WHAT IS THE IB PROGRAM?

CREATING A BETTER WORLD THROUGH EDUCATION – Neville Grieger (Principal)
Navigator College is an IB school. From time to time, families ask us what that means in plain English. There are some misconceptions about the IB, which we would like to clarify:

First of all, there are three IB programmes available for school age students:

  • PYP: Primary Years Programme (from Early Learning to Year 5)
  • MYP: Middle Years Programme (currently Year 6 to Year 10)
  • Diploma: Diploma Programme Year 11 and 12 (not currently offered at Navigator)

“The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is more than its educational programmes and certificates. At our heart we are motivated by a mission to create a better world through education. We value our hard earned reputation for quality, for high standards and for pedagogical leadership. We achieve our goals by working with partners and by actively involving our stakeholders, particularly teachers.” Source: http://www.ibo.org/en/programmes/

The IB is not about preparing students to attend an international university. Rather the Primary (PYP) and Middle Years (MYP) programmes offered at Navigator, guarantee that students will experience a world class education. The IB accreditation requirements are stringent. The ongoing monitoring by the IB organization provides an assurance that the standards of teaching and learning are high. The school and individual staff are kept highly accountable for the quality of the teaching and learning that is being delivered. At the heart of the IB is a commitment to engage students in their learning, to be independent learners, to help them soar to heights beyond their potential.

Navigator College is the only educational site this side of Adelaide that offers both the Primary Years and Middle Years Programmes.

The IB is to education like the Australian Standards Framework is to Business and Industry. The College website offers more information about the programme and we encourage you to follow this link to inquire further – http://www.navigator.sa.edu.au/being-an-ib-school/

 

FOCUSING ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE WHOLE CHILD – Nola Kennedy-Williams (PYP Coordinator)
The Primary Years Program (PYP) focuses on the development of the whole child, and provides a framework that can meet a child’s academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural needs. It is inquiry based and lends itself to being integrated across the curriculum. Students take ownership of their learning and develop skills and attitudes to help prepare them as a life long learner in an ever-changing global world that seems to be getting smaller and smaller with our IT connections.

How many of us as adults are in the same job as when we left school? Career change is going to be even more relevant for our children. Career change statistics suggest that the average person will be making a career change approximately 5-7 times during their working life. What we’re seeing more and more in education, along with strong traditional skills in Literacy and Numeracy, is the need for the deliberate teaching of skills, strategies and attitudes that will enable our students to be life long learners, to be globally aware and to be locally and globally interactive.

The International Baccalaureate Organisation has identified essential skills that help equip us as life long learners: skills in thinking, communication, social skills, self-management skills and research skills. Skills that enable successful self-management, positive interpersonal relationships in families, in the workplace and in society.

“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.” We’re on board with that!

Find out more by following the below links. http://bettereducation.com.au/Resources/IBSchools.aspx and http://www.careers-advice-online.com/career-change-statistics.html

 

WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM? – Sarah Smith (MYP Coordinator)
In the previous two Port Lincoln Times newsletters, we have tried to help our families understand what the International Baccalaureate is all about. This week we see the conclusion to the series, with a more detailed explanation of the Middle Years Program (MYP).

In November 2015 Navigator College was granted authorisation to run the Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Years 6 – 10 after successfully meeting a stringent set of standards and practices set by the International Baccalaureate Organisation. There are over 1300 schools world-wide who offer the MYP including 21 schools here in South Australia, while Navigator College is the only authorised IB World School on the Eyre Peninsula.

Here at Navigator College we strive to offer the best education for our students. That is why we have made the decision to become an MYP school. The MYP does more than other curriculum frameworks – it nurtures the whole child and focuses on helping students to think critically and challenge assumptions. The MYP’s focus on intercultural awareness and global contexts helps give our students a solid grounding as they learn to navigate and participate in our ever-evolving global community.

The MYP places importance on a broad and balanced approach to education which is why our students have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of subject groups and disciplines right from the beginning of their MYP journey in Year 6. With more additions to our MYP subject offerings in 2017, our Year 6 and Year 7 students will have the opportunity to engage in a range of practical subjects such as Food and Hospitality, Design and Technology, Music, Dance, Drama and Visual Art. These primary aged students reap the benefits of being on an R-12 site as they are able to make use of our modern innovative facilities (such as our industrial style kitchen) as they engage in this wide range of disciplines.

There are exciting times ahead for the MYP! We are very excited to announce that 2017’s Year 6 and Year 7 students will be the first to experience our newly introduced Bands Program. Each student in Year 6 and 7 will be provided with an instrument, given lessons and participate in ensembles and bands as a part of their Music studies for the year. More details and information about this program will be provided to students and families in the coming weeks.

For more information about the Middle Years Programme you can access their website www.ibo.org or contact the College.