Boronia K-12 College is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**
*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org
**Mission Statement from the IB 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. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
Boronia K-12 College has begun its journey to becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. In 2017, the college began exploring the IBs Primary Years Program (PYP) – a curriculum framework that shapes learning from our 3-year-old kinder to Year 6. We are now expecting full accreditation in 2021.
Through the PYP, students are able to build their understanding of six Transdisciplinary Themes throughout their years in the Junior School. Students learn transferable skills and discipline based knowledge through these engaging, challenging and significant units.
A guided inquiry approach is applied in all junior classrooms, which allows students to construct their understanding through exploration and make meaningful connections in their learning.
At the end of the PYP, in Year 6, students present an exhibition that celebrates their learning throughout their years in the Junior School. This exhibition requires students to work collaboratively to explore an aspect of one of the themes in depth and present to the school community.
The Learner Profile
Students will also develop the attributes of the PYP Learner Profile throughout their journey in the PYP and we believe these acquisition of these attributes is just as important as the other skills and understanding the build through the program. The attributes will make them well-prepared for their future education and to be productive and valuable citizens of the 21st century.
These attributes are visible in every classroom, are celebrated through weekly awards and are assessed within each unit of inquiry. These attributes also compliment our school values of Community, Achievement, Respect and Lifelong Learning.