College to offer both international exams
ACG Senior College will soon become the first school in New Zealand to offer students the choice of the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) or the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP) at a senior school level.
Diploma students begin a year-long preparatory programme in July to ready themselves for the course in 2014.
‘‘The IBDP is internationally recognised and is a springboard for further study in the northern hemisphere,’’ ACG Senior College principal Kathy Parker says.
The diploma will run on a northern hemisphere timetable to make it easier for students moving on to an overseas university.
Ms Parker says the two programmes are world-class but each approach fits different people.
‘‘CIE allows specialisation, while IB encourages breadth and depth and has a unique educational philosophy in that it encourages global citizens and cultural understanding. These core values underpin subjects and subject combinations,’’ she says.
The programmes are run by deputy principal Graham Gottard. Students must also study a second language in addition to their native language alongside science subjects and maths.
This means they may have to take subjects they are not so good at and as a result develop strategies to cope with their weakness.