Personal Projects

Personal Projects - MYP

MCSS is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP). The personal project is an assessable requirement for all year 9/10 students at Melba Copland Secondary School. It is a significant body of work produced over an extended period of time and most importantly, is a work of the student’s own initiative that reflects their experience with the Middle Years Programme.

The personal project encourages students to practise and strengthen their approaches to learning (ATL) skills, to consolidate prior and subject specific learning, and to develop an area of personal interest. The personal project provides an excellent opportunity for students to produce a truly personal and often creative product/outcome through a cycle of inquiry, action and reflection. It helps students develop attributes of the IB Learner profile; demonstrates a consolidation of their learning in the MYP and fosters the development of independent lifelong learners. The project offers many opportunities for differentiation of learning expression according to students’ individual needs. The personal nature of the project is important; the project should revolve around a challenge that motivates and interests the individual student.

It consists of four main components:

  • the product - the actual project itself
  • a process journal/portfolio
  • a project report - a structured written statement of between 1500 and 2500 words.
  • the exhibition and presentation at the forum.

Aims of the Personal Project

The aims of the personal project are to allow the student to:

  • participate in a sustained, self-directed inquiry within a global context
  • generate creative new insights and develop deeper understandings through in-depth investigation
  • demonstrate the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period of time
  • communicate effectively in a variety of situations
  • demonstrate responsible action through, or as a result of, learning
  • appreciate the process of learning and take pride in their accomplishments.


  • Investigating
    Define a clear goal and global context for the project, based on personal interests.
  • Planning
    Develop criteria for the product/outcome.
  • Taking Action
    Create a product/outcome in response to the goal, global context and criteria
  • Reflecting
    1. Evaluate the quality of the product/ outcome against their criteria.
    2. Reflect on how completing the project has extended their knowledge and understanding of the topic and the global context
    3. Reflect on their development as IB Learners through the project

Students will use the report of the personal project, as an opportunity to demonstrate how they have addressed each of the objectives. Students will be expected to communicate clearly, accurately and appropriately. The four objectives will be demonstrated holistically in the process, the product and the report or presentation of the project.

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