The beginning

To start from the beginning is not that easy at all. Almost half a century ago three schools of the capitals of three Soviet Baltic Republics, all of them bearing the title of Secondary School No. 1, decided to start common activities with the aim of sharing experiences and offering the students a good possibility to create new relationships. As sports seemed the most neutral and the most non-political way of communication, the first competition in ball-games between three schools was held in 1959. It was the beginning of a new tradition, which has outlived many others and become extremely popular.

More than twenty years ago the idea of competing in science subjects was brought to life and since the year 1988, the students of 10th, 11th and 12th forms of the same three schools, have met every year and solved Math, Physics and Chemistry tasks. This annual event has also become very popular and is highly ranked among both students and teachers.

The procedure is as following

1) Every year a different school is hosting the other schools, according to the rota method.
2) The competition in sports takes place in the spring term, but in science subjects in the autumn term.
3) Both competitions last for three days.
4) The costs on the spot are covered by the hosting school.
5) The number of participating sportsmen is usually 30, the number of math-physics-chemistry team is usually 18 from each school.
6) The tasks for math, physics and chemistry are compiled by the university professors of the hosting country.


At the beginning of the year 2008, the science teachers of Gustav Adolf Grammar School came out with the idea of enlargening the competition in science subjects and apply for the grant offered by the Ministry of the Nordic Countries, in the frame of the project named Nordplus. The year 2008 is the first year when the Nordic countries can incorporate the Baltic States into their projects. It was a very good chance to build up a common project between Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland.

Three schools were certain: Gustav Adolf Grammar School, Riga State Gymnasium
No 1 and Vilnius Vytautas Magnus Gymnasium were ready to enter the project and the Project Manager, Mr Aarne Silas, after holding long and thorough negotiations with Helsinki Munkkiniemi School from Finland, finally had all necessary preconditions for starting the project.

Now Rudbeckianska Upper Secondary School from Sweden and Sankt Petersburg Gymnasium No 2 from Russia are also in the project.


R - Riga
V - Vilnius
T - Tallinn
H - Helsinki

M - Maths
P - Physics
C - Chemistry