"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." (IBO.org)
"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 responsbile members of local, national, and global communities." (IBO.org)
Students, staff, and families at Southlands are encouraged to develop and demonstrate the ten Learner Profile traits. These traits are modelled and practiced throughout the year, in the classrooms and on the playground.
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We are curious, ask deep-thinking questions, and love to learn.
"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."
We know a lot about many different things, and we want to keep learning more.
"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."
We love thinking. We like to figure things out, solve problems, and make good decisions.
"We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions."
We share our thoughts and ideas, listen to others, and ask questions.
"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."
We are honest and fair, take responsibility for our actions, and show respect to others.
"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."
We listen to others and their ideas, and respect different points of view.
"We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of views, and we are willing to grow from the experience."
We are kind and respectful to ourselves, others, and the environment.
"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."
We do things even if they are difficult or challenging.
"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."
We stay active, study hard, eat healthily, and are always friendly.
"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."
We think about what we did well and what we could have done better.
"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."