Issue: 24 | Friday 24th March 2023

Message from Mr Williams, Head

Dear Parents,

I’m not really sure where this week has gone! We have been really busy across both our campuses. At Secondary, students are studying hard for their mock examinations or preparing for in-class assessments and at Primary we celebrated la Francophonie and there has been lots of outside learning taking place in the sunshine.

You will have seen that the programme of Extra Curricular Activities and Wednesday Academy is now ready for next term so please sign up via My School Portal. We are delighted to offer new and exciting activities, including paddleboarding for Primary students. The activity list for Secondary has been shared in tutor time with the students.

Whilst lots of exciting things are happening this academic year, we are already thinking ahead. Thank you for all of your kind and supportive responses about the changes to French at Primary – our plans seem to align with what you would like to see for your children and so we are pleased to be able to start work on getting this ready. Before the summer we will organise Zoom events to communicate these changes in much more detail.

Next Friday evening, 31 March, we will be holding an international evening, taking place at the Primary campus. This fundraising event is open to all families and friends and will be raising funds for the earthquake in Syria and Turkey. The Primary student council are also leading a second hand toy stall during the day at break time and you will have received more information on how to get involved.

Finally, just a reminder that our holiday camps have places available during the Easter break and also to remind you that if you are sadly leaving us this summer (and we are not already aware) the latest you can let me know is midnight on Monday 24 April – after this date the following term’s fees will still be due.

Have a good weekend,

Matt Williams

Students' News

A shout out

Last weekend Ben & Ravi in Year 7 and Arun in Year 5 participated in the Swiss Federation’s Maths Championship in Geneva. Arun came second in his category and therefore qualified for the Swiss National Maths Championship in May.

We look forward to hearing how he gets on, but in the meantime congratulations to all three!

We love sharing our students’ success stories – as usual send them to Stéphanie ([email protected]) if you would like them to be featured in this section of the newsletter.

En direct de Barcelone

Durant la semaine du 20 au 24 mars, les étudiants ayant choisi la Géographie comme sujet AS sont partis pour Barcelone pour faire des recherches sur des sujets tels que l’embourgeoisement et le développement urbain dans le quartier d’El Raval.

Le premier jour à Barcelone était focalisé sur l’apprentissage des compétences et des techniques pour la collection d’information et pour créer un plan de recherche. Toutes ces données récoltées feront partie des NEA (projets non-examinés) qui comptent pour 20% de la note totale de l’examen final.

Le deuxième jour, les élèves sont partis en ville pour récolter des informations personnalisées et ont eu une leçon sur comment analyser l’information.

Le troisième jour, les élèves sont allés à la montagne pour récolter des informations sur une rivière. Enfin, le dernier jour, les élèves ont fait du shopping et ont pris l’avion pour retourner à Genève.

C’était un voyage inoubliable qui nous a aidé à mieux comprendre ce que nous étudions en classe. Merci beaucoup à Ms Skinner d’avoir organisé cette expérience pour nous.

From the School Office

Extra-curricular activities & Wednesday Academy

As mentioned above by Mr Williams, extra-curricular activities and Wednesday Academy sessions at Primary for the Summer term are now open for registration in My School Portal.

We have not opened registration for the English and French Performing Arts clubs & lunchtime Choir (Monday) as the children have started rehearsing for the Bugsy performance and Le Don du Choeur concert in May.

Please note that there will be no extra-curricular activities nor Academy sessions on a Wednesday during the last week of this term (Monday 3 – Thursday 6 April) except for a couple of catch-up sessions which have been communicated by email to the relevant parents.

Activities for the Summer Term will resume during the week starting 1 May.

Daylight saving this weekend

It is Spring time!

Do not forget to set your clocks one hour forward when you go to bed this Saturday 25 March.

GES Community upcoming events

GES International Carnival - Friday 31 March

A reminder that we will be holding an evening of cultural diversity next Friday 31 March from 16:30 to 19:00 at the Primary Campus.

Goulash soup, sausage sizzle sandwiches, Chinese dumplings are just a few examples of world foods you will be able to taste!

Entrance to our International Carnival is 5 CHF per person, and the children will be able to participate in a themed scavenger hunt for 5 CHF as well.

At break time on the day, all Primary children are also invited to visit the School Council’s ‘Used Toy Sale’, donate a pre-loved toy and in return buy a ‘new’ one for 1 CHF.

All proceeds will be donated to a charity supporting people affected by the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

Both cash and TWINT will be accepted.

Fingers crossed for a sunny evening!

GES Quiz Night - Friday 28 April

Save the date!

The Secondary Class Reps have been organising a Quiz night at the Secondary campus on Friday 28 April, straight after the Easter holiday, to test your general knowledge.

Entrance is 10 CHF/parent, 5 CHF/student and tickets are now on sale on Classlist.

We are looking forward to a fun evening!

On weekends and holiday

Theatre recommendations - From Mrs Ball

For all of our theatre and performance lovers, here are Mrs Ball’s latest recommendations for local theatre productions.
If you would like further information about any of these, you are welcome to email Mrs Ball at [email protected].

Sister Act, the Musical

A feel-good musical comedy, based on the story of the blockbuster movie starring Whoopi Goldberg.

  • GAOS
  • Théâtre de Marens, Route du Stand 5, Nyon
  • 30 March – 2 April
  • Details and tickets here

The Prom

What happens when four stars leave the bright lights of Broadway and take leading roles in a small-town controversy making national headlines? Big drama. Bigger laughs. And the biggest musical showstopper in years!

  • Simply Theatre Studios, Versoix.
  • This weekend and 1/2 April
  • Details and tickets here

And for our 12-18 years-old students, there will be some auditions for GAOS youth show Disney’s High School Musical on 27, 28 & 29 April.

All details can be found here.

Great British Baking Camp

To all our budding pâtisserie chefs, Mrs McKee has started to plan recipes and activities for the Great British Baking camp that will be running from 17 to 20 April (morning only) for Secondary students.

You will learn some basic baking techniques through creating classic recipes such as scones, Victoria sponge cakes, custard tarts, pastry and meringues.

Register now on our website here.