Message from the Coordinator
Welcome to the IB Section of the Diocesan Boys’ School. Since 2009, we have offered our boys an alternative pathway into tertiary education, which is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). It is a rigorous and challenging path with breadth and depth, yet one that “works to develop intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills for students who live, learn and work in a rapidly changing world” (IBO).
The journey starts in our Grade 10 Bridging Year Programme where students focus on building the skills necessary to succeed in the IBDP. These skills include critical thinking, analysis, reflection, research and even applying for University admissions. In addition, great emphasis is also placed on attitudes, emotional maturity, responsibility and interpersonal skills.
In Grades 11 and 12, our boys will jump right into the IBDP and apply many of the skills they have acquired. Six subjects from six different areas, plus Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and Creativity, Activity & Service make up the entire program for each student. At the same time, our team of experienced teachers, advisors and counselors will be here to encourage our boys to perform to the very best of their abilities, and to help guide them to stay focused and on track.
In our first few years, we have had outstanding results as shown by scores and University admissions. But more importantly, we and our boys have achieved many of goals set out our School’s and the IBO’s mission statements. These include, a well-balance education, development of the whole person, nurturing cultural identity and understanding of others, critical thinking, paving the groundwork for life-long learning and development of multiple intelligence to name a few.
Since DBS offers two excellent pathways (the NSS and the IBDP), we hope that regardless of which one you choose you will take full advantage of your time here. If you are considering which one may be more suited to you, make sure you do the research first and make an informed choice.
We look forward to the prospect of witnessing and facilitating your academic and personal growth throughout your time here at the Diocesan Boys’ School!
IB Programme Coordinator
Diocesan Boys’ School