A 21-year resident of the education landscape in Spring Hill offering the Foundation Year for The University of Queensland, IES College is now an authorised IB World School, offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme to year 11 and 12 students.
Building on its proud reputation for delivering high-quality, innovative educational experiences, and an award winning track record of successfully preparing students for university undergraduate degrees, the expansion of IES’s educational programme will see IES College become Brisbane’s only independent, co-educational, secular, not-for-profit school to exclusively deliver the internationally recognised IB Diploma Programme, and enrolments are now open for year 11, 2021.
IES College’s fully refurbished inner city, vertical campus located at 495 Boundary St, Spring Hill, is a welcoming learning environment for students. Globally inspired, light-filled spaces for collaboration and socialising, quiet places for concentration and deep thinking, flexible Wi-Fi classrooms that can be transformed for purpose, a research learning centre at the hub of the school, STEM and art studios, performing arts space and more.
The smaller boutique environment provides a personalised student experience, encouraging each student to reach their full potential, feel safe and supported. Bigger isn’t always better. The college takes a whole-of-student-development approach to teaching and learning; the students will simultaneously be challenged, engaged, supported and nurtured. Simply put, the students will be heard. Students are welcome on campus anytime between 8AM and 6PM, but classes will only begin at 9.30AM, because IES College understands that a later start is what teenage bodies and brains need to flourish.
The IB Diploma Programme curriculum holistically develops the whole student – balancing academic subjects with student led personal development through the CAS programme of creativity, activity and service and an individual research project which prepares students for university level study, all part of strengthening the students’ skills as responsible, independent learners.
IES College has partnered with a range of community groups in Spring Hill and beyond to extend learning beyond the classroom and offer an experiential learning environment. For students, not every day will be spent in the classroom. Many of the activities will take place off campus, outdoors in the local community. Brisbane is our campus! Students will have regular trips to galleries, libraries, museums, industry and technology hubs. Green space, parks and community sporting facilities nearby provide ample opportunities for students to have some downtime from academic pursuits to keep active and healthy. There are so many ways to explore the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme outside of the classroom.
IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.
IES College doesn’t just talk about diversity and inclusion; it lives, breathes it and lead by example. Our teachers and professional staff are multilingual and multicultural, and have travelled the world. They understand different cultures, and have a real grasp of what it means to be a world citizen.
Students have access to virtual global classrooms to learn and collaborate with students from around the world. If English isn’t your first language, IES gives you the opportunity to study in your mother tongue and ensure there is support and resources available to you because it recognises how important it is to maintain connection to language and culture.
Being purposefully global in outlook infuses every aspect of the learning at IES College. Students will learn to collaborate, work in teams, and confidently communicate their ideas across cultures. They’ll learn to think critically and creatively, navigate uncertainties and take measured risks as they embrace diversity with a global mindset. These concepts are at the very core of the IB Diploma Programme, and will help students develop a broader life view, preparing them for success.
In a world that’s experiencing profound change, society needs more internationally minded people who are open and curious about the world and different cultures. The IB Diploma Programme at IES College will prepare culturally competent young people with the skills and values to create positive change in the world.
Full Scholarships for local students entering year 11 are available. Scholarships test dates are August 29th and October 17th, 2020.
Enrolment are now open for Year 11, 2021. Visit our website, come and say hello, or book a school visit at www.iescollege.com
Diploma Programme (DP)
IES College is an IB World School offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme set to open in 2021.
The IB Diploma Programme at IES College will offer a contemporary approach to learning that fuels innovative thinking and shapes globally minded, and culturally competent young people. Armed with an internationally respected qualification, friends from around the world and life-changing experiences, our graduates will be equipped for the challenges of university, and motivated to make a positive contribution to the world.
Studying the IB Diploma Programme at IES College will see young people:
- become critical thinkers and independent learners
- open their minds to diverse cultures and thinking
- discover more about themselves as they contribute to meaningful projects
- gain membership to an inspiring community that celebrates diversity.
The learning context offered is broad, and will extend beyond the confines of the classroom, while the flexibility of the programme will enable students to push their boundaries and embrace the things they are passionate about.
IES College recognises the value and importance of maintaining connection to language and culture, so for students whose mother tongue is not English, we will ensure there are resources available for them in their native language. English, French, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish will be offered as Language B options and students can select the Self- taught Language A course.
IES College has been part of the Spring Hill community in Brisbane’s inner city for more than 20 years. We have strong community and business connections and the history and vibrancy of our local area is important to us as a school and is closely connected to our curriculum delivery.
IES College has a unique relationship with The University of Queensland and students will have access to joint experiential learning programmes, including on campus experiences, assisting them to decide their future pathway to this and other leading global university’s undergraduate courses.