IB-PYP School

Bayswater South Primary School is proud to be an accredited IB World School offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP).

At Bayswater South we align our vision and mission with that of the IB, in which we strive to, ‘develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.’

As a bilingual school, we are in the unique position within Australia to develop students who are multilingual, internationally minded and who are driven to act in the local and global community.

IB PYP Curriculum encompasses not only the essential knowledge but also the skills and dispositions required to become an effective learner. It is designed for students aged three to twelve and is an inquiry based approach to teaching and learning. 

The Primary Years Programme focuses on the development of the whole child as they grow into becoming, internationally minded, life-long learners. The IB Learner Profile attributes are considered by the IB to be the human commonalities of all learners.

The IB Learner Profile

IB Learners strive to be…

Inquirers /

They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Principled / prinzipientreu

They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Balanced /

They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

Reflective /

They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

Open-minded /

They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

Risk-Taker /

They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

Caring /
sozial engagiert

They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Knowledgeable /

They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Thinker /

They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicator /

Understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

Programme of Inquiry (POI)

The Programme of Inquiry (POI) which forms the basis of all learning throughout a student’s time at Bayswater South Primary School. The POI is made up of Units of Inquiry which are taught at each grade level. Subjects from the Victorian Curriculum are linked together to form each year levels Programme of Inquiry (POI). Each grade completes six units of inquiry throughout the year. To view our whole school Programme of Inquiry please click here:  2023 POI School Calendar

The POI is organised under 6 transdisciplinary themes:

Who we are / Wer sind wir
An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.
Where we are in place and time /
Wo befinden wir uns in Zeit und Raum
An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.
How we express ourselves /
wie drücken wir uns aus
An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.
How the world works /
wie funktioniert die Welt
An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.
How we organize ourselves /
wie organisieren wir uns selbst
An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.
Sharing the planet /
Auf welche Weise teilen wir uns die Erde
An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.
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IB 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 programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

For further information about the IB and Primary Years Program, please visit the following links:

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