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.

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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.

Weekly Menu

5 to 9 February 2018

Monday 5 February 2018

Salade verte et maïs

Mixed green salad and corn

Steak haché de bœuf charolais

Beef stew



Haricots beurre

Butter beans

Yaourt aux fruits

Fruit yogurt

Tuesday 6 February 2018

Batavia et tomates

Green salad and tomatoes

Dos de lieu noir poché

Poached black plaice

Riz pilaf

Seasoned rice

Carottes glacées

Glazed carrots

Roulade aux framboises

Raspberry roll

Wednesday 7 February 2018

Celeri remoulade

Celery salad

Tortellinis ricotta épinards

Tortellini ricotta and spinach

Sauce tomate et petits légumes

Tomato sauce with vegetables



Thursday 8 February 2018

Salade de coeur de laitue et carottes au soja

Lettuce and soy-glazed carrots

Rouleaux de printemps de poulet au four

Chicken spring rolls

Riz cantonais aux légumes

Cantonese rice with vegetables

Ananas bio, sirop léger au citron vert

Pineapple with lime syrup

Friday 9 Febr
uary 2018

Salade verte

Green salad

Sauté de volaille au jus Kasha

Stir fried chicken in kasha juice

Poireaux étuvés

Boiled leeks

Flan caramel

Caramel flan

19 to 23 February 2018

Monday 19 February 2018 - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Macédoine de légumes et mayonnaise

Chopped vegetables and mayonnaise

Sauté de boeuf charolais

Stir fried beef

Rösti de pommes de terre

Fried potatoes

Gratin de poireaux

Leek gratin

Compote de fruits (pomme-poire)

Stewed fruits (apple-pear)

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Salade verte et concombre

Green salad and cucumber

Nuggets de colin

Fish nuggets

Riz tomaté

Rice in tomato sauce

Petits pois carottes

Green peas and carrots

Tarte au flan

Custard tart

Thursday 22 February 2018

Tomates et maïs

Tomato and corn salad

Escalope de dinde, jus de rôti

Roast turkey

Pommes purée

Mashed potatoes

Courgettes vapeur

Steamed courgettes

Salade de fruits (pommes, kiwi)

Apple and kiwi salad

Friday 23 February 2018

Salade de carottes râpées

Grated carrot salad

Penne bolognaise

Pasta bolognaise

Fromage râpé

Grated cheese

Petit suissePetit suisse

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, also 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 after-school 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 18:00, except on Wednesdays when it runs all afternoon, from 12:30 until 18:00.

Parents may either be charged CHF 16 for occasional attendance (please email, and copy in the School Office, or order blocks of hours via the Parent Message Centre:

  • 20 hours per term for CHF 200
  • 50 hours per term for CHF 480
  • 100 hours per term for CHF 950
  • Full time for the year for CHF 4100

The minimum daily attendance is one hour and will be counted after the first 15 minutes.

An additional CHF 8 will be charged from 17:30-18:00. Any child not collected by 18:00 will be charged a CHF 20 late collection fee.

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