26 October, 2018, By Christine O'Leary

It’s official! After a three-year application and authorisation process MIC has become the first school on the Sunshine Coast – and only the third school in Australia- to offer the world-class International Baccalaureate Career-related Program for our Year 11 and Year 12 students.

Available from 2019, with Year 10 the entry point for the IB, the program is a great fit with the Montessori philosophy as it aims to develop internationally-minded and globally aware citizens with an excellent breadth and depth of knowledge. These students respect themselves, others and the world around them.

The program challenges students to excel not only in their studies but also in their personal growth.

The world-renowned IB program provides students with a curriculum and qualification that is recognised by universities around the world.

‘What do you love?’ is the first thing Senior Phase students are asked because the interests and passions of each individual child are the basis of each student’s personalised learning program.

The Senior Phase guides then work together with the student to develop a pathway that meets their needs and is tailored around their career choice so they can do what they love and love what they do.

The IB Career-related Program incorporates the educational principles of the IB and also allows for highly personalised, flexible career-related studies that prepare students to follow their chosen pathway in life. It provides students with a combination of life experience, work experience and a qualification which makes them ideal candidates for many universities and employers, which is why we are leading the way in Queensland by offering this program at MIC.

MIC student Teisha James, 16, is looking forward to studying the IBCP next year as it will set her on the path to success in her chosen career as an elite netballer.

Ms James has tailored her study pathway around her career choice and the subjects she needs to go on to study at university. She has chosen to study Sports Exercise and Health Science alongside the more traditional language and maths subjects, with extra courses at TAFE including a Certificate II in Fitness in Year 11 and a Certificate III in Fitness in Year 12.

She will also study career-development subjects which aim to develop her personal and professional skills.

“I’m so excited that MIC is offering the IBCP from next year as it has enabled me to make subject choices that will set me up for my career after school,” said Ms James.

“And not every sports science student can say they are being taught by an Australian Olympian! Nick Harrison represented Australia in the marathon at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 and will be my Sports Science teacher from next year. He really understands the drive and dedication that is required to achieve at the highest level, so I’m looking forward to learning all I can.

“When I leave MIC in 2020 I will not only have all my sport and hands-on coaching experience behind me, but I’ll also have skills and qualifications in Fitness and Sports and Exercise Science which means I’ll have the edge on other students when I start university.”

There are currently limited spaces available so visit the IB Career-related Program pages of the MIC website or check out our How to Enrol page in the Senior Phase section of the site to find out more.


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