International Baccalaureate

Primary Years Program (PYP) & Middle Years Program (MYP)

Encounter Lutheran College is an authorised IB World School for both the Primary Years and Middle Years Programs. As an IB World School we share, with other World Schools, the philosophy that we are committed to high quality, challenging, international education that we believe is important for our students to be able to “stand out” as future scholars and preferred employees.

As an IB World School, helping students to be ‘globally minded’ is something we take seriously at Encounter.  The term ‘globally minded’ doesn’t just refer to knowledge about the world, but it refers to a mindset that sees our students living out, in tangible ways, the mission statement of the IB:

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.

The Primary Years Program (PYP) and the Middle Years Program ( MYP) encourages students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

You may recognise some of these words on your child’s classroom walls, in the certificates presented at assembly and in their school reports, to name just a few examples.

IB learners strive to be:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-Minded
  • Caring
  • Courageous
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

This program enables the College to respond to local interests while providing an international framework for learning. We develop in our students an enjoyment of learning, strong skills, a positive sense of identity, and cultural awareness through:

  • Balanced study across a broad range of subjects
  • An emphasis on language, acquisition and development
  • Interdisciplinary learning
  • The development of learning skills
  • An opportunity for individual and collaborative planning and research
  • A community service component requiring action and reflection

For more information about the IB and its programs visit