Issue: 8 | Friday 4th November 2022

Message from the Head

Dear Parents,

I hope that you had a relaxing half term and you and your family had time to enjoy the weather and maybe do a little travelling. By the quality of the Halloween costumes I suspect that there may have been a hive of activity in local craft shops and dress-up stores the weekend before school started. Thank you for all the effort that went into making Monday a spooktacular day and to everyone who baked cakes and helped with the cake stall – thank you too!

Movember has started in earnest and the comical sight of Primary students running around with moustaches has been an entertaining start to each day. Thank you in advance if you have decided to join our moustache growing campaign. Fear not, there will be other ways to get involved – I believe that there is talk of a GES Strava challenge to cover 60 km in a month. Stay tuned for that one!

Thank you to those of you who spoke to Mungo Dunnett and his team before half term. I have received a summary of the report and was so proud to read the comments and acknowledgements of the great things that happen at GES and the improvements that you have seen across the school. We have clearly heard the demand for further French at Primary and are starting to work on curriculum changes around this for next academic year.

A reminder to our Year 6 parents that we will open up Year 7 places to non-GES families on Tuesday morning. Once the remaining places in the first class are filled, we will then start a waiting list for a possible second class. Your 1000 CHF deposit is due by the start of the day (9:00) on Tuesday.

Finally, thank you to all our Year 11 parents who attended the session last night on A Levels and preparing for GCSEs. It was great to see so many of you and to talk about your children’s plans as they start to think about options after Year 11.
Our current Year 13 have now completed or are waiting to hear back from their university applications. With Cambridge, Sheffield, McGill, USC, University of Geneva, LSE, Warwick, Stanford and University of the Netherlands included in their choices, our students really are aiming towards fantastic international university destinations. We look forward to celebrating their successful offers.

Have a great weekend,

Matt Williams

News from the Primary Library

Monthly challenge, Year 6 appointed Librarians and Usborne Book fair

Dear Primary children,

This month we are celebrating Non-Fiction books and hope that you will enjoy reading information books and researching the topics you are interested in.

For this month’s reading challenge, we would like you to choose either an animal or historical character to create an illustrated fact file. Fact files should be presented on one side of A4 paper. Please be as creative and illustrative as you like! Please submit your completed fact file to your class teacher by Wednesday 30 November.

Winners for each age group will have their fact files put on display in the library for everyone to read and enjoy. Happy reading and best of luck!

This week was an exciting week in the Primary Library, as we welcomed children from Key Stage 2 during lunch time.

The Year 6 Pupil Librarians have had a great first week helping other children to choose books and enjoy the library space. Next week the Librarians will be launching their first ‘Story time’ on Wednesday break time with Key Stage 1.

On Tuesday 15 November, our own Usborne ambassador Susanne Zavratsky will be holding an Usborne book fair at the Primary campus (outside the Library).

Children from Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 will visit the fair with their class teachers during their lessons between 13:20 and 15:20.

Susanne has kindly offered to stay until 17:00 for any parents wishing to come with their children after school, especially Pre-School and Reception.

From your teachers

Secondary French Article

Merci à Ben en classe 12 pour sa contribution aujourd’hui:

Ce vendredi matin, M. Rogers nous a donné un incroyable exposé sur le Movember et son but. Il a expliqué à quoi ça sert et comment nous pouvons aider. D’abord qu’est-ce que le Movember? Ça dure tout le mois de novembre et vise à améliorer la santé mentale et physique des hommes. Il y a des événements qui prennent place pour récolter de l’argent et ensuite aider des personnes qui en ont besoin, par exemple ceux qui souffrent de dépression, et aussi pour des recherches sur le cancer testiculaire et de la prostate. On est aussi encouragés à parler avec nos proches pour voir s’ils vont bien. J’espère que la communauté à GES donnera un peu de leur temps ce mois-ci pour aider cette cause importante.

Music Recital next Wednesday 9 November, 17:30

We are very much looking forward to our music recital next week on Wednesday 9 November at 17:30 in Chaplin, the hall at our Secondary campus.

If your child has music lessons outside of GES and would like the opportunity to perform, we still have space to accommodate extra pupils at this recital: please email Lucie Goater ([email protected]).

Our next music recital will take place during the Spring term, in March 2023.

From the Sport & PE department

Escalade countdown

The deadline for students to sign up for Escalade 2022 is fast approaching!

We currently have 78 students signed up to race this year, which is fantastic, but we know we can do better than that and reach over 100 – come on GES!

The Escalade races are part of a traditional and popular running event in the Old Town of Geneva, and a great opportunity to bring the whole school community together.

Please register and order your team T-Shirt through My School Portal by next Monday 7 November. 

STOX Skiing Socks

Prior to the ski season, we are happy to share an exciting quality product with you, which comes with a 25% discount.

STOX Skiing Socks ensure optimum blood circulation in the legs in order to:

  • Minimise cold feet & cramps
  • Reduce the risk of tired legs
  • Give a perfect fit
  • Avoid smelly socks due to Merino wool

You can experience energetic legs and warm feet during an intensive day of skiing!

GES special price: Skiing socks 37,95€ instead of 49,95€

Place your order here before 25 November in order to receive them before the Christmas holiday.

From the School Office

School Photos ready to order for Christmas

A reminder that school photos (portrait, class and siblings) are now online and available to order.

You will have received an email containing your individual link(s) on Tuesday 25 October – for any questions regarding these links please email [email protected].

Please note that the deadline to order for free delivery to school before Christmas is next Monday, 7 November 2022.

If you require any assistance with placing your order, you can contact Gillman & Soame directly via email: [email protected] or on +44 1869 328200.

Just One Tree - GES fundraising total

Just before half-term on Friday 14 October, GES took part in JUST ONE Tree Day.

Thank you to the Primary pupils who wore green and took part in some thought-provoking activities in their house groups, and to the Secondary students for organising a delicious Bake Sale – GES raised 410 CHF and we can therefore plant 410 trees!

JUST ONE Tree is an award-winning non-profit removing CO2 from the atmosphere and reversing biodiversity loss through global reforestation. JUST ONE Tree supports established reforestation companies who plant in areas severely affected by mass deforestation such as Kenya, Madagascar, Haiti & Indonesia.