A Year that Defined AMADEUS International School Vienna

Letter from Dr Wilson Goh
11th of January 2021

Dear AMADEUS Community,

What a privilege it has been to have been part of this extraordinary year that, in my opinion, had defined us, AMADEUS International School Vienna!

DISTINCTION – excellence that sets someone or something apart from others.

Many events that happened this year required the community to put in place several unprecedented actions. All these, with the fundamental purpose of safety of the community, as well as our uninterrupted deliverance of education.

Allow me to recount some of these events, and how AMADEUS has submitted our scorecards, with nothing short of Distinction:

  • In February 2020, we instituted daily temperature checking for everyone in the community, as well as every visitor.
  • We launched Online Education, not as an interim measure, but with a long-term view that Online Education will be an integral part of education.
  • During lockdown times, teachers of AMADEUS teach from school. This means the provision of education in an environment that has been specifically set up to be the most conducive for conducting education.
  • After every break, we ensure that every member of the community has been tested on-site to ensure their safety to return to campus.

Though this is certainly not time to be complacent, I am happy to report that the AMADEUS community has maintained a clean record as far as COVID-19 is concerned.  This includes the antigen test that was conducted for all faculty and all present IB Diploma students as recently as today!

In November, I had the opportunity to speak to some boarding students and observed their daily lives in AMADEUS. They were able to continue with their on-campus education without interruptions, but with much better attention from teachers on-site, as well as good support from the boarding academic tutors. Being the only on-campus boarding international school in Vienna, I understood that this is a feature of DISTINCTION of AMADEUS; that during lockdown and stay-home situations, our boarding students are indeed HOME, yet at School.

Our Grade 12 students will be going for the last lap in their pursuit of IB Excellence. We will make provisions for those who would like to take full advantage of being a boarding student at AMADEUS. For students in Grade 10 and 11, I would also encourage consideration of becoming a boarding student, especially during times when disruptive lockdowns have somewhat become the norm in the education journey.

Finally, I would like to share with you an article I have enjoyed reading that explores the advantages of social learning vs personalised learning. It can be found here.

The achievement of DISTINCTION does not happen simply through a mutation process, but through a deliberate, purpose-driven ‘genetic engineering’ which incorporates DISTINCTION (figuratively) into our DNA. I am glad to say that this is now a defining character of the AMADEUS Community. This was only possible because every single member of the community has embraced DISTINCTION, in whatever we set out to achieve.

Looking forward to all that 2021 will bring and to facing the new year together, in the spirit of DISTINCTION.

Dr Goh Wilson
Chair of Board of Trustees
AMADEUS International School Vienna

More AV Stories

Ceremony for AMAA Winter Music Competition participants

Tuesday, 23 February, was the perfect sunny day to host a small outdoor ceremony for the participants in the Winter Music Competition that was organised by our Music and Arts Academy in December 2020.

Chinese New Year Celebrations at AMADEUS

Our boarding students celebrated the Chinese New year with a Chinese-inspired dinner followed by a creative session. Angela from Grade 12 tells more about the event and what it meant for her to be able to share this holiday with the boarding community. Read more about the festive event!
blacka nd white acrylic painting of ballerinaLeo Stopfer

Welcome to Our New AMAA Honorary Professor, Leo Stopfer

It is with great pride that we can share with you that the renowned 'Painter of the Ballet-Stars', Leo Stopfer, joins our exclusive club of AMAA Honorary Professors. It is a major honor to be able to collaborate with such an outstanding artist, and we are happy for those students who will be able to learn directly from him in his Masterclass at our Summer Camp in July/August 2021.

Virtual Tour in Our ‘5-star’ Boarding House

In August 2021, our brand new boarding house will open its doors to 138 lucky students for a once in a lifetime boarding experience at AMADEUS Vienna. The new house takes exclusive boarding to the next level, and we are counting the days to be able to invite you to tour the premises. In the meantime, we have made it possible for you to get a sneak-peek of a few areas of the house with our virtual 360º panorama tour!

A Year that Defined AMADEUS International School Vienna

2020 has taught us a lot. It has helped us to define AMADEUS and go through a pandemic with distinction. Read Dr Wilson Goh's examples and reflections of the year.
collage of children playing music

Winners of the AMAA Winter Music Competition

Last December, AMADEUS Music and Arts Academy (AMAA) launched an Online Winter Music Competition to give the students an opportunity for to share their wonderful talent with the community despite the challenges of not being able to have face-to-face music lessons with their respective teachers. We received incredibly many creative and talented videos, and 10 students won tickets for the AMADEUS Festival this summer. Find out who!

Boarding Life from a Student’s Perspective

Hi everyone! My name is An Qi Chen, also known as Angela. I am from Shanghai, China and I am currently studying an IB Diploma Programme at AMADEUS International School Vienna. This is my fourth and final year at this school, and before I graduate, I would like to share my personal thoughts about being an AMADEUS boarding student with you.
Chef chopping vegetables on wooden chopping board

New Kitchen Manager with Worldwide Experience

Meet Stephan Mattersberger, the new kitchen manager at AMADEUS Vienna. Before he found his way to AMADEUS in October, he traveled the world's oceans and cooked at cruise ships, hospitals, hotels, and award-winning restaurants. Learn more about him and the AV Kitchen!
Corporate Vision Award

AMADEUS Receives Award: Best Integrated Music and Arts Academy

We are very proud to announce that we have received an award for the best integrated Music and Arts Academy. Find out more!

Rapid Antigen Testing on Campus

To ensure the safety of our students and staff, we have conducted rapid antigen testing for all faculty and all present and attending IB Diploma students today, 11 January.
We are happy to announce that the tests we all 100% negative.

We will conduct another test for all faculty and all present and attending students when the primary and middle school return.