Issue: 28 | Friday 13th May 2022

Message from the Head

Dear Parents,

The highlight of this week has to be our first ever Careers day at Secondary. Students from Year 7 to 10 spent a day thinking about their future and heard from a diverse group of parents and external speakers about their roles and how they got to where they are today. Careers advice and guidance are key aspects of a successful school and it was wonderful to be able to put on such a high quality event for our eldest students. A massive thank you to Ms Newbury for organising the day and to everyone who came in and spoke to the students. There are some great pictures on the Secondary Twitter account @gessecondary so please do take a look.

For the past three days we have been joined by Tactic Films who are producing our new GES promotional film. It seems as if all of the students have enjoyed being filmed during their different learning activities throughout the week and a drone whizzing around the school has been a highlight for all of us. The film will be ready for next academic year.

Just an advanced reminder of the holiday dates coming up:

  • Wednesday 25 May – we finish at midday at Secondary and 12.20 at Primary*
  • Thursday 26 May to Monday 30 May – School closed*
  • Tuesday 31 May – Back to school as normal

*Apart from students in Year 11 and 12 who have exams on 25, 26, 27 or 30 May and have to be in school.

I want to finish this piece by wishing our Year 11 and 12 students best of luck in their written exams which start on Monday. All of the students have been working so hard both at home and in school. I know they have been brilliantly supported by their teachers and you.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Matt Williams


Junior Maths Challenges, from Ms Brewin (Teacher of Secondary Mathematics)

2021-22 has been a fantastic year for extra-curricular maths at GES and we were delighted to see HALF of our Year 7 and 8 pupils achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate!

The stand-out performance on this challenge was Y8’s Griffin whose near-perfect score has earned him an invitation to participate in the Junior Maths Olympiad next month – an honour reserved for the top 1200 or so performers out of the quarter of a million JMC participants worldwide.

Jun, Leon, Teddy and Ella were our other Gold certificate winners. A massive well done to ALL participants who have thrown themselves enthusiastically into interesting, challenging and difficult problems.

KS3 Maths extension club is taking a break over the next few weeks for the exam season, but we invite any and all who are interested in learning something new and pushing themselves mathematically to join us for more Maths challenge fun from September.

Year 6 Head's Distinctions

After Year 3 and Year 5, now is the time for the eldest children at Primary school to have their moment of glory.

Congratulations to the following pupils in Year 6 for their amazing Industrial Revolution homework projects:

  • Mia for making a typewriter model
  • Levin for making a working telegraph circuit
  • Vivaan for making a Wright brothers plane model
  • Ben for making a working steam engine model
  • Katrina for getting an old working typewriter
  • Molly for making a working water wheel model
  • Inigo for making a copper mine model

Upcoming shows and concerts

GES pupils' performances

A reminder that our Primary Rising Stars will be showcasing what they have learnt throughout the year in their extra-curricular clubs on Wednesday 8 June at 17:00 in the Primary Gym.

More logistical details will be sent nearer the time.

The Secondary PA club will be proud to present to you their reinterpretation of the famous musical ‘Grease’ on Monday 27 June at 18:30 in the Salle Communale de Genthod.

Theatre recommendations, from Mrs Ball (Head of Drama and Performing Arts)

For all of our theatre and performance lovers, here is Mrs Ball’s latest recommendations of local theatre productions.

If you would like further information about any of these, you are welcome to email Mrs Ball at [email protected].


An undisputed national treasure and the world’s favourite children’s author, Roald Dahl has enchanted young minds for more than 25 years with stories that fire the imagination, bring dreams to life and release squeals of delight.

  • Simply Theatre Studios, Versoix
  • From Saturday 14 to Sunday 22 May
  • Details and booking here

No Exit (written by Jean-Paul Sartre)

Three characters trapped in the eternal whirlpool of Hell, a nightmare, one-way voyage of frightening discovery of one’s deepest, truest self!

  • Geneva English Drama Society
  • Le Manège, 127 route de Chancy, 1213 Onex
  • From Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 May
  • Details and booking here

Summer is here!

As the weather forecast is hot for next week, please can we remind you to apply some sun cream to your children before leaving for school in the morning.

They should also wear a sun hat and remember their water bottle.

Thank you.

GES Primary Residential trips - Information sessions next week

A reminder that we will be holding some information sessions for KS2 residential trips in the Primary Gym next week:

  • Thursday 19 May, 8:30 – 9:00: Year 3 and 4
  • Friday 20 May, 8:30 – 9:00: Year 5 and 6

Should you be unable to attend the information session(s) in person, we will be sharing a Zoom link by email next week.

NEXT WEEK: GCSE and AS Level exams - Good luck everyone!

18 May
International Biodiversity Day
19 May
Years 3&4 Residential Trip Information session (Primary Gym) 8:30 - 9:00
19 May
Year 8 Parent Teacher Student meetings 17:00 - 19:30
20 May
Years 5&6 Residential Trip Information session (Primary Gym) 8:30 - 9:00