From Preparatory through to Year 6, your child will be involved in the Primary Years Programme (PYP) where they will begin to develop a solid foundation of learning, independence and building relationships with other students. The PYP provides students with a rigorous and challenging framework that helps students develop their skills, knowledge and attitudes they need to excel not only in their studies but also in their personal growth. Taking action is an integral part of the curriculum with our goal to develop students who will grow into adults who are able to make positive differences in the world. To achieve this, our teacher explicitly support and guide each student with rich Units of Inquiry and scaffolded learning experiences that develop thinking, social, communication, research and self-management skills.
The Middle Years Programme (MYP) includes students from Year 7 to Year 10. This is a particularly critical phase of learning, with a focus on a high levels of student engagement and intellectual development. The programme helps students to actively participate and learn critical skills for their final years of schooling and beyond. In Year 10, students complete a yearlong, self-led research project supported by a supervising teacher. This project challenges your child to think about the world around them, use their creativity to develop a product or solution, and cultivates excellent research skills.
The Diploma Programme (DP) is studied by students in Year 11 and Year 12. At TIGS, our students have the choice between the Higher School Certificate (HSC) and the DP for their final years of schooling. The DP is an internationally recognised equivalent to the HSC and is acknowledged as an outstanding course for students planning to progress to study at tertiary level, either in Australia or at universities around the world. The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups. The three core elements are Theory of Knowledge, the Extended Essay, and Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS). The six subject groups are:
- Language and Literature
- Language Acquisition
- Individuals and Societies
The Diploma Programme will be offered for Year 11 and Year 12 subject to student choice and course numbers.
The Higher School Certificate (HSC) and Diploma Programme (DP) have a lot in common and each is a rigorous and well-regarded qualification in its own right. The HSC allows your child to specialise in one area or undertake a broad pattern of study. The only mandatory subject is English and students have the flexibility to weight their programme towards their areas of strength.