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Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania

                      Utenos Dauniskis gymnasium

Our school opened its doors for the first time in 1971. This school used to be called secondary school No.4 but in 2003, after an accreditation procedure, the school became a gymnasium. At present, 501 pupils are enrolled in the gymnasium: 482 in the full-time day section ( students age is 16 to 19 years old) and 17 in the adult-learners section. 50 teachers, work at the gymnasium, as does social pedagogue, a special-needs pedagogue, and a psychologist. Of all these staff members, 11 have two specialities, and 32 have earned a master’s degree.

After the renovation, which took place in 2009-2011, gymnasium became very nice-looking and cosy. Sports, athletics and hall were renovated as well as all the classrooms. Gymnasium’s stadium was also renewed and now it is very modern. However, our students have not only traditional lessons in the classroom at school but they are educated in other places. Some of geography lessons take place in meteorological station, in the company “Utenos Vandenys”, near the seaside or even in the Baltic Sea. Educational 3 days trip “The Baltic Sea. Stokholm” to Sweden by ferry for the students of the first gymnasium form or 3 days trip “Get to know Lithuanian seaside” for the second gymnasium form students are  geography lessons with other integrated subjects such as English, history, biology, ecology, math and others. During these educational trips our students not only gain academic knowledge but also develop various skills and experiences needed in real life.

The gymnasium maintains the old school traditions and willingly creates new ones. Events in commemoration of state holidays, Gymnasium’s Birthday, the Equinox and the Solstice celebrations, sports celebrations, the Parties Study, Christmas and New Year’s events, the 100-days-until-exams celebration, the Chorus Wars, the Thanksgiving Day, the Fun Day and other events are held here every year.

We are happy to have creative and active teachers, who encourage our students to participate in various contests, olympiads and competitions. Thus, just before the 45th gymnasium anniversary, a group of our students together with geography teacher Ligita Pelikšienė and social pedagogue Vida Adiklienė won the first place in a national Euroscola contest, which was a wonderful gift for the whole community. That was the second time our gymnasium team had demonstrated deep knowledge and won this challenging contest. The team received an invitation to Strasbourg and a subsidy to cover the expenditure and subsistence expenses from the European Parliament. So, the students will have one more opportunity to learn in a different learning environment.

In the contest of the best school of Lithuania 2016, organised by Santaka Valley, which is established in Kaunas University of Technology, Utena Dauniškis gymnasium was announced to be The School of the Year. The students of Utena Dauniškis gymnasium could not withhold the happiness of winning the award and receiving congratulations from  Prime Minister and the patron of the contest Algirdas Butkevičius. „ People always hope to win if they partcipate in the contest, but this award is really special.We are amodern school with great Student Council, active students and perfect teachers.This award encourages to try even harder,“ they said.

Utena Dauniškis Gymnasium was recognised as the gymnasium with the best results in the 2017 Ambassador School Programme organised by the European Parliament Information Office in Lithuania.

I am happy that we, the teachers and the school leaders, realised some time ago,  that the development of a young person is no less important than conveying knowledge. A special attention in our gymnasium is paid not only to success in education of every student but also to good relationship among the members of the school community and developing moral values. We have been working hard  in order to achieve advancement in these spheres for some years, and this year we have been noticed and awarded in The Best School of the Year contest as a modern innovative, tolerance, cictizenship and sociality promoting school. Motto of gymnasium is „Enter good, leave  better“ and it proves that the most important virtue in our gymnasium is a man; every student is considered as a personality who has a lot of good features, abilities and talents which our teachers try to notice, reveal ( sometimes a young person does not even know about the talents hiding inside) as soon as possible and to create the most suitable conditions for every student to develop into a mature personality.

In our gymnasium  the attention to the educational success of each pupil   in particular was paid  a couple of years ago, when the success classes for each were established  (I am glad that the vast majority of the first-formers especially  want to learn in the success classes for each ). The main objective of this initiative was to personalize education, it means that we should  educate not a class or a mass of students, but each child,  make better conditions  for each student to reveal his/her abilities and talents,  get to know each student and his learning style better, help each pupil to achieve maximum results, taking into account the pupil's natural and educational abilities. We try to involve the parents{caretakers} into the process of education as much as possible , because they know their children best, because they and we wish the best for our children and students!

The main signs of our gymnasium communityʼs successful educational efforts are its results and the meaningful, memorable time our young people spend here. Both of these things, the formative educational process as well as its results, are of equal importance to us. Educational results to us are not just the final academic achievements, but also the maturity of personality, lifelong learning, a healthy self-confidence, the capacity to appropriately perceive reality and set learning goals for oneself, to accept new challenges as a path to self-improvement. The learning process and participation in the life of the school are just as important to character development as the formal educational process. Life in the school and learning converge as various activities, spaces and experiences intertwine. The gymnasium community values the experience and feelings of each pupil (being accepted and respected for who s/he is, being safe and secure, enjoying being at school and regarding the time spent here as meaningful), the spirit of community (unity, sharing, care and concern for others, helpfulness, commitment to others), self-government (discussion, initiation of decisions, acceptance and implementation, the ongoing creation of the schoolʼs life).

For me, as the head of the gymnasium, it is especially a pleasure to see how all of this really happens in our community, and these are not just some nice words written in a plan. And for that I am very grateful to all the members of our gymnasium community: to the teachers, who with all their being are dedicated to cultivating young hearts and minds; to the pupils and their parents; to the other employees of the gymnasium, who through their daily activity make the gymnasium what it is today. Modern, communal, warm and cosy, ever-improving and seeking the success of every pupil!

 

Head master  Asta Skeirienė