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PYP Diploma

Location Terrey Hills, New South Wales, Australia
Website http://www.germanschoolsydney.com/
Email info@germanschoolsydney.com
Phone +61 (2) 9485 1900
Fax +61 (2) 9485 1999
 
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The German International School Sydney (GISS) is the chosen school for some 260 students from very diverse social and linguistic backgrounds. They all share an outwardly oriented, internationally minded, multicultural education, which in many ways reflects and is necessitated by the global mobility of our school’s parents. As such, the International Baccalaureate Diploma is the ideal platform from which to launch the tertiary education of our students.

Following a ground breaking agreement between the IB Organisation 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.

We offer the IB Diploma in a fully multi-lingual environment, with almost all of our students graduating with the full Bilingual Diploma. Our students can complete their Diploma Programme fully in English as the language of instruction, or select a combination of subjects taken in English or German. Further language subjects are also offered for study, such as Mandarin, French and Spanish.

For over 11 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.

 


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). 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. 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 IB Self Study 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.