• decide on a type of robot to present.
  • decide on the purpose of your robot. consider what you have learned from the TED talks, and consider including the following information:
  • Questions your presentation should answer:
  1. Why is your robot needed? How will it help people?
  2. What will it be able to do? How will it work?
  3. Who will use it when and where will they use it?
  • Include visuals
  • Be prepared to sell your robot, and convince investors to invest in your project.
  • assign a part of your presentation,, to each member of your group
  • NOTE use a minimum of 10 active words from p.61 (sheets) e.g. access, activate, process, structural, underestimate, imagery, infrastructure, resilient, etc.

Integrated English, Art/Design, and IT project – Visiting a Museum

In order to promote students' culture, and curiosity, integrate interdisciplinary knowledge, and improve their understanding of various contexts (to see culture through the prisms of history, art, and perspective of the affairs of political events). We carried out and present a mini-project about museums aimed at cultural education and strengthening subject knowledge :)


  • to promote the desire to be interested in art, architecture, and history
  • to develop subject-specific English language vocabulary,
  • improve social, and public speaking skills

Digital Books. Project – My Favourite Hero

Students participated in a project, called “My favourite hero”. They read books by famous writers, made summaries, and analyzed the characters and the plots for three months.

My Favourite Hero – Heroes’ Origins Explained

Name of the task: Describing a character

Level: A2/B1

Age: 10+

Time: 2-3 months

Resources needed: Computer/laptop/smartphone

Aim: to improve reading and writing skills, stimulate students’ imagination, and encourage them to love literature.

Description: students work individually or in pairs/groups to create a summary of a story they read. They also analyze their favorite characters’ personalities in the chosen story and illustrate them.

Procedure: First, students read the stories of famous writers, then they write a short description of the story and describe a chosen character. They can also draw pictures to illustrate the main characters of the story.

Notes: This task is very useful to encourage students to read. It also helps to improve grammar skills particularly the use of adjectives describing personality.

Foreign languages (English/French/Russian) – collaboration result

ESL teacher-student collaboration result:

Project – Healthy Lifestyle

Spring is just around the corner and isn’t it the best time to take some extra care of our health and get fitter? We are sure there are some experts in our school who could share their tips on a healthy lifestyle! Not an expert yet? Ask your friends and family members for recommendations! We are going to put the best tips together and share them with the school community.

Teacher’s Day


Project – Reading Circles. Summary. My Family and other Animals by Gerald Durrell

Students of Vilnius Jonas Basanavičius pre-gymnasium participated in a project, called Born to Read. “Reading Circles”. They read books of famous writers, made chapter summaries, analyzed the characters and the plots for six months.

Name of the task: Writing a summary

Level: A2/B1

Age: 10+

Time: 1-2 months

Resources needed: Computer/laptop/smartphone

Aim: to improve reading and writing skills, stimulate students’ imagination and encourage them to love literature.

Description: students work individually or in pairs/groups to create a summary of a story they read. They also analyse the main characters of the story and illustrate them.

Procedure: First, students read the stories of famous writers, then write and illustrate summaries. They can also draw the pictures to illustrate the main characters of the story.

Notes: This task is very useful to encourage students to read. It also helps to improve grammar skills particularly the use of past tenses.

As a final result: students, individually and in groups, shared their presentations on zoom orally. Here are some of the final results. Gallery – Gerald Durrell “My Family and other Animals”


The book for reading by Gerald Durrell “My Family and other Animals”

Presentations of our students: Gerald Durrell “My Family and other Animals”

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Project – Famous Writers

Aim: to improve grammar, writing skills, stimulate students’ imagination and nourish the love for literature.









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Online Story – Integrating English and ICT

Integrated English & ICT Project “Story Online – Using Technology”. Students created stories online, using English (Past tenses) and ICT.

First, students created their stories using Past Simple and Past Continuous tenses. To qualify – the story had to be interesting to read and easy to follow (approx. 200 words long). After that, students had to paste in pictures of their choice to illustrate the story. They could also draw pictures of their own at first and then paste the drawings into their story. At the end of the process, students had to write 3-5 questions for comprehension of the text. The questions had to be in Past Simple or Past Continuous tenses as well. Finally, students shared their stories online, read them, and answered the questions.

Level B1_B2


Create a mystery story of your own. Write about a crime that took place in (…). Use Past tenses and compound nouns from Unit 6A. Write about 200 – 250 words.

Examples of stories written by our students:

More stories here:

6A Crime at the Manor. Creative approach – Mystery Story. Grade 8. Level B2

Grade 6. Level A2



Integrated Math, ICT and English Project – “The Art of Origami – My Experience“

Name of the task:The Art of Origami – My Experience“.

Level: A2/B2

Age: 13+

Time: 1-2 months

Resources needed: Computer/laptop/smartphone/paper

Aim: to use the acquired knowledge of English language in practice – the use of nouns (names of figures, words related to mathematics and physics, descriptions of the work process, used in the project) and Past Tenses. Also, to improve students’ reading and writing skills, stimulate their imagination, as well as, to encourage them to learn more about the history of origami art.

Description: students work individually or in pairs/groups to create a presentation about The Art of Origami. They also describe the process of creating an origami figure of their choice.

Procedure: First, students read articles about the Art of Origami, its origin, history, they find out about the famous origami artists. Later, they make a presentation and present it. They can take photos of the origami figures that they fold and describe the process.

Notes: This task is useful to encourage students to use imagination and apply multiple skills. Students integrate math, English language and ICT. It also helps to improve grammar skills particularly the use of past tenses and noun structures, related to mathematical sciences.

The results of the project – samples:

Video – created by Gabrielė S. and Mileta R.












Time Capsule. ICT and English Integration. Level B1_B2. Grade 8.



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Balanced diet – description. Grade 5. Level A. Integration with Health Care Specialists @Basanavičius.



English & ICT Integration Project – Creating an App Level B1_B2



English Healthcare & ICT Integration Project – Health Evaluation Interview. Level_A. Grade 5.

Well done, 5th graders!:)


Integrating ICT into English. Advertisement level B1_B2

Examples of advertisement. Grade 8. Level B1_B2.

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Fashion Infection: The Real Deal with Ema Gecevičiūtė

Hello, dear reader. This year our student Ema G. from 7C had an amazing opportunity to participate in the fabulous Fashion Infection, which takes place in Vilnius every year. Ema shared the coolest photos from backstage, interviewed famous artists. We are happy to share the whole thing with you, guys! Enjoy the interview and the pics:))


Fashion infection

“Fashion infection” is a major fashion festival in Baltic countries. Every spring hundreds of fashion lovers come to see beautiful and breathtaking collections of designers’ from different parts of the world. Each year the festival takes place in the “CAM” (Contemporary art museum) for 2-3 days and each day there are 8-10 collections. Sounds tiring, right? But it’s quite easy to see the fashion show by yourself, but imagine – how does it feel to be a staff member, makeup or hair artist, or even a designer? To help you imagine things easier, I interviewed a makeup artist Daiva Gecevičiūtė, who works for the “fashion infection” for more than five years and works in the fashion and art industry for more than 25 years.

Q – “what inspired you to become a makeup artist?

A – “Ever since I was a child, I loved painting and one of the things that I loved painting were dolls. They had beautiful big eyes and I loved coloring their eyes, lips and I never forgot to draw a mole on their faces. I really liked how I made them look, because at that time stores and companies didn’t make dolls like that. Then I thought that I could do such things on peoples faces too, like turning a girl into a princess. I tried doing it with watercolor paint, because at that time i didn’t have things like makeup. And that’s when I understood that I want it to become my career. after I saw those sad, tired looking eyes, those dark bags under women’s eyes, dry, discolored hair, I’ve wanted to make women pretty again.”

Q – “is it hard to survive in the industry?”

A – “yes, of course. Our country is too small, the competition is really big, there are also modern technologies, new opportunities to learn and improve. Also people have the access to new information, “free lessons” (YouTube, social media, etc).”

Q – “how did you get to work in this show?”

A – “earlier I got to work in different fashion shows and because I really loved my job I started going there as a guest to see the show. one time, my friend, a well known model and one of the “fashion infection” organizers called me and asked if I’d like to work with them at the fashion infection in the makeup artists’ team. I remember thinking ‘am I not too old for this?’ But still – came and here I am, working in this show for the past few years.”

Q – “what role do you play in F.I?”

A – “my job is to fulfill the designer’s vision. I do things that have to do with painting on skin, body-face makeup – the visuals that have something to do with skin and body. So as I was saying earlier, my job is to fulfill the designer’s vision, maybe recommend some new and different things, make compromises, because it’s not always possible to do everything as the designer says. So we usually have a reference photo, a sketch that the designer provides to us. Then we do tests on the models and if the creator say that they like it we do a whole collection with it.”

Q – “what is the craziest collection you’ve done?”

A – “oh Lord, there were so many crazy collections each year, so I can’t really remember all of them. For sure Sandra Straukaitė’s collections are always a shocker, but this year i also really liked one Latvian designer’s collection. It had a lot of colors and patterns, so I thought that it was really nice how she balanced them out. In the earlier years of the show, there were some french designers, whose work was amazing. One time designer’s vision was to add glitter to all of the models faces and body. Of course we makeup artists said no, because it’s not only his show and the models have to walk for other collections too and it’s really hard to get the glitter completely off, especially because there were no showers or anything. After lot of talking the designer finally gave in, so that was really good. Oh and also, one year all of us had to glue little fluffy pompoms to models faces. It was pretty interesting.”

Q – “do you recommend someone to become a makeup artist?”

A – “yes, of course. It gives you happiness, it gives other’s happiness and it’s not only the finished result, the process is also a really fun part. I think that no matter what work you do, if you’re happy doing it, then it’s worth it. It’s really amazing that you can become a part someone’s celebration, runaway collection, show, etc. so yes, I definitely recommend it, if it will give you happiness.”

This year, one of my favorite designers was Sandra Straukaitė and her collection “Lobotomy”. It had a really nice psychedelic music and the outfits were really eye-catching. the philosophy is simple – experiments with body and mind always have a side effects. Clothes don’t mask everything. shaved sides of the head and combat boots, glitter and checkered combinations don’t have a gender.


Fab Lab in VJB by Kristupas St.


About two weeks ago we went to our school’s Fabrication Laboratory. There we had a lot of fun, saw how three out of four of Fab Labs devices work and much more.

I think the only minus to Fab Lab is that it is only from the sixth grade. In my opinion Fab Lab is a great thing for students.


Fab Lab is a project for kids that like informatics, and technology and to make things with computers and have them in real life.


  • Fab Lab has 3 different devices.

  • The one that I’m going to talk about is the laser.

  • The laser is made out of four different parts

  • The computer, the laser, the ventilation and the water pump

1. How many devices does Fab Lab have?

2. How many devices does the laser need to operate?

3. Did you like the presentation and would you like to join Fab Lab?


Recipe for a Loving Mother 2019

Every year the world celebrates a very special occasion – Mother’s Day – it takes place on the first Sunday in May. Every child, no matter the age or gender, has a chance to express love and gratitude for his/her mother. Our students had a lot of ideas and were very creative this year. Here are some of the ideas for gifts to your Mom 🙂


STEAM. JBP students – winners of the 2nd Place in the Contest “Building the Spaghetti Bridge” @Vilniaus Inžinerijos Licėjus


Article by Donata Jackevičiūtė, Medeina Viluma & Migle Kundrotaitė 8C. Curating teacher – Jolita Verseckaitė.

We – Donata, Medeina, Migle and some of our other
classmates have recently participated in a contest called “Building the
Spaghetti Bridge” which was held in the Vilniaus Inžinerijos licėjus on March 27.

There were about 10
teams of builders consisting of three or four students and we were the only
girl team in the whole contest!

The contest started with basic instructions about what actually is a bridge, what are the strongest types of bridges and which are the most convenient for us to build.

Since our team participated in a similar contest for the fourth time we already knew exactly what bridge we were going to build.

We had an hour to build a bridge which would be strong enough to hold as much weight as possible. Our only building tools were uncooked spaghetti and a few pieces of play-dough.

When the building
time has passed, it was time for the real competition. The organizer of the
contest weighted our bridge and then put weighs on it to see how much it could hold.

Here are the results: our bridge weighed about 300 grams so it was one of
the lightest bridges in the whole contest (which is great!) and it held exactly
2,5 kilograms of weight (which is even better!).

In this competition the
bridge that can hold the greatest load for a short period of time wins the

All of the opponent teams bridges held less weight than ours. We almost thought we were the winners but the last bridge held exactly 2,7 kilograms of weight and took the 1st place away from our team. Anyways, we were still REALLY happy about the 2nd place. We got diplomas and cool sports bags as prizes. Although we didn‘t win the first place, we really hope to come back next year because it was really interesting, exciting and fun experience!


Christmas Recipes 2018

Apple cake by Deimantė Runaitė

You need:

  • Three eggs,
  • Half a glass of sugar,
  • 100 milligrams of oil,
  • A glass of flour,
  • Half a teaspoon baking powder
  • Cake making pro cut them into to the baking mold, sprinkle them with cinnamon and leave them. Then we start making the dough. We mix three eggs with sugar. Then we put some olive oil and mix everything again. After that we, put the flour and the baking powder all together and mix everything again. Finally we spill the dough onto the apples. Then we put

our cake into the oven with a temperature of 170 degrees for 50 min. and let it cook.

This recipe by Julius Brūzga 8c will show you how to make a delicious stuffed corn chickens for your Christmas table.
This recipe may require effort to make the dish, so it’s better to do everything under the watch of an experienced cook. REMEMBER TO PREHEAT THE OVEN TO 180 DEGREES CELSIUS BEFORE COOKING.
Ingredients you’ll need:

1. 3 corn chickens (they’re smaller than average chickens);
2. Paprika spice;
3. 1 whole head of a garlic;
4. Olive oil;
5. Salt;
6. 300 g of ground pork.
For the potatoes:
1. 5-10 potatoes;
2. Paprika spice (or any other kind of spice fitting with potatoes);
3. Salt.


1. Bring out the corn chickens.
2. Rub them in paprika spice,olive oil and salt and let them marinate for a day.
3. The other day, bring out the ground pork.
4. Mix it with paprika spice and salt.
5. Stuff the chickens with the pork.


1. Bring out the potatoes and slice them up.
2. Add some spice, olive oil and salt.

When you have prepared everything for cooking, set everything onto a tray and add the tray into the preheated oven and cook everything for an hour.

And you’re done!

the tomatoes shown in the photos are unnecessary.

Saturday night cake by Edgaras Montvila 8D

We will need:

600 g of cookies

200 g of butter

385 g of condensed milk

15 spoons of cocoa


  1. We broke down cookies in more detail.
  2. We take the butter in saucepan and slowly stir the condensed milk.
  3. We mix cocoa in a mixing mass.
  4. After receiving a solid mass of solid color, pour cookies into it and mix well.
  5. Put the cake in the bag and form the desired shape. It is best to squeeze a little and keep cold for at least 4 – 5 hours.

Cake By Neda Lasickaitė

You’ll need:

  • 5 glass of flour
  • 1 glass of water
  • more than a half glass of sugar
  • 6 spoons of vegetable oil
  • 4 spoons of cacao powder
  • 1 spoon of baking soda
  • 5 spoon of salt

1st step:

Mix flour, sugar, cacao, baking soda and salt in a bowl. When it’s all mixed pour water and oil. Mix it really well and pour it into your baking form.

2nd step:

Heat the oven to 175 C. Put the cake in and wait about 30 – 35 min.

3rd step:

Take the cake out of the oven and decorate it, or you can just eat it right now.

Apple Pie by Deimantas Drabavičius

For this apple pie you’ll need:
5 eggs
5 spoons of sugar
A teaspoon of baking powder
5 peeled and sliced apples
6 spoons of flour
If you want, you can add some nuts and cinnamon.
At first you need to shake 5 eggs, then add 5 spoons of sugar and a teaspoon of baking powder and shake it all up again. Once you’re done add 5 peeled and sliced apples with 6 spoons of flour in and mix everything. Before you can bake it, you need to cover the baking form in butter, then pour the pie into the form and bake it in 180° oven for about an hour.


p style=”text-align: center;”>Food Project By Gabija and Glorija

We baked American chocolate cookies. They are VEEERY chocolate. But not too sweet. We call them “chocolate softies “.

So how do you make them? You will need:

– 110 g of butter (room temperature)

– 100 g of dark chocolate

– 100 g of dark chocolate cut into little pieces (you can cut chocolate with knife)

– 180 g of flour

– 1 egg

– 75 g of brown sugar

– 0,5 tea spoon of baking soda

– 1/3 tea spoon of salt

– 1 tea spoon of vanilla extract

Let’s make them!!!

Melt 100 g of chocolate on the ‘water bath’ and let it cool down. In one bowl mix flour, soda and salt. In another bowl whisk soft butter, egg, sugar and vanilla extract.

Slowly add melted chocolate to the bowl where you mixed butter, egg, sugar and vanilla extract.

Then little by little add flour mixture to the chocolate dough and mix everything thoroughly. Take 50 g of chocolate pieces and add mix them into the dough. Mix dough only till everything is combined.

Cover up the bowl with stretch film. Refrigerate it in the fridge for 2 hours or more.

After that, you can start forming the cookies. At first take a table spoon of the dough, make a ball out of it with your hands, after that press to flatten it a little bit (don’t make it completely flat, it has to remain at least 1 cm thick), then insert remaining little pieces of chocolate on top of each cookie. Place 3 cm apart on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Bake the cookies for 8-9 minutes in 190 degrees of temperature. Do not overcook them or they will become hard!

And here you have them! I think I’m going to try to make them again sometime because they were VEEERY delicious and soft!


You need: 2 eggs, 4 or 5 spoons of sugar, 20 g fresh yeast, pinch of salt,

350 g of flour, 400 ml of milk and 300 g of butter.

Stir up fresh yeast and 2 spoons of sugar in the bowl pour half glass of worm milk (milk should not be hot) mix up it well and add 200 ml milk, and

glass of flour. Keep the bowl in worm place cowered with a towel for 15 minutes.Then take the bowl and pour the rest flour, milk, eggs and sugar and mix everything very well. Then melt butter, pour to the mixture and stir.

Leave it for 30 minutes at worm place, after dough rises you can start making pancakes.

Sausage Shashlik By Deimantas Baliūnas

For this recipe you need only two ingredients:

  • Sausages
  • Puff Pastry


  1. Cut the sausages into 0,5 cm slices.
  2. Do the same with the Puff Pastry.
  3. Put the sliced sausages and Puff Pastry, one by one, on the wooden skewer.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and put the appetizer in the oven to bake for 15 minutes.

Then grab yourself a warm snack and enjoy. 😀

Homemade Lamingtons By Ugnė Urbonaitė

Celebrate Christmas with homemade Lamingtons!

Here what you need:

For the cake

  1. 4 eggs
  2. 200g (1 cup) granulated sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 200g (1 ⅓cups) all-purpose (plain) flour
  5. 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  6. 110g butter, melted and cooled

For the icing

  1. 75g unsalted butter
  2. 250ml (1 cup) milk
  3. 65g (1/2 cup) cocoa powder
  4. 435g (3 cups) icing sugar

To assemble
Around 6 cups desiccated coconut

How to make it:

Method for sponge:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C
  2. Prepare a pan with parchment paper
  3. Beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl with and mix it with hand mixer until pale and thick.
  4. Sift the flour and baking powder over the egg and sugar mixture and mix it.
  5. Add the melted butter, gently mixing with a rubber spatula until completely combined, then pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Cut cake into even pieces and leave it overnight in a fridge.

Method for the icing:

  1. Sift the icing sugar and the cocoa powder into two different bowls.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and then mix in the milk.
  3. Next, using a whisk to stir, start to add the cocoa powder. Add it slowly.
  4. Once the cocoa powder is completely dissolved, add the icing sugar.
  5. Using a fork, dip the cake cubes into the chocolate mix and roll them around with the tines of the fork to completely coat.
  6. Drain any excess mixture off the cakes then drop them in the coconut and roll them around lightly to coat evenly with coconut.
  7. Leave it in the fridge for a night.

And here’s the final result:

Australian traditional food By Medeina Viluma

Chicken Parmigiana


  • ½ cup plain flour
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and pounded flat
  • 455g thin linguine
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsps butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 whole medium onion, chopped
  • ¾ cups chickenstock
  • Three 410g cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley, plus more for serving
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more if needed
  • Basil chiffonade, for serving


Mix the flour and some salt and pepper together on a large plate. Dredge the flattened chicken breasts in the flour mixture. Set aside.

Cook the linguine until al dente.

Heat the olive oil and butter together in a large skillet over medium heat. When the butter is melted and the oil/butter mixture is hot, fry the chicken breasts until nice and golden brown on each side, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove the chicken breasts from the skillet and set aside.

Without cleaning the skillet, add the garlic and onions and gently stir for 2 minutes. Pour in the stock and scrape the bottom of the pan, getting all the flavorful bits off the bottom. Allow the stock to cook down until reduced by half, about 2 minutes.

Pour in the crushed tomatoes and stir to combine. Add the sugar and more salt and pepper to taste. Allow to cook for 30 minutes.

Toward the end of the cooking time, add the chopped parsley and give the sauce a final stir.

Carefully lay the chicken breasts on top of the sauce and completely cover them in the grated Parmesan. Place the lid on the skillet and reduce the heat to low. Allow to simmer until the cheese is melted and the chicken is thoroughly heated. Add more cheese to taste.

Place the cooked noodles on a plate and cover with the sauce. Place the chicken breasts on top and sprinkle with more parsley and the basil chiffonade. Serve immediately.

And here is my result:

Vėjūnė Strazdaitė

Mexican Tortilla By Gustas Tolvaišas


  1. Minced pork and minced beef
  2. Tortilla
  3. Beans
  4. Tomatoes
  5. Salad
  6. Cheese „Džiugas“
  7. Hot sauce


Cook the minced pork and beef, add spices, add beans. Cook the tortilla in the oven. Place the lettuce and other vegetables on one side of the tortilla with the minced meat, then cover the minced meat in grated cheese. Pour a little bit of hot sauce and bend the corners.

Bon appétit!


Chakalaka is a dish that originates from South Africa (as you probably know, English is one of South Africa’s languages). It’s a little bit spicy, crunchy vegetable stew with baked beans.

Legend has it that this dish was developedby men working in the goldmines. They put together vegetables with canned beans to form a great relish to go well with rice or any other starchy side.


  • 1/4cupcooking oil
  • 1medium onion diced
  • 1-2teaspooncurry powder
  • 2teaspoonsgarlic minced
  • ½teaspoonthyme
  • ½teaspoonsmoked paprika
  • 1teaspooncayenne pepper
  • ½teaspoonginger minced
  • 1-2tomatoes
  • 3-4cupssliced cabbage
  • 1 -2Chili peppers diced seeds removed for less heat
  • 1large carrot grated on the large side or sliced thinly
  • 1medium green pepperdiced
  • 1medium red pepperdiced
  • 1 14ouncebaked beans
  • 1teaspoonsbouillon powderoptional


  1. In a large saucepan heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, give it a minute or two.
  3. Stir in all the spices; garlic, ginger, smoked paprika,curry, cayenne pepper, thyme and continue stirring for about a minute to let the flavors bloom. Then add tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots and cabbage.
  4. Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burns.
  5. Finally add baked beans, bouillon powder and stir. Continue cooking for about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Adjust for seasonings. Serve warm.

This is how Chakalaka made by Migle looks like:


By Šarūnas Gineitas

Christmas pudding by Donata J.


You’ll need:

  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
  • 2/3 cup cooked rice
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 3 whites of the egg
  • 1 spoon oil


  • Mix orange juice, egg’s yolk, honey and vanilla sugar in a big bowl.
  • Pour in rice, add raisins, walnuts and stir them with a big spoon.
  • In another bowl whip up whites of the eggs and then carefully pour it in the first mixture.
  • Pour this final stuff into four little bowls or forms.
  • Put bowls/forms on the baking tray filled with boiling water (level of water should reach a half of bowl/form)
  • Put pudding into preheated till 170°C degrees oven and bake it for 30-35 minutes.

Enjoy the meal!

Cupcakes By Rugilė

Makes 9 cupcakes


110g butter or margarine
110g caster sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
110g self-raising flour
1/4 cup milk.

How to make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Melt the butter and stir with sugar. Beat in the eggs a little at a time and stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Fold in the flour using a large metal spoon, adding a little milk until the mixture is of a dropping consistency. Put consistency in to the cases until they are half full.
  4. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

RECIPE By Urtė Gimžauskaitė


  • 200 g quality dark chocolate (70%)
  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • 75 g dried sour cherries , optional
  • 50 g chopped nuts , optional
  • 80 g quality cocoa powder
  • 65 g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 360 g caster sugar
  • 4 large free-range eggs
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Line a 24cm square baking tin with greaseproof paper.
  • Snap the chocolate into a large bowl, add the butter and place over a pan of simmering water, until melted, stirring regularly. Stir through the cherries and nuts (if using).
  • Sift the cocoa powder and flour into a separate bowl, add the baking powder and sugar, then mix together.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the chocolate, cherry and nut mixture and stir together well. Beat the eggs, then mix in until you have a silky consistency.
  • Pour the brownie mix into the baking tin, and place in the oven for around 25 minutes. You don’t want to overcook them so, unlike cakes, you don’t want a skewer to come out clean – the brownies should be slightly springy on the outside but still gooey in the middle.
  • Allow to cool in the tray, then carefully transfer to a large chopping board and cut into chunky squares.

Cake By Ieva Betkytė


3 Eggs

Flour 30 g

Starch 30 g

Sugar 50 g

Baking powder 1 teaspoon

Mascarpone cheese 500 g

Cream 400 ml 35% greasy

Yogurt 200 ml natural

Vanilla sugar 1 teaspoon

Powdered sugar 200 g

Gelatin 30 g

Lemon 1 pc one lemon juice

Strawberries 10 pcs


  1. Separate the egg yolks and proteins. Shake the protein to rigid foam, continue to whisk together sugar, add egg yolks. Mix the flour with starch and baking powder, add to the egg mass, mix. Dip the dough into a 25 cm diameter paper cake shape, cook in a 190 ° C oven for about 15 minutes. Cool down
  2. Add gelatin to 100 ml of water and let it bake. Mix yogurt, masked cream cheese, powdered sugar, lemon juice and vanilla sugar in a bowl. Heat the gelatin on low heat to melt, cool somewhat, stirring constantly with a thin stream, pour into the cream. Place the cream in the refrigerator to slightly stop. Stir cream, stir in cream.
  3. Place a biscuit plate on the bottom of the cake, scrape the strawberries with the edges of the shape, shake the cream, spread evenly. 4-6 hours hold in the refrigerator to stop. Remove the cake from the shape, decorate it with strawberries.


p style=”text-align: center;”>Christmas Recipe By Liepa Laputė

4 tablespoons brandy
½ teaspoon cinnamon

800g dried fruits and nuts

175g (6oz) self-raising flour, sifted

175g soft-dark brown sugar
175g butter, softened
4 medium eggs

The day before you intend to bake the cake, measure out the brandy, into a large saucepan.

Then add the cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, dried fruits and nuts. Now stir and leave it in a cool place overnight.

When you are ready to bake the cake, pre-heat the oven to 140°C.

All you do is measure out the flour, sugar and softened butter into a very large mixing bowl then add the eggs and with an electric whisk, beat until everything is evenly blended. Now use a large metal spoon to gradually fold in the fruit mixture until it’s all evenly distributed. Then spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, leveling the surface with the back of the spoon.

Finally cover the top of the cake with a double square of parchment paper.

Bake the cake in the centre of the oven for 4 hours until it feels springy in the centre when lightly touched. Cool the cake for 45 minutes in the tin, then remove it to a wire rack to finish cooling. When it’s wrap in double grease proof paper and then foil and store in an airtight tin or polythene box.

You can ‘feed’ it with brandy at weekly intervals until you eat it as it is or ice it.

Chocolate Pie By Gotautė
Ingredients: 200 g of chocolate, 250 g of butter,3 eggs , 20 g of sugar 150g flour,
2 tablespoons of cocoa, half a teaspoon baking powder,100 g condensed milk .


1) Melt chocolate and butter
2) Mix eggs with sugar in the other bowl
3) Mix the flour with cocoa and baking powder
4) Pour out melted chocolate and butter into the whole mass
5) Put the dough into the baking dish
6) Bake for 25 minutes in the heated oven of 170 degrees

Enjoy your dessert! 🙂

Lazy Pie By Monika and Austėja Mačiunskaitė

500g cookies
1 can of condensed milk (~400g)
200g butter
5 spoons of cacao
1. Crumble cookies in big bowl
2. Melt butter and mix it with condensed milk and cacao
3. The obtained mass pour over cookies and mix it well
4. Leave it to cool down little bit
5. Put it in plastic bag, make a form and leave it in fridge for some hours to freeze.
Christmas ginger biscuits By Junda Bugvilionytė
▪ 400 grams
▪ 150 grams honey
▪️ Thousands of 100 grams of butter
▪ 50 grams
brown sugar
▪ 1 egg
▪ 1 teaspoon
baking powder
▪ 1 teaspoon
minced ginger
▪ 1 teaspoon
▪ 1 teaspoon
▪ half a teaspoon
ground nutmeg
▪ Pinch of
For decorating:
• 200 grams
sugar powders
▪ 2 spoons of
lemon juice
▪ Food coloring
1. Stir in a soft room temperature butter with sugar. You should get a purer mass. Smash the egg and scrape everything again.
2.In the butter, sugar and egg mass, pour honey, a pinch of salt, grated ginger, cinnamon, ground nutmeg, cocoa powder and mix well. Put the transported flour and baking powder into this mixture. Dip the dough.
3. Roll the roasted dough into a polyethylene film and leave it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
4. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and rolled it over a floured surface to a sheet of 0.5 cm thick. Cut the biscuits and place the baking pan on the baking sheet.
5. Cook in a 180 ° C degree oven in the middle oven shelf for about 10 to 12 minutes.
6.Do make thick dense glaze and decorate the lemon juice and sugar puddings.
Bon Apetit!

Collaboration with J. Basanavičius gymnasium. Exemplary essay writing. By Urtė Bajarūnaitė 4E


Are role models needed in today’s society?

Choosing wisely which path to take in life is a hard task on its own but it has become even more difficult nowadays due to the world of infinite opportunities and materialism. In such a variety of alternative ways of living a person need someone to look up to. Role models not only help developing certain character traits but also forming moral values.

While the majority of world’s population has sunken into the depths of self-interest and purposeless pursuit of wealth, role models show that spiritual values are still as important as ever. Though it is rather hard for a person not to get seduced by material wellness and not to forget the more important things in life, some stand out of the crowd and demonstrate an inexplicable sense of selflessness and dedication seeking for the greater good. Charity workers, scientists, politicians, teachers or people who are simply trying to make a difference in the world with no intentions of self-promotion or rewards are the ones that restore faith in moral principles. Instances of self-sacrifice for families, nations or development of the world make people reconsider their own values and even reinvent themselves as better individuals.

Today’s society demands people to be self-centered and vicious in order for them to make something of themselves, but role models exhibit qualities which lead to a more purposeful life. The need of adaptation may force one to become indifferent, passive and unconfident. Having a kind-hearted, persistent or compassionate person to look up to motivates to take up these traits. For example, a young girl called MalalaYousafzai, who fought for freedom of education to all in a country overruled by the relentless Taliban, showed extreme courage and determination overcoming hindrances in her way inspiring thousands if not millions of youngsters to be brave and have perseverance in reaching their goals. Following the right icons can embrace the best qualities of a person.

All in all, having a role model in such socially difficult and confusing times is undeniably important so that priorities could be set right and one’s personality enriched.

Author: Urtė Bajarūnaitė 4e

Teacher: Akvilė Katauskytė – Burokienė.

Bit&Byte Summer Camp by GT&MK

With the help of the American Embassy in Vilnius and our teachers of English language Vitalija and Lina, we had a once in a lifetime opportunity to attended the Bit&Byte “5 Skills” summer camp for 5 days, this summer 😀 . There were about 20 students and 4 teachers in the camp. The students came from different schools of the region. We learned a lot about the programming and we used some interesting IT programs such as Microbit or Strawbees. Our favorite program was Scratch. It is an easy to use program, which people can learn how to program using rectangles which have a code in them.

Day 1 👿

On the first day we mainly used Scratch. First, we programmed “Art” which was basically an invisible circle leaving a colored trail and going really fast and it went in another direction when it reached the edge of the canvas. After a little while we started using a program called CoSpaces which let us build a world and then see it through Virtual Reality goggles. We used Google Cardboard which lets you use your phone as the VR goggles.

Day 2 💡

On the second day we learned about 3D printing and how to print a 3D object by ourselves. We used a program called TinkerCad to make an object. Migle personally made a Pac-Man keychain. 3D printing can take up to 10 hours! Nowadays 3D printer could print almost everything. From Pac-Man like this to heart valves, arms or leg implants, you can print any tools you need.

Day 3 🙂

On the third day we used a programmable minicomputer, called “Microbit”. It has 25 LED lights that can flash messages. It uses almost the same coding rectangles as in Scratch. We also programmed it to give messages to other Microbits. It’s also possible to program it to work like a compass. One of the most interesting things that we did with the Microbit was that we put some crocodile clips onto a headphone wire and on the Microbit. Then we programmed the Microbit to play different sounds depending on the amount of light the LED screen sees.

Day 4 😯

On the fourth day we learned a lot about animation. Things like shrinking and stretching to make an object move smoother. It’s quite simple to animate, however, 2 seconds of animation can take a minute to animate, especially when you’re using Stopmotion which makes you take a lot of pictures and put them together to make a video.

Day 5 😛

On the fifth day we used Strawbees that let you connect straws to each other and build from little to huge mechanical objects from just straws, for example, a puppy. Afterwards, we used the same Strawbees but we made our contraption into a Quirkbot, which uses the same Strawbees but this time with a microcontroller attached which you can code to make it move or do anything.

In conclusion, we think that this summer camp was super fun and we learned a lot about different programs and animation. Thanks a lot for this;-)

Art Project “My Favorite Teacher 2018” By our students:)

Teachers change lives. Being the right person at the right time may be enough to change a person’s life forever. Human beings are constantly changing. Whether for the good or for the bad, we do not stay the same. Having a positive influence in the form of a teacher can make or break a human being. Years after we are out of school, we remember the teachers that changed our lives. In most cases these may have been the first people that believed in us. That experience of having an authority figure believe that we could succeed carries us forever.

4th of July Reception: 100 Years of Friendship Between Lithuania and the United States of America

Tuesday afternoon (3rd of July), Ambassador of the United States of America Anne Hall invited guests to her residence in Žvėrynas where we celebrated anniversary of the US Independence Day. Year 2018 marks the 242nd anniversary of the US Independence. The official date of Independence is July 4th, but in Lithuania it is celebrated earlier at the end of June. This date has been celebrated in the US since the 1776s, when 13 of the British Empire colonies declared their independence.

The reception was attended by a group of guests from a very diverse range of countries: members of the Seimas, representatives of the business, culture and entertainment world. Our school was honored by an invitation as well. Vilnius Jonas Basanavičius pre-gymnasium was represented by our online collaboration platform’s “The Voice Space” management – Vitalija Kliaščiūtė and Lina Sudintienė.

The feast featured boys and youth choir “Ąžuoliukas” at the national and American hymns. Jazz professionals Artūras Anušauskas and Vytautas Labutis showed a remarkable jazz performance, some other singers performed as well.

Traditionally, United States diplomats welcomed gathered guests and paid homage to US military banners. During the celebration, the exhibition “Per Atlantą: Lietuvos – JAV draugystės amžius” was displayed at the residence during the celebration of independence of Lithuania and the United States of America.

The exhibition, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the restoration of independence was created by the US Embassy in Lithuania and by the President’s Valdas Adamkus Library – a museum of historians combined with the Fulbright scholar from the United States, Charles Perin.

Text Analysis Example – Finding The Main Idea

Let’s learn a little about analyzing the texts in this reading comprehension worksheet for grades 6-8.

This time the text is from the book Little Women By Louisa May Alcott

Have fun 😉 💡

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Health Evaluation Interview, Jonas Basanavičius Pre-gymnasium, 5th graders

Our 5th graders have decided to find out who’s healthy and according to what criteria 😉 Here are some of the Health Questionnaire examples and exemplary video tutorials: “Health Evaluation Interview” 💡

To be continued…

An Alternative View on Consumerism By Lukas Liutkevičius / J.Basanavičius gymnasium

Consumerism has a vital role in improving people‘s lives

Consumerism is really visible in our current lives, it is when products are being manufactured very fast, that way consumers buy in bigger quantities. The reason for that is that the products are much cheaper than the usual price. That being said, it is believed that consumerism has a big role in making people‘s lives much simpler and easier too.

First of all, because of consumerism, people are more free to choose. Consumers can choose their lifestyle and decide what luxuries can be afford. Since products are being manufactured fast, there are a lot of different variations of them. As a consequence, everyone has the will to choose and not strictly stick to one product. If we did not have consumerism, there would not be a lot of variation. This is because manufacturers would have to spend more time and resources so that they could release a product to the public.

As a result of manufacturing products fast and in big quantities, a lot of them are cheaper than usual. The main reason for that is that manufacturers use cheaper materials and can produce a lot more much faster than normally. Even though the final product might not be very high quality, the consumers can save a lot of money by buying cheaper products. Even when a product is cheap, it could still help people in their usual lives with a lot of different tasks. It is often believed that, the better the price, the better the quality of the product. While that may be true, sometimes it is not worth it to buy something that you do not use very frequently. With consumerism, people can save some money when buying different items.

To conclude, it is often thought that consumerism has a bad impact on people’s lives since they buy more items, but there are some good things as well. Because of consumerism, people are much more free to decide what they can buy and even save some money if their decisions are smart.

Teacher: Akvilė Katauskytė – Burokienė

Dangers of Consumerism By J.S.

Do you agree that social media has a bad influence on consumer buying habits?

As smartphones got more evolved, new social media platforms were found and since then human purchasing habits have changed tremendously. The convenience of online shops is undoubted but the impact on consumer‘s finance is questionable. I will present how our decisions are influenced in both positive and negative ways by the network.

On the one hand, such platforms as „Instagram“ or „YouTube“ are ideal places for retailers to promote their products. Thousands of sponsors and celebrity endorsements are made each day without our realization. Hearing amazing aims and compliments about the quality makes that product more appealing instantly. Such a strategy leads to purchasing a great deal of unnecessary stuff that we do not end up either using or consuming. Not only it is easy to develop a hoarding addiction and transform your living space into a clutter but also you will unconsciously spend an enormous amount of money.

On another hand, there are plenty of reviews of a particular product online. Some you tubers and bloggers (representatives of a contemporary profession) make videos or write articles about the benefits and drawbacks of the things you can buy in stores or via the internet. By doing research you can not only save your money but also find dupes if you are on a budget and looking for something that fits your wallet. It might be time-consuming at first but definitely worth it in the end.

In conclusion, our shopping habits have changed drastically but not only for the worse. As some people amass mountains of junk others are more considerate about their choices.

Teacher: Akvilė Katauskytė – Burokienė

Book Review – Between Shades of Gray By Ruta Sepetys. Written By LEU student Evelina Bankauskaitė

Between Shades of Gray

By Ruta Sepetys

Between Shades of Gray is the debut novel of American writer Ruta Sepetys. This novel is based upon the truth stories of survivors of The Genocide of Baltic people, during the Stalinist repressions of twentieth century.

The story is told by the first-person narrator. The major character and the narrator of this novel is a teenage girl Lina. The choice of the narrator makes the story even more vivid. Lina is only fifteen years old, but she is a strong young woman. She is a beginner artist with high expectations. Lina is a true rebel, who refuses to learn Russian language, even though she is forced to. Lina draws her experiences. The drawings include her friends and enemies, disasters and little joys. Her aim is to let the World know about the horrors of the Soviet Union. Throughout the story Lina never loses hope of coming back to Lithuania. She refuses to give up fighting for her and her family’s life.

Lina tells the story of her own family. She and her family are the victims of deportation. They experience terrible things: arrest, separation, long and horrible journey to a labor-camp in freezing Siberia. Lina narrates her story in a great detail. She talks about the first place of deportation in Altai, forced labour in the collective farm, life at the local people’s homes and the transfer to the island of Laptev sea, near the polar circle. The book provides comprehensive knowledge of exile: anti-sanitarian conditions, famine, food change and sharing, the death of children, nourishing mothers and other people, cartilage throwing from wagons at short stops, cruel soldiers’ behavior with the exiles, relationships between the exiles themselves, their relationship with the local population.

Even in the darkness of the polar night, between the gray clouds, the ray of hope is shining – to return, to meet again … Between the Gray Clouds is an enchanting story that takes your breath away and enslaves the heart, revealing the wonderful nature of the human spirit.

All in all, I would definitely recommend to read this book, especially for the young adults and teenagers. This is a truly earthshaking, powerful and important story about the tragic history of our nation, about the constant fear of the unknown, about thinking what a human life is worth? I promise you, once you take this book, you would not be able to put it aside. I am sure that the story about Lina’s family will deeply touch your heart.

“Thanksgiving Traditions” -Organised Event With The Diplomats Of The US Embassy In Vilnius:)

On the 22nd of November we had real fun learning some interesting facts about the Thanksgiving Day traditions in the USA. The cultural attache Althea Cawley-Murphree presented the historical facts about this significant tradition for Americans all over the world. Our students learnt a lot about Thanksgiving traditions, the seminar was gripping and very interesting. The students of the grades 6p, 7c and 8c not only listened but participated in the seminar as well, students had many questions about the Thanksgiving and other American traditions which Althea managed to answer so interestingly that she hooked our attention for more than an hour and a half.

We wish to express our gratitude to the US Embassy for this seminar which was vastly informative and presented in thinking “out of the box” style. Thank you all for making this event happen! 🙂

If you want to read the descriptions of the slides please “pop out” the file and point the cursor of your mouse onto the bubble as shown in this picture below 😉 Or you could simply download the file “Thanksgiving Talk 2017” Click on it.

Good luck 🙄

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