“In education as in business, it’s no longer enough to read, write and calculate. We won’t survive the future simply by doing better what we have done in the past. In the future we must learn to be creative!”
Sir Ken Robinson, Out of our Minds – Learning to be Creative, 2001.
Learning at QACI is a partnership between the teacher and the student. Our students are not passive recipients in the learning process but are active and empowered partners in their learning.
Good teaching becomes great and students become effective learners. The key to success for any student at QACI is managing their ability through the skills and practices which underpin a Growth Mindset.
The key players in learning are brought together by our Academies’ 21st Century learning approach and our Academies’ pedagogical framework: The Effective & Enabled Learner Framework.
The curriculum and course around which we focus our learning is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.
The IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous pre-university course of study designed for students in the 15-18 year age range. It is a broad based two year course that aims to encourage students to be knowledgeable and inquiring, as well as caring and compassionate. There is a strong emphasis on encouraging students to develop intercultural understanding, open mindedness, and the attitudes necessary for them to respect and evaluate a range of points of view.
The IB Diploma Programme leads to a qualification that is widely recognised by the world’s leading universities. It is unique in that it is based on no particular national education system, but is a deliberate balance between breadth and the specialisation which is required by many universities.
Students learn more than a collection of facts. The IB Diploma Programme prepares students for university and encourages them to develop:
- Critical thinking and analysis skills
- An international mindedness necessary to live and work in a global community
- An understanding of global issues and a concern for others in our community and the broader world
- A strong sense of their own identify and culture
- A balanced education for the ‘whole’ student
- An extensive knowledge and skill base in preparation for university and adult life.
The program over the three years at QACI
For the first three terms of Year 10, students study IB subjects in preparation for starting the IB Diploma programme. We call this our Preparation for IB Course.
In term 4 of Year 10, and up to and including year 11 and 12, the IB Diploma Program is studied culminating in final exams and submissions of work in terms 3 and 4 during Year 12.