IB Programme of Inquiry

Forrest Primary School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP). We endeavour to educate children who grow up to be respectful and curious lifelong learners. The IB programme is an organiser for the Australian Curriculum. To find out more about the Australian Curriculum please visit www.australiancurriculum.edu.au

A world class education

More than 4,000 schools worldwide so far have chosen to become International Baccalaureate® World Schools, with their unique academic rigour and their emphasis on students’ personal development. Research from across the globe shows that in many cases, students in IB schools perform better than students taking other qualifications. This includes results in national testing such as NAPLAN, and in increased entry to top quality universities.

The Primary Years Programme has been developed over time, in response to educational research, and incorporate long term feedback from principals, teachers and students. In becoming a PYP school, Forrest Primary School has joined an influential, international teaching community that shares up to date, evidence-based teaching practices and offers our staff high level training. The performance of IB schools is routinely evaluated to retain the title of IB World School.

Creating a better world

The IB educates both the heart and the mind. We endeavour to shape our young people into responsible, global citizens who take meaningful action to make the world a better place. The IB Learner Profile is at the heart of our school culture. Students and staff strive to be:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced and
  • Reflective

Prepared for the future

We know our world is changing, and the skills of today may not be relevant tomorrow. What will the workplaces of our students look like? How do we provide training for them? Our economy is changing and our leaders now need creativity, critical thinking, the ability to problem solve, reflect and adapt, they need entrepreneurial skills, literacy skills, IT skills, people skills. We reject the old model in which the teacher knows all, and the student’s role is to passively listen. This will not provide the skills our students will need to be successful.

At Forrest IB World School our programmes deliver:

- voice, choice and ownership for students over learning and the classroom environment

- learning that is challenging, relevant and engaging

- differentiated tasks to support or extend your child

- connections with the world outside the classroom

- a high level of self reflection to help students understand themselves as learners

- a focus on critical thinking, creativity and questioning

Programme of Inquiry 2020 (PDF 86.1 KB)