Issue: 7 | Friday 23rd April 2021

Message from the Head

Dear Parents,

Earth Day has, quite rightly, dominated our activities at school this week. Students have been learning about ways to protect their planet and the importance of sustainable living.
Whilst walking around the school I had the pleasure of seeing the youngest children learn about the impact of plastics on oceans across the world; Year 2 made seeded bird feeders to encourage wildlife into our garden, and Year 3 were outside sampling music sounds from nature. Year 5 staged their own wonderfully noisy protest in the playground to raise awareness about climate change – look at the placards they designed. At Secondary, a hard-fought over Kahoot quiz related to Earth Day themes was one of the highlights during breaktime. Huge thanks to Ms Scott and Ms Skinner for taking a lead in this important day and the staff and students for their enthusiasm.

At Secondary, our Year 11 were finishing their Easter exams and Year 10 were meeting with teachers to review their results, David and his team from Techlabs were leading computing lessons with our Key Stage 3 students at Secondary. Whilst we have incorporated programming and robotics into our Primary curriculum for next year, Techlabs’ sessions are intended to give additional opportunities for our Secondary students to develop their interest in this key area as well.

Mrs Brown and Madame Blondeau were delighted to get out into the local community (within the current guidelines) and visit Genthod Park with our Little Ducklings bilingual stay and play session – luckily it is only going to get sunnier outside from here on! If you or any friends would be interested in joining, please do email [email protected]. Due to the popularity, we have to operate with a waitlist but hope to still have spaces available in some of the sessions.

On a related note – places are filling fast in the Nursery for next August. If you have younger siblings who are reaching their third birthday, or know of families with younger children who would like to sign up, we would be very happy to welcome them into class for a taster session.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Matt Williams

From your teachers

Y2: Session with Author Sarah Roberts

Following on from this week’s Earth Day activities, Year 2 will be joining a Zoom presentation on Wednesday, 28 April with eco journalist, naturalist and author, Sarah Roberts.

In Library, we have read and discussed her book ’Somebody Swallowed Stanley’ which addresses the problem of plastic pollution in the oceans. Sarah will run a mini workshop on animal adaptations and plastic in the ecosystem, as well as talking about how sharks and turtles, in particular, are affected by plastic pollution. Pupils will have a chance to ask questions at the end.

Sarah’s book ‘Somebody Swallowed Stanley’ is available from Amazon and Book Depository and you can also visit her website.

Sue Wiesendanger


Y5-8: Session with Joe Foster, Founder of Reebok

On Wednesday 28 April, students from Year 5 – 8  will participate in a live talk with the co-founder or Reebok, Joe Foster, during which he will describe his journey building Reebok and making it so successful.

He will also be announcing the winners of the Trainer Design competition, for which some of our students have submitted entries. Prizes include a copy of his book and a pair of Original Reeboks, so good luck everyone!

We’re all looking forward to listening to this exciting story and maybe also get some of our students’ questions answered on what it takes to be an entrepreneur!

From one of our Alumni: Skateboard park in Versoix

Keen skateboarder, Alex Rademaker, has launched a petition asking the mayor of Versoix to construct a skateboard park in Versoix.

Alex spent all of his primary school years at GES and graduated from Year 6 in 2007.

The initiative is perfectly timed as Skateboarding will make its debut appearance at the Tokyo Summer Olympics.

We are delighted and proud to see our former pupils working towards projects that benefit the community.

Click on the link to sign the petition and help Alex and the young people of Versoix realise a big dream.

Good luck Alex!