At AMADEUS Vienna we are committed to healthy and balanced lifestyles for our students and staff. We promote personal health and safety in all areas of school and boarding life. Boarding staff monitor, educate and coach the boarders in the following areas:
Boarding students are provided with 6 meals per day – breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner and evening snack. We have a rotating breakfast menu and hot meals every evening. Boarding kitchens are always well stocked with fresh fruit, nuts and dried fruit, and bread and jam that are available at all times. On weekends they also have the option of preparing meals for themselves if they enjoy cooking.
All of our food is catered by the AV chefs, who prepare a variety of fresh, seasonal Austrian and international dishes on site. We accommodate most special food requirements.
Academic success and time-management
With the help of the house parents and other live-in staff, the academic status of students is monitored and effective study habits are encouraged and developed. Academic success and time management are often a challenge for teenagers and young adults, therefore the boarding team, through its mentor scheme, supports the students and helps in their planning and spends time with each student, individually and in small groups, checking their study requirements through the platform ManageBac and helping with their academics.
All boarding students must attend study hall 4 times per week, with Grade 6-10 in the library and Grade 11-12 either in their rooms, the library or study lounges. This is a mandatory study time held by the boarding team, and AV teachers support four times per week, on rotation, offering support in all subject areas, and the MYP and DP core requirements (such as Personal Projects, CAS, EE and ToK).
All academic tasks and individual progress is tracked through ManageBac and all AV students and staff, as well as parents have access to the platform.
Should our students get unwell, they can visit our school nurse on campus Monday to Friday 8:00–14:00. If needed, we make sure to arrange a doctor’s appointment. You can read more about our school nurse and cooperation with doctors here.
In case of an emergency, an ambulance will be called.
Boarding students receive regular briefings and training about personal safety:
- Regular fire drills in the boarding houses
- Self-defence classes
- Austrian traffic and youth protection law
- AV regulations for leaving the school campus
The physical and emotional well-being of boarding students takes the highest priority for the boarding teams. We are aware that boarding is a new experience for many of our students, and our staff members strive to make the AV Boarding Houses a “home away from home”. We share all moments of joy and challenge with them and support all boarders in:
- Birthdays, jubilees, religious festivals, happy and sad family matters
- Academic pressure, success and failure
- Broken hearts, new friendships, personal and professional relationships
- Interculturalism, body images, anxieties and fashion trends
- Colds and infections, cuts and bruises
- Childhood, puberty and adolescence
- … the list is endless!
Parents are informed about their child’s life in boarding through regular newsletters, school reports, the website and personal emails. In case of any urgent matters, illness, inappropriate behaviour or other unforeseen incidents, parents will be informed immediately. Families are also welcome to visit. We recommend that parents of boarders visit during agreed weekends and short school holidays to avoid disrupting school life.
Whilst all boarding staff are all well-versed and experienced in noticing and dealing with student problems, they also know where their professional capabilities end and have a network of external support at hand when required. All details of external support are posted on the students’ house notice boards, and students know they can request any help, at any time, and that boarding staff are monitoring their well-being. This is further enhanced by the boarding mentor programme, where students are allocated to boarding staff to support their academic and pastoral needs.