Subjects and programs



International Baccalaureate (IB) World School

Is your child’s secondary education setting them up for success beyond school?

At Calamvale Community College, we’re known for educating the global generation. Students in Years 11-12 have access to a multitude of pathways including our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

As the only Education Queensland International Baccalaureate World School on Brisbane’s Southside, our Senior Secondary students who undertake our IB Diploma have the advantage of being stand out University candidates who are likely to:

  • attend University and persist through their degree
  • be prepared for University-level coursework
  • demonstrate strong critical thinking skills
  • show a sense of local and global community responsibility
  • ​work collaboratively

Students who enrol in the Years 11-12 IB Diploma can undertake similar curriculum choices to other students but also get to extend themselves into certain areas of opportunity and interest.  At the completion of Year 12, students have the advantage of attaining a globally-recognised IB Diploma (recognised by universities around the world.) and a ATAR score.

Read more on what the International Baccalaureate program is all about below.  
To apply for enrolment in our IB Diploma please download and fill out our Student Enrolment form as well as our Specialist Program application form (see attachments to the right). Or contact Mel Ellis, Diploma Programme Coordinator

Among the many benefits, the IB Diploma offers our students is the opportunity to experience the diversity of university-style studies.

2 IB Programmes will be available to students:

  • Primary Years Programme (PYP) – for students aged 5 to 11 years (Prep to Year 6)
  • Diploma Programme – for students in Years 11 to 12 (15-18 years)

The International Baccalaureate was introduced in 1968 with an original purpose of facilitating the international mobility of students through a curriculum and qualification that is recognised by universities around the world. This remains a strong driver for the College community.

The IB philosophy strongly aligns with the College’s vision and focus of creating a better world through education by fostering the cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity of its students, providing them with increased opportunities to pursue international study and career options, and connecting students with the global community.

The introduction of the IB Diploma and Primary Years Programme will facilitate Calamvale Community College to further become a 'College of Choice' where students are afforded the opportunity to choose their academic and future career trajectory – whether this includes performing on stage, creating artistic works, speaking other languages, excelling in the sciences, or applying cutting-edge technologies.

IB Learner Profile

The IB Learner profile comprises ten attributes that can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national, and global communities:

  • Inquirers

    • We nurture curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

  • Open-minded

    • We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

  • Knowledgeable

    • We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

  • Caring

    • We show empathy, compassion, and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

  • Thinkers
    • We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

  • Risk-takers

    • We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

  • Communicators

    • We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

  • Balanced

    • We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives – intellectual, physical, and emotional – to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognise our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

  • Principled

    • We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

  • Reflective

    • We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.


Resources from the IB Organisation

Last reviewed 09 May 2022
Last updated 09 May 2022