In consonance with the vision of the school which proposes to prepare dynamic and caring citizens who will meet the challenges of a global society, we commenced the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in the year 2012. IBDP is a comprehensive and cohesive international programme of education that prepares students aged 16 to 19 for success at University and life beyond. The research based curriculum focuses on developing various attributes in a student that seem to be in perfect sync with our vision and mission. IBDP, as a curriculum has already received wide acceptance from the knowledge community world over because it focuses not just on ‘what’ one learns but also explores the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ behind it. It purports to develop that quintessential spirit of inquiry that is a prerequisite for independent learning and enables young students to explore knowledge in a holistic way. Because of its academic rigor and personal challenge, IB is a favoured curriculum of many esteemed universities all over the world.
Education outside the classroom
Classrooms and school buildings can restrict or support the learning/teaching environment. The more students are involved with the learning process and with decision-making about their learning, the greater the learning outcome. A key purpose of our written curriculum is to provide improved and more coherent opportunities for students and teachers to use cross-disciplinary elements as vehicles for learning across curricular areas and subjects. Educational experiences outside the classroom are often easier for the wider community to relate to, so reflections on these experiences can often form powerful aspects of a student’s identity. At the Heritage, we try to provide a progressive range of learning experiences outside the classroom, including at least one residential experience, for all young people, incorporating an element of outdoor/experiential education. It provides a very important setting for young people to discover more about themselves, develop environmental awareness and engage in debate around sustainability issues. Young people benefit from regular opportunities to learn in an outdoor setting, and relate theory to practical real life situations.
IB learners and the IB learner profile
At the centre of IB education are students with their own learning styles, strengths and challenges. Students come to school with combinations of unique and shared patterns of values, knowledge and experience of the world and their place in it .Promoting open communication based on understanding and respect, Heritage encourages students to become active, compassionate lifelong learners. IBDP is holistic in nature—it is concerned with the development of the whole person. Along with cognitive development, IB programmes and qualifications address students’ social, emotional and physical well-being.
The learner profile is the IB’s mission in action. It requires IB learners to strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers (courageous), balanced and reflective. These attributes of internationally minded people represent a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond a concern for intellectual development and academic
content. They imply a commitment to implement standards and practices that help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them.