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'.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

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


Congratulations to Jessica Guthier for being a Schulich Leader Nominee.  Jessica received this acknowledgement for demonstrating excellence in the STEM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. 

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

IB Information Night for Potential Students and their Parents

On November 18, 2015 NorKam Senior Secondary School hosted an information session for parents and students interested in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB DP). 

In preparation of the evening, we mailed a letter to all students in School District 73 currently in grade 10 outlining the essential items that would be covered in the meeting. We then followed up with a phone call to all parents in grades nine and 10  reminding them of the meeting and the critical information that would be covered.

The IB staff at NorKam Senior Secondary developed a presentation that outlined:

  • How IB fits into our Mission Statement and graduate attributes.
  • The learner profile 
  • Course selection and program parts
  • Grading and awards 
  • Student program perspective
  • Parent perspective.

Approximately 120 people attended the evening. Included in the crowd was our IB teaching staff which presented on the Creativity, Activity and Service,Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay. Our staff fielded questions regarding the timetable, course selection, student workload, and the overall benefits of the program.

Next year we will follow the same process to educate and inform people about the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at NorKam Senior Secondary. We will also include a student information panel in which parents can ask questions and exhibit some of the talents of our fine IB students.

If you would like more information about our IB DP program please, call the school at 250-376-1272.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Theory of Knowledge - First Month

The first four weeks of Theory of Knowledge (TOK) classes have been very busy and the students have gained valuable insight into "how we know." Among the things we have done in the class, the IB students have
  • explored maps (mercator and other projections) as metaphors for the mental maps (worldview); 
  • considered how our perspective is shaped by the culture (or micro-culture) to which we belong;
  • examined how the biases of the team to which we belong binds us together and can blind us to the truth;
  • critically evaluated knowledge as true justified belief;
  • written think pieces examining themselves as knowers;
  • discussed when it it is appropriate to doubt, and when it is not;
  • considered three different checks for knowledge claims: coherence to what we already know, correspondence to the way things are, and pragmatic usefulness;
  • formulated broader questions about knowledge after looking at various real life situations;
  • examined the strengths and limitations of sense perception through the examination of optical illusions, amnesia, phantom limbs, and synaesthesia;
  • examines the strength and limitations of memory through the examination of eye witness testimony;
  • written a second think piece using eye witness testimony as we to examine the reliability of these two ways of knowing;
  • examined several forms of reasoning: informal, deductive, and inductive;
  • analyzed logical arguments to determine whether they were truthful and valid;
  • practiced our powers of deduction;
  • research and presented various common fallacies of reasoning, including strawman, ad hominem, and poisoning the well to name a few;
  • viewed a video on system one and system two thinking (intuition vs reasoning) to discover their strengths and limitations;
  • left TOK with the task of writing a think piece on how some of the things we have discussed in the class are evident in the subjects they are learning in the IB Diploma Programme.
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