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The Middle Years Programme at International School Hilversum
The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is designed for students between the ages of 11 and 16. This period, encompassing puberty and early mid-adolescence, is a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development. The MYP aims to help students develop the knowledge, skills and attitude they need to participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world. In doing so, learning how to learn and how to evaluate information critically is as important as the content of the disciplines themselves. The MYP is based on three fundamental concepts:
1.Holistic learning: the MYP offers an approach to teaching and learning that embraces yet transcends the focus on traditional school subjects. While insisting on thorough study of various disciplines, the MYP accentuates the interrelatedness of them, so advances a holistic view of learning.
2. Intercultural awareness: MYP aims to foster understanding among young people. By encouraging students to consider multiple perspectives, we aim to foster tolerance and respect, hoping that this may lead to empathy.
3. Communication: the MYP supports inquiry and understanding, and allows student reflection and expression. The International School Hilversum (ISH) offers a strong languages programme as a means of teaching appreciation of different cultures and ways of thinking and expressing. Besides languages, we see Visual and Performing Arts as well as ICT as important ways of communicating one’s views and thoughts.