IB Programme (Y12 & Y13)

GSIS is renowned for being a place of academic excellence, with students’ well-being placed on an equal footing with their academic achievements.  We believe that there is more to academic education than examination results.  We want our students to think from a different perspective, to challenge, to enquire and to debate.  It is our aim to prepare each and every student by ensuring that they leave GSIS with the qualifications, broad range of skills and depth of knowledge needed to be successful in an increasingly international and diverse world.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a globally recognised diploma which provides an holistic learning opportunity by balancing subject choices across different disciplines, as well as students completing a core programme which comprises three elements: Theory of Knowledge, Creativity, Action &  Service and an Extended Essay. The Diploma Programme is built around a mission statement giving attributes that students are encouraged to develop.

Extended Essay
The Extended Essay provides an opportunity for you to produce a university-style academic paper on a subject of your choice which is highly valued by universities and employers.  It gives you the chance to demonstrate true independent learning without the limitations of exams.

Theory of Knowledge
The aim of Theory of Knowledge is to not only develop each IB student as a more effective and critical learner but also as a more critical thinker.  This course helps you learn how to evaluate what we know and how we know it.  It is an integral part of all subject areas and students will achieve a greater understanding of all areas of their academic programme because of it.

Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS)
CAS requires each student to take part in a range of experiences and at least one project.  CAS activities represent an opportunity for experiential learning and are expected to reflect on these activities by completing a CAS Journal.  All IB students are encouraged to be involved with activities which they initiate themselves, for example starting a club, beach clean up, introducing community support projects, helping charities such as Kids4Kids, Community Action for Refugees, Crossroads.