IB Diploma

Congratulations to our Year 12 students

We are thrilled to share final results from Year 12 class of 2016.

• 18.5% of students in top 1% nationally
• 48.2% of students in top 5% nationally


Scholarship applications for 2018 entry are now open.

School Tours

Is your daughter starting Reception in 2018?

Junior School Twilight Tour:
Monday 4 September at 5pm

Our next whole School Tour is:
Thursday 14 September at 9am

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To learn more about St Peter's Girls' School, request a prospectus today.

What is the IB Diploma Programme?

The IB Diploma is an academically challenging pre-university matriculation course which provides “in-depth academic rigour with breadth, ensuring each student finishes school competent in their own language, numeracy and a foreign language, and knowledgeable in science, humanities and the arts. In addition, students will have followed a course in critical thinking (Theory of Knowledge) completed a research essay and developed their own CAS program of creativity, activity and service.” (IBO, 2011)

Students who receive a Diploma are eligible to apply to universities in Australia and overseas as the Diploma is internationally recognised and highly regarded.

Why study the IB Diploma at St Peter’s Girls?

  • Encourages international-mindedness
  • Develops a positive attitude to learning that prepares students for university education
  • Has a reputation for rigorous external assessment with published global standards, making this a qualification welcomed by universities worldwide
  • Emphasises the development of the whole student – physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
  • All subjects have the same value (no scaling)
  • Suits students who enjoy learning across multiple subject areas.

Who are ideal IB Diploma candidates?

Students who fit the IB Learner Profile and who are:

  • independent, active, curious learners
  • like to be challenged, personally and academically
  • have good management and organisation skills
  • are interested in becoming well-rounded individuals and good global citizens.

What subjects can be studied?

Students studying the IB Diploma at St Peter’s Girls complete six academic subjects chosen from six groups and the core requirements. Students study three of the six subjects at a ‘High’ level and the other three at a ‘Standard’ level.

IB Subject areas:

  • Group 1: Studies in language and literature – English, Chinese
  • Group 2: Language acquisition – Chinese B, English B, French B, Japanese B, Spanish, Abinitio
  • Group 3: Individuals and Societies – History, Economics, Psychology
  • Group 4: Experimental Sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • Group 5: Mathematics – Standard and Higher Level, Mathematical Studies
  • Group 6: The Arts – Visual Arts or second subject chosen from Groups 1-4.

IB Diploma Programme Model

The study of at least two languages is compulsory. Students who join the Programme in Year 11 who have not studied French or Japanese previously can complete the language requirement by studying Spanish abinitio.

In addition to studying six subjects, students participate in the three course requirements that make up the core of the Diploma Hexagon: Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Activity and Service.

Extended Essay
Extended Essay requires students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.

Theory of Knowledge
This subject is an introduction to philosophy course, linking the subjects. Students reflect on and critically examine different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge. (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).

Creativity, Activity and Service
CAS is a community service, physical activity and creativity programme.

How are students assessed?

The IB Diploma is a two-year programme. Unlike SACE there is no division between work undertaken in Years 11 and 12. This means that students are examined on the full two year’s work at the end of Year 12. Most of the assessment is done through exams and marked externally. However, in nearly all subjects, some of the assessment is carried out by subject teachers, who mark individual pieces of coursework such as oral or practical assessment activities.

The Diploma normally takes two years to complete. At St Peter’s Girls, students will sit for the exams in the November session and be resulted in January. Our first diploma cohort graduated in 2014.

IB Diploma points

The Diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme. This includes satisfactory participation in the Creativity, Activity, and Service requirement. The highest total that a Diploma Programme student can be awarded is 45 points.


> SACE and IB Diploma Comparative Chart
> SACE and IB FAQs

Our Voice

  • I love the small community and great teachers who care not only about their students’ grades, but also well-being and inclusivity for all.

    Eloise, Year 11

  • As a learner, I want to know more

    Gabriella, Year 12

  • Even though we have to get up early, I love rowing. Competing at the Head of the River made all the hard work worthwhile.

    Sophia, Year 10

  • I really like how when you walk down the main corridor, everyone says hi, including the teachers.

    Tegan, Year 6

  • Things I love about Saints? Non-judgemental, strives for excellence, wonderful opportunities, great teachers, international and multicultural.

    Klea, Year 11

  • The girls and the teachers are so friendly to be around and you can always get help from anyone in the class.

    Dimity, Year 8

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  • Everyone is supportive and it is a great School. I have been here all my life.

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  • I have always admired the passion the School has for developing girls who are well-rounded in all aspects of their academic, sporting and personal life.

    Current Parent

  • I love the girls and the friendly atmosphere. Everyone is really nice and caring. I love being able to come to School and talk to girls from all year levels.

    Emma, Year 8

  • Good results come from hard work, commitment (on both the teacher’s and students’ behalf) and the establishment of positive relationships between the teacher and the students. Mutual understanding and respect are key.

    Anne, Teacher