The autumn of 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), and we marked this with a number of celebratory events over the term. It is also our tenth anniversary of teaching the IB Diploma Programme, and it was great to see so many of our first cohort of IB pupils back here in the summer for their ‘Where are you at 25?’ reunion event.

Reunion pictured, right

From small beginnings, following a meeting of international schools in Geneva in 1968, the IBO has grown into the large educational charity that it is now, with more than 5,000 IB World Schools in over 150 countries across the globe, teaching more than a million students.

Our first PGS event, back in September, was the inaugural Anglo-Swedish Model United Nations (MUN) Conference, held in the David Russell Theatre. With joint committees of PGS IB pupils and Swedish students from the visiting tallship TS Gunilla, the topics debated included the Paris Agreement, the weaponisation of space and affordable healthcare.

This was followed by a delegation of PGS IB and A Level pupils visiting The International School of The Hague, a large IB school, at half term for their MUN Conference. With over a thousand pupils in attendance from over fifteen countries, it was a brilliant - and genuinely international - experience. It also gave an opportunity to see some of The Hague too, including the Escher Museum and the Mauritshuis.

Finally, shortly after Half Term, we held our first Year 9 Global Awareness Day. This was an opportunity for pupils to participate in a day of varied lessons and experiences based around the UN’s seventeen Sustainable Development Goals, and involved most school departments.

As we look forward, we are holding our own MUN Conference at the school in March and encourage pupils to become involved with MUN if they wish to participate. We also wish every success to our current and future IB pupils as they continue to fly their PGS-branded international flag.