MYP Projects: new experience for The Island students
On the first week of the 2nd trimester, Dr Andres Economou, Secondary School Principal and Science Teacher, and Mr Tagir Zainullin, MYP Coordinator and History Teacher, have introduced to our Middle Years Programme (MYP) students an important part of the MYP curriculum: the MYP Projects.

Through the Middle Years Programme projects, students experience the responsibility of completing a significant piece of work over an extended period of time.

Usually students are required to complete the project in MYP 3 and 4 (Grade 8 and 9). However, our pedagogical team decided to give all MYP students Grade 6 through Grade 9 (MYP 1-4) the opportunity to explore what the MYP project is, what skills, attitudes and knowledge are required to complete the project successfully.
What is the MYP Project?
  • This project focuses on community and service, encouraging students to explore their rights and responsibilities, to implement service as action in the community.
  • Helps students to develop the attributes of the IB learner profile
  • Provides students with an essential opportunity to demonstrate ATL (Approaches to Learning) skills developed through the MYP
  • Fosters the development of independent, life-long learners
  • Prepares MYP4 (Grade 9) students for the MYP Personal Project in Grade 10 (MYP 5) and the Extended Essay in the IB Diploma Programme
  • Provides an opportunity for students to work on an area in the community that interests them and to show the skills they have developed over the years in all subjects and through Approaches to Learning (ATL)
  • Students will be working on this project for an extended period, so they need to focus on something that truly interests them!
The aims of the MYP projects are to encourage and enable students to:

  • Participate in a sustained, self-directed inquiry within a global context
  • Generate creative new insights and develop deeper understandings through in-depth investigation
  • Demonstrate the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period of time
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of situations
  • Demonstrate responsible action through, or as a result of, learning
  • Appreciate the process of learning and take pride in their accomplishments.
MYP 1 and 2 students are expected to spend approximately 10 hours on their Project, while MYP 3 and 4 students are expected to spend approximately 15 hours on their Community Project.
There are several requirements which students must meet while completing the project:
  • The community project may be completed collaboratively in groups of no more than three students
  • The community project does not form part of the curriculum for any subject group, although subjects may support the completion of the project
  • Each group of students who have decided to work together should have a mentor from the pedagogical team
  • The community projects are assessed and internally standardised by the mentors in the school according to the criteria published in the Community Project Guide.
All MYP students have already formed mini-groups, they have decided on their project topics and have been assigned teacher mentors.
In May all students will present their projects and outcomes to our community. We believe that it will be a valuable experience for our students bringing a positive effect to the whole school and community.