The International Baccalaureate – Inspiring Individuals
Authorisation of the IB Middle Years Programme is complete and we are now a *Candidate School for the IB Primary Years and Diploma Programmes. This means that Preshil is well along the path to becoming a model school for a progressive approach to the IB across both primary and secondary.
The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme*
Our unique curriculum style at Arlington is a developmental program underpinned by a child-centred inquiry and project-based approach.
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
Since 2014, Preshil has introduced a secondary school programme based on the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) for Years Seven to Ten. This programme is a perfect fit for Preshil to continue its progressive approach in a dynamic and internationally supported network of schools.
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 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.
Importantly, it caters for all learning styles. It is an internationally recognised course across 144 countries.
The MYP allows us to lay the foundation for the introduction of the IB Diploma Programme in 2018. Until this time our teachers will continue their absolute commitment to their VCE students.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
The International Baccalaureate at the Preshil Secondary School comprises innovative programmes benefitting the School’s long-standing reputation for offering a progressive and compelling alternative to mainstream schooling.
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.
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.
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 Diploma Programme allows Preshil 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 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”.
Our IB Timeline
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.
Preshil will now also include the Primary Years Programme, which means that Preshil will be the only Victorian Independent School to offer exclusively all three International Baccalaureate Programmes.
A carefully managed and considered timeline for the transition is central to our Strategic Plan.
- 2016 – MYP structure fully implemented and recruitment of IB Diploma Coordinator.
- 2017 – Preparation and professional development for IB Diploma. Authorised October 2017.
- 2018 – Introduction of IB for Year 11 catering for all learning styles and needs.
- 2019 – Completion of transition to the IB across the secondary school.
*Preshil is an authorised IB World School for the Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme, and a candidate school for the IB Primary Years Programme. 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.
*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