Now What? 2019/2020

 

Dear Parents or Guardians, 

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you as new members of the school community. We are proud of the long tradition that the school has for providing a caring learning environment for young people from around the world, and hope that you will soon get to experience it for yourselves.

As the first day of school for your child is approaching we would like to give you access to more vital information about our school in the information below. Please take some time to read through all of the sections so you are well prepared for the first day of school for your child.

During the New Family Orientation morning, you will be introduced to both Primary and Secondary procedures for the first few days of school. On this Orientation morning, you will have the opportunity to receive additional information on our services, e.g. Bussing, Catering, Extra-Curricular Programmes, Sports, Music, Security and Extended Day Programme.

We also have a vibrant Parent Teacher Association (PTA) which I encourage you to explore the various opportunities that the PTA provides for involvement and support. Please follow their instructions for details regarding their New Family Programme to help with your transition to Vienna.

I look forward to meeting you for the New Family Orientation morning on Monday, 26 August 2019. The meetings for parents of Primary and Secondary students will take place in the William Kirk Theater at different times. Please see more detailed information on the New Family Orientation morning schedule below and ensure to meet us there. 

Yours sincerely,

Peter MJ Murphy

Director

 

 

 

We kindly ask Primary families not to arrive before 08:40 at VIS.

When entering the school Octagon please follow the signs for the respective Grades ???

Families of students in ELC and Grade Primary go to the ELC wing.

Families of Grade 1 to Grade 5 meet in the Primary Library.

Between 8:45 and 12:30 parents will find information desks in the Cafeteria. You will be able to talk to representatives of the Extra-Curricular programmes and Services (Lunch and Bus). If you  have not signed up your children for the services online during the summer you will also have the opportunity to sign up your children on the day.

Between 8:45 and 12:30 parents will also be able to collect their Parent ID cards (if upload of the parent/s photograph on OA has been done by 4 August 2019) also in the Cafeteria.

We kindly ask Secondary families not to arrive before 08:20 at VIS.

All new Secondary students are expected to bring their laptops to the New Student Orientation morning in order to setup their accounts.

When entering the school Octagon please follow the signs to your first meeting point in the Secondary Aula.

Between 8:45 and 12:30 parents will find information desks in the Cafeteria. You will be able to talk to representatives of the Extra-Curricular programmes and Services (Lunch and Bus). If you  have not signed up your children for the services online during the summer you will also have the opportunity to sign up your children on the day.

Between 8:45 and 12:30 parents will also be able to collect their Parent ID cards (if upload of the parent/s photograph on OA has been done by Sunday, 4 August 2019) also in the Cafeteria.

All parents must wear their VIS ID cards when entering the school premises and on campus. If you do not have a card, then access will be dependent upon providing identification to the security personnel who will issue a red Visitor card.

Please note that the Parent Photo Upload on OpenApply will be used for your ID cards. Please make your and your spouse’s passport style photo available by Sunday, 4 August 2019. Where Passport Photos are unavailable, ID cards will not be issued. Passport style photos should have the following properties: ratio of 3:4, colour, facing forward and showing the head and top of the shoulders only. New parents can pick up their ID cards on the New Families Orientation morning and as reflected in the Orientation schedule. 

Parents whose children start at the beginning of a new academic year but were unable to upload their passport photo by Sunday, 4 August 2019, and all parents whose children join throughout the academic year (September to May) are requested to visit the security gate on their child's first day of school to receive information on how to receive their Parent ID cards.

Student ID cards ("Schülerausweis") are required when using Public Transport in Vienna. Please visit the Primary Office in order to obtain the Student ID card form. Please bring along a passport-sized photograph. These ID cards are issued once and renewed at the beginning of every school year by the Primary Office, so you will not receive a new ID card every year. Please look after it.

However, if your child has lost their ID, you must report it missing to a magistrate office (there is a Magistrat in every district). The Magistrat will issue a Loss Report (“Verlustmeldung”) which you will have to submit to the Primary Office with a passport sized photograph so that they can issue you a new Student ID.

If you have changed your address you will have to apply for a new ID card. Before applying, you will have to update the school with your new adress by sending an email to change@vis.ac.at. Only after you've requested these changes you can apply for a new ID card.

All Secondary students are required to carry their Student EDU cards (Grades 6–12). The cards will automatically be processed by the school before a new student starts school as long as a suitable student photo has been uploaded to OpenApply. Please make sure that a suitable photo available by Sunday, 4 August 2019.

The student photo and EDU card will be used for many purposes in the school i.e. entering the school campus, school canteen, etc. and also as the official student ID for Secondary School students. Please note that the IDs take two weeks processing time and cannot be produced without a photo. Hence, passport photos must be uploaded by Sunday, 4 August 2019  for all those students starting school on Tuesday, 27 August 2019. Students starting throughout the academic year must ensure that the passport photo is uploaded at least 2,5 weeks before their first day of school.

However, if your child has lost their ID, you must report it missing to a magistrate office (there is a Magistrat in every district). The Magistrat will issue a Loss Report (“Verlustmeldung”) which you will have to submit to the Secondary Office. If the EDU card is damaged or lost, a replacement fee of 20 Euros is charged.

If you have changed your address you will have to apply for a new ID card. Before applying, you will have to update the school with your new address by sending an email to change@vis.ac.at. Only after you've requested these changes you can apply for a new ID card.

 

 

At Vienna International School, we harness learning and teaching technologies to support inquiring, inspired and involved lifelong learners. To ensure this, we are committed to policies and practices which entrust that our community members:

  • are empowered as a learning community to become digitally fluent through safe, balanced and discerning use of digital technologies.
  • will have equitable access to authentic learning experiences through the purposeful use of learning and teaching technologies.
  • are inspired to inquire, invent and  solve problems in local and global contexts using digital technologies.
  • are supported in becoming responsible, self-directed and reflective users of technology through ongoing opportunities for personal and professional growth.
  • embrace an open-minded attitude towards working innovatively with digital tools to optimize learning at VIS.

Students from ELC to Grade 3 will be using iPads provided by the School. Starting Grade 4, the students are required to purchase a laptop with the below minimum specifications:

 
  • MacBook Air - 13” Screen
  • Processor: 1.6GHz
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • English International Keyboard
  • Operating System: OS X
 

Please read the Learning via Technology for details. If you have further questions, please contact the Chief Digital Information Officer (CDIO), at cdio(at)vis.ac.at. The CDIO will be available to reply to any inquires until the Sunday, 30 June and as of Tuesday, 6 August 2019.

 

 

The After School Activities Programme  is dedicated to both Primary and Secondary students and contains a variety of activities organised throughout the school year to cover the different interests of the VIS students. Parents can create an account on this website starting by Monday, 19 August or on the New Family Orientation Morning on Monday, 26 August at the After School Activities information desk in the Cafeteria. The actual online registration for the After School Activities Programme will open on Tuesday, 27 August at 18:00.

For more information, please contact vis(at)sportbox.cc.

Summer Camp

We offer a supervision programme for your child:

For ELC and Grade Primary students we offer Kindergarten Supervision (1 July - 2 August) for a maximum of 16 students (and a minimum of 6). The cost for this is 250 Euros per week (Only weekly registrations are possible).

For Grade 1 to Grade 8 students we are offering a Holiday Camp (1 - 5 July and 19 - 23 August) with various sport activities during the day. Please register through Registration for VIS Summer Camp. The cost for this is also 250 Euros per week.

 

The Competitive Sports Programme is for Secondary School students only. The school year has three seasons and every season has a limited number of Competitive Sports available. Parents can create an account on this website starting by Monday, 19 August or on the New Family Orientation Morning on Monday, 26 August at the After School Activities information desk in the Cafeteria. The actual online registration for the Competitive Sports Programme will open on Tuesday, 27 August at 18:00

For more information, please contact vis(at)sportbox.cc.

Early registration for the new school year is possible upon completion of the EDP Form. The completed form can be emailed to the EDP Supervisor edp(at)vis.ac.at. Upon the opening of the school on Monday, 26 August you can hand it to the Primary Office directly.

Across the school, the Mother Tongue programme has students from Grade Primary to Grade 12 learning in around 30 different languages. We will provide full details of the programme as well as contact information at the Mother Tongue information desk in the Cafeteria. These lessons are paid privatly.

Primary School: pypmothertongue(at)vis.ac.at

Secondary School: Grade 6 - Grade 10: mypmothertongue(at)vis.ac.at and Grade 11 - Grade 12: dpmothertongue(at)vis.ac.at

    Registration for the new school year will be done online on 21 August (check?) or the day of the New Family Orientation Morning on Monday, 26 August 2019. Click here to read more information regarding the Performing Arts Programme, dedicated to students from Grade 5 to Grade 12.

    Department Leader Performing Arts: Elisabeth Bottoms, ebottoms(at)vis.ac.at .

      From ELC to Grade 12 we offer the Instrumental Programme (VISMA). For more information, please click here.

      To register for the VISMA Programme, you need to fill out this form and take it to the VISMA Representative in the Octagon between Monday, 2 September and Friday, 6 September from 8:00-8:45 or 15:00-16:00 together with 75 Euros (Registration Fee and Room Rent Fee). Follwing this process, a VISMA teacher will contact you to organize a lesson time. The lessons begin on or after Monday, 9 September (Primary School students) / on or after Monday, 16 September (Secondary School students).

      For more information, please contact visma.music(at)gmail.com.

          The City of Vienna has a comprehensive public transport system run by the Wiener Linien (Public Transportation Routes). In order to obtain a student transport pass you need the student ID card ("Schülerausweis" in Primary School, Edu card in Secondary School). To use public transport, you can choose from the following ticket options.

            VIS is glad to offer a healthy lunch menu to its students. Our outsourced Catering Service Eurest is supporting us in providing a healthy, nutritionally balanced meal and snacks which are designed to enrich our students' bodies and physical development. 

            (You can opt for your child to have contracted lunch or you can prepare packed lunch for your child, at your best convenience.)

            Detailed information about the Catering Service

            Price Information

            FAQ

            Register here!

            The contact person for the Catering Service is Andrew Warren: andrew.warren(at)eurest.at.

             

             

            Secondary School only

            Some of the big questions when moving to a new country or new school are ‘What is the school like?’ and ‘Who will I know?’ Our students understand what this is like as many have experienced this themselves. The VIS Ambassador programme sets out to make sure your child will have the answer to this question before they start school.

            Firstly, you will be sent an email to pass on to your child from one of our students. Where possible this will be in your child’s 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. In the letter will also be the email address of one of our older students who will be able to answer any questions your child may have about VIS and life in Vienna. At the new student orientation day, your child will be assigned a Homeroom Ambassador. This student will be their key person at VIS as they settle in. They will show them around the school on the orientation day, and then meet them on the morning of the first full day 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. 

            If you have questions about the VIS Ambassador Programme please feel free to contact the Secondary School Counsellor at kevitt(at)vis.ac.at.

            Welcome!

            The VIS New Family Programme is coordinated by the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). This popular and important network pairs up new families with an established volunteer family who already has some experience of the school and living in Vienna. The purpose of this programme is to assist you in settling in by answering your questions and helping you to find further information and resources. The family might share the same language, nationality, or have children in the same grades. 

            Please fill out the New Family Form by following this link so that we can find a suitable liaison to help answer your questions and assist you in settling in. We are excited to have you as part of the VIS community.

            We communicate with you through different channels:

            • the VIS Community Newsletter every Friday afternoon (starting with Friday, 30 August) with news from the Primary School, Secondary School, PTA and other Extras
            • ManageBac
            • Emails
            • Intranet
            • Social Media (please follow us Facebook, InstagramTwitter and LinkedIn)