Issue: 18 | Friday 11th February 2022

Message from the Head

Dear Parents,

I can’t quite believe that this half term has come to an end already! It has been a busy one and the school has been under the shadows of Covid these past five weeks more than we have the last two years. Thankfully, things are getting back to normal and after half term we hope to be able to start relaxing a number of measures we have put in place to protect the community. 

As GES is such a dynamic, global community we know that there will be lots of traveling over the holiday and as a safety precaution we will keep our covid processes in place for the first week back. This means drop off and pick up will remain the same and that students from year 4 and above will be required to wear masks. As soon as the Cantonal guidance is released we will then write to you again and I am hopeful that this will allow us to have parents back on site again, no more masks (at least for the children) and more freedom to bring us together. We have a summer term full of residentials, sports days, productions, concerts and end of term events that we have missed in the calendar and ready to go! 

I hope that you have a wonderful half term.

Matt Williams

From the teachers

COBIS Primary Poetry Competition, Mrs Crucerey (Head of KS2 English)

Congratulations to all our poets, from Key Stage 1 to Year 6, who have written wonderful poems, on the theme “Looking Ahead”, and particularly to Miatta and Lila (Year 5) whose poems have been submitted to the COBIS competition.

The most compelling poems on the urgency to save the planet from pollution, pandemics and violence have scored their authors house points. With Scott House coming out victorious at this year’s House Poetry Cup – well done, SCOTT!

The official winners of the global COBIS Competition will be announced in March.

Ski programme updated, Ms Shibil (Acting Head of Sport & PE)

Please click here to view the updated ski programme for the rest of the term.

A number of ski competitions were unfortunately cancelled due to COVID restrictions, but we are hopeful that both Primary and Secondary students will still have the chance of a few great snow days in March.

From the Office team

School hours during half-term

The Primary Office will remain open all week from 9:00 to 15:00, and the Secondary Office will be open next Thursday and Friday from 9:00 to 15:00.

Emails will be checked throughout the whole week.

We wish you all a nice and relaxing break, on the slopes or anywhere else!


Upcoming Admissions Virtual Open event - be our ambassadors!

We would love for you to be our ambassadors and recommend us to friends and colleagues who may be looking for a great school.

On Wednesday 2 March, we will be holding our next Virtual open event for all different sections of the school. These are the programmed sessions:

  • 11:00-12:00 Primary session
  • 12:00-13:00 Early Years session
  • 14:00-15:00 Secondary session
  • 19:00-20:00 A Levels/ post-16 programme

Sign up here.

Should these not be suitable, we are always happy to arrange individual conversations and school tours.

Any interested families can get in touch with either Alice Priestley at Primary or Lucy Howen at Secondary.

From Ms Nicholls, Nursery Learning Assistant

Our Kindness Journey (Nursery Class 2020-2021)

With our Nursery class last year, I had the privilege to work with the children on a research project studying kindness and empathy. Each week, I worked with the children during their free play. Through a combination of different activities, stories with a kindness theme, creative work and discussions, the children produced wonderful work and had some imaginative ideas.

Their super work was evidenced in a class scrapbook which included photos of the children doing the activities, artwork and their comments. The idea for my project was inspired by a TedTalk, circulated by a colleague, which you can view here.

I hope the children enjoyed the project as much as I did!

Below in the gallery are some additional pictures of our scrapbook.

What's happening over the next weeks?

21 Feb
Term resumes 8:30
21 Feb
International Mother Tongue Language day
21 Feb
Whole Staff Safeguarding training (NO ASC, NO EXTRA_CURRICULAR CLUBS) 16:30 - 19:30
22 Feb
Y3 Zoom call with writer Christina Balit 11:00