International Baccalaureate Programme

John Paul College offers the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, as a study option to the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). Students complete the course over Years 11 and 12.

It is a challenging two-year curriculum that leads to a qualification that is widely recognised by the world’s leading universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, Heidelberg and the Sorbonne.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a globally recognised program of international education that is offered at John Paul College as pathway for students in the last two years of high school. It is a holistic academic pathway, where learning is challenging and broadly based, and one that reflects academic rigour, social responsibility, contribution and global intercultural understanding. The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The IBDP was established in 1968 and represents a very consistent curriculum for many globally mobile families. There are now around 153,000 IBDP students from schools in over 40 different countries; students undertaking the Diploma Programme at John Paul College become a part of a world-wide network and are able to collaborate with students and schools far beyond our local reach.

“What is of paramount importance in the pre-university stage is not what is learned but learning how to learn.”

Alec Peterson—First Director General International Baccalaureate—1972

The IB Diploma Programme aims to prepare students for success in higher education and beyond; it encourages students to become “active, compassionate and lifelong learners” (IB mission statement). The DP is focused on learning (and learning how to learn), not simply covering content. It works to increase students’ thinking, communication, metacognitive and affective skills, helping them to be self-regulated and independent learners.

Teaching and learning in the IBDP is:

  • based on inquiry
  • focused on conceptual understanding
  • developed in local and global contexts
  • focused on effective teamwork and collaboration
  • differentiated to meet the needs of all learners
  • informed by assessment (formative and summative)

The IB learner profile epitomises the attributes that IB World Schools foster, as they can help our students to become responsible members of local, national and global communities and create a better, more peaceful world. Our students will strive to be:

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

The Programme prepares students as they:

  • acquire breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, studying courses from 6 subject groups
  • develop the skills and positive attitude toward learning that will prepare them for higher education
  • study two languages and increase their understanding of cultures, including their own
  • make connections across traditional academic disciplines and explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique Theory of Knowledge course
  • undertake in-depth research into an area of interest through the lens of one or more academic disciplines in the Extended Essay
  • enhance their personal and interpersonal development through creativity, activity and service

 The Diploma Programme core

In addition to their disciplinary studies, all Diploma Programme students participate in the three elements that make up the core of the programme:

  • Theory of Knowledge
  • Creativity, Activity, Service
  • The Extended Essay

These three elements of the core complement each other, working together to achieve the following common aims:

  • To support, and be supported by, the academic disciplines
  • To foster international mindedness
  • To develop self-awareness and a sense of identity

For further information on our program, please download the Parent and Student Handbook.

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For further information on our this program, please download the Parent and Student Handbook here.