International Education – International Baccalaureate
It is essential that schools provide their students with strong skills in literacy and numeracy and St John’s Anglican College excels in this area with its explicit approach to teaching essential concepts. But a good education for children today must also address the global nature of our community and ensure that students graduate with the skills and attitudes they need to succeed outside the familiarity of home and school.
This is why we have a strong focus on being internationally minded at St John’s. We want our students to be able to see more than their own perspectives, to be open to new ideas and develop a broader understanding of the diverse variety of global issues. We may look for strategies and activities to help children develop international mindedness but strategies are not as good as the right mindset or way of thinking. With the right mindset there are endless strategies and actions young people can initiate themselves.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profile has been designed to help students develop a positive frame of mind and international mindedness. The ten attributes of the Learner Profile represent the International Baccalaureate mission of educating young people to recognise their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet and work towards creating a better and more peaceful world.
The ten attributes for IB students include the following:
• Inquirers – They conduct inquiry research and show independence in learning
• Knowledgeable – They explore concepts, ideas and issues
• Thinkers – They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively
• Communicators – They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively
• Principled – They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect
• Open-minded – They understand and appreciate their own cultures and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions
• Caring – They show empathy, compassion and respect
• Courageous – They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought
• Balanced – They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance
• Reflective – They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience
We are very fortunate to be a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program and Middle Years Program and to introduce our students to the IB Learner Profile. As students learn to apply these attributes at home and beyond school they grow to become internationally minded and people of influence in their communities, now and in the future.
The extra opportunities St John’s provides really prepare students for life beyond school, and in particular, for life in the global community in which we now live.