has not yet been finalised.

Our annual Awards Day will be on Wednesday, June 15, and because of Ramadan will not include lunch this year, although a packed lunch will be made available for non-Muslims and their parents. The semester will end with Parents' Day on Saturday, June 18.

We will be bidding farewell to our seniors after Awards Day, but classes for juniors and 18-monthers will continue until Friday, June 17. The new semester will begin on 18 July, when existing students can return, although there will be no classes that day. The new intake of 24-month students will arrive for Registration and Induction Week on Tuesday, July 19.

I have given you all the above dates because my office and the Student Services' Department are often contacted for clarification. Please make a note of them, particularly the ones that directly affect your own sons and daughters. Remember that during the CIE examination period, many students prefer to remain on campus over the weekends to revise and study together.

Lastly, I'd like to announce that we have already had some impressive offers of university places for next year. We have had nine from Oxbridge, our first ever for MIT and many others are starting to roll in. Places like Imperial and LSE are among the last to get in touch with us, so we're urging students who have applied to them to be patient. Recently, we were visited by Penang Medical College to conduct interviews for their joint programme in Penang and Dublin for Medicine. I am delighted to report that the twelve students who were interviewed all got offered provisional places.

I wish all our students, parents, sponsors and staff all the best for 2016.

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