VIS managed to complete the construction and renovation of our new building on-time and under budget! Parents, teachers and kids celebrated the opening on September 1st with Member of Parliament, Marija Aušrinė Pavilionenė, MP Agnė Zuokienė and Vilnius Mayor Artūras Zuokas.
Ms. Rebecca and Ms. Deirdre attended the Annual IB Conference in The Hague. They returned confident that VIS is a top-notch international school thanks to our dedicated teachers and supportive parents. A few “big ideas” they brought back with them included a deeper commitment to expanding our use of technology in and outside the classrooms and renewed excitement about the possibilities for integrating service learning projects into the academic program at VIS. Also, former PYP Coordinator, Jon Adams, sends his regards. He says “his heart is still at VIS! “
There were over 60 entries in the 9th VIS Pumpkin Carving Contest.
The winners are:
Most Beautiful – Danielius, Julijus, and Emilija from the Dolphins and Kangaroos
Most Detailed – Daniel and Dominik from the Dolphins and Pandas
Most Creative – Liepa from Dolphins
Most Artistic – Gretė from Dolphins
Scariest – Aaron from Grade 8
Cutest – Ieva and Lėja Grade 7 and Dolphins
Thank you for participating and thank you David, Misha, Giorgi, Wiktor and Ms. Valdone and Ms. Diana for organizing the event.
In September 2013, VIS opened an additional ~850 m2 middle school wing. This construction project took 11 months, and was completed on time and within budget. Special thanks to our contractor “Veikmės statyba“, project managers „Contestus“ and all others who particpated in making this happen. The new space includes a state-of-the-art science laboratory, design technology laboratory, art room with an art gallery, as well as a ‘discovery center” for our youngest students.
As of July 1st, Vilnius International School has been accepted as a member of the Council of International Schools. Our final report from CIS was very complimentary. The CIS regional officer noted that VIS ”has a sophisticated understanding about the meaning of international learning for this school in Vilnius.” And that “the school provides a strong curriculum aligned to the school’s mission which includes preparing students for 21st century learning skills and global citizenship.” She also acknowledged that “as a small school, with low fee income, the school adopts a personal and individualised approach to its students thus catering for their differing needs in a variety of appropriate ways.” Thank you all for your commitment to this process. One more feather in the VIS cap!
Vilnius International School together with Sct. Hans School and Oulu International School, have won a Nordplus Junior project
entitled ’Preparing Students for Democracy’. The purpose of this project is to deepen students’ understanding of the political culture and democratic systems across three different countries so that they will become active and informed citizens willing to assume their social responsibilities. Selected MYP students will participate in the first trip to Finland in October. VIS will host students in May.
Our partner school contacts are listed below:
www.scthans.odense.dk - Sct. Hans School in Odense, Denmark
www.ouka.fi/oulu/Oulu-International-School - Oulu International School, Oulu, Finland
Attention VIS families visiting the US! The Lithuanian episode of “House Hunters” filmed at VIS will air on Friday, July 19th at 10:30pm EST and 1:30am EST on HGTV.
You can find more details by following this link:
VIS will receive a DVD a month after it airs so this is not the only opportunity to view our segment.
Extract from HGTV website:
“Collin races go karts and his dad, Michael sells parts. Now they are racing from South Florida all the way to Vilnius, Lithuania. When Michael lost his mother he decided to get back to his family roots. So they are moving to Old Town and starting a new book in their lives. Finding a new school for Collin and working with Michael’s wish list presents its challenges to human recourses expert Daiva and real estate agent Gierdre. Will they make it to the finish line or will they skid off the snowy tracks? Find out when House Hunters International goes to Vilnius, Lithuania!”
SOROS INTERNATIONAL HOUSE with the support of the European Integration Fund launch a 1-year long programme to facilitate the integration of non-EU nationals into the Lithuanian society.
What do we offer?
Lithuanian language course A1 level
We offer 210 hours of learning time spread over a one-year period:
- 168 hours of formal instruction;
- 42 hours of interactive language skills training using drama elements and real life simulation techniques.
We offer 60-hour orientation course – introduction to the Lithuanian society, history, culture and legal system:
- 30 hours of formal instruction;
- 30 hours of informal learning – study visits, events, excursions, etc.
When does the course start?
The 1st group starts in June 2013. The other 3 groups will follow in September 2013. There will be morning, afternoon, or evening classes depending on the availability of the majority of each group.
Please contact us at (370) 5 2724879, (370) 600 20636, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in the Integration Programme at SIH!
Please e-mail to email@example.com or call as at (370) 5 2724879, (370) 600 20636 at your earliest convenience, but not later than Friday, May 24 if you are planning to join the group starting in June.
On April 23, VIS celebrated World Book Day. The students and the PTA organized many events to celebrate reading and the love of books.
Our day started with a special visit by Ms Philomena Murnaghan, Irish Ambassador to Lithuania. She read an Irish Folk Tale to our MYP students. We also had the pleasure of welcoming two local authors, Erica Jennings and Brigita Jovaišienė. Both of these children’s book authors added many happy moments to the day.
At the end of the school day, we held our inaugural “International Reading Relay” and the students beamed with pride as they read passages in their native languages.
Our day included many other book-related activities. Our final celebration was in honor of the winning entries in the writing contest. The winning students read their work to students, teachers and parents, during a special evening at Mint Vinetu.
We are looking forward to celebrating the day again next year!