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One of the most notable aspects of the International Baccalaureate, Middle Years Program (IB MYP) is that students experience a deeper level of learning through inquiring into a specific area of interest relating to a broader topic.

During Term 2, our Year 7 students were presented with the MYP Statement of Inquiry ‘Civilisations have developed at different times and locations, bringing about change and innovation.’ Students selected a topic and compared four ancient civilisations. Topics including fashion, trade, weapons and warfare, cuisine, burial traditions and visual arts were investigated. Findings were displayed in a diverse range of mediums including poster boards, interactive games, puzzles, quizzes, student-created replicas and clay models. Students from Year 4 and 5 at the Junior School were invited to attend the showcase and were welcomed up the Middle School staircase through a Year 7 cohort created medieval tent.  Intrigue, excitement and wonder, filled the room as students were immersed in a diverse range of ancient cultures.

Civilisations have developed at different times and locations, bringing about change and innovation
I wandered through the Year 7 exhibition and chatted to an array of excited students. Their knowledge, joy in sharing their learning and tangible evidence of the inquiry model taking hold was exciting– and it was also awesome that they could share this with the 4/ 5’s. Fantastic work Year 7 staff and students!’ Ben Schwarz, Deputy Principal