An International Baccalaureate World School
IES College is small by design and every student is accepted and celebrated for who they are. We are proud that our small size and small classes provide a learning environment where every student is known by all staff and are fully supported by every adult in the environment. Each student has a close learning relationship with their teachers ensuring that their individual learning needs are met. We support our students to reach their potential, feel safe, and be heard. Our teaching and professional staff, work alongside our students and parents to build and maintain a community of families underpinned by authentic connection and supportive relationships.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is an internationally recognised pre-university level qualification. It supports graduating students to study at both Australian universities and universities overseas. The academic rigour of the IB curriculum, and subjects such as the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and the Extended Essay, prepares students to adjust more readily to university expectations.
As a not-for-profit organisation, IES has a clear mandate to re-invest in education and powerful engagement opportunities that enrich the lives of our students and the community.
We live our passion to improve social cohesion in Australian schools, communities and workplaces. Working in partnership with SBS, we have developed ground-breaking Cultural Competence Programs that are now being embraced in workplaces around the country. We’re proud to be leading in this field and our expertise flows through all our learning environments.
IES College acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and emerging Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of the cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We live, work, and learn on the lands of the Turrbal and Jagera peoples who are the traditional custodians of the lands and waters of Meanjin- the Brisbane area. Through our extensive collection of artworks created by female First Nations artists and our close and respectful connections with these artists, we are committed to fostering a culture of learning from and working with First Nation peoples in the spirit of reconciliation.
IES is proud of the reputation we’ve built for delivering high-quality, innovative educational experiences and services. We have been awarded several Queensland State Government awards recognising our exceptional client service, including the Best Pathway Program and Outstanding International Student Support awards. We have also been honoured with nomination in several industry awards, including the Lord Mayor’s Business Award for Excellence in International Education Delivery.
At IES College, students are not required to wear uniforms. Students who choose their clothing each school day learn to adapt to social standards and contexts, which are skills they will need as adults. Our students choose what they wear to school based on their individual style and an agreed set of dress standards.
In taking on my new role this year, I feel very privileged to have been given the opportunity to contribute to the development of our high school as we strive to fulfill our mission to provide a safe learning environment in which students can develop the confidence and self-belief to pursue their educational goals and make positive contributions to the community.
While I am new to the role of principal this year, I have served International Education Services (IES) for the past 15 years in the role of Academic Director of our Foundation Year Program which is now being offered as the 10950NAT Certificate IV in University Preparation.
IES College chose to become an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School because our school’s mission and values align with those of the International Baccalaureate. We endeavour to help our students understand their place in the world, to seek answers through enquiry and to be principled. These attributes are all part of the IB learner profile and students are encouraged to develop these qualities through undertaking one of our senior high school pathways which include completing an IB diploma, or an IB certificate along with a Certificate III or Certificate IV qualification.
At IES College we are very fortunate to have a committed group of teachers who understand the importance of supporting students as they first define their learning goals and then work towards achieving them.
DEVELOPING THE WHOLE LEARNER
IES College offers the ACARA QLD curriculum to students in year 10, as well as the IBDP for years 11 and 12 students. IES College is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School nestled in the heart of Brisbane, allowing students to utilise the resources of the city to further their learning and engage with the wider community.
IES College students are encouraged to think to the future and design their program of study from the commencement of Year 10 towards learning areas where they experience achievement and enjoyment to give them the best opportunity for future success. Prior to commencing their studies at IES College, students will be offered subject selection advice to help them tailor their Year 10 studies in a way to that assists with a smooth articulation into and success throughout the IBDP program.
Life at IES COLLEGE
Our Year 10 academic program, while derived from the Australian Curriculum, is balanced, and complemented by similar approaches used in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) which are designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical well-being of students. Students will develop their interpersonal skills through experiential learning, collaborative problem solving, and overcome personal challenges through self-discovery. They will also foster international mindedness and cultural awareness through the links we have in indigenous communities, multicultural communities, and proposed partner schools.
In addition to their academic studies, students will be required to participate in various extracurricular activities throughout the year.
In keeping with a similar model as our IB senior years Creativity Activity and Service (CAS) program, a range of activities, experiences and skills sessions will be offered to Year 10 students that contribute to the development of the student’s identity and transferable skills, complementing the academic programme in a holistic way.
Through their participation, students will be encouraged to find connections to their academic studies, and create opportunities to develop, their creative skills, their physical health and wellbeing, as well as service-learning opportunities.
All students study subjects within the core learning areas of English, Science and Mathematics.
To assist in smooth transition to senior studies, preparing students for Ab Initio language studies within the IB Diploma Programme all students will be required to study Languages for the duration of their Year 10 studies. This will be made up of one semester of French and one semester of Spanish.
Students will then choose elective subjects from the other learning areas, HASS, The Arts, Technologies, and Health & Physical Education. The subjects currently being offered include:
Economics and Business*
Civics & Citizenship*
Design & Technology
* Indicates those Year 10 subjects that align with the current IB Diploma Program subject offerings in Year 11 and 12.
YEAR 11 & 12 IBDP
IES College offers Year 11 and 12 students the opportunity to undertake the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme The IB Diploma Programme curriculum holistically develops the whole student, as students learn to balance academic subjects with student led personal development. This balance is highlighted through the CAS programme of Creativity, Activity and Service and the Extended Essay, an individual research project which prepares students for university level study. All aspects of the IB Programme help students grow into responsible, independent learners.
The IB Diploma Programme curriculum is made up of three core elements and six subject groups. The core elements are at the heart of the IB and aim to broaden students’ educational experiences and challenge them to acquire and apply their knowledge and skills in diverse ways.
Extended Essay – this independent, self-directed piece of research is channelled into a 4,000-word paper and gives students the skills to question, research, and analyse a self-formulated inquiry question in a subject of their choice.
Creativity, Activity, Service – students complete projects related to physical activity, creative pursuits and community service, contributing to their health and well-being and their development as well-rounded and community-minded citizens.
Theory of Knowledge – in this timetabled interdisciplinary course, students investigate knowledge, the process of learning, how we know what we know, and who determines what we know to be true. Theory of Knowledge helps students think critically about the types of knowledge they are constructing in their selected subjects, enhancing critical thinking and metacognition. Theory of Knowledge has two (2) assessment tasks: an internally marked exhibition of objects that relate to their exploration of a knowledge question, and an externally marked essay.
The subjects currently being offered include:
Environmental Systems and Societies
Visit our website for a full learning overview of the program and subject selection guide here
SUPPORTING STUDENT SUCCESS
IES College offers a small number of scholarships and bursaries for students who demonstrate one or more of the IB Learner Profile Attributes and the potential to derive benefit from an IES College education.
IES College offers Academic Scholarships for high achieving students entering Year 10 and Year 11. To be eligible for an Academic Scholarship, a candidate must:
The Edutest Examination provides meaningful and reliable testing and diagnostic data on student academic performance, including verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, reading comprehension, and mathematics. The scholarship exam for 2024 applications will be conducted online at IES College in early December 2023.
Students who are awarded a scholarship are expected to meet the terms and conditions outlined in the Scholarships Guidelines.
Applications for the 2024 Academic Scholarship close on 1 December 2023. Please contact our Enrolments Team for more information – email@example.com
IES College offers Equal Opportunity Bursaries to provide financial support for students whose families experience financial barriers which might prevent them joining the IES College community. To be eligible for a bursary allocation, a candidate must:
Students who are provided a bursary are expected to meet the terms and conditions outlined in the Scholarships Guidelines.
Applications for the 2024 Equal Opportunity Bursaries close on 22 December 2023.
Please contact our Enrolments Team for more information – firstname.lastname@example.org
All applications for scholarships or bursary allocations are reviewed by the Principal. Families will be notified of the outcome of their application in writing.
Applicants need to meet IES College enrolment requirements before a scholarship or bursary is awarded.
Submitting a scholarship or bursary application does not guarantee an enrolment to IES College.
By submitting an application you acknowledge that you have read and understood the Scholarship Guidelines.
Scholarship and Bursary recipient’s progress is reviewed at regular intervals by the Principal. A student’s ongoing eligibility is dependent upon the following:
For more information please refer to the Scholarship Guidelines.
DEVELOPING INTERNATIONALLY MINDED LEARNERS
IES College offers Year 11 and 12 students the opportunity to undertake the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in the heart of Spring Hill.
The IB Diploma Programme curriculum holistically develops the whole student, as students learn to balance academic subjects with student led personal development. This balance is highlighted through the CAS programme of Creativity, Activity and Service and the Extended Essay, an individual research project which prepares students for university level study. All aspects of the IB Programme help students grow into responsible, independent learners.
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