We know the end of the school year is nearly upon us when our Grade 12s are taking their IB exams. These exams represent the culmination of a demanding and also exciting learning experience. HKA is an International Baccalaureate school for enduring reasons. We value the learner profile and the IB’s emphasis on inquiry-based learning. We all know that there are fads in education, just as in everything else, but we also know that the core values and practices inherent in the IB are ones that will remain relevant for students far into the future.
Who of us really has any idea what students will need to know in 10, 20, 30 years? The smartphones we carry around with us are themselves only about a decade old! What we do know is that students who are flexible, resilient and open-minded will be able to respond effectively to new knowledge and new challenges. We know that students with grit will succeed in challenging environments. We know that empathetic students will have quality relationships with their peers.
We wish our Grade 12s well with their exams, knowing full well that exams only tell part of the story. We’re proud of all of our students for the people they are, not just the students they are in the classroom.