Why IB at TGS?

Broad and deep knowledge

IB students study a broad range of subjects. They choose one subject each from Literature, Foreign Languages, Social Sciences, Maths, Science and Art, and also have the option to choose an additional science instead of an arts subject. Students identify their three strongest subjects to extend their learning at Higher Level, the other three subjects are taken at Standard Level.

Well-rounded, balanced education

The IB is a holistic programme which emphasises the education of the whole person and rewards learning outside the classroom. Students are actively involved through their CAS course (Creativity, Activity and Service) in experiences which get them physically active and outside, creative, and in-touch with the needs of their school and community. Through CAS students become active team members, sportspeople and are involved in projects which give them leadership opportunities and experiences.

Student-led personalised learning

IB students explore areas of their own personal interest in all their subjects. They choose and design their inquiries and investigations with the support of their teachers. The Extended Essay and CAS experiences are other parts of the IB Diploma where students are in control of their own learning.

Critical thinking

Critical thinking is at the heart of all aspects of the IB Diploma. In Theory of Knowledge (TOK), students are encouraged to be thinkers, to understand different viewpoints, and to explore the nature of how we know what we know. This course helps to develop students’ logic and reasoning skills, and gives them huge confidence when it comes to discussing relevant issues, from AI, to medical ethics, to political conflicts.

Global awareness

IB students are well-equipped to succeed in a global world as all subjects teach a curriculum which is interculturally minded and broad. They become adept at collaborating with people and considering different viewpoints. Students also learn a foreign language - this is a huge advantage career-wise and a lifelong skill.

Reflective skills

IB students are required to thoughtfully reflect on their own learning process in order to understand how they learn. Students develop a mindset which is focused on self-awareness and improvement, they look forward to challenges and are always on the lookout for opportunities to learn and improve. Learning how to reflect effectively teaches students about themselves and gives them tools to cope with whatever situations they may face in the future.

University preparation

IB students complete an Extended Essay (EE) as part of the programme. They have to choose an area of interest, formulate a research question, carry out rigorous academic research and write an essay under the supervision of a subject specialist teacher. The EE is great practice to prepare students to succeed at university and it further develops students’ independent learning skills, academic research skills and motivation.

Contact Head of Faculty International Baccalaureate

For any queries please contact Jack Chapman, Head of Faculty International Baccalaureate.

j.chapman@tgs.school.nz

+ 64 9 489 4167 Ext 9298

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