Teachers at the region’s schools may be anticipating the start to school holidays tomorrow, but all staff at The Armidale School’s Junior School are looking forward to spending the day on professional development, learning more about the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program at a Hunter Valley school.
Maitland’s Hunter Valley Grammar School has just gained full certification as an IBPYP school, and the TAS Junior School staff will be immersing themselves fully in classes as TAS moves along the same path.
“Hunter Valley Grammar has just this week gained its full credentials as a PYP school and have invited us to observe what they are doing there. It is a great indication of the collegiality that exists between IB schools which are committed to the most innovative learning to students,” Head of TAS Junior School Ian Lloyd said.
“It will be 13 hour day but the commitment from the staff says a lot about their enthusiasm as we move to becoming a fully-fledged Primary Years Programme school.”
Teachers will be in class, have a meeting with the school’s PYP coordinator and take part in a facilitated question and answer session.