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)


Wings for Life CEO Anita Gerhardter visits St. Gilgen.

St. Gilgen International School is organising a virtual Wings for Life World Run on the Wolfgangsee.

Anita Gerhardter, director of the Wings for Life foundation, was the most recent visitor to St. Gilgen as part of the St. Gilgen International School “Inspiring People” lecture series. She gave a presentation to the students on her work with spinal cord research.  

Wings for Life is a long-standing passion for Anita Gerhardter, who coordinates activities, initiates various projects and manages many partnerships. Always at the forefront of her mind is the organisation surrounding the next Wings for Life World Run.  

Miss Gerhardter, who is delighted by the overwhelming interest in this unusual running event, explained “On the 6th May at 13:00 (CET) the start gun will be fired to signify the synchronised start for thousands of runners worldwide, taking part in this year’s Wings for Life World Run. The number of participants is so large for some running events, in Vienna for example, that there are no longer any competitor start numbers available. As an alternative, there is the option to take part in the world run using a smartphone app.” St. Gilgen International School is one of 150 worldwide organisations hosting a so-called “App-Run.”   Anita Gerhardter was delighted to receive a donation in the sum of 1000 Euros from the students of the private school; revenue created from last year’s charity run.


Louis Lewitan, author of the book “Stressless”, gives tips to overcome stressful situations

With the new year in full swing, the “Inspiring People” lecture series is back at St. Gilgen International School

Reflections on StGIS Inspiring People Volume 9 - Louis Lewitan

Stress is important and signifies vitality, Louis Lewitan, the French-German Stress Expert, psychologist and Management Advisor explained during his visit to St. Gilgen International School.  During special workshops, the psychologist inspired students with ways in which they can convert stressful situations into positive energy.

“There is no such thing as a life without stress. Whether you are a student, teacher, professional athlete or top manager – no one can escape stress.” Mr. Lewitan, who was born in Lyon but resides in Munich, has a long-standing career as a consultant and counsellor, working with influential managers from various sectors. “It is important to recognise how stressful situations influence us, and what we can do to positively channel negative energy. A person who is unaffected by stress, is by definition dead.”

Stress is not an illness and also not a sign of weakness.
Mr. Lewitan, who regularly interviews prominent politicians, entrepreneurs and artists for the renowned “Zeit Magazin”, views stress as a normal reaction to the many challenges of daily life. In fact, positive stress can be useful and inspiring. “Stress itself is not the problem. Stress is not an illness and also not a sign of weakness. It comes down to interpretation, but above all, the possible ways in which we can cope and whether the stress is perceived as positive or negative”, the trained psychologist revealed. 

The Author of “Stressless” gave the following advice when it comes to managing stress in a positive way: “it is important to differentiate between what is essential and non-essential, and to prioritise things; to challenge oneself, but not to constantly push oneself beyond his or her own limit. The following can help accomplish positive stress management; self-composure, respecting oneself and environment, as well as the people around us.”  Louis Lewitan’s final advice to the students was to “occasionally switch their mobile phones to silent or place them on the side for an hour.”

What is your StGIS story? Episode 2

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.