International Baccalaureate

Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS) is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School authorised to offer both, the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the Diploma Programme.

The PYP is for pupils aged 3 to 12 and focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the outside world.

The Diploma Programme is for students aged 16 to 19. It is a demanding two year curriculum leading to final examinations and a qualification that is welcomed by leading universities around the world.

The IB does not own or administer any of the schools that employ its world renowned education programmes. CGGS will work in partnership with the IB to share in the commitment to providing your child with the highest level of international education.

Recognised internationally

The IB Programmes are recognised by all major tertiary institutions in Australia and the IB works with 2,816 schools in 138 countries to offer the three IB programs: Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) and Diploma Program, to approximately 775,000 students world-wide. In Australia there are currently 127 IB World Schools.

The IB 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 IB works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

 IB learners strive to be: 

Communicators

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.

Knowledgeable

They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In doing so, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Reflective

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.

Open-minded

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.

Principled

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.

Inquirers

They develop their natural curiosity. They 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.

Risk-takers

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.

Caring

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.

Balanced

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

Thinkers

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