The Year 6 Exhibition
Students completing the PYP in Year 6 will have experienced a broad and engaging curriculum, which culminates with the PYP exhibition. This is an age-appropriate demonstration of learning involving inquiry into the world around them, and is a celebration of their learning in the PYP. The exhibition challenges students to follow a personal inquiry and share it with the school community. In addition to providing a challenge in the final phase of the PYP, the exhibition helps to demonstrate to students what they have achieved and help them recognize that they are ready to move into the Middle Years Programme. Students are required to engage in a collaborative, transdisciplinary inquiry process that involves them identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems. The central idea selected must be of sufficient scope and significance to warrant a detailed investigation by all students.
The PYP exhibition has a number of key purposes, including the following:
- To engage students in an in-depth, collaborative inquiry
- To provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning
- To provide students with an opportunity to explore multiple perspectives
- To enable students to synthesize and apply their learning in previous years, and to reflect on their journey through the PYP
- To provide an authentic process for assessing student understanding
- To demonstrate how students can take action as a result of their learning
- To unite students, teachers, parents and other members of the school community in a collaborative experience that incorporates the essential elements of the PYP
- To celebrate the transition of learners from primary to middle/secondary education
The Year 9 Community Project
Launching in the 2015-16 school year, the MYP community project in Year 9 supports raising awareness needs in the community, the application of approaches to learning skills, the reflective nature of inquiry as the project progresses, and the language development required for an oral presentation as the culminating activity. The community project focuses on community and service, encouraging students to explore their right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community. The community project gives students an opportunity to develop awareness of needs in various communities and address those needs through service learning. As a consolidation of learning, the community project engages in a sustained, in-depth inquiry leading to service as action in the community. The community project may be completed individually or within groups of a maximum of three students.
The Year 11 Personal Project
The Year 11 personal project encourages students to practice and strengthen their approaches to learning skills, to consolidate prior and subject-specific learning, and to develop an area of personal interest. The personal project provides an excellent opportunity for students to produce a truly personal and often creative product/outcome and to demonstrate a consolidation of their learning in the MYP. The personal nature of the project is important; the project should revolve around a challenge that motivates and interests the individual student. Each student develops a personal project independently.
The aims of the MYP projects are to encourage and enable students to:
- participate in a sustained, self-directed inquiry within a global context
- generate creative new insights and develop deeper understandings through in-depth investigation
- demonstrate the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period of time
- communicate effectively in a variety of situations
- demonstrate responsible action through, or as a result of, learning
- appreciate the process of learning and take pride in their accomplishments
The Year 13 Extended Essay
The extended essay is an externally marked, in-depth study of limited topic within a subject, in the form of a 4000-word essay. The aim is to further introduce students to the demands of independent research, which they will experience in university, while also allowing them to study a specific area of academic interest. The research process begins in January of Year 12, and the finished writing is submitted in December of Year 13. There is no taught class for the extended essay, as students are supervised individually by a designated teacher supervisor.