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An authorised International Baccalaureate World School for the Middle Years Programme 

In addition to holding authorisation for the IB’s Middle Years Programme, Preshil is a Candidate School* for the International Baccalaureate’s Diploma Programme (IBDP). These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Preshil – The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School believes is important for our students. This means that we are well along the path to becoming a model school for a progressive approach to the IB across the whole of the secondary school, as set out in our Strategic Plan. The IB programmes align very well with the core values of the School.

At the secondary school, Blackhall Kalimna, we challenge our young people to question, to act, to speak out and grow into thoughtful, informed and articulate adults. We support them to achieve their best in whatever goals they set.

In recent years the secondary school has undergone something of a transformation. The campus is relaxed, welcoming and well equipped. The classrooms, specialist areas and facilities are attractive and accommodating, while ensuring that the students feel at home and have a sense of ownership of their school.

All year levels have common rooms and the students are welcome to use facilities and equipment at all times. The secondary students have a very pleasant recreation and study space in The Cottage, which they have taken great pride in renovating and decorating. The students do not wear a uniform and they are on a first name basis with teachers. There are no bells and the school culture is based on a restorative approach. The school does not enforce conformity or rigid adherence to arbitrary rules. Our students are expected to exercise self-discipline and respect for individual differences.

An Environment For Girls And Boys

Preshil is proudly co-ed and alive to the needs of both girls and boys. Our holistic approach supports all students in developing an awareness of self and independence of mind.

Years 7 to 10

The Years 7-10 programme at Blackhall Kalimna builds on the primary school curriculum at Arlington which is underpinned by a child-centred inquiry and project-based approach. The MYP is the logical extension for children who have attended IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) schools. We will continue to support all our students towards the VCE or the International Baccalaureate Diploma courses, to be introduced at Preshil in 2018.

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International Baccalaureate | Middle Years Programme

Preshil, is an authorised IB World School for the Middle Years Programme. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Preshil believes is important for our students.

Curriculum

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) provides a framework of academic challenge for the Australian National Curriculum. The MYP encourages students to become critical and reflective thinkers, learners who identify and make connections between traditional subjects and the real world. Students develop a depth of knowledge and balance through the study of eight subjects fields:

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Our community of learners is challenged to set goals that support them to reach their own academic potential. The learner profile emphasises the development of the whole person, actively cultivating the attributes of our students as inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, courageous, balanced and reflective, to become global citizens with an awareness of their common humanity.

Approaches To Learning Skills

Through Approaches to Learning (ATL) in IB Programmes, students develop skills that have relevance across the curriculum that help them “learn how to learn”. ATL skills can be learned and taught, improved with practice and developed incrementally. They provide a solid foundation for learning independently and with others. ATL skills help students prepare for, and demonstrate learning through, meaningful assessment. They provide a common language that students and teachers can use to reflect on, and articulate on, the process of learning.

Learning Support

The Learning Support Programme is two-fold. It aims to support individual and groups of students in the classroom within the framework of the Middle Years Programme of inclusive practice and to educate our staff on ways to make necessary adjustments so all students can access education on the same basis.

Assessment

Assessment is criterion-related, continuous, varied and is interrelated with teaching and learning throughout the year. We do not rank students, or use competition or the threat of punishment as motivation, rather assessment is used to support student learning through individual feedback and to inform teaching practice. Many classes also make use of web-based platforms such as:

Years 7 To 10 Electives Programme

Preshil’s Electives Programme is designed to broaden the students’ experience within and beyond the curriculum. It offers opportunities to extend or deepen their knowledge in a particular area of study or ignites a passion for a particular general interest. The programme runs for two periods a week. Staff, parents, past students and others, within the school community, may offer subjects about which they are passionate, have specialist knowledge or expertise. Each term students are able to choose from a wide variety of subjects including the arts, science, technology, construction and sport. The Electives Programme aims to build on Preshil’s enduring commitment to making, choosing, building, playmaking and performing.

Personal Project

Through the Middle Years Programme (MYP) projects, students experience the responsibility of completing a significant piece of work over an extended period of time. MYP projects encourage students to reflect on their learning and the outcomes of their work – key skills that prepare them for success in further study, the workplace and the community.

Careers and Pathways

Preshil students are encouraged to identify their interests and strengths and begin thinking about potential career and future pathways beyond school. As part of our Year 10 Careers Programme, all year 10 students participate in the Careers Programme for one period per week for 1 term, during the Electives Programme in Term 2 or 3. Students explore the mechanics of VCE, the ATAR and study scores, different tertiary study options, tertiary course pre-requisites and the implications of these for VCE subject choices. They also investigate alternatives to further study, employment and industry bodies, and a number of other relevant topics. Students also participate in a one week work experience Programme that gives them practical insight into a workplace of interest. Students and parents are encouraged to make an appointment with the Careers Coordinator so they can offer assistance and support. Please visit our dedicated Careers Website for further information.

VCE

There’s no escaping the pressures of VCE, however because Preshil students have learned how to think and not just memorise in their earlier years, they can approach these challenges with assuredness and maturity. Preshil offers the traditional subjects for VCE as well as VET subjects. What makes us different is the way these subjects are taught. In keeping with Preshil’s teaching philosophies, knowledge is acquired by various means allowing students to interrogate issues in a thought-provoking way. By creating an environment similar to university, students gain experience working in smaller tutorial-style groups, allowing teachers to establish a closer relationship with their students, and to closely monitor progress. Please download the VCE 2017 Handbook here.

Our Teachers

We are thinkers, writers, doctors, designers, artists, scientists, musicians, coders, visualisers and makers to name a few. Our teachers strive to provide meaningful, rich and wide ranging experiences which may be woven into the curriculum or stand alone. Preshil teachers work to build relationships of mutual acceptance and respect so that each student feels comfortable and secure in the classroom setting. Providing students opportunities to freely engage in inquiry, dialogue and discussion with both their teachers and their peers gives them the confidence to question, experiment and step outside their comfort zones to learn.

Next Steps?

For further enquiries, please email the Registrar or complete the online enquiry form. Alternatively, if you would like to come and join us on a tour of the school, please enquire via the button below or call us on +61 3 9817 6135.

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