Junior School

International Baccalaureate

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Ravenswood is seeking accreditation to run the International Baccalaureate programme in the Junior School.

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) was introduced by the International Baccalaureate Organisation almost 20 years ago and meets the NSW Board of Teaching and Educational Standards NSW curriculum requirements, while allowing for student-directed learning.

The PYP invigorates learning and teaching and enhances school community and culture. The evidence suggests that not only do PYP students do better academically, they become more confident and articulate, blossoming into lifelong learners. It is an approach that allows for differentiation and engages and extends everyone from advanced students to those who find classroom learning more challenging. By studying this way, the girls can learn English through History or English through Science and not only gain more understanding but have more time to spend on each subject. Head of Junior School, Mrs Cheryl Bailey, introduced trans-disciplinary learning seven years ago and has been running weekly professional development for the Junior School teachers ever since. The PYP also allows both students and teachers to develop international mindedness. PYP units of inquiry are motivated by the mission of the International Baccalaureate to create a better world through education.

The path to PYP accreditation takes roughly two years and Ravenswood has been appointed a consultant to work closely with PYP Coordinator and Deputy Head of Junior School, Mrs Anne Gruenewald and staff, to oversee the implementation of the philosophy and curriculum.

Find out more about the PYP by visiting IBO.