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
- 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.
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
- 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