The International Baccalaureate – Inspiring Individuals
Preshil holds authorisation for the IB Middle Years and Diploma Programmes, and is a Candidate School for the Primary Years Programme. The IB is an internationally recognised course across 148 countries and facilitates the school’s ongoing progressive approach in a dynamic and internationally supported network of schools.
Our unique curriculum style at the Arlington Primary School is a underpinned by a child-centred inquiry and project-based approach, while the International Baccalaureate at the Preshil Secondary School comprises innovative programmes befitting the School’s long-standing reputation for offering a progressive and compelling alternative to mainstream schooling.
The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme*
As a Candidate School for the Primary Years Programme (PYP), we are furthering our commitment to holistic learning that encourages the development of students both in and outside the classroom. The PYP is a transdisciplinary programme that aims to develop students into internationally-minded people who act with respect and dignity for themselves and those around them, and prepares students for the more structured and challenging Middle Years Program.
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (Years Seven to 10)
The MYP provides a framework of academic challenge for the Australian National Curriculum and draws upon a world-leading curriculum that encourages students to become active, compassionate and life-long learners, as well as critical and reflective thinkers 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: Arts, Individuals and Societies, Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Mathematics, Physical and Health Education, Sciences and Design.
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 the whole person, actively cultivating the attributes of our 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.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (Years 11 & 12)
Preshil’s approach to the IB Diploma is both inclusive and innovative. It is strongly aligned to the School’s long-term commitment to developing the independence and the creativity of each of its students in a way which respects their individuality; their goals, interests and capacities. 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.
The IB Diploma accommodates for a range of different pathways, encouraging a broad, contemporary education. It is a globally recognised qualification which emphasises personal interest, research and genuine criteria-based assessment, in place of a limited system of ranking students against each other. The programme affords Preshil the opportunity to offer a significantly more holistic and collaborative learning culture, rewarding individual research, community participation, creativity and global citizenship. These qualities have always been at the heart of Preshil’s approach; the IB simply allows us to integrate this approach into all elements of students’ learning.
The Preshil IB is not a narrowly academic alternative to the VCE. Many people have formed this idea of the IB, but it is a limited (and in some ways, a distorted) view; it 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 Diploma’s flexibility and emphasis on both collaboration and individuality.
The Diploma Programme Handbook for 2019 is available for download here.
The IB Mission Statement
“The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. The programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”
Preshil’s Strategic Plan set out to establish the Secondary School as the only Victorian school whose sole offering will be the two secondary programmes of the International Baccalaureate. Once authorisation is granted for the Primary Years Programme (IBPYP), Preshil will be the only Victorian Independent School to offer exclusively all three International Baccalaureate Programmes.
*Only schools authorised by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme. Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorisation will be granted.
For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org