The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme
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An academically challenging, stimulating and inspiring programme of education

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is an academically-challenging and balanced programme of education that works to develop students who live, learn and work in a rapidly changing world.

With a focus on independent thinking, academic rigour, community service, inter-cultural understanding and respect for others, the Programme prepares students for success at university and beyond.

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Diocesan and the IB Diploma Programme

Our teaching and learning philosophy is to encourage learners who are open to challenge, willing to develop their abilities and achieve their personal best, take risks and accept mistakes, make ethical decisions and enjoy learning.

This vision complements the IB Diploma programme which aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, open-minded, reflective, caring and principled young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through effective communication, intercultural understanding and respect.

The IB Learner Profile underpins the programme and ensures the development of the whole person.

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The IB Learner Profile

The International Baccalaureate learner profile came to existence from the IB 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 organization works with schools, governments and international organizations 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.

The Learner Profile has become the values that define the type of learner that IB students aim to be. IB learners are internationally minded individuals that strive to create a better world through understanding the world’s global interconnectedness and humanity. The IB Learner Profile attributes are:

  1. Inquirers: Develop a natural curiosity that allows them to become lifelong learners.
  2. Knowledgeable: They explore ideas of importance and dig deep into its meaning creating a balance of their learning.
  3. Thinkers: They apply thinking skills that allow them to tackle complex problems in creative ways.
  4. Communicators: They understand and can articulate information in confident, creative ways, including a second language.
  5. Principled: Students are honest, fair, just and full of integrity. They strive to solve their own problems and to take responsibility for their own actions.
  6. Open-minded: Students understand and embrace other cultures. They recognize and celebrate their own backgrounds and learn tolerance for others.
  7. Caring: Students actively care about others and participate in active service.
  8. Risk-Takers: Students are brave in the face of new challenges. They strive to take on new roles and to defend their own beliefs.
  9. Balanced: Students understand the need to be emotionally, physically and mentally balanced. They strive for this in themselves and others.
  10. Reflective: Students reflect on their own learning. They are able to adjust for weaknesses and strengths.

The IB Learner Profile
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How the IB Diploma Programme prepares students for university

If you’re still undecided about the best academic pathway to take, the IB has launched a new video series on how the Diploma Programme prepares students for university, and why universities value the experience that IB students bring along.

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Benefits of the IB Diploma Programme
  • Provides students a careful balance of subject breadth and depth
  • Addresses the nature of knowledge across disciplines through the unique Theory of Knowledge course
  • Encourages international-mindedness, including a foundation in the student’s first language and culture and in a second language
  • Develops a positive attitude to learning that prepares students for university education
  • Offers a strong reputation for its rigorous external assessment with published global standards, this qualification is welcomed by universities worldwide.
  • Emphasises the development of the whole student – physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
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So what does it involve?
  • All Year 12 students who meet the entry requirements can enter. It is not limited to students who achieve highly
  • It is taught over two years with final examinations held at the end of Year 13. Students can also take NZQA scholarship exams
  • The students select one subject from each of the six subject groups, with some variation possible, within these choices: Studies in Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics, The Arts
  • Three subjects are studied at a higher level and the remainder are studied at a standard level. While both are two-year courses, higher level has more content and requires deeper thinking.
  • Each subject includes at least 20% internal assessment

The IB Diploma Programme comprises three important additional compulsory components:

1. Extended Essay

The extended essay of some 4,000 words offers the opportunity for IB students to investigate a topic of special interest, usually one of the student’s six Diploma Programme subjects, and acquaints them with the independent research and writing skills expected at university.

2. Theory of Knowledge

Theory of Knowledge has an emphasis on the development of critical thinking skills, encouraging students to be aware of subjective biases and to develop the ability to analyse evidence. This is a key element in encouraging students to appreciate other perspectives.

3. CAS (Creativity, activity, service)

Creativity, activity, service is at the heart of the Diploma Programme, involving students in a range of activities that take place alongside their academic studies throughout the IB Diploma Programme.

Learn more

Where are our IB Diploma graduates now?

Diocesan’s IB Diploma graduates continue their studies both in New Zealand and overseas. Take a look at where these recent graduates are studying:

“My IB Diploma experience at Dio was the highlight of my high school life.”

Shellie Hu, Wellesley College
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Shellie's story

Shellie Hu is currently studying art, media design and computer science at Wellesley College.

I took Chinese A (HL), English B (HL), Economics (HL), Physics (SL), Mathematics (SL) and Visual Arts (SL). The subjects were challenging but I found learning them rewarding and joyful. The sense of enjoyment was mainly made up by the satisfaction after overcoming difficult problems and the pleasure of learning new knowledge.

I applied to 20 universities in total, of which 16 were American universities. I feel extremely glad that I got offers from some of my dream schools, including Wellesley College and University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and received generous scholarships from many other schools like University of Sydney, University of Toronto, Boston University and so on.

My top choices were Wellesley College and University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and I had a dilemma when choosing which to attend. Both universities are academically strong, offering students outstanding research and internship opportunities. The only differences are the school type and class size. Wellesley is a private liberal arts female college, having a higher faculty-student ratio, whereas UMichigan is a public university so the class sizes are normally larger.

I chose Wellesley College in the end, because besides its value in promoting female education and leadership, its liberal arts education amazes me. Wellesley encourages students to learn as much knowledge as possible, and they don’t have to narrow their interests down to specific fields in the early undergraduate years. This is why I intend to study Media Arts and Sciences, an interdepartmental major that provides a well-rounded understanding in art, media design and computer science. I used to define myself as an art person and I thought I would end up in an art school. However, after studying the IB Diploma, I fell in love with exploring many more subjects. In my college application portfolio, I used mathematical rules to create generative art; I applied my understanding of ancient Chinese pictograph in designing fonts… I truly enjoy gathering inspirations from different knowledge fields and creating interdisciplinary work. Studying at a liberal arts college will enable me to have a stronger knowledge base and prepare me for my graduate and professional study in the future.

Shellie's story

“My attitude towards learning and studying has changed positively because of IB”

Bethany Ngai, AUT
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Bethany's Story

I am currently studying Architecture at AUT. Choosing to study IB was a really hard transition for me at the beginning, especially because I was never super “smart”. However, I learned through IB that it’s all about the skills I gained. Because of its well rounded nature, IB taught me so much about who I am and how to push myself to be the best that I can be. I noticed that at university I was so eager to learn and so many skills that were required of us I already knew very well from IB. I have definitely noticed how much my attitude towards learning and studying has changed positively because of IB and I highly encourage any student to
give it a crack!

Bethany's Story

“Uni has not felt like much of a jump from IB”

Elena Wood, Victoria University
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Elena's Story

I am studying a conjoint degree of Law and Arts at Victoria University of Wellington, with a major in International Relations. It has not felt like much of a jump from IB and in some ways is notas difficult. I’ve certainly found the time management and research skills wegained from the Diploma to be of great benefit. The majority of my university written assignments so far have been a similar length to an IA. For my degree, I’ve found English and History to have been really helpful subjects, especially in my International Relations courses. In the future, I aim to work either as a policy advisor/Diplomat, or continue down the path of Law.”

Elena's Story

“IB equipped me with great time management skills and academic independence”

Olivia Wrapson, Otago University
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Olivia's Story

I am studying Law and Psychology at Otago University. IB definitely prepared me for my future studies by equipping me with great time management skills and academic independence that is essential in Uni. It was a lot easier to transition into Uni having done IB because I already had experience with things like strict word limits and referencing… and the cooking I did for CAS has been very helpful in my first year of flatting!

Olivia's Story

“IB has helped me with my academic writing”

Summer Wilson, Victoria University
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Summer's story

“I’m studying an LLB/BA conjoint at Victoria University, Wellington, majoring in Asian Studies and Criminology. I chose Asian Studies as while History is a subject I love, I enjoyed the East-Asian topics of IB History the most. I am now in my second year of Law and majoring in Asian Studies, potentially minoring in Latin.
I found IB to have given me a step up in University, as I was already accustomed to taking control of my own learning and being the one to push myself as content is not spoon-fed. The breadth of the IB Diploma has allowed me to take a variety of classes with ease, from history papers, languages and a few that involved quite a few ToK concepts! IB also helped me with my academic writing. I especially think back to the hours I spent labouring over my EE and all that effort was worth it as referencing and the ability to write concisely and clearly is now invaluable.”

Summer's story

“The IB Diploma programme has truly set me up with the foundation I needed to succeed in my college years.”

Tracy Chen, Columbia University
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Tracy's story

Since graduating in 2016, I moved to New York to attend Columbia University, where I major in Psychology and East Asian Languages and Cultures. I have loved living in the heart of Manhattan, and I have taken full advantage of the opportunities the city and my university offer.

Throughout the past four years, I have interned in Hong Kong, studied abroad in Paris, and enrolled in language programs in South Korea. I have made friends from all over the world, and taken classes with world-renowned professors in disciplines not limited to my major, including art history, philosophy, and history.

The IB Diploma programme has truly set me up with the foundation I needed to succeed in my college years. The rigorous language classes prepared me to take classes in French while abroad in Paris. Theory of Knowledge equipped me with critical thinking skills, which was crucial when participating in seminar-style university classes where you have to debate and defend your viewpoint.

Overall, the time management skills, essay writing, and organization skills I gained from the Diploma programme have been invaluable, and I’m incredibly grateful to have gone through the two years with my IB cohort at Dio.

Tracy's story

“After graduating from Diocesan, I moved to Budapest (Hungary) to complete a pre-medical programme... The IB Diploma Programme hugely prepared me for the entrance exams.”

Fanni Meron, Semmelweis University, Budapest
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Fanni's story

Fanni is a Doctor of Medicine Student at Semmelweis University, Budapest.

After graduating from Diocesan, I moved to Budapest (Hungary) to complete a pre-medical programme, and went on to sit the entrance exams for Semmelweis University in June. I am delighted to have been offered a place and will begin my studies towards a Doctor of Medicine degree in September.

Although my entry was based mostly on the entrance exams, the IB Diploma Programme hugely prepared me for these as well as to study abroad. The level of the HL classes gave me a very strong foundation, and even my SL classes prepared me hugely for the new workload because of the broad syllabus we covered.

The range of question types and examination strategies that I had learnt as part of the IB Diploma were, and continue to be, a great help. I have now met people who have taken the IB Diploma from all around the world, and it is an amazing community to be a part of.

Fanni's story

“I could really tell how the personal, interpersonal and leadership skills I developed during the IB Diploma were so helpful to me.”

Sacha Sampson, University of Auckland Med School
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Sacha's story

After graduating in 2018, I went on a gap year to Israel as part of a Jewish youth leadership/personal development program called Israel By Choice.

I spent the first 7 months learning Hebrew, Jewish studies & Israeli/Middle Eastern politics, travelling and hiking the country and running educational & social activities for the other participants on my program. As well as this, I also learnt to live in a group environment, whether in our student accommodation in Jerusalem or our tiny independent living apartments in Yerucham, a town in the middle of the desert where we volunteered.

I also trained on an educational army base for the next 2 months, and finally attended a 3 month long leadership academy where I lived with Israelis and other gap year participants from around the world.

Although I wasn’t in a formal learning environment, I could really tell how the personal, interpersonal and leadership skills I developed during the IB Diploma were so helpful to me over this year, such as what I learnt in CAS encouraging me to take initiative and become a leader on the program, volunteer for whatever I could, and take risks, trying lots of new things. The cooking skills I learnt as part of my creativity practice also definitely came in handy during my year away! Additionally, being overseas meant the international languages aspect of the IB Diploma was really useful, as I could use my Spanish to talk to the many South American participants whom I lived with, and to get around when I travelled during our holidays to other places such as Barcelona.

At the end of 2019 I returned home, back to my community, to be leader in our Jewish youth movement and to start university in 2020. I did first year Biomedicine at Auckland University, where the subjects, learning and inquiry skills I learnt in the IB Diploma were so helpful in allowing me to succeed in my course and enjoy my first year of university, especially through the crazy experience that was online uni and exams. Compared to many of my peers I felt like the content I had studied in IB was much more similar to my uni course content, and our internals and projects such as the EE really prepared me for academic report writing.

In 2021, I have started university as a 2nd year medical student in Auckland, and am continuing in giving back to my community, volunteering as the National Director or Bnei Akiva New Zealand, for my Jewish youth movement where we run weekly social and educational activities, along with larger community events & holiday camps for our participants around the country.

Sacha's story

“I'm really thankful I did IB!”

May Jang, Griffith University
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May's story

May is at Griffith University, Australia studying a Bachelor of Dental Health Science.

“You will be very happy to hear that I got automatic credits for the trimester 1 Chemistry course because I did IB Chemistry HL! Everyone is surprised when I tell them I got credits for a Uni course because I am a school leaver, but then I tell them “Oh, I have an IB Diploma from school.” It saved both time and money for this trimester, so I’m really thankful that I did IB!

“Also, there is a course called ‘Cells Tissues and Regulations’, which is quite similar to IB Biology but with a bit more depth. It would have been really hard if I had not studied IB Biology because the Professor went over the contents, which we spent weeks on at school, in just one day! I also had to write an essay for one of the courses and the referencing skills I learned from writing my EE and IAs were a life saver! The required format was a bit different, but still the experience from doing IB was really helpful indeed.”

May's story

“Is the IB Diploma worth it? 100%. I learnt so much about myself such as what study techniques are most effective for me, time-management skills, and the ability to think beyond what is offered in a textbook and really challenge your own thinking.”

Jessica Li, University of Auckland
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Jessica's story

Kia ora! My name is Jessica Li and I graduated from Dio in 2018. I am now in my penultimate year at the University of Auckland studying a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics/Finance) and Bachelor of Global Studies (Sustainable Development) conjoint. My degree always challenges me intellectually to explore the intersection between business and sustainability. My key areas of interest include energy economics, sustainable investment, and financial inclusion. This intellectual curiosity began back in Year 12 when I started the IB Diploma. My favourite subjects were IB Geography (HL) and IB Economics (HL) as they provided a wide overview of the global social, economic and environmental challenges humanity faces and how we can work together to co-create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive world.

You may ask, is the IB Diploma worth it? 100%. I have to thank IB for preparing me so well for university. I learnt so much about myself such as what study techniques are most effective for me, time-management skills, and the ability to think beyond what is offered in a textbook and really challenge your own thinking. I like to call this “The IB Head Start”, as I discovered in most of my first year papers the content had already been covered in IB. This enabled me to have plenty of free time at university to explore life beyond my courses. I was able to participate in a lot of extracurricular such as university clubs, volunteering, and meeting lots of new friends. Reflecting back, I do not think this would have been possible if I was struggling with time-management, organisation and studying techniques which was a common issue amongst first year students

Jessica's story

“To say IB prepared me for uni would be an understatement... Looking back, I am so glad that I made the decision to take IB because it prepared me well for life after high school.”

Athena Qian, University of Auckland
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Athena's story

After graduating from Dio, I took a gap semester and studied Chinese in Shanghai. Being born in New Zealand to Chinese immigrant parents, I was not always interested in the Chinese culture. IB and CAS, surprisingly, played a huge role in allowing me to explore areas of culture and identity which essentially led me to spending five months of my life in China!

IB also taught me to be an internationally minded global citizen, and this helped me discover what I wanted to study in uni. I’m starting my third year at the University of Auckland studying a conjoint in Commerce and Global Studies majoring in Economics, International Relations and Business. I am passionate about global issues and the work of international organisations and non-governmental groups.

To say IB prepared me for uni would be an understatement. Not only did some of the content of my first-year courses overlap with the IB syllabus, but IB taught me how to study smart and manage my time. In fact, I found a part time job during my first semester because I felt like I had too much time on my hands.

Aside from academics, IB also encouraged me to pursue extracurricular interests. I am currently on the executive team of the sustainability club at UoA where we run weekly events.

The best part of IB for me was the people and all the lifelong friendships I made. Looking back, I am so glad that I made the decision to take IB because it prepared me well for life after high school.

Athena's story
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Shellie's story

Shellie Hu is currently studying art, media design and computer science at Wellesley College.

I took Chinese A (HL), English B (HL), Economics (HL), Physics (SL), Mathematics (SL) and Visual Arts (SL). The subjects were challenging but I found learning them rewarding and joyful. The sense of enjoyment was mainly made up by the satisfaction after overcoming difficult problems and the pleasure of learning new knowledge.

I applied to 20 universities in total, of which 16 were American universities. I feel extremely glad that I got offers from some of my dream schools, including Wellesley College and University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and received generous scholarships from many other schools like University of Sydney, University of Toronto, Boston University and so on.

My top choices were Wellesley College and University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and I had a dilemma when choosing which to attend. Both universities are academically strong, offering students outstanding research and internship opportunities. The only differences are the school type and class size. Wellesley is a private liberal arts female college, having a higher faculty-student ratio, whereas UMichigan is a public university so the class sizes are normally larger.

I chose Wellesley College in the end, because besides its value in promoting female education and leadership, its liberal arts education amazes me. Wellesley encourages students to learn as much knowledge as possible, and they don’t have to narrow their interests down to specific fields in the early undergraduate years. This is why I intend to study Media Arts and Sciences, an interdepartmental major that provides a well-rounded understanding in art, media design and computer science. I used to define myself as an art person and I thought I would end up in an art school. However, after studying the IB Diploma, I fell in love with exploring many more subjects. In my college application portfolio, I used mathematical rules to create generative art; I applied my understanding of ancient Chinese pictograph in designing fonts… I truly enjoy gathering inspirations from different knowledge fields and creating interdisciplinary work. Studying at a liberal arts college will enable me to have a stronger knowledge base and prepare me for my graduate and professional study in the future.

Shellie's story
Bethany Ngai
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Bethany's Story

I am currently studying Architecture at AUT. Choosing to study IB was a really hard transition for me at the beginning, especially because I was never super “smart”. However, I learned through IB that it’s all about the skills I gained. Because of its well rounded nature, IB taught me so much about who I am and how to push myself to be the best that I can be. I noticed that at university I was so eager to learn and so many skills that were required of us I already knew very well from IB. I have definitely noticed how much my attitude towards learning and studying has changed positively because of IB and I highly encourage any student to
give it a crack!

Bethany's Story
Elena Wood My IB experience at Dio
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Elena's Story

I am studying a conjoint degree of Law and Arts at Victoria University of Wellington, with a major in International Relations. It has not felt like much of a jump from IB and in some ways is notas difficult. I’ve certainly found the time management and research skills wegained from the Diploma to be of great benefit. The majority of my university written assignments so far have been a similar length to an IA. For my degree, I’ve found English and History to have been really helpful subjects, especially in my International Relations courses. In the future, I aim to work either as a policy advisor/Diplomat, or continue down the path of Law.”

Elena's Story
Olivia Wrapson
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Olivia's Story

I am studying Law and Psychology at Otago University. IB definitely prepared me for my future studies by equipping me with great time management skills and academic independence that is essential in Uni. It was a lot easier to transition into Uni having done IB because I already had experience with things like strict word limits and referencing… and the cooking I did for CAS has been very helpful in my first year of flatting!

Olivia's Story
Summer Wilson
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Summer's story

“I’m studying an LLB/BA conjoint at Victoria University, Wellington, majoring in Asian Studies and Criminology. I chose Asian Studies as while History is a subject I love, I enjoyed the East-Asian topics of IB History the most. I am now in my second year of Law and majoring in Asian Studies, potentially minoring in Latin.
I found IB to have given me a step up in University, as I was already accustomed to taking control of my own learning and being the one to push myself as content is not spoon-fed. The breadth of the IB Diploma has allowed me to take a variety of classes with ease, from history papers, languages and a few that involved quite a few ToK concepts! IB also helped me with my academic writing. I especially think back to the hours I spent labouring over my EE and all that effort was worth it as referencing and the ability to write concisely and clearly is now invaluable.”

Summer's story
tracy chen
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Tracy's story

Since graduating in 2016, I moved to New York to attend Columbia University, where I major in Psychology and East Asian Languages and Cultures. I have loved living in the heart of Manhattan, and I have taken full advantage of the opportunities the city and my university offer.

Throughout the past four years, I have interned in Hong Kong, studied abroad in Paris, and enrolled in language programs in South Korea. I have made friends from all over the world, and taken classes with world-renowned professors in disciplines not limited to my major, including art history, philosophy, and history.

The IB Diploma programme has truly set me up with the foundation I needed to succeed in my college years. The rigorous language classes prepared me to take classes in French while abroad in Paris. Theory of Knowledge equipped me with critical thinking skills, which was crucial when participating in seminar-style university classes where you have to debate and defend your viewpoint.

Overall, the time management skills, essay writing, and organization skills I gained from the Diploma programme have been invaluable, and I’m incredibly grateful to have gone through the two years with my IB cohort at Dio.

Tracy's story
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Fanni's story

Fanni is a Doctor of Medicine Student at Semmelweis University, Budapest.

After graduating from Diocesan, I moved to Budapest (Hungary) to complete a pre-medical programme, and went on to sit the entrance exams for Semmelweis University in June. I am delighted to have been offered a place and will begin my studies towards a Doctor of Medicine degree in September.

Although my entry was based mostly on the entrance exams, the IB Diploma Programme hugely prepared me for these as well as to study abroad. The level of the HL classes gave me a very strong foundation, and even my SL classes prepared me hugely for the new workload because of the broad syllabus we covered.

The range of question types and examination strategies that I had learnt as part of the IB Diploma were, and continue to be, a great help. I have now met people who have taken the IB Diploma from all around the world, and it is an amazing community to be a part of.

Fanni's story
sacha sampson
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Sacha's story

After graduating in 2018, I went on a gap year to Israel as part of a Jewish youth leadership/personal development program called Israel By Choice.

I spent the first 7 months learning Hebrew, Jewish studies & Israeli/Middle Eastern politics, travelling and hiking the country and running educational & social activities for the other participants on my program. As well as this, I also learnt to live in a group environment, whether in our student accommodation in Jerusalem or our tiny independent living apartments in Yerucham, a town in the middle of the desert where we volunteered.

I also trained on an educational army base for the next 2 months, and finally attended a 3 month long leadership academy where I lived with Israelis and other gap year participants from around the world.

Although I wasn’t in a formal learning environment, I could really tell how the personal, interpersonal and leadership skills I developed during the IB Diploma were so helpful to me over this year, such as what I learnt in CAS encouraging me to take initiative and become a leader on the program, volunteer for whatever I could, and take risks, trying lots of new things. The cooking skills I learnt as part of my creativity practice also definitely came in handy during my year away! Additionally, being overseas meant the international languages aspect of the IB Diploma was really useful, as I could use my Spanish to talk to the many South American participants whom I lived with, and to get around when I travelled during our holidays to other places such as Barcelona.

At the end of 2019 I returned home, back to my community, to be leader in our Jewish youth movement and to start university in 2020. I did first year Biomedicine at Auckland University, where the subjects, learning and inquiry skills I learnt in the IB Diploma were so helpful in allowing me to succeed in my course and enjoy my first year of university, especially through the crazy experience that was online uni and exams. Compared to many of my peers I felt like the content I had studied in IB was much more similar to my uni course content, and our internals and projects such as the EE really prepared me for academic report writing.

In 2021, I have started university as a 2nd year medical student in Auckland, and am continuing in giving back to my community, volunteering as the National Director or Bnei Akiva New Zealand, for my Jewish youth movement where we run weekly social and educational activities, along with larger community events & holiday camps for our participants around the country.

Sacha's story
may jang
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May's story

May is at Griffith University, Australia studying a Bachelor of Dental Health Science.

“You will be very happy to hear that I got automatic credits for the trimester 1 Chemistry course because I did IB Chemistry HL! Everyone is surprised when I tell them I got credits for a Uni course because I am a school leaver, but then I tell them “Oh, I have an IB Diploma from school.” It saved both time and money for this trimester, so I’m really thankful that I did IB!

“Also, there is a course called ‘Cells Tissues and Regulations’, which is quite similar to IB Biology but with a bit more depth. It would have been really hard if I had not studied IB Biology because the Professor went over the contents, which we spent weeks on at school, in just one day! I also had to write an essay for one of the courses and the referencing skills I learned from writing my EE and IAs were a life saver! The required format was a bit different, but still the experience from doing IB was really helpful indeed.”

May's story
jessica li
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Jessica's story

Kia ora! My name is Jessica Li and I graduated from Dio in 2018. I am now in my penultimate year at the University of Auckland studying a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics/Finance) and Bachelor of Global Studies (Sustainable Development) conjoint. My degree always challenges me intellectually to explore the intersection between business and sustainability. My key areas of interest include energy economics, sustainable investment, and financial inclusion. This intellectual curiosity began back in Year 12 when I started the IB Diploma. My favourite subjects were IB Geography (HL) and IB Economics (HL) as they provided a wide overview of the global social, economic and environmental challenges humanity faces and how we can work together to co-create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive world.

You may ask, is the IB Diploma worth it? 100%. I have to thank IB for preparing me so well for university. I learnt so much about myself such as what study techniques are most effective for me, time-management skills, and the ability to think beyond what is offered in a textbook and really challenge your own thinking. I like to call this “The IB Head Start”, as I discovered in most of my first year papers the content had already been covered in IB. This enabled me to have plenty of free time at university to explore life beyond my courses. I was able to participate in a lot of extracurricular such as university clubs, volunteering, and meeting lots of new friends. Reflecting back, I do not think this would have been possible if I was struggling with time-management, organisation and studying techniques which was a common issue amongst first year students

Jessica's story
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Athena's story

After graduating from Dio, I took a gap semester and studied Chinese in Shanghai. Being born in New Zealand to Chinese immigrant parents, I was not always interested in the Chinese culture. IB and CAS, surprisingly, played a huge role in allowing me to explore areas of culture and identity which essentially led me to spending five months of my life in China!

IB also taught me to be an internationally minded global citizen, and this helped me discover what I wanted to study in uni. I’m starting my third year at the University of Auckland studying a conjoint in Commerce and Global Studies majoring in Economics, International Relations and Business. I am passionate about global issues and the work of international organisations and non-governmental groups.

To say IB prepared me for uni would be an understatement. Not only did some of the content of my first-year courses overlap with the IB syllabus, but IB taught me how to study smart and manage my time. In fact, I found a part time job during my first semester because I felt like I had too much time on my hands.

Aside from academics, IB also encouraged me to pursue extracurricular interests. I am currently on the executive team of the sustainability club at UoA where we run weekly events.

The best part of IB for me was the people and all the lifelong friendships I made. Looking back, I am so glad that I made the decision to take IB because it prepared me well for life after high school.

Athena's story
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IB Diploma Programme Dux 2021

The IB Dux for 2021 is Lara Johns.

Lara is an exceptional academic and she is on target for a top IB score – she has achieved the top score of 7 in 4 out of her 6 IB subjects, winning the subject prizes for Spanish and Economics and has received the IB Diploma Learner Profile award. This latter award is reflected in Lara’s genuine curiosity for learning and a great joy in exploring new ideas and perspectives. This attitude was particularly appreciated by her classmates and teachers as she drove classroom discussion and investigations to new levels.

Lara has achieved all of this alongside being House Captain of Mary Pulling, playing Premier Waterpolo and achieving her Duke of Edinburgh Gold award is something to be truly admired. Lara goes onto the next part of her journey with our best wishes as the Diocesan International Baccalaureate Diploma Dux recipient for 2021.

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IB Diploma Learner Profile Award

The 2021 award went to Lara Johns.

This award is given to a student in Year 13 who, throughout the two years of the Diploma, has consistently exhibited the attributes of the IB Learner Profile. This profile can be considered as a map of a lifelong journey in pursuit of international-mindedness. It aims to develop active, compassionate and lifelong learners, and to prepare students to make exceptional contributions both at school and beyond. The IB mission is to encourage students to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open- minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective, thus educating the whole person for a life of active, responsible citizenship.

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IB Diploma Top Scholar Awards

We are delighted with the achievements of our IB Diploma Programme students in 2021.  Eight of our students scored 40+ and would have been recognised at the prestigious ‘Top Scholar Awards Ceremony’ this year, but unfortunately it was cancelled due to Covid restrictions. Achieving an IB Diploma score of 40 points or more places these students in the top 6% of students across the world. We are very proud of the achievements of these students and watch with interest where their studies take them in the future.

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