The International Baccalaureate Mission Statement
“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. Its 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.”
IB Leaner Profile
Informed by the International Baccalaureate (IB) mission to develop active, compassionate and lifelong learners, the IB programmes foster a distinctive set of attributes.
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 disciplines. IB students are extraordinarily well prepared for the academic requirements of university coursework.
Thinkers. They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize 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.
How does the IB Diploma work?
The IB Core Components
How to gain the IB Diploma
Learning Outside the Classroom
In Term 2 of the first year of the IB Diploma Programme the Year 12 (IB1) students attend an IB camp. It allows the students and the teachers an opportunity to engage in out-of-class and project based learning.
During their time at camp the students:
- Complete some Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) experiences
- Undertake some Theory of Knowledge (TOK) activities to extend the learning in class
- Participate in subject related activities.
- Discuss Time management and Self Management strategies relative to the IB Programme
International Baccalaureate Student World Conference (IBSWC)
The IB World Student Conferences bring together IB students from around the world to explore and experience what it means to be globally engaged and to inspire responsible action for making a better and more peaceful world. Year 12 students are invited to attend the IBSWC in their first year of the IB Diploma.
The Conference programme is designed around an engaging theme of global interest. Working in an academic setting, students develop creative ways to address the problems posed by conference leaders, while also allowing time for excursions and recreational activities. These experiences encourage the building of meaningful relationships with peers, and develop international understanding and leadership skills that benefit participants far beyond the conference week.
Click here to see the informative blog from the 2017 TGS trip to the IBSWC
This video includes information about the IB and the IBSWC as well as a cameo from TGS's very own CAS Coordinator, Steve Smith.