Pembroke is a dynamic place of learning for all students, aged 4 to 18. Our students are encouraged to develop their self-management, be curious, be intellectually rigorous, to delight in learning and the exploration of their own potential. Pembroke is truly independent, the School is non-selective and we are wholeheartedly committed to the values of co-education. Our boys and girls learn in a holistic, respectful and caring environment. They develop skills and attributes that help manage the demands of their education now and in the future: academic expertise, perseverance, self-discipline, resourcefulness, collaboration, independence, eloquence, grit, spark, creative and critical thinking, craftsmanship, adaptation to change, and engagement with technology. Students are guided and inspired by outstanding teachers who are actively encouraged to explore new and emerging thinking in education generally, and in their areas of expertise. Pembroke makes a commitment to create a better world through intercultural awareness and understanding as an IB World School.
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At Pembroke students from Years 1-6 explore six different units of inquiry each year while in the ELC and Reception, they explore four. Every unit of inquiry is organised under a transdisciplinary theme. They are described as transdisciplinary because they transcend the boundaries of traditional subject disciplines which are more developmentally appropriate for Middle and Senior school students. The transdisciplinary themes are:
Each transdisciplinary theme has a central idea, lines of inquiry and focus concepts, questions and attitudes. The knowledge and skills articulated in the Australian Curriculum are mapped across the units of inquiry and exposed in a meaningful context. Pembroke not only views knowledge and skills as important elements of learning. It also aims to provide students with the time to think and develop conceptual understandings and attitudes that inspire them to act on their learning.
We seek to challenge and engage every child in every learning experience. Skills and understandings in literacy and numeracy, we believe, enable students to make connections and conduct meaningful inquiries. It is our role to ensure the fundamental skills and understandings in literacy and numeracy are prioritised for every child. Classroom teachers work collaboratively with our Leadership and Learning Support teams to deliver this.
The Diploma offers a rigorous and challenging academic curriculum which prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving global society. The IBDP ensures that students acquire both breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding as they study courses from six subject groups. This includes the study of their own and another language, thus increasing students’ understanding of cultures, including their own. At Pembroke English A Literature, English A Language and Literature and Chinese A Language and Literature are offered. Additionally, students who wish to study the literary heritage of their first language may choose to engage in a school supported self taught course of study where Pembroke assists in engaging a tutor in the chosen language and provides further expert guidance from one of our literature teachers.
Pembroke offers 6 language acquisition courses: Chinese B, French B, German B and Spanish B, as well as 2 language ab initio courses, Spanish and Indonesian. We also collaborate with the local School of Languages for students wishing to study other languages, such as Japanese and Arabic.
Additional language support is made available to our international students whose first language is not English.
Students also study mathematics (all courses are offered) as well as courses from the sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Sports, Exercise and Health Science and Physics), the humanities (Economics, Geography, History (Europe), the interdisciplinary Environmental Systems and Societies course, and the arts (Music, Theatre, Visual Arts). In addition, students learn to make connections across the academic disciplines and explore the nature of knowledge through the Theory of Knowledge course; undertake in-depth research into an area of interest in the Extended Essay and enhance their personal and interpersonal development through their own program of Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS).
The IBDP aims to produce young people who are self-motivated and intellectually curious with proven ability in a range of academic fields as well as being creative, active and compassionate members of our society. IB students acquire the skills and attitudes towards learning which will see them achieve in higher education and become lifelong learners. They are invariably involved in many community and school activities and are interested in making a difference in their community and the world at large.
Pembroke’s IB Diploma results are consistently well above international and Australian average scores with a large percentage of our students achieving 40 and above