PYP (Primary Years Programme)
Eastwood International School is officially an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme candidate school. The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) is designed for students between the ages of 3-12 years, and it focuses on the learning and development of the whole child. The child is encouraged to inquire into real-life matters in local and international communities and to take meaningful action based on what he or she has learned. This approach and these explorations, quite naturally, are transdisciplinary in nature; through powerful integration and an emphasis on inquiry, the boundaries between subject areas become bridged, with children using knowledge beyond and between those boundaries to solve problems and answer the questions they have developed that drive their inquiry.
As a natural part of this learning process, the child will take meaningful action based on his or her learning. I believe wholeheartedly that the purpose of education is to make the world a better place and that our talents and capacities belong not just to us, but to the community—to humanity— and that we have an obligation to our fellow human beings to use our talents to improve the life and livelihoods of those who with whom we share our world. This belief necessitates that we take action beyond ourselves. For the child, this means he or she will develop independence and a sense of responsibility, both as an individual and as a member of a community.