Case Study: Supporting IB Accreditation
How Meg support schools seeking IB Accreditation
Provision of two language options: IB PYP school accreditation requires learning two languages and developing intercultural understanding. Adopting a holistic learning approach, Meg is supporting IB accreditation by providing opportunities to foster students’ natural curiosity, reflection, and creativity. We offer Chinese and Spanish language with a native teacher live from China or Colombia.
IB-PYP and state-specific curriculum alignment: Transdisciplinary themes and unit of inquiries are interweaved into our language curriculum, which is underpinned by the IB-PYP and your state-specific curriculum.
Collaborative planning: Twice a year, the Meg program team engage in collaborative unit planning with our partner schools’ teachers and leadership team to enhance our efforts with guided inquiry and provide support for development of the learner profiles.
Schools using Meg and seeking IB accreditation
Mildura West Primary School
Mildura West Primary School (MWPS) is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Preparatory to Year 6 public school with over 400 students, situated 500km north-west of Melbourne.
As part of their IB requirement MWPS decided to add Chinese as a second language other than English to their curriculum 6 years ago. By working in collaboration with staff at MWPS, we have been able to keep supporting IB accreditation by delivering and achieving a core philosophy of IB World Schools – a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.
Trinity Lutheran College
Trinity Lutheran College is situated 500km north west of Melbourne and is a private Christian Preparatory to Year 10 school. With the assistance of Meg, Trinity became an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in 2021. We provide Mandarin lessons in synergy with alternative language programs across the Primary Years Program. This compliments the other languages and provides alternative options for students, while delivering access to an Asian language.
Trinity classroom teachers work alongside our Mandarin teachers, to provide a curriculum and assessment that is based on the Australian Curriculum for Chinese. Trinity prides itself on having a supportive community for students to “encourage innovation and inquiry to help create a sense of belonging and purpose of all students.” Weekly lessons and communication with our native speaking Mandarin teachers helps to foster and encourage these traits and positive relationships.
Monarch Academy Annapolis
Monarch Academy Annapolis is an IB PYP candidate school that serves over 2100 K-5 students. Meg and Monarch teachers and curriculum specialists conduct monthly instructional exchanges, allowing Meg instructors to plan culturally relevant lessons complementing specific lines of inquiry throughout the school year. The inquiry-based learning (IBL) content provided by Meg is aligned directly to the units Monarch provides each month. The IBL content allows teachers and students alike to explore and discuss concepts while activating knowledge through activities and curated resources – making deeper connections between Meg’s Spanish culture program and their own learning at Monarch. In the second year of the partnership, Meg will extend its Spanish program into an intensive Summer school program.
Why should you choose our program and teachers?
Meg’s teaching pedagogy is informed by research-based best practice. Our teachers are required to attend continual professional development. By personalising and connecting culture learning points relevant to each schools’ unit of inquiry, our teachers develop language through authentic, meaningful, and enjoyable lessons. This highly contextualised engagement enables students to make sense of the language and culture they are learning, and how this relates to the world around them.
“The decision to partner with Meg was one that we have not looked back on. Being a regional school it is difficult to be able to always access qualified and contemporary language educators. Meg has ensured that our College has an exciting, inquiry focussed language program in action. As an IB candidate school it is essential that we can collaboratively work with our language educators, the Meg team have been amazing! We work together to plan units, complete assessment and provide feedback to students. The communication is always very timely and pedagogy is the focus. Relationships are valued and our students are inspired.”
– Eloise Beveridge, Principal at Trinity Lutheran College