Issue: 1 | Friday 25th August 2023

Message from Mr Williams, Head

Dear Families,

Welcome back! I hope that you have had a lovely summer and managed to visit exotic places and catch up with loved ones. It has been a real pleasure seeing the children return these last couple of days, running into school and being excited to learn. Whilst you have been away we have been busy decorating parts of the school, refreshing our IT at Primary and preparing for another brilliant year ahead.

As you may have seen last week, we are celebrating our students’ outstanding success at A Level and yesterday we received another brilliant set of GCSE results. Ever since the Secondary school opened 7 years ago, we have been asked ‘where can A Level take you?’ and also regularly asked ‘aren’t they just for British universities?’ I’m proud to share that our graduating Year 13 students now are going to University of Bristol, Durham and UCL in the UK; Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne and St Gallen in Switzerland, IE in Madrid and Ecole Polytechnique and Institut Français de la Mode in Paris. These are great universities and we are so proud of our students getting into them. In terms of headline figures, 47% of all A Level grades were either an A* or A and 81% were A* to B.

Yesterday our Year 11 students received their GCSE results. Like the A Levels a week before, these results are superb and significantly above UK averages. 76% of all grades awarded were at a 7 or above, which is a 2% improvement on last year, 30% above the private school average in the UK and 54% above the UK state school average. Our early entry linguists achieved 100% grades 8 and above, meaning that every one of them achieved at least an A* in French or German.

All of the results above have been achieved in the context of a much more robust marking regime with many schools’ results having dropped. I am so pleased for all of our students who sat exams and am immensely proud of both their efforts and that of their teachers. GES has brilliant teaching staff and they continue to support your children to excel in and out of the classroom.

Parent information evenings
Next week, you will have an opportunity to meet your child’s class teacher at Primary on Tuesday 29 August, 17:00 – 19:30, and their form tutor and subject teachers at Secondary on Friday 1 September, 17:00 – 19:30.

These events are a hybrid ‘meet the teacher’ and parent social event. Based on feedback via our parent representatives, we have planned these so that you can attend all the presentations for your children, with time to socialise together. To make things easier for you, we will also share presentations on My School Portal.

Finally, if your family is new to GES, welcome! We realise that there is a lot of information when moving schools and you may have lots of questions. Please sign up to Classlist, get in touch with parent reps and the Primary or Secondary school office are here to help you. Lots of answers can be found in the parent handbooks but please do ask if you need anything – no question is a silly question!

Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you in the cooler rain next week,

Matt Williams

Primary Reading Challenge

Our Primary Reading challenges are back this year!

This September in the library we are celebrating Roald Dahl’s birthday by sharing and enjoying as many books by him as we can.

This month’s reading challenge is to choose and read a book by Roald Dahl and write a character description about one of your favourite characters from the book, in English or French.

Try to use interesting vocabulary choices and as much descriptive language as you can.

Good luck!

News from Cíara Elliott (Year 11)

Our violin prodigy, Cíara, has had a busy summer and will return to school only next Monday.

She is currently in Blonay (Vaud) studying chamber music with the Swiss composer, Maestro Zbinden. She will be in concert on Sunday night.

Cíara was also in Sion for two weeks and gave two concerts whilst studying with Maestro Tomo Keller.

Stay tuned on Youtube for her interpretations of Bach and Beethoven.

Sport & Extra-curricular

Ski Camp 2024 Reminder

A reminder that we still have spaces for our upcoming residential ski trip on 2 – 6 January 2024 in Saas-Grund & Saas-Fee.

The trip is open to Year 6 and Secondary students.

Please refer to the letter, sent on 5 June, for all the details.

Registration is open and we encourage you to sign up and make a deposit payment of CHF 250 as soon as possible in order to secure your child’s place (in My School Portal, under Sport & Extra-Curricular, Ski Residential Trip 2024).

Holiday Camps

If you’re already thinking ahead about October half-term, look no further!

We are finalising our Holiday Camps section on the website, and here is an overview of camps that will be on offer across the 2 weeks of holiday.

  • 3D Printing lab with TechLabs
  • A combination of Sport, Multi-activity, Wellbeing and Fitness
  • Expressive Arts
  • French immersion

All details and registration opportunities coming soon.