Issue: 29 | Friday 26th May 2023

Message from Mr Williams, Head

Dear Parents,

I hope you enjoyed your half term last week and are now looking forward to a weekend full of sunshine and relaxation. My highlight in school was watching the Primary children perform Bugsy Malone on Wednesday. It was wonderful to have a full theatre in Genthod and to see our students put on such a wonderful show. Congratulations to everyone involved and a massive thank you to the parents and staff who helped make it such a successful event.
On Tuesday 27 June our Secondary students will be performing Shrek the musical and you are all warmly invited to watch this too.

Our monthly Virtual Open Days are coming up on Wednesday 7 June with sessions on Early Years, Primary, Secondary and A Levels. We are almost full in a few year groups, so please do share this information with your colleagues and friends to ensure that prospective families have the opportunity to join our community at school. The link to sign up is here and we also have a useful form to contact the admissions team.

At Secondary, exams and assessments are under way and the students are working hard to demonstrate everything that they have learnt. We have residentials, as well as trips and activities coming up and also Secondary Sports day next week. All events can be found on the parent calendars (via the parent tab at the top of the homepage) – the calendar will update automatically, as long as you remain subscribed, and do check the related email communications for further important logistics.

Our summer camps are filling up nicely too: you can click here to see what is available for our students and their friends across all ages and interests this summer.

Finally, we would like to congratulate Mrs Cesmat and her husband who have just had their baby on Wednesday this week – welcome to the world, Alexandre!

Have a great bank holiday weekend,

Matt Williams

Sport and PE

GES Hosted Football Tournament in Versoix

16 teams from across SGIS (GES, La Chat, LGB, Nations, Haut Lac, IIL, CDL) came to the GES hosted Category F Football tournament yesterday in Versoix.

With over 150 Year 3 & 4 age girls and boys taking part, the tournament showcased both established and emerging talents across the schools.

GES had 2 teams in the competition, finishing in a respectable 7th and 12th place.

The Secondary Sports Leaders also played a fantastic role in the running of the events on the day and ensured all the children involved were looked after and supported. Well done to all for a great day!

Key Stage 3 SGIS Singles Tennis Tournament

Well done to our tennis stars in Years 8 and 9 who represented GES in the SGIS tennis tournament in Lausanne on Tuesday this week.

They played really well with lots of long rallies and deuce games against tough competition, along with some good match wins.

A shout out

Music exams, from Mrs Roff

Congratulations to the following pupils for their amazing music exam results:

  • Joseph Walker (Year 6) : Distinction for Grade 2 violin exam (94/100)
  • Emma Graber (Year 4) : Distinction for violin pre-grade higher

As usual, if you would like to give a shout out to your child(ren) in the newsletter, please email Stéphanie Pillot ([email protected]).

Basketball - Tiger Knights

Congratulations to 3 of our Year 9 girls, Ella, Nia and Mitra, for playing in the Tiger Knights basketball team – the team won the Coupe Vaudoise in the U16F category a few days ago.

We are very proud of your achievement outside of school!


Happening at Secondary

House Chess competition, from Mr Pearce

This week, 32 students entered the House Chess tournament at Secondary.

Starting on Tuesday lunchtime, they were whittled down throughout the week to the final two, who played an incredibly tense match today.

Well done to all students who earned house points, with particular congratulations to the winner, Karlis (Dôle house) and to runner up Omar.

Omar made a strong start, taking two pawns, but lost out in a rapid exchange of pieces. Karlis then led for much of the final, and was not phased after blundering his bishop, delivering a stunning checkmate with rook and king. Omar was representing Léman house, which achieved the most points overall with a string of victories in the early rounds.

Maths support, from Ms Brewin

Amongst all the busyness of this examination period, Ms Brewin wanted to give a shout out to Harry in Year 12 who continued to meet his commitment to supporting in her Year 7 Maths class on Wednesday despite having his AS History exam the same afternoon.

An A Level mathematician himself, Harry has been working with some of the top students in Year 7 as part of his volunteering for Duke of Edinburgh Gold award.

Here is a picture of some of the work the students produced with his support just before half-term, answering the question: how many “three-fact triangles” are there, and what are their areas and perimeters?

From the School Office

Clothes Collection on 21 June

As every year, Mrs Tyrrian Livesley is organising a clothes collection for people in need in Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus.

If you would like to contribute, all clothes will need to be dropped off at Tyrrian’s house directly in Chavannes de Bogis between 15 and 21 June.

Here is the poster with all details, including the kind of items that are needed.

Thank you for supporting this initiative.


Board of Governors Election - Last days to vote

A reminder that each family has until next Monday 29 May midnight to submit their vote for the governor positions as of next academic year.

Each family has received one email explaining how to have their say from a software called ‘electionbuddy’.

There are three candidates for the three vacant parent governor positions: you can choose to either abstain, approve one, two or all three candidates.

On the same voting form, you will also be asked to confirm three external governors in their roles.

Thank you for your valued participation in this process.

Outside of school

Summer Holiday Camp

From 3 to 7 July, Mrs Ball and Mrs Humphreys will be running a Performing Arts camp at GES Secondary, designed for 10-14 year olds.

The students will explore various script styles, look at the technical aspects of theatre through music, light and scenery and visit a local theatre. The camp will conclude with a live performance on the stage.

Please share among your friends and sign up now here:

Steps for Cancer 2023

For 20 days in May, 1500 people across Switzerland participated in the Steps for Cancer fundraising challenge, and GES (of course) joined the competition.

2 teams of current and ex staff members did as many steps as possible, sharing pictures of their local walks, hikes, and even dancing! We finished 18th and 28th out of 150 teams. Well done to everyone for inspiring our students to take on challenges, push limits and never give up.

The charity collectively took 331 million steps and managed to raise over 130 000 CHF.