Middle Years Program

What is the IB Middle Years Programme?

Melba Copland Secondary School is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. The International Baccalaureate offers a continuum of school programs, including the Primary Years Programme and the Diploma Programme for matriculating Year 11 and 12 students. The Diploma Programme is offered on our college campus.

MCSS will teach the Australian curriculum through the supportive pedagogy offered by the MYP. The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement - essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders. (International education - International Baccalaureate)

The IB MYP offers

  • based teaching and learning strategies
  • Building of conceptual knowledge in subject areas
  • Differentiation to meet individual student needs
  • Responding to rich, real world assessment tasks
  • Assessment against agreed upon standards

What does the MYP Look Like for Students?

  • Addresses holistically students' intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being
  • students opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need in order to manage complexity and take responsible action for the future
  • Ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups.
  • students to participate in service within the community
  • All subjects for the Australian Curriculum will be taught through the MYP framework.
  • The curriculum contains eight subject groups together with a core made up of five areas of interaction in one of the core areas of the programme: Approaches to Teaching and Learning.

IB Middle Years Programme

  • The five areas of interaction build skills in communication, social relationships, self-management, research and thinking
  • In years 9 and 10 students undertake a personal project, requiring their own design, research and presentation of ideas.
  • Assessment is criteria based. The criteria are consistent with those in the Australian Curriculum for subjects developed so far. In each year, students are assessed against international agreed assessment standards. Australian Curriculum grading will also remain in place.
  • The school will provide certification against MYP achievement standards in Year 10. Service components will also be recognised.
  • A vital part of the student journey through MCSS has been fundraising and contributions to community events and causes. The MYP supports a community of service culture, encouraging students to contribute to their school, local and global communities.

What does Teaching in the MYP Look Like?

  • Student management and pastoral care are supported by the IB Learner profile
  • Teaching is inquiry based and focuses on conceptual understanding.
  • Both the IB and Australian Curriculum require differentiation to enable all students to access the curriculum. Resources are provided for students with special needs.

IB Model for Differentiation

IB Model for differentiation

  • Unit planning across the school ensures a cohesive and well structured delivery of the Australian Curriculum
  • The programme has been organised with developmentally - appropriate attention to:
    • conceptual understanding
    • teaching and learning in context
    • approaches to learning (ATL)
    • service as action (community service)
    • language and identity
    • learning diversity and inclusion.
  • Attention to global contexts is a feature of an IB education. The diagram shows identified global contexts suggested for unit planning. Teachers are encouraged to consider wider global contexts in their teaching and the learning experiences of their students. Reflection and international mindedness are component parts of our curriculum.

The diagram shows identified global contexts suggested for unit planning

  • Training is provided by the IB and teacher’s qualifications are then recognised across the world. There are many opportunities for work in international schools for IB trained teachers.

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