International Baccalaureate
Middle Years Programme - Years 6 to 10

"We value the provision of a balanced education where
spiritual, physical, intellectual and emotional growth
are seen as complementary."
                                                                                             (SDPC Vision Statement)

St Dominic's Priory College and the International Baccalaureate (IB), aim to "develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world" (from Principles into Practice).  The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) has been developed specifically to meet the needs of emerging adolescents in Years 6-10, who are developing their identity, spirituality and self-esteem. 

The IB MYP provides a framework in which our students develop skills, attitudes and knowledge that will enable them to successfully engage in the world around them, whilst preparing them for senior secondary education.

Concept-driven Contextual Curriculum

Teaching and learning in the IB MYP involves students accessing a broad range of content from the Australian Curriculum to develop conceptual understanding in context.  It is important that the big ideas inherent in concepts are given a global context, in order to offer new perspectives and to refine understanding.  The IB MYP identifies six global contexts for teaching and learning:

  • Identities and relationships
  • Orientation in space and time
  • Personal and cultural expression
  • Scientific and technical innovation
  • Globalisation and sustainability
  • Fairness and development

These contexts pose important questions for students to answer including: Who am I? What is the meaning of space and time? What is the nature and purpose of creative expression? How do we understand the world in which we live? How is everything connected? What are the consequences of our common humanity?

Interdisciplinary Learning

In the IB MYP students are encouraged to see the connections between content, skills and concepts to address common real-world issues.  All students will experience at least one interdisciplinary unit in each year of the programme.  This will involve two or more subjects integrating to create new understanding.  Students may demonstrate this through explaining a phenomenon, solving a problem or creating a product in ways that would have been unlikely through a single subject.

Approaches to Learning

In the IB MYP students will be given the opportunity to develop skills that have relevance across the curriculum.  These skills help students "learn how to learn".  The focus of these skills are on: communication, collaboration, self-management, research and thinking.  As the girls progress through the five years of the programme the Approaches to Learning skills (ATL) empower them to meet the objectives of the following subjects:

  • Language Acquisition (French or Italian)
  • Language and Literature (English)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Arts (Music, Drama, Art)
  • Individuals and Societies (Religious Education, Geography, History, Commerce)
  • Design (Digital)

For further details about the individual subjects please see the online Curriculum Handbook.

Service and Action

"We value the importance of student outreach
in service to the wider community."
                                                                      (SDPC Vision Statement)

Teaching and learning in the IB MYP should provide opportunities for students to develop plans and partnerships to meet real identified needs in the community using a service learning model.  Students will be explicitly shown a service learning process so that they can participate as a group or initiate their own activities which incorporate their interests, skills and talents.  Our girls will be guided and supported through their engagement with service as action to:

  • Become more aware of their own strengths and areas for growth
  • Undertake challenges that develop new skills
  • Discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities
  • Persevere in action
  • Work collaborative with others
  • Develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism, and intercultural understanding
  • Consider the ethical implication of their actions

The Learner Profile

"We value inner discipline in the development of character
and in the achievement of individual excellence."
                                                                                                      (SDPC Vision Statement)

As students experience the broad nature of the Middle Years Programme they will have the opportunity to develop the following attributes which recognise the development of character:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-Takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

Personal Project

The culminating experience for all IB MYP students is the Personal Project which will begin in the later part of Year 9 and finish in Year 10.  The Personal Project encourages the girls to "practice and strengthen the ATL skills, consolidate prior and subject-specific learning and develop an area of personal interest" (from Principles into Practice).  This is an excellent pre-cursor to the SACE Research Project as well as a showcase of the skills gained during the Middle Years Programme.

Key findings from research on the impact of the IB Middle Years Programme

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) explored Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) student performance in comparison with non-IB students in mathematics, reading, and expository and narrative writing.  The data from a total of 50,714 international students, 68% of whom were IB students, suggested that the PYP and MYP cohort performed better than their non-IB peers in all four assessment areas and at many grade levels.  MYP students scored particularly well in Grades 9 and 10 mathematics and reading, as IB student averages were significantly higher than OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) means for these subjects (Tan and Bibby 2012).- IB publications

For further key findings please click here.

Further Resources

For an IB brochure outlining the MYP please click here.

For the IB website please click here.

For General Regulations: Middle Years Programme please click here.

To see the slideshow presented at our MYP Parent Information Evening, click here. [for Vietnamese: click here.]

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