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Saints Basketball 2017

It was a hugely enjoyable day and on behalf of all our coaching staff, I would like to thank all the students for their effort, and for showing the spirit of determination, teamwork and sportsmanship that characterises our StGIS athletes.

On Saturday the boys and girls basketball teams set off for the annual jamboree in Salzburg, hosted by AIS Salzburg. The day was very busy commencing with team breakfasts in the boarding house at 7 am and finishing with the fantastic experience of watching a live Bundesliga basketball game involving the Salzburg mens team. This also gave the kids achance to see their coach strut his stuff courtside in a suit.

The Girls kicked off their day with a hard fought game against a very well drilled Budapest team. The girls performed admirably with Antonia Reinisch battling hard for the ball, while Veronika Necheva showed some great shooting ability. Unfortunately for the girls, Budapest were toowell trained and they lost the opening game. They then went on in a very impressive performance in a close game against rivals AIS Salzburg. The game was a classic score-for-score encounter and the girls were unlucky to come out on the wrong side of the result. However, they must be commended on effort with Maika fighting hard for every ball and putting in some blocks that the boyswould be proud of, while Vicki shot some beautiful baskets including a 3 pointer. 

The boys were also involved in some tough and grueling encounters and came away with a commendable 3rd place finish. Their first game was a back and fourth dual against a very impressive Bratislava team. It was a great competition, which the boys managed to prevail in. Christian Kadletz and Lukas Kloss led the team well against a very creative point guard from Bratislava. The boys lost their second game against Budapest by asingle score, with some high-pressure situations keeping the referees on their toes. Undeterred by their earlier loss, the boys went in to a semifinal against Vöcklabruck basketball club, a very talented outfit who were clearly a step above the rest of the competition. Nevertheless, rather than shy away from the challenge the Saints boys raised their game, scoring their highest number of points all season. The boys then entered into a third place playoff, which they won comfortably. Mujtapa Wali put in one of his most impressive games of the season. Meanwhile, the power trio of Christian, Lukas and Michael were in free-scoring form. This victory was good enough for the 3rd place trophy, leaving the boys proud of their achievements but equally determined to come back and win next year. An additional highlight of the tournament was the inclusion of Christian Kadletz in the 'team of the tournament'. All players and coaches voted the five best players of the tournament and Christian was recognised for his tenacity, un-relentless defense, on-court leadership and devastating reverse layup.  

It was a hugely enjoyable day and on behalf of all our coaching staff, I would like to thank all the students for their effort, and for showing the spirit of determination, teamwork and sportsmanship that characterises our StGIS athletes. 

Thank you also to Coach Aaron Mitchell, CoachHouse, Coach Seaman, Assistant Coach Rands. 

Mr McAnerney
(Team Manager)

Class of 2016-2017 IBDP Results

The IBDP results are one measure of excellence and just one small (but important) story our students will tell as they continue another step along their path of excellence and onward with a lifelong love of learning.

We are extremely proud of all of our StGIS Graduates from the class of 2016-2017. In addition to a full life at StGIS, packed with challenge, creativity, adventure, culture and fun, they have also completed one of the most rigorous and demanding educational programmes in existence: the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).

The IBDP results are one measure of excellence and just one small (but important) story our students will tell as they continue another step along their path of excellence and onward with a lifelong love of learning.  

We are pleased to share with you the following wonderful news.

  • Of more than 150,000 IB graduates from around the world, 12 Diplomas, 15 Bilingual Diplomas and 2 Course Awards came from StGIS (pass rate higher than the IB World Average)
  • Our students achieved an average point score of 33.5 (higher than the IB world average and higher than our 2015-2016 academic year)
  • 11 of our students earned an IBDP point score of 35 or higher out of a possible 45 (placing them in the top 25% of all graduates world wide)
  • 4 of our students earned an IBDP point score of 40 or higher out of a possible 45 (placing them in the top 6% of all graduates world wide)
  • 1 of our students earned an IBDP point score of 44 out of a possible 45 (placing her in the top 1% of all graduates world wide)
  • Our students secured places in some of the best universities in the world. Some of these include; Harvard University, USA; University of Edinburgh; Institute of Design, Turin, Italy; Durham University, UK; Paris College of Art; United International Business Schools, Madrid)

Statistics based on the ”IB Diploma Programme Statistical Bulletin: May 2016 Examination Session”

While there are many wonderful individual efforts in the IBDP, we would like to take this opportunity to recognise the family effort required for students to achieve their goals. Everyone, including parents, teachers, administrative support teams, maintenance crews, boarding teams, housekeeping staff, and technical support, plays a critical role in helping our students achieve their best. This is the StGIS way.

Finally, a challenge for our graduates: we are proud of you all for what you have achieved here at StGIS, for how you have grown, and for the young men and women you are today. You leave with an IBDP ranking number, but you must never forget that you are more than this number. What you have achieved today is only a fraction of your remaining potential to achieve excellence in the next eighty years of your lives. Today you have taken one step in a thousand-step journey, what lies ahead is up to you. Be curious, be courageous, be brave, be caring, work hard, be just and honourable and stay in touch. You always have a home at StGIS.

"REFLECTIONS ON AN EDUCATION" by Thomas Zhang (class of 2017)

This school enabled and facilitated my growth and empowerment, resulting in the one and only "subjugation" that I conducted never to subjugate my individuality in an attempt to appeal to anyone.

Among tens of millions of high school students in my age, I was truly blessed to be part of this amazing school, which I found from 300+ IB boarding schools worldwide. This miraculous match brought a whole new world into my life--inspiring surroundings of mountains and lakes in Austria; small class size (4-10 students); 10 activities per week; international friends; self-discovery in arts, sports and communication; cultural, political and ideological clashes; pure pursuit of ...fun in life; individuality, confidence, even extravagance; appreciation and open-mindedness; dream and love...and of course, endless coffee shots in the school cafe and yogurts supplies to the houses. Every desired aspect of 21st century high school life school, StGIS provided me. Thank you, thank you!

Coming in the middle of G11 year, I prepared the readiness of adapting, or subjugating, to the established system. This school enabled and facilitated my growth and empowerment, resulting in the one and only "subjugation" that I conducted never to subjugate my individuality in an attempt to appeal to anyone. Whether it is the pressure from majority or authority, the social expectations or stereotypes, or simply the worthless judgements of haters, who have nothing in their brains and only gains sense of superiority by willfully engaging themselves in ridiculing others based on nothing. With so many caring people spreading positive energies and cheering me up each time I felt overwhelmed and doubted myself, StGIS empowered me, and surely will keep empowering every student, to achieve mental security and proudness by not putting others down, but by developing our own passion and talent, with numerous opportunities provided for self-discovery provided. Here, students learn to embrace themselves and appreciate each other in an amazing, meaningful, and constructive manner. Much as I appreciate and relish the opportunity to come, I will never forget all the ups and downs of the last 15 months, and I embrace my heritage and transformation. I will unrelentingly encourage other young boys and girls, with passion, love, and curiosity for the world, to embark on an unforgettable journey at StGIS. You are the composer of your life; be proactive, grasp opportunities, and have fun.

Farewell to high school, farewell to Europe.

Guodong (Thomas) Zhang, Class of 2017 Graduate Student

What is your StGIS story? Episode 1

Our stories are an authentic expression of our culture, our values and our mission.

Our stories are our living memories. They are an authentic expression of our culture, our values and our mission. Whilst an organisational mission statement can summarize an approach or an ideal, a story is the embodiment of this. The passing on of stories is one of the oldest and earliest forms of education. Narrated by those who experienced them, we will be publishing a series of videos to capture these stories and provide a unique insight into life at StGIS.