Primary Years Programme (PYP)

The John Paul College Primary School was proud to be the first school in Brisbane to be authorised by the International Baccalaureate to run the Primary Years Programme (PYP).

This programme is designed for students aged four to twelve, and focuses on the education and growth of the whole child academically, socially, physically, emotionally and culturally.

PYP encourages the students to become active, passionate and lifelong learners.

Please download our Primary Years Programme Presentation here.



What do our PYP Students Strive for?

They strive to be:


Our students develop their natural curiosity and 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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.

In addition, all students from Year 4 onwards, participate in the John Paul College Notebook Computer Program and are supplied with their own personal notebook computer, which they will routinely use as a part of their day-to-day learning.

In the PYP it is both recognised and appreciated that students come into the programme from various backgrounds and a wealth of experience.

All teachers have a responsibility to assess student development in the context of the IB learner profile.  In the context of PYP, our school is considered to be a community of learners where everyone (teacher, student, parent) is a learner.

Please view our Primary Years Programme for 2017.