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IB Middle Years Programme (Yr8-10)

Welcome to the Le Fevre High School Course Information guide.

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Please be sure to use the following table when choosing your courses for years 8 – 10


What is an IB education?

The IB continuuIBMYPm of international education for 3 to 19 year olds is unique because of its academic and personal rigour. We challenge students to excel in their studies and in their personal growth. We aim to inspire a quest for learning throughout life that is marked by enthusiasm and empathy. The IB aspires to help schools develop well-rounded students with character who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex and unpredictable situations. The IB offers high-quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision. Informed by the values described in the learner profile, an IB education:




  • Focuses on learners – the IB’s student-centred programmes promote healthy relationships, ethical responsibility and personal challenge
  • Develops effective approaches to teaching and learning – IB programmes help students to develop the attitudes and skills they need for both academic and personal success
  • Works within global contexts – IB programmes increase understanding of languages and cultures, and explore globally significant ideas and issues
  • Explores significant content – IB programmes offer a curriculum that is broad and balanced, conceptual and connected.

IB learners strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. These attributes represent a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond intellectual development and academic success.


 What is the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)?

The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning which encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasises intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and to the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement, qualities that are essential for life in the 21st century.


The IB Middle Years Programme

  • Addresses students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being
  • Enables students to understand and manage the complexities of our world, and provides them with the skills and attitudes they need in order to take responsible action for the future
  • Ensures breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding through the study of eight subject areas
  • Requires the study of at least two languages to support students in understanding their own culture and that of others
  • Provides the opportunity for students to undertake an independent project into an area of interest.


 The MYP : a unique approach, relevant for today’s global society

  • At the core of all IB Programmes is the learner profile, 10 attributes fostered in students that promote their development as responsible members of their local, national and global communities. These attributes are developed through student participation in the MYP. Other distinctive features of the MYP include:
  • Key and related concepts are big ideas, which form the basis of teaching and learning in the MYP. They ensure breadth and depth in the curriculum and promote learning within and across traditional disciplines.
  • Global contexts provide shared starting points for inquiry into what it means to be internationally minded, framing a curriculum that promotes multilingualism, intercultural understanding and global engagement.
  • Approaches to teaching and learning, a unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, are skills which help students manage their own learning. They provide a foundation for success in further education and the world beyond the classroom


The Personal Project

The Personal Project is an important part of the MYP. Students learn to manage and direct their own inquiry and further develop the skills they have learned through the MYP. Under a teacher’s supervision, each student leads the process of developing the Personal Project. The project is introduced in Year 9 and completed in year 10. Students conduct research into an area of personal interest which leads to the creation of a significant product or outcome.


Assessment in the MYP : rigorous criteria, applied consistently worldwide

MYP assessment standards are consistent around the world. In order to maintain the rigour for which the IB is renowned, the MYP assessment model is criterion-related. Teachers structure varied and valid assessment tasks so that students can demonstrate achievement according to objectives defined by the IB. Tasks are assessed against established criteria, not against the work of other students.

A good curriculum develops a range of student skills. The Middle Years Programme encourages teachers to assess this acquired skill set, including how to succeed in written examinations. Typical MYP assessment tasks include open-ended, problem-solving activities and investigations, organized debates, tests and examinations, hands-on experimentation, analysis and reflection. MYP assessment is carried out by teachers, according to the criteria defined by the IB.

“The MYP has transformed our approach to teaching and learning. It allows our teachers to teach courses which are genuinely stimulating, and focused on the expectations and aspirations of our students, and it allows our students to engage with a curriculum which is rigorous, imaginative and interdisciplinary.

“It is the best middle school programme available in the world and I would urge all schools who are academically ambitious – for their staff and students – to introduce it as soon as they can. In doing so, not only will they best prepare students for further education, but also provide them with that unique, rounded perspective of ourselves and the world around us that IB students can have.”


The IB Mission

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end, the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.


 The IB Learner Profile


The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing our common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet help to create a better and more peaceful world. IB learners strive to be:







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


IBMYP and the Australian Curriculum

The IBMYP has eight areas of study which align with those of the Australian Curriculum and the current South Australian Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) requirements.


 Language and literature     English
 Language Acquisition     Indonesian
 Individuals and Societies     Home Economics
 Health and Physical Education     History and Geography
 Sciences     Health and Physical Education
 Arts     Science
 Mathematics     Visual & Performing Arts





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