International Baccalaureate - Education for Life

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) 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 IBO works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

IB - International Baccalaureate - Diploma Programme

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet help to create a better and more peaceful world. The following Subjects and Units are offered at Werribee Secondary College for the IB. More detailed information is available for each subject.

At Werribee Secondary College, the IB Diploma will provide students with:

- international recognition by universities
- compulsory breadth and depth
- a means of better catering for individual student learning differences
- a wide range of pre-tertiary skill development
- a further development of the attitude of altruism; and
- a more mobile and academically diverse student population

IB learners strive to be:

Inquirers - They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Knowledgeable - They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of discipline.

Thinkers - They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognise and approach complex problems, and make reasoned ethical decisions.

Communicators - They understand and express ideas and Information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

Principled - They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Open-minded - They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view and are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring - They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Risk-takers - They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

Balanced - They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

Reflective - They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

IB Diploma Curriculum

The IB Diploma Curriculum model is represented by a hexagon, with six academic subject areas surrounding the core. Subjects are studied concurrently for two years. By arranging work in this fashion, students are able to explore some subjects in depth and others more broadly; which represents a compromise between the early specialisation in some national systems and the breadth found in others.

Subject choice requirements ensure that the science-orientated student is challenged to learn a foreign language and the natural linguist becomes familiar with the scientific processes. While balance is maintained, flexibility is catered for with the student choosing their Higher Level subjects to pursue areas of personal interest and to meet special requirements for university entrance.

Core Studies of the International Baccalaureate Diploma

The unique features of the IB Diploma are the three core studies that allow students to extend and enhance their learning and embrace the culture and ethos of our own attitudes and values through the depth and breadth of academic offerings and the emphasis placed on Creativity, Action and Service. In developing the role of service to the community, a sense of global humanity and tolerance is fostered, all in tune with mission statement and ideals of Werribee Secondary College.

The core areas of study of the IB are:

- Extended Essay
- Theory of Knowledge
- Creativity, Action and Service

Academic Subjects

The academic subjects offered are grouped. Diploma candidates are required to select one subject from each of the six subject areas, with:

- at least three, and not more than four taken at Higher Level (HL); and
- the remaining subjects are taken at Standard Level (SL).

An HL course represents 240 teaching hours over the two-year period and an SL course represents 150 teaching hours over the two-year period.  At Werribee Secondary College were currently offer:

Group 1 - IB Language and Literature: ENGLISH

Group 2 - IB Language: SPANISH AB INITIO (BEGINNER)

Group 3 - IB Individuals and Societies: ECONOMICS, HISTORY, PSYCHOLOGY

Group 4 - IB Experimental Sciences: BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY

Group 5 - IB Mathematical Studies: MATHEMATICAL STUDIES, MATHEMATICS

Group 6 - IB The Arts and Electives: MUSIC, VISUAL ARTS

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