IB partner school

Both Klosterneuburg International School and Parkside Sixth, Cambridge became IB World Schools in November 2010. They joined forces early on to create an exchange programme to foster a mutually beneficial educational and social relationship between the two schools.

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The exchange programme, coordinated in Cambridge by Mrs Sarah Craddock and in Klosterneuburg by Mrs Rebecca Kmentt, goes beyond the educational and social to the cultural. When in Cambridge, the Austrians are hosted by Parkside Sixth’s IB families. Pupils are not only able to sit in on International Baccalaureate classes at Parkside Sixth and see how lessons are taught across the Channel, but also get a glimpse of English home life. Mrs Kmentt and Mrs Craddock cooperated closely to organise a programme rich in history, culture and science for the IB pupils from Klosterneuburg.

Co-organiser of the exchange, Mrs Kmentt says that it offers “a chance to interact with another IB school, to exchange ‘best practice’ ideas between staff bodies and work towards a mutually beneficial relationship.

Highlights of a recent trip were a joint IB Group 4 project – a mandatory inter-disciplinary IB science project – a themed day in London titled “What we have done”, revolving around a visit to the Holocaust exhibition at the Imperial War Museum; an analysis of John Heartfield’s anti-fascist propaganda at Tate Modern, concluding at the World War I play, War Horse. In Cambridge itself, IB history pupils had a private tour of the Churchill archive; all visited the world famous Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge.

When Parkside Sixth pupils and teachers return, they are offered a programme of events with Vienna, Austria and the country’s history at its core.

Activities and events include a tour of the Klosterneuburg Abbey as well as of Vienna’s St. Stephen’s cathedral tower; a visit to the Klimt exhibition in the Belvedere Palace and a grand tour of Schönbrunn Palace. There will also be a day trip to the Wachau region to visit the Dürnstein castle and to Mauthausen concentration camp in Upper Austria.