Named after our school mascot, it is an extra-curricular activity that students in G9 – 12 can choose to participate in throughout the school year. The goal of The Panther Project is "Making VIS a safer, happier place for all students". The Panther Project runs a range of different initiatives. Some programmes are ongoing through out the year such as peer tutoring, where older students work one-on-one with younger students to help them in areas of academic need, and peer counselling, where trained students work to support students who are struggling in the areas of friendship, social behaviours or who simply need someone to talk to.
Alongside ongoing programmes are special events. These special days or weeks are designed to promote a sense of community or to encourage the VIS community to think about important issues. Two of these events that run every year are the recognition and celebration of Peace Day and No Name Calling Week where students run many events aimed at raising the awareness of the impact of bullying and encourage all members of the community to take a stand against it.
This programme works in two phases. Firstly, new students will be sent an email from one of our existing students. Where possible this will be in their mother tongue. The letter will include information about the school that our students think it is important for new students arriving at VIS to know. When new students arrive at VIS for their first day they will then be met by their Homeroom Ambassador. This will be a student in their homeroom that will show them around the school and be their friend and guide over the first few days and weeks of school. The Homeroom Ambassador’s role is to make your child feel part of the school, and to spend time with them while they begin the process of making connections with the students that will eventually become their friends.