Core Exhibition 2022

What is the IB Diploma?

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What is the Core?

The IB Diploma is made up of six subject groups and the Core.  Made up of the three required components, the Core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.

The three Core elements are:

  • Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
  • The extended essay,  is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word academic paper.
  • Creativity, activity, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.

The DBS IB Core Exhibition

The DBS IB Core Exhibition is an opportunity for our students to present their progress in the Theory of Knowledge (TOK), the Extended Essay (EE) and Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS).


Students delve into how knowledge manifests in the world around them and how knowledge is constructed and perceived.  Two items to be completed for external assessment include the TOK Exhibition, completed in the 1st year, and the TOK Essay, completed in the 2nd year.  The TOK Exhibition involves the selection of unique objects that demonstrate their interpretation of a selected knowledge question and its manifestation in the world.  During this Core Exhibition they will present their perspectives to you.  


The Research Question (RQ) is based on a topic the student is passionate about.  Using knowledge applied from one of our IB subjects, critical thinking and research skills, they have embarked on a journey to attempt to answer that question. The end product is a 4000-word extended essay, which is integral to their success in the IB Diploma Programme.  At this point, our G11 IBDP students have gathered data through their own independent research, from this they will produce an outline as an essay plan to write their 4,000 extended essay. 


Students have been engaging in CAS experiences since the beginning of Grade 11, covering aspects such as the arts, sports and community service. Some have already started their 1-month self-initiated CAS projects, which is a showcase of their originality, leadership and collaborative skills. CAS is an 18-month journey and this Core exhibition is an opportunity for reflection in terms of personal growth, through self-review and interaction with visitors.