Issue: 10 | Friday 19th November 2021

Message from the Head

Dear Parents,​​

This week is anti-bullying week and our focus in assemblies at Primary and Secondary has been on ‘one kind word’. Students have been given wrist bands to highlight this and today at Primary an amazing display of balloons with ‘one kind word’ have been displayed in the Gym. 

As I wrote to you yesterday, next Friday we’ll be coming together as a community to raise money for Movember. Please do donate any spare change to our fundraising campaign via the just giving link ( which goes straight to the Movember charity. We will be asking for photos from all the dads that have taken part too, so that we can have a montage of our Movember community – I have seen some great attempts this week at drop off.

It has been great to see so many students arriving early to school to head off on sporting fixtures. As the regulations start to relax for school sports it is lovely to hear about the games and the enjoyment that students get from their sport. With the winter season approaching it will be wonderful to have the children back up in the mountains skiing and enjoying the snow. As well as sports, our arts teachers are getting ready for the Rising Stars performance at the Salle in Genthod – please do come along on the evening of Thursday 2 December for this wonderful event.

And I hope you saved Saturday, 11 December, in your calendars for the wonderful GES Christmas Fair when the whole school community will come together.

Have a great weekend.

Matt Williams

Christmas Fair: We need your help

On Monday 22 November we will start collecting bottles for the famous GES bottle roulette.
Miss Fortune (and/or one of us) will be collecting bottles at drop off in the mornings for the next 2 weeks. Ideally, we ask each family in school to donate ONE GOOD BOTTLE (wine, champagne, gin, vodka etc) and ONE ‘BAD’(or ‘FUN’) BOTTLE (ketchup, washing up liquid, soap etc). One of each, from every family, will ensure an amazing bottle roulette – a popular and fun stall and one that makes a good amount of money for the school community.
This year we ask that you please wrap the bottles you donate – this can be done in wrapping paper, brown paper or even newspaper (so it can be eco friendly).

This year we also have a prize tombola with a wide range of goodies from chocolates, to bubble bath to toys, to hampers and experiences. Please feel free to donate anything! If you have a chalet or run a business that offers a service, a voucher or an experience would be incredible and would really add to the tombola.  These prizes can also be dropped off in the mornings at drop off.

If you do wish to donate an experience, firstly thank you, and if you could please email Marybeth [email protected].

Thank you so much in advance!

From the Christmas Fair Events Team

Call for help

Gift box Appeal last days - URGENT

Last days and last chance to drop off your Christmas Gift Boxes:

  • in the Primary Car park with Ms Fortune
  • at Secondary Reception

Here are the full instructions on how to participate in this wonderful cause to benefit families less fortunate. We know from experience that many of our students take incredible pride in sharing something of their own with the children who will receive the Christmas Gift Boxes.

Many thanks again for your support.

Laisse ton jeans au vestiaire

After their initiative last Spring “Lâche-moi les baskets”, the Don du Choeur is
now organising a new project called “Laisse ton jeans au Vestiaire” for the Vestiaire Social de Genève, aiming to collect 2021 pairs of jeans and trousers for children and young people between the ages of 4 and 18.

If you would like to support the initiative, you can drop off your jeans/trousers to Ms Fortune at Primary (drop-off/pick up), and Reception at Secondary, by 10 December.

We thank you in advance for helping try to meet this ambitious challenge which will help many families in Geneva, who are less fortunate than ourselves, at this special time.

Wednesday Academies & Skiing programme - sign up now!

We are delighted to announce that the Spring Term sign up for the Wednesday Afternoon programme is now open.

There is a slight change to the schedule of the Sports and Language sessions so that the programme is now fully modular, and can be combined or extended with the other lessons on offer and/or After School Care
Please see the full Wednesday programme here.

ONLY FOR SPRING TERM: Winter Skiing Programme with SnowPros Ski School 

  • WHO: For Years 3-6 (exceptions can be made for younger siblings if there is demand to make a group). Maximum number of participants: 35 
  • WHERE: La Dole ski station which links to the Franco-Suisse domaine of Les Rousses
  • WHEN: 14:00-16:30 on Wednesdays (from 12 January to 9 March)
  • TRANSPORT: Parents need to collect their children at usual pick-up time 12:20 and drop them off at the ski slope. 
  • PRICE: CHF 780
  • DEADLINE TO REGISTER: As places are limited to 35, we ask you to please sign up by next Wednesday 24 November

All sessions, including the ski programme, can be booked via My School Portal, under Sport&Extra-curricular, Wednesday afternoon programme 2021-2022.

From Mrs Ball, Head of Drama and Performing Arts

For all of our theatre and performance lovers, here are Mrs Ball’s new recommendations of local theatre productions. If you would like further information about any of these, you are welcome to email Mrs Ball at [email protected].

Genthod Christmas Market

Our local coffee shop/post office in Genthod “C’est ici l’endroit où” will be hosting a Christmas market on 1st and 2nd December.

A great opportunity to get lovely handmade gifts and support local artisans and businesses!

What is happening next week?

22 Nov
KS1 Carousel showcase 13:20 - 15:20
23 Nov
Year 6 Natural History Museum visit 8:30 - 12:20
25 Nov
KS2 Carousel showcase 13:20 - 15:20
27 Nov
KS4 outing to Simply Theatre "A Christmas Carol" 18:30