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International Baccalaureate

TNIS is a well-established IB PYP school.

What is the IB, and why do we do it?


The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation that offers highly respected programmes of international education. We are authorized by them to offer the Primary Years Programme (or PYP).

The IB and TNIS focuses on each student as a whole person. At TNIS our programmes address not only cognitive development but social, emotional and physical well-being. The aim is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people with adaptable skills to tackle society’s complex challenges and who will help to make it a better, more peaceful world.

Regardless of location, size, or make-up, an IB PYP school strives to develop an internationally minded person.

Who is an “internationally minded” person?

According to the IB PYP, an “internationally-minded” person is someone who demonstrates the attributes of the “Learner Profile.

”What does it mean to be “internationally minded” and why is it important?

It is a thoughtful, critical perspective that applies to who we are and what we do. It includes how we communicate, our political awareness, cultural understanding, celebrating diversity, global awareness of global issues, and a reflection on how knowledge is constructed and applied.

At TNIS we focus on moving students toward becoming people who reflect the characteristics of the “Learner Profile.”



“The whole art of teaching is only the awakening of the natural curiosity of young minds”

                           – Anatole France

The IB PYP fits our school’s vision (Citizenship and Excellence), as well as promotes development that:

  • Inspire students to ask questions, pursue personal aspirations, set challenging goals and develop the persistence to achieve those goals.
  • Develop knowledgeable students who make reasoned ethical judgments and acquire the flexibility, perseverance and confidence they need in order to bring about meaningful change.
  • Encourage healthy relationships, individual and shared responsibility and effective teamwork.

Research also shows that students in IB schools are likely to perform well academically, often better than students in other programmes.

The IB is highly complementary to the NZ national curriculum, but allows to augment it further by placing it within a

  • a global perspective,
  • emphasising critical thinking,
  • focusing on assessment that requires the application of skills.

It links us to a dynamic worldwide network of over 1500 schools around the globe, and best practice found internationally.

We also find ourselves in good company back home – within NZ network, other IB PYP schools are: Kristin, Auckland Normal Intermediate, Bucklands Beach Intermediate, Dio, Glendowie Primary, Scots College, Selwyn House.

Click HERE for the Programme of Inquiry 2020



 The IB PYP Exhibition illustrates and celebrates the culmination of learning over two years at TNIS. Learners demonstrate their understanding of an issue or opportunity they have chosen to explore. To find out more, follow this link.

Click to see the Exhibition Process 2019

Click to see the TNIS Exhibition 2019

Learners working on their Exhibition for 2019.


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