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Mission Statement

1. Discovery Learning

Using a wide range of learning strategies to acquire skills and academic knowledge as a basis for life-long learning.

2. Personal Responsibility

Developing autonomy and team qualities through taking responsibility for one`s actions.

3. Language Proficiency

Teaching, learning and communicating in several languages.

4. International Character

Encouraging respect for cultural diversity.

5. Critical Thinking

Developing critical awareness and constructive ways of dealing with criticism of oneself and the world at large.

School Profile

GIBS is a bilingual (German-English) senior secondary school for students aged 10-18. At present the school comprises more than 560 students and over 50 teaching staff. The rest of the team is made up of the French-, English- and Spanish-speaking co-teachers and the administrative staff.The language of instruction is English in the form of “flexible monolingualism”. The first three months of Year 1 take the form of an intensive phase of language acquisition after which the students have reached a level of language competence which enables them to participate in lessons conducted in the target language. Following the intensive phase, linguistic back-up for other subjects is provided when required in the English class. In Year 7 History is taught in English/French/Spanish. During the first five school years in particular, different subjects collaborate on broad projects that supplement language instruction.  Between Year 6 and Year 8, the upper level course system ensures the interconnection and deepening of learning material.  Students from non-German speaking countries receive instruction in German as a foreign language.  Their evaluation is in accordance to § 18/12 of the School Instruction Guidelines which allows students to select either German or English as their first language of instruction and be thereby assessed accordingly (Note: this does not apply to the final exam/Matura due to legal regulations).

Careers Guidance Click to openClick to close

Careers advice is integrated in teaching in Years 3 and 4, in particular in German, Religion, English and Geography classes. In the upper school there are elective courses dealing with the working and professional world which can help students decide on their future careers. These courses offer practical work experience in line with the particular interests of the students. Students are advised by tutors on their choice of courses. Group and individual activities are carried out to help students become aware of their skills and talents.

Course System Click to openClick to close

The school offers a Course System for Years 6-8. While upholding the principle of an all-round education fundamental to the Austrian school system, the course system allows students more freedom to pursue their particular interests and in-depth study. Students can select courses which are useful for their proposed academic and professional careers. Since school year 1999/2000 the New Learning Structures Program (Course System) has been in use at GIBS. Students now take core courses and elective courses instead of the general course of studies that was taught previously. They have more opportunity to pursue their personal interests and prepare themselves for their future studies or careers

Inter-cultural Projects Click to openClick to close

The school direction as well as entire staff are continually attentive to international contacts concerning, on the one hand, projects within Europe and, on the other hand, student exchange programs.

Current project:

  • “Rencontres Interculturelles”, a project together with ” Lycée Idéal”(Nabeul), Tunisia, promoted by “Internationale Schulnetzwerk” of the Austrian Ministry of Education (bmbf).
    Download: Ich – Du – Wir  (brochure by Interkulturelles Zentrum)
    Recontres Interculturelles (brochure by Interkulturelles Zentrum)
    Recontres Interculturelles (video/slide show)

Several Comenius Projects have already taken place within the European Union.

  • “Our Cultural and Social Diversity in Europe”  included schools from the following countries:  Austria (GIBS), Bulgaria, Germany, France, Holland, Iceland, Rumania and Turkey.
  • Volcanoes (Island, Deutschland, Italien)
  • Unterricht an der Unterstufe  (England, Ungarn, Frankreich)
  • Ausgrenzung in einem Europa ohne Grenzen

Key Skills Click to openClick to close

The acquisition of key skills such as team competence, time management, conflict solving strategies, presentation techniques and use of new media is practised in all classes but is given special emphasis in such courses as Public Speaking, Academic Writing, Presentation Techniques, Computing and Business.

Natural Sciences, Music and Arts Click to openClick to close

In our newly refurbished school building we have attractive, well-equipped facilities for the Science, Music, Art and Craft departments, providing excellent conditions for an attractive teaching and learning environment.

Optional Classes Click to openClick to close

These classes are taken mainly by lower school students and are currently as follows:

  • Choir (Junior & Senior)
  • Football/Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Drama: in English
  • Typing: for PC use
  • DAF: German as a Foreign Language for Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced

Physical Education Click to openClick to close

The PE department has also benefited from the refurbishment in the form of a new, well-equipped gym with adjoining facilities.

Pilot Projects Click to openClick to close

The following pilot projects are taking place in the areas of modern languages:

  • French or Spanisch as second modern language starting in Year 3
  • Choice of French, Latin, Russian or Spanish starting in Year 5
  • Demonstration of competence in both target languages (German and English) as a Matura requirement.

Publications and Events Click to openClick to close


All activities, achievements and important events and occasions are recorded in the Yearbook. The editorial team is a group of teachers who collect interesting contributions from students, parents staff and friends of GIBS in the course of the year.
Current news from GIBS 

The school homepage gives you a current and intrinsic overview of what is going on at GIBS.
Events and Festivities at GIBS

  • Christmas Concert
  • Graduation Ceremony
  • Summer Party
  • Jazzbrunch year 7
  • Theatre performances, concerts, readings, etc.

School Climate Click to openClick to close

At GIBS we aim to maintain a harmonious school climate based on mutual understanding and respect and a working atmosphere conducive to study. The staff make every effort to work with commitment and motivation and in return we expect students to do likewise in order to derive maximum benefit from what our school has to offer them. We also expect our students to show a certain self-discipline in their behaviour and in their attitude towards school property and to treat all members of the school community with respect.

Our code of conduct is drawn up with the above principles in mind.

Students who neglect their duties or disrupt the school climate through uncooperative behaviour and who do not respond to discussion of their problem with the teacher involved must be prepared to face consequences.

Social Learning Click to openClick to close

On starting school, Year 1 students are looked after by “companions”, older volunteer students, which have been proven to be very successful.
We feel that the cultural diversity at our school is a true enrichment. This is reflected within and throughout each school day, especially by means of a respectful interaction with one another. Moreover, a positive learning and working atmosphere is encouraged by weekly staff meetings, by the close contact between staff and parents as well as by the particular working interaction with the students in class.

Teaching Methods Click to openClick to close

We aim to use a broad range of methods. According to the criteria of the new Austrian curriculum, projects and cross-curricular teaching are an integral part of classes. Further methods include workshops, task sheets, portfolios and response journals. Methods are discussed, ideas are shared and new and young members of staff receive support from more experienced colleagues.

Trips Abroad Click to openClick to close

We make every effort to organize home-to-home exchanges with countries whose languages are taught at our school. If this proves impossible, a trip abroad with instruction at a language school and accommodation with host families is offered.

However, it is our aim to find schools in the English- and French-speaking countries for long-term exchange partnerships.