[One of the best things about IB was …]
'Finding where I fit. Before IB I thought something was a bit wrong with me—I felt different to my family and my friends, school was uninspiring and something was missing. Then I found IB, and I found that there were other people like me, and since then I've had a sense of identity and confidence that I didn't have before.'
(Amelia Spalding, graduated 2012)
'I now know that I can truly rise to any occasion, no matter how hard it is. I might not have passed the IB with flying colours, but I got through it and I gained a huge amount of knowledge that I do still use to this day. I completed a 200+ page Interior Design project for tafe a few months ago and what kept me going was knowing that I had what it takes because of my experiences. IBDP taught me many higher order and critical thinking skills, it gave me so much knowledge about the world.'
(Astra Reichmann-Floyd, 2016)
'Not to be cliché but in retrospect, I can see how the IB program instilled the idea of being a 'Life-Long learner' into me. I am thankful for this. Preparatory Academic Rigour for University (My University academic life was relatively easy using the skills left in IB, leaving me to take advantage of the extra time for social development. Through shared adversity against the IB Program, strong bonds are often formed amongst fell IB Students. I developed friendships with a lot of people from different social circles (that in the normal school process I would never have spoken to) because of the shared experience of IB.'
(Lachlan Thomson, IBDP graduated 2015; University of Queensland)
'The amount of diversity in learning, learning about so many different things at such a high standard was really amazing paired with the amount of support there was online and from different students all around the world learning the same things. I felt i was a part of a community not only in Mountain Creek but also all over the world. I know many things I wouldn't have known or been interested in if I hadn't have done the IBDP, which I am grateful for.'
(Acquaviva Frost-Innes, IBDP Graduated 2016)
'I learned to work at a much higher level. Intellectually, and in terms of time management and problem solving. I learned to prioritise, cope under high pressure and stress, and most importantly to celebrate my own and my peers achievements, small or large because recognising these progressions is what I think drives the persistence and resilience of an IB student.'
(Nora van Eendenburg , IBDP Graduated 2020)
'It really teaches you how to think (critically, open-mindedly, objectively, etc)—I think that is the most worthwhile outcome since it applies to everything and is used everyday! Really teaches you to engage with content and grasp a deeper understanding of any topic you desire to learn about.'
(Mitchell Keefe, IBDP Graduated 2017)
[Best things about the IB were…]
'1. Having the freedom to be able to do the experiments and topics I wanted in my assignments and EE- in terms of permission and equipment in the lab.
2. I feel more proactive, mature, and ready for life/uni than some of my non-IBDP peers as I am used to the workload and independence the program provided and I don't feel 'coddled'. Especially since I spent three years with like minded students that were able to push each other.
3. It isn't academically related, but one of the best parts of the program was the bond that we formed as a cohort- we have gone through three tough years together and will remain close friends, despite distance (domestic and international). The only reason I believe most of us got through the IBDP program is because of the immense support provided by each other, that we would not otherwise get in the large ATAR classes (it's because of our smaller size of very like minded individuals). And while academia is an important assessor for the program- the strong bonds created are an integral part of the IBDP students and if I'm only thankful for one thing in the program- it is this.'
(Tia McLennan, 2020)
'Immeasurable benefits … I have a very holistic view of, well, existence. ToK (and physics (: ) played a big part in this, and really helped me to see the world in a more open sense. A lot of mental work had to be put in to get me to where I am today, and a lot of that thinking came from ToK. Acceptance of people's beliefs and opinions while not sabotaging my own, for one. I learnt that you don't have to agree with someone, and that there is not always a way to communicate with someone who does not want to connect with you. Maintaining the integrity of your morals, even when being pushed to concede. Sometimes you have to let go of someone you cared about, but looking after yourself is a priority. Ah, rambling again. Basically, critical thinking is key, and really was a lifeline during and after school.'
(Lara Culley, 2015)
'I gained the experience of working with others towards a common goal. I am more determined to succeed, in both academic and personal circumstances, I am more accustomed to failure and can employ methods to remain motivated during challenging times, which is particularly applicable to the last year during the COVID pandemic. I am more creative, open-minded and flexible.'
(Angharad Gordon, 2018)
'So many! A big one is confidence in my abilities as a student, leader and member of the community. IB pushed me to do things, both academically and socially, outside of my comfort zone that allowed me to recognise my potential and grow in all areas. Another immeasurable benefit is the connections I formed with my peers and staff. Even if I don't speak to these people every day anymore, I know there is a strong sense of trust and mateship within my cohort because we all supported each other through the IB journey. I also learned stronger communication skills through the IBDP. We constantly had to liaise with staff, peers, members of the administration team and different people out in the community, and doing so allowed me to overcome a lot of my fear as a public speaker.'
(Chloe Jenkins, IBDP 2017)
'1. Set up my study skills so well for uni—all of my friends who didn't do IB say they wish they were taught the same study skills as me because they can really tell how beneficial they are for me with my university studies.
2. Really good teacher connections—I felt very comfortable going to all of my teachers and asking for help because they really understand how the program worked and they wanted me to succeed.
3. Made amazing friends—all of my friends doing IB understand what each other were going through and we were always there for each other through the program. Even at university I've made so many friends who've done IB all over the world and we all had such amazing experiences.'
(Molly Miles, 2017)
'For me, there is no comparison between the IB and the Australian curriculum. You're doing an internationally highly-regarded programme that gives you shared experiences with students globally. With this comes perspective. A small cohort allows you to form close bonds with your peers and go through it all as a collective.'
'Since leaving school, I've completed my bachelor's degree in physics and maths at both the University of Melbourne and UC Berkeley. At unimelb I was a research assistant where I conducted research in relativistic atomic physics. I am now doing a master's in quantum engineering at ETH Zurich and hope to later do a PhD in quantum optics.'
(Finn Janssens, 2015)