Mission P&O

IBO Mission Statement

  • The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
  • To this end the organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
  • These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right

Mission Statement

  • In Gaborone, Botswana, Northside Primary School, is an internationally accredited school, providing education in English as well as serving the educational needs of primary school children of all nationalities.

Philosophy & Objectives


  • ‘To develop compassionate, internationally-minded citizens who actively add value to the world in which they live.’

Definition: Internationally-minded – The respect for, and appreciation of, the attributes and contributions of different cultures to the global community.

Philosophy Statement

Northside Primary School:

  • Seeks to develop students who demonstrate intercultural understanding and respect
  • Encourages students to be active, caring, motivated and internationally-minded
  • Guides all students towards realising their full potential – intellectual, creative, cultural, social, moral, emotional and physical
  • Values the five essential elements of the International Baccalaureate Organisation’s, Primary Years Programme
  • Empowers students touse their knowledge, understandings, skills and attitudes to participate as internationally-minded citizens


  • Delivers a balanced and challenging curriculum
  • Assesses and evaluates learning to develop a broad curriculum based onbest international educational practices
  • Implements a curriculum that reflects an understanding of students’ learning styles
  • Encourages students to participate in a wide range of co-curricular activities
  • Promotes learning of positive attitudes and values
  • Encourages active participation, inquiry and enduring understandings
  • Uses a range and balance of assessments to evaluate students’ learning
  • Works in collaboration with international educational bodiesand is guided by regulations from the Botswana Ministry of Education and Skills Development
  • Develops a sense of responsibility and respect towards people and the environment


  • Encourages students to respect the dignity of self and others through self-discipline and responsible behaviour
  • Provides opportunities for the growth of students’ self-esteem, confidence, intellectual and physical development
  • Encourages students to reflect and take responsibility for learning
  • Values students’ cultures and spiritual growth as part of the learning process
  • Recognises the value of student participation in school governance


  • Seeks to employ a staff that enriches our school community and provides diverse experiences, resources and perspectives to facilitate learning
  • Requires staff to respect the dignity of self and others
  • Supports staff with opportunities for professional development
  • Encourages active participation in the decision making processes of the school
  • Requires staff to model the attitudes and values promoted by the school
  • Requires teaching staff to develop their teaching practice
  • Encourages co-operation and collaboration
  • Requires teaching staff to inform students and parents / guardians of student learning

Parents /Guardians

  • Provides parents / guardians with opportunities to be informed about the expectations of the school
  • Encourages parents / guardians to support the work, activities and events of the school
  • Seeks close co-operation and communication between parents / guardians and teachers to support student learning
  • Encourages parents / guardians to respect the dignity of self and others
  • Values constructive input from parents / guardians

Whole School Community

Definition: Individuals or organisations that are involved with Northside Primary School.

  • supports and encourages a community of co-operative, caring and respectful individuals and organisations
  • encourages our community to explore and develop personal and social values underpinned by the principles of human rights
  • seeks to develop a culture of co-operation and understanding between all members of our community
  • makes decisions that are guided by a sound knowledge base


School Council- This term applies to the duly constituted group that has the ultimate authority to make decisions on behalf of the school.

Senior Management Team- Refers to the group of people whose main role is to supervise school operations.

Student Council – Refers to elected students who meet on a regular basis to discuss issues and seek solutions with regards to all aspects of the school.

  • Ensures long term financial stability through sound planning and effective management
  • Supports on-going staff and curriculum development
  • Invests in the quality of school resources and facilities based on the recommendation of the school management
  • Values the health and safety of the whole school community
  • Requires the School Council to develop a positive relationship with the school community through communication and co-operation
  • Requires the management to live the School’s philosophy through development and maintenance of objectives, strategies, principles and policies – both administrative and operational
  • Encourages parents to respect the dignity of self and others
  • Values constructive input from parents / guardians

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