Our students continue to receive offers from prestigious Universities: UCL, San Raffele, St. Andrews, Edinburgh, Bristol, Sussex, ESCP, École Hôtelière de Lausanne, and many more. Students will be pursuing careers in a broad range of fields including, Chemistry, Medicine, Hospitality, Management, International Relations, Design, and Creative Writing.
We are proud of our students’ hard work and supportive of them as they head into the final stretch before the official exams.
Cari ragazzi, perdonateci di lasciare a voi, le vere vittime degli stravolgimenti che stiamo producendo ai sistemi naturali, una terra devastata. Perdonateci per avere portato il nostro pianeta sull’orlo del baratro a causa dei cambiamenti climatici. Perdonateci per la nostra noncuranza e indifferenza. “Fridays for future” è la vostra risposta alla nostra inerzia e a quella dei politici e delle politiche. Oggi ci sono state migliaia di mobilitazioni in almeno 123 paesi del mondo. Con 235 eventi censiti, all’Italia va il record mondiale, prima di Francia e Germania. A Torino 20.000 ragazzi in piazza per la manifestazione in difesa dell’ambiente. Il corteo del “global school strike”, nato sulla scia della svedese Greta Thunberg, è partito da Piazza Arbarello e ha raggiunto il municipio, dove una rappresentanza dei manifestanti ha incontrato la sindaca Chiara Appendino, che li attendeva sotto Palazzo Civico. “Non ci fermeremo fino a quando non vedremo qualcosa di concreto”, hanno detto i portavoce dei manifestanti, che hanno consegnato alla sindaca un pacchetto di proposte, tra cui compaiono l’aumento di utilizzo di energie rinnovabili e dei mezzi pubblici. Nella foto di copertina i ragazzi del Vittoria.
La scorsa settimana 170 persone sono scomparse in due distinti naufragi, uno nel tratto di Mar Mediterraneo compreso tra la Libia e l’Italia e l’altro in quello al largo del Marocco, nel probabile tentativo di raggiungere le coste del nostro continente. Da ottobre 2013 a dicembre 2018 oltre 18 mila persone migranti sono morte nel Mediterraneo perché coinvolte in naufragi.
In questa settimana, che peraltro segue la Giornata della Memoria e in cui gli studenti sono coinvolti assieme ai docenti in attività di didattica alternativa, abbiamo aderito alla proposta dei nostri rappresentanti degli studenti, istituendo un minuto di silenzio per commemorare tutte le vittime delle migrazioni.
Mercoledì 30 Gennaio alle ore 10:00 è suonata la campanella a indicare l’inizio della commemorazione, al suono della seconda campanella le attività sono riprese secondo la consueta programmazione. Tutti gli studenti, i docenti ed il personale della Scuola hanno partecipato.
Let’s start with the surprise: Vittoria High School has decided to assign to the best students of the second last year, both for the traditional high school and the IB Program a bursary in order to visit in summer 2019 the school-hostel Msolva Ujamaa in Tanzania, which received the donations of the Christmas market organized by Vittoria for the non-profit organization “Find the Cure”. This is what, the principal, Mrs Marcella Bodo announced this morning during the ceremony, highlighting with pride the great work done by our students, who successfully organized the Christmas market, “Find the Cure”. Since 2006, this project has invested the money collected in building new schools, orphanages, dispensaries, wells, refectories and it has been supporting programs connected with education and health in India, Central America and most of all, Africa.
Two voluntary workers from the organization, Ms Esther Ruggiero and Ms Emanuela Pagano, showed us photos of the children of Msolva Ujamaa who, also thanks to our students’ help, will be able to attend school and live in one of the hostels. They also read for us the touching words of some of the voluntary workers of “Find the Cure” about working with the children.
The students’ representative council handed the money and received the applause of the teachers and schoolmates for their wonderful work of coordination.
Surely the most beautiful and touching moment of the whole event, were the words spoken by Martina and Matteo, who reminded everyone present about the importance of enjoying what one has without complaining all the time, always keeping in mind people’s sufferings and misery and trying to help, not just with words but with facts.
The class of 2019 IGCSE and IB, will be spending this week of intensive language training in Toledo Spain or Vichy France. Students will enjoy the hospitality of local families, study at prestigious schools alongside native speakers in the mornings and explore new territories, foods and cultural events in the afternoons.
These trips are part of a long-running exchange between these two cities and VIS in the spring we will be the hosts to the students who were kind enough to welcome us into their homes in this fall. Every year students return energized by their experiences and with a solid preparation for the certification exams for DELE and DELF later this year.
VIS has a long tradition of excellence in languages; our students consistently have stellar results in standardized testing thanks to projects like these as well as talented and passionate teachers.
VIS begins the 2018-2019 school year with three team building projects. The First IB is spending a week at the Abbazia di Santa Fede engaged in activities aimed at building class unity, launching CAS and building connections to the environmental projects, we will be working on all year. Scientist and Artist Deborah Maw will be leading a tidy up project which explores the river, and the damage pollution has on the natural environment. The TV channel Leonardo will be interviewing our students.
The Second ICE is leaving for Val Troncea where Ms. Benzi (Science) Ms. Fioretti (Geography) and Ms. Murray (English) will be building the team while doing fieldwork for Science and Geography.
The First ICE will be riding horses, canoeing and enjoying each other’s company in Castagneto Po. Rachel Brooks of English Summer Camp leads the first ICE and 1st IB projects. Rachel has been an invaluable resource to the school and our students.
Congratulations to the class of 2018, both the IB and the IGCSE. Monday, September 4th, students, teachers, staff and the entire Victoria family gathered to honor the accomplishments of our graduating students. The atmosphere was wonderful, the weather perfect and a great time was had by all. We were even joined from remotely by one of our student’s already in New York where he has begun the year at NYU.
Good luck to all of you!
Thank you Alexia Martucci 2nd IB for the lovely photographs
It is with great pleasure that we publish an email sent to one of our teachers from an alumnus who graduated from our IB course in 2015. A wonderful example of academic success and the realization of a dream. Brava Maria Consolata and thank you for letting us participate in your happiness.
How are you? When I manage to come to Turin, it is for less than a week. For this reason, I have not had a chance to stop by and say hello. I thought I would write you an email to update you on my various adventures since I left the IB.
The first stop was in London where I finished my BA in War Studies at Kings College London. I finished in March, and I am looking forward to graduation in July.
During my vacations in the last three years, I have lived briefly in different countries.
The first year I studied in the Netherlands and Berlin for a few months.
The second year I worked as a strategist in South Africa at Cape Town, on the Human Rights Commission of South Africa. I worked for the Department of Law and Advocacy. My first role was as a consultant to individuals whose rights had been violated, subsequently, to decrease the frequency of human rights abuses I designed an actuation plan in the field, depending on the location, I interacted with a wide range of different people.
Now I am in New York at the Mission of the Sovereign Order of Malta at the UN! What an exceptional Internship, I could not have asked for more. Since I was seven years old, I have dreamed of working here so it is indeed a dream come true.
In September I will move once again, just so that I don’t leave a city off my list. In Geneva, I will start my Masters in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute. They offered me a part-time internship today at a mission in the Geneva United Nations.
After this Masters, which lasts two years, I will work with an international organization similar to the one I am at now. Hopefully, before then, I will manage to find the time to come and see you!
Voilà! Here is the summary of my wanderings over the last three years. How are you? How are the projects for the Quotidiano in Classe going? It is essential to understand Dante, but it is also important to know what is happening now in the world that surrounds us. Keep up the good work…many students will be grateful! I am sending you a picture of me now at the United Nations, that way you can add it to the photo you have of me at the Comenius Project which we did together in 2014!
Maria Consolata Spano| BA (Hons) War Studies King’s College London| Italian, English, French, German