“To achieve an international education we work together to embrace and develop attributes of the IB learner profile. The profile combines knowledge, skills, and creative and critical thought to educate.”
Authorised to deliver the Primary Years Programme (PYP) in 2008, Selwyn House is committed to providing a continuum of international education to our students.
The focus from Early Childhood to Year 8 is on the total growth of the developing child, encompassing intellectual, social, physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs. The International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP is an international programme covering all subject areas.
The programme is grounded in a deeply held belief about the nature and future of international education and a firm desire to develop students who are international in their outlook.
An international education is dynamic and responds to ever-changing global needs. Through an exploration of concepts such as conflict resolution, communication and understanding relationships, cultural identity, history and responsibility (both environmental and human) we want to develop in our students an understanding that they can make a difference to their world, at both a local and global level.
The IB offers a continuum of high quality education that encourages international-mindedness and a positive attitude to learning. The IB programmes are accessible to students in over 140 countries through the close cooperation with the worldwide community of IB World Schools.
At the heart of the programme’s philosophy is a commitment to structured, purposeful inquiry as the vehicle for learning.
The programme of inquiry is based on six trans-disciplinary themes of global significance that provide a framework for exploration and study:
For more information please view the Primary Years Programme PDF.
The five essential elements (concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes and action) are incorporated into this framework so that students are given the opportunity to:
Teachers and students use key questions to structure their units of inquiry. Through planning, teaching, and assessment, the five essential elements of curriculum come together meaningfully. Through the PYP, the requirements of the New Zealand Curriculum in English, Mathematics, and Science can be addressed whilst still maintaining the IB philosophy and learning.
To achieve an international education we work together as teachers and students to embrace and develop in each other the attributes of the IB learner profile.
As a community of learners at Selwyn House School, we welcome the challenges of the 21st Century by developing in each of our girls the capacity and ability to be:
“When students are involved in reflecting about assessment they are able to take control of their learning.”