Walford has offered the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program since 2004, the first South Australian girls’ school to do so. The IB Diploma provides our students with broader post-school options, preparing them for global education and work opportunities.
The IB Program is a comprehensive, highly respected, two-year international curriculum generally completed in Years 11 and 12. It aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. It encourages students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
The program has earned a reputation for rigorous assessment, providing IB Diploma holders with access to the world’s leading universities.
Studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma
Building Values and Opportunity
The IB Program aims to provide students with the values and opportunities that will enable them to develop sound judgment, make wise choices, and respect others in the global community. The IB Diploma Program equips students with the skills and attitudes necessary for success in higher education and employment.
The Diploma Program’s grading system is criterion referenced: each student’s performance is measured against well-defined levels of achievement consistent from one examination session to the next. Grades reflect attainment of knowledge and skills relative to set standards that are applied equally to all schools. Top grades are not, for example, awarded to a certain percentage of students. Walford students have consistently achieved high grades in the IB Diploma, since it was introduced at Walford.
Classroom teachers and IB examiners work in partnership to ensure that students have ample opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned. Responsibility for all academic judgments about the quality of candidates’ work rests with some 3200 IB examiners worldwide, led by chief examiners with international authority in their fields. Nearly 30,000 students annually are assessed by the IBO.
The IB Diploma Program
Students complete six subjects, plus three important additions:
Theory of Knowledge
This subject challenges students to question the bases of knowledge, to be aware of subjective and ideological biases and to develop the ability to analyse evidence. It is a key element in encouraging students to appreciate other cultural perspectives.
Creativity, Action, Service
Students are encouraged to share their energy and special talents with others, and through these activities, develop greater awareness of themselves and concern for others, and the ability to work cooperatively with other people. It supports the IBO’s goal to educate the whole person, to help students become responsible, compassionate citizens.
Extended Essay (4000 words)
Each student has the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest. This familiarises students with the type of independent research and writing skills expected by universities. The IBO recommends that a student devote a total of about 40 hours of private study and writing time to the essay.
IB Diploma candidates must select one subject from Groups 1 to 6 (Group 6 is optional). Walford offers the following subjects in each group:
Group 1 (Studies in Language and Literature - the student’s first language): English
Group 2 (Language Acquisition – second language): Chinese, French, German, Spanish ab initio.
Group 3 (Individuals and Societies): History, Geography
Group 4 (Environmental Sciences): Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Group 5 (Mathematics): Mathematics
Group 6 (Art and Electives): Music, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts. Students may select subjects from other groups instead of a Group 6 subject.
We offer the option to study other subjects after hours or online.