In March 2018 GNLC became a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) and we expect to be authorised sometime in 2020.
The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for children aged 3 - 12 (Prep - Year 5 at Good News) nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.
Through its inquiry-led, transdisciplinary framework, the PYP challenges students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues and opportunities in real-life contexts.
Taught in over 109 countries around the world, the PYP curriculum framework is uniquely adaptable and is the way in which the Australian Curriculum is taught at Good News. Guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, students deepen their learning by developing their conceptual understandings; strengthening their knowledge and skills across and beyond subject areas.
The PYP is a transformative experience for students, teachers and whole school communities. PYP students learn how to take control of their learning, teachers collaborate to deepen student-learning and increase their confidence and self-motivation. The whole school community, including parents, are viewed as partners in learning, and actively contribute to a holistic educational experience.
The PYP benefits both learners and educators, and strengthens learning and international mindedness throughout the entire school community.
As students transition from PYP into MYP, the focus shifts from a transdisciplinary model into one that develops disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning. The MYP framework is inquiry-based and provides our students from Years 6-10 with a curriculum that is academically challenging while also developing life skills relevant to these adolescent years. It is during this time where self-esteem and identity are being forged, that the MYP can help to motivate the students and help them achieve success both in and outside of school. We understand that this success is dependent upon the student’s personal, social and emotional well-being and not just the academic ability. The MYP allows students to explore their personal strengths and learning styles that will ultimately guide them to take appropriate risks, and to reflect on, and develop, a strong sense of personal identity.
The MYP Curriculum consists of eight subject groups, with the addition of Christian Studies here at GNLC. Teachers plan units of work based around six Global Contexts and a number of related concepts that enable students to develop a greater understanding of how their own education is linked to the wider world around them.
The MYP culminates in our Year 10 students engaging in the Personal Project. This opportunity encourages the students to consolidate prior and subject-specific learning, and to develop an area of personal interest. The students will produce a truly personal and often creative product or outcome that demonstrates a consolidation of their learning throughout the MYP.
The IB Programme for Students
In the IB, students learn how to think for themselves and take responsibility for their own learning through an inquiry-led approach. By developing the attributes of the IB learner profile, students also learn how to demonstrate respect for themselves and others, developing international-mindedness by working with others for a shared purpose and taking positive action for change.
The IB Programme for Teachers
IB practitioners are among the most passionate and dedicated educators in the world; supported by transformative professional development experiences that allow them to do the same for students.
The IB for the School Community
In the IB, parents and the wider school community are also considered learners and valued as essential partners in students’ learning.
Becoming an IB World School takes dedication and commitment on the part of the school, parents, and learning community to meet rigorous quality assurance requirements. Once authorisation is confirmed, a regular cycle of support and evaluation ensures the highest quality assurance. It is expected that Good News will become an authorised IB school sometime in 2020.
As students move from primary to middle level education, they benefit from the IB’s consistent educational philosophy. The MYP shares the PYP’s commitment to learning through inquiry and continues to develop attributes of the IB learner profile. Careful alignment between the programmes helps students flourish personally and academically as they enter the world of early adolescence.