GES alumni heavily involved in the local community
Keen skateboarder, Alex Rademaker, has launched a petition asking the mayor of Versoix to construct a skateboard park in Versoix.
You spent all of your primary school years at GES – Do you remember your teachers?
I started GES in 2001 in Year 1. I certainly remember lessons with Mr O’Bryne (my favourite teacher), Mme Blondeau, Ms Piguet, Ms Power, Mr Unsworth and Mr Dalton.
At the time, Mr. Unsworth was the school’s Head and I believe Ms Power and Mme Blondeau are still working at the school.
What are your best memories? Are you still in touch with old GES friends?
Sports day at the end of the year was always fun. We competed for our respective houses (I was in Scott – Go Scott!).
Another memory is particularly from Year 6, when pupils were able to make their own Mr. Men book, which meant we were all eager to reach the final year (at the time). I did mine on ‘Mr. Funky’ (a keen rollerskater), so you see skating has been a longstanding passion of mine.
I also remember doing woodworking and made propeller-powered cars in Year 6.
Playing for the GES football team was another highlight and brings back lots of nice memories. Another very enjoyable thing was the theatre productions we did with Ms Power (musicals such as ‘Cats’ and ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ in particular). I even found an old photograph from one of those productions!
GES friends stayed with most of us in some form or other and one of my best friends to this day was in the year above me at GES.
You graduated from Year 6 in 2007; where did your path take you after GES Primary?
I went to CDL in Versoix for the rest of my Secondary education (IGCSEs and IB) and then went to study for a BSc in Biochemistry and also did a Secondary PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) in Biology.
We are delighted and proud to see our former pupils working towards projects that benefit the community. Alex managed to get the 500 signatures needed to initiate the skatepark project, and he has officially met the Mayor of Versoix. And who knows, with his PGCE you may see Alex back on the GES campus at some point in the future.