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International Baccalaureate Diploma
The International Baccalaureate Diploma programme is a highly regarded curriculum offered in schools around the world, for students in Years 11 and 12.
Townsville Grammar School is proud to be an accredited IB World School and privileged to be a part of this international community of teachers and learners. Townsville Grammar School is the only Grammar School to offer the IB Diploma, and the only school in the North Queensland region to offer this course.
Townsville Grammar School is committed to the IB Diploma because of the synergy between the School's educational philosophy of scholarship and citizenship, the breadth and depth of the IB curriculum and the opportunity it provides for staff to engage in professional development of a world-class standard.
IB Diploma Scholarships for students entering Year 11 are available for application. Please click here for more information.
Learn more | Contact our IB Diploma Co-Ordinator:
Dr Carolyn Moores
Director of Curriculum & Acting IB Co-Ordinator
IB Mission Statement
We value our hard earned reputation for quality, for high standards and for pedagogical leadership. We achieve our goals by working with partners and by actively involving our stakeholders, particularly teachers.
We promote intercultural understanding and respect, not as an alternative to a sense of cultural and national identity, but as an essential part of life in the 21st century.
All of this is captured in our mission statement:
The International Baccalaureate® 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 organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
About the International Baccalaureate Diploma
- The course is designed and administered by the IB Organisation (IBO), based in Geneva, Switzerland and examined by an international Body of Examiners representing many cultures and countries.
- It is an internationally recognised two year course of study for Year 11 and 12 students preparing them to proceed to tertiary education. It is a sought-after diploma which qualifies students for entry into both Australian and international universities.
- The IB Diploma emphasises high academic standards, critical thinking, intercultural understanding and respect for others. Its broad curriculum ensures students are provided with a range of skills and knowledge to equip them well for the complex and global community in which they live.
- The IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who can help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
- The IB works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
IB Diploma Requirements
Students must study six IB subjects from the six subject groups. Students are required to select a minimum of three subjects and a maximum of four subjects of the six subjects at the Higher Level.
Irrespective of the subject level of the subject, the results are awarded on a 1- 7 scale.
Students also need to complete the following core elements to a satisfactory standard:
- Extended Essay (EE)
- Theory of Knowledge (ToK)
- Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)
We aim to offer the following subjects, dependent on demand and viability:
Group 1 - English Language & Literature (HL&SL)
Group 2 -Spanish (ab initio), French (SL), Japanese (SL)
Group 3 - Psychology & Economics (HL&SL)
Group 4 - Physics, Biology & Chemistry (HL&SL)
Group 5 - Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (HL&SL)
Group 6 - Theatre Arts, Music & Visual Arts
IB Learner Profile
The aim of the IB Diploma Program is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
To achieve this, the IB created the Learner Profile, which underpins the course.
As IB learners we strive to be:
For more information about the International Baccalaureate Organisation visit their website at www.ibo.org
Why do Universities value IB students?
- Students are prepared for academic success
- Students are more likely than others to graduate from higher education institutions
- Students possess a broader range of skills that enhance their ability to adapt and contribute to university life
- Students have developed a high level of emotional and intellectual maturity for challenging course work
- Students have extensive experience in independent research
- Students think critically, reflectively and globally
The results earned by Townsville Grammar School students in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, when benchmarked against global, regional and national averages are impressive, with the average result of TGS students exceeding these benchmark averages.
Globally, approximately 25% of candidates earn IB scores better than 36 (out of 45).
At TGS, our results (since 2011) have seen 40% of our students achieving in this elite range of scores