The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) provides a framework of academic challenge for the Australian National Curriculum for Years 7-10. The MYP encourages students to become critical and reflective thinkers, learners who identify and make connections between traditional subjects and the real world. The Blackhall Kalimna syllabus builds on the primary school curriculum at Arlington which is underpinned by a child-centred inquiry and project-based approach. Preshil is an authorised IB World School for the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the MYP is the logical extension for children who have attended IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) schools.
Students develop a depth of knowledge and balance through the study of eight subjects fields:
Preshil’s 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, 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.
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 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:
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.
Preshil’s Electives Programme is designed to broaden 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. 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.