International Baccalaureate

For young people today, there can be no better preparation for life after school than the programmes of the International Baccalaureate.

Helena College offers the IB Middle Years Programme for Years 6-10 at the Glen Forrest Campus and is developing the IB Primary Years Programme for K-Year 5 at the Darlington Campus.

Both programmes enrich the academic and personal development of each student by catering for their individual strengths and learning preferences. The IB is an inquiry based approach that helps students reach a deeper level of understanding of the content in the Australian Curriculum. By the time our students undertake the Western Australian Certificate of Education in Years 11-12, they have developed critical and creative thinking skills that serve them well for study and for life.

IB Programmes equip our students to flourish in a constantly changing world, by developing the ten essential attributes – Balanced, Caring, Communicators, Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Open-minded, Principled, Reflective, Risk takers, Thinkers – of the IB learner profile.

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Primary Years Programme

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The PYP develops each child’s capacity for lifelong, independent learning, with an emphasis on global thinking, research skills and strong personal values. The core learning of the Australian Curriculum is addressed through a series of investigations into big ideas such as ‘Who are we?’, ‘Where we are in place and time’, ‘How we express ourselves’, How the world works’, ‘How we organise ourselves’ and ‘Sharing the Planet’. These investigations are trans-disciplinary, meaning that they focus on issues that go across subject areas.

The PYP programme strengthens each child’s academic, social and emotional development through the development of knowledge, concepts, skills and attitudes that children will need for successful lives beyond the classroom.

Middle Years Programme

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Like the PYP, the MYP is an inquiry based framework for learning the essential content of the Australian Curriculum. The focus is less on simply transmitting knowledge and more on developing young people as active learners, as well as creative and critical thinkers.

The five year programme, from Years 6-10, encourages students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the world at large, with a particular emphasis on the global nature of today’s society. In the final year, each student works on a highly personal and creative piece of work that demonstrates their ability to conduct independent work. Each year these very impressive works are displayed at an IB Middle Years Programme personal project exhibition, which is open to the public.

For more information

Contact the IB Primary Years Programme  Coordinator, Tory McPherson, or visit the IB PYP webpage.

Contact Deputy Principal – Curriculum and IB Middle Years Programme Coordinator, Bob Simpson or visit the IB MYP webpage.

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