IB Coordinator Letter
Plato once said in his masterpiece The Republic, “The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.” On behalf of the Hayah family I would like to welcome you to a new beginning, a new school year 2014 -2015. In light of Plato’s words, I strongly believe that the steps we take today will help us shape our future tomorrow. Hayah International Academy aims to help young generations pave their own pathway. Upon entering their junior year, students are faced with a significant decision, choosing an academic program they would like to adhere to. They are given the freedom to choose their own subjects, allowing them to exercise their own strengths and unlock their full potential. Among the programs that the school offers, is the International Baccalaureate programme which was introduced in June 2009.
The IB is a supremely challenging and rewarding pre university programme. It is a two-year program that aims at creating well-balanced, independent learners who are able to participate efficiently in an ever-changing world. It aspires to create students who are inquisitive and risk takers who are able to willingly delve into new realms of knowledge.
The IB diploma programme mission statement and Hayah mission statement are intertwined together to help students seek the best of two worlds. They both aim at providing optimal balance by means of providing a strong academic programme and eye opening extra curricular activities. There is a wide variety of subjects offered at Hayah in the IB programme that allows students to choose what suits their interest and careers best. The structure of the IB programme itself acquires breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, as students are required to study courses from six subject groups. IB Diploma Programme students must choose one subject from each of the five groups, ensuring breadth of knowledge and understanding in their best language, additional languages, humanities, the experimental sciences and mathematics. Students may choose either an arts subject from group 6, or a second subject from groups 1 to 5. In addition to disciplinary and interdisciplinary study, the Diploma Programme features three core elements which include the Extended Essay, the CAS program, and Theory of Knowledge, that broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills. Internal assessments are conducted throughout the two years, whilst external assessments are taken in May of the second year.
The IB is an internationally recognized and prestigious programme. Its challenging assessments, rigorous academic program, and enlightening extra-curricular activities, allow students to be fully prepared for university coursework and the demands of higher education. In view of Plato’s quote, choosing IB, one of many paths available, may help develop students’ abilities allowing them to seize the future with both hands and grant them the courage to run after their dreams once and for all.
Omneya Hamdy IB Diploma Coordinator