Wednesday 29th July 2020

We warmly invite you and your son to an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) information evening: Thursday 27th August 7:30-8:30pm

The College has offered the IBDP to year 12 and 13 students for the last 21 years. In this time we have had hundreds of McGlashan graduates in the programme, providing the best possible grounding for success in tertiary study, whether local or abroad.

Currently, we are anticipating around 20% of our current Year 11 cohort to opt in to sit the IB diploma in their Year 12 and 13 years. The students who are currently in the programme represent a wide spectrum of John McGlashan College boys from domestic to international students, dayboys to boarders, and across academic ability also.

Anyone wanting to study at University should consider doing the IBDP. The IB Diploma is not only for the academic elite nor is it only for those students wanting to study overseas. While it is true that the majority of our academic students do choose the IBDP pathway rather than sitting NCEA Levels 2, 3 or take UE scholarships, the IB diploma is readily achievable for an average student with a solid work ethic who may want to study locally, nationally or internationally.

The IB diploma is a two-year course with a comparable weighting of internal and external assessment to that of NCEA. Courses are significantly more coherent than NCEA subjects with common themes of global perspectives, critical thinking, ethics and service as well as a consistent approach to teaching, learning and assessment.

Additional components to the programme include the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, Creativity, Activity, & Service (CAS) involvements, and a 4000-word Extended Essay that develops the sort of academic research and writing skills expected at tertiary level. It is a holistic and coherent approach to learning and is considered the ‘gold-standard’ university entrance qualifications globally.

I would encourage you to seriously consider the IBDP and I invite you to attend an information evening on Thursday 27th August from 7:30-8:30 pm in the College Chapel.

Should there be any pressing questions in the meantime, you should feel free to contact Brendan Porter directly (

Note: prior to this meeting, there will be an NCEA level 1 extension programme seminar from 7-7:30 pm which you are welcome to attend also.