Living the IB Learner Profile

6 June 2018

Head of Secondary - Mr Jason DayThe International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a programme of international education designed to help students develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to participate actively and responsibly in a changing world.  The MYP curriculum comprises eight subject groups: Language acquisition (Spanish / Japanese); Language and literature (English); Individuals and societies (History / Geography); Sciences; Mathematics; Arts (Visual Art / Music / Drama); Physical and health education; and Design and in the Australian context, the knowledge and skills for these subject disciplines is drawn from the Australian Curriculum.

The MYP dovetails nicely into the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and at Moreton Bay Boys’ College, we implement the MYP in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. Through the implementation of the MYP, we aim to develop the IB Learner Profile attributes in the boys. These 10 attributes are:

Inquirers: They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Knowledgeable: They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Thinkers: They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators: They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

Principled: They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Open-minded: They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring: They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Risk-takers: They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

Balanced: They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

Reflective: They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

While teachers and I observe the boys developing and demonstrating these skills in the classroom and at school based activities and events, it is pleasing to see the boys refer to the IB Learner Profile attributes when describing situations that occur in their personal lives. Over the next few weeks, I encourage you to engage your son in a discussion as to whether he is demonstrating the IB Learner Profile attributes. For example, your family may attend a new restaurant and your son may baulk at items on the menu. Ask him if he is being a Risk Taker. I am sure that a variety of opportunities will arise for you.

If you have any questions regarding the implementation of the MYP at Moreton Bay Boys’ College, please do not hesitate to contact the MYP Coordinator, Mrs Leigh Ann Cadzow-Andreas.

Have a great fortnight.

Jason Day
Head of Secondary


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