The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. At Rivercrest we explore the development of these 10 attributes across all facets of the school day.
IB Learners strive to be:
They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and door will be opened to you.”
They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines. “An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”
They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions. “The mind of the righteous ponders how to answer.”
They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others. “Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.”
They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them. “Be hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.”
They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.”
They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you.”
They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”
They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.
“I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.”
At Rivercrest we develop the attributes of the Learner Profile through all aspects of the school day. They are explicitly focused on as part of our units of inquiry. We also address the attributes through discussions and activities at assemblies and chapels. These attributes also shape our class agreements and underpin behaviour management strategies.