Issue: 6 | Friday 8th October 2021

Message from the Head

Dear Parents,​​

It was lovely to see so many Year 6 parents at Secondary last night and being able to share advice about secondary transition. I know a number of families weren’t able to make it so please do contact the admissions team ([email protected]) to book a visit and learn more about our wonderful secondary school. If any Year 5 parents would like to have a look around, you would be very welcome too. 

The Parents Association is a key aspect of our school community, both to arrange social events and also to fundraise for the school. I have been meeting with parental reps and am pleased to share the structure of our new Parents Association. We wanted to make sure that the newly formed association was as open and inclusive as possible and consists of parents from Primary and Secondary. We also wanted to ensure that you can give as little or as much time as you can to fit around other commitments.  

The main parental body is the Parents Association which is chaired by Marybeth Hemsley and consists of the class or year reps from EYFS through to Year 12. 

  • On this committee, there will be two vice chairs – one from Primary and one from Secondary. These will formally be agreed at the first meeting.
  • This group (Chair and Vice Chairs) will meet half termly
  • They will then also meet with the school’s Core leadership team (Head, two Deputy Heads and the Director of Finance) in a termly meeting.
  • This group of parents and core leadership will discuss and approve the events for the next term.
  • The Parents Association will also collect money for staff gifts and are an ad hoc group to support new and existing parents with navigating the day-to-day life of being in a school.

There are three other groups that cover key areas and are open for you to sign up to if you have an interest in the topic:

  1. Events committee – this will be created for specific events and will have a specific focus, for example, the 60th anniversary celebrations.
  2. Diversity committee – this group will ensure that the school and its policies are inclusive and welcoming. The group will have a leading voice in planning Black History Month, LGBT History month and other key events across the year. They will be consulted on curriculum changes (with the final decision resting with the school).
  3. Alumni committee – a group of parents that would like to run and work with the school on contacting and keeping in touch with Alumni. 

As you can see, there is a range of opportunities to get involved in the school. If you would like further information you can email Marybeth at [email protected]. Our first big event will be the Christmas Fair so please look out for further information shortly.

To finish off an incredibly busy and exciting week, and to allow for as much forward planning as is possible, you will now find our Term Dates for 2022-2023 on the school website here.

As we are in the middle of the Duke of Edinburgh expedition season, I also want to wish our various DofE International Award’s participants much determination, success and fun this weekend – we are confident that you will all do extremely well. And my thanks go to all the teachers leading and assessing these trips.

Have a great weekend. 

Matt Williams

From the Sport & PE Department

Football & Netball workshop tomorrow: Saturday 9 October

Thank you to all the students who have signed up for tomorrow’s workshops. Here are the timings again:


  • 9:00-10.30 – KS1
  • 9:00-10.30 – Years 3, 4 & 5
  • 10.45-12.15 –  Years 6, 7, 8 & 9


  • 9:00-10.30 – Years 3, 4 & 5
  • 10.45-12.15 –  Years 6, 7, 8 & 9

Please can Sports leaders arrive at 8.45 to help prepare the workshops. We’re looking forward to another great sunny and sporty morning!

Cross-Country race and other sport competitions

Primary Cross-Country competition

After our KS3 runners today, the Primary Cross-country (Y3-6) will take place on Tues 12 October afternoon.

All students from Years 3 to 6 should wear the following:

  • House shirts (with base layers/skins if the weather is cold)
  • PE shorts or comfortable running sport trousers
  • Outdoor trainers + bring a spare pair as it will be muddy

Fleeces and sweatshirts can be worn for the warm-up.

The Secondary Sports leaders will be marshalling the race.  All runners are already familiar with the route as they have been practicing in PE lessons.

We are very much looking forward to the first house event of the year!

Sport competitions

The cantonal authorities have also given the green light for students to mix again from different schools and campuses in Switzerland.

This means that after the October half term break, the Sport and PE department intends on entering and participating in external sports tournaments and competitions again. Look out for further announcements.

Escalade race - Sunday 5 December

We are delighted to announce that registrations for the 43rd Escalade race are now open! We are looking to field our traditionally strong GES Escalade Team and hope that many of you will participate in this wonderful community event. The children’s/youth races will take place on Sunday 5 December.

Children/teenagers who are age 6 or above (born between 2004-2015) can participate as part of the school team, while also run individually in their own age and group categories. Their individual times will be recorded and reflected as part of Team GES.

The official deadline for registration is Monday 15 November, but as places are limited this year with sanitary restrictions still in place, we encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Registration will open early next week and close on Friday 29 October.

From the School Nurse, Polly Pupulin

Dear Parents,

The Canton of Geneva’s medical guidance around Covid and pupils’ school attendance has been slightly adapted. You can find general guidance for older students and up-to-date flow charts for younger ones, which we are also using at school, in My School Portal, under Covid-19: latest updates. These are helpful tools for when deciding what to do should your child feel unwell.

The flowcharts for our younger pupils are split into two age groups (less than 6 years old, and 6+).

In order to help with any French terminology, you may find the Google Translate App useful as it allows you to translate from an image or screenshot.

As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via email: [email protected].

From the teachers

Cette semaine en français - by Mme Durey, Head of Primary French

Nous félicitons Miatta Kohonen Sheriff de Year 5 et Emma Graber de Year 3 pour avoir obtenu une super nova en devinant presque toutes les phrases du quiz dans les différentes langues lors de la semaine de célébration des langues du monde.

Bravo pour leurs recherches car ce n’était pas facile.

Aujourd’hui la classe 4 a pu profiter de notre nouvelle salle d’informatique de Français afin d’améliorer leur compréhension et développer leur vocabulaire et conjugaison.

Cette petite salle offre aussi un coin lecture qui permet aux élèves de venir prendre un livre lorsqu’une tâche est terminée.

Cela permet de mettre en place des activités différenciées et de travailler en petits groupes.

Culture Vultures, Sunday 3 October in Onex - by Mrs Ball, Head of Drama and Performing Arts

After a brilliant performance of the musical The Last Five Years (LYMPA productions), a group of 21 students and families were treated to a very informative Q&A session with the director Ylan Assefy-Waterdrinker and actor Ryan Duscha.

The students asked lots of questions and Ylan and Ryan described the complexities of staging the production as well as the challenge of performing in a musical that was entirely sung.

We learned about the lighting designer’s clever use of symbolic lighting and about Ylan’s journey from schoolboy in Geneva to theatre producer.

Thank you to all the students for their super questions. Ylan and Ryan were very impressed with you all!

GES Holiday Camps and Ski Camps - Reminder

Performing Arts (Y5 to 7) and CrossFit (Y5 to 10): 18 to 22 October 2021

A reminder that you can sign up to both camps by next Wednesday 13 October. 

  • A Performing Arts camp will be offered by Mrs Humphreys, Ms Scott and Mrs Crucerey in Genthod for students in Years 5, 6 & 7, from 18 – 22 October (09:00 – 16:00).
  • The CrossFit camp with FITSPro is designed for students between 10-15 years old and will take place at the Primary campus from 18 – 22 October. This camp is also open to external students, so your son or daughter is very welcome to encourage their friends from outside GES to participate as well.

Description of the camps and registration via My School Portal, under Holiday Camps.

Ski Camps (Y6 and Y7-9) : 2-7 January 2022

We still have a few spaces left for our GES Ski Camps (Years 6  and Y7-9) this winter. We are extending the deadline to next Monday 11 October at 16:00, should you wish to register your child(ren) via My School Portal, under Sport & Extra-curricular.

A reminder that all levels of skiing are welcome.

The camps will both run from Sun, 2 January to Fri, 7 January 2022 (eg. the last week of the Christmas holiday) in La Tzoumaz, Switzerland.

Both groups will be in the same chalet and depending on ski abilities also ski together. However, the two camps will be individualised around suitable, age-appropriate evening activities, incl age-appropriate behaviour rules, etc.

The programme will end for both groups with a ski competition including a BBQ on the slopes and a prize-giving.

The price for both ski camps will be CHF 950. 

For any questions, please contact Ms Shibil at [email protected].

What is happening next week?

12 Oct
Upper School Cross Country competition (house shirts compulsory) 13:20-15:00
13 Oct
Virtual Open day Primary & Secondary sessions 11:00-12:00 & 14:00-15:00
13 Oct
Y4 Visit to Nyon Roman Museum All day
15 Oct
Y3 Visit to Vallorbe Caves All day