International Baccalaureate (IB) Learning

As an accredited World School for the International Baccalaureate Organisation’s Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP), Scopus empowers children to understand how they learn and apply that knowledge to a broad curriculum in both general and Jewish studies. Learning is a lifelong pursuit and therefore modelled by both adults and children. Teaching methods are inclusive and cater for diversity in learnings.

At Scopus, the PYP is implemented from Lower Kinder to Year 6, whilst the MYP operates formally from Year 7 to Year 9 and overlaps with the VCE in Year 10.

The PYP and MYP programs aim to create globally-minded young people who are characterised by the following learner profile attributes: 

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.
We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.
We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

The IB does not impose external testing on the students; rather assessment is done continuously within the school. 

Students also assemble a portfolio of work, and in their final year the MYP, they prepare an extended learning project. In the PYP, learning culminates in the Year 6 PYP Exhibition; a sustained personal inquiry into an area of that student’s interest.

Ongoing staff education and development, and sharing of knowledge supports the implementation of the programs. Our teachers are learners who facilitate our students’ learning. 

From a Jewish perspective the PYP and MYP fit beautifully as they align with many of our own values. In addition, the programs require that every student undertake a second language, which for us is Hebrew.

Action and community service are integral to the IB’s philosophy, and as such, students become involved in different ways throughout their school years. Action and community service might take the following forms: social entrepreneurship, advocacy, lifestyle choices, participation, and social justice.

In the primary years, learners engage in an exploration of their own identity and begin to explore beyond their immediate community to consider both local and global perspectives.Our senior students engage in interfaith discussions, which while educating them about other religions and cultures also serves to strengthen and reinforce their own Jewish identity. 

IB Mission

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 organisation works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs 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.

Undertaking the IB programs at Scopus, your child will learn to become an independent, engaged thinker and learner, and a responsible citizen of the world.