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IB Graduating Pathway

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

SOPHIA MUNDI STEINER SCHOOL is an accredited IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that (this school) believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) as IB World Schools can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme.

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I am delighted to introduce the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme to parents and the community at large. Sophia Mundi offers the IB Diploma Programme in years 11 and 12.  All the fine qualities of a Steiner education that produce a love of learning and a natural inquisitiveness about the world are integral to the IB philosophy. In this way, we are partnering with the most recognized global qualification for secondary students.

The IB is a celebrated curriculum recognized worldwide for its integrity and holistic principles of learning. The Diploma course aims to play its part in producing young people who are intellectually curious, skilled in a range of academic fields, and who seek to be creative, active and compassionate members of a the wider-world community. In these ways, the IB Diploma has become a symbol of academic integrity and intellectual promise throughout the world of international education. The IB Diploma is a sound preparation for life and a ‘passport to the future’ for students seeking entrance to universities and colleges in Australia, and overseas.

Sophia Mundi is renowned for its highly specialist, thoughtful and caring approach to mentoring student’s academic and personal growth. This will never change. With the introduction of the IB Diploma in senior classes only, our senior students will enjoy broader pathways to graduate and satisfy a wide–range of university entrance requirements. I can reassure existing and prospective parents that our students will be intellectually and pedagogically well equipped for the IB Diploma.

As we recognise that the Diploma is not a pathway for all students, the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) has developed an IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). This will be a new qualification that increases access to an IB education and is specifically designed to provide a flexible learning framework tailored by the school to meet the needs of students and the local community. 

We are committed to the principles of teaching the International Baccalaureate, which means our IB teachers have, or will have, attended IB workshops as part of our on-going commitment to the principles of IB teaching expertise. And we are not alone as the IB network of schools work collaboratively and well together.

The full IB Diploma is taught in Classes 11 and 12 with examinations taking place in the November session. Results are available the following January. In the full Diploma programme, each student studies a maximum of three Higher Level (HL) and three Standard Level (SL) subjects. IB candidates are also required to write an Extended Essay, complete studies in the Theory of Knowledge (TOK), and actively engage in Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) components. We are already satisfying some of these essentials in our current school curriculum. Selecting the ‘right’ IB subjects is of critical importance though: indeed, as it is with any curriculum. We will patiently assist each student in subject selection along with the help of our Careers Office. As a guide, we recommend that candidates study mathematics at the highest level of their capability to ensure a wide range of post schooling options.

The School hosts several IB Information Evenings throughout the year, and I encourage parents and students to attend these.

Warm regards,     Fiona Cock,  Diploma Coordinator

Sophia Mundi IB Handbook

IB Mission

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 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.

Aims and objectives of the Diploma Programme:

Provide an internationally acceptable qualification for entry into higher education

Promote international education and intercultural understanding

Develop a holistic view of knowledge that emphasizes the connections between the various fields of learning

Educate the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth in a student-centred philosophy

Develop enquiry and thinking skills, and the capacity to reflect upon and to evaluate actions critically.

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