What is an International Baccalaureate Education?

Sunday, March 15th, 2015, 4:21 PM


In 2012, the Board of Trustees carried out a feasibility study to review the school’s current philosophy of education and the possibility of implementing the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP). This process began the inquiry into how the PYP could enhance the delivery of the New Zealand Curriculum at Mt Pleasant School and future proof this for the years ahead.

The  PYP framework consists of five essential elements —  knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and action –  that we felt would prepare our students to lead successful lives, both now and in the future. These in turn contribute to the development of the Learner Profile Attributes that we aspire for all our MPS students to have developed upon graduation.


“International Baccalaureate® (IB) programmes aim to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.”  – www.ibo.org

  • The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), for students aged three to twelve, focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.
  • The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), for students aged 11 to 16, provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connection between traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers.
  • The IB Diploma Programme (DP), for students aged 16 to 19, is an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and in life beyond.

Leading universities around the world welcome the unique characteristics of the IB Diploma Program and recognize the way in which the program helps to prepare students for university level educations. IB students routinely gain admission to some of the best known universities in the world. The IB maintains information about university recognition that is displayed on the Country information pages of its website and in the searchable University recognition directory.

To learn more about the authorisation process MPS have undertaken, take a look at the official International Baccalaureate website How to Become an IB World School


Here are some links to documents with more information on our journey to PYP Authorisation:

October 2016 – PYP Parent Information Evening

An Introduction to Learning – 2016 Parent PYP Presentation 

May 2015 – PYP Journey Workshop

March 2015 – PYP Journey Presentation to Parents

Mt Pleasant School – Programme of Inquiry

Mt Pleasant School – Language Policy

Mt Pleasant School – Assessment Policy

Mt Pleasant School Information Brochure 2016