18 May 2017
Our Principal, Mr Luke Thomson, is Chair of the International Baccalaureate Heads Council, which serves as an advisory group to the Director General of the IB, Dr Siva Kumari. Having Pembroke’s Principal as Chair of this group is of great benefit for the School and its place in the international educational community.
The Director General visited Adelaide earlier this month as part of her Australian tour. Dr Kumari was involved in meeting South Australian students, teachers, examiners, IB coordinators, Principals and representatives of other stakeholder organisations during one very busy day.
The IB has broad and far reaching goals. The IB aims to have students that:
All Pembroke Junior School students engage in the Primary Years Programme (PYP). Participation in the IB Diploma programme at Year 11 and 12 is by choice, students select between the IB Diploma or SACE. There are good reasons for students to choose either of these options. I am, however, aware of some misconceptions amongst our student population regarding the Diploma programme. I would like to dispel a few of these:
Though reasons to choose the IB should not be focused on matters related to ATAR, our IB Diploma students do perform very well in this regard. In 2016, 5 of Pembroke’s 47 candidates received an ATAR of 99.95, and the average IB score for Pembroke students was 37 out of a possible 45, compared to a global mean of 29.2. Our 2016 IB students were amongst the 85,708 candidates worldwide.
I encourage all students and their families to consider both the IB Diploma and SACE pathways when considering their Senior Secondary studies.
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