Issue: 33 | Friday 24th June 2022

Message from the Head

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing this to you in a very quiet office at Primary school. Most of the Primary students are away on a residential and our youngest children are heading over to a bouncy castle in the Gym Hall. The passing quiet has made me reflect on what a wonderful week all of the children have had. From our youngest in Nursery to our eldest on work experience, there has been so much going on which you can see in the pictures below. I wanted to thank our staff for all the hours that have gone into planning these events and for their flexibility in adjusting to the changeable weather across the week.

Next week we have so many great end of term activities planned, Ms Fortune has put together a letter with details for Primary parents. However, to summarise, on Monday we have the Secondary students performance of Grease, on Tuesday we have transition day and our new Year 7 parents have a meeting in the evening at Secondary, on Wednesday we have the Year 6 graduation event and then on Friday we have the end of term picnic at Primary.

I hope to see as many of you as possible at the GES Summer Fair tomorrow. We have inflatables, a carousel, lots of food and prizes so please do come along for a great afternoon out.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Matt Williams,

Summer Fair tomorrow

Hampers are getting made, Pimm’s is in the fridge, vouchers are being printed, and we have all fingers and toes crossed for good weather tomorrow.

On the day, please note that you exceptionally can park on the upper Franck Muller carpark but parking will be limited. You may want to consider coming by public transport or parking offsite.

We would like to renew our thanks to all parents and Class Reps who have been volunteering and working hard behind the scenes to make the Summer Fair a wonderful and memorable event for the whole school community.

Secondary Performances

Bauhaus catwalk

Although only open for a short period – 1919 to 1933, an art school in Dessau, Germany changed the way art, craft and design are taught in Western society. The philosophy was to train the students in all disciplines and foster collaboration through problem solving. Our Year 7, 8 and 9 students embraced that spirit to the full this week and created futuristic costumes, music and animation in the minimalist (and still considered modern) style of the Bauhaus.

They worked enthusiastically together and created the show you can see here. With the expertise of Mrs Ball’s choreography, Mr Shorey’s filmmaking, Ms Colwill’s music direction and the fantastic ballet costume designs fashioned by Ms Secher, our super talented science technician, they put on a great show.

Thanks also to the invaluable help from our Year 12’s Maya, Cora and Mimi guiding the catwalk and make up.

Paola Hopley, Head of Art

Grease performance - Monday 27 June

Join us on Monday, 27 June at 18:30 for the performance of GREASE, specially produced by our Secondary PA Club.

The show will take place at the Salle de Spectacle de Genthod. We have heard some of the singing in the corridors and it sounded brilliant..

Under the direction of Karen Ball, music production by Lucy Colwill, and with the participation of Ylana (Y10) for music, our 15 talented Secondary students have been working hard on their upcoming performance.

From your teachers

Music individual success

Congratulations to Carys (Key Stage 1) who passed her piano pre-higher grade exam with Distinction!

Well done to all our students for their individual performances this year, whether in sport, art or music.

We are looking forward to posting more of our pupils success stories in the new academic year.


Year 12 University Fair visit

Last weekend Mr Crabtree and Mrs Hopley took our Y12 A-level Programme students to the UK to visit university open days. Flying into London they visited Queen Mary University and University of the Arts London before taking the train north to attend The University of Manchester open day.

It was a fabulous trip and our Y12 students are feeling ready to make informed decisions about their next steps beyond A-level.