The adoption of the International Baccalaureate (IB) at Preshil’s Secondary School represents an innovative programme befitting the School’s long-standing reputation for offering a progressive and compelling alternative to conventional schooling. It facilitates a contemporary education relevant to the actual needs and interests of young Australians, whilst actively addressing the current mismatch between what is taught at school and what graduates actually need to succeed in the world outside.
Many people have formed an idea of the IB as a narrowly academic alternative to the VCE. This limited view has led to the common misconception that the IB Diploma is exclusive and can only be undertaken by the most able and academic of students. This view completely underestimates the IB’s flexibility and emphasis on both collaboration and individuality.
The model affords Preshil the opportunity to offer a significantly more holistic and cooperative learning culture, rewarding individual research, community participation, creativity and global citizenship. These qualities have always been at the heart of Preshil’s approach and the IB allows us to integrate this into all elements of students’ development.
Since 2014, Preshil has been shaping its Secondary School curriculum based on the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Programme (MYP) for Years 7 to 10. Students develop a depth of knowledge and balance through the study of eight subject areas: Arts, Individuals and Societies, Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Mathematics, Physical and Health Education, Sciences and Design.
Inclusive and broad, the MYP provides a framework of academic challenge for the syllabus and draws upon a world-leading curriculum that encourages students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners. The MYP produces critical thinkers who identify and make connections between traditional subjects and the real world.
Completing the MYP prepares every student to move on to the IB Diploma or to complete an IB Certificate combining a number of IB courses with either VET or other specialist training. At Preshil, our students are supported by exceptional careers and course selection advice ensuring that all options and pathways (both local and international) are accessible. The ATAR is a very narrow pathway in the broader scheme of things.
Our community of learners is challenged to set goals that support them to reach their own academic potential. The IB Learner Profile emphasises the development of independence and self-motivation, actively cultivating the attributes of students as inquirers: knowledgeable thinkers and communicators who are principled, open-minded, caring, courageous, balanced and reflective; global citizens with an awareness of their common humanity.
Preshil’s approach to the IB Diploma and the IB Certificate (Years 11 & 12) is both inclusive and innovative. Independent research from a wide selection of tertiary institutions – both in Australia and internationally – indicates that the IB Diploma is the best possible preparation for tertiary study, and gives students the skills they will need to succeed in their post-school education and careers.
The International Baccalaureate is a globally recognised qualification with emphasis on personal skills development, research and genuine criteria-based assessment. It is a world away from the outdated, competitive systems which rank classmates against one another in a race to achieve – a number!
It is a world that Preshil is proud to be a part of.