Issue: 27 | Friday 19th April 2024

Message from Mr Williams, Head

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! I hope that you have had a relaxing Easter break and that you enjoyed time with family and loved ones. I’m not sure if summer is here or not, but it has been great to see the children return to school and reconnect with each other and their learning. At the Secondary school, A Level exams start very soon, while GCSE examinations launched this week already with our Drama students recording their performances. Both students and teachers are working hard to ensure that all their efforts translate into great grades.

The summer term is always a busy one and Miss Parker will soon share key dates for our Primary school so that you can plan the next couple of months ahead. For parents of our Secondary students, exam dates and key events are already on the Secondary parent calendar.

I hope you have a great weekend,

Matt Williams

From the Primary School

Two Distinctions in Primary

We received some wonderful musical news during Spring break! Our pianists, Ayaan Kowshik in Year 5 and Carys Lescrenier in Year 3, both passed their ABRSM piano exams with distinction.

Congratulations to both of them for their efforts in these exams which focus on performance, communication, interpretation and delivery.

April Reading Challenge Reminder

This month in the library, we are celebrating poetry. Back by popular demand, this month’s reading challenge is to read a poem a day. Try to enjoy a range of different themes and poets, including French poets, and even try performing your poems aloud to friends and family. A selection of poetry books will be available in the library and in your classroom libraries.

For this challenge, note the title of each poem read and its author on April’s reading challenge sheet and hand it to your class teacher by the end of the month to receive a reading certificate and 5 stars for your House.

Running for Education

We had some special visitors from the United Nations Women’s Guild this week at Primary, who issued our students with an invitation to join their sponsored walk in a few weeks.

Delighted to take part in this event, our students will pool their efforts to raise funds for the education of underprivileged children, model healthy living and raise awareness for the preservation of the environment. We look forward to joining this initiative that falls squarely within our students’ exploration of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Feeding the Soul with Needle and Thread

Our After School Care students have been working hard with their hands this week!

While some have been measuring, cutting and sewing all kinds of colourful and fun shapes, others concocted delicious “tartelettes aux pommes”, the recipe for which was dictated in French by their francophone co-chefs.

See here for photos of them busying themselves

News from Secondary

Lights, Camera, Action!

The first exams of the term took place this week! Our GCSE Drama students were busy with their Performance examination, presenting two extracts from the spoof comedy, The 39 Steps.

Receiving priceless coaching and last minute direction from acting coach Gillian Barmes, our thespians did a fantastic job and we are proud of all the hard work that has gone into their exams.

Click here to see them in action

Aiming High in P.E.

Our athletes have been practising their high jumping techniques in P.E. this week. Working on different types of jumps and perfecting their take-off positions and approach, students also developed their focusing and bar clearing skills.

All in all, a fun track and field activity to learn in anticipation of Sports Day at the end of May!

Click here for photos

School news

A Pathway for the Future: The British Curriculum

Data from Oxford University suggest that A Level students are up to five times more likely to achieve the conditions of their university offers than those studying the IB diploma.

Our school has been featured in the latest edition of the magazine, UN Today, in an article looking at the benefits of the British curriculum.

Read it here

Registrations Open for Summer Camps

Registrations are open for the sports summer camps held on our beautiful Primary campus! Delivered by Key English School, these week-long camps welcome children aged 4 to 11 throughout the month of July.

Click here to book

International Carnival - Friday 3 May

Save the date and get involved!

Following the same format as last year, we encourage everyone to join in with parents from the same country/region putting together a food stall to showcase their cuisine and celebrate the diversity we have at GES.

We already have the following areas represented:
Brazil | China | Congo | Hungary | Italy | India | Japan | Morocco | Mexico | Lebanon | Pakistan | Spain | Singapore | Scandinavia | Suisse | Tanzania | UK | USA

Thank you to our volunteers!

If you see a country you come from or have a connection to, please join in. If your country is missing – be the one to add it!

Use this spreadsheet to sign up and remember to include what dish/dishes you are bringing.

Not into cooking? No problem! Bring flags, posters and bunting to decorate the stall.

Do you have a traditional dress or costume? Please wear it!

There’s a prize for the best stand, so don’t hold back!

Children will be invited to wear traditional costumes from their country to school that day.

Contact your class rep if you have volunteered and have any questions.

See you there!

Faces of GES

Our Faces of GES series continues after the spring break with a spotlight on our Director of Marketing and Head of Secondary Admissions, Christina Matillon. A Canadian national, Christina joined GES part-time in August 2023, enjoying her work-life balance, having previously been CEO of a Geneva-based education group which included three private schools in Switzerland. Beyond the pride she takes in meeting new people and showing off our fabulous school to new students and their families, Christina also knows first-hand what a compelling and rewarding job teaching is, having briefly taught A Level Economics in a previous school.

For Christina, the best thing about GES is definitely the sense of community across both campuses, which makes our school such a welcoming and supportive place. Few memories of GES are as dear to her as when she organised a photoshoot across Primary and Secondary that took her to all the lessons and play times, giving her an inspiring window into the exciting things that happen at school every day.

Beyond GES, Christina enjoys family time in her garden, strolls in the great outdoors, cooking and travelling. Forever in love with the beauty of neighbouring Italy, Christina’s home will always be Canada, to which she regularly returns to charge her batteries. Always one to have a funny anecdote to recount, Christina jovially remembers a beach picnic while on holiday in Costa Rica during which she and her husband saw their lunch pinched by monkeys while they enjoyed a dip in the ocean!