In the early stages of the school’s construction, we conducted a feasibility study with our local community in regards to the type of curriculum that would be offered. With an overwhelming response our community responded in favour of incorporating an IB PYP framework to run alongside the implementation of the Victorian Curriculum.
We are currently in the process of engaging in the authorisation process by completing the Application for candidacy: Primary Years Programme and gathering the supporting documents. By submitting the application and the supporting documents we will formally apply for candidate status.
The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), is the first curriculum framework for international primary schools, designed for students ages three to ten (grades preschool through five). Through both the curriculum and teaching it aims to develop the intellectual, emotional and physical potential of each child, in a secure and stimulating environment.
International perspective: A driving force behind the PYP is the philosophy of international mindedness. The IB’s mission statement strives to nurture young people who recognize that they are global citizens and who are motivated to make changes to and in the world.
Integrated: the subject areas of maths, language, science, social studies, information technology, the arts, physical education and library are taught through transdisciplinary themes in order to help students make connections between the subjects, thereby facilitating more effective learning.
Individualised: Teaching and Learning is differentiated for student needs. Students are asked to make connections between life in school, life at home and life in the world. These connections contribute to the development of the attitudes that contribute to international mindedness.
The PYP fosters the development of thinking, communication, socializing, research and self-management skills. Students are encouraged to put what they have learned into practice through service to the school community, the local community and the global community.