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STGIS INSPIRING PEOPLE – VOLUME 9 / LOUIS LEWITAN

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.”

StGIS INSPIRING PEOPLE – VOLUME 8 / FLORIAN ORLEY

Snowboarder, Flo Orley, visited St Gilgen International School to give a presentation on extreme sports and risk management.

Reflections on StGIS Inspiring People Volume 8 - Florian Orley

The staff and students of St Gilgen International School were delighted to welcome Flo Orley, Freeride-Snowboarder and extreme athlete, to their school. The former World Champion, who recently retired from professional riding after a hugely successful career, visited St Gilgen’s renowned private school to speak about his passion of extreme sports and risk management. The multi time World Champion and twice Vice-World Champion, who was born in Tirol, gave an interesting insight into his 17-year career as an extreme rider, as well as his film projects undertaken worldwide and not to mention his daredevil stunts as a stuntman for Hollywood productions. Most important to Flo was always passion for sport and calculated risk management. “Being ready for anything at any time” was, by his own definition, his key to such success.

In January 2018, the 42-year-old from Innsbruck will embark on a new project; travelling around the world in a Catamaran. Flo, his wife Nina and their two children Keano (6) and Momo (5), who normally spend their summers in St Wolfgang, on Lake Wolfgang, will start their world adventure, setting sail for the Caribbean on their recently purchased Catamaran. Within two years, the family wish to visit the Galapagos Islands, having previously navigated the Panama Canal. The couple have purchased school text books and learning materials for the first two years of primary school in order to educate their child whilst travelling. Once the family begin their journey in January, they will document their adventure in the form of a blog, which can be found under the following link: www.sailawayfamily.com

STGIS INSPIRING PEOPLE – VOLUME 6 / LAURA CHAPLIN

Laughter-Expert and book author, Laura Chaplin, impressed the students in St Gilgen with facts such as: Children laugh more than 300 times daily, adults as little as 15 times per day.

Reflections on StGIS Inspiring People Volume 6 - Laura Chaplin

The staff and students of St Gilgen International School enjoyed a lecture of a very different kind with this guest speaker. The granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin and laughter-expert Laura Chaplin spoke about the benefits of laughter and the relationship between health and humour. “Making other people laugh and laughing yourself, makes you happy,” this is the motto by which the 30-year-old lives because: “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” The laughter guidebook, with the title “Laughter is the First Step Towards Happiness” highlights many health benefits of happy people. “Laughter makes people attractive and gives positives energy. It boosts the immune system, reduces blood pressure and alleviates tension, stress, anger and anxiety.” Studies show that adults laugh around 15 times a day, in comparison to babies, who laugh up to 500 times and children who laugh more than 300 times daily.

Petition: To make laughter a fundamental right for all.

In the lecture at St Gilgen International School, the laughter-expert who resides in Geneva spoke about her famous grandfather and delighted students with laughing exercises. Laura believes that she laughs around 100 times a day and gave the students advice on enhancing their wellbeing: “try on your way to school, in the bus, during break time or in front of a mirror to be cheerful and to laugh. Being cheerful increases creativity in all aspects of life.”

Laura challenges the UN-Secretary-General to accept her petition to make laughter a fundamental right for all, so that it can be filed with the United Nations.

Further information can be found under the following link: www.charliesmile.org

Laura Chaplin lists five reasons for laughing daily:
1. Laughter burns calories! 10 to 15 minutes of laughter burns roughly 50 calories. 2. Endorphins are released when you laugh, which strengthens the immune system and helps to protect against flu and colds. 3. Studies show that laughing for 20 to 30 minutes daily lowers blood pressure in adults. 4. Laughing for 1 minute can increase your life expectancy by 20 minutes. 5. Laughter is a free face lift!

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.