I hope everyone had a great half term break last week. The rain didn’t help and this cold and miserable weather certainly doesn’t do anything to show that we are in the summer term and in five weeks we will be on summer break! But despite all of this, we are busy planning Covid secure end of term activities and celebrations and letters have or will be going out about these. Whilst there may not be the residential trips of previous years we hope the students will still have fun.
Currently, the admissions team, leadership team and I are spending every free minute on admissions calls for next year. We have a pipeline of over 100 enquiries we are working through and to date have already more students enrolled for August than over the last couple of years. Whilst some of our primary classes may be small to start with next year, our commitment to two classes from year 3 upwards, mean that we have capacity to grow. Corporate HR directors, those at international organisations as well as relocation consultants I have recently met with are expecting a late summer surge of moves. We will certainly be ready to welcome these families to GES.
We are also putting the final touches to our primary recruitment next week. We had over 190 applicants for our KS2 teacher role and have been able to long list 20 strong candidates. The final 8 will be completing a virtual recruitment process next week. In the blog section below you will see an introductory article from Daniel Crabtree, our new Assistant Headteacher responsible for KS4 and KS5, which represents our A Level programme. Dan and his wife and two sons will be moving to Geneva in the summer and joining our community.
Speaking of community, I would like to thank the six parents who have put themselves forward to be governors. Please do read each of their biographies and vote for the one, two or three candidates that you would like to join the board. You should have an email allowing you to do this through our voting software. If not, please contact Patrick LeRoy who will be able to ensure you have access to the system. The results will be announced at the Annual General Meeting which this year takes place on Monday 7 June at 20:00. It will be great to virtually see you there.
I hope you have a wonderful (sunny?) long weekend, and we look forward to seeing the children back in school on Tuesday.
NEW Secondary School Blog: GES Journal
The Secondary GES Journal after-school club is very excited to officially launch their new school blog!
Over the past term, the students have met every week and learnt how to create, edit and manage a blog, and hone their journalistic skills on topics that interest them and, they hope, the wider school community.
‘We want to give a voice and platform to students and anyone within our community to share their interests, whatever and wherever in the world they may be. We are embracing and celebrating how incredibly diverse our community is.
Would you like to get involved too? Send us your ideas or even full articles in your native language. We’re here to express everyone’s opinion and celebrate our differences.
Take a look at our posts, like and follow the blog and contact us with your suggestions!
Primary School Council Newsletter
The Primary School Council is delighted to share their second Newsletter – and the last one for this academic year!
It includes a delicious M&M’s cookie recipe, a song from Lukas Graham, a few jokes and much more!
From Mr Pearce, Head of Secondary Mathematics
Junior Maths Challenge
A very well done to the following students who earned certificates in the Junior Maths Challenge:
Y8: Jena Alsairafi (Silver), Maurits Vossenaar (Bronze), Karen King (Bronze), Lara Cummins (Bronze), Riley Monroe (Bronze)