Col­lege to of­fer both in­ter­na­tional ex­ams

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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