International Baccalaureate

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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.

Informed by these values, an IB education:

  • centres on learners focusing on cognitive, social, emotional and physical wellbeing
  • emphasises excellence in teaching and learning
  • works within global contexts
  • explores significant content through critical engagement, challenge and progressive thinking
  • develops multilingual, internationally-minded students

To this end, the organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations 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. For more information, please click here.

All the International Baccalaureate programmes are embedded in Somerset College's Teaching and Learning framework. From Pre-Prep to Year 5 the Primary Years Programme (PYP) provides the essential building blocks of literacy and numeracy with the culminating experience of the PYP Exhibition.

From Years 6 to 10, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) emphasises the diversity of education across a wide range of learning areas. There is a focus on developing students who are self-directed, self-regulated, independent and autonomous learners. The Service requirements provide opportunities for our students to be active and caring members of their local, national and global communities. In the final year of the Programme students undertake the Personal Project. The Project provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate their ability to pursue new learning and to be able to self-regulate their learning in order to accomplish an outcome that reflects a significant achievement in an area of personal interest.

In Years 11 and 12, our students can opt for the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) pathway, the OP, or continue the International Baccalaureate methodology in the Diploma Programme. In both programmes, the essential tenets of service and academic rigour, with a global outlook, shape our students for their boundless future.

Underpinning all IB Programmes is the Learner Profile. This is a set of ten attributes that represent a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond intellectual development and academic success. The Learner Profile describes that attributes and outcomes of education for international mindedness and for students to develop the skill and passion to be active, compassionate life-long learners. In developing the Learner Profile our students strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.