Issue: 9 | Friday 12th November 2021

Message from the Head

Dear Parents,​​

It feels like our wonderful school community life is being revived in earnest now and we can feel the buzz of all the activities in an almost tangible way. 

We had our first SGIS Sports tournaments and friendly sports fixtures with other schools in the area this week. A Primary Netball team brought medals home as in the old days before Covid. Other sports tournaments and the Escalade run are being prepared and Ski camps and trips planned. Students in many year groups are practising for Christmas shows and our Culture Vulture programme takes interested students and their families to plays and shows in the local community where volunteers are hard at work. 

Our Secondary students are, in the midst of all their academic learning, undertaking volunteering elements of their DofE International Awards too and we probably should hear more about those. We are proud of each member of GES who, through their contributions, gives back to the wider community.

The Parent Community Group organised a fantastic morning of Second hand sales – thank you to Olivia Williams and the wider team for the initiative and organisation. I personally hope this can become a feature of school life, the contribution to the school via the funds raised are very welcome, but this is important to us as a community and Eco School also from a reusing and sustainability point of view.

I suspect you have all been waiting for one of the highlights of the year – our annual Christmas fair – which will take place on Saturday, 11 December between 16:00 – 19:00.

We are grateful that the Christmas fair can happen this year and the organising team are already preparing rosters and ways for as many of you as possible to volunteer a small amount of their time to make this a great success. Please look out for those opportunities. The school and your children are very grateful for your help and I personally look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible. 

Everyones’ involvement in our wonderful school and our thoughtful, welcoming school community is valued and appreciated – without it, we wouldn’t have the GES we have – so thank you to each and everyone for everything you do.

Have a great weekend.

Matt Williams

GES Christmas Fair: Saturday 11 December, 16:00-19:00

The Events Committee is delighted to announce one of the highlights of the year, and we hope you can all join us for this festive community event!

Christmas market, Santa’s Grotto and secret room, nail and hairspray bar, tombola and hamper raffle, bar, food trucks, and a Christmas disco will be part of the fun!

Anyone over 16 will require a Covid certificate to enter the fair, but there will be no need to purchase tickets ahead of the event.

Keep your eyes and ears open as your Class Reps will be asking for your help and donations (bottle tombola and hampers). Without volunteers on the day, the fair simply can’t go ahead.

Any help to create some craft, decorate the grotto etc… would be welcome, and we thank you in advance.

Next week: Anti-Bullying week


Next week is Anti-bullying Week 2021, and the theme is ‘One Kind Word’.

The pupils will take part in Assemblies, PSHE lessons and other activities to raise awareness of what bullying is, how to report bullying and how to stay safe.

To highlight the week, all GES students are encouraged to wear Odd Socks all week – the crazier the better!

You can also join in by learning the official song which can be found here.

From the Deputy Heads

Primary school day and staff news

The School Day

A reminder that the School Day starts promptly at 08:30 for children from Reception upwards.
By 08:30 all pupils should be in their classrooms ready to learn, having sorted out their coats and bags.
Any child not in their classes by 08:30 is marked as late on the registers.

Staff news

We are delighted to welcome two new babies to the GES staff community.
Many congratulations to Mr and Mrs Vavrecka on the birth of Charlie and to Mr and Mrs Gemma Livesley on the birth of Max.

Secondary Supervised study

Supervised Study sessions are now available after school at Secondary.

These study sessions are supervised by a qualified teacher, Mr Alex Rademaker, and are an opportunity for KS3, KS4 and KS5 students to do their homework in school in a quiet study room, free from the distractions of noise and mobile phones (as per school policy), but with support from a qualified teacher if required. Students may also find it useful to get a good part of their homework completed before going home or engaging in other extracurricular activities.

In line with Primary After School Care, the cost of these sessions is 20 CHF an hour. There are two sessions every day (Monday – Friday): Session 1 from 15.30 – 16.30 and Session 2 from 16.30 – 17.30. Students can be signed up for one or two sessions. If you are interested, please sign your child up for the rest of the term via My School Portal.

Primary upcoming shows and performances

Rising Stars at Salle de Spectacle de Genthod - 2 Dec

We are delighted that the Rising Stars concert on Thursday 2 December is able to go ahead in the Salle de Spectacle in Genthod.

All audience members aged 16 and above will have to show a COVID health pass and wear a mask.

Further details will be sent to the families of children involved.


Carousel showcase & Christmas shows

Due to the audience restrictions for school sites, the scheduled Carousel showcases as well as EYFS and KS1 Christmas shows will unfortunately still have to be run without a live audience.

Our aim is to record the Carousel showcases and hopefully live stream the EYFS and KS1 Christmas shows.

Further details with links and props requirements will be sent by email nearer the time to the relevant families.

From your teachers

Maths Challenges at Secondary & Primary

All of the Year 12 mathematicians and 5 daring Year 11s took on the Senior Maths Challenge this week.

Mostly aimed at Sixth formers, the challenge provides a tough test, even for me and Ms. Brewin, who enjoyed working on the problems as much as the students.The Year 11s have been training for this in their weekly maths extension club on Wednesday afternoons, and this experience will stand them in good stead to take on the intermediate challenge next term.

We eagerly await the results!

Mr Pearce

Equally our Year 6 students will take part in the ‘Primary Maths Challenge’ next Wednesday 17 November. The challenge consists of 25 multiple choice questions of increasing difficulty and we’re hoping our Primary mathematicians will do really well.

Mr Vavrecka

Ski competitions and New GES Sport Instagram page, from Ms Shibil

For your calendars, please find here the exciting ski programme we have put together for our students this winter.  There is plenty on offer, from great options for complete beginners right through to really competitive ski events.

Please email Miss Shibil with the following if your child wishes to be considered for the GES ski teams after Christmas:

  • Does your child ski at a club?
  • If so, for how many years
  • Please provide any previous race times and results
  • The name of your child’s ski coach
  • The general ski ability of your child


We also now have a new and exciting GES Sport Instagram page.
Please follow sport_GES for all things Sport and PE!

From Mrs Ball, Head of Drama and Performing Arts

Culture Vultures outing: GAOS's Cinderella

Our next Culture Vultures event will be to see GAOS’s pantomime Cinderella at the Théâtre de Marens, Nyon.

Culture Vultures theatre outings are open to GES Secondary students, parents and siblings and, for this event,  Year 6 students as well. We arrange the tickets and will meet participants directly at the venue. Students are expected to make their own travel arrangements to and from the venue where a member of staff will meet and accompany them during the performance.

It is magic, fun and a delight for all ages. Join the villagers of Stoneybroke as they sing and dance their way through this classic fairytale. You might even recognise a couple of GES Secondary faces amongst the cast and crew.

Details are as follows:
Saturday December 4 at 11:00
Théâtre de Marens, Route du Stand 5, 1260 Nyon
Tickets: Adults and children CHF35
Payment will be via school invoice
COVID: A Covid Certificate together with a valid ID is required for anyone aged over 16. GAOS recommends the wearing of masks (not obligatory).

If you are interested in joining us for this performance, please email [email protected], stating the number of tickets required.

Deadline for registration is Wednesday 17 November.

Upcoming Theatre recommendations

The cultural life in the area is finally coming back to life, so much so that the Culture Vulture outings our Head of Drama, Mrs Karen Ball, regularly organises cannot capture them all.

Mrs Ball will therefore regularly share her recommendations of other theatre productions in the area. If you would like further information about any of these productions, you are welcome to email Mrs Ball at [email protected].

Y6 Concert "Le Petit Prince"

From Mme Durey, Head of Primary French


Quel plaisir de retrouver le théâtre – cela faisait si longtemps!

Ce matin, la classe 6 a eu l’opportunité d’assister au concert donné par l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande au Victoria Hall “Le Petit Prince”.

Les élèves auront l’occasion d’étudier ce chef d’oeuvre littéraire de St Exupéry puisqu’il fait partie du programme d’enseignement au campus secondaire.