Message from the IB Coordinator


Monthly Newsletter

Dear NIS family,

Welcome to this 2nd Semester at Noblesse International School, a school where amazing things are happening!

The 1st Semester was one of much work, much study, much fun and many accomplishments from the school as a whole. In the month of October, we received the visit of the “Engagement Review Team” from AdvancED, and after a very successful visit where many accolades were expressed towards our students, school and staff, we are expecting to receive our full accreditation certificate in February of this year 2019.

Another of our big projects during the 1st Semester was to apply for candidacy to the IB Organization for the PYP – Primary Years Programme, and the MYP – Middle Years Programme. After a lot of hard work, it is my pleasure to announce to all of you that at the end of December 2018, Noblesse International School, received the official letters from the IB Organization accepting our candidacy, which will start in March of this year 2019. This is going to eventually transform NIS into not only the 1st and only IB Continuum School (PYP, MYP and DP) in Pampanga, but in all the Philippines, placing our school into a select group of institutions from around the world.

I would now like to leave you with some information regarding the PYP and MYP Programmes, but not before wishing all of you a very happy new year 2019 and thanking all of you for trusting us into helping your children develop into global citizens of the 21st century who are internationally minded.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Vladimir Sousek
IB, EYS and Accreditations Coordinator
College Counselor




The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is the official curriculum framework and teaching methodology of the International Baccalaureate (IB), developed to meet the needs of children in the primary years of schooling. It is an international programme of education designed to foster the development of the whole child, by teaching and learning across multiple academic subjects. It emphasises learning through active inquiry and aims to develop internationally minded students who exhibit the attributes of the IB learner profile.


At the heart of the PYP curriculum framework is the learner constructing understanding through the essential elements:

  • Knowledge
  • Concepts
  • Skills
  • Attitudes
  • Action


The six transdisciplinary themes of global significance for all students in all cultures are:

  • Who we are
  • How we express ourselves
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How the world works
  • How we organize ourselves
  • Sharing the planet

Teachers are guided by these six transdisciplinary themes as they design units of inquiry with the driving question of “What is really worth knowing that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant?” Each unit of inquiry is designed to transcend across all subject boundaries of:

  • Language
  • Mathematics
  • Personal, Social and Physical Education
  • Social Studies
  • Arts
  • Science and Technology

For more information about the Primary Years Programme Curriculum, please visit:














The MYP provides a framework of curriculum and academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between their studies and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers.

The driving force behind all IB programmes is a deeply held philosophy about the nature of international education. This philosophy is reflected firstly in the IB mission statement, which expresses the IB’s overall purpose as an organization, promoting and developing programmes of international education.

Secondly, the IB has made a statement of its beliefs and values as defined by the outcomes of student learning in IB World Schools. This is characterized through a learner profile that encompasses the aims of the curriculum. Students are provided with opportunities to develop the following values of the IB Learner Profile.


Assessment tasks, strategies and tools are designed, developed and applied by teachers working with MYP students in their individual schools. The IB believes that teachers are best placed to assess students’ work and the assessment model supports the professional judgment of the teacher in deciding the levels of achievements of individual students.

The MYP offers a criterion-related model of assessment, so students around the world are measured against pre-specified criteria for each subject group. Teachers modify these criteria to be age-appropriate in the earlier years of the programme.


In the MYP, all teaching and learning is planned through units of work. Each of these units should:

* stand alone as a significant, engaging, relevant and challenging learning experience

* contribute to a coherent, school-wide commitment to inquiry that is framed by contexts of local and global significance

* be driven by a statement of inquiry that is conceptually based

* involve students in a range of learning experiences planned in response to the MYP unit question

* build on the prior knowledge of the students

* be constructed and conducted in such a way as to promote positive attitudes

* require students to reflect on their learning and encourage them to engage in responsible action

MYP units of work can be subject-based or interdisciplinary in nature. Developing interdisciplinary units of work can draw together elements of different subject areas to support a deeper exploration of subject content. These units are planned by teams of teachers working in collaboration, guided by a common planning document.


The MYP programme consists of eight subject groups integrated through global contexts that provide a framework for learning within and across the subjects.

Students are required to study two languages, usually their mother tongue and a second language, humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education and design. In the final year of the programme, students also engage in a personal project, which allows them to demonstrate the understandings and skills they have developed throughout the programme.

The programme model of the MYP places the learner at its centre. This underscores the IB’s belief in educating the whole person, and placing importance on student inquiry. MYP students are making the transition from early puberty to mid-adolescence, which is a crucial period of personal, social and intellectual development, of uncertainty and questioning. The MYP is designed to guide students in their search for a sense of place in their natural and social environments.

For more information about the Middle Years Programme Curriculum, please visit:

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