The IB Diploma
WHY THE IB DIPLOMA?
This decision to offer the IBDP is a key differentiator between Newington and other schools. We offer both the HSC and IB Diploma Programme so that boys have the opportunity to explore all avenues of academia available.
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a comprehensive and rigorous two-year course of study, undertaken in Years 11 and 12. It is chosen by a range of students as an alternative to studying the NSW Higher School Certificate.
The decision to implement the IBDP reflects Newington’s commitment to providing our boys with an internationally respected education, in an environment where they have access to excellent teachers, facilities and opportunities. The tradition, facilities and values of a GPS school interspersed with an internationally recognised academic program distinguishes Newington as a truly unique boys’ education institution.
The programme it is based on the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)’s Mission Statement:
IB DIPLOMA MISSION STATEMENT
The International Baccalaureate Organisation aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The IBO encourages students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
Worldwide, the IB Diploma Programme is recognised by leading universities as setting a standard for the academic challenge needed in preparation for university success. There are more than 778,000 IB students at over 2,800 schools in more than 138 countries – and the numbers are growing!
MESSAGE FROM THE HEADMASTER
Newington College Headmaster, Dr David Mulford, has been a particularly outspoken advocate of the IBDP: “Our approach has always been one of motivating boys to discover within themselves how to achieve their personal best, and our academic offering is a natural complement to this philosophy.”
“Most importantly, we understand that all boys are different and each boy has unique strengths. Flexibility in our academic offering at Newington is paramount. We see the IB as a valuable alternative to the HSC, because it enhances the choices for our Senior boys.”
The IB aims to increase global awareness and intellectual rigour.The International Baccalaureate Organisation ‘aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organisations… to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.’— IBO Mission Statement, November 2002
Jonathan Ciofani (On 2012) was one of only five students in NSW to achieve a perfect score of 45, gaining the highest possible UAC rank of 99.95. Of Newington’s candidature of 17, 14 boys achieved a UAC rank of over 90 with more than 50% of boys achieving a rank over 95.
The average score achieved by the IBDP graduates was 38/45, a score that equates to a UAC rank of 96.8—a phenomenal achievement.
“Flexibility in our academic offering at Newington is paramount. We see the IB as a valuable alternative to the HSC, because it enhances the choices for our Senior boys.”
Dr David Mulford
On this insite you will find information about the Newington College Years 7–12 Secondary School curriculum for 2014. Here you can find out more about the subjects on offer and choose your electives.
Click here to visit the Academic Guide 2014 INSITE