Dennison MacKinnon, who will officially assume the role of PIADS Head of School from August 6, said that this was one step closer to the school becoming a full three-programme IB World School.
“Our commitment to an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning, promoting the development of critical-thinking skills, has always been the school’s priority.
“We have also always been fully committed to staff training in IB pedagogy and are pleased that all staff members have embraced it whole-heartedly.”
The recently awarded IB status means that PIADS’ resources, teachers and educational philosophy are of a high enough standard to ensure the efficient and successful implementation of all IB programmes.
“Strategies such as visible thinking tools, pre-assessments, student reflections and diverse articulations of the learner profile and attitudes were in evidence throughout the learning spaces,” the IB stated in a letter to the school.
IADS offers its 210 students, from 25 different nations, five-star facilities, including spacious classrooms and access to the Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club and the Thanyapura Mind Centre.
“We are also developing an across-school social and emotional learning and mindfulness programme to be integrated with the IB Learner Profile, which will add tremendous scope to the teaching and learning programmes,” said Mr MacKinnon.
“It follows the Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) programme, one which enhances social and emotional literacy and capacity, and builds self-esteem. PATHS has also been shown to improve academic performance, particularly in developing attention and thinking skills,” he said.
The IB PYP is from Kindergarten to Grade 5. The academy currently has IB candidate status for the Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Grades 6 to 9. This will be extended to Grade 10 in due course.
“We aspire to be a three-programme IB World School, culminating with the IB Diploma (DP) studies in Grades 11-12. The IB Diploma is a highly regarded university entrance qualification, which is globally recognised as the ‘gold standard’ of university entrance qualifications,” added Mr MacKinnon.
“We will then have in place a ‘best practice’ continuum across the three Programmes (PYP, MYP, and DP).”