GES Primary

When we ask parents what makes GES special, they speak first of its strong community, its family feel and the sense of belonging that they and their children have for the school. Community is a core value at GES and undoubtedly one of its strongest features.

Geneva English School was founded by parents and has always had parents at the heart of its structure. New families are made to feel welcome and are encouraged to be involved in the life of the school. Parent class representatives help to bind the community together and our Planning Team organise events such as the Christmas and Summer Fairs that are hugely enjoyed by all, and exemplify the spirit of GES.

Daily drop-off and pick-up are times when the playground buzzes with parent and teacher conversations. In our special, small-school environment children are known and supported as individuals.

The GES community is diverse and international – and we look for ways to celebrate this diversity. Families and children come from a range of backgrounds and bring to our school a wonderfully rich mixture of cultures, languages and experiences. We encourage our children to be very accepting of each other and of differences in culture or character. They are particularly open and genuine in their approach and in their responses.

GES has a history of retaining pupils and families for longer than many other international schools. This greatly enhances the sense of continuity in our community.

About us


The location and environment of GES Primary is a strength and inspiration to everyone.

We are blessed with the most stunning site: an exceptional 4-hectare estate with a magnificent historic building, overlooking Lake Geneva. It is a wonderful and inspiring place for children to learn, play and grow.

When Mont Blanc is in full view, the atmosphere in the school seems to lift a notch still higher.

Many past pupils come back to big events and cannot wait to be back on site. It adds to our community identity.


Children eat lunch together over several sittings in our dining room. Parents can choose whether to provide a packed lunch for their children or take advantage of the hot lunch service provided by our partners, Novae Restauration.

During the week, varied, attractive and balanced menus are offered to the pupils. All meals typically include fibres (vegetables), carbohydrates (potatoes, pasta, whole wheat bread, rice) and proteins (meat, eggs, fish or tofu) in varying proportions. Meals are nut-free, prepared with a minimal amount of additional salt, and with a preference for seasonal products.

Swiss Food Pyramid

Geneva English School has received the Fourchette Verte Junior label. Fourchette Verte is a quality label awarded to restaurants that seek to offer dishes that provide a balanced, healthy diet.

Hot lunches registration form for Nursery

Hot lunches registration form from Reception to Year 6

Weekly Menu

20 to 24 November 2017

Monday 20 November

Salade fraîcheur
(pousses de mango, chou chinois)
Emincé de boeuf « Bourgeoise »
Quinoa parfumé aux épices
Carottes vichy
Yogourt nature (sucre)
Chinese cabbage and

mung beans salad

Beef stir fry
Seasoned quinoa

Tuesday 21 November

Céleri remoulade allégé
Rôti de dinde Loué Label Rouge
Roësti galettes
Haricots beurre
Salade de fruits frais
Celeriac salad
Roasted turkey
Green beans
Fresh fruit salad

Wednesday 22 November

Salade Iceberg et avocats
Epaule de veau rôtie au jus
Spätzli nature
Ile flottante
Salad and avocado
Ile flottante

Thursday 23 November

Salade chou blanc aux raisins
Poisson à la bordelaise
Riz créole
Etuvée d'épinards en branches
White cabbage and raisins salad
Fish with "Bordelaise"dressing
Steamed spinach

Friday 24 November

Salade mêlée et croûtons
Steak hâché d'agneau au romarin
Pâtes et fromage râpé
Compote aux fruits
Mixed salad and croutons
Lamb burger with rosemary
Pasta and grated cheese
Stewed fruits

13 to 17 November 2017

Monday 13 November

Salade d'endives et dés de gruyère
Boulettes d'agneau provençale
Blé gourmand
Légumes couscous
Danette chocolat
Endives & chunks of gruyere cheese
Lamb stew
Couscous & vegetables
Chocolate desert

Tuesday 14 November

Salade mêlée et céleri râpé
Filet de poulet à la sauge
Pâtes et parmesan
Mixed salad and grated celery
Chicken filet seasonsed with sage
Pasta & grated pamesan cheese

Wednesday 15 November

Salade de mâche et oeufs
Poisson du jour au citron vert
Riz safrané
Salade de Kiwi
Mixed green salad & eggs
Fish of the day seasoned with lime
Safran rice
Kiwi salad

Thursday 16 November

Carottes râpées à la ciboulette
Lasagnes de boeuf
Sauce tomate
Fromage râpé
Tarte aux pommes
Grated salads & chives
Beef lasagna
Tomato sauce
Grated cheese
Apple pie

Friday 17 November

Cubes de betteraves cuites
Nuggets de poulet (ketchup)
Purée maison
Fricassée de haricots coco petits légumes
Compote aux fruits
Beetroot salad
Chicken nuggets & ketchup
Mashed potatoes
Butter beans & vegetables
Stewed fruit

What we wear

In keeping with the majority of schools in Switzerland, GES does not have a formal school uniform. We encourage children to dress suitably for the activities of a busy school day with sensible shoes and comfortable seasonal clothing.

For those families who favour an element of uniform we sell a coloured polo shirt with the school logo – the colour depends on the house to which your child is allocated. When we take children off-site on trips and visits we require all children to wear either their gym polo shirt or coloured house polo shirt and school sweatshirt.

After School Care

Our after school care facility, otherwise known as The LOL Club, aims to provide a secure, welcoming, personalised facility for children whose parents are unable to collect them at the end of the school day, or whose siblings are engaged in an activity.

After School Care is headed by Tanya Lain, assisted by Sandra Cameron, Nercia Silva and Rebecca Mackenzie.

The team help the children with their homework and offer interesting and varied activities every day, including theme-based painting, drawing, board and outdoor games, songs, stories, dancing, cooking and computing.

The service runs on school days from 15:30 to 17:30, except on Wednesdays when it runs all afternoon, from 12:30 until 17:30. Attendance is flexible and is charged 16 CHF per hour.

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