Congratulations to Tomas Babelis (IIIm) who won a bronze medal at the Central European Mathematics Olympiad!

This year, Tom has already taken part in four International Olympiads and won medals in all of them. Thanks to Tomas for your curiosity, patience and great harvest!

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The 51st International Physics Olympiad (IPhO2021), the world's premier event for the world's most talented physics students, concluded in Vilnius over the weekend. Nearly 400 students from 76 countries took part in the two parts of the Olympiad - experimental and theoretical - and Lithuania played a special role this year by organising the week-long Olympiad by distance learning.

South Korean student Kim Kyungmin was the top scorer in the Olympiad, with the highest score in all tasks. Gold medals went to students from Russia, China, Singapore, USA, France, Romania and Hungary.

Lithuanian students Emilis Strazdas (teachers Stasė Traigienė student) and Tomas Babelis (teachers Remigijus Jakutis, Stasė Traigienė student) from Vilnius Jesuit Gymnasium, Monika Šadauskaitė from KTU Gymnasium (teacher Alvydas Jotautis), and Justas Kaminskas (teacher Genovaitė Meinorienė) from Mažeikiai Gabija Gymnasium, were awarded the bronze medals. Tadas Danilevičius from Klaipėda Lyceum (teachers Saulius Žukauskas, Marius Žadvydas) was awarded a letter of commendation.

Students from all over the world took part in virtual tours of Lithuania, listened to lectures by Nobel Laureate Didier Queloz. Lithuanian physics scientists, competed in brain battles, and watched folk dancing and Lithuanian food preparation lessons.

The event was coordinated by the Faculty of Physics of Vilnius University and involved a team of almost 200 people.

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On 27 April, the Jesuit Province of Central Europe (ECE) was established, uniting the former Jesuit Provinces of Austria, Lithuania-Latvia, Switzerland and Germany. With this move, the Society of Jesus seeks to better focus its efforts on the apostolic priorities of the Society: to help people to discover God, to journey with the marginalised, to accompany young people and to care for the environment. The Jesuits are seeking to respond to the times with structural changes, believing that by uniting together they will be able to promote Ignatian spirituality and fulfil their mission more effectively.

The patron saint of the province is St. Peter Canisius, a 16th century Jesuit from the Netherlands. This theologian, reformer of the Church, founder of colleges and universities, was the first Jesuit Provincial of Germany, who foresaw the beginning of Jesuit activity in Lithuania. He died in Fribourg (Switzerland). The ECE Province is being established on 27 April, the 500th anniversary of his birth.

The Province will be headed by the Provincial, Fr Bernhard Bürgler SJ, Provincial of the former Jesuit Province of Austria. The Province will have 442 Jesuits in Austria, Latvia, Lithuania, USA (mission in Lemont), Sweden, Switzerland and Germany. The Province has a common logo, an updated website:

The Provincial will be assisted by eight delegates from specific areas. The Delegate for Schools and Universities is Fr Christian Rutishauser SJ, Provincial of the former Swiss Province.

In Lithuania, the magazine "Laiškai bičiuliams" (Letters to Friends) will be replaced by the magazine " Jezuitai" (Jesuits) 3 times a year. It will publish articles on Ignatian spirituality, the Jesuit mission in Lithuania and Europe, and apostolic activities.

The Regional Office of the Jesuit Province of Central Europe (Didžioji g. 34) will be located in Vilnius, and Fr Vidmantas Šimkūnas, SJ, has been appointed to head it.


Watch a documentary about the new province

Conversation: „Jėzuitai ir šių laikų ženklai: nauji būdai apaštalauti Lietuvoje ir Centrinėje Europoje“

Simona Falkaitė

When I entered the Vilnius Jesuit Gymnasium, I was hoping to get into the English class. However, my mother's tick next to the German language class turned my life in a different direction. German became not only my favourite subject at school, but also my life companion. Today, I am a graduate and have been studying German for eight years. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from inspiring teachers, and I am especially grateful to my German teachers Lina Čepienė, Ulrike Jansen and Sigita Žurauskienė for their interesting and usually extraordinary lessons and discussions on topics that you can only imagine! After the DSD II German exam, I received an offer to apply for a DAAD scholarship to cover all the costs of studying in Germany. I was thinking that I would like to connect my studies with German and other foreign languages, and maybe even Germany itself. The country has always fascinated me with its progress, its old cities and Bach, and I have many memories and people connected with it. I therefore took this offer as a sign from life and decided to run.

The scholarship means a lot to me. It's still hard to believe. It is a reward for hard work and perseverance, and it inspires me to keep going, to keep going, to keep going, and above all, to not be afraid and to keep trying. Applying for the scholarship, even in this difficult time for humanity, has shown me how sincere and supportive people can be. I am grateful to the DAAD organisation and the Central Agency for Education for giving such an opportunity to young people, to the German Embassy in Lithuania, to the Vilnius Jesuit Gymnasium for the opportunity to grow and develop, to all the teachers in my life, to my class teacher, Digna Navikienė, who believed and encouraged me, and to my friends who listened to me almost every day: "So do you know anything about Germany yet?" The DAAD scholarship will help me to study Media and Communication at one of the oldest universities in the world, where Abraham Culvite, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Nietzsche have all walked the corridors. Already in those days, people from Lithuania were winging their way to study abroad to bring back knowledge and a different view of the world to their country.Tikiuosi, jog studijuodama Vokietijoje galėsiu tobulėti, praplėsti savo horizontus ir tapti žmogumi, kurio žinių ir patirties reikės ateities Lietuvai.

Simona Falkaitė

In my head right now, alongside all the dates in history and mathematical formulas, there is another thought: 'We will get to where we need to be'. The important thing is to remember to follow OUR own path.

DAAD - the German Academic Exchange Service - supports German and international students to study in Germany at various levels of higher education. More about scolarships

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Exciting news from the Prague Debate Spring tournament, which took place remotely from 10 to 11 April!

In the international tournament, which was attended by 80 teams from all over the world, the VJG team - Emilija Pacauskaitė, Pranas Kraučiūnas, Gustė Malinauskaitė and Lidija Radzevičiūtė - made it through to the tournament's eight finals.

At this stage, we are delighted to meet VJG students Radvilas Pelanis and Urte Radavičiūtė, who took part in the tournament together with the Lithuanian National Debate Team, and Amelia Narkute, who took part in the tournament together with the joint team of Vilnius schools.


The VJG debaters also performed well in the individual debate: five students (Radvilas, Urtė, Emilija, Lidija and Pranas) were ranked in the top 10 speakers in the EFL (English Foreign Language) category.

Brigita Katlioriūtė, a member of the VJG Debating Club, took part in the tournament as a judge and was appointed Head Judge in the semi-finals.

In short, the members of the VJG Debating Club had a great opportunity to apply their knowledge, deepen it and strengthen their motivation to improve in the future!Prague debate spring 2021

The 69th Republican Mathematics Olympiad for Lithuanian schoolchildren took place on 1-2 April. We are very happy with the excellent results and especially with the continuously growing and strengthening community of mathematicians in the gymnasium. The school has successful junior and senior mathematics clubs, where students not only improve their skills but also share the wealth of their experience with others. Congratulations to all the participants and winners, and many thanks to them for their stubbornness, their patience in preparation, their hard work and their desire to achieve even more!
Dominykas Laucius (7th grade, performed 9th grade tasks) - 3rd place
Jovilė Navickaitė (8th grade, performed 9th grade tasks) - II place
Jurgis Kemeklis (Ia) - II place
Kristijonas Bernatonis (Ia) - III place
Dominykas Šatikas (Ia)
Augustas Rinkevičius (Ia)
Tomas Babelis (IIm) - II place
Matas Garbaravičius (IIm) - III place
Kasparas Savickis (IIm) - letter of commendation
Radvilas Pelanis (IIIc) - III place
Gustas Pranckietis (IIIc) - letter of commendation
Jokūbas Žitkevičius (IVc)
On the basis of the results of this Olympiad, Tomas Babelis (IIm) has been invited to participate in the Central European Mathematical Olympiad (MEMO). Together with Tomas, four students from Kaunas (two from Kaunas Jesuit Gymnasium) and one student from Klaipėda will represent Lithuania. We wish you all the best in your preparations and good luck at the Olympiad!

The 68th Republican Lithuanian Pupils' Physics Olympiad took place on 25-27 March. Thank you for your hard work, concentration, curiosity and excellent results. Our sincere congratulations to all participants and winners!

  1. Bernatonis Kristijonas (Ia) - 1st place
  2. Kemeklis Jurgis (Ia) - letter of commendation
  3. Mackeviciute Rusne (Ia) - letter of commendation
  4. Jakučionis Rokas (Ia) - letter of commendation
  5. Jasinskas Ignas (Ia)
  6. Rinkevičius Augustas (Ia)
  7. Savicka Bernadeta (IIg)
  8. Budriūnaitė Jorūnė (IIg) - letter of commendation
  9. Babelis Tomas (IIm) - II place (completed 11th grade tasks)
  10. Garbaravičius Matas (IIm) - letter of commendation
  11. Savickis Kasparas (IIm) - III place
  12. Valatkevičius Rytis (IIm)
  13. Pelanis Radvilas (IIIm)
  14. Pranckietis Gustas (IIIm)
  15. Liubinas Rapolas (IIIm)
  16. Strazdas Emilis (IVc) - II place

The 53rd Republican Biology Olympiad for Lithuanian schoolchildren took place on 18-20 March. The winners of the city and district rounds invited to the Olympiad spent two days solving theoretical and laboratory tasks, and in the evenings they had virtual fun in mind games and board games.

We are very pleased with the good achievements of all the participants of our Gymnasium in the Olympiad, we thank them for their perseverance in this marathon of knowledge and skills, and we congratulate the winners and participants!


Jorūnė Budriūnaitė (II class) - 1st place
Bernadeta Savicka (II class) - 2nd place
Marija Narbutaitė (1st grade) - 3rd place
Rusnė Karolina Mackevičiūtė (1st grade) - 3rd place
Urtė Pangonytė (II class) - letter of commendation
Tomas Babelis (II class)
Mykolas Liaudanskas (II class)
Dominykas Sudavičius (III class)
Gytė Stakauskaitė (class IV)

On 11 March, the Mayor of the capital welcomed this year's participants of the Little St. The winners of the Little Christopher Award - schoolchildren who have made Vilnius and Lithuania famous through their achievements in science, culture and art, sports and volunteering. 11 talents on the list of the most gifted.

One of them is Radvilas Pelanis, a student from Class IIIc. Radvilas received the award for his achievements in science and natural sciences and also for his eloquence in debates. Three cheers! Congratulations!

Ingeborga Aleliūnaitė (7c) in the Lithuanian 7th grade French competition "Je parle français et toi?" (I speak French, and you?) took 1st place.

She completed writing, reading and speaking tasks alongside 60 students from all over Lithuania. We are proud and congratulations!

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