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Diploma

Location Terrey Hills, New South Wales, Australia
Website http://www.giss.nsw.edu.au
Email info@giss.nsw.edu.au
Phone +61 (2) 9485 1900
Fax +61 (2) 9485 1999
 
Homestay program for international students

The German International School Sydney (GISS) is the chosen school for some 360 students from diverse social and linguistic backgrounds, pre-school to Year 12.  We follow a Reggio Emilia play based approach to learning in Pre-school, a Montessori enquiry based model in Primary K-Year 4, a blended combination of the NSW & German curricula in Junior Secondary Years 5-10 and then, the IB Diploma Programme in Senior Secondary, Years 11 & 12.  Our internationally minded students share an outwardly oriented, multicultural education that in many ways reflects the global mobility of our wider community.  As such, the IB Diploma is the only curriculum we offer in our Senior School since it’s the ideal platform from which to launch the tertiary education of our students, being that it’s the leading university preparation course worldwide. 

Following a ground-breaking agreement between the IB Organisation (IBO) and the Standing Committee of Ministers of Cultural Affairs in Germany, the German International School Sydney has been given the honour of being chosen to be the first German School Abroad/Deutsche Auslandsschule to introduce the International Baccalaureate Diploma as an alternative to the German Abitur.

Our students graduate with an IB score, which is automatically converted to the Australian ATAR score and, the German ABITUR score. Our school average is an IB score of approximately 36, which equals an ATAR of 94.6 and an Abitur of 2.  For over 15 years, our Diploma Programme has consistently produced graduates who score well above the world average.  We are proud of our 100% 'diploma awarded' pass rate for most of those years.  In the May 2014 session, we announced our first perfect score of 45 and, our Honour Board of graduates scoring 40+ consistently highlights at least 2 - 3 students each year, who score in this prestigious category, equating to the top 1% of the world.

We offer the IB Diploma in a fully multi-lingual environment, with most of our students graduating with the full Bilingual Diploma.  Our students can complete their Diploma Programme fully in English as the language of instruction, aside from their additional language subjects, or, select a combination of subjects taken in English or German.  Further language subjects are also offered for study, such as Mother Tongue Literature A courses and, French B, Spanish B and Mandarin B.  

As a fully bilingual school, with subjects being offered in a combination of English and German PreK - Year 12, language learning is at the very heart of all that we do as a progressive educational institution. We support this value-added aspect of our school with a creative and active STEM programme, beginning with our award winning "Little Scientist" programme in Pre -school and carrying on into discreet disciplines of the three main sciences being taught from Year 5 - Year 12.

 


Diploma Programme

Peterson, one of the founders of the IBO suggested the aims of the IB Diploma Programme are "to develop to their fullest potential the powers of each individual to understand, to modify and to enjoy his or her environment, both inner and outer, in its physical, social, moral, aesthetic, and spiritual aspects.” (Peterson, A.D.C. Schools Across Frontiers Peru 2003, 33). He emphasized the importance of the concept of general education as process rather than content. Peterson further stated that “the aim of general education was not the acquisition of general knowledge, but the development of the general powers of the mind to operate in a variety of ways of thinking.” (41). This philosophy resonates with 21st Century learning, which promotes the importance of learning skills of application to be able to work with and, process knowledge that is found at our fingertips via the internet. Since its introduction, one of the great advantages of the IB Diploma Programme has been the willingness of IB teachers to experiment with their ideas and practices. Innovative and committed teachers and examiners from many different cultures and systems of education have played a significant role in the development of the programme, and today their participation is as pivotal as ever. GISS IB teachers fully embrace the IB philosophy and methodology, enjoying the chance to inspire students through dynamic and creative approaches to teaching and learning, such as the Socratic method or, a blended and flipped approach driven by our BOYD programme that maximises contact time in classes and tutorials. At GISS, our IB Diploma students enjoy interactive student-centred learning environments in small class groups, many in intimate tutorial style settings, as well as the freedom to learn independently in our Library or, the IB Learning Centre. We also work a flexible 'college style' timetable where IB students are not required on campus unless they have a class, although most of them choose to stay on campus during their self-study periods to be able to access their teachers for individual feedback and advice.

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