The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)

A comprehensive two-year university preparation programme for highly motivated students (grade 11-12), the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) curricula emphasizes international mindedness, rigorous academic standards, critical thinking, and leadership. The NorKam IB team encourages students to 'think globally, act locally'.

Friday, 20 January 2017

French B au mois de janvier

Bonne année!

In French B class, students are working very hard this month finishing readings, taking notes and discussing the Second World War, specifically occupied France. In the photo students are reacting to the announcement that the January 16th exam would be their first formal Paper 1 - Reading Comprehension as well as their Paper 2 writing component - 250 words en français.  

..and that isn't even including the individual oral they have to do on Jan 25-26. What hard-working iblets!

(iblet=a junior member of the IB programme)

Below find some fun pics of students practicing interacting in a social context, dealing with stress and, of course being in a state of deep concentration. ..

Happy January -  Joyeux janvier!

Remember that Jan 27th is a turnaround day and that students are not to come to school.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

 IB Informational Night. 

Over 160 people attend our informational night on November the 22nd.  Thank you to  all the people who attended and especially our guest speakers.   If you missed the meeting, or would like more information about IB please feel free to phone or email me (

Murray Williams, IB Coordinator

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

IB Presentation from November 22nd, 2016

On the night of November 22nd, we held an information meeting for parents and students about the Diploma Programme. Over 150 people were in attendance, and it seems if a lot of people are interested in the program. We have posted the slide deck that was used in the presentation in case people wish to review some of the information that was shared. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Williams. His email contact information is posted in the right hand column on the main page of this blog. Application forms for the program can be found on the admissions page.

One additional item that was not covered at the presentation, was that we encourage students from other schools, who are considering entering the program, to talk to Mr Williams about setting up a shadow visit to the school. In the shadow visit, a prospective student is assigned to a current IB student and accompanies that student from class to class to experience what it is like to be a student in the program.  Admission to the programme is on a first come first served basis.

Thinking about IB?

The University of British Columbia visited Upper Canada College in Toronto and discussed the merits of the IB Diploma Programme.  The presentation is informative and gives a university admissions perspective.  Here is the link to the presentation and summary.

Mr. Williams

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Fall is Internal Assessment season!

One of the best things about being a part of the NorKam IB program is seeing the amazing ideas that come to fruition during student IAs. Our students take their interests, and use the passion for their favorite activity to fuel an investigation into the academic principles involved. The idea is that school work doesn't feel like drudgery when they are following their own curiosity.

In Physics HL, students have done investigations into subjects as diverse as rugby passing and tackling, softball pitching, solar and hydroelectric energy, oscillations of strings and glasses, and hockey slapshots. We are proud of our students for many reasons, but their IA investigations are a very tangible piece of evidence demonstrating their achievements!