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International Baccalaureate (IB)

Calamvale Community College is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Primary Years Programme. The College is currently pursuing authorisation as an IB World School. This process will involve an authorisation visit for the Diploma Programme in May 2018 and for the Primary Years Programme in June 2018.

Once authorised, two IB Programmes will be available to students:

  • Primary Years Programme - for students aged 5 to 12 years (Prep to Year 6)

  • Diploma Programme - for students in Years 11 to 12

The International Baccalaureate was introduced in 1968 with an original purpose of facilitating the international mobility of students through a curriculum and qualification that is recognised by universities around the world.

The IB philosophy strongly aligns with the College’s vision and focus of creating a better world through education by fostering the cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity of its students, providing them with increased opportunities to pursue international study and career options, and connecting students with the global community.

The IB complements our existing student curriculum, bolsters the breath and depth of our extra-curricula activities, foregrounds the importance of second language acquisition with Ab Initio subjects, and deepens our commitment to community service projects through the CAS Program.

The introduction of the IB Diploma and Primary Years Programme will facilitate Calamvale Community College to further become a “College of Choice” where students are afforded the opportunity to choose their academic and future career trajectory – whether this includes performing on stage, creating artistic works, speaking other languages, excelling in the sciences, or applying cutting-edge technologies, Calamvale Community College will be the first choice for all students.

The IB Programmes are rigorous and challenging, however all prospective students will be supported by our implementation of holistic wellbeing programs underpinned by the Positive Education framework, as well as our sustained focus on student support.

IB Learner Profile

The IB Learner profile comprises ten attributes that can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national, and global communities:

  • Inquirers

    • We nurture curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

  • Open-minded

    • We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

  • Knowledgable

    • We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

  • Caring

    • We show empathy, compassion, and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

  • Thinkers
    • We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

  • Risk-takers

    • We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

  • Communicators

    • We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

  • Balanced

    • We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives – intellectual, physical, and emotional – to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognise our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

  • Principled

    • We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

  • Reflective

    • We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.


Resources from the IB Organisation

*Only schools authorised by the IB Organisation can offer any of its academic programmes. Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorisation will be granted.

  • Creativity Activity Service

    Welcome to the Calamvale Community College CAS program of the IB Diploma. This guide is written for the benefit of IB Diploma students – but will also provide parents, staff and other community members with an understanding of the CAS program