News

10/29/13

Pumpkin Contest

There were over 60 entries in the 9th VIS Pumpkin Carving Contest.

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The winners are: 

 Most Beautiful – DanieliusJulijus, 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

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Thank you for participating and thank you DavidMishaGiorgiWiktor and Ms. Valdone and Ms. Diana for organizing the event. 

08/14/13

Vilnius International School has expanded

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.

Learn more about the VIS expansion.

07/23/13

VIS a member of the Council of International Schools

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!

07/23/13

Preparing Students for Democracy

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

07/23/13

“House Hunters” filmed at VIS

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:
          http://www.hgtv.com/house-hunters-international/racing-back-to-vilnius-lithuania/index.html

 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!”

05/16/13

Don‘t miss an opportunity to learn Lithuanian for free!

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.
Orientation course

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 gileta@sih.lt if you are interested in the Integration Programme at SIH!

Please e-mail to gileta@sih.lt 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.

05/10/13

VIS Celebrated World Book Day

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!

04/23/13

We are now an authorized MYP school!

VIS had the opportunity to celebrate the big news with Irish Ambassador to Lithuania, Ms. Philomena Murnaghan.  Thanks to the whole community for your hard work and support during process. We are clearly up to standard!

 

04/17/13

VIS Celebrating World Book Day on April 23

VIS PTA has been organising a lot of exciting events for the VIS community:

Library Fundraiser

PTA is looking for some good quality books! If you have any pre-loved books that you have finished with or you want to clear some shelf space you can donate your books to the school. These books will be then used for a special fundraising book sale for the school library. The event will take place on World Book Day 23 April in the VIS library, during and after school hours. A special box will be placed in the school reception for your donations.

Thank you!

International Reading Relay

For the International Book Day, the PTA is planning a Reading Relay in different languages. But we need your help to get the texts together, and to read them loud to students, staff and parents.

The relay will take place from 15:00 to 16:00.

Social Event at Mint Vinetu

In the inspiring settings of the Bookshop-Café, we will be awarding and hearing the winning entries of the World Book Day writing contest or VIS students.Please join us for a social event to round up the World Book Day at Mint Vinetu (Šv. Ignoto 16) at 19:00.
Refreshments can be purchased at the venue.
NB: The children are welcome, too.

Other activities include
  • Writing competition for PYP and MYP students
  • Library Fundraiser: Buy a book! (for everyone)
  • Free book give-away events in Pilies Gatve (MYP students)
  • Book Crossing Experiment (MYP Students)
  • Workshops with authors for PYP Students
  • For everyone: International reading relay
  • Poetry Evening in Book Café Mint Vinetu, including reading of the winning entries of the writing competition

… and many other exciting things.

Please help us by …
  • Donating books for library fund-raiser:
    If you have any pre-loved books that you have finished with or you want to clear some shelf space you can donate your books for a special fundraising book sale for the school library. A special box will be placed in the school reception for your donations.
  • Volunteering to the reading relay: read loud in your native language.
    If you have one of the following five books in your own language and you are willing to read a paragraph loud for everyone to hear:

    –      J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter (vol. 1).
    –      Astrid Lindgren: Pippi Longstocking
    –      J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit
    –      George Orwell: 1984
    –      H.C. Andersen: The Ugly Duckling

  • Volunteering to accompany the students to Pilies Street
  • Signing up for baking cakes – wrapping books – standing at the book sale, helping at workshops etc.

03/12/13

VIS Kaziukas Fair Raises 2730 Litas to Support Kids in Sierra Leone

This year, VIS students have made a commitment to support a small school for 100 kids in Sierra Leone. By the end of the school year they need to raise 4000 Litas to purchase 100 sets of school supplies for African children.

This community service project complements the  Street Child organisation and Running for Change campaign. Since January, VIS has already organised a couple of fundraising events; however, our traditional Kaziukas fair was the one we set most expectations for.

And, yes, we did it!!! At the Kaziukas Fair which took place on March 7, VIS students raised 2730 Litas. It means that including the money from the previous fundraising activities we are able to help 91 kids in Sierra Leone!

 

Congratulations and a big big thank you to everyone who contributed to this fundraising event!

 

“Vilnius International School has been supporting the Street Child Organisation that is working to reduce the number of children living on the streets of Sierra Leone and provide adequate education to the children in need. Together with Running For Change represented by Mr Ben Harvey,  our school has set the goal to raise the funds and support the children in Sierra Leone”, said Ms Irma, the coordinator of VIS Community service projects.

On February 4, Ms Helen Cain, Schools and Fundraising Officer at Street Child Organisation, came to Vilnius International School to present their projects in Sierra Leone and the challenges the children have to face there.

 Running for Change is aiming to fund the construction of a small school for 100 children living in Tambakha, one of the poorest district in Sierra Leone.  By joining this campaign, VIS students will be raising money to purchase 100 school supply kits for this small school. 

During PTA monthly event – Coffee morning – Grade 4 students Rebecca and Urtė made the presentation about this project to the VIS parents and other teacher.

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