Tuesday 13 December 2022

International Baccalaureate Core Incursion and Symposium

The Year 12 IB 2022 Core Incursion ran from Wednesday 29 November to Friday 1 December. Every year International Baccalaureate (IB) students participate in the Core Incursion and Symposium. The Core Incursion gives students an opportunity to complete the core components of the IB Program including the Theory of Knowledge Exhibition, Extended Essay research and writing and the Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) portfolio. As well as completing some of the core assessments and activities, the Core Incursion doubles as a symposium, where students hear from guest speakers and are involved in hands-on workshops with external organisations.
The aim of the symposium is for students to process the information they learn in class by connecting it to real-world situations and contexts. Every year the symposium is guided by a general theme, this year’s theme was ‘Thinking and Feeling in a Complex World’.

Students listened to talks by Dr Justin Morrisey who spoke on the study of ecosystems as ‘complex systems’, Giuseppe Demaio the founder of communications agency Local Peoples, and Professor Patricia Piccinini, who is one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists and Enterprise Professor of Visual Arts, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.

The group 4 project is a collaborative activity where students from different group 4 subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Sports Health, and Exercise Science) work together on a scientific or technological topic, allowing for concepts and perceptions from across the disciplines to be shared with the aim to ‘develop an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and their influence on other areas of knowledge.’

The theme of the 2022 group 4 projects was ‘complex systems’. The Theory of Knowledge (TOK) exhibition explores how TOK manifests in the world around us. For this task, students were required to create an exhibition of three objects that connected to one of the 35 IA prompts.

Overall the event was a great success with the student work on display of a very high calibre. We look forward to celebrating our Class of 2022 International Baccalaureate (IB) students when their results come out on 3 January.