From the Primary School
Now available: Spring Curriculum Overviews
We remind all Primary parents that the curriculum overviews from now until February half-term are available on My School Portal, under School Information. These are an insightful and useful tool for prompting conversation with your child/ren about their learning in school.
A Temporary Laboratory Appears at Primary
The stars – or clouds – aligned this week for Year 4’s new Science topic. Learning about states of matter by looking at particle arrangement and changes of state, our young scientists took advantage of the laboratory which the fresh snowfall had just created to explore how to change a solid into a liquid.
They quickly realised it took a fair amount of their heat energy to do so!
Les classes de français fêtent l'Epiphanie
Les enfants de classe 3 se sont bien amusés en réalisant leur propre galette des rois. Ils ont appris du vocabulaire français lié à la cuisine et ont également découvert l’artiste Andy Warhol, reprenant son style pour peindre leur galette. Enfin, ils ont appris une petite chanson française qu’ils chantaient tout en dégustant leur succulente galette aux pommes.
Nos petits élèves de Reception et Pre-School ont également eu la chance de goûter la couronne des rois et de raconter l’histoire de Roule Galette avec leurs marionnettes.
Baking Wintry Delicacies
Drawing inspiration from the snow figures created by their peers in the playground, our After School Care students prepared some originally-shaped pizzas this week!
In addition to looking the part, they tasted and smelled absolutely delicious.
From the Secondary School
AI at GES
At GES, we encourage our students to use AI tools while always questioning what is produced and how those results can be used. During assemblies this week, our Secondary students were reminded of the rules regarding AI in school, especially as regards honesty and integrity in the submission of assessed work. They will continue to learn about this technology in their Computer Science lessons and explore the ethics around its use in their PSHE lessons.
AI has the power to transform how we work and how students learn. As with all new technology, however, we need to ensure that we understand how to use it and how it can benefit or cause possible harm to our students.
At GES, we are guided by the recommendations issued by the Joint Council for Qualifications for the identification, reporting and investigation of malpractice, including the misuse of AI.
A Guiding Light for our Drama Students
This week, our GCSE Drama students welcomed a professional lighting designer to their lessons.
Learning about the different types of stage lighting, how different effects can be created through the mixing of colours, our students also discovered how lights can change the appearance of costumes.
In addition to exploring lighting theory, our thespians also experimented with lanterns and tried their hand at Capture, a lighting design software.
News from the Sports Department
Our Year 8’s ice skating lessons at the ice rink in Versoix started yesterday, with a first successful session that saw our skaters return to campus fully energised and happy.
Ice skating is an ideal winter sport to develop stability, balance and movement control. As students gain in confidence on the ice, more challenging activities will be introduced, including team races and games.
FROM MRS EMPSON (HEAD OF DRAMA AND PERFORMING ARTS)
For all of our theatre and performance lovers, here is Mrs Empson’s latest recommendation for local theatre productions. If you would like further information about this, you are welcome to email Mrs Empson at k[email protected].
Geppetto, an old toy maker, longs for a son of his own. With a little help from the Blue Fairy and a cheeky little cricket, his wish comes true and his puppet, Pinocchio, comes to life!
The magical puppet catches the eye of the evil showman Stromboli who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the enchanted toy. With the help of Mamma Mia and her hapless son Lampwick from the local pizzeria, will Pinocchio learn in time what it takes to be a ‘real boy’?
- Théâtre de Marens, Nyon
- 19-21st and 25th-28th January 2024
- Details and booking here