The International Baccalaureate® (IB) offers a continuum of international education. The programmes encourage both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.
We are authorised as an IB World School. All our Primary Years students learn via the IB Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) and in Years 11 and 12 our students may choose between the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) or the HSC.
Santa Sabina College is the only Catholic primary school in NSW to offer the IB PYP and the only Catholic school in Sydney’s Inner West offering the IBDP.
In our Middle Years (Years 6–8), our unique program leading to the research project and MY8 exhibition continues the IB learning framework to deliver the NSW curriculum. We teach subjects mandated by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) through inquiry based learning, taking our girls on an exciting adventure of discovery. They learn about themselves as learners and they learn about the world around them. This learning happens within and beyond the classroom and involves tinkering with robots, investigating scientific concepts and making music with professional musicians. In fact, these activities begin in the Primary Years at Santa.
Towards the end of Year 10, students choose between the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) or the HSC for Years 11 and 12.
With the combination of the IB and the NSW curriculum at Santa, the learning experience from Prep to Year 12 is innovative and creative, engaging all our learners in age-appropriate ways. We give our students the opportunity to explore their passions as well as becoming well-rounded, critical thinkers.
Our Senior Studies booklet compares the HSC and the IBDP.
Download it here.
IB mission statement
“The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”
The IB Learner Profile
All IB learners strive to be: Principled, Inquirers, Thinkers, Open-Minded, Knowledgeable, Balanced, Communicators, Risk-Takers, Caring and Reflective.
our IBDP students
Sally and Patricia and the inaugural IBDP class explain why they chose the IB:
Six months in, and Patricia also gives this update.