IB Asia Pacific Newsletter
Quarter Two, 2008
Authorised: DP:62 MYP:26 (+23 partners) PYP:47 Total:135
Candidate: DP:13 MYP:19 PYP:46 Total: 78
LOI: DP:11 MYP:23 PYP:27 Total: 61
Teacher Registration in Australia
Across Australia Teacher Institutes have been established over
the past few years and teachers are now required to be
registered and assessed against criteria to meet and keep their
Recently meetings have been organized with the NSW
Association of Independent Schools, Association of Independent
Schools Victoria and the Victorian Institute of Teachers and we
have written to the NSW Institute of Teachers to request a
It is important that we investigate the implications for IB
teachers of Teacher Registration under the newly developing
Institutes, the opportunities for recognition of IB Professional
Development and potential areas of cooperation.
Community Initiatives Survey
The Sydney Office sent a short survey out to all PYP, MYP and
DP schools in Australasia asking for information about
Community Service Projects currently taking place in
Australasian IB schools. The purpose of the survey is to get a
feel for what is currently in place and how IBAP can best
support these activities as well as raise their profile.
AAIBS Conference and IBAP Workshops
Congratulations to Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College for hosting
a highly successful AAIBS Conference on 12 -14 April. Over 200
people registered for the Conference which had an excellent
programme and was well organized and hosted in superb
facilities. Keynote presentations are available on www.aaibs.org
It was encouraging to see 24 people from newly interested
schools present for the Conference and information sessions. A
number of schools have followed up with formal letters of
Interest since the Conference.
Monte also hosted the Diploma and Middle Years Programme
Workshops which followed the Conference. These Workshops which were attended by 480 participants from around and beyond the IB Asia Pacific Region were equally well organized and hosted by Monte Sant’ Angelo and their very capable support team.
My personal thanks to the Workshop Leaders and IBAP staff for
their contributions, preparation and the quality of their presentations.
PYP Workshops for 170 participants were also held at Clifton’s
Training Centre. These workshops were also well organised and
professionally presented and participants from all the
Workshops provided us with constructive feedback for future
NB. It is very important that participants work closely with their
IB coordinators to ensure that they enroll in the most
appropriate workshop. Workshop descriptions can be
downloaded from the IB website
Feedback on Environmental Systems
The following response about the Environmental Science
Diploma Course was received from Professor Glyn Davis Vice
Chancellor of the University of Melbourne.
“I have consulted with the course standing committees for
the University of Melbourne Bachelor of Environments
(BEnv) and Bachelor of Science (BSci), and the feedback has
been entirely positive. The new subject is an excellent initiative
that reflects the growing awareness of the complex and multi-
-disciplinary nature of environmental issues and decision-
making, which require expertise in both technical detail
and socio-political processes.
The new subject accords with the aspirations of the new first-
year subjects in the University of Melbourne's BEnv and its
course standing committee hopes that the student experience
in subjects such as this will encourage an engagement
with the BEnv degree.
I do hope this feedback is useful. Congratulations to the IB Diploma program on an excellent initiative.”
Responses like these highlight how important it is for all schools
and networks to maintain communications with related
National Curriculum Reform
On 14 April the Federal Minister Julia Gillard announced the
National Curriculum Board. The Board will be chaired by Barry
McGaw and the Deputy Chair will be Tony McKay. The Board
Members and the Bodies they represent are listed below.
As part of the consultation process it is very important that IB
PYP, MYP and DP schools take the opportunity to have input and
I would encourage you to do so.
Mr Tom Alegounarias, NSW Rep
Mr John Firth, VIC Rep
Mr Kim Bannikoff, QLD Rep
Professor Bill Louden, WA Rep
Ms Helen Wildash, SA Rep
Mr David Hanlon, TAS Rep
Ms Rita Henry, NT Rep
Ms Janet Davy, ACT Rep
Mr Garry LeDuff, Non-government sector
Dr Brian Croke, Non-government sector
Professor Marie Emmitt, Non-government sector
It is hoped that the International Baccalaureate Organization will have some input to the National Curriculum Board’s deliberations.
In April ‘The Need for a New Federal Policy in Education’
Report by the Forum for Education and Democracy was
released in the USA. The Report focuses on Education Funding,
Teachers and Leaders, Research and Innovation and Schools
Engaging with local communities. Many of the themes and
proposed developments have relevance to issues currently
being debated in Australasia and Asia Pacific. We would
encourage you to have a look at it
The Victorian Education Minister and the Department of
Education and Early Childhood Development has released its
Blueprint on Early Childhood Development and School
Reform and has called for feedback. The Blueprint offers an
opportunity for submissions on the Vision and I would
encourage Victorian Schools (and others) to offer comment. The
reform concentrates on three themes: partnerships with parents
and communities, system development and reform and
QUT has commenced its Australian Research Council (ARC)
Grant funded 3-year Diploma study and has conducted pilot
interviews with one school, has approached all IB Diploma
schools with a letter about the project, along with a letter from
IBAP and many have responded positively. We would encourage
all schools to support the project which will involve all
stakeholder groups (teachers, students and parents) being
involved in providing information about their perceptions of the
ACER Comparative Analysis of the IBDP and the
Collective Australian Curricula has now been completed and
the report has been received by IBAP. The Project looked at the
Diploma curriculum and assessment methodologies for English
A1, History, Chemistry and Mathematics and will be used to
inform curriculum review and “accreditation” and “equivalence”
VRQA (the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority) is
about to commence a Credit Matrix Assessment of the Diploma
Programme. English A1, French B, Economics or History,
Chemistry, Mathematics HL, Visual Arts, Extended Essay and
Theory off Knowledge will be assessed by ‘Expert Teams’ which
will include experienced Victorian IB practitioners. The report
should be completed by July 2008.
MYP Teacher Education
An IBO Accreditation team visited Flinders University Adelaide
May 7th-9th to complete the Recognition of a Graduate
Certificate in Education (IBMYP) and a Master of Education (IB).
The programs which have been proposed by the School of Education at Flinders University in cooperation with Concordia College are planned to be available from September 2008 if the accreditation visit is successful.
The Graduate Certificate is an 18 Unit coursework award offered
to teachers currently in IB MYP schools who are new or
relatively new to IB teaching but may be extended to non-IB
teachers in future. The Master of Education (IB) degree is a 72
Unit professionally oriented coursework award to be offered for
experienced IB Educators.
An announcement about the outcome of the visit is expected
Successful completion of the programmes will enable
participants to register for an IB Level 1 or Level 2 Teacher
Award.With the successful accreditation and piloting of the
Middle Years offering, Australasian IB teachers will have post
graduate opportunities for PYP and DP through Melbourne
University and MYP in SA.
Macquarie University Global Futures Programme
In a first for an Australian University, Macquarie University vice-
chancellor Steven Schwartz has announced a partnership with Australia Volunteers International that will give undergraduate students the opportunity to do volunteer work overseas.
Called the Global Futures Program, it will develop programs with
local communities throughout Australia, the South Pacific and
Southeast Asia. Some form of community work will be
compulsory for all undergraduate students at Macquarie under
the new curriculum, to start in 2010.
In addition, the university will require all undergraduate
students to study subjects from the humanities, social sciences
and sciences so that arts students must take science subjects
and science students must take arts subjects.
The university had considered making the learning of a foreign
language compulsory but it was not feasible at this stage.
Professor Schwartz said that the new curriculum was based on
three themes of place, planet and participation, and was
designed to provide students with a broader education than one
geared solely to a vocation and getting a job.
"Universities are more than just narrow vocational schools; they
have the opportunity to change the world, to shape society and
shape democracy," he said. "It's about education for life, not
just for a job.”
The program aligns with IB principles and practices and will be
attractive to Graduates.
Greg Valentine, Regional Representative Australasia
Stefanie Sandford, Personal Assistant