International Baccalaureate (IB) -Programme

Tips on succeeding in the IB

How to approach IB life

-Ask questions and remain curious. Realize that along with greater knowledge often comes more questions.

-Be informed. Pay attention to what is going on in your community, country, and the world at large.

-Be an active learner during and outside of lessons.

-Strive to solve problems and think about appropriate ways to solve them.

-Contact your homeroom teacher, the coordinator, your counselor, and teacher when needed. Additionally, contact the special needs teacher, the psychologist, the school nurse and the school welfare officer when needed. Realize that good communication flows in many directions.

-Get to know students in other grades. Ask for advice from other students, including those in other classes. Share advice with other students.

-Get to know students from the Finnish national program. Actively participate in school activities.

-Be fair and expect fairness from others.

-Approach your studies with honesty and integrity.

-Be prepared to disagree with others and engage in conversations outside of an echo chamber. Realize that others may not share the same ideas as you, and that others may approach concepts differently than you.

-Be willing to help others when they need it, whether they be in the same class, the same grade, the same school or the same community. Act locally and think globally.

-Be punctual: show up on time to lessons, return assignments on time

-Balance is an important attribute. Ensure that you get enough rest and sleep, eat well and exercise in addition to your school work.

-Be brave. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and learn from them.

-Set realistic academic goals for yourself.

-Approach your studies with bravery and a positive attitude.

-Incorporate past learning experiences into present decision making.

-Try to foster a community where all students can depend on others when needed.

 

THE IB MISSION STATEMENT

We promote intercultural understanding and respect, not as an alternative to a sense of cultural and national identity, but as an essential part of life in the 21st century.

All of this is captured in our mission statement.

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Lyseon lukio Mission Statement

Enthusiasm – creativity – internationalism

Traditions – humanity - future

 

Mission statement: We are an inspiring international home for personal growth. We offer our students an intelligent and lively learning environment, good quality learning facilities and a strong basis for further studies.

 

As the second oldest Finnish speaking high school in the world (founded 1865), Joensuun lyseon lukio proudly stands on its traditions while bravely moving into the future.

The “Spirit of Lyseo” at Joensuun lyseon lukio is exemplified in both the daily interactions among students and staff as well as the numerous extracurricular activities.

Lyseon lukio was and still is extremely proud to have been chosen as the most active high school in the country by the Fininsh Board of Education. In their words: “Your school is an excellent example of an active and creative institution with a caring atmosphere. Your working methods are versatile, your culture is communal and you have an active student body that constantly renews itself. You constantly interact with the surrounding community and your international action with projects excellently lend itself to cooperation worldwide.”

IB learner profile

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

As IB learners we strive to be:

Inquirers

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

Knowledgeable

We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

Thinkers

We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators

We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

Principled

We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Open-minded

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as value and as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring

We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

Risk-takers

We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

Balanced

We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

Reflective

We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

The IB learner profile represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools. We believe these attributes, and others like them, can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities.

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