At IES College, we believe that building a safe and supportive learning environment, creating a sense of connectedness and belonging, as well as identifying and building on each student’s strengths are key to build resilience. So, how do we achieve these important pillars?
A new program has launched this year at IES College, offering Year 11 and 12 students the opportunity to undertake the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in the heart of Spring Hill.
The IB Diploma Programme curriculum holistically develops the whole student – balancing academic subjects with student led personal development through the CAS programme of creativity, activity and service and an individual research project which prepares students for university level study, all part of strengthening the students’ skills as responsible, independent learners.
Locally, IES College has partnered with a range of community groups in Spring Hill and beyond to extend learning beyond the classroom and offer an experiential learning environment. For students, not every day will be spent in the classroom. Many of the activities will take place off campus, outdoors in the local community. Brisbane is their campus! Students will have regular trips to galleries, libraries, museums, industry and technology hubs. Green space, parks and community sporting facilities nearby provide ample opportunities for students to have some downtime from academic pursuits to keep active and healthy. There are so many ways to explore the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme outside of the classroom.
IB World Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education - that we believe is important for our students.
IES College doesn’t just talk about diversity and inclusion; it lives, breathes it and lead by example. The college’s teachers and professional staff are multilingual and multicultural; they have travelled the world. They understand different cultures, and have a real grasp of what it means to be a world citizen.
IES College’s fully refurbished inner city, vertical campus located at 495 Boundary Street in Spring Hill, is also a welcoming learning environment for students. Globally inspired, light-filled spaces for collaboration and socialising, quiet places for concentration and deep thinking, flexible classrooms that can be transformed for purpose, a research learning centre at the hub of the school, STEM and art studios, performing arts space and more.
The smaller boutique environment provides a personalised student experience, encouraging each student to reach their full potential, feel safe and supported. Bigger isn’t always better. The college takes a whole-of-student-development approach to teaching and learning; the students will simultaneously be challenged, engaged, supported and nurtured. Simply put, the students will be heard. Students are welcome on campus anytime between 8AM and 6PM, but classes will only begin at 9.30AM, because IES College understands that a later start is what teenage bodies and brains need to flourish.
“The global world starts on our doorstep.”George Walker
Director General IB (1999-2005)
“A mind is like a parachute; it doesn’t work if it is not open.”Frank Zappa
“Diversity is the engine of invention. It generates the creativity that enriches the world.”Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
“Our students do not fit into a future world, they create a future world.”Yong Zhao
Foundation Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas