Sophia Mundi is one of only two Steiner schools in Australia to incorporate the IB Diploma into the final two years of secondary school. The decision to introduce the IB in 2011 (with the first class graduating in 2013) was made to offer new and continuing students greater flexibility in terms of their subject specialisations and career pathways. A middle ground between the VCE and Steiner Education, the IB enables the student to focus on areas of strength while at the same time covering a vast range of subject areas to provide a rounded holistic education. A demanding and rigorous Diploma requiring considerable application and focus, the IB is well suited to the kind of learning environment that Sophia Mundi provides.Our quiet, harmonious and relatively small class sizes and numerous specialist staff provide the student with the consistent, supportive environment needed to fulfil and succeed in their assessments and final exams.
Senior Secondary, IB and Steiner Education
The decision to introduce the IB Diploma into Sophia Mundi was made with the conscious acknowledgement of the coherence between the educational philosophy of the IB and the pedagogical principles of Steiner Education. We place great emphasis on preserving this sense of coherence and continuity for our students. Many of our teachers cross over with the students from middle school into the IB, while the students themselves hold onto a strong sense of their evolving place in the school community. As with Steiner Education, the IB structures its diploma curriculum around holistic values that focus not only on the students’ intellectual development but also on their growth as emotional and social beings. These values are integrated throughout all the subjects of the diploma. Perhaps most notably, the IB diploma requires students to develop their sense of social identity and responsibility as members of local, national and global communities. As an international programme, the IB stimulates an international awareness of the differences and commonalities that link and differentiate the many communities of our world.
The IB Curriculum
The IB is a two-year programme that engages the senior secondary student across sixdifferentiated fields (groups) of study. The International Baccalaureate’s mission is 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.
For further information about the IBO and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org.