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StGIS INSPIRING PEOPLE - VOLUME 1 / Waris Dirie

"This was a truly inspiring evening with a truly authentic and inspiring woman. We left the evening energized and passionate about absorbing these messages and moving forward as a community committed to advancing freedom for all in this world." Desert Flower Foundation

At StGIS, we believe in excellence, integrity and passion, and this week we were fortunate to have a visit from a woman who embodies and epitomizes each perfectly. Mrs Waris Dirie's story is familiar to many. Those who have seen her movie or read her books know her as the nomadic child who escaped an arranged marriage by crossing a desert, found fame in the modeling industry in London, and left it all to take up the fight against female genital mutilation.

This incredible story is both shocking and inspiring. It is a true story of transformation and empowerment. However, as our students discovered in their up close and personal interview, there is far more to this amazing woman than meets the eye. Mrs Dirie interacted naturally with our young people and shared with them her message of hope, her strength, and her wish for a more peaceful world. She encouraged us all to live simply, and to love more, to follow our instincts and to stand up against inequity and cruelty in the world.

To Mrs Dirie, the path was clear; we cannot be conditioned by the past in shaping our future. She was anxious not to waste time speaking about how she survived or how she lived. Rather, she insisted that the most pertinent conversation is about how we should all live right now! She taught us that to be true to ourselves, we must find what stirs us; to find what ignites a meaning and purpose in us that we cannot let go of. Once this is found, it is our duty to pursue this passionately, courageously and unapologetically.

This was a truly inspiring evening with a truly authentic and inspiring woman. We left the evening energised and passionate about absorbing these messages and moving forward as a community committed to advancing freedom for all in this world.

StGIS is proud to be able to donate 5000 euros to her 'Desert Flower Foundation’. 

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.