International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Updates

Thursday 1st December 2022

Preparing students for success in higher education and to be active participants in a global society

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.

At this time of the year, we want to thank the class of 2022 and their parents for partnering with us at the College in their son’s education. We am immensely proud of the students in the IBDP and it is always an honour to be rubbing shoulders with such outstanding young men who are going to make a difference in the world.  We am very much looking forward to the coming year as we partner with the IBDP classes of 2023 and 2024 and their parents; with the express purpose to prepare students for success in higher education and to be active participants in a global society.  

Thinking Global, Acting Local

We are very pleased to announce that we have employed Hélène Navarro, an outstanding and enthusiastic IBDP Spanish teacher, to lead our IBDP Spanish language programme in year 12 and 13. Ms. Navarro is a native Spanish speaker from Venezuela. After travelling extensively, she settled in New Zealand with her family and trained to be a French and Spanish teacher at the University of Waikato. Ms. Navarro is looking forward to teaching our IBDP Spanish students the language, the culture, international mindedness and bringing the subject alive for our IBDP students.

The IBDP at John McGlashan College offers students outstanding opportunities for personal growth in a close and supportive relationship with expert teachers such as Ms. Navarro and our current IBDP teachers. Inquiry and goal based learning with a distinct global minded approach is second to none for graduating high school students destined to study at University here in New Zealand and abroad.

It was at the All Boys' Schools AP/DP conference, that I was deeply reminded that John McGlashan College is the only single sex boy’s school in New Zealand who offers the IBDP. 

The opportunity that the IBDP provides our students is unrivalled and a huge opportunity to gain knowledge from the best high school qualification in the world. 

 Universities actively seek our IBDP graduates for their ability to think and communicate deeply, their readiness and ability to learn and their ability to approach challenges with insight and awareness of other perspectives.

Students holding an IB diploma have higher university and college acceptance rates than applicants who have studied under other qualifications world-wide. It is also noted that the Dux and Proxime accessit awards here at the College have more often than not come from the IB diploma programme in recent history.

The IBDP is a global curriculum taught in 1000’s of schools across the globe. It is not just an Excellence programme in terms of results, it is about an individual’s personal journey towards excellence and being the best they can be. It is about meeting challenges and developing perseverance.

If you like going to class to learn, to improve, to focus, to try, to do, to apply, to debate, to ask questions, then this is the learning programme for you. If you are interested in the world, world issues, in people and how they interact, then this programme is for you.

Places are still available in the IBDP class of 2024. I invite all rising Year 12 students to consider the IBDP as their pathway of learning for Year 12 and 13.  Those students with a good work ethic and, who are wanting to study at University, should consider the IBDP for 2023.

The College’s IB diploma orientation programme for Year 12 starts on Monday January 30, 2023 at 1pm in the ELC. We will be taking our learning from the classroom to the outside world from the outset. A plan for the orientation programme will be sent out in the new year. IBDP classes start Wednesday February 1. There will be an IBDP Camp at the Lodge in Te Anau in week 5 of term 4 where we will continue to think global, and act local.

The College's IBDP website has all the information that you may need in making this important decision.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me (