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Our School

St. Gilgen International School offers a world-class international education set in the culturally rich and beautiful village of St. Gilgen, Austria. Our school combines the traditional charm, security, and cultural heritage of a small village, with a dynamic and modern teaching and learning environment and an ambitious and globally minded school community. Set in one of the most stunning natural environments in the world, our location provides us with the sensational views of the lakes and mountains to inspire learning and adventurousness.


"Every child has a talent and ST. GILGEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL will discover it"

Key facts about St. Gilgen International School

  • We are located 35 minutes from Salzburg Airport, Austria.
  • Students come to us from all parts of the globe.
  • We have among the best staff to student ratios in the world. With a maximum of 250 students, we offer the highest level of care for each and every individual student.
  • The school is owned by St. Gilgen International School Privatstiftung, a non-profit foundation, which is governed by a Board of Directors and an Advisory Board consisting of experts, a representative of the municipality of St. Gilgen and parents.
  • The foundation was established by parents of current and former students.
  • We offer a generous scholarships programme for talented and motivated students.
  • We teach in English, but also offer French and Spanish. All students also study German.
  • We send students out into the world to the best universities and colleges around the globe.
  • We help all our students explore their talents and offer comprehensive and professional instruction and coaching in musical, sporting, theatrical, artistic and outdoor endeavors.

Please do take the time to explore the website and learn more about our school and feel free to contact us or arrange a visit.

Our History

St. Gilgen International School was founded in 2008 and since then has grown steadily with our current enrolment approaching capacity.

"We expect to continue our planned growth and to reach our capacity of 250 in the near future."

The school was built on a site beside Lake Wolfgang which previously contained green fields and some derelict villas. The prominent Austrian writer Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach formally lived here and this historical relationship has a number of significant features.

  1. Scholarship and creativity
    Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach is renowned as one of the most important German writers of the 19th century and her academic success lays a strong foundation for our continued striving for excellence in education.

  2. Empowerment
    Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach faced many challenges as a female writer of this time and has emerged as a powerful figure for women’s liberation. This lays a strong foundation for our continued striving to equip our students with the strength and integrity to go fourth into the world and help make it a more just and equitable place for all.

  3. International mindedness
    Legend has it, that Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach planted all of the trees on our campus during her time here. The trees that she chose were taken from all corners of the world and they now stand tall and together. This lays a strong foundation for global awareness.

The Villas were renovated to a high standard and five state-of-the-art teaching buildings were constructed over 12 months during 2007 and 2008.

The founder of St. Gilgen International School is a prominent Austrian architect – Mr Alexander Serda, who envisaged a unique school with members drawn from the local and international community sharing a high quality academic and personal education in beautiful surroundings.

On the 17th of May 2016, ownership of the school passed to a foundation of parents of the school community (Privatstiftung). This foundation acts solely in the interests of the school and school community. It undertakes to secure the school’s future. As such, all profits are reinvested back into the school. The new ownership harnesses our community spirit and drives us to work together in a continued effort to improve our already exceptional school.

Our Vision & Values


The 'path of excellence'. Together with our dedicated staff, student and parent community we are building one of the finest international education institutions in the world, that will inspire generations of students to develop a lifelong love of learning.


  1. Excellence
    We always look for ways to improve and set new educational standards.

  2. Integrity
    We encourage our students and staff to be people of integrity guided by Plato’s cardinal virtues:
    Courage – emotional strength and ability to confront fears.
    Temperance – act with moderation and self-control.
    Prudence – ability to judge own actions as appropriate or inappropriate.
    Justice – act with fairness and without bias toward others.

  3. Passion
    Our goal is to build a vibrant and enterprising learning community of students with passion, curiosity and a strong desire to learn. Passion fuels their imagination, drives thinking across uncharted territories, and remains fundamental to their success in life.

Our Team


I am keenly aware of the hopes and aspirations parents and students have for their education. We all want our children to be happy, confident and secure and to enjoy the most formative years of their lives. We want them to be supported and challenged in equal measure, so they achieve their goals and fulfil their potential.

At the end of their time at St. Gilgen we want our students to have developed a life-long love of learning and to have their achievements endorsed by internationally recognised and respected qualifications such as the IB (International Baccalaureate Diploma). This will enable your children, to gain entry to the courses at the universities that are best suited to their abilities and meet their aspirations.

"At St. Gilgen International School, we have high ambitions and expectations of excellence."

Tom Walsh MA

We expect the best of ourselves as teachers and support staff and we encourage students to work hard, with commitment, to conduct themselves well and to treat fellow members of our learning community with respect.

I am grateful for the trust that parents place in us. In return, we undertake to provide the highest quality educational experience we can. This education is not confined to the classroom, though academics are central to our mission. Beyond the classroom we provide a uniquely wide range of opportunities in music, art, theatre, sport, adventure, service, leadership and internationalism. These allow each student to excel in one or more areas and to grow in confidence and develop new skills. Our approach is personal and individualised; we seek to identify and maximise the strengths of every individual and to help all students to overcome any obstacles to their success.

For prospective parents and students the only way to really appreciate the quality of our environment and our education is to see it for yourself, so please go to our Admissions page to arrange a visit. For current parents and students, please remember that your insights are valuable and I will always listen carefully to your views.

Tom Walsh MA

School Leadership


MA - Natural Sciences (Trinity College Dublin); Higher Diploma in Education (Trinity College Dublin)

Why StGIS? Inspiring views of lake and mountains

Tom Walsh

Nationality: Irish


BEd - Education (hons) (University of Ballarat); MEd - Education; MBA - International Business (Deakin University); EdD - Positive Education (University College London, IOE) - in progress

Why StGIS? It's where tradition and innovation collide!

Jeremy House

Vice Principal; Teacher of Movement and Wellbeing Teacher of Exercise; Sport and Health Science
Nationality: Australian


Bachelor of Geography (hon) (University of Bristol); Post Graduate Certificate of Education – Geography (University of East Anglia)

Why StGIS? Early morning swimming in the lake

Andrew Woodman

Vice Principal (Curriculum and Learning); Teacher of Geography
Nationality: British

Academic Staff


BA - English Language and Literature (Minor in Spanish) (University of Barcelona) - Exchange programme in Knox College; Master of Legal and Social Sciences - Counselling (hons) (University Ramon Llull)

Why StGIS? Trust. Support. Creativity. Ready to grow?

Maribel Castillo

Head of Modern Languages; Teacher of Spanish as a Foreign Language; Tutor of IB Spanish Literature A; IB DP Language B Examiner; Mentor Tutor; Residential Tutor
Nationality: Spanish (and Catalan)


BSc- Mathematics (Open University); Master of Educational Management (Open University)

Why StGIS? Motivated students; inspiring, engaging learning community.

Malcolm Williams

Head of Mathematics
Nationality: British


M.Ed – Educational Leadership (Concordia University Portland); B.Sc – Biology and Secondary Education (University of Northern Colorado); A.A. - Music Performance (Edmonds College Washington)

Why StGIS? Opportunities, People, Challenge, Growth, Trust, Respect

John Patton

IB Diploma Programme Coordinator and Head of Science

Nationality: USA


BEd - English (Canada); Professional Teaching Certificate (British Columbia Ministry of Education); MEd - International Education K-12 (USA)​

Why StGIS? Home. Natural grace and beauty. Namaste.

Phelia Arlitt

Head of English; Teacher of English; IB Mentor Tutor
Nationality: Canadian


BSc (Hons) (University College of Wales); Economics - Worcester College (Worcester UK); Post Graduate Certificate of Education - Economics and Physical Education

Why StGIS? Inspiring natural beauty and inspiring people.

Leaza May

Head of World Studies; Extended Essay Coordinator; Teacher of Economics; IBDP Examiner for Economics; Mentor Tutor
Nationality: British (Welsh)


Bachelor of Music LTCL (Trinity College of Music, London); Master in Music Education (Trinity College of Music, London)

Why StGIS? Tranquility and beauty inspire musical creativity.

Angela Stevens

Head of Arts; Director of Music
Nationality: South African


BEd - Social Studies Education (Evangel University, USA); MSc - Research in Teaching and Learning, (Oxford University) in progress

Why StGIS? Where natural wonder inspires my imagination.

Valerie Seaman

Professional Learning Coordinator; Teacher of History; Residential Tutor (Bachwirt); Girls’ basketball coach
Nationality: USA


Post Graduate Certificate of Education - Chemistry and Physics (Canterbury England); BSc - Pharmaceutical Chemistry (University of Kent)

Why StGIS? Never knowingly taking the easy way.

Paul Bold

Careers and Higher Education Advisor; Teacher of Chemistry; Teacher of Physics
Nationality: English


BA - English & Economics (University of Melbourne), Diploma in Education –English & Economics; MEd - Educational Leadership

Why StGIS? Space, Place, Pace, Smiles, Miles, Styles

Peter Bennett

Teacher of Economics; Teacher of English; Theory of Knowledge Coordinator
Nationality: Australian


Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (hon) (Laurentian University); Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Univeristy of Canterbury)

Why StGIS? Always active. Uniquely beautiful. Extended Family.

Julie Porter

Head of Movement and Wellbeing; Athletics Director
Nationality: Canadian


BA - Fine Art (Hons) (Cardiff Metropolitan University); PGCE Art and Design (Cardiff Metropolitan University); MA - Fine Art (University of the Creative Arts London) ongoing

Why StGIS? Creative, quirky, friendly spaces, the unexpected.

Kirsty Lamont

Teacher of Art
Nationality: British


BA - Sociology; MEd - General Education, Special Education

Why St. Gilgen/ StGIS? Passion for teaching unbridled, unleashed

Christine Borrero

Teacher of English; Learning Support Coordinator
Nationality: United States of America/ Puerto Rican


BA European Studies (Hons) - German and Geography (Bradford University); Post Graduate Certificate of Education – Primary (Glasgow University); Master of Education (Open University)

Why StGIS? Feeling alive by lake and mountains

Clare Willey

Teacher of Grade 6; Teacher of German; Mentor Tutor
Nationality: British


BSc (hon) - Geography (Southampton University); Ph.D. - Glacial Geomorphology (Coventry and Cardiff Universities); Post Graduate Certificate of Education - Geography and Maths (Leicester)

Why StGIS? Mountains, lake, seasons, community, acceptance, possibilities

Diana Taylor

Teacher of Middle School; IB Geography, Middle school Physics; Primary Maths Education
Nationality: British


PGCE (University of Greenwich); BEng (hon) - Electronic Engineering (University College Swansea); MSc - Defence Technology (UK Defence Academy)

Why StGIS? Scenery, people, language, challenges, creativity, coffee

Neil May

Activities Coordinator; Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) Coordinator; Teacher of Theory of Knowledge (ToK)
Nationality: British (English)


Bachelor of Commerce and Law (Lazarski School of Commerce and Law); Master Manager with German as a Foreign Language (Lazarski School of Commerce); PGCE (University of Warsaw)  

Why StGIS? Successful education in a beautiful nature setting.

Anna Kaniecka-Iwanska

Teacher of German; Mentor Tutor
Nationality: Polish


Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Bristol University); MSc (hon) (Bristol University)

Why StGIS? Arresting beauty, inspirational peers, family feeling

Declan Fleming

Teacher of Chemistry
Nationality: British


Master of German Philology and Psychology/Philosophy/Pedagogy

Why StGIS? My students, my subject, my colleagues



Irena Gingl

Teacher of German Language and Literature
Nationality: Austrian


BA - English and Spanish (hons) (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow); PGCE (Moray House College, Edinburgh); Post Graduate Certificate in School Guidance and Counselling (Moray House College, Edinburgh)

Why StGIS? What more could you ask for?

Jim Marshall

Teacher of English Language and Literature; Mentor Tutor
Nationality: Scottish


BA - English (Teaching-University of Costa Rica); MA (Fulbright) (American Studies and American Literature-University of Kansas, USA)

Why StGIS? A beautiful setting for lifelong education!

Sandra Gutierrez-Ruiz

Teacher of Spanish; Teacher of Self-Taught Literature; Mentor Tutor
Nationality: Costa Rican


BSc - Mathematics; Post graduate diploma in Education

Why StGIS? Vibrant, personal, stunning, enthusiastic, challenging, enabling.

David van der Krabben

Teacher of Mathematics
Nationality: New Zealand


BSc (hons) - Agriculture; Post Graduate Certificate Education

Why StGIS? Inspiration around every corner, truly amazing!

Neil Gower

Teacher of Biology
Nationality: English


BSc –Mathematics, Statistics and OR (Cardiff University, UK); Post Graduate Certificate Education - Mathematics and Outdoor Activities (Bangor University, UK)

Why StGIS? Meeting new people, and exploring the outdoors.

Rachael Dale

Teacher of Mathematics; Mentor Tutor
Nationality: British


Lehramtsstudium - German, English and Italian (University of Innsbruck and Vienna)

Why StGIS? Small-sized classes - super-sized community.

Andrea Hauer

Teacher of German Language and Literature
Nationality: Austrian


Erstes Staatsexamen – French and English Lehramt Gymnasium (Universität Augsburg, Bavaria); PGDE – German and French (Aberdeen University, Scotland)

Why StGIS? Amazing community, amazing children, amazing location

Nicole Gifi

Teacher of German; Teacher of French
Nationality: German


Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Costume, Make Up and Technical Effects for the Performing Arts (London College of Fashion, London); MA Design Practice (Glyndŵr University, Wales)

Why StGIS? Designing a challenging adventure in tranquility.

Lucy Dentith

Teacher of Art and Design; Residential Tutor (Tirol); Mentor Tutor
Nationality: British


Northumberland University and University of Bath

Why StGIS? Friendly, unique, dreams, goulash and dumplings!

Lucy Chick

Teacher of English; House Parent; Mentor Tutor
Nationality: British


BA (Int.) Mathematics & Anthropology (NUI Maynooth); MSc - GIS (University of Ulster, Coleraine); PDE (University College Dublin); Erasmus University of Vienna

Why StGIS? Good to be back in Austria

Daniel Flynn

Teacher of Mathematics; Mentor Tutor
Nationality: Irish


BA (hons) Dramatic Art, PGCE Drama & English

Why StGIS? Cultured, Classy, Friendly, Family, Adventuring, Fearlessly.

Kennie Dowle

Teacher of Drama; Teacher of Theory of Knowledge; Mentor Tutor

Nationality: British


Master of Arts- English (London University)

Why StGIS? Students, Snow, Mozart, Lake, Apfelstrudel, Austrians

Peter Allen

Teacher of English
Nationality: British


Bachelor of History (hons) (University of Sheffield); PGCE (The University of Nottingham); Masters in International Relations (University of Nottingham) in progress

Why StGIS? Seasonal beauty; Nature; Wellness; Unique; Community; Innovative

Sally Powell

Teacher of History; Teacher of Politics Mentor Tutor
Nationality: British


B.A. Economics and Education (Bristol) QTS 1st Class Hons

Why StGIS? Atmosphere, Environment, People, Spinach dumplings equally!

Ian Chick

Teacher of Economics & Boarding Houseparent 

Nationality: British




Master in French as a Foreign Language, (University of Strasbourg, France); Post Graduate Certificate Education - Foreign Languages (University of Lancaster, UK)

Why StGIS? Small scale school with family feel

Anne Staffen-Bold

Teacher of French & Boarding Houseparent

Nationality: French


Bachelor of Education - Primary Education and Psychology (University of Ballarat); Master of Education – Teaching English and Linguistics (University of Ballarat)

Why StGIS? Sprit of togetherness, simplicity and warmth

Aleisha House

Teacher of Grade 4/5 & Boarding Houseparent

Nationality: Australian

Administrative Staff

Business Administration


Diploma in tourism management; A-level business academy

Why StGIS? St. Gilgen International school inspired my life.

Natascha Lohse

Human Resources & Accounting

Nationality: Austrian



Why StGIS? The lake, the mountains, the people

Ulrike Weil

PA to the Principal
Nationality: German


Matura, Finanzbuchhalter

Why StGIS? School life will never get boring.

Elli Pressinger

Business Administration

Nationality: Austrian


Master in law

Why StGIS? Talking with great colleagues during breaks

Doris Rücklinger

Purchasing administrator

Nationality: Austrian


Bachelor of Science; Master of Science - in progress

Why StGIS? Inspiring people, stunning environment, plenty possibilities

Maximilian Obauer

Marketing Manager

Nationality: Austrian

Support Staff


Austrian Business High School

Why StGIS? StGIS became part of my life

Arnulf Trimborn

System Administrator

Nationality: Austrian


Post Grad Translation, Bristol University; BA Hons French, Italian and European Studies, Bath University

Why StGIS? Inspirational Opportunities, Nature Involvement, Propitious Potential

Maia Bristol


Nationality: British/Swiss


Ongoing – you never stop learning!

Why StGIS? Work hard, play hard, dream big!

Carolyn Macintosh

Librarian, Parents Association Vice Chair

Nationality: British


Higher National Certificates, in Chemistry, and Biochemistry; Nine years work experience in the food industry as an Analyst

Why StGIS?

Gwen Toalster

Senior Science Technican

Nationality: England


IFMGA Ski & Mountainguide; IFMGA Canyoning Guide

Why StGIS? Outdoors, respect, humor, landscapes, students, spirit

Thomas Kukla

Head of Outdoor Education

Nationality: Austrian


BTEC Diploma in Outdoor Education; Ski leader; Canoe and Kayak Coach; Climbing and mountain instructor; Beach lifeguard trainer; Bike leader and mechanic

Why StGIS? Most radical, outdoor paradise in Austria

Max Fitzgerald

Outdoor Education Instructor; Quartermaster; Residential Tutor, House Kendler

Nationality: British


GuKPS LKH Bad Ischl; 10 years work experience as a nurse in Bad Ischl

Why StGIS? It`s an inspiring and challenging place

Tanja Hofer

School Nurse

Nationality: Austrian


Want to join our team?

Do you see education and learning as a way of life rather than just a job? Are you a ‘risk-taker’ who has a healthy balance between purposeful intensity and a good sense of humour? If so, then you are the type of person we are looking for.

From our strong base we intend to progress from being a very good school to becoming truly outstanding. Exceptional staff from around the globe are the key to achieving this aspiration. All staff, in whatever capacity they are employed at the school, are seen as having an entitlement to support, personal growth and professional development. Our staff are our most valuable resource.

Applications are welcome from successful teachers and educators. We aim to appoint people who are passionate about teaching, strong practitioners, student-centred, innovative, full of ideas and who can contribute positively to all aspects of learning in our busy 7-day a week boarding school. Most importantly, you will be a team player who thrives on collaborating with colleagues.

If you feel you can demonstrate that you are ready to join us, then we will welcome an application. The ability to speak German, whilst obviously helpful, is not a requirement of appointment. Can we thank you now for the time and effort you will put into your application; we assure you that it will be given detailed and thorough consideration to justify your effort.

We are currently looking for


Teacher of German Language and Literature

Salary: Attractive compensation package at international level

Location: St. Gilgen International School, Austria

Contract type: Full Time

Contract term: Fixed Term (initially 2 years)


Assistant Houseparent

Salary: 17 990 Euro  

Location: St. Gilgen, Austria

Contract type: Full Time (during school time)

Contract term: Fixed Term (initially one academic year, 10 months)


Arts Graduate Assistant

Salary:  As detailed in the application pack

Location: St. Gilgen International School, Austria

Contract type: Full Time

Contract term:  Fixed Term (initially 1-year)

Please download the full application pack; this details the application process and also includes specific details about each post. You should also download and complete the application form as part of any final application submission.


In addition, St. Gilgen International School welcomes full CVs and letters of application that have clearly been tailored to potential vacancies at StGIS. We undertake to consider them and to keep them on file for one year and refer to them when we are advertising vacancies.
Please send to info(at)

Please note:
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Our Location & Contact Details

Austria is a beautiful country which is both safe and nurturing. A unique feature of our school is its idyllic setting in the village of St. Gilgen on Lake Wolfgangsee.

The beauty of our environment allows us to offer exceptional opportunities for outdoor adventure, including mountain biking, rock-climbing and hiking as well as sports such as skiing, sailing and horseback riding. Indeed in the winter months students can ski and snowboard every weekend. Students enjoy a healthy lifestyle with fresh, clean air away from the pollution of towns and cities.

Our proximity to the rich cultural centre of Salzburg offers students the opportunity to experience top-class music and theatre. In addition students enjoy weekend visits to the art galleries and museums of the beautiful cities of Vienna and Munich. We recognise that we are fortunate that our school is located in the village that was home to Mozart’s mother.

Transportation links via the international airports in Salzburg, Munich and Vienna mean that access is straightforward from global destinations and in addition Salzburg is served by an excellent European rail network. A school bus service runs from Salzburg which is 45 minutes away.

Contact Details

St. Gilgen International School
Ischlerstraße 13
5340 St. Gilgen

P +43 6227 202 59
F +43 6227 202 59 10