Why IB? The basics of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)

Pn Sapura Md. Salehan, Cempaka International School Damansara Heights
Pn Sapura Md. Salehan, IBDP Coordinator, Cempaka International School Damansara Heights

Recently, Cempaka Blog sat down with Cempaka International School Damansara HeightsInternational Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) Coordinator and Secondary School Principal, Pn. Sapura Md Salehan to discuss about IB education. Currently, Cempaka International Ladies’ College and Cempaka International School Damansara Heights offer IBDP. So here’s the lowdown…

Cempaka Blog: What is IBDP?

Pn. Sapura Md Salehan: IBDP is a 2-year pre-university programme. Established in 1948, in Geneva, the IBDP aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge. It is widely recognised by universities around the world for its strong and structured programme. The aim of the IBDP programme is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. The IBDP is different from other curricula because it encourages students to think independently, critically and drive their own learning. It also encourages students to consider both their local and international environment. It also provides opportunities for students to explore their passion, involve themselves in research work and engage with the different people and the environment.

CB: Who is eligible for the IBDP? What type of students would benefit from IBDP?

Pn. Sapura: IBDP is eligible to students aged 16 to 19. Students who will benefit most from the programme are those who want to develop strong academic, social and emotional characteristics, students who want to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

CB: What are the advantages of taking IB?

Pn. Sapura: In the span of 2 years, students are prepared not just academically but mentally for their future. The IB curriculum consists of the 6 subject groups and the DP core. The subject groups have been designed in such a way that it covers 6 different areas:

Group 1 : Studies in language and literature

Group 2 : Language acquisition

Group 3 : Individuals and societies

Group 4 : Sciences

Group 5 : Mathematics

Group 6 : The Arts

These different groups will enable students to explore more about their passion and strengths, keeping their ‘options open’ before they decide on their next course. The DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.

1. Extended essay : this is a four thousand word essay, self directed piece of research. Students choose the title of their essay from one of the subjects that they studied. This is the student’s own mini-thesis.

2. Theory of knowledge : It asks students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know.

3. Creativity, action and service (CAS) : CAS involves students in a range of activities where they reflect on their CAS experiences and provide evidence of achieving the eight learning outcomes.

As in the IB learner profile, the IB learners strive to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, reflective. The whole programme is beautifully crafted to prepare and nurture, balanced and responsible young individuals.

CB: What is international-mindedness?

Pn. Sapura: International mindedness is key to having a better understanding and appreciation of one another. It generates from the ‘openness’ and the willingness to connect with others. A must have for the future generations of the world. In the IB, … we believe that other people, with their differences, can also be right. (excerpt from the IB Mission Statement)

CB: Why should parent/s choose IB at Cempaka Schools for their children?

Pn. Sapura: In Cempaka, we believe in the value of hard work, healthy moral values, competitiveness, individuality and making a positive difference. The ‘Mind, Body and Soul’ aspect is what makes us different from other pre-university institutions. The more focused, structured school life and the technologically-supported environment will enable students to be well balanced and an asset to their future university and society.

For more information on the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) at Cempaka International School Damansara Heights, please email Pn Sapura Md Salehan at sapura@cempaka.edu.my and for Cempaka International Ladies’ College, please email Dr. Martin John at martin@cempaka.edu.my.

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