Issue: 27 | Friday 6th May 2022

Message from the Head

Dear Parents,

This week marked the beginning of the formal GCSE and AS Level exams with students in Years 10 and 11 sitting their French GCSE Oral exams. Good luck to all of our eldest students in this important period.

At the other end of the school, we had a great Open morning today for our Pre-School and Early Primary section. It was lovely to welcome parents again in person and show them and their children what GES is all about. Please do direct any of your friends to the admissions team ([email protected]) if they are interested in joining the school next year.

In between rain showers, our students have taken advantage of learning outside the classroom across both campuses this week: Year 5 on their Geography local field trip along the banks of the River Versoix, the Secondary Netball team representing GES against La Châtaigneraie, and Year 6 being treated to a FIBA visit and an exciting Science lesson with our Head of Secondary Science, Mr Taylor.

More sports events and outdoor/Duke of Edinburgh expeditions are scheduled in the coming weeks, so save the dates in your calendars and keep your fingers crossed for nice weather.

Thank you to those of you following us and on the newly created @gessecondary Twitter account. The purpose of this account is to share and celebrate the excellent work of your children. We will post every day to keep you up to date with what is happening in our classrooms so please do follow us. There are photos from lessons and activities this week.

Between Wednesday and Friday next week, you may well see professional film cameras and drones across the school as we have commissioned a film company to produce a new GES video for us. Please can we ask that your children look their best between Wednesday to Friday next week, and thank you to those parents who are being interviewed.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Matt Williams


Music exams

Congratulations to Jérémie Hubin Gaspar (Year 5) who received a Distinction for his Grade 1 violin.

As always we are happy to share our students’ individual successes outside of school in this section of the newsletter.

Please email Stephanie Pillot at [email protected] if you would like a shout-out for your child(ren).


Head's Distinctions

Last term the following Year 5 students received a Head’s Distinction for their Life Cycle book projects. Illustrated with colourful drawings and fun facts, the exciting scientific books were presented to interested young pupils from KS1.

Congratulations to Daniel, Anna, Lily and Lyra!

This week, Ms Fortune received 3 pupils from Year 3 who made great Egyptian board games as their homework, in relation with their Humanities/English topic.

Well done Madieke, Charlotte and Eva!


Primary Rising Stars: Wednesday 8 June

We are delighted to welcome parents to the Primary Rising Stars Performance on Wednesday 8 June at 17:00 in the Primary Gym.

Our Primary Rising Stars will showcase what the children have learnt throughout the year in their extra-curricular clubs:

  • PA Club
  • Choir
  • Recorder club
  • Street dance
  • Orchestra

Secondary Grease performance: Monday 27 June

On Monday 27 June at 18:30 in the Salle Communale de Genthod

The Secondary PA club will be proud to present to you their reinterpretation of the famous musical ‘Grease’.

From the Sport & PE Department - Primary Sports days

We are excited to see you back for Primary Sports Days later this month.

The children are practising individual disciplines in their PE lessons and are looking forward to scoring as many house points as possible on Sports Day. Here are the dates for the respective Primary Sports Days :

  • Tuesday, 24 May, 10:15 – 12:15 : Early Years and KS1
  • Wednesday, 25 May, 10:15 – 12:15 : KS2

All children should wear their House PE tops and navy shorts on those days. If you need to order a PE kit, please email Chris Zahrobsky at [email protected].

From Polly Pupulin, School Nurse

Dear Parents.

After a long time following strict and ever changing Covid-19 rules we would like to communicate to you the latest guidelines.

GES continues to follow Geneva Canton guidelines which now state that students (of all ages) are to treat Covid -19 as a normal illness.

Therefore, if a student tests positive with Covid-19 they may return to school when they feel well enough to do so. However, children from the age of 12 are recommended to wear a face mask if they still have symptoms when they return to school. In this case, it is also recommended that children from the age of 12 should then limit contact with people, especially those at risk from Covid-19.

Once again, thank you for all your efforts toward keeping the school community healthy, and please feel free to reach me if you have any questions ([email protected]).